Department of Music

Music Faculty

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Dr. Marcus Ballard Dr. Malcolm J. Breda
(Professor Emeritus)
Dr. Wilfred Delphin
Dr. O'Neal Douglas Sr. M. Juliana Haynes Ms. Dara Rahming
Dr. Tim Turner Dr. John E. Ware Mrs. Heather Yarmel
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Marcus Ballard – D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music
ext. 7596

Marc Ballard is Lecturer in Music Theory and Music History, and Instructor of Woodwinds at Xavier University. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Henderson State University, and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi. His principal teachers include D. Ray McClelland, Deborah Bish, Steven Becraft, and Lawrence Gwozdz. Dr. Ballard has also participated in master-classes with world renowned saxophonists Bob Mintzer and Eugene Rousseau.

His performances include appearances with Bernadette Peters, Bob Dorough, The Sinfonia Gulf Coast, The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, The Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Young at Heart Big Band, and the Texarkana Jazz Orchestra. Dr. Ballard performs and records regularly with bands and artists in the New Orleans area, including the blues band Lil’ Red and Big Bad, winners of the 2010 New Orleans Blues Challenge. Dr. Ballard is also a member of the music society Pi Kappa Lambda, and  Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.

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Wilfred Delphin – D.M.A.
Artist in Residence
ext. 7598

Dr. Wilfred Delphin, one half of the internationally renowned piano duo Delphin and Romaine, retired from the SIUC School of Music in 2004.  He volunteered with the United States Peace Corps for several months in the West African country of Senegal after his retirement, leaving that country for New Orleans to help with the recovery effort after Hurricane Katrina.

Delphin debuted in 1977 at Carnegie Hall with Edwin Romain.  The two of them toured the United States, South America, Europe and Asia.  After Romain passed in 1995, Delphin continued performing and teaching.  His fans include former President Jimmy Carter, for whom he played a solo recital in the East Room of the White House.  He is part of Baldwin Piano’s “World’s Best” promotion and is a South Carolina Arts Commission Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award winner.  Currently, he is a faculty member and artist-in-residence in the Department of Music at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, where he is also an alumnus.

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O'Neal Douglas – D.M.A.
Interim Professor of Music Theory
ext: 6739

Dr. O'Neal Douglas holds a D.M.A. in Composition from Michigan State University, a M.M. in Composition from Central Michigan University, and a B.A. in Music Education from Louisiana Tech University. He is a two time winner of the Michigan State University College of Music Honors Competition for "Singing Tree", premiered in April 2007 by the MSU Symphony Band, and for "Tapestry", premiered in December 2008, by the MSU Wind Symphony. Dr. Douglas has affiliations with ASCAP, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Beta Mu.

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Sr. Juliana Haynes S.B.S., M.M., Ph.D. (honoris causa)
Assistant Professor of Music
. 7588

Sr. Juliana is a Sister of the Blessed Sacrament presently residing in Xavier University Convent, New Orleans.  Sister has a long experience of working with and in the Xavier Music Department, beginning with her position as head of the Junior School of Music and assisting Sr. M. Elise, foundress of Opera Ebony.

After some years as principal of St. Peter Claver School in New Orleans, Sister was elected to the leadership of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, a position she held until 1990.  She then returned to Xavier as Assistant Professor of Music, then was elected Chair of the Music Department.  During that time she authored a number of grants bringing technology to the Department.  She also directed the Junior School of Music and added a special program for children from infancy to 5 years of age, the “Early Birds”.

In 2003 Sister was asked to serve her congregation as Coordinator of Public Affairs in Philadelphia, PA.  In 2010 Sister Juliana was re-assigned to the Xavier Music Department and, besides teaching and assisting the Chair, she is rebuilding the Junior School of Music which has not yet come back from the Katrina devastation

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Dara Rahming – M.M.
Instructor of Voice and Director of Opera Workshop
ext: 7546

Bahamian-born soprano, Dara Rahming received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Masters of Music from the University of Miami.  Soon after completing her education she sang her first contracted role in her native Bahamas singing the role of Ginain the Bahamian Opera “Our Boys” composed by Cleaphas Adderley.  “Our Boys”, commissioned by the Bahamian government, in 1998, for the celebration of the Bahamas 25th year of Independence was a first for the country and a great success.  Since then Ms. Rahming has performed with numerous opera companies in the United States and Europe.  She has sung with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and performed in the revival of Scott Jophin’s “Treemonisha” and the revision of Dominick Argento’s “Miss Havisham’s Fire” with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis.  In 2004 Dara sang the role of Medora in Verdi’s “Il Corsaro”, with the Sarasota Opera and went on to sing her first Tosca with the same company later that season.  The Sarasota Opera duly recognized her hard work by making her the recipient of the Daniel R. Mandelker and Marlene N.Harris Fund Grant.  That summer she sang the role of Serena in the Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” at the Linz Landestheatre in Linz, Austria.  Later that year, she performed the same role at the Bunkamura Orchestra Hall in Tokyo, Japan and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Germany.

