Active Learning Opportunities


Whether you see yourself performing in the spotlight, inspiring in the classroom, or creating magic in a recording studio, Quincy University can prepare you for a future of achievement.  Quincy's Music program prepares you for a well-rounded degree in music, with particular emphasis on music history, music theory, literature, and performance. Junior and senior recitals cap the performance component of this degree. Our Music professors are experienced musicians and will mentor and guide you through the program. Additionally, our small class sizes allow for improved interaction among you and your fellow students and between you and your professors.  And all student musicians--not just music majors and minors--are invited and encouraged to join one or more of our many available instrumental and vocal music ensembles.  All student performers (majors and non-majors) are eligible for a number of performance scholarships.

All students wishing to major or minor in Music audition before members of the music faculty prior to acceptance as a Music major or minor. If you're ready to join a talented team of performers, your audition may qualify you for scholarships or grants, renewable for up to four years. The prestigious Hugh Soebbing Scholarship, for instance, carries an award of up to $6,500.

Contact Us

For more information about the Music program, feel free to contact:

Amy K. Stollberg
Music Education Coordinator; Voice Instructor
217-228-5432 ext. 3160
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Music Faculty

machold-bill2Bill Machold
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.

 stollberg-amyAmy Stollberg
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.

means-allenAllen Means
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.

Christine Damm
Instructor of Music

Dr. Christine Damm is Instructor of Music for Quincy University. She teaches Woodwind Lessons and several music courses. She is the Principal Clarinetist with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and maintains a successful private woodwind studio. She has performed extensively as a clarinetist with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, and the Prairie Winds. She is an advocate of new music and has premiered several works for the clarinet. She has been selected as a Lead Presenter for the Michigan Music Conference and the Indiana Music Education Convention. In addition, she regularly gives music clinics to area schools. Her dissertation,  Beginning Clarinet Instruction: a Survey of Pedagogical Approaches, was published in the Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education. She has previously served on the faculty Angelo State University, Culver-Stockton College, John Wood Community College, and Moberly Area Community College. Christine received her DMA in clarinet from University of Missouri - Kansas City, MM in clarinet from the University of Illinois, and a BA in music from Quincy University.

 gehrich-leonoraLeonora 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

Music Auditions

All incoming students planning to major in music, music education, or communication and music production must successfully complete an audition before the music faculty to be accepted into the Music Program. Non-majors are welcome to participate in a variety of music ensembles pending successful auditions before the appropriate music faculty.  Students in all fields of study are required to audition in order to be eligible for grant money.

Audition dates for the 2014-15 school year are November 8, January 24, February 21, and February 28. Additional audition dates- are available by appointment.

Auditions are comprised of the following:

  1. Two contrasting solo pieces or etudes of the student's choosing.  For instrumentalists, this includes one lyrical and one technical piece.  For vocalists, it includes two different classical style pieces or one classical piece and another from musical theater.  Percussionists may audition on two of the following: snare drum, drum set, timpani, keyboard percussion (instruments are provided but sticks/mallets are not).
  2. Sight reading
  3. Three major scales of the student's choosing (instrumentalists only)
  4. Basic theory and basic aural skills exam during the first week of classes (music majors only)

To schedule an audtion, complete the online Audition Request Form or contact Amy Stollberg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 217-228-5432, ext. 3160.


MUS 070     Concert Attendance
Credit Hours: 0
This course entails attendance at required concerts to develop critical listening skills. Required of music majors every semester until they pass five semesters. Graded P/F.

MUS 113     Music Theory I
Credit Hours: 3
Scales, intervals, keys. Figured basses using triads in all major and minor keys. Principles of voice leading. Analysis of Bach chorales. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 115.

MUS 114     Music Theory II
Credit Hours: 3
Continuation of MUS 113. Figured basses using dominant seventh and secondary seventh chords. Prerequisite: MUS 113. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 116.

MUS 115    Aural Skills I
Credit Hours: 1
Solfege, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 113.

MUS 116    Aural Skills II
Credit Hours: 1
Continuation of MUS 115. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 114.

MUS 117     Music Appreciation
Credit Hours: 3
Basic elements of music including historical over view tracing development of musical forms and types. Includes listening to music.

MUS 213     Music Theory III
Credit Hours: 3
Additional work in sight singing, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation. Figured basses using ninth chords, altered chords, chromaticism, modulation. Prerequisites: MUS 113-114, 115-116. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 215.

MUS 214     Music Theory IV
Credit Hours: 3
Continuation of MUS 213. Practice in 20th century techniques.

MUS 215    Aural Skills III
Credit Hours: 1
Continuation of MUS 116. Concurrent enrollment in MUS 213.

MUS 218 History of Jazz and Rock
Credit Hours: 3
Jazz and Rock as media of musical expression from their beginning to present.  Includes listening to music.

MUS 219     Diction for Singing I
Credit Hours: 3
The basics of pronunciation and language structure, as applied to singing. Introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and its practical application to English and German. Intended primarily for music majors with voice as their major performance area. Instructor consent required. Offered as needed.

MUS 220    Diction for Singing II
Credit Hours: 2
A continuation of MUS 219. Further instruction in IPA and its application to Italian, French, and Spanish. Intended primarily for music majors with voice as their major performance area. Instructor consent required. Prerequisite: MUS 219. Offered as needed.

MUS 299     Music Proficiency
Credit Hours: 0

MUS 310 The Business of Music
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the interface of music with the business world.  The course combines classroom discussions, audio/video materials, reading materials from one textbook and a variety of handout materials, field trips, and guest lecturers. There are no course prerequisites. Does not fulfill general education requirement in Fine Arts.

MUS 311     Music History I
Credit Hours: 3
Survey of music from earliest antiquity to 1750. Prerequisite: MUS 114.

MUS 312    Music History II
Credit Hours: 3
Survey of music from 1750 to present. Prerequisite: MUS 114.

MUS 313     Orchestration and Arranging
Credit Hours: 3
Methods and materials for orchestrating music for educational purposes. Includes transposition, characteristics and capabilities of instruments, and appropriate ranges for voice.

MUS 399     Junior Recital
Credit Hours: 0

MUS 490    Practicum in Church Music
Credit Hours: 3
The practicum represents the culminating activity for church music majors and should be taken during the last semester of enrollment. Students will work with several faculty members in a variety of liturgical settings to gain experience in the many responsibilities of the position. Activities may include working with choirs, handbell choirs, worship and praise teams, hymn and service music performance, budgeting and scheduling.

MUS 499     Senior Recital & Paper Music Education
Credit Hours: 1

MED 317     Elementary School Music
Credit Hours: 2
Methods and procedures for teaching music in the elementary school.

MED 319    String Methods
Credit Hours: 1
Techniques, teaching methods, and materials for string instruments.

MED 320     Percussion Methods
Credit Hours: 1
Techniques, teaching methods, and materials for percussion instruments. Offered as needed.

MED 321    Vocal Methods
Credit Hours: 1
Techniques, teaching methods, and materials for vocal instruction.

MED 341     Junior and Senior High School Music
Credit Hours: 2
Methods and procedures for teaching music in junior and senior high schools.

MED 349  Choral Conducting/Methods
Credit Hours: 2
Advanced conducting techniques, methods, materials, and philosophies specific to choral music. Includes selection and analysis of music, rehearsal and baton techniques, musical interpretation and score reading. Offered as needed.

MED 351     Instrumental Conducting/Methods
Credit Hours: 2
Advanced conducting techniques, methods, materials, and philosophies specific to instrumental music. Includes selection and analysis of music, rehearsal and baton techniques, musical interpretation and score reading.

MED 412     Woodwind Methods
Credit Hours: 2
Techniques, teaching methods, and materials for woodwind instruments. Offered as needed.

MED 413     Brass Methods
Credit Hours: 2
Techniques, teaching methods, and materials for brass instruments. Offered as needed.

Applied Music

Amount of practice time suggested for applied music students: one credit hour per semester – seven hours practice a week; two credit hours per semester – fourteen hours practice a week.
Generally, nonmusic majors take one private lesson of one-half hour per week and receive one credit hour per semester. Music majors take one private lesson of one hour per week or two one-half hour lessons per week and receive two credit hours per semester. Students enrolled in applied lessons must meet with the designated instructor the first week of each semester to determine a lesson time.
Applied courses are offered in the following areas:
Pipe Organ   
Woodwind Instruments
Brass Instruments
Jazz Improvisation    
String Instruments
Percussion Instruments    

See the current course schedule for complete listing of course numbers and credit hours for applied music courses (MUA).

Music Activities

One credit hour per semester is given for each of these music activities:
    MUS 177-178, 277-278, 377-378, 477-478    Pep Band
    MUS 183-184, 283-284, 383-384, 483-484    Chamber Choir*
    MUS 185-186, 285-286, 385-386, 485-486    Community Band (Graded P/F)
    MUS 189-190, 289-290, 389-390, 489-490    Concert Choir
    MUS 191-192, 291-292, 391-392, 491-492    Symphonic Band*
    MUS 193-194, 293-294, 393-394, 493-494    Orchestra* (Graded P/F)
    MUS 195-196, 295-296, 395-396, 495-496    Jazz Ensemble*
    MUS 197-198, 297-298, 397-398, 497-498    Marching/Concert Band

    *By audition only.


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