Arts & Humanities

Music - Adjunct Faculty

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, applied voice, and music theory, has directed the Manchester Choral Society, Cantabile and Chamber Singers, has accompanied the A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers on many tours and concerts, and frequently performs with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he is Director of Music Ministry and Organist at Warsaw First United Methodist Church where he also leads their praise band, and he has traveled with the Indiana Ambassadors of Music Concert Choir three times to Europe as Assistant Conductor and Accompanist. 

 David Hupp is a keyboard lecturer of music at Manchester University.

Adjunct Theater Faculty

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Kira Hawkins is the coordinator of theater organizations and productions at Manchester University. She holds degrees in music and theater from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., and an MFA in acting from Penn State University. Kira now balances a life of performing, directing and teaching. She often appears on the stage of Wagon Wheel Theatre in Warsaw, Ind., where favorite roles include Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!, Elvira in Blithe Spirit and Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins. She also occasionally returns to perform in her home state of Minnesota where credits include Sally Bowles in Cabaret with Theater Latté Da and Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera with Frank Theatre. She has directed numerous productions both in Minnesota and Indiana and co-directs shows for the Wagon Wheel Jr. program.  Kira joined the music and theatre departments at St. Olaf College in the 2013/14 academic year to teach "Acting for the Lyric Stage," "Acting for the Non Major," and "Civic Engagement: Opera Creation in the Schools," which paired enthusiastic college students with a local elementary school to create an original opera. She now teaches Theatre & Society, Acting, and Directing at MU, and each school year she directs a fall and spring production. Kira lives in North Manchester with her husband, Zachary, where they enjoy the bounty of his work on Hawkins Family Farm.

Adjunct Voice Faculty

Scott Avery earned his degrees in music from Northern Michigan and Ball State Universities, studying with the distinguished Dr. Douglas Amman in both locations. With 36 years of choral music experience, Mr. Avery recently retired as choir director and head of the Fine Arts Department at Warsaw Community High School. He has also served as president of the Indiana Choral Directors Association. Mr. Avery’s choirs have toured to Canada and New York City, where they sang in St. Patrick's Cathedral. His high school groups have also sung with The Lettermen and placed twice among Indiana's Top 10 high school choirs (ISSMA). Mr. Avery served as Choral Conductor for the Indiana Ambassadors of Music, who tour Europe every two years with selected high school and college singers from all over Indiana. He has been a baritone soloist with the Bay de Noc Choral Society, Marquette Choral Society, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, and Warsaw Community Choir. Mr. Avery is a frequent clinician at choral festivals, and directs the Sanctuary Choir and the Ginn Handbells at First United Methodist Church of Warsaw.

Adjunct Instrumental Faculty


Ann Donner, flute instructor, was a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for 21 years. In January 1990 she was one of the three soloists in the Bach Brandnburg Concerto No. 4 with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. She left the orchestra in 1997 to pursue her interests in chamber music and teaching. 

She has performed in chamber music recitals in the United States, England, Germany and Ethiopia. She is a member of Flutes and More (flute duos/flute and accordion), the Civil War Trio (as narrator, fife player, and flutist), and Music Eleganza (recorders and Baroque flute), an early music group. Her B.> and M.M. degrees are from New England Conservatory of Music. She studied in Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship from 1968 to 1969. 

Inspired by hearing flute choirs at a National Flute Association Convention in the early 1990s, Mrs. Donner has developed a special interest in flute choirs. She has conducted flute ensembles at both Taylor and IPFW Universities. She has taken the IPFW Community Flute Choir to Toledo University flute choir symposiums in 1994 and 1995 and to the Chicago Flute Club Fair in 1998. She performed as a member of the Professional Flute Choir in 2000 at the National Flute Association Convention in Columbus, Ohio. At present she conducts the IPFW Community Flute Choir and conducts and performs with the SAI Flute Ensemble.

