Administration

Toni-Marie MontgomeryToni-Marie Montgomery
Dean
t-montgomery@northwestern.edu
847-491-7552


 

René MachadoRené E. Machado
Associate Dean for Administration, Finance and Planning
r-machado@northwestern.edu
847-491-7575

René Machado formerly served at Indiana University as assistant dean for administration at the Jacobs School of Music and assistant dean for development at the Research and University Graduate School. He was earlier affiliated with New York University, first as associate director of sponsored research in the School of Education, where he worked with faculty to develop research across a broad range of disciplines, and then in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions as administrative director and associate director of vocal studies. He is also a countertenor, specializing in vocal repertoire from the baroque to early 19th century Italian opera. Machado has performed as a soloist and member of New York City-based music ensembles, including Musica Sacra, Musica Aeterna, Camerata Singers, Bach Aria Group, New York Choral Artists, Sine Nomine Singers, Pomerium Ensemble, and Bel Canto Opera. He received his master of music degree from Florida State University.

Linda GartonLinda A. Jacobs
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs 
linda.jacobs@northwestern.edu 
847-491-3818

Linda Jacobs previously served as director of student affairs and lecturer in music theory at the Bienen School of Music. She is former adjunct faculty at Trinity International University (IL) and the University of Nebraska Division of Continuing Studies. She co-authored a series of continuing education texts on piano performance and music theory, the second volume of which received the 1995 Distinguished Course Award from the National University Continuing Education Association. She has given presentations in music theory at the College Music Society regional and national conferences and the South Central Society for Music Theory annual conference. Her dissertation was titled Tonality and the Music of Steve Reich. Linda received her PhD from Northwestern University.

Patrick Zylka
Assistant Dean for Admission, Financial Aid and Graduate Services
patrick.zylka@northwestern.edu
847-491-3141

Patrick Zylka began his career in admissions in 2007, first in the Office of Undergraduate Admission of Northwestern University and then serving as Coordinator of Music Admission and Financial Aid in the Bienen School from 2008 to 2012. He was appointed to the position of Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management and Student Services in the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University in July 2012, serving in this role until his appointment as Assistant Dean for Admission, Financial Aid and Graduate Services in the Bienen School in August 2017. He has given presentations on best practices in his field at national conferences, including conferences for the National Association of Schools of Music and the Music Admissions Roundtable. He has spoken on panels in front of future college students throughout the United States, as well as in Jakarta, Shanghai, and Singapore. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in bassoon performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Music degree in bassoon performance from the University of Michigan. 

Jerry Tietz

Jerry Tietz
Director of Concert Management
jerryt@northwestern.edu
847-491-4754

Jerry Tietz previously served as general manager for Chicago Opera Theater. He began his career in arts administration in 2005 at Glimmerglass Opera Festival in upstate New York. After two seasons at Glimmerglass, he moved to Manhattan where he spent four years as an artist manager at the arts management firm Barrett Vantage Artists. After returning to his hometown of Chicago in 2010 to work as director of artistic operations for Chicago Opera Theater, Mr. Tietz was appointed general manager of Chicago Opera Theater in 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.


Departments

Music Performance

Karen Brunssen

Karen Brunssen
Co-Chair, Department of Music Performance
kab180@northwestern.edu
847-491-7228 

Gerardo Ribeiro

Gerardo Ribeiro
Co-Chair, Department of Music Performance 
g-ribeiro@northwestern.edu
847-491-7228

Music Studies

Vasili Byros

Vasili Byros
Chair, Department of Music Studies
v-byros@northwestern.edu 
847-467-2032

Jay Alan Yim Jay Alan Yim
Coordinator, Composition and Music Technology
jaymar@northwestern.edu
Maud Hickey

Maud Hickey
Coordinator, Music Education
mhickey@northwestern.edu

Richard Ashley

Richard Ashley
Coordinator, Music Theory & Cognition
r-ashley@northwestern.edu 

Linda Austern

Linda Phyllis Austern
Coordinator, Musicology
l-austern@northwestern.edu


Graduate Programs

James Giles

James Giles
Director of Music Performance Graduate Studies
jgiles@northwestern.edu
847-491-5733

Drew Davies

Drew Davies
Director of Graduate Music Studies
dedavies@northwestern.edu
847-467-3367