Meet the Faculty

Faculty members in USF’s Department of Music and Performing Arts are talented teachers and outstanding performers; bringing their unique experiences to both the classroom and stage. Their contact information is listed below for your convenience. With further questions about the music program or the Music at Moser series, contact the department office at 815-740-3520.

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Patrick Brannon, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Professor of Music: Music History, World Music, Choral Conducting
Director: Schola Cantorum
Phone: 815-740-3219







Carol Foote
Music & Performing Arts Events Coordinator


Adjunct Faculty


Adam Cowger, M.M.
Instructor of Music: Percussion Techniques


Elizabeth Darin, MME 
Instructor of Music Fundamentals


Mary Beth Diab, M.M.
Instructor of Music: Piano, Piano Pedagogy


Julie Grives, M.M.
Instructor of Voice
Director of Singing Saints


Clarice Hearne, M.M.
Instructor of Music: Voice


Cate Hummel, DMA
Instructor of Music: Flute


Jeff Jaskowiak, MSMT
Instructor of Music: Guitar
Digital Audio Recording Arts (DARA)


Bonnie Johansen-Werner, M.M.
Instructor of Music: Composition, Music Theory, Ear-Training & Sight-Singing


Robert Kase, DMA 
Dean of College of Arts & Sciences
Instructor of Music: Trumpet


Linnea McCracken, B.A. Music
Digital Audio Recording Arts (DARA)


Casey McGrath, DMA
Instructor of Music: Violin, Viola, String Techniques


Nick Michielsen, M.M.
Instructor of Music: Trumpet


Laura Neisler, M.M.
Instructor of Music: Oboe


Alby Odum, MSMT
Digital Audio Recording Arts (DARA)


Jessica Pellowski, BME
Director: Vocal Jazz Ensemble


George Pierard, M.M.
Instructor of Music: Music Education


Ernest W. Ray, B.A. Theater
Theater Director


Jeffrey Ray, B.M.
Instructor of Music: Voice, Opera, Theater


Gerik Fon-Revutzky, M.M.
Instructor of Music: Bassoon, Woodwind Techniques


Paul Scherer, M.S.
Instructor of Music: Jazz Piano


Willard Thomen, M.S.M.
Instructor of Music: Voice, Music Appreciation, Vocal Pedagogy, Diction
Director: Concert Chorale


Anna Cho Walker, M.M.
Instructor of Music: Cello


Jiafeng Yan, M.M.
Instructor of Music: Piano