Director of Bands
Bill Machold, Marching Band Director, Instructor of Percussion
Bill Machold has earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from SUNY Fredonia (Fredonia NY) and a Master of Music degree in Performance from the University of Akron (Akron OH). He is currently on the music faculties of Quincy University and Culver-Stockton College and has taught at Western Illinois University.
Active as a clinician and performer, Bill has worked with and written music for many high school bands in the Quincy region. He also maintains a large private teaching studio in Quincy. In recent years he has been a judge at the Quincy High School Octoberfest marching band competition, The Barry Apple Festival marching band competition, the Culver-Stockton Homecoming Parade marching band competition, and the Clark County High School marching band competition, as well as various IHSA and IGSMA solo and ensemble festivals.
Bill maintains an active performing schedule, including the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Big River Swing Machine, and Raised On Radio, and performs regularly on faculty recitals.
Instructor of Vocal Music / Coordinator of Music Program and Data Management
Born and raised in Palmyra, Missouri, Amy Stollberg received her Bachelor of Music degree from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri in 1987.
Mrs. Stollberg then went back to Palmyra and taught both instrumental and vocal music for grades five through twelve for four years. At the same time, she obtained a Master of Education Administration degree from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri in 1992.
Amy has taught applied voice at Culver-Stockton College and presently teaches in her studio in Quincy. She is the music director at Christ Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Stollberg has been a member of the Quincy Symphony Chorus and has served as soprano section co-leader. She has sung as soloist with the Muddy River Opera Company and on the Sunday Music Series. Mrs. Stollberg has been adjudicator for choral and vocal contests all over Western Illinois.
Amy served as the member organization representative to the executive committee of the Quincy Society of Fine Arts while she was general manager of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association.
She has served as a board member at St. Mary’s School in Quincy. Amy and her husband Jeff live in Quincy with their three daughters Ashley, Emily, and Erika.
Assistant Professor of Choral Music
Mr. Allen Means teaches choir, voice, and low brass at Quincy University. He has a Master of Arts degree in voice performance from Western Illinois University. He also has a Bachelor of Arts in trombone performance from Quincy University and a Bachelor of Music with teacher certification from Liberty University.
Allen has sung professionally with the Saint Martin Chamber Players in Peoria and the Muddy River Opera in Quincy. He performed the role of “Antonio” in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in the spring of 2005 with the Saint Martin Chamber Players. For the Muddy River Opera Company in 2006, he performed the role of “Boatswain” in their January, production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, the role of “Mayor/Coyote/Ranchero” in the spring children’s opera production of Enrique Gonzales-Medina’s How Nanita Learned to Make Flan, and the role of the “Tenor” in the September 2006 fundraiser production of Murder at the Opera. For MROC in 2007, Allen performed the role of “Pish Tush” in the January production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, and the role of “Strongman/London Music Hall Artist” in the spring children’s opera, Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing. In 2008, he performed the role of the “Baritone” in Alice in Operaland for MROC. Allen was the “Wolf” for MROC’s 2009 performance of Little Red Riding Hood, and the “Fox” in MROC’s 2010 production of Chanticleer. In November of 2006, Allen sang the baritone solos from Faure’s Requiem with the Quincy Symphony Chorus and chamber orchestra, and has twice sung in Quincy’s Sunday Music Series.
Allen has been an adjudicator for all-district auditions and solo and ensemble contest auditions in Illinois. This will be his fifth year as the Quincy University choir director.
Associate Professor of Music / Jazz Artist in Residence
Mr. Steve Parke is currently employed at Quincy University in the music program with the official title of Artist in Residence and Coordinator of Professional Multi-Media. His teaching responsibilities include courses in Applied Brass Instruments, Brass Methods, Business of Music, Composition and MIDI, Orchestration, History of Jazz and Rock, First-Year Experience, Principles of Audio Production, Electronic Technologies and Society, Understanding Media, Jazz Improvisation and Jazz Ensemble while also serving as Advisor/Mentor to university students. In addition, Parke has performed with many Quincy area music ensembles including the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Quincy Park Band, Quincy Brass Quintet and the Big River Swing Machine.
His professional experience includes performances and features with the Jim Widner Big Band, Buddy DeFranco, Bobby Shew, Frank Mantooth, Steve Weist, Roger Enghram (lead trumpet player for Harry Connick, Jr.), Bill Watrous, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson and many others. Among Parke’s musical compositions are Introduction, Melodie, Swing! performed in September 1994, by the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, a jazz Big Band chart called Swing This! premiered by the Jim Widner Big Band at the 1995 Missouri Music Educators Conference held at Osage Beach, MO, and another jazz chart commissioned by the Hannibal High School, Hannibal, MO, entitled Dogs are from Mars, Cats are from Venus, which was recorded on CD in the summer of 1996 and released for sale to the public. Works composed in the summer of 1997 include Red Rose within a Blue Moon for piano performed in recital by fellow faculty member Leonora Suppan-Gehrich in her recital at Concordia University and Spiritus for brass quintet performed on tour by the music faculty of Western Illinois University. Groovin' at O'Griff's was composed in 1999 for the Big River Swing Machine of Quincy.
Before accepting his employment at Quincy University, Parke traveled extensively throughout the United States as a professional musician. Various performance situations include cruise ships off the coast of Florida, the Variety Club Telethon broadcast live from Ames, Iowa, and nightclubs from coast to coast including two years in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1987, Parke decided to return to Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana, to finish a Master of Music Degree in performance with a minor in Music Education. He accepted his current teaching position at Quincy University in 1989.
Leonora Suppan Gehrich
Artist in Residence
Leonora Suppan-Gehrich is Artist in Residence at Quincy University. She received the Artist’s Diploma from the Hochschule fuer Musik in Vienna and M.M. degree and Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University. Postgraduate studies were pursued at conservatories of Venice and Warsaw, and at the University of Iowa. Before joining the faculty of QU, Leonora taught at Western Illinois University, Culver-Stockton College, and MacMurray College.
She has performed concerts in many European countries (Austria, Germany, Poland, France, England, Portugal, Holland) in Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Her New York debut recital was in Carnegie Recital Hall. Mrs. Gehrich also performed in Town Hall (with cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi) and in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center (as a member of the Leopold Sipe Trio). She was first prize winner and cash award winner in the International Recording Competition of the Piano Guild in 1982 and 1983. In 1992, she was one of seventy pianists from the US and Europe to be invited at the International Beethoven Festival at southern Illinois University. In 1987, Leonora Suppan-Gehrich received an honorary doctorate from Quincy University and in 1988 she was the recipient of the Arts Award of the city of Quincy. In addition to traditional concert repertoire, Leonora Suppan-Gehrich is performing works of women composers at the 5th Interdisciplinary Conference of Women in San Jose, Costa Rica, 3rd and 4th Festival of Women Composers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Symposium of Black Women composers at Hampton University; and Focus on African American Music at Dayton University.
Adjunct Faculty members include:
Michael Saul, Lecturer in Music
Jesse Mazzoccoli, Guitar Instructor