Music Faculty

Faculty Accomplishments

  • Prof. Kimberly Beasley was honored for Excellence in Directing by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region IV for her direction of Into the Woods, part of the 2018-2019 Performing Arts Series.
  • Dr. Julian Bryson's "A Parable of Choices" was a finalist for the 2019 American Prize in Professional Choral Composition and won the Yale Glee Club Emerging Composers Competition in 2017.
  • Dr. Julian Bryson and Prof. Brian Palmer led the Jacksonville University Singers and students of the JU Dance Program in Veljo Tormis's iconic protest work "Raua Needmine" (Curse Upon Iron) for the Jacksonville TEDx conference at the Florida Theatre on October 19. Prof. Tony Steve recently played percussion in the National Tour of Wicked which made a stop in Jacksonville, FL, Fall 2019.
  • 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.
  • 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