Our faculty are excellent and dedicated.

The Woodwind Performance Institute faculty is made up of University of Dayton faculty as well artists and performers from professional organizations, providing a well-rounded learning experience.

Cleo Leung

Coordinator of Woodwind Performance Institute, University of Dayton Faculty

Cleo Leung is the coordinator of the Woodwind Performance Institute at the University of Dayton. In addition to her services at the University of Dayton as an adjunct flute instructor and director of the flute ensemble, she is also a freelance performer and teacher in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky areas.

Wallis Vore

University of Dayton Faculty

Wallis Vore, D.M.A., is a prominent freelance musician in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky. She performs regularly with The Dayton Philharmonic, The Springfield Symphony, and The Blue Ash Symphony. 

Krista Weiss

Krista Weiss

Freelance Artist

Krista Weiss is an active freelance clarinetist in the Cincinnati area and has recently performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, and Lexington Philharmonic.

Originally from Bellevue, Washington, Ms. Weiss moved to the Midwest to attend Indiana University, where she received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees as a student of Eli Eban. She has spent four summers as a fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival, where she studied with Joaquin Valdepeñas, Burt Hara, and Bil Jackson. In addition to her time in Aspen, Ms. Weiss has spent previous summers performing with the National Repertory Orchestra, Chautauqua Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, and Marrowstone Music Festival.

Ms. Weiss has ben an educational clinician for D’Addario Woodwinds since 2013. Through her work with D’Addario she has presented over a hundred clinics on woodwind pedagogy and equipment at schools and conventions across the country.

Kristen Smith

University of Dayton Faculty

Kristen Smith is associate professor of bassoon at the University of Dayton. She is also second bassoon in the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra where she has performed for several years.

Willie Morris

University of Dayton Faculty

Willie Morris holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from East Carolina University, a Master of Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He has performed at the World Saxophone Congress in Valencia, Spain, the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference and at other regional conferences. At the University of Dayton Willie teaches saxophone performance and is the director of the Dayton Jazz Ensemble. 

Eileen Whalen

University of Dayton Faculty

Eileen Whalen, oboist, has been hailed by the New York Times on multiple occasions for her “beautiful playing” and "considerable virtuosity" and Opera Today has praised her solos as "exquisite". She is currently the principal oboist of Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO) and Glimmerglass Opera Summer Festival. She has been principal oboist of Honolulu Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and she has performed with the New Jersey, Colorado, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Jacksonville Symphonies among others. She can be heard on the latest Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra recordings, on the albums "E O Mai" and "Kamalei: Collection-Two" by renowned Hawaiian recording artist Keali'i Reichel, as well as on the movie soundtrack for Mr. Holland's Opus.

As principal oboist of Glimmerglass Opera Summer Festival, Ms. Whalen has performed on an Emmy-nominated PBS Great Performance broadcast. She has also recorded for Chandos Records, and can be heard on NPR's World of Opera and WDPR’s Live and Local. She is a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet and participates in the DPO educational program, SPARK. In 2008, she was appointed to the faculty of the University of Dayton. Ms. Whalen received a Masters of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts, a Bachelor of Music at the University of Cincinnati and did additional coursework at Rice University. Ms. Whalen studied with Allan Vogel, Sara Bloom, Peggy Pearson, and Robert Atherholt.

David Sievers

University of Dayton Faculty

Dr. David Sievers holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Washington State University, a Master of Music degree from Boise State University, and the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. He is an Artist-in-Residence of voice at the University of Dayton where he teaches private voice and related coursework. He also co-directs the UD Opera Workshop.

Minnita Daniel-Cox

Coordinator of Vocal Performance Institute, University of Dayton Faculty

Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox attended Bowling Green State University where she majored in Music Performance. Upon completion of her baccalaureate studies, she attended The University of Michigan where she received her Master of Music and her Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees.