Department of Music
Introducing Our New Faculty
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music/Director of Bands
A native of the southern Great Plains of Oklahoma, Jimmy Leach has been playing and teaching music professionally for over thirty years. As a trumpeter, Jimmy plays in classical, jazz, and early music genres with performance at the Aspen Music Festival, Boston Symphony Hall, Disney World, San Francisco Conservatory, and around the world on Holland America Line ships. In 2008, Jimmy completed a DMA at Boston University, where he studied with Tom Rolfs, the principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony. Jimmy's dissertation research explored the singing and playing of Louis Armstrong.
As a teacher, Jimmy has worked in secondary schools and colleges in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Georgia, and Massachusetts, including five semesters as a teaching assistant at Harvard University, where he received three teaching awards for courses in jazz history, music history, and music theory. In the summer of 2013, Jimmy spent two months studying Baroque trumpet, cornetto, and voice at the Schola Cantorum and researching the music of Stravinsky at the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel, Switzerland. Jimmy also sings jazz in six languages. For audio and video clips: www.jimmyleach.com.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music/Asst. Director of Bands
Dr. Jeremy Wohletz enjoys a diverse musical life as both an educator and performer. As a performer, Dr. Wohletz is a large advocate for new music, both performing and commissioning new works. One of these commissions was premiered at the 2012 International Clarinet Association convention by his guitar and clarinet duo and was described as "a soothing blend of guitar and clarinet that washed through the ears to the soul." As a solo recitalist, he has presented performances and masterclasses throughout the Midwest, including a guest artist at Central College in IA, Iowa Clarinet Day, and many high schools and colleges within the state of Kansas. He is currently working on a collaboration project in electronic music.
As an educator, he has been asked to guest lecture on several topics ranging from extended techniques on the clarinet to history of jazz. He was chosen to present a lecture at the 2013 Kansas Music Educators Association convention and was also asked to present lectures on Western music to several school in Bali, Indonesia. In addition to giving lectures, Dr. Wohletz has also been published in the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors journal. He has served as a faculty member at Ottawa University and was a sabbatical replacement at Baker University.
Dr. Wohletz received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Baker University. During this time he performed with the National Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in New York and performed in the Small Intercollegiate Band at the Lincoln Center in New York. Dr. Wohletz received his Master of Music from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he won the 2007 Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition. While pursuing his doctorate degree from the University of Kansas, he was the recipient of several grants that allowed him to travel to Bali, Indonesia where he studied Balinese gamelan.
At DSU, Dr. Wohletz will teach applied woodwinds, teach the music theory sequence, assist the Director of Bands, and teach other courses as needed in the department.