Faculty

Jon Ailabouni

Adjunct Faculty in Music

Jazz Band, Varsity Band, Jazz Combos, Jazz Improvisation, Trumpet

Education: M.M., Jazz Studies, Western Michigan University;
B.A., Music, Luther College

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Edwin Andereck

Professor of Music

Head of Voice and Opera, vocal literature

Education: D.M.A., Voice Performance, University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music; M.M., Voice Performance, University of Tennessee; B.M., Voice Performance, University of Tennessee

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Heather Armstrong

Associate Professor of Music

Oboe, theory, double reeds methods

Education: D.M.A., Oboe Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music; M.M., Oboe Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music; B.M., Oboe Performance, Houghton College

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Eric Ashcraft

Adjunct Faculty in Music

Voice

Education: M.M., University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music

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Daniel Baldwin

Professor of Music

Conducting, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra

Education: D.M.A., Instrumental Conducting, University of Texas at Austin; M.M., Cello Performance, University of Texas at Austin; B.M., Cello Performance, Furman University

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Rachel Brandwein

Adjunct Faculty in Music

Education: D.M.A., Stony Brook University; M.M., The Julliard School; B.M., University of Michigan

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Jason Britton

Assistant Professor of Music

Theory, ear training

Education: Ph.D., Music Theory, University of Oregon; M.A., Music Theory, University of Oregon; B.M., Music Performance, University of Arizona

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Maggie Britton

Adjunct Faculty in Music

Theory, Ear Training

Education: M.M., The University of Texas at Austin; B.A., Luther College

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Michael Chesher

Associate Professor of Music

Clarinet, saxophone, woodwind methods

Education: D.M.A., Indiana University; M.M., Northwestern University; B.M., Oberlin College

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John Cord

Assistant Professor of Music

Trumpet, Brass Methods, Brass Chamber Ensembles

Education: D.M.A., University of North Texas; M.M.A., Yale University School of Music; B.M., University of Iowa

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Joan deAlbuquerque

Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music

Director of Bands

Education: D.M.A., Wind Conducting, University of North Texas; M.M., Wind Conducting, Michigan State University; B.M., Education, Michigan State University

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Amy Engelsdorfer

Assistant Professor of Music

Theory, ear training

Education: Ph.D., Music Theory, Indiana University; M.A., Music Theory, University of Kentucky; M.M., Flute Performance, University of Kentucky; B.M., Music Education, University of Kentucky

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Michael Geary

Adjunct Faculty in Music

Percussion, Percussion Ensemble, percussion techniques

Education: D.M.A. (ABD), M.A., University of Iowa

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Ronald Fox

Emeritus

Professor Emeritus of Music

Education: D.M., Indiana University

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James Griesheimer

Associate Professor of Music

Music history, music appreciation, senior paper coordinator

Education: Ph.D., Indiana University; M.M., Arizona State University;B.S., B.M., Ohio State University

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Juan Tony Guzman

Professor of Music

Music education, ethnomusicology, Jazz Orchestra, Vocal Jazz

Education: Ph.D., M.A., Florida State University; B.A., Luther College

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Carla Hanson

Adjunct Faculty in Music

Education: M.M., Northern Arizona University, B.M., Northern Arizona University

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Carol Hester

Professor of Music

Flute, flute methods

Education: D.M.A., Flute Performance, Florida State University; M.M., Flute Performance, Florida State University; B.M., Flute and Piano Performance, Samford University

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Allen Hightower III

Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music

Director of Choral Activities, Nordic Choir, choral methods, conducting

Education: D.M.A., Conducting, University of California; M.M., Orchestral Conducting, Baylor University; M.M., Choral Conducting, Eastman School of Music; B.M., Music Education, Sam Houston State University 

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Xiao Hu

Associate Professor of Music

Piano, class piano

Education: D.M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook; M.M., University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music; B.M., University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music

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Du Huang

Associate Professor of Music

Piano, chamber music, class piano

Education: D.M.A., Piano Performance, State University of New York at Stony Brook; M.M., Piano Performance, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music; B.M., University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music

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Helen James

Adjunct Faculty in Music

Bassoon

Education: D.M.A., Bassoon Performance and Pedagogy, University of Oregon; M.M., Music Education, University of Oregon; B.A., Instrumental Music Education, Luther College

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Brooke Joyce

Associate Professor of Music and Composer-In-Residence

Composer-in-Residence

Education: Ph.D., Princeton University; M.M., Composition, Cleveland Institute of Music; B.M., Theory/ Composition, Lawrence University

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David Judisch

Emeritus

Voice, vocal methods, Dorian Music Camp Director

Education: D.M.A., University of Iowa

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Karen Kanakis

Associate Professor of Music

Voice, opera

Education: D.M.A., Vocal Performance, University of North Texas; M.M., Vocal Performance, Stephen F. Austin State University; B.M., Vocal Performance, Missouri State University

