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 Michele O’Boyle at 815-740-3367.

Department Chair:
Alexandra Dee
Instructor and Assistant Professor of Music
Director of the Joliet Symphony Orchestra at USF
Phone: 815-740-3642

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



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