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.