Arts & Humanities

Faculty - Arts and Humanities


Dr. Debra J. Lynn

Professor of Music
Director of Choral Organizations and Vocal Studies

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 ChoirChamber 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.