Music Professors

Dr. Kyle Dzapo, professor of flute and music history, is the principal flutist in the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and has performed recitals around the country, as well as in Europe and on the radio. A pre-concert lecturer for the Chicago Symphony and guest lecturer for the New York Philharmonic, Dzapo has been published in the French flute journal, Travesieres. She is also a renowned author and editor of composer Joachim Andersen’s works. She is the secretary of the National Flute Association.

Dr. Stephen Heinemann, associate professor of music theory, composition, and clarinet, plays in the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. He also is the Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra’s lead alto saxophonist, and the lead alto and soprano saxophonist in the Todd Kelly Quintet, and has played in jazz festivals across Europe. An accomplished composer, he is the author of multiple music theory pieces, is on the editorial board of the online journal of the Society of Composers (iSCI), and is the editor for the humanities and arts section of CUR Quarterly, the journal of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Marcia Henry Liebenow, assistant professor of violin, viola, and chamber music, is concertmaster of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. She has performed live concerts across the U.S. and Europe and her performances have been broadcast internationally. She has recorded an album with pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, she is a founding member of the Concordia String Trio, the River City String Quartet, and the jazz quartet Marcia Henry +3. 

Dr. John Jost, professor of music performance and director of choral activities, has been working at a music camp in Haiti for 40 years. The past president of the Illinois Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, he is the co-founder and co-director of the Peoria Bach Festival. Jost also conducts skills clinics for area choral directors, festival audition workshops for area high schools, and rehearsal clinics and honor choirs for area schools. He received a service award from the Haitian Ministry of Culture in 2004. 

Janet Kaizer, instructor of piano, is the organist at First United Methodist Church in Peoria. She has performed across the U.S., Mexico, and Europe and was the world champion old-time piano player in 1984 and 1985. 

Dr. Edward Kaizer is professor of piano, music history, piano pedagogy, piano literature, and music appreciation. He performs classical and jazz music in the community and around the U.S. and Europe. His weekly program, Jazz from the Hilltop, is on WCBU. 

Dr. Todd Kelly, associate professor of trumpet and music business and director of jazz ensembles, leads the Todd Kelly Quintet and the Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra. He is a member of the International Trumpet Guild, the Music Educators National Conference, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He has backed several performers, including Jerry Lewis and Mannheim Steamroller. He is listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and has published Chet Baker: 21 Selected Solos

Dr. John Orfe serves as assistant professor of music theory, ear training, composition, and piano, and is the composer in residence of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. His works have been performed around the world and he has fulfilled commissions for numerous ensembles. He is the pianist for Alarm Will Sound, a new-music group. Orfe invented a new aluminum chime instrument with Tri-City engineer JOSEPH RICHEY, MBA '71 MS '85 for the premiere of his composition Quest by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. 

Dr. Kerry Walters, associate professor of voice, is a regional recitalist and oratorio singer. She has presented recitals around the U.S. and is past president of the Central Illinois chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Walters is a faculty artist and chair of the voice faculty of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival. 

Dr. Dave Vroman, chairman of the music department and director of band activities, is the director of the Peoria Municipal Band in the summer. He also conducts band clinics at local schools throughout the year.