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School of Music Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Our talented faculty is composed of active performers, composers, and scholars dedicated to teaching and mentoring the individual student. Committed to students’ success, the School of Music faculty members are established educators, performers and leaders in their disciplines, widely respected for their excellence and their enthusiasm.

Western's School of Music faculty shares a wealth of academic experience and real-world knowledge with students to help prepare for careers in today's ever-broadening field of music opportunities.

Music Faculty

Andrew Adams


School of Music Interim Director, Piano

Mary Kay Bauer

Associate Professor

Voice (Soprano)

Chris Beyt

Assistant Professor

Jazz Guitar, Commercial Music and Audio Production

Lyn Ellen Burkett

Assistant Professor

Music Appreciation, Aural Skills

Adam Groh

Assistant Professor


Matt Henley

Assistant Director, Pride of the Mountains Marching Band

Jon Henson

Assistant Professor

Interim Director, Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, Commericial Music and Audio Production

Ian Jeffress

Assistant Professor


Justin Leo Kennedy

Assistant Professor

MIDI Synthesis, Tech Ensemble

William Martin

Associate Professor

Voice (Tenor)

Will Peebles


Bassoon, Music Theory, Gamelan

Christina Reitz

Associate Professor

Music History

Damon Sink

Associate Professor

Theory and Composition

Zsolt Szabo

Assistant Professor

Trombone & Euphonium

Allison Thorp

Assistant Professor

Director of Choral Activities

Margaret Underwood

Assistant Professor

Director of Bands

John West


Music Education, Music Appreciation

Pavel Wlosok


Jazz Piano, Jazz Band

Adjunct Faculty

Tyler Kinnear



Kim Neidlinger

Adjunct Professor

Music Appreciation

Administrative Staff

Sheila Frizzell 
Administrative Assistant 
Phone: 828-227-3256

Whitney McCall 
Administrative Support Associate (afternoons, only) 
Phone: 828-227-3257

Shawna Solito
Computer Music Lab Aide

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