Adjunct Faculty

Paula Bressman

Visiting Instructor of Harp
Paula Elizabeth Bressman enjoys an active and varied career in both classical and popular music. She plays regularly with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and is principal harpist of Gateway Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Kentucky Bowling Green.

Greg Danner

Visiting Professor of French Horn
Teaches French horn in Guerry Hall/ 931-372-6180

Kevin Gatzke

Visiting Instructor of Saxophone
Kevin holds a M.M. in Commercial Music from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee where he studied under Dr. Alex Graham as well as a B.A. in Jazz Studies in 2012 from the University of Illinois under the guidance Chip McNeil. During his time at Illinois, Kevin also studied classically under Debra Richtmeyer.

Rebecca Murphy

Visiting Instructor of Flute
Teaches in Guerry Hall

Chris Nelsen

Visiting Professor of Percussion Teaches in Guerry Hall

Alan Suska

Visiting Instructor of Trumpet
Teaches in Guerry Hall

Rebecca Van de Ven

Instructor of Woodwinds
Teaches woodwinds in Guerry Hall

Kaitlyn Vest

Visiting Instructor of Cello
Teaches cello/bass in Guerry Hall

William Yelverton

Visiting Professor of Guitar
Teaches in Guerry Hall


Lessons for academic credit are available on most classical instruments, fiddle, guitar, and voice. Sewanee's gifted and devoted teachers offer lessons at both the basic and advanced level, corresponding with courses numbered at the 200- and 300-level. Please see below for the teachers and their specializations. The features of lessons are as follows:

200-level lessons

  • open to all students
  • 30-minute weekly lesson
  • one hour academic credit
  • no jury
  • Normal grading (A, A-, B+, etc.)
  • $195 charge applied to tuition

300-level lessons

  • one-hour weekly lesson
  • two hours academic credit
  • jury towards end of the semester
  • normal grading (A, A-, B+ etc.)
  • open primarily to Music majors/minors
  • requires music theory (through Musc 260)
  • $495 charge applied to tuition
There are lessons scholarships available that can defray some or all of the lessons expense. Two exceptions to the fee structure are lessons in Guitar (MUSC 268, $480) and Fiddle and Carillon (MUSC 278 and 281, no charge).

Teachers currently offering lessons include:

Paula Bressman, Harp

Greg Danner; French horn

Kevin Gatzke; Saxaphone

Peter Povey; violin, String Band 

Bernadette Lo; piano

Chris Nelsen; percussion studies

Rebecca Murphy; flute

Alan Suska; trumpet

Erik Gustafson; voice

Rebecca Van de Ven; oboe

Kaitlyn Vest; cello/bass

Geoffrey Ward; Organ, University Choirmaster

William Yelverton; guitar