Arts & Humanities

Music - Professors of Music


Tim Reed, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Music
Music Department Chair
Theory & Composition Coordinator
Jazz Ensemble Director

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

Haynes, Pamela

Pamela Haynes, D.A
Assistant Professor of Music
Piano Area Coordinator

Pamela Haynes received her first music degree from DePauw University (B.M. Music Education) during which time she studied abroad at the Austro-American Institute in Vienna. She then received degrees from Ohio University (M.M. Piano Performance/Pedagogy) and the University of Kansas (D.M.A. Piano Performance/Pedagogy/Literature).

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.

Dr. Haynes’ previous positions have included teaching at Los Angeles City Community College and Los Angeles Valley 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 North Miami Elementary School and O.J. Neighbours Elementary School. She also frequently adjudicates for ISSMA District and State competitions. In January 2017, Dr. Haynes will be presenting a seminar at IMEA convention titled “Pianos, Keyboards and Apps: Oh My!” She resides in Wabash with her husband Matt, 7 children, 3 cats and 2 dogs. 

Scott Humphries

Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Instrumental Studies and Music Education
Manchester Symphony Orchestra
Manchester University Symphonic Band
Saxophone Studio

Scott Humphries received a B.M.Ed. from James Madison University and a M.A. from Virginia Tech. He is currently pursuing a D.M.A. at Boston University. Humphries worked with the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra for ten years and taught as a lecturer in music history for Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. He taught at the Virginia Tech Summer Music Camp from 1994-2009, listed as one of the top 200 summer youth activities in the country.

Humphries has presented research at the Virginia Music Educators Association Convention, the Music Educators National Conference Convention, and has published research in the international journal Psychology of Music. His concert band and wind ensemble compositions have been published by MSB Publishing and Stephen Melillo.He is currently an assistant professor and director of instrumental studies and music education, conducting the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and MU Symphonic Band. He also teaches all music education classes and is the saxophone professor. In 2011, he was appointed as the principle conductor for the Fort Wayne Area Community Band, and continues to serve in this capacity.

Debra Lynn, D.A.

Professor of Music
Director of Choral Studies

Debra Lynn serves as Director of Choral Organizations and Vocal Studies at Manchester University. She teaches applied voice, conducting, vocal pedagogy, opera workshop, and music for stage and film. She directs the A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers, and Manchester Symphony Chorus. Her ensembles have performed throughout the U.S., including at Carnegie Hall in New York, N.Y., Sacred Heart Basilica at Notre Dame University, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Her A Cappella Choir has traveled to Italy, Austria and London. Debra holds a D.A. in music with an emphasis in choral conducting and voice performance from Ball State University. Prior degrees from Truman State University and William Jewell College include emphases in choral conducting, voice performance and music education. Dr. Lynn has held teaching and conducting positions at Northeast Missouri State University, William Jewell College and Mid-America Nazarene College. 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 married to cellist and tubist, Robert Lynn.

Faculty Emeritus

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.