Academic Programs

Adjunct Music Faculty

Clyde Beavers
Cello and Bass
D.M.A., University of Kentucky; M.M., B.M., The Julliard School

Brittany Benningfield
M.M., University of Kentucky; B.M., Campbellsville University

David Bryant
D.M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro; M.A., University of Iowa; B.M., The Ohio State University

Daniel Cecil
Acoustic/Electric Bass
M.M.E., B.A., University of Kentucky; B.S., Marquette University

Doug Drewek
D.M.A., University of Kentucky; M.M., East Carolina University; B.M., University of North Carolina Greensboro

Richard Dwyer
M.M., Indiana University ; B.A., Asbury University

Angela Eaton
Piano, Accompanist
M.M., Eastern Kentucky University; B.A., Georgetown College

Merrilee Elliott
B.M., University of Kentucky

Valerie Evans
Low Brass, Jazz Ensemble
B.M.M.E., University of Kentucky

John Hedger
M.M., B.A., University of Kentucky

Kim Heersche
M.M., University of Kentucky; B.M.E., University of South Carolina

Scott Heersche
M.M., Indiana University; B.M., University of Kentucky

Daniel Koehn
D.M.A., Vocal Performance, University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), 2013
Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy, University of Kentucky, 2012
M.A., Biblical Literature, Wesley Biblical Seminary (Jackson, MS), 2005
M.M., Vocal Performance, University of Kentucky, 1997
B.A., Vocal Performance, Asbury College (Wilmore, KY), 1994

Tim Lake
D.M.A., M.M., B.A., University of Kentucky

Joanna Manring
D.M.A., Peabody Conservatory; M.M., Syracuse University; B.A., State University of New York at Geneseo

Dennis McElroy
M.M., The Ohio State University; B.M., Tennessee Tech University

Erica Rumbley
Piano Accompanist
M.M., University of Kentucky; B.S., Oliver Nazarene University

Greg Strouse
Percussion, Percussion Ensemble
M.A.Ed., B.M.E., Morehead State University

Elizabeth Steva
Violin and Viola
DM, Florida State University; MM, Miami University (Ohio); BS, University of Miami - Ohio

Loren Tice
Piano, Organ, Harpsichord
M.M., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; B.M., College of Emporia, Emporia, Kansas

Misty Tolle
MM,The Juilliard School; BM,The Juilliard School

Victoria Tsangari
D.M.A., University of Iowa; M.M., University of Oklahoma; B.M., Lawrence University

Additional faculty are available for students of other instruments.

Music Faculty

  • Ben Hawkins

    Ben Hawkins, Professor of Music; Program Director

    Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 1989; M.M., University of South Carolina, 1980; B.M.E., Texas State University, 1977

  • Larry Barnes

    Larry J. Barnes, Professor of Music

    D.M.A., Eastman School of Music, 1979; M.M., B.M., Cleveland Institute of Music, 1973, 1972

  • Karen Cooksey

    Karen Cooksey, Assistant Professor of Music

    D.M.A., University of Southern California, 2009; M.M., Indiana University, 2002; B.A., Butler University, 2000.

  • Greg Partain

    Gregory Partain, Professor of Music

    D.M.A., M.M., The University of Texas at Austin, 1994, 1984; B.M., University of Washington, 1982

  • Tim Polashek

    Timothy D. Polashek, Associate Professor of Music

    D.M.A., Columbia University, 2002; M.A., Dartmouth College, 1996; B.A., Grinnell College, 1994

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