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 (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
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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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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