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Miko Kominami

Adjunct Faculty in Music

Piano

Education: M.M., The Juilliard School

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William Kuhlman

Emeritus

Professor Emeritus of Music

Education: M.M., Syracuse University

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Eric Kutz

Associate Professor of Music

Cello, string methods

Education: D.M.A., The Juilliard School; M. Music, The Juilliard School; B.M., Rice University-Shepherd School of Music, B.M., Oberlin College Conservatory of Music

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Jacob Lassetter

Assistant Professor of Music

Voice

Education: D.M.A., Vocal Performance, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; M.M., Vocal Performance, University of North Texas; B.M., Vocal Performance,Louisiana State University

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Andrew Last

Assistant Professor of Music

Collegiate Chorale, Norsemen, Voice

Education: D.M.A., Choral Conducting, University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music; M.M., Choral Conducting, Northern Arizona University; B.A., Music Education, K-12 Vocal, Luther College

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Peter Lingen

Teaching Associate in Music

Guitar, lute, class guitar

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Linda Martin

Instructor in Music

Voice, Cantorei, music theory

Education: M.M.E., University of St. Thomas

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Spencer Martin

Associate Professor of Music

Viola, Philharmonia, conducting

Education: D.M.A., Viola Performance, University of Minnesota; M.M., Viola Performance, Wichita State University; B.M., Voice Performance, Butler University

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Maurice Monhardt

Emeritus

Professor Emeritus of Music

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Gary Moss

Adjunct Faculty in Music

Voice

Education: D.M.A., University of Michigan

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Weston Noble

Emeritus

Professor Emeritus of Music

Education: M.M., University of Michigan; B.A., Luther College

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Frederick Nyline

Emeritus

Professor Emeritus of Music

Education: M.A., University of Minnesota

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Jessica Paul

Professor of Music

Vocal coach, accompanying, former Artistic Director of Dorian Opera Theatre

Education: D.M.A., M.M.,  University of Illinois; B.M., Northwestern University

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Gregory Peterson

Associate Professor of Music and College Organist

Department Head, Organ, church music

Education: D.M.A., University of Iowa; M.M., Yale Institute of Sacred Music; B.A., Luther College

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Lynne Postudensek Hart

Adjunct Faculty in Music

Saxophone

Education: M.F.A., Woodwind Performance, University of Iowa; B.M., Music Theory/ Composition, University of Minnesota

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Beth Ray Westlund

Associate Professor of Music

Voice, diction

Education: D.M.A, Vocal Performance, University of Texas; M.M., Vocal Performance, University of Texas; B.A., Music/ Music Education, Luther College; B.A., Psychology, Luther College, 1989

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Kathryn Reed

Instructor in Music

Piano, harpsichord, Collegium Musicum, ear training, music history

Education: A.B.D., Musicology, University of Michigan; B.M., Lawrence University

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Jennaya J. Robison

Assistant Professor of Music

Education: D.M.A., Choral Conducting,University of Arizona; M.M., Conducting and Voice, University of New Mexico; B.A., Music, Luther College

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Brad Schultz

Visiting Instructor in Music

Education: M.S.M. Organ Performance; Emory University; B.A., Luther College

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Rebecca Boehm Shaffer

Adjunct Faculty in Music

Horn, brass methods

Education: D.M.A., University of Northern Colorado

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Michael Smith

Associate Professor of Music

Low Brass, Brass Ensembles, Brass Methods

Education: D.M.A., Trombone Performance and Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.M.E., McNeese State University; B.M., Trombone Performance, Stephen F. Austin State University

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Steve Smith

Web Programmer Analyst
Adjunct Professor of Music

Composition, Electronic Music

Education: M.M.,University of North Texas; B.A., Luther College

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John F. Strauss

Professor of Music

Piano

Education: D.M.A., Piano, University of Texas at Austin; M.M., Piano, State University of New York at Stony Brook; B.A., Music and English Literature, Oberlin College

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Virginia Strauss

Professor of Music

Violin, advanced ear training

Education: D.M.A., Violin, University of Texas at Austin; M.M., Violin, State University of New York at Stony Brook; B.A., Music, University of California at Berkeley

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Jon Struve

Adjunct Faculty in Music

Voice

Education: M.M., Northwestern University; B.A., Luther College

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Kylie Toomer

Alumni Guest Lecturer in Music

Voice

Education: MM in Vocal Performance, University of North Texas; B.A., Luther College

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Tarn Travers

Visiting Instructor in Music

Violin, string methods

Education: M.M, Cleveland Institute of Music

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Michael Van Ryn

Adjunct Faculty in Music

Marjorie Wharton

Associate Professor of Music

Piano, class piano, French

Education: D.M.A. University of Iowa; M.A., French, Tulane University; B.A., French and Music, Luther College

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Andrew Whitfield

Associate Professor of Music

Voice, opera

Education: D.M.A., Vocal Performance, Louisiana State University; M.M., Vocal Performance, Wichita State University; B.M., Vocal Performance, Butler University

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Benjamin Yates

Adjunct Faculty in Music

Low Brass lessons, Tuba/Euphonium Choir, Trombone Choir, Faculty Brass Quintet

Education: M.M., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; B.A., Luther College

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