George Donner is an oboe lecturer of music at Manchester University.

douglas hofherr
Douglas E. Hofherr has taught middle school instrumental music for several years. During his teaching career, he has assisted with the Huntington North High School marching band trumpets for and taught middle level general music. In addition, he is currently teaching elementary general music. He has been a contributing artist to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Muncie Symphony and the Anderson Symphony. Mr. Hofherr also plays Eb Cornet with the Old Crown Brass Band.  

michael flanagin
Michael Flanagin has served as the Director of Bands and Instrumental Music at Indiana Wesleyan University since 2001. He directs the IWU Wind Ensemble and the IWU Jazz Ensemble. Other duties include private instruction in French horn at both IWU and Manchester University, courses in computer applications and conducting, student teacher supervision, as well as teaching various courses in music education. Flanagin’s ensembles have been featured at the Indiana Music Educators Convention in Indianapolis, have performed in 21 different states and have recorded five compact discs. He received his B.M.Ed. from Indiana University and his M.A. from Ball State University. Mr. Flanagin has directed music at various churches in Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri and is active as a soloist, guest conductor and clinician.

robert lynn
Robert Lynn has appeared as soloist with the Liberty Symphony Orchestra, the Brass Choir and Wind Symphony at Truman State University, the William Jewell College Symphonic Band, the Symphony Band and Concert Choir at Ball State University, the Concert Band and A Capella Choir at Manchester University, and the Manchester Civic Band. Particularly interested in performing new works, he has premiered two works written for him: in 1998, "Three Songs" by Jody Nagel, and in 1996, "Italian Dance Suite" by Debra Lynn. In 1995, he performed "Images for Solo Tuba, Brass, and Percussion," by David Sargent, with Musica Nova of Kansas City during a symposium featuring Sargent as guest composer. Dr. Lynn received the D.A. in tuba performance with a cognate in music theory from Ball State University, where he served as a doctoral teaching assistant for three years, teaching applied low brass and ear training classes. He holds a M.A. from Truman State University (Kirksville , Mo.), and a B.S. in music (with performance emphasis in both tuba and cello) from William Jewell College (Liberty, Mo.).

linda kummermuss
Linda Kummermuss received her B.M. from the Conservatory of Music at Capital University, where she studied violin with Andrew Lisko. She has taught private lessons for Capital University's pre-college division, for the Miami School for the Musical Arts, in Miami, Fla., for the Magnet School for the Arts at Suitland High School in Md., and for the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster, Ohio. She was president of the Ohio Suzuki Association from 1991-1994. That would have been from about 1991-1994. In addition to running the Suzuki Violin Program at Manchester University, she is currently on staff with The Fort Wayne Suzuki Talent Education program, and runs a small Suzuki program in Auburn.

Linda has performed with the following symphonies: Hicksville Symphony and Merrick Symphony in Long Island, N.Y.; the North Miami Symphony and the Broward Symphony in Florida; the Prince George's Philharmonic and the Tuesday Morning Music Group Symphony in Washington D.C.; The Ohio Valley Symphony and the Tuscarawras Symphony in Ohio. Linda was also principal second violin for the Wooster Symphony in Ohio for six years. Linda currently plays with the Manchester Symphony, the Elkhart Symphony and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Linda has also been a member of the Secrest Quartet. In addition, Linda has performed as a freelance musician including performances with Peggy Lee, John Byner, Ann Murray and Manheim Steamroller.

Brad Kuhns is a Fort Wayne, Indiana-based bassist who plays many genres. In addition to jazz combo work, including the IPFW Faculty Jazz Combo, he can be seen playing big band with the New Millennium Jazz Orchestra; original roots-rock with guitarist David Todoran; pop/oldies with the 7-piece Dan Heath and the Paradise Band; numerous weeks per season with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic; and a wide variety of concerts backing the Heartland Chamber Chorale. He has toured frequently throughout the Midwest and South, and appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. A graduate of the Ball State University School of Music, Brad serves as an artist in residence at Memorial Park Middle School, a fine arts magnet, in Fort Wayne. He also serves on faculty at Manchester University and Huntington University.

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. After moving to Norwich, England, she taught for 10 years and performed regularly as a violinist in the Academy of St. Thomas orchestra. She also directed a children's string orchestra for seven years.

Elizabeth and husband Tim moved to Huntington, Ind. in 2007. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at both Manchester and Huntington universities. In Manchester, she is concertmaster of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and teaches applied violin and viola. Elizabeth is an active solo and duo performer (violin and piano), and has performed regularly with cellist Robert Lynn since 2010. She is also choir director at College Park Church, Huntington, and maintains a small private studio. Beginning in the fall of 2015, she will be assistant tutor to the Manchester Youth Strings.