Year-round faculty

Exceptional faculty share their passion for music education in the Music Institute's year-round programs.

Piano department


Sue Miller

Piano Department Head

Education: George Mason University, Boise State University
Professor: Associate Professor Piano and Music Theory, College of Southern Idaho
Private Instructor: Twin Falls ID, Sun Valley ID


Leigh Heward

Piano Instructor

Education: College of Southern Idaho, Piano, Vocal Performance, Music Education
Awards: National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award
Private Instructor: piano and voice, Twin Falls ID, Sun Valley ID


String department


Ellen Sanders

Cellist, String Department Head, cello and string bass instructor

Education: Oberlin College, San Francisco Conservatory
Performances: Santa Cruz Symphony, Opera San Jose, San Jose Chamber Orchestra
Member: Sun Valley Music Festival
Conductor: Sun Valley Music Festival Music Institute, Wood River High School


Rudolph Kremer

Violinist, violin and viola instructor

Education: Western Illinois University- Almita and Roland Vamos
Performances: San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Fidelio String Quartet, Lisbon
Member: Sun Valley Music Festival
Visiting Artist & Professor: Saigon Conservatory and Aufdart Academy, Ho Chi Minh City


Voice department


R.L. Rowsey

Education Artistic Director, vocal department head

Education: Virginia Commonwealth University
Musical/Artistic Director: A New American Opera, The Studio Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, Company of Fools, Caritas Choral, Light on the Mountains Center for Spiritual Living
Narrator: Sun Valley Music Festival


John Mauldin

Tenor, vocal instructor

Education: Utah State University, University of Utah, Arizona State University
Performances: Honolulu Symphony, Phoenix Bach Choir, Vancouver Symphony, Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia
Awards: National Association for Teachers of Singing, Macalister Award




Joel Bejot

Pianist, Organist

Education: Concordia University, Denver University
Director of Music: St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Private instructor: Piano, Voice and Organ Sun Valley ID


Lisa Pettit

Pianist, Accompanist

Education: Brigham Young University, Colorado State University
Private Instructor: Hailey ID