Arts & Humanities

Music - Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Keyboard Faculty

alanchambers
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.

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

Adjunct Theater Faculty

kira hawkins
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

anndonner

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.


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



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.

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.where she ran the Suzuki program for 5 years, the Thomas G. Pullen K-8 Magnet School, and for the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster, Ohio. She was president of the Ohio Suzuki Association for 3 years.  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; and the Elkhart Symphony. Linda was also principal second violin for the Wooster Symphony in Ohio for six years. Linda currently plays with the Manchester Symphony. Linda has also been a member of the Secrest Quartet. In addition, Linda has performed as a freelance musician including performances with Peggy Lee and John Byner, Ann Murray and Manheim Steamroller.

Bruce-Schneider

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


Smith-Elizabeth
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..