Faculty and Staff

The Department of Music is committed to its reputation as a center of quality education in the performing arts that meets the multi-cultural needs of the region. Our outstanding faculty members strive to develop an understanding and appreciation for the performing arts among not only music majors but also the general student population.


Anderson solo Dr. Shane Anderson
Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Music
Music theory
 Dr. Michael Bartnik
Assistant Professor
Woodwinds, music literature and history
james James Alexander
Violin and viola, string studies
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Collaborative piano
Dr. Valerie Francis
Associate Professor
Applied voice studies, opera workshop, gospel choir
Dr. Kenneth Klaus
Gloria B. Callais Endowed Professorship in Music
Choirs, applied voice
  Ms. Taylor Assad
Saxophone, Jazz Band
JL12a Dr. Jason Ladd
Low brass,
symphonic band, conducting, music education
Ivan Koska Dr. Ivan Koska
Class piano, collaborative piano
  Dr. Gustavo Miranda
Percussion, Music Appreciation
Michelle Parro
Staff Accompanist
Collaborative piano
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High brass, music technology, music theory
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Applied piano, collaborative piano