Dr. Warren J Gaughan is Director of the Music Department, and he also teaches courses in classical and jazz music. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Maryville College where he studied piano with Robert Bonham, a Masters of Music degree from UNC-Greensboro where he continued piano studies with George Kiorpes, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University where he worked with Rayna Barroll-Aschaffenburg and Robert Roux. In addition, he has also studied classical piano with Jeanine Dowis at the Aspen Summer Music Festival, and with Sheila Page. His lifelong interest in jazz led him to also attend Jamey Abersold workshops, and to study jazz piano with Keith MacDonald, Jack Coker and Mary Lou Williams. As a classical musician he has performed as a member of the Asheville Symphony, played live on WCQS (the local public radio station), and given solo recitals at Warren Wilson and other local colleges. His jazz performances are as a member of the "The Asheville Gentleman" and "Picante." Both groups perform locally and in public schools throughout North Carolinia, teaching the history and styles of jazz and Latin Jazz. Currently in his 33rd year of teaching at Warren Wilson, Dr. Gaughan enjoys the challenge of teaching and performing in two different genres.
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