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Professors of Music

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Debra Lynn, D.A.

Professor of Music
Music Department Chair
Director of Choral Organizations and Vocal Studies
Conductor, Manchester Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Debra J. Lynn serves as Director of Choral Organizations and Vocal Studies at Manchester University, teaching applied voice, conducting, vocal pedagogy, opera workshop, history of the Requiem Mass, and music for stage & film. Choral ensembles under her direction include the A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers, Cantabile, and Manchester Symphony Chorus. Her ensembles have performed at various locations throughout the U.S. including Carnegie Hall in New York, Sacred Heart Basilica at Notre Dame University, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Her A Cappella Choir has traveled to Italy to perform High Masses at the Vatican in Rome and Basilica di San Marco in Venice. In addition, they presented a standing room only concert at the Upper Basilica at St. Francis of Assisi. Other tours have included such destinations as Austria, and London.  Whether domestic or international, her tours carry a theme of world peace.  Debra holds a Doctor of Arts in Music degree with an emphasis in choral conducting and voice performance from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Prior degrees from Truman State University and William Jewell College include emphases in choral conducting, voice performance, and music education. She has worked with Metropolitan Opera singers Nicholas DiVirgilio and Mignon Dunn as opera chorus director for Illinois Opera Theatre – based at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  Dr. Lynn has studied conducting under the tutelage of maestros Paul Vermel, Douglas Amman, Fred Stoltzfus, Paul Crabb, and Arnold Epley. As a composer, Dr. Lynn writes both instrumental and vocal music, and has received several commissions including Lily and Plowshares Foundation requests. She is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician for various composer forums, choral festivals, and voice and conducting master classes. Her numerous compositions may be found at https://debralynnmusic.org/. She is married to cellist & tubaist, Robert Lynn. They reside in North Manchester, Indiana where they tag-team parent four daughters and four cats when they are not making or teaching music.  

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Scott Humphries, D.M.A.

Associate Professor of Music
Director of Bands and Music Education

Dr. Scott Humphries serves as associate professor of music, and Director of Bands and Music Education at Manchester University. He is the founding director of both the Gold and Black Attack basketball pep band and The Spartan Pride Marching Band. He conducts the university symphonic band, jazz ensemble, and teaches music education courses. He also teaches saxophone and clarinet. He is also the principal conductor for the Fort Wayne Area Community Band. In addition, he was the artistic director and conductor of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra until 2020.

Humphries earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music education at Boston University. He received a Master of Arts in Education from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelor of Music Education from James Madison University. He studied saxophone with Gunnar Mossblad. He studied piano with Marion Perkins, Mary Louise Hallauer, and Ruth Slenczynska. His research area includes community and lifelong music making, intergenerational ensembles, and Serious Leisure Perspective.  

Dr. Humphries was named the 2020 Indiana Music Educators Association College/University Outstanding Music Educator. He has published works for young bands through MSB Publishing, Inc. He has co-authored an article in the journal Psychology of Music and presented research at the NAfME national conference and the IMEA Professional Development Conference. He has also presented at faculty seminars on assessment practices as well as online teaching methods. Additionally, he remains an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States. He maintains membership in NAfME (collegiate chapter advisor), IMEA, CBDNA, and the Indiana Bandmasters Association.

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Tim Reed, Ph.D.
Professor of Music
Theory & Composition Coordinator

Tim Reed, MU Music Department Chair, holds degrees from LaGrange College (B.M. –Creative Music Technologies), the Dallas Sound Lab School for the Recording Arts, Illinois State University (M.M. in Music Composition/Theory) and the University of Florida (PhD. Music Composition).

Tim is a composer of acoustic, electroacoustic and film music and his work is frequently performed at festivals and conferences both in and outside of the US. His work is regularly featured on a number of radio programs and podcasts and published by Centaur, Dorn and Trevco Music. To hear Tim’s music and for more on his work, visit www.timreedmusic.com.

