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...

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 ...

David Ferreira, DMA, MM, BM
Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano
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...

Pamela Gafkjen, MS, BS
Adjunct Faculty
School of Performing Arts
Pamela Gafkjen is a music specialist, K-5 music teacher at Kennedy Elementary in Fargo, N....

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 Professor of Guitar
School of Performing Arts
At age 14, Nik Gruber began teaching guitar at Lidgett Music in Council Bluffs, Iowa where...

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
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 136
Mr. Jon Larson, Adjunct Violin Professor. Mr. Larson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Ed...

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...

Douglas Neill, BS
Adjunct Professor of Electric Bass and Tuba
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...

Russell Peterson
Adjunct Professor of Bassoon
School of Performing Arts

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...

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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