Dr. Jong H. Kim

Professor, director of graduate studies in music

  • Teaching area: choral conducting, choral literature, choral method, performance and analysis
  • D.MA in choral conducting from Michigan State University; M.M. in choral conducting from Eastman School of Music

Dr. Oeida Hatcher

Associate professor, dean of the School of Communication and the Arts

  • Teaching area: instrumental literature and instrumental methods
  • D.MA and M.M.E. in music education/instrumental conducting from Shenandoah Conservatory

Dr. Cynthia Ramsey

Associate professor, chair of the music department

  • Teaching Area: Instrumental conducting, research methods, music history, and applied piano
  • D.M.A in music education/musicology from Shenandoah Conservatory; M.M.E. from Shenandoah Conservatory

Applied Music Instructors

Dr. Chris Magge

Assistant Professor

  • Teaching area: applied trumpet
  • D.M.A. from the University of Iowa; M.M. from the James Madison University

William P. Parrish Jr.


  • Teaching area: applied oboe
  • D.MA (incomplete) from the University of Michigan; M.M. in oboe from the University of the Arts; Artist Diploma from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; B.F.A. in oboe from Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Chris Swanson

Visiting instructor (associate professor at Longwood University)

  • Teaching area: applied voice
  • D.MA in voice from Florida State University; M.M. in voice from the University of Tennessee