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Faculty from Hunter's distinguished arts departments often visit the Muse classroom or otherwise work with the scholars to provide insight into their respective art forms. Read below to read about some of the faculty who have worked with the Muse Scholars.

Geoffrey Burleson, Music Department

Associate Professor of Music and Director of Piano Studies, Geoffrey Burleson has visited the Muse classroom to lead the scholars in lessons on classical music and jazz.

Burleson has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe and North America, and is equally active as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and jazz performer.  The New York Times has hailed his solo performances as “vibrant” and “compelling”, and has praised his “command, projection of rhapsodic qualities without loss of rhythmic vigor, and appropriate sense of spontaneity and fetching colors”.   And the Boston Globe refers to Prof. Burleson as a “remarkable pianist” and “a first-class instrumental presence” whose performances are “outright thrilling.”   His numerous acclaimed solo appearances include prominent venues in Paris (at the Église St-Merri), New York, Rome (American Academy), Athens (Mitropoulos Hall), Mexico City (National Museum of Art), Rotterdam (De Doelen), Chicago (Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series), Boston, Washington, Switzerland, England, Spain, and elsewhere.  He has also appeared as featured soloist in many international festivals, including the Bard Music Festival, Santander Festival (Spain), Monadnock Music Festival, and the Talloires International Festival (France).


Kathleen Isaac, Arnhold Dance Education Program

As Director of Hunter's Arnhold Dance Education Program, Kathleen Isaac works directly with the Muse Scholars to provide specialized instruction in dance movement and criticism. During classes led by her and Arnhold graduate students, the scholars learn how to appreciate and critique dance using professional analytical skills.

Isaac is a longtime leader in dance professional development, advocacy, K-12 teaching practice and dance assessment in New York City, New York State, nationally and internationally. She authored, provided professional development for and was lead facilitator and trainer for Revelations – An Interdisciplinary Approach for the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater from 1999-2010.  She wrote Read My Hips® for the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago and worked as a mentor with Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Education Director through the DELCAP program, among other achievements.



Ryan Keberle, Music Department

Music Professor and Hunter Jazz Ensemble Director Ryan Keberle has visited the Muse classroom to lead lessons in jazz appreciation, preparing scholars for live jazz performances.

Keberle is the leader of his pianoless quartet  Catharsis, and he has toured with or accompanied a variety of musical legends: indie rock songwriter Sufjan Stevens, the ground-breaking big bands of Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue, Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake as well as jazz legends Rufus Reid and Wynton Marsalis. He’s been heard on movie soundtracks for filmmakers like Woody Allen and in the pit for the Tony-winning Broadway musical “In the Heights.”



Carrie Moyer, Art Department

Carrie MoyerArt Professor, painter, and writer Carrie Moyer has visited the Muse classroom with her MFA students to lead discussions about contemporary art, painting, and the Whitney Biennial 2017, which showcased a selection of Moyer's work.

Moyer has exhibited widely, in both the US and Europe.  Her work is in numerous private and public collections including Birmingham Museum of Art, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Pizzuti Collection, the Rose Art Museum and the Tang Museum. Moyer has been the recipient of awards from the Guggenheim and Joan Mitchell Foundations, Anonymous Was a Woman, Creative Capital, and many others.

Before joining the Hunter faculty in 2011, Moyer taught for a decade at a variety of institutions including the Rhode Island School of Design, Yale, Rutgers, Pratt and Cooper Union among others.


Louisa Thompson, Theatre Department

Theatre Professor and set designer Louisa Thompson accompanied the Muse Scholars on a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to consider the Fall 2013 exhibition of William Kentridge's five-channel video installation The Refusal of Time. 

Thompson has designed sets in New York for Playwrights Horizons, Elevator Repair Service, Soho Repertory Theatre, The Play Company, Target Margin Theater, Clubbed Thumb, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Theatreworks USA, The Foundry Theater Company, MCC Theatre as well as multiple regional theatres. She holds an M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama.