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Bill Roche

Bill Roche – Technical Director, Homewood Arts Programs
Mattin 142 Swirnow Theater Scene Shop

Oversees Swirnow Theater and technical elements for all student theater productions; provides technical support to all co-curricular arts groups

Bill earned his M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama and has worked at many theatres and venues, in various capacities.

Bill has worked at Playwright's Horizons on 42nd St., The Santa Fe Opera, The American Stage Festival, Lakewood summer Theatre, Merrimack Regional Theatre, Mystic Scenic Studios, The Baltimore School for the Arts, and several colleges including Brown University where he was a member of the faculty for twelve years, serving as Technical Director, Scenic and Lighting Designer, Production Manager,and Director for a Brown Summer Theatre production of 'CLAPTRAP'.

Bill has also worked at several major casinos as a stage hand, carpenter, stage manager, light board operator, and decorator of theme parties and Miss America floats.  Among Bill's interests are teaching, fishing, playing music, and creating theatre.

Craig Hankin

Craig Hankin – Art Workshop Director
Mattin Ctr. Ross Jones Bldg. 207

Oversees all academic fine arts classes; teaches courses in drawing and painting

Craig Hankin has taught drawing and painting at Johns Hopkins since 1980. He has also taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art (1979-86) and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland (1980).

His paintings, drawings and photographs have been exhibited at various local venues, including Artscape, the Contemporary Museum, Galerie Françoise et ses Frères, Columbia Art Center, Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Institute, Park School, and Maryland Art Place (MAP).  In addition to his work as a painter and instructor, Hankin has collaborated with Tom Chalkley on projects ranging from Normal, a comic strip which ran daily in the Baltimore Evening Sun from 1990-91, to Bruce Springstone: Live at Bedrock, a musical parody dubbed “the novelty record of the year” in 1982 by Musician magazine.  Earlier that year, Hankin and Chalkley published their first collaborative comic strip in R. Crumb’s Weirdo comix.

As guest curator at School 33 Art Center, Hankin has mounted numerous exhibitions including RAW: Images From The Graphix Magazine That Overestimates The Taste Of The American Public (which traveled to the Kansas City Art Institute and the New York Institute of Technology in 1987), and The Art of City Paper, a 20th anniversary celebration of photography and illustration from Baltimore’s weekly alternative newspaper (1997).  In 2002, he was the curator of Works by Eugene Leake, a retrospective exhibition at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Hankin was a co-founder of City Paper and served as art critic for that publication (1977-78) and the Baltimore News American (1979-80).  His book, Maryland Landscapes of Eugene Leake, was published by The Johns Hopkins University Press in 1986.  He is currently working on a series of drawings based on antique Popeye toys and a screenplay, Degas in the Evening.

Hankin earned a B.A. in the history of art from Johns Hopkins University (’76) and an M.F.A. in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art (’79).

David Saenz

David Saenz – Director, JHU Jazz Bands
Shriver Hall 201

David Saenz, a Texas native, is JHU Jazz Ensemble Director and Director of bands at Chinquapin Middle School in Baltimore City. David plays alto saxophone with S-quire (a Baltimore area jazz quartet) and plays lead alto with the Whit Williams Big Band.

Beginning in fall 2006, David directed the Chinquapin Champion Band in the annual Baltimore City Concert Band Festival, at yearly Winter and Spring Concerts, and in numerous Pep Band performances. David also lead the Chinquapin Jazz Band in performances for Baltimore City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at City Hall and for Juror Appreciation Week at the Clarence Mitchell Courthouse.

David specializes in jazz saxophone and earned a BFA at Carnegie Mellon University and an MM from New England Conservatory of Music. He has performed with notable players in the Boston and Pittsburgh areas including Darren Barrett, Roger Humphries and Jason Palmer. His 2003 recording, Disparate Impact, features Jason Palmer (trumpet), Warren Wolf (drums), and Peter Slavov (bass).

David is a member of MENC, MMEA and is a four year resident of Baltimore City.

