Music Department Staff
The department's talented full and part-time instructors oversee as many as 24 productions and
performances a year.
Ted Dollarhide, Ph.D. - Composer, conductor, educator and RCC Music Department chair, Dollarhide joined the college in 2008. He also serves on the Rogue Valley Symphony Board of Directors.
His master's and doctorate degrees in music composition were earned at the University of Michigan. He is the recipient of many awards including a Fulbright Fellowship to Paris, France, BMI Composition Award, Tanglewood Scholar, and he was a finalist for a Kennedy Center-Friedheim Award.
His 30 years of teaching experience include eight years in Australia and two in Korea.
Jon Bennett - Bennett earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Southern Oregon University and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Oregon.
He has been a music educator for the Glendale School District, Grants Pass School District, and the South Umpqua School District. He currently teaches math at Coffenberry Middle School in Myrtle Creek.
He has studied voice, piano, and French horn and has performed in many musical groups over the years. He has been director of the RCC Concert Band since 2005.
Tessa Brinckman - Brinckman teaches music literature, flute, piano and performance practice classes at RCC.
A flutist originally from New Zealand, she has worked in many large and small classical music ensembles, concert series, theatrical and commercial productions in the United States, South Africa and New Zealand. She performs unique historical and contemporary chamber music programs and is the co-founder of Caballito Negro with percussionist Terry Longshore. She also teaches flute performance at SOU.
Kate Campbell - Campbell directs the RCC Chorus in Grants Pass and Kerby and teaches Introduction to Music and Its Literature, as well as piano and voice classes.
She has a background in choral directing and composing and directs four choirs. She also teaches private piano lessons and vocal students.
She has a bachelor's degree in piano performance from San Francisco State University, and a master's in teaching music from Portland State. She taught and worked under various choir conductors and performed with many different music groups in Portland.
Gary Kroll - Kroll conducts the RCC Orchestra. A professional choir and orchestra conductor for 20 years, he also teaches violin, viola, cello and guitar, plays in the Rogue Valley Symphony's first violin section, and coaches strings for the Southern Oregon Youth Symphony. He taught strings in the Medford 549C School District and continues with occasional students from the district's Logos Charter School.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arizona Bible College, a BA in music from Arizona State University, and a Master of Church Music from Southwestern Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Kelly Moodie - Moodie is a music specialist and has taught Music in World Cultures as a telecourse at RCC for several years.
A full-time teacher with Grants Pass School District 7 for the past 25 years, she directs three musical shows per school year with children in first through fifth grades.
She also serves as a vocal director for local theater companies and directs the Grants Pass Honors Choir.
Eric von Radics
Eric von Radics teaches guitar classes,including rock and blues, as well as songwriting, recording and engineering techniques.
He has toured with numerous bands and formerly owned MusicHead in Medford.
He also gives private lessons.
Lauren Rubin, Ph.D. - Rubin teaches Music of World Cultures, Introduction to Rock and its Literature, Introduction to Jazz and its Literature, and Music Fundamentals.
She plays the shakuhachi, a Japanese end-blown flute, the didjeridu, and the Indian tabla, and enjoys drumming with her students.
She earned a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Monash University, Australia, and a master's degree in music technology from Indiana and Purdue University.
Sean McKee -
is a music educator with 20 years of public school teaching experience and directs the choir in Grants Pass. He holds Master of Arts
and Bachelor of Music degrees from California State University, Long Beach, where he was awarded the Carpenter Vocal Music Scholarship in 1986. He currently teaches vocal and instrumental music at Illinois Valley High School and Lorna Byrne Middle School in Cave Junction. He has held teaching assignments that have included Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate coursework. McKee is proficient in many wind instruments as well as voice and piano and has been a private instructor for over 25 years. He has appeared
as a soloist, ensemble member, conductor, and clinician throughout California, and has performed throughout the world. He has taught at Great Northwest Music in Grants Pass, been head counselor for the Britt Institute's String Quartet Academy
for three years, and is a member of the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra. He was awarded the American Legion Teacher of the Year Award for Oregon in 2009.
Bryan Jeffs - received bachelors degrees in music performance and education from Southern Oregon University and a master's in percussion performance from California State University, Sacramento.
At RCC, he teaches percussion, hand drumming, Music of World Cultures and History of Rock and Roll. He also serves as a member of the adjunct faculty at SOU, where he is assistant director of the percussion ensemble and performs with the percussion trio, CompĂˇs. He is a Remo educational artist.
Christine Williams -
has spent her career crossing the bridge between music and
theater. A classically trained soprano and professional actor, she has performed in
everything from plays, musicals, cabaret, opera, and choral ensembles to jazz, folk, contemporary chamber music, and performance art in regional theaters and concert venues across the country and around the world, including many seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is a narrator of audio books and is on
the voice faculty at Southern Oregon University.
Gordon Greenley - Saxophonist Gordon Greenley is one of the Rogue Valley's most sought-after musicians and can be found performing with various local acts and theater groups. Previously employed by Carnival Corporation's subsidiaries, Holland America Line and Princess Cruise Lines, Greenley has a variety of performance experience spanning the globe and has performed with many musical greats.