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.

Full-Time Faculty

Alexandra Dee, DMA
Department Chair

Director of Orchestral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music
Director of the Joliet Symphony Orchestra at USF
Phone: 815-740-3642

Paul Laprade, M.A., M.Ed., M.M.
Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music
Director of the Schola Cantorum, Concert Chorale, and Swingin’ Saints


Adjunct Faculty

Jennifer Carlton, M.M.
Instructor of Music: Clarinet

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

Linnea McCracken, MSMT
Digital Audio Recording Arts (DARA)

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

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

Alby Odum, MSMT
Digital Audio Recording Arts (DARA)

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

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

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

Melissa Schoonover, M.M.
Instructor of Music: Cello

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

Nick Young, B.M.
Instructor of Music: Guitar

Professor Emeritus

  • Patrick Brannon