School of Music, Theatre, and Dance


Caroline Ahn wearing blue

Dr. Caroline KyungA Ahn

Artist in Residence and Assistant Professor of Music

Embracing a wide spectrum of musical styles, Dr. Ahn writes music inspired by the natural world. Born in Seoul, Korea, Caroline KyungA Ahn holds degrees from Yonsei University, Eastman School of Music and Indiana University. Her compositions include orchestral, chamber, and theatrical works that have been widely performed in South Korea, the United States, Europe, […]

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Joani Brandon

Dr. Joani Brandon

Professor of Music Education; Women's Chorus

Dr. Joani Somppi Brandon serves as a professor of music, teaching music education general/choral methods and Women’s Chorus. Joani is the former director of the Anderson Area Children’s Choir Chorale (1999-2011). The nine years prior, Joani taught music at Clay Middle School in Carmel, Indiana. She previously served as a middle school choral director for […]

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Jonathan Brooks

Dr. Jonathan Brooks

Professor of Music

Jonathan Brooks completed his Ph.D. at the University of North Texas in music theory. His dissertation, entitled “Imagined Sounds: Their Role in the Strict and Free Compositional Practice of Anton Bruckner,” investigates the degree to which Bruckner’s harmonic-counterpoint teachings affected his compositional output. Prior to coming to Anderson University, Jonathan was a Lecturer of Music […]

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Chappell

Dr. Rebecca Chappell

Professor of Music; Director of Music Business Studies

Dr. Rebecca Chappell is Director of Music Business Studies at Anderson University and teaches clarinet and saxophone.  She is founder and Director of Orangehaus Records, Orangehaus Publishing, and Orangehaus Music Business Camp, a summer music business experience for high school students. She served on the Board of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA) […]

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David Coolidge

David Coolidge

Associate Professor of Musical Theatre; Director of Musical Theatre Program

David Coolidge is the Director of the Musical Theatre Program at Anderson University. He received his MFA in Acting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and his BFA in Musical Theatre from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. As a professional theatre artist, David toured with Jason Robert Brown in the Broadway National Tour […]

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Rebecca Edie

Rebecca Edie

Staff Accompanist, Instructor of Piano

Rebecca Edie serves as Staff Accompanist and piano instructor at Anderson University. She received a B.M. in Performance from Butler University and an M.M. in Performance, Vocal and Opera Coaching, and Accompanying from the St. Louis Conservatory of Music. Rebecca also serves as Staff Accompanist for the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, Indianapolis Youth Chorale, and has […]

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Christopher Holmes

Dr. Christopher Holmes

Associate Professor of Music

A native Texan, Dr. Christopher Holmes studied music theory at the University of Texas at Arlington and music history at Baylor University. He earned his Ph.D. in musicology from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, completing a dissertation on the music of Peter Maxwell Davies. Holmes’s research interests are in music after World War II. […]

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Michelle Holmes

Michelle Holmes

Enrollment Specialist

I am excited to be working with the School of Music, Theatre, and Danceto showcase their programs to prospective students. My husband, Dr. Christopher Holmes, teaches music history at AU, and we enjoy opening our home to students whenever possible. Fun Facts: I am mother to four beautiful daughters, a native Texan, and an avid […]

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Gert Kumi

Gert Kumi

Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Symphony Orchestra

Albanian native, Gert Kumi has performed as a violin soloist and recitalist across North America, Europe, China, South Korea and Africa.  Gert began playing violin at age eight.  Soon after, he won national recognition as the top prize winner of his country’s music competitions. At age 16, He made his orchestral debut with the Tirana […]

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Jan Leis

Jan Leis

Administrative Assistant

Jan is an Administrative Assistant at Anderson University.

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Fritz Robertson

Dr. Fritz Robertson

Professor of Music; Voice Area Coordinator; Director of Boze Lyric Theatre

A performer of national reputation, Fritz Robertson has appeared with the Bangor Maine Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, the Bel Canto Chorus & Orchestra of Milwaukee, the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, and in our nation’s capital with the National Chamber Orchestra and the Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra. He has often been a featured soloist […]

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Richard Sowers

Dr. Richard Sowers

Professor of Music; Director of Chorale, Symphonic Choir, Valley Voices

Dr. Richard Sowers is a Professor of Music and serves as the Director of Choirs in the Anderson University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Currently he is the conductor of the Anderson University Chorale, Anderson Symphonic Choir, and Men’s Choir, and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting and music education classes. Under Dr. Sowers’ direction […]

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Christine Colquitt Thacker

Christine Colquitt Thacker

Assistant Professor of Dance

Christine Colquitt Thacker is an Assistant Professor of Dance. She was a dancer with Gregory Hancock Dance Theater from 1998-2007, debuting in Out of Darkness. In 2000, Christine received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Indiana Arts Commission. In 2003, she received a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Lilly Endowment. […]

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Adam Waller

Adam Waller

Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education: Director of Bands

Adam Waller is the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education at Anderson University. Prior to his appointment at Anderson, he was the Wind Ensemble Director at the Johns Hopkins University and Assistant Conductor of the Wind Ensemble and Modern Orchestra at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Recent performances of the Peabody […]

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Jeffrey Wright

Dr. Jeffrey Wright

Dean, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Jeffrey Wright is Dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Anderson University. Dr. Wright is an active music educator and church musician. As a researcher, writer and conference speaker, he examines the intersection of aesthetics, worship traditions, and cultural beliefs and expectations. Since coming to Anderson University in 1995, the School of […]

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Erich Yetter

Erich Yetter

Assistant Professor of Dance

Erich Yetter discovered dance after a Texas high school football injury. He began studying with former Berlin Opera Ballet ballerina Ingeborg Heuser and continued his training with Fernando Schaffenburg in Ft. Worth, Texas; Ben Stevenson at the Houston Ballet Academy; and David Howard and Maggie Black in New York City. Yetter danced with Ballet Met in […]

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