School of Music


The faculty includes specialists in voice and all band, orchestra, and keyboard instruments, who offer professional performance models and are dedicated to helping each student develop his or her music performance skills to the highest possible level. Outstanding directors in bands, choirs, and orchestras develop performance ensembles in which students learn to perform collectively far beyond their individual expectations. The excitement of being a part of superior ensemble performances is matched only by the opportunity to experience a broad range of ensemble literature.

Nationally-known teachers in music theory, composition, music history, pedagogy, and music methods truly care about teaching and learning, and are willing to take time to ensure that the needs of each student are addressed.

The WIU Music Faculty work together as a mature, experienced team of professionals who are actively involved in teaching, research, composing, arranging, performing, and conducting.

Faculty Name Title Area of Concentration
Linda Andrews Instructor Organ
Matt Bean Professor Musical Theatre and Voice
Courtney Blankenship Assistant Professor Music Business
Bruce Briney Professor Trumpet
Jeff Brown Associate Professor Piano
James Caldwell Professor Music Theory and Composition
Richard Cangro Associate Professor Music Education
Terry Chasteen Professor Music in Voice and Vocal Area Coordinator
John Cooper Professor and Director Jazz Studies, Jazz Trumpet
Michael Fansler Professor and Director WIU Bands, Wind Ensemble, Music Education
Randall Faust Professor Horn
Eileen Garwood Assistant Professor Music Therapy
Eric Ginsberg Professor Clarinet
Anita Hardeman Assistant Professor Music History and Humanities
Emily Hart Instructor Oboe
Douglas Huff Professor Bassoon, Music History and Humanitites
Matthew Hughes Instructor String Bass, Jazz Studies
Richard Hughey Associate Professor and Director Orchestral Activities
Jennifer Jones Associate Professor Music Therapy
Kitty Karn Associate Professor Musical Theatre and Voice
Rick Kurasz Professor and Director Percussion Studies
Christine Lapka Professor Music Education
Brian Locke Associate Professor Music History and Humanities
John McMurtery Assistant Professor Flute
Julieta Mihai Associate Professor Violin
John Mindeman Associate Professor Jazz Studies, Trombone
Moisés Molina Professor and Assistant Director of School of Music Cello
Kevin Nichols Associate Professor Percussion, Jazz Studies
Paul Paccione Professor Music Theory and Composition
James Romig Professor Music Theory and Composition
Jonathan Saeger Instructor Choral Music Education
Penelope Shumate Assistant Professor Music in Voice
Terry Solomonson Associate Professor Music History and Humanities, Music Education
James Stegall Professor and Director Choirs, University Singers, Music Education
Michael Stryker Associate Professor and Associate Director Jazz Band, Jazz Piano, Jazz Sudies
István Szabó Associate Professor Viola
Matt Thomas Assistant Professor and Associate Director Bands, Music Education
Lynn Thompson Associate Professor Voice, Madrigal Singers
George Turner Instructor Guitar, Jazz Studies
John Vana Professor Saxophone, Jazz Studies
Tammie Walker Professor and Director of School of Music Piano