Music Faculty & Staff

MSUM’s School of Performing Arts talented faculty and staff are dedicated to your success and eager to share their professional experience with you.

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...

Benjamin Druffel
Assistant Professor of Music: Band Director
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.2103218.477.2103
CA 135
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...

Elizabeth Evert-Karnes
Director of University Events
University Events
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.2267218.477.2267
CA 156A

Maxfield Johnk
Adjunct Professor of Commercial Music
School of Performing Arts
Max Johnk is a bassist, composer and teacher. A native of the Fargo- Moorhead area, Max ea...

Michael Johnson, , D.M.A. (He/Him/His)
Assistant Professor - Director of Choral Activities/Music Education
School of Performing Arts
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.4099218.477.4099
CA 107
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...

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: 218.477.4094218.477.4094
CA 106
Amy Mercer earned her doctorate in piano performance at North Dakota State University, stu...

Alison Molony
Adjunct Professor of Commercial Music
School of Performing Arts
Alison Molony is a professional singer with almost 20 years of experience in the entertain...

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...

Kelley Tracz
Adjunct
School of Performing Arts
Dr. Kelley Tracz is an adjunct Professor of Oboe at MSUM, and is very active as both a per...

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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