Pamela Haynes, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Piano Studies

Pamela Haynes is a multi-faceted musician, performer and educator. She received her first music degree from DePauw University (B.M. Choral Music Education) during which time she studied at the Austro-American Institute in Vienna under the tutelage of pianist Hans Graf (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien). She then completed graduate studies at Ohio University (M.M. Piano Performance/Pedagogy) and the University of Kansas (D.M.A. Piano Performance/Pedagogy/Literature). She is grateful to have studied with Jack Winerock, Gail Berenson, and Lorna Griffitt-Bedelian.

Dr. Haynes has performed as a soloist with the DePauw University Symphony Orchestra, University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra and Manchester Symphony Orchestra. Her area of expertise is in collaborative performance. She has appeared with Grammy award-winning baritone Daniel Belcher, with saxophonist Farrell Vernon at the Manchester New Music Mini-Festival, as guest keyboardist with the Wagon Wheel Theatre, and in numerous performances in Indiana, California, Kansas, Ohio and New Zealand.

Haynes has adjudicated at various competitions over the past 20 years. Most recently this has included IMTA Hoosier Auditions, the Hartman Stickley piano competition, ISSMA Solo and Ensemble District and State competitions, and Symphony of the Lakes Young Artist competition. Other activities have included founding the Manchester University Faculty Trio as well as making her debut as guest musical director and pit orchestra conductor for Huntington University Theatre Company’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Dr. Haynes is currently an Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Piano Studies at Manchester University. Her previous positions have included teaching piano and music theory at Los Angeles City Community College, curriculum consultant for the M.I.N.D. Institute (University of Irvine), music specialist for P.S. Arts through the Crossroads School of Arts and Sciences (Santa Monica), adjunct professor at Huntington University and music instructor at O.J. Neighbours Elementary School. Haynes is a member of NAfME, MTNA and IMTA. In October of 2020, she shared the following presentation at the IMTA Virtual State conference: “Performance, (IM)Perfection, and the Pandemic.” Dr. Haynes resides in Wabash with her husband Matt, 4 of their 7 children, 5 cats and 2 dogs.


Faculty Emeritus

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John Planer, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Music

John Planer has been teaching courses in music and the humanities at Manchester University since 1969. Dr. Planer holds a bachelor's degree from Knox College and a Ph.D. and master's degree from the University of Michigan. His most notorious journal article (Function in the Country Song “Tight Fittin’ Jeans”) deals with the function of popular music. Dr. Planer is co-President of the Guild of Temple Musicians and is a recognized national speaker on Jewish liturgical music.


Adjunct Keyboard Faculty

Alan Chambers holds a B.M. in keyboard performance from DePauw University and a M.A. in music from Ball State University. He has professional experience as conductor, musical director, singer, keyboardist, actor, arranger and teacher. He sang in Chicago with the 16-voice chamber ensemble Fleur de Lys, toured Germany and Austria with the James Chorale, and performed in the vocal jazz quartet Creme de Menthe, who sang on WFMT's "Midnight Special" and were interviewed by the legendary Studds Terkel. Mr. Chambers has been a soloist in the Faure Requiem and the Mozart Missa Brevis in D, and appeared in Puccini's Turandot at the Lyric Opera as an illustrious supernumerary (i.e., a banner carrier!). He has worked for many professional theatres in Indiana and Illinois including the Wagon Wheel Playhouse, Enchanted Hills, Round Barn at Amish Acres, Canterbury and Indiana Repertory. At Manchester University, Mr. Chambers has taught applied piano and voice, music theory, has directed and accompanied the Manchester Choral Society, Cantabile, A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers, and frequently performs with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra. He served at Warsaw First United Methodist Church for over 23 years altogether, as Director of Music Ministry and Organist, and director of the praise team, children's choir and handbells, and he has traveled with the Indiana Ambassadors of Music Concert Choir three times to Europe as Assistant Conductor and Accompanist.
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 David Hupp is a keyboard lecturer of music at Manchester University.

