Arts & Humanities


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!

Donna Bohn

Donna M. Bohn

Chair, Department of Arts and Humanities
Professor of Music

DMA; Performance, 1994, University of Alabama
MM; Performance, 1989, Wichita State University

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Luke Johnson

Luke D. Johnson

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

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Brian Merriman

Brian Merriman

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

MA; Printmaking/Drawing, 1983, Emporia State University
BFA; Printmaking/Drawing, 1981, Emporia State University

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Christopher Smith

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

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Adjunct Faculty

Applied Music

Brent Ferguson

Brent Ferguson

Upper Level Music Theory, Applied Guitar and Composition

Ph.D.; Music Theory and Composition, University of Kansas, 2020
M.M.; Music Theory, Texas State University, 2011
B.M.; Composition, University of Texas at San Antonio, 2007

Elaine Fox

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

Gina Hart-Kemper, DMA

Gina Hart-Kemper

Applied Flute

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

Dietrich Koch

Dietrich Koch

Applied Oboe

D.M.A.; Oboe Performance, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2015
M.M.; Chamber Music, University of Michigan, 2008
M.M.; Oboe Performance, University of Minnesota, 2004

Jessica Koebbe

Jessica Koebbe

Applied Piano, Keyboard Skills, Aural Skills

D.M.A. Piano Performance, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2017
M.M.; Piano Performance, Texas Christian University, 2004
B.M.; Piano Performance, University of Kansas, 2002

Lisa C. Jackson

Lisa C. Jackson

Applied Violin and Viola

M.M.; Violin Performance, University of Akron, 1993
B.M.; Violin Performance, Eastman School of Music, 1990

Kyle Jones

Kyle Jones

Applied Saxophone

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

Joseph Panella

Joseph Panella

Applied Bass

B.M.; Jazz Performance, University of Southern Mississippi, 2013

Michael Spicer

Michael Spicer

Applied Clarinet

M.M. in Clarinet Performance, Florida State University, 2016 B.M. in Clarinet Performance, Oklahoma State University, 2014

Andrea Stanton

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

Austin Way

Austin Way

Applied Bassoon

M.M.; Bassoon Performance, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013
B.M.; Bassoon Performance, University of Missouri Kansas City

Christopher White

Christopher White

Applied Low Brass

DMA; Performance, 2017, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance
MM; Performance, 2009, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance


Kendra McCloud, BA - Exploring Arts

Brian Merriman, MA - Drawing/Color/Screen Printing

Maria Morris, BA - Painting; Tie Dye, Batik, & Shibori

Audio/Visual Media

Matthew Bradford, MME - Music, Media & Technology

Justin Pedigo, MS - Audio/Visual Media


Regina Blake

Addison Lucchi, MLIS, MBA

Kevin Mays, MEd

Graphic Arts

Stacy Beltz


Kelley Freund. MA - Theatre Workshop/Technical Director

April Okken, BA - Dance Theatre

John Story, MFA - Technical Theatre

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

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