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
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 of Music in Voice

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John Cooper Professor, Director of Jazz Studies, Jazz Trumpet
Michael Fansler Professor, Director of WIU Bands, Wind Ensemble
Randall Faust Professor, Horn
Eric Ginsberg Professor, Clarinet
Anita Hardeman Assistant Professor, Music History and Humanities
Emily Hart Instructor, Oboe
Jason Hawkins Assistant Professor, Choral Music Education
Douglas Huff Professor , Music History and Humanitites, Bassoon
Matthew Hughes Instructor, String Bass
Richard Hughey Associate Professor, Director of Orchestral Activities
Jennifer Jones Associate Professor, Music Therapy
Kitty Karn Associate Professor, Musical Theatre and Voice
Rick Kurasz Professor, Director of 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, Cello
Kevin Nichols Associate Professor, Jazz Studies, Percussion
Paul Paccione Professor , Theory and Composition
James Romig Professor, Theory and Composition
Ricardo Sepulveda-Rodriguez Assistant Professor, Voice
Penelope Shumate Assistant Professor, Music in Voice
Terry Solomonson Associate Professor, Music History and Humanities
James Stegall Professor, Director of Choirs, University Singers
Michael Stryker Associate Professor, Associate Director of Jazz Band, Jazz Piano
István Szabó Associate Professor, Viola
Matt Thomas Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Bands
Lynn Thompson Associate Professor, Madrigal Singers
George Turner Instructor, Guitar
John Vana Professor, Saxophone
Tammie Walker Director (School of Music) and Professor of Piano