School of Performing Arts Faculty & Staff

MSUM's School of Performing Arts dedicated faculty members are seasoned professionals who are deeply connected to the arts community. They are focused on helping students reach their dreams and aspirations and offer extensive professional expertise and networks. The school is extremely influential in the Fargo-Moorhead arts community, through active faculty involvement in professional music and theatre groups. Every year the department sponsors exceptional student performances, nationally recognized visiting artists and several community outreach events.

Laurie Blunsom, PhD, MFA, MM, BM
Professor
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.4606218.477.4606
CA 102
Laurie Blunsom received her Ph.D. in musicology at Brandeis University and also holds an M...

Mara Campbell
Adjunct
School of Performing Arts

Patrick Carriere, PhD, MA, BA, BS, AA
Professor
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.4616218.477.4616
CA 116C
Patrick’s studies of performance have taken him (among other places) to Japan, Russia, Str...

Benjamin Druffel
Assistant Professor of Music: Band Director
School of Performing Arts
Benjamin James Druffel is currently Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at ...

Jenny Dufault, PhD, MM, BS (She/Her/Hers)
Professor
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.2101218.477.2101
CA 110
Dr. Jenny Dufault is a Professor who has taught applied voice, voice class, vocal pedagogy...

Craig Ellingson, MFA, BFA,
Professor, Department Co-Chair
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.4617218.477.4617
CA 116A
Craig A. Ellingson is the Director of Theatre Arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead ...

Gregory Hamilton
Adjunct Professor of Double Bass
School of Performing Arts

Melissa (Missy) Howard
OAS Intermediate
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.2124 218.477.2124
CA 102

Michael Johnson
Assistant Professor - Director of Choral Activities/Music Education
School of Performing Arts
Dr. Michael J. Johnson serves as Director of Choral Activities and Vocal Music Education a...

Laura Kellogg, BM, MM, DMA
Adjunct Professor of Flute
School of Performing Arts
CA 105
Laura, Professor of Flute, graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Univers...

Jonathan Larson, MEd, BA
Adjunct Violin Professor
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.2101218.477.2101
CA 137
Mr. Jon Larson, Adjunct Violin Professor. Mr. Larson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Ed...

Kathryn Link, BA from MSUM and MFA from Wayne State University (She/Her/Hers)
Asisstant Professor in EIT
School of Performing Arts
CA 116-G
Kathryn Link has worked in Theatre and the Performing Arts as a Technical Director, Scenic...

Paul Liversage
Adjunct Professor of Saxophone and Clarinet
School of Performing Arts
Paul Liversage received his Masters of Music Education degree from Florida State Universit...

Amy Mercer, BM, MM, DMA
Assistant Professor
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.2101218.477.2101
CA 106
Amy Mercer earned her doctorate in piano performance at North Dakota State University, stu...

Alison Molony
Adjunct
School of Performing Arts

Douglas Neill, BS
Adjunct Professor of Electric Bass and Tuba
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.2101218.477.2101
CA 138
Doug Neill is currently the adjunct bass and tuba instructor at MSUM. He has spent the pa...

Tom Strait, DA, MM, BME
Professor
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.4096218.477.4096
CA 141
Dr. Tom Strait is has been a faculty member at MSUM since 2001. He teaches trumpet, trombo...

Christopher Underwood, MS, BS
Adjunct Faculty
School of Performing Arts
CA 116
Christopher Underwood teaches K-5 grade music at Washington Elementary in Fargo, N.D., whe...

Kenyon Williams, DMA
Professor
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.4610218.477.4610
CA 102E
Dr. Kenyon Williams has worked throughout the United States as a professional performer, e...

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