OPME FACULTY

The Oneonta Pop Music Experience

Dominick D’Imperio
Dominick D’Imperio Vocal Instruction / Ensemble Coach
Dominick D’Imperio received his BA in Music at SUNY Oneonta and his Masters in Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. While completing these, Dominick learned to play most band instruments, but has always sung. Dominick has been an instrumentalist and singer in several pop/rock grouops during this time, and also is an avid composer, arranger and songwriter in many styles of music. Presently, Dominick teaches in New York public schools, where he inspires musical creativity in students in the vocal ensembles he directs, instilling in them a sense of style and structure, and how to use this in their own creative efforts.
Mark Pawkett
Mark Pawkett Guitar Instruction / Ensemble Coach
Mark Pawkett has been a Music Lecturer, Instructor and Ensemble Director for almost twenty years at SUNY Oneonta. He has led many of Oneonta’s groups including the Guitar Orchestra, The Frank Zappa Ensemble, and hundreds of the college’s Rock Combos. Not only does he have many private guitar students each year at SUCO and in the community, he teaches Electric Bass, Theory, and has written a music text just for guitarists. Mark holds a degree in Music Education, and is one of the most versatile and active guitarist/vocalists in the region.
Robert Lipari
Robert LipariDrums Instruction / Ensemble Coach
Robert Lipari began playing drums at age 8, and formal drum set lessons when he was 12. Rob studied performance and composition at Berklee College of Music, graduating in 1995. That year, he began teaching jazz drum set lessons at Hartwick College in Oneonta. Four years later, he became an instructor at SUNY Oneonta, teaching drum set, the Percussion Ensemble, and coaching many of their Rock Combos. An active performer, Lipari regularly plays with many rock and jazz bands, for staged performances, and for recording sessions throughout upstate New York.
Paul Carter
Paul CarterKeyboard Instruction / Ensemble Coach
Paul Carter is a theorist, a composer/arranger, and an educator who plays several instruments and sings. He has playing experience in many styles including pop, rock, jazz, folk and classical, but his major interest is the teaching of music theory and musicianship. Carter is an Associate Professor at SUNY Oneonta, has taught music for 30 years at six undergraduate institutions and has had hundreds of private piano students, many of whom play music professionally today. He holds the Ph.D. in Music Theory and writes about Pop-Rock Music and its pedagogy. Dr. Carter founded and directs the college’s a cappella group “Hooked on Tonics.”
Andris Balins
Andris BalinsAudio Arts / Ensemble Coach
Andris Balins has been working professionally in the recording studio field for the past 15 years. In that time he has worked as a freelance engineer at numerous studios, provided live sound at many venues and events, and is a partner in Dryhill Studios in Oneonta, New York. Andris has taught recording arts at several colleges, and is full-time faculty for the Audio Arts program at SUNY Oneonta.
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THE ONEONTA POP MUSIC EXPERIENCE

Music Summer Camp
July 31 thru August 4th, 2017 (M-F 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.)
August 7th thru 11th, 2017 (HALF-DAY M-F 9 a.m.- noon)
  • Individual instruction in selected performance area
  • Learn the art of audio recording using state-of-the-art facilities
  • Instruction in audio production
  • Coaching in group combo performance experience
  • For students 11 and older
  • Faculty: veteran musician–educators and Industry Professionals
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