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.

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...

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 ...

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
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
Managing Director for the Center of the Arts
College of Arts & Humanities
Send Email | Phone: 218.477.2267218.477.2267
CA 156A

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...

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...

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

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...

Paul Liversage
Adjunct Faculty
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 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...

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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