Music Faculty

Faculty Accomplishments

  • Prof. Kimberly Beasley was awarded the University Service award as well as 2019-2020 Professor of the Year.  Her production of Into the Woods was honored for Excellence in Directing by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region IV in 2019.  
  • Dr. Julian Bryson's The Field (ubi caritas) won third prize for the 2020 American Prize in Professional Choral Composition. It was commissioned by the San Jacinto College Choir, Directed by Patrick J. J. Callaghan, who gave the premiere last May.

  • Dr. Jay Ivey and Erik DeCicco recently presented their new workshop, "Both Sides Now: Approaches to Musical Theatre", at the Florida Theatre Conference in Gainesville on November 14.
  • Dr. Mark Snyder performed his multimedia show to a sold out theater for the season opener of Arts Now at North Carolina State University.
  • Director of Jazz Studies and saxophonist Prof. John Ricci collaborated with Dr. Mark Snyder, Assistant Professor of music Business on an EP Release concert featuring a JU Jazz Faculty debut recording of their original music on March 5th 2020 to a packed house at The Ronan School of Music in Fishweir. Entitled Project Alpha, The album was recorded, produced, marketed, released online and presented the students of the JU Music Label, Dolphinium Records, under the direction and supervision of Dr. Snyder. The students represented under the label consist of both JU Music Business Majors and JU Jazz and Commercial Music Majors.

  • Scott Watkins, Professor of Piano, presented his research on American composer Howard Hanson in the form of a lecture-recital on Sunday, October 27, in Terry Concert Hall. The event was live streamed to The University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and to Hanson's hometown, Wahoo, Nebraska. The program was given to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Hanson's piano composition, "Symphonic Rhapsody," which Watkins discovered and later published with Carl Fischer Music. Watkins will present his Hanson research at the national conference of the Society for American Music in Minneapolis in March.
  • Prof. Artie Clifton led the First Coast Wind Symphony and members of the Jacksonville University Wind Ensemble in a 2017 summer concert tour of Austria including performances in Salzburg and Vienna.

Faculty & Adjuncts

Dina Barone

Adjunct Instructor, Voice and Choral Ensembles

Kimberly Beasley

Associate Professor of Voice

Benjamin Beck

Staff Accompanist

Aaron Brask

Adjunct Instructor, Horn

Michelle Brock-Kemp

Adjunct Instructor, Voice

Julian Bryson

Director of Choral Activities

           About Julian Bryson

David Champagne

Adjunct Instructor, Jazz Trumpet

        About David Champagne

Artie Clifton

Associate Professor of Music

Chris Creswell

Artist-In-Residence of Music

Stephen Fennell

Staff Accompanist

Scott Giddens

Adjunct Instructor, Jazz Piano

Jianjun He

Professor of Music Composition & Theory

Jay Ivey

Assistant Professor of Voice/Music Theatre

Rick Kirkland

Adjunct Instructor, Drum Set

Shannon Lockwood

Assistant Professor of Music Theory/Cello

Todd Lockwood

Adjunct Instructor, Bass

Brian Luckett

Adjunct Instructor, Classical and Flamenco Guitar

Brian Magnus

Adjunct Instructor, Chamber Strings

Stephanie Magnus

Adjunct Instructor, Bassoon, Music Theory

Elyse Matthews

Adjunct Instructor, Voice

About Elyse Matthews

Edith Moore-Hubert

Staff Collaborative Pianist

Eric Olson

Adjunct Instructor, Oboe

Brian Osborne

Adjunct Instructor, Trumpet

Stan Piper

Adjunct Instructor, Jazz Bass

John Ricci

Artist-In-Residence, Jazz Studies

Marguerite Richardson

Associate Professor of Strings

Les Roettges

Adjunct Instructor, Flute

Mark Snyder

Assistant Professor of Music Business

Gary Starling

Artist-In-Residence of Music

Tony Steve

Artist-In-Residence, Contemporary & World Music

Dennis Vincent

Associate Professor of Music

Scott Watkins

Associate Professor of Piano