Meet the Music 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 Kristi Macek at or 815-740-3367.

Full-Time Faculty

Paul Laprade,M.M., M. Ed., M.A. & Ph.D./ABD
Department Chair
Director of Choral Activities
Assistant Professor of Music

Jeffrey Jaskowiak, M.S.
Director of Digital Audio Recording Arts
Teaching Instructor

Alby Odum, M.S.
Teaching Instructor of Digital Audio Recording Arts

Adjunct Faculty

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

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Juliet Dawson, M.A.
Instructor of Violin and Viola

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Mark Epling, M.A.
Instructor of Piano

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Adam Hill, B.A.
Instructor of Percussion

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Rae Myra Hillard, M.A.
Instructor of Voice

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Cate Hummel, DMA
Instructor of Music: Flute

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Lev Ivanov, DMA
Director of Orchestra

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

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Linnea McCracken, M.S.
Instructor of Music: Piano
Digital Audio Recording Arts

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

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

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Paul Semanic M.A.
Instructor of Trumpet

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Jacob Slocum, M.A.
Instructor of Saxophone, Jazz Combo

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Willard Thomen, MSM 
Instructor of Music: Voice, Music Appreciation, Vocal Pedagogy, Diction

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

Paulette Velazquez
Adjunct Instructor of Horn

Jiafeng Yan, DMA
Instructor of Music: Piano

Professor Emeritus

  • Dr. Patrick Brannon