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Dr. Stephen Kalm

Dean and Professor of Music • stephen.kalm@umontana.edu

Stephen Kalm has sung with many of America’s leading regional opera companies including the Houston Grand Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, Minnesota Opera, Connecticut Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and The Pennsylvania Opera Theatre. Internationally, He received critical acclaim for his solo’s in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Filarmonica de Bogota, and in the role of Franco Hartmann in Meredith Monk’s Atlas in Berlin, Paris and London. He has recorded that work for ECM, as well as Ben Johnston’s Five Fragments for New World Records, and the premiere recording of Harry Partch’s Seventeen Lyrics of Li Po for Tzadik Records. 

Other engagements include Meredith Monk’s opera,The Politics of Quiet, for which he received a New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award . He has also been a featured soloist at The Next Wave Festival at BAM, The Lincoln Center Festival, The Knitting Factory, The European Cultural Capital Festival in Copenhagen, the Avignon Festival, the Spoleto USA Festival, and the Encontros Arcarte Festival in Lisbon. In the Northwest he has performed with the Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Helena and Missoula Symphony Orchestras, as well as the String Orchestra of the Rockies, the Missoula Childrens Theater and sang the role of Sumatsi in Poia in Great Falls for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial celebration. His other commercial recordings include Harry Partch’s The Wayward on Wergo Records, William Harper’s Snow Leopard, in which he plays role of the Potter, on CafePress Records, and the title role of Benjamin Franklin in John Carbon’s Benjamin on Zimbel Records. Recently,he gave perfomances of the Seventeen Lyrics of Li Po at the Bern Biennale in Switzerland and the Beyond Baroque concert series in Los Angeles. In summer of 2011, he will sing the role of the Count in Montana Lyric Opera’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.

Dr. Kalm has a B.M. in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, an M.A. from Queens College, and a D.M.A. from The City University of New York.   He currently serves as the Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at The University of Montana. He appreciates his wonderful family, which includes his wife Robin, his daughter Anna, and his son Evan, and their support of his singing habit!

Amber Bushnell

Graphic Designer • amber.bushnell@umontana.edu

Amber Bushnell joined the CVPA Dean's Office in October of 2012 as the Graphic Designer for all the Schools within the College of Visual and Performing Arts.  Amber also is an installation and live performance artist.

Jill Johns

CVPA Fiscal Officer and Assistant to the Dean • jill.johns@mso.umt.edu

Jill Johns has worked in the Dean's Office since June of 2012 as the CVPA Fiscal Officer and Assistant to the Dean.  Prior to joining the CVPA, Jill worked in the School of Music as the Business Manager.  Her prior experience includes, UM Foundation and Assistant Chief Deputy Treasurer for the Missoula County Treasurer's Office.  An accomplished event planner, Jill is a Montana native and spends time enjoying her wonderful family, decorating, and the beautiful outdoors.

Peggy Nesbitt

Director of Arts Information and Outreach and Assistant to the Dean • peggy.nesbitt@umontana.edu

Peggy Nesbitt has worked as the Director of Arts Information since July 2011.  Prior to her current position, Peggy worked in Continuing Education at UM for over 21 years.  She has Bachelor in Social Work degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Montana, and is an avid Grizzly fan.

Jeramy Parker

Computer Support Specialist • cvpatech@umontana.edu

Jeramy Parker began working as a Computer Support Specialist for the CVPA in 2008.  He joined us as a STAP student prior to that.

Sharon Schneider

Administrative Associate and Office Manager • sharon.schneider@umontana.edu

Sharon Schneider has been working for the College of Visual and Performing Arts since 2003.  Throughout her career journey, she has worked in Boston at the 57 Park Plaza Hotel complex, in Cambridge at CDM (an international engineering consulting firm), in Salt Lake City at Sarcos Inc. (an engineering robotics company) and the University of Utah Legal Counsel.  

She graduated from Fisher College in Boston and has continued her life education with courses from BYU, U of Utah, and UM.  An urbanite turned country, the adventure continues with ranching, gardening, camping, biking, book club, rockhounding, etc.

Christian Gold Stagg

Director of Development UMArts • christian.goldstagg@mso.umt.edu

Christian Gold Stagg grew up in southern Idaho and earned her B.A. in Theatre and Dance from the University of Alaska Anchorage. At UM, Christian has served as the Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations for the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences. Prior to joining the UM Foundation, Christian was Development Director for Rude Mechanicals Theatre Collective (Rude Mechs), and a regional Development Officer for The University of Texas at Austin. Her husband Tom is pursuing his MFA in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and together with their daughter Opal, they are delighted to be part of the UM community.