After witnessing the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the massive flooding in the New Orleans area in 2005, Ms. Rahming decided to dedicate herself to the relief effort.  In 2006, she along with friends began a Benefit Recital Series designed to raise money for her alma mater, Xavier University of Louisiana located in New Orleans.

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Tim Turner – D.M.A.
Department Head
Associate Professor of Music, Director of Bands and Professor of Trumpet
ext. 6738

Timothy R. Turner is Chair and Director of Bands in the Department of Music at Xavier University of Louisiana.  Dr. Turner received both his B.M.Ed. and his M.A. degrees from Memphis State University and his D.M.A. with emphasis in Music Education at the Rudy E. Scheidt School of Music at the renamed University of Memphis.  His Bachelor’s degree is in music education, while his Master’s degree is in Individual Studies concentrating on the performance aspects of orchestral, jazz, commercial music and studio recording.  Although his emphasis is in music education, Dr. Turner is a certified recording and music production specialist with his focus being composition and MIDI technology.  While completing his studies, he was a student of noted composer/educator James Richens, acclaimed Jazz musician/composer Eugene Allen Rush and conductor and mentor Dr. Sidney Jean McKay. Turner is a band/orchestral conductor/clinician for World Strides/Heritage Music Festival Company, several school systems, honor bands (Jazz and symphonic), and band programs in the mid-south and southern region of the country.

As a free-lance studio musician, Dr. Turner has performed with legendary names such as Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Eden and a host of others.  He is an active member of the Music Educators National Conference Association, the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, the International Association of Jazz Educators, the National Black Music Caucus, and the American Federation of Musicians.  Dr. Turner is also a member of the society of Pi Kappa Lambda and also the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternities.

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John E. Ware – D.M.A.
Professor and Director of Choirs
ext. 7621

John E. Ware is a Professor of Music at Xavier University where he teaches Voice, Conducting, Vocal Diction, Vocal Literature and Pedagogy, and is the Conductor of the Xavier Concert Choir and University Chorus. With extensive training as a classical singer, Dr. Ware has chosen to use this aspect of his education and experience maintaining a vigorous studio of aspiring vocalists where he works with some 15 young singers each year. Several of his students have been accepted to some of the nation’s premier graduate schools and have gone on to significant performing careers.

Dr. Ware is the designated Rosa Keller Endowed Chair in Music at Xavier University. Ware holds memberships in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, The American Choral Director’s Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Music Fraternity and is a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. As a national choral adjudicator for World Strides/Heritage Music Festival Company, Ware travels yearly throughout the U.S., British Columbia, and Porto Rico listening to hundreds of high school choral groups and working with their directors.

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Heather Yarmel, M.M.
Principal Flute, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
Artist Teacher, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
Adjunct Professor of Flute, Xavier University of Louisiana

Heather Zinninger Yarmel is Principal Flutist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. A native of Louisville, KY, she received a Master's Degree from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and a Bachelor's Degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Before attending college, Heather graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy. Her primary teachers include Leone Buyse, Bonita Boyd, Tallon Perkes, and Donald Gottlieb. A prizewinner in several national competitions, Heather was awarded first prize in the National Flute Association's Orchestral Audition Competition. She has performed as a guest in the flute sections of the Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and New World Symphony. During her summers, she has participated in the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, and Chautauqua Institution Music Festival. She currently teaches at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and Xavier University of Louisiana. For more information, see

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Adjunct Professors

Heather Yarmel M.M.- Flute

Mr. Ivan Griffin, M.M. - Voice

Mr. Herman Lebeaux, M.M. - Percussion

Mitchell Stevens – M.A. - Piano, Voice

Sojiro Yamada – M.A.- Strings

Olga Ljungholm, M.M. - piano accompanist, Opera Workshop, Choirs

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