Music Faculty BiosGet to know the instructors within the CCBC Music Program.
Associate Professor, Music Program Coordinator (Eastside)
Versatile musician Daniel Lewis is a guitarist and composer whose playing crosses the wide stylistic range of modern guitar technique, and whose compositions have been praised as, “contemporary, fun, and complex.” Mr. Lewis holds an MFA in Music Composition from Vermont College of Fine Arts along with a Master of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from the Mannes School of Music. Currently, he is the Music Program Coordinator at the Community College of Baltimore County, where he also teaches the Music Theory and Ear Training sequence.
Associate Professor, Music Program Coordinator (Westside)
Dr. Rebecca Ocampo (soprano) has performed extensively in opera, oratorio, musical theater, and placed in various voice competitions such as being named finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Regionals. She received her B.A., M.M., and D.M.A. from the University of Maryland as well as being a Certified Level III Somatic Voice teacher in Somatic Voicework™ (SVW) and The LoVetri Method, which is a body-based system of training for Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM). Dr. Ocampo is currently music faculty at Community College of Baltimore County and serves as the Music Coordinator on the Catonsville campus.
Associate Professor, Program Coordinator, Music Production and Audio Recording Technology
Brian Comotto has taught recording technology, applied classical and jazz piano, popular music theory, and directs the CCBC Jazz Plus ensemble. Mr. Comotto has been featured as a solo artist and as a member of many eclectic musical groups, earning a reputation of excellence and versatility as a pianist and vocalist. He composes and produces music for film and television (eg. All My Children), winning Emmys for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition in 2002, 2003 and 2005. Mr. Comotto earned a B. A. in music composition/theory at Towson University before earning an M.A. in music composition at New York University.
Casey Dickey teaches music technology and instrumental music at CCBC. He has had the privilege of writing for and performing with a variety of artists in Mali, Italy, Chile, and throughout the U.S., including Terri Lyne Carrington, Alkalifa Diarra, and Antonio Arnedo. From 2013 to 2018 Casey was assistant professor of jazz studies at EAFIT University in Medellín, Colombia. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM) and the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music (MM, DMA).
Assistant Professor, Concert Manager
Accomplished pianist and teacher, Matthew J. Palumbo made his solo debut with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra at age thirteen as the winner of the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival. He has since won several competitions and is in high demand as a Teacher, Judge, Adjudicator, and Master Clinician throughout the Baltimore-D.C. Metro region. His students have been accepted with highest scholarships to Peabody, University of Maryland, Towson, Howard, Susquehanna, and others. Professor Palumbo currently teaches Applied Piano, Piano Class, Music Fundamentals, and has been Concert Manager since 2019, where he is especially proud of our incredibly diverse music forum series.
Dr. Michelle Smith is a dramatic coloratura soprano from Kansas City, Missouri, that has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. She has a DMA in Voice Performance and a Certificate in University Teaching from West Virginia University, and completed certificates in Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy at Shenandoah University’s CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute and at the LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework™. Dr. Smith joined the CCBC music faculty in 2021, and sponsors the CCBC chapter of Student National Association of Teachers of Singing (SNATS). She teaches contemporary and classical styles of Applied Voice, Chamber Singers, and Survey of World Music.
Joelle Arnhold is adjunct faculty at CCBC where she has taught Applied Viola, Chamber Music, and Music Fundamentals. Dr. Arnhold has given masterclasses, recitals, and lectures at the University of Minnesota, Bethany College, Macalester College, and Utah State University. She has been featured as lecture-recitalist and Emerging Artist recitalist at the American Viola Society Festivals, and violist in Netflix/Fever's The Bridgerton Experience touring live show, and NPR's Tiny Desk concerts. Her students have received music scholarships to 4-year universities, and served as principals at the Interlochen Summer Festival high school division.
Michael Benjamin is a guitarist, band leader, songwriter, and instructor with a B.M. in Jazz Guitar Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He has worked with many notable musicians including Gary Thomas, Dennis Chambers, Paul Bollenback, Tom Williams, Benito Gonzalez, Billy Williams Jr, Steve Fidyk, Lee Pearson II, Alex Norris, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He has performed at the Baltimore Soundstage, The Music Center at Strathmore, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, An die Musik, and the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain. Most Thursday evenings you can find him playing at the Hotel Indigo in Baltimore.
Dr. Frances Borowsky, adjunct cello teacher at CCBC, has performed in over thirty countries as recitalist, soloist with orchestras, and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She studied at University of Maryland (DMA), Peabody Conservatory (MM), Folkwang University (MM), and Towson University (BM). Dr. Borowsky serves as Executive Director of the Intermuse Music Institute and Festival in Maryland, teaches cello privately and at CCBC, and repairs instruments at her shop, Grace Albert Strings, in Baltimore.
A musician of many passions, J. Andrew Dickenson is an Adjunct Professor at CCBC and has been involved with various productions during his career as a performer, composer, music director, and arranger. Andrew is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory and the Mannes College of Music, where he was also President/Artistic Director of the NYC Guitar Society and Head of the Concordia Conservatory String Department. Andrew has two recordings with soprano June Suh as well as a solo album and has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and United States.
Megan Dimmock is a lyric soprano who has sung throughout the country in musical theatre, opera, solo recitals, and many private engagements. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Maryland and her Master of Music from the University of Missouri-Columbia, both in vocal performance. Presently, Megan teaches Applied Voice on the college Music Faculty, Performing Arts Classes for Continuing Education, and early childhood music classes throughout Baltimore. She finds that working with students of all levels, ages, and musical goals is inspiring and rewarding. In 2010 she earned her Culinary Arts Degree and routinely uses her professional skills to cater fund raising events for music organizations.
