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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 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.  

Scott Humphries, D.M.A.

Associate Professor of Music
Director of Bands and Music Education
Spartan Pride Marching Band
MU Symphonic Band
MU Jazz Ensemble
Gold and Black Attack Pep Band
Saxophone Studio

Dr. Scott Humphries received a Bachelor of Music Education from James Madison University. He received a Master of Arts in Education (Curriculum and Instruction – music) from Virginia Tech, where he served as a graduate assistant with the Marching Virginians under David McKee. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music education at Boston University. His field of study includes community and lifelong music making.

He taught middle school and high school bands in Virginia from 1989-1994, and from 1996-2008. Since 2008, he has been an assistant professor and the Director of Instrumental Studies and Music Education at Manchester University in Indiana. At Manchester University, he conducts the university bands, symphony orchestra, and a variety of music education courses. In 2011, he joined the Fort Wayne Area Community Band as principal conductor. In 2020, he was named the Indiana Music Educators Association College/University Outstanding Music Educator.

Dr. Humphries 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. 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, CODA, CBDNA, and the Indiana Bandmasters Association.


Tim Reed, Ph.D.
Associate 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

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

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.