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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.

Meet Our Faculty

Dr. John Reams
Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts and Professor of Music and Woodwinds
Dr. John Michael McCluskey
Chair of the Music Department and Assistant Professor of Music
Dr. Tara Warfield
Chair of the Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre, Associate Professor of Music, and Director of Vocal Studies
Dr. Dustin Burgess
Assistant Professor of Music Education
Dr. Charles Calloway
Adjunct Professor of Trumpet
Ms. Sue Gaukel
Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre
Dr. Enoch Jacobus
Assistant Professor of Music Theory
Dr. Yuman Lee
Assistant Professor of Music
Ms. Amy Neal
Instructor of Piano Pedagogy and Class Piano
Dr. Aaron Rice
Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities
Ms. Indra Thomas
Director of Opera
Dr. Jerico Vasquez
Professor of Music
Dr. Duane Warfield
Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands
Dr. Alan Wingard
Dean Emeritus, School of Fine & Performing Arts and Tenured Professor of Music
Mr. Joseph Kyle Coleman
Staff Accompanist
Ms. Beverly Harper
Administrative Assistant to the Dean, School of Fine & Performing Arts
Ms. Sandra Yeargan
Director of Preparatory Program