Adjunct Theater Faculty

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In December 2020, Thom Hofrichter finished a 24 year tenure as the Managing Artistic Director at First Presbyterian Theater in Fort Wayne, IN.  During those years he has also served as an adjunct professor, teaching Communications at Purdue Fort Wayne and Manchester College; as well as theater at PFW and Huntington University.

Recently, Thom has worked professionally as an actor and director for the outdoor summer festival Shakespeare at the Castle in Alliance, OH.  He also has professional credits which span the past 40 years from Pensacola, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., Chicago, Milwaukee, and Boulder, Colorado.

Thom was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Upon graduation from Concordia Lutheran High School, he earned a BS in Accounting from Indiana University, Bloomington.  In the fifteen years following his graduation from I.U. he supported himself as an actor, director, stage manager, lighting designer, producer, and educator in the theater; while earning a B.A. in Theater from UNLV, an M.A. in Communication from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, and pursing doctoral studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he will forever remain ½ a dissertation short of a Ph.D.

In the early 1990s Thom held the position of Managing Artistic Director for Studio 13 in Milwaukee and then later held the same title at D.A.M. Art Theater in Boulder.  He returned to Fort Wayne to become FPT’s Managing Artistic Director in January of 1997.  At FPT, Thom directed well over 100 plays, acted in dozens more, as well as written several Christmas Revues.  He also adapted and staged works from Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters, Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve, and Ibsen’s, Brand.

Thom lives on the south-side of Fort Wayne with his wife Nancy, where they are loyal subjects to Queen Elizabeth I, a black Labrador retriever whom Thom and his wife serve.


Adjunct Instrumental Faculty

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Kelly Hornbarger is principal flute of the Fort Wayne Area Community Band. In 2005, Kelly won a seat in the National Wind Ensemble for high school and college students, which performed at Carnegie Hall under the direction of H. Robert Reynolds. She received her Bachelor of Music Performance at East Tennessee State University, where she studied the Suzuki teaching method for flute with Rebecca Paluzzi. During her tenure there, she was principal piccolo in the top ensemble, performed in the Chamber Winds ensemble, was a finalist in the Honors Recital competition, and was a part of the flute choir. In 2009, she was a part of the ETSU Wind Ensemble during its performance at Carnegie Hall as principal piccolo. After her undergraduate work, Kelly went on to earn a master’s degree in Music Theory Pedagogy from Michigan State University, where she served as a TA for two years. She spent much of her assistantship teaching freshman ear training and sight singing. 

She has performed as soloist with several groups in Indiana, including the Manchester University Symphonic Band and the Manchester Symphony Orchestra.  Her original flute choir composition, Emerald Hills and Sapphire Sea has been performed at the National Flute Association Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina and Orlando, Florida.

Outside her major instrument, Kelly also has a passion for playing the pennywhistle, ocarina, and other ethnic flutes. She also arranges pieces for various flute ensembles, which she records herself and posts to her YouTube channel. She currently resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana with her husband Josh and daughter Amelia.

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George Donner is an oboe lecturer of music at Manchester University.
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Cathy Huber is a Lecturer of Music (clarinet) at Manchester University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Ball State University, where she studied under Dr. Elizabeth Crawford. She is an active performer and in recent years has performed with the Fort Wayne Area Community Band and the Manchester Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Huber has had teaching positions in Fort Wayne Community Schools and Manchester Community Schools. She is currently employed at Northwest Allen County Schools as an elementary band and music teacher. Mrs. Huber is a member of NAfME, IMEA, Sigma Alpha Iota, and the International Clarinet Association. She and her husband, who is also a band director, live in North Manchester with their young son and two long-haired cats.

