West Texas A&M University

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School of Music Faculty

School of Music

Mila Abbasova

Lyudmila Abbasova



Mila Abbasova's Bio

Dr. James Barger

Dr. James Barger

Assistant Professor of Saxophone

“Decide. Commit. Strive. Adjust. Achieve. Rinse. Repeat.”

Dr. James Barger's Bio

Dr. Mark Bartley

Dr. Mark Bartley

Professor of Music, Director of Orchestral Activities, Associate Director

"If you work hard, you will be successful here."

Dr. Bartley's Bio

 Helen Blackburn

Helen Blackburn

Franklin Chair in Music, Lecturer in Flute

“Do or do not…there is no try.” Yoda

Helen Blackburn Bio              

 Darrell Bledsoe

Dr. Darrell Bledsoe

Instructor of Music

I love teaching students about music business and watching the excitement in their faces as thy learn about the industry. 

Dr. Bledsoe's Bio

 Benjamin Brooks

Dr. Benjamin J. Brooks

Associate Professor of Music

"Aim to hit."  

Dr. Brooks' Bio

 Dr. Tina Carpenter

Dr. Tina Carpenter

Professor of Music

"Music is one of the most expressive and creative art forms. To be able to share this love of music in the classroom, as well as in the concert hall, is one of my greatest joys."

Dr. Carpenter's Bio

 Steven Dolezal

Steven Dolezal

Instructor of Music

“Indecision is the death of good art.” Joe Chiccarelli

Steven Dolezal's Bio


Dr. Robert Hansen

Dr. Robert Hansen

Regents Professor of Music, Director

"Teaching voice combines the joy of making music and using the voice to express human emotion with the fascination of watching the science of acoustics and natural physical function at work. The opportunity of working one-on-one with a student creates a bond that goes beyond the immediate learning task to a genuine personal relationship between teacher and student."

Robert Hansen's Bio

Dr. Kimberly Beck Hieb

Dr. Kimberly Beck Hieb

Assistant Professor

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” – Plato

Dr. Hieb's Bio

 Rossitza Goza

Rossitza Jekova-Goza, DMA

Harrington Lecturer in Violin

Dr. Goza's Bio


Dr. Edward Kahler

Dr. Edward Kahler

Associate Dean of the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities, Associate Professor of Music

"Music Therapy is a healthcare profession, and it is very rewarding to watch students develop both musically and clinically.  It is exciting to see them begin to use music as a therapeutic agent with a variety of client populations."

Dr. Kahler's Bio

 Dr. Robert Krause

Dr. Robert Krause

Professor of Oboe

"Working in the music department at West Texas A&M University allows me to share with the students my two passions: 1) Music—the universal language and threshold to the soul, and 2) teaching—the wonderfully endless journey of sharing and learning."

Dr. Krause's Bio

 Dr. Cloyce Kuhnert

Dr. Cloyce Kuhnert

Professor of Music

"Teaching voice gives me the opportunity to work one-on-one with students. I get to know them and see their progress throughout the semester. Singing is such a personal endeavor that our work with students is geared directly to the students' ability and interest. There are very few disciplines that work so closely with individual students."

Dr. Kuhnert's Bio

Don Lefevre

Donald Lefevre

Associate Professor of Music

“It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts.” – Ella Fitgerald

Donald Lefevre's Bio
Jeremy Lewis

Dr. Jeremy Lewis

Assistant Professor of Low Brass

“Without music life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Wilhelm Neitzsche

Jeremy Lewis' Bio

Emmanuel Lopez

Emmanuel Lopez

Harrington Lecturer in Cello

"The aspect of teaching I enjoy the most is being able to develop my students' minds both musically and intellectually. I want to educate strong minds who will in turn successfully educate the next generation of teachers and useful citizens. It is only through education that we can confront the challenges our society will face in the future, and I believe I can help to achieve that through my teaching music at West Texas A&M University."

Emmanuel Lopez's Bio

 Guglielmo Manifredi

Dr. Guglielmo Manfredi

Assistant Professor of French Horn

“Play with a cool mind and a warm heart.”

Guglelmo Manfredi's Bio
 Christopher Meerdink

Dr. Christopher Meerdink

Assistant Professor of Voice


Dr. Meerdink's Bio

 Choong-ha Nam

Dr. Choong-Ha Nam

Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Nam's Bio
 Matt Oglesby

Matthew Oglesby

Assistant Lecturer in Voice

"Be diligent in your pursuits and intentional in your actions and success will follow. Your weaknesses are only road maps to strength. They point out where to go, what to change and the path to the next point in your pursuit of a destination."

Matthew Oglesby's Bio

Denise Parr-Scanlin

Dr. Denise Parr-Scanlin

Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Parr-Scanlin's Bio

Sean Pullen

Dr. Sean Pullen

Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities

Dr. Pullen's Bio

Nicholas Scales

Dr. Nicholas Scales

Assistant Professor of Double Bass

“A bad day on bass is better than the best day on cello!” Gary Karr

Nicholas Scales' Bio
John G. Shanks

Dr. John G. Shanks

Assistant Professor of Music

“If you know the Way broadly you will see it in everything. Men must polish their particular Way.”  Miyamoto Musashi

Dr. Shanks' Bio
Douglas Storey

Douglas Storey

Associate Professor of Music

"I love working individually with students.  Each person brings a unique set of goals and expectations, and it's my responsibility to help them achieve these professional benchmarks."

Douglas Storey's Bio


 Dr. William Takacs

Dr. William Takacs                 

Associate Professor of Music

"The best thing about working at West Texas A&M University is the amazing people you interact with every day."

Dr. Takacs' Bio 


 Dr. Susan Martin Tariq

Dr. Susan Martin Tariq

Professor of Music

"The best thing about teaching at West Texas A&M University has been the opportunity to meet so many friendly, caring people—from administrators to faculty to staff to students. It is very rare to walk into an office on our campus and not be greeted with a smile and a helpful attitude."

Dr. Tariq's Bio

 Dr. Russell Teweleit

Dr. Russell Teweleit

Associate Professor of Music

"At WTAMU, music majors study with an expert in the field, not a graduate student or an adjunct faculty member.  Our students work closely with an experienced and cohesive faculty who is focused on preparing them for their chosen profession."

Dr. Teweleit's Bio  


 Vesselin Todorov

Vesselin Todorov

Harrington Lecturer in Viola




 Dr. Russell Teweleit

Evgeny Zvonnikov

Harrington Lecturer of Music

Evgeny Zvonnikov Bio