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Arts & Humanities

The Arts and Humanities Department offers intellectually rigorous programs designed to foster your creativity and promote your aesthetic literacy. Our faculty are strong pedagogues with stellar educational backgrounds, committed to bringing out the best in you.

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DEPARTMENT OF ARTS & HUMANITIES

Bell Cultural Events Center
2030 E. College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899
913-971-3441
finearts@mnu.edu

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Department Faculty

Our Arts and Humanities faculty members are strong pedagogues with stellar educational backgrounds from a variety of public and private institutions. This means they’re extremely talented—and you’ll have a front-row seat in which to learn from each of them!

Christopher M.
Smith
Director of Choral Activities Associate Professor of Music

DMA; Choral Conducting, 2016, University of Kansas

MM; Choral Conducting, 2013, East Carolina University

cmsmith3@mnu.edu
Joshua
Richards
Associate Professor of English
  • Ph.D., Literature, 2012, University of St Andrews
  • M.A., English, 2009, Florida Atlantic University
  • B.A., Physics and English, 2007, Ouachita Baptist University
jrichards@mnu.edu
Luke D.
Johnson
Department Chair. Director of Bands and Music Education Associate Professor of Music

D.M.A.; Wind Conducting, University of Kansas, 2015
M.M.; Band Conducting/Music Education, Kansas State University, 2008

B.A; Music Education, MidAmerica Nazarene University, 2003

ldjohnson@mnu.edu

Music Adjunct Faculty

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Mark Adair

Applied Bassoon

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Aleia Gonzalez Allen

Applied Guitar

M.M.; Guitar Performance, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2020

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Tina Bilberry

Chamber Strings 

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Emily Foltz

Applied Oboe

DMA, Oboe Performance, University of Kansas, 2020

MM, Oboe Performance, University of Oregon, 2017

BM, Oboe Performance, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2015

Elaine Fox

Applied Voice

M.M. Voice Performance University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music 2001

B.A. Voice Performance University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music 1995

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Richard Galbreath

Applied Clarinet 

 

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Ben Gervais

Drum Line Instructor and Applied Percussion

M.M. Percussion Performance, University of Missouri, 2016

M.S. Music Education, Northwest Missouri State University, 2011

B.S. Music Education, Northwest Missouri State University, 2008

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GINA HART-KEMPER

Applied Flute

DMA, The University of Michigan
MM, The University of Michigan
BM, Wichita State University

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KYLE JONES

Applied Saxophone

A.D.; Saxophone Performance, The University of Texas-Austin, 2020
M.M.; Saxophone Performance, Peabody Conservatory, 2018

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Brent Mead

Applied Low Brass

M.M.; Trombone Performance, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2019

B.M.E.; Instrumental Music Education, University of Northern Iowa, 2017

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Nathan R. Nall

Co-Director MNU Jazz Ensemble

Applied Trumpet/Jazz Improvisation
B.M.; Jazz Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City

ANDREA STANTON

Applied Horn

A.C; University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, 2012
M.M.; Horn Performance, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, 2010

Regina Tanujaya

Applied Piano, Keyboard Skills

D.M.A. Piano Performance, University of Missouri – Kansas City, 2021

M.M. Chamber Music,University of Michigan, 2017

M.M. Piano Performance, University of Michigan, 2017

B.M Piano Performance,University of Kansas, 2015

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Geoffrey A. Wilcken

Composition and Theory

D.M.A. Composition, University of Kansas 2018

M.M. Choral Conducting, University of Kansas 1998

Art

Brian Merriman, MA – Drawing/Color/Screen Printing

Julaire Sterbach, BS – Painting, Tie Dye

Carrol Schwabauer – Exploring Art

Lindsay Waller – Tie-Dye, Batik, and Shibori

Audio/Visual Media

Justin Pedigo, MS – Audio/Visual Media

English

Addison Lucchi, MLIS, MBA

Matthew Lee, MEd

Daniel Schwabauer, MA

Elizabeth Plank, BA

Eric Pazdziora, DMA

Graphic Arts

Carrol Schwabauer

BA, Art & Graphic Design

Theatre

Kelley Freund. MA – Theatre Workshop/Technical Director

April Okken, BA – Dance Theatre

Heather Tinker. MA – Directing & Play Production/Theatre Director

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