Bill Elliott was a percussionist with The U.S. Army Field Band out of Washington DC from 1992 to 2022. He has made guest appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, shared the stage with many major symphonies, and has presented clinics/performances in all 50 states. Bill recently recorded the Soundtrack of the American Soldier at Skywalker Studios that won the 2022 Grammy for Best Immersive Audio Album. Mr. Elliott is currently music faculty at CCBC where his students have gone to Berklee College of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Towson University, and University of Maryland to finish their degrees.
Lynn Gambrill has taught at CCBC since 1995, teaching both jazz and classical piano. A graduate of Essex Community College and Towson University, she also attended the Peabody and Shenandoah Conservatories. She is the author of 3 piano pedagogy books: Roxy Piano Lessons Beginner Course, Carols by Christmas, and Recipes for Improvisation. Lynn develops new curriculum and works to be on the cutting edge of implementing new technology As a working musician, Lynn is an active member of the Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame and was the principle pianist for the Trinity Symphony Orchestra.
Samuel Garrett is an American composer based in Baltimore, MD. Heralded as “brilliant and haunting,” his work explores aesthetic and spiritual extremity through intuitive modes of composition. Garrett holds advanced degrees in composition and musicology from Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he completed his culminating thesis on the aesthetic categories of the sublime and the ineffable in the context of the work of French philosopher Georges Bataille. He attended University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he studied with Stuart Saunders Smith and Linda Dusman. He teaches music composition at Community College of Baltimore County.
Dr. Jarl Hulbert earned his Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Maryland and received his B.M., M.M. and studied piano as a Rotary Scholar in Vienna, Austria. An instructor of piano and other music classes at CCBC, Dr. Hulbert has also been music faculty at the University of Maryland, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and West Chester University (Pennsylvania). He was also coordinator of the world-renowned William Kapell International Piano Competition. Dr. Hulbert’s piano students have won many awards, and his CCBC students have successfully auditioned to degree programs at a variety of prestigious institutions.
Pianist Dr. Bonghee Lee is an avid soloist and chamber musician. Her interviews, performances, and recordings have been broadcast across Croatia, South Korea, and throughout the U.S. Dr. Lee has performed and presented masterclass in numerous acclaimed venues in U.S., France, Canada, China, and South Korea. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a graduate fellowship at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she completed her Master’s degree under Sarah Stulman Zieler Prize and the Lillian Gutman Memorial Prize. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Yonsei University in South Korea.
Janet Crisalli Lindquist
Janet Crisalli Lindquist holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the Catholic University of America. In her vocal performance career, she was honored with numerous awards, including Finalist of the Regional Metropolitan Opera Competition and Winner of the Annapolis Opera Competition. She performed major Soprano roles with the Baltimore Touring Opera Theatre, the Baltimore Opera Company, the Harford Opera Company, Cockpit in Court Theatre, and Annapolis Opera, among others. She performed as soloist and recital artist with the Baltimore Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, and Arundel Vocal Arts Society. She served as the CCBC Music Program Coordinator (Catonsville) from 2008-2014.
Abhinn Malhotra began at Hofstra University as a Euphonium Performance major. He transferred to the Peabody Institute of Music to complete his undergraduate Euphonium studies with Dr. Steven Kellner. After graduating, Abhinn returned to Peabody to pursue two Master’s degrees in Wind Conducting and Euphonium Performance, continuing his studies with Dr. Harlan D. Parker, and Dr. Steven Kellner respectively. After completing his Graduate degrees in 2018, Abhinn stayed at Peabody as a Doctoral Candidate in Wind Conducting and was awarded the Wind Conducting Graduate Assistantship. He now focuses on masterclasses and workshops with emerging ensembles.
Clint McCallum is a composer, performer, poet, author, and teacher living in Baltimore Maryland. He composes emotionally immediate contemporary music and writes about how we use music to transcend what we were. He holds a B.M. in music composition from the Oberlin Conservatory, and a Ph.D. in music from the University of California San Diego. At the C.C.B.C. he teaches classes on audio technology, music appreciation, and the music business. In addition to demonstrating a mastery of knowledge presented in these courses, his students develop their own compositional voices by writing exciting new music and sharing it with one another.
Olivia Meadows, DMA is the Assistant Director of Admissions at Peabody Conservatory and Adjunct Woodwind Faculty at the Community College of Baltimore County. She has performed with ensembles including the Annapolis Symphony, Hawaii Symphony, and Arkansas Symphony and presented lecture recitals at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Sacramento State University, San Jose State University, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Texas A&M International University. Olivia has been invited to the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest as a performer and/or panelist each year since 2016. She is passionate about pedagogy and commissioning teaching repertoire.
David Saenz is an experienced music educator and jazz musician. He teaches applied jazz saxophone at Community College of Baltimore County and directs student jazz ensembles at Johns Hopkins University. David served fifteen years teaching instrumental and general music in Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPSS), grades pre-K through eight. He implemented American Kodaly Institute best practices while curating diverse music curricula under the tutelage of Peabody Institute early childhood chair Dr. Eric Rasmussen. David studied with Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Allan Chase, and Eric Kloss while earning music performance degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and New England Conservatory of Music.
Violinist and teacher Rachael Stockton is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, from which she received B.M. and M.M. degrees in Violin Performance. She is an active member of the Annapolis and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestras, and operates her own private violin teaching studio out of her home in Baltimore city, CharmCityViolin. Having studied piano from a young age, Rachael is able to wear many hats when in the music studio. She considers herself lucky to have the attention and privilege of teaching violin students of all ages and levels.