Campbell – Department Head, Bassoon
Office: 212B Humanities
Office Phone: 726-8119
Having commissioned and premiered over 20 new works for the bassoon, Dr. Jefferson Campbell is equally at home with new music and standard repertoire alike. With a focus on music that appeals to all audiences, his New York City debut recital at Symphony Space in January of 2012 was titled “21st that’s fun to play” and featured music composed since 2003. His collaborations with composers Jess Hendricks, Justin Rubin and marimbist/composer Gene Koshinski have resulted in a series of popular new pieces featuring the bassoon in a variety of settings including bassoon alone, with piano, with electronic playback and with various combinations of percussion. The recently popular funk bassoon duet “Get It!” by Koshisnki was the result of a commission from Campbell in 2007. Dr. Campbell has appeared several times on Nebraska Public Radio, and North Carolina Public Radio. Among his several compact disc recordings, Nostalgia (Innova), which features Dr. Campbell as soloist and chamber musician, was a Grammy Award semifinalist in 2009. He has performed with the Bowling Green Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Owensboro Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Campbell has presented master classes at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China, the Conservatoire Regionnale Rayonnement Boulogne-Billancourt, the Conservatoire Regionnale Rayonnement Lyon in France, and in North Carolina, South Carolina, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana. He has performed as a recital soloist in Florida, California, Colorado, Kentucky, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, Nebraska, Minnesota and also Germany, France and China. Dr. Campbell is a member of the International Double Reed Society, has been published in the Double Reed, and has performed and presented at the IDRS Annual Conferences in 2003 (Greensboro), 2006 (Muncie) and 2007 (Ithaca). Dr. Campbell served as adjudicator in the 2012 Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition, and in March of 2013, he performed as soloist at the College Music Society Rocky Mountain conference at the University of Denver. His upcoming projects include a revision of his instructional text Training Wheels for the Bassoon for its 10threcording of newly-commissioned music for the bassoon in 2014. His academic research interests lie in the area of music for film, where he has developed and instructs a course on this topic at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Additionally, Dr. Campbell is an authority on the music of the Star Wars saga, and frequently presents a lecture-presentation called “John Williams: The Other Star Wars Storyteller” in academic and public settings throughout the country. He is an advocate of film music and raising audience awareness of its importance as an element of film and for its own artistic merit.
He holds the Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Western Kentucky University, the Master of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Doctor of Music Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His primary teachers were Cynthia Estill, C. Larry Long, Mark Popkin, Gary Echols and Dr. Albie Micklich. His dissertation topic was a performance and theoreticalanalysis of the Duo Sonata for Two Bassoons by Sofia Gubaidulina and was the first academic paper on that composer’s work for bassoon. Dr. Campbell is currently the Associate Professor of Bassoon and Head of the Department of Music at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Bergum – Executive Office and Administrative Specialist
Office: 212 Humanities
Jean Bergum is the Executive Secretary in the Music Department. She is responsible for managing and/or performing all aspects of the department's office operation. Her duties include assisting the Department Head with the operational aspects of the department to include fiscal management associated with all departmental budgets, planning and report preparation, and supporting the instructional activities of the department associated with class scheduling, student and faculty assistance.
Office: Chester Park 206
Office Phone: 218-726-7890
Office: Weber Music Hall
A student of both choral and instrumental music, Don started performing professionally at the age of 16. Working with a talent agent, he played original and rock music from 1971 to 1975. His focus then shifted to folk music which culminated with a performance of an original composition at the inaugural ball of Wisconsin Governor Tony Earl in 1980.
A retail music venture, Great Northern Music Centers Inc. was the next thing to be added to his repertoire which he helped build to a three store operation in Ashland and Superior Wisconsin and Duluth Minnesota. This included a sound company, music school and recording studio. Further development of this venture yielded a sound system installation business which featured acoustical consulting, sound system design and sound system operator training.
In 2002, upon completion of the Weber Music Hall, he was asked to apply for the position of Facility Manager and Technical Director. This is the position he holds to this date. He has stayed active as a Sound Engineer, which over the years has included work for: Doc Severinson, Pam Tillis, Marvin Hamlisch, B. J. Thomas, Robin Eubanks, Joey DeFrancesco, SCTV, Vice President Walter Mondale and Governor Rudy Perpich.
Topie – Executive Office and Administrative Specialist
Office: 212 Humanities
Office Phone: 726-8208
Julie Topie is the Principal Administrative Assistant for the Department of Music. As receptionist, she is responsible for responding to requests for information pertaining to academics, scholarships, and incoming student auditions. She also provides secretarial support to the Department Head and faculty.
– Box Office Manager Executive
Office: MPAC 103
Office Phone: 726-8877
RaeAnn Williams is the Box Office Manager for the Departments of Music and Theatre. She is responsible for event ticket sales and house management with the help of several student employees, volunteers and practicum students.
For Information about music department programs and upcoming concerts, please call 218-726-8877