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.

Julie Adams
MA, BME
Adjunct Faculty
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 701.552.1006701.552.1006
CA 109
Julie Adams has a broad spectrum of teaching and directing experience. A native of Indepen...

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...

Stephanie Carlson
DMA, MM, BM
Adjunct Faculty
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 701.477.2101701.477.2101
CA 102D
Dr. Stephanie Carlson has taught at MSUM since 2015, where she currently teaches applied o...

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...

Allen Carter
DA, MM, BM
Professor
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.4098218.477.4098
CA 140
Allen Carter has a diverse background as a composer, arranger, drummer, percussionist and ...

Jenny Dufault
PhD, MM, BS
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 ...

David Ferreira
DMA, MM, BM
Adjunct Faculty
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.4095218.477.4095
CA 103
Dr. David Ferreira is Professor Emeritus at Minnesota State University Moorhead where he t...

Ricky Greenwell
MFA, BS
Associate Professor
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.5038218.477.5038
CA 116B
Ricky Greenwell is proud to serve as the Head of Design and Technology and Resident Costum...

Nikolas Gruber
BM, MA
Adjunct
School of Performing Arts
At age 14, Nik Gruber began teaching guitar at Lidgett Music in Council Bluffs, Iowa where...

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

Jeehyun Kim
DMA, MM, BM
Adjunct
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.227.9689218.227.9689
CA 108
DMA, Voice Performance, Boston University MM, Voice Performance, Boston University BM, V...

Conor Lee
BM
Adjunct
School of Performing Arts
Conor Lee earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Minnesota State Univers...

Sherry Linnerooth
BA
Adjunct Faculty
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Office: 218-477-2126218-477-2126
CA 137

Paul Liversage
Adjunct Faculty
School of Performing Arts
Paul Liversage received his Masters of Music Education degree from Florida State Universit...

Elizabeth Maleki
OAS Intermediate
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.2124218.477.2124
CA 102

Eric Martens
Adjunct
School of Performing Arts

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...

Erynn Millard
PhD
Associate Professor
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.2101218.477.2101
CA 107
Erynn Millard holds a Ph.D. in choral music education and conducting from The Florida Stat...

Douglas Neill
BS
Adjunct Faculty
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.2101218.477.2101
CA 022
Doug Neill is currently the adjunct bass and tuba instructor at MSUM. He has spent the pa...

Elise Nelson
MM, BM
Adjunct Faculty
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.2101218.477.2101
CA 136
Cellist Elise Buffat Nelson currently teaches at NDSU and MSUM and has an extensive precol...

James Stenger
Technical Director | Adjunct Faculty
College of Arts & Humanities | School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.4620218.477.4620
CA 176A

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...

Jessica Vines
BM
Adjunct
School of Performing Arts
Jessica Vines has been performing live since 2007 and teaching privately since 2015. In 2...

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...

Hailey Wilmer
BS
Head Dance Coach | Adjunct Faculty
Athletics | School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Office: 218-477-2126218-477-2126
CA 116

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