Nicoleen Willson – Hopkins Symphony Orchestra
General Manager
Shriver Hall 201

Oversees all administrative elements of the Orchestra

Nicoleen Willson joined Hopkins Symphony Orchestra as General Manager during the summer of 2011. Originally from Los Angeles, Nicoleen has lived throughout the U.S. earning degrees in Clarinet Performance and Arts Administration at the University of Michigan (BM), Baylor University (MM), and the University of Oregon (DMA,) in addition to earning a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon.

Ms. Willson’s primary areas of interest and research include performing arts management, board governance, and teaching artists. Specifically, she seeks to develop and employ models of arts management that spur collaboration between artists, administrators, board members, and the community. Her first doctoral paper was  “Arts Governance: Issues and Practices in Arts Governance with an Emphasis on Nonprofit Orchestral Organizations,” (link to document: ).

Ms. Willson also wrote “Teaching Artists and Clarinet Pedagogy in the University,” which explores the emerging field of Teaching Artists as a significant trend to training the next generation of artists in the 21st century (link to document:

As a clarinetist, Ms. Willson has performed and taught throughout the U.S.

Ms. Willson is also General Manager of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, a professional freelance orchestra based in Baltimore, producing symphonic concerts on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware.

Ms. Willson currently lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband, who plays horn in the United States Naval Academy Band, and their daughter.

Eric Beatty

Eric Beatty – Director of Homewood Arts Programs
Mattin Ctr.154

Oversees Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and Homewood Art Workshops; staff liaison for all co-curricular student arts groups

Eric Beatty is the first Director of Homewood Arts Programs and has been at JHU since the summer of 2000.

Eric received his MFA in Theatre Arts from Towson University where he was an adjunct professor in the Theatre Department for 4 years, teaching acting, mime and ensemble theatre. He has also taught classes and directed at Lehigh University and led workshops at numerous colleges and theatres on the East Coast.

He was a member of Touchstone Theatre, in Bethlehem, PA for six years, where he was an actor, writer, director and administrator. For three years he performed with Mummenschanz, the Swiss Mime-Mask Theatre Company, both on Broadway and on US and International tours. He has worked in theatres and film and on television in Boston, NYC and Baltimore.

His undergraduate degree is in Comparative Literature, from Dartmouth College and he completed the two year program in mime, movement & theatre at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

He has written three solo shows for children and family audiences and performed them for fifteen years at elementary schools, festivals and libraries throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.


Rob Pippin – Director, Wind Ensemble

Robert Pippin is Director of The Johns Hopkins Wind Ensemble, and the assistant conductor for the Peabody Wind Ensemble, periodically guest conducting that ensemble for performances.

He is also the teacher on record for the Basic Conducting courses at Peabody. Before arriving at the Peabody Conservatory, Robert was the Director of Bands at Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, Colorado, where he developed a comprehensive band curriculum with a strong tradition of musical excellence in all aspects of the program including various concert bands, jazz ensembles, marching band, and an active chamber program. In addition to teaching, Robert was an active performer in Colorado and Wyoming, playing trombone as a tenured member of the Fort Collins Symphony, and as a freelance artist regularly performing classical, jazz and chamber music.

Currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Band Conducting at The Peabody Conservatory with Dr. Harlan Parker, Robert currently holds the Graduate Assistantship in Wind Conducting, and has held the Graduate Assistantship in Music Education. Robert received his Bachelor of Music in Education and his Master of Music in Conducting from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

While attending Colorado State, he was a guest conductor with the University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. As a trombonist, Robert was awarded the Honors Recital, the Sallee Award for Performance, the David Paul Knight Jazz Performance Award, and was a guest soloist with the Wind Ensemble and the University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Contest winner. Robert studied conducting with J. Steven Moore, Wilfred Schwartz and Michael Schaff while at Colorado State University. 

In recent years, Robert has been a clinician with several bands, orchestras and jazz ensembles, as well as presenting a clinic at the 2012 Colorado Bandmasters Association annual convention.