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Praised for his “impeccable accuracy and demonstrated versatility and sensitivity” (ITG Journal), Joshua Ganger performs internationally as a chamber musician, soloist, and ensemble member. In 2016, his debut solo album, “Songs of a Sojourner” was released through Summit Records. “Joshua Ganger possesses powerful sound and impressive technical skills, all of which are on display in his debut solo album Songs of a Sojourner, an appealingly diverse set of recently composed works” (ITG Journal).

Ganger has performed as a guest artist on the 2019 Nassau Music Society Concert Series, on the 2017 and 2018 ITG New Works Recital, and has given recitals at universities throughout the country. Ganger has performed with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Alma Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Lakes, Manchester Symphony Orchestra, and Marion Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ganger graduated from Michigan State University College of Music with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance where he was a Teaching Graduate Assistant and a Graduate Fellow under the tutelage of Rich Illman and Justin Emerich. Ganger has previously graduated from Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University where he studied with Josef Burgstaller, Phil Snedecor, Edward Hoffman, and David Fedderly and Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied with Tim Zimmerman.

Dr. Ganger currently serves on faculty at Manchester University, Indiana Wesleyan University, and Taylor University. Previously he was on faculty at The University of Akron and Indiana University South Bend. Ganger is also a Powell Trumpet Artist and performs on a Powell Custom B-flat Trumpet, C Trumpet, and Flugelhorn.

www.joshuaganger.com

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Robert Lynn holds degrees in music performance from William Jewell College, Truman State University, and Ball State University. At Manchester, Dr. Lynn teaches Music History, as well as classes in World Music, American Music and Introduction to Music. Dr. Lynn also teaches Music Fundamentals and Aural Skills, as well as applied study in cello and low brass. Dr. Lynn has played cello with numerous orchestras throughout the mid-west, including Kansas City Missouri, Kirskville Missouri, St. Joseph Missouri, Ottumwa Iowa, and Champagne Illinois. He currently serves as principal cellist with the Manchester Symphony, and also plays with the Anderson Symphony, the Marion Philharmonic and the Muncie Symphony. Dr. Lynn especially enjoys playing chamber music, and often performs with duo partner violinist and pianist Elizabeth Smith. Since 2014, Dr. Lynn has served as Director of the Ecclesia Choir at the Manchester Church of the Brethren. Robert is married to Debra Lynn, director of choral and vocal studies at Manchester University.
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Bruce Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music where he studied percussion with Earl Yowell. 

He is a former member of the Pride of Cincinnati Drum and Bugle Crops and the Royal Lancer's Senior Drum and Bugle Corps. Bruce has served as percussion instructor and arranger for Tippecanoe Valley High School, Bishop Dwenger High School, New Haven High School, Snider High School, and Fort Wayne North Side High School.

Bruce currently serves as percussion director and arranger for Bluffton High School and percussion director for the Northrop High School marching band and percussion ensembles. Bruce is currently the K-12 Instrumental Music and “b" Instrumental Program Coordinator for Fort Wayne Community Schools

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Elizabeth Smith was born in Northampton, England. She gained her Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in music from the University of York. She also gained a PGCE in music education from the University of Cambridge.  She played the violin in both university orchestras, serving as concertmaster whilst at York. She also played in Baroque and Contemporary music ensembles. Elizabeth studied violin with members of the Sorrel and Fitzwilliam quartets and attended chamber music masterclasses with the celebrated violinist and teacher Emanuel Hurwitz.

Elizabeth and husband Tim moved to Huntington, Indiana, in 2007. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at both Manchester and Huntington universities. At Manchester, she serves as concertmaster of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, teaches applied violin and viola, and string ensembles. Elizabeth is an active solo and duo performer (playing both violin and collaborative piano), and has performed regularly with cellist Robert Lynn since 2010. In 2017 she performed Mozart and Brahms piano trios as a member of the Manchester University Trio (with pianist Pamela Haynes and Cellist Robert Lynn). Other performance highlights of recent years include Mozart’s fifth violin concerto with the MSO, and Brahms, Franck, and Richard Strauss sonatas..