Dr. Charles T. Menghini, President

2016VCM3531Charles T. Menghini is president, professor of music, and director of bands at VanderCook College of Music. Menghini joined the faculty in 1994 as director of bands, and in 1996 was appointed dean of undergraduate studies. He assumed the presidency on August 1, 2004.

Originally from Iron Mountain, MI, Menghini came to VanderCook with 18 years of successful public school experience. He is an active guest conductor, a speaker, a clinician, a member of The Instrumentalist board of advisors, and the co-author of The Essential Elements 2000 Band Methods. He is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, a member of Chicago Rotary One, is the official trumpeter for the City Club of Chicago, and is president of the First Friday Club of Chicago. He recognizes Tim Lautzenheiser, Gary Hill, and Gary Green as the most influential teachers in his growth and development.


Dr. Robert L. Sinclair, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies

_Y0A6796Robert L. Sinclair has served VanderCook College of Music as Graduate Dean since 2015 and Director of Choral Activities since 2001.  His educational background includes three years at Luther College where he sang in the Nordic Choir under the direction of Weston Noble.  After transferring to Sam Houston State University, he completed his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees with B. R. Henson.  In December of 2000, Sinclair completed a Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Music Education) at the University of MissouriColumbia where he worked with Drs. David Rayl and Wendy Sims.

Dr. Sinclair has ten years of public school teaching experience and continues to work as an active choral clinician and adjudicator for junior high and high school students from across the nation and abroad including honor choirs in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, and Japan. Sinclair has presented sessions on conducting and educational pedagogy to the Music Educators Association in Texas, Illinois, Missouri, and Ohio, the Illinois Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), as well as the Central, Southwestern and Southern Divisions of ACDA. In January of 2010, he served as guest conductor for the Illinois All State Choir in Peoria. 

He is an active member of ACDA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Fraternity, and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).


Stacey L. Dolan, Dean of Undergraduate Studies

_Y0A6765Stacey Larson Dolan is the dean of undergraduate studies and associate director of bands at VanderCook College of Music. Previously the director of music education, Larson Dolan has been with VanderCook since 2004. She received her bachelor’s degree from Millikin University and her master’s degree from VanderCook in 1998.

Before coming to VanderCook, Professor Larson Dolan was director of bands at Blackhawk Middle School, music coordinator at St. Viator High School, and a staff member of the nationally acclaimed Lake Park High School Marching Band. Professor Larson Dolan was the conductor and creative director of the Bensenville Young Musicians Mentor Band from 1995-2007. Mrs. Larson Dolan works as a guest conductor, clinician, and lecturer throughout the Midwest, and was awarded the 2002 Barbara Buehlman Young Conductor Award, and the 2004 Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator Award. Ms. Larson recognizes her parents, Louis and Linda Larson, and Kenneth Snoeck as major mentors in her life.


Dr. Bonnie Campbell, Director of Applied Studies

bonnie-172x216Bonnie Campbell received a doctor of music degree in music literature and clarinet performance from Indiana University. She holds degrees from Yale University and Roberts Wesleyan College (summa cum laude) and has attended the Banff School of the Arts. Her teachers include James Campbell, Keith Wilson, Margaret Quackenbush and Alan Hacker.

Dr. Campbell has performed guest recitals at colleges and universities across the country. Her orchestral experience includes performances at the Evian Festival (France) as well as the opening ceremonies of the Bastille Opera House in Paris. She has been a member of the South Bend Symphony and the Camerata Chamber Orchestra of Bloomington. She has performed in New York City at Merkin Hall and at Lincoln Center, where she played the Mozart Clarinet Quintet as part of the Mozart Bicentennial Celebration. Dr. Campbell performs frequently at the Chicago Cultural Center and has been heard on WFMT’s Live from Studio One and on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series. She is a founding member of the Daedalus Duo and Vermillion (with pianist Diana Schmück and cellist Judy Stone). At the invitation of the International Clarinet Association, she presented the world premier performance of Robert Kritz’s Diaspora Dances at ClarinetFest 2009 in Oporto, Portugal.


Patrick Benson, Director of Continuing & Online Education (MECA)








Dr. Roseanne Rosenthal, Director of Professional Education

jpg1Roseanne K. Rosenthal is president emeritus, Director of Professional Education and professor of music education at VanderCook College of Music.  She received the Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Fredonia, and Master of Science and Doctor of Education degrees from Syracuse University under the direction of Dr. Cornelia Yarbrough. She currently teaches coursework in methods of music teaching, research, technology and education psychology; supervises student teachers; and coordinates  graduate masters projects. She was president of VanderCook College from 1989 - 2004. She is a past president of the Illinois Music Educators Association and on the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Music Education and the newly established Reviews of Research in Human Learning and Music. She has published and presented research articles pertaining to music teacher education and music learning and has served as chair of the NAfME Music Education Research Council.  She is a current participant in the Motor Learning Research Forum. She taught instrumental and general music in upstate New York. She is a former member of her local school board (HInsdale-Clarendon Hills CCSD181) and is a current member of the Ada S. McKinley Community Services Board of Directors.

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