Emily Joseph - Director, Pep Band





Jed Gaylin

Jed Gaylin – Music Director & Conductor
Shriver Hall 201

Conductor; oversees all artistic elements of the orchestra

In the U.S. and Europe, Jed Gaylin is praised for performances characterized by insight, powerful sound, clear baton work, expansive phrasing, and conviction. As Hopkins Symphony Orchestra Music Director, he has forged a strong bond between the HSO and Baltimore life since 1993. Mr. Gaylin has given the HSO a reputation for possessing the precision, artistry, and zeal to bring musically and intellectually stimulating concerts to life. The orchestra has been chosen for repeat engagements with violinist Hilary Hahn, and has been commissioning new works since 1992, many from Maryland-based composers. Mr. Gaylin’s special ability to excite young listeners about music makes HSO’s annual kids’ concert a hit.

Since 1997, Mr. Gaylin has also been Music Director of the acclaimed Bay-Atlantic Symphony in New Jersey, where he is credited with forging a formidable ensemble. In 2004, National Public Radio’s "Weekend Edition" featured an in-depth profile of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. NPR aired selections of the orchestra’s live performance of Petrouchka and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 to four million listeners. Mr. Gaylin also holds the post of Principal Conductor of the prestigious Cape May Music Festival, where the Bay-Atlantic Symphony has been orchestra in residence since 2003. He also works regularly with the Sibiu State Philharmonic (Romania), where he is Principal Guest Conductor.

A much sought-after guest conductor abroad, Mr. Gaylin has appeared with orchestras including the Academia del Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona, Spain), the Bucharest Radio Orchestra and Sibiu State Philharmonic (Romania), the Lodz Philharmonic and Pomorska Philharmonic (Poland), and the Gnessin Institute Orchestra and Moscow Chamber Symphony (Russia), as well as the Orquesta Sinfonica de Guanajuato (Mexico).

Other radio broadcasts include the Voice of America airing the Bay-Atlantic Symphony throughout Europe and the former Soviet Union, a 2003 Bay-Atlantic Symphony performance aired repeatedly on NPR, and an all-Schubert concert with the Bucharest Radio Orchestra, played nationally in Romania.

Mr. Gaylin has received numerous awards as a conductor. He was chosen to work with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony in the first National Conducting Institute. Other awards include a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Conducting Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival, the Presser Music Award, and membership in the National Musical Honors Society.

Mr. Gaylin earned both a Bachelor of Music in piano and a Master of Music in conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting at the Peabody Conservatory. His conducting teachers have included Frederik Prausnitz, Jahja Ling, Murry Sidlin, Paul Vermel, and Michel Singher, and, for piano, Lydia Frumkin. Mr. Gaylin lives in Baltimore with his wife and their son.

Mark Hardy – Director, JHU Choral Society
Shriver Hall 201

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Dr. Mark Hardy is a native of the Boston area, where he received musical training in piano theory and composition. Dr. Hardy holds a BM degree in Composition from the University of Massachusetts and MM and DM degrees in Choral Conducting from Indiana University.

In addition to the JHUCS, Dr. Hardy currently conducts the Annapolis opera Chorus and is the director of Choral activities at the Baltimore School for the Arts. He is also active as a composer of choral, chamber and orchestral works published by Cantate Press. Dr. Hardy has had works premiered by the Indianapolis Symphony Choir, The Lehigh festival singers, and the Indiana University Oratorio Chorus.

Phyllis Berger

Phyllis Berger – Photography Instructor
Mattin Ctr. Ross Jones Bldg. 207

Oversees the Art Workshops' photography program and teaches four courses per semester.

Berger received an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. A practicing Fine Arts Photographer, Berger supervises the Photography program: The Homewood Art Workshops in the Johns Hopkins University School of Arts and Sciences as well as being a fulltime instructor. She teaches interdisciplinary courses at JHU including Writing Seminars, History of Science and Political Science. She currently teaches in the Museum Studies and Master of Liberal Arts programs. Berger is an instructor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Division of Continuing Studies, where she is the recipient of an excellence in teaching award. She is also is an instructor in the JHU Summer Abroad program at the Burren College of Art County Clare, Ireland. Berger is a recipient of two artist residencies in Rochefort en Terre, Brittany, France and has been awarded numerous teaching grants through JHU (Arthur Vining Davis, Arts Innovation).