Arts & Humanities

Music - Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Keyboard Faculty

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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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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 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


Robert-Lynn
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..