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CMS Welcomes New Faculty for 2019-2020

Jeffrey BarudinJuly 2, 2019 CMS is pleased to welcome three new faculty members for 2019-2020.  Please welcome: 

Dr. Jeffrey Barudin, percussion

Dr. Jeffrey Barudin is a dynamic and innovative percussion performer and pedagogue. He has performed as a soloist and ensemble member around the world, including several performances at PASICs and PAS Days of Percussion. He has also participated in numerous world premiere performances and recordings. His playing has been praised as having "...the naturalness of conversation" with "joy that cascades from every note."

He is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO where he coordinates the percussion studio and directs the LU Symphony Orchestra. He is also the applied percussion professor at St. Charles Community College. Dr. Barudin is an in-demand freelance percussionist in the region, including recent performances with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Bach Society of St. Louis, Chamber Project STL, and Winter Opera STL.

Dr. Barudin has articles published in Percussive Notes and Percussive Arts Society Educators Companion, and his compositions are published by C-Alan Publications, Heartland Publications, and Innovative Percussion. He is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist and to endorse Sabian cymbals and Innovative Percussion mallets and products. He received his DMA and MM degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of Michigan and his BS in Music Education from Penn State University.


Michael FarisMichael D. Faris, percussion

Michael D. Faris is active in promoting issues related to percussion performance and education.  A native of Washington state, Faris was the principal substitute timpanist for the Seattle Symphony and Pacific Northwest Ballet before moving to St. Louis to receive a Masters of Music in Percussion from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music. Soon after his degree work, he founded and directed the nationally recognized Ladue Percussion--retiring recently after nearly three decades. In addition to his role as an educator, Faris is past president of the Missouri Percussive Arts Society, a published author on percussion methodology and an active performer having appeared with the Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, St. Louis Symphony, Bach Society, Opera Theatre and Ballet Orchestra, Fox Theatre Orchestra, Lancaster Festival Orchestra, and the Illinois Symphony with whom he gave his Carnegie Hall premiere. Currently, Faris is the percussion specialist for St. Louis University High School and the Founder and Director of the Strike Institute. He currently resides in West County with his wife Lenore and their basenji—Loki.  


Nadine HurNadine Hur, flute

Nadine Hur played her debut with the Honolulu Symphony at age 11 and has concertized in Europe, Asia and throughout the U.S. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Library of Congress. Nadine held a position as Principal Flutist with the Knoxville Symphony. In addition, she has performed with the Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and St. Louis Symphony. As a founding member of The Zéphyros Quintet, she was awarded both the Grand and First Prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. A long-time student of Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner, she studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and earned a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School. She later earned Juilliard’s professional studies certificate under Jeanne Baxtresser and studied privately with Keith Underwood. Nadine lives in St. Louis with cellist husband David and son Alexander.