Music Department

Often described as the flagship of the university, the Music Department is well known throughout the Southeastern United States for its superior programs and direct one-on-one mentoring of students by professors.

Shorter’s music degree programs include:

The Department of Music offers a conservatory-like experience within a traditional liberal arts institution—the best of both worlds. Our voice, piano, and organ students have consistently ranked at or near the top of regional and national competitions for many years. Furthermore, our music education majors are frequently sought after by prospective school systems before they reach graduation.

In addition to private study, Shorter music students all participate in departmental ensembles. The Shorter Chorale is an auditioned choir and recognized as one of the best ensembles in the region. Other ensembles include the Shorter Chorus and the new Javanese Gamelan Ensemble.

The Opera Theatre and Musical Theatre each produce two major works each academic year. The fall 2006 production of Sondheim’s Into the Woods was invited to compete at the annual America College Theater Festival, an honor they have earned the past four years. The accomplishments of our students and graduates demonstrate the success of our programs.

 

Contact Information
Dr. John McCluskey
Chair, Department of Music

Our Team

Dr. John Reams
Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts and Associate Professor of Music and Woodwinds

Dr. John Reams

Dr. John D. Reams serves as Dean of the School of Fine & Performing Arts at Shorter...
Dr. John Michael McCluskey
Chair of the Music Department and Assistant Professor of Music

Dr. John Michael McCluskey

John Michael McCluskey is the Chair of the Music Department at Shorter University....
Dr. Tara Warfield
Chair of the Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre, Assistant Professor of Music, and Director of Opera

Dr. Tara Warfield

Tara Warfield, soprano, is the Chair of Music and Musical Theatre at Shorter University....
Dr. Duane Warfield
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands

Dr. Duane Warfield

Duane A. Warfield serves as Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Bands in the...
Dr. Alan Wingard
Dean Emeritus, School of Fine & Performing Arts and Tenured Professor of Music

Dr. Alan Wingard

Dr. Alan B. Wingard is Dean Emeritus of the School of Fine & Performing Arts...
Dr. Patty Nelson
Associate Professor of Music and Director of Music Education

Dr. Patty Nelson

Patty is a life long music teacher.  She has taught elementary music in the public...
Dr. Jerico Vasquez
Professor of Music

Dr. Jerico Vasquez

Hailed for his “formidable and effortless playing” and “intelligent ardor and...
Sue Gaukel
Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre

Sue Gaukel

  Susan has been a professional performer, teacher, director and vocal/theatre...
Dr. Aaron Rice
Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities

Dr. Aaron Rice

Aaron M. Rice serves as Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities...
Dr. Enoch Jacobus
Assistant Professor of Music Theory

Dr. Enoch Jacobus

Dr. Enoch Jacobus is Assistant Professor of Music Theory, teaching a number of courses...
Amy Neal
Instructor of Piano Pedagogy and Class Piano

Amy Neal

Amy Meppen Neal is Instructor of Piano Pedagogy and Class Piano at Shorter University,...
Yuman Lee
Assistant Professor of Music

Yuman Lee

A native of South Korea, Yuman Lee is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the...
Ms. Indra Thomas
Visiting Instructor of Voice

Ms. Indra Thomas

Considered one of the foremost Aidas in the world today, Ms. Thomas has appeared...
Sandra Yeargan
Director of Preparatory Program

Sandra Yeargan

  Mrs. Sandra Yeargan is Coordinator of the Preparatory Department in the Arts....
Beverly Harper
Administrative Assistant to the Dean, School of Fine & Performing Arts

Beverly Harper

Beverly Harper is a native of Rome, Georgia, and a 1991 graduate of Shorter University...
Joseph Kyle Coleman
Staff Accompanist

Joseph Kyle Coleman

Joseph Kyle Coleman is a Shorter alumnus, where he earned B.M.s in Piano Pedagogy...