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Lindenwood University Music Faculty

Adam Donohue

Adam DonohueProfessor Adam Donohue received his Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston. He then began an eight-year tenure as a musical director in the cruise line industry, after which he went on to earn a Master of Arts in music from Washington State University with an emphasis in jazz composition and saxophone.

Pamela Grooms

Pamela GroomsPamela Grooms has been an active music educator since 1986. She presently serves as Music Department chair, professor of choral music education, professor of piano, and music director for all musical theatre productions at Lindenwood University.

Matt Hoormann

Matt HoormannA versatile and respected performer, clinician, and educator, Dr. Matt Hoormann received both a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of California Los Angeles, all in trombone performance.

Adjunct Faculty

  • Keely Abeln - Private French Horn - Keely Abeln teaches applied french horn lessons at Lindenwood University. She is primarily a band director for the Parkway School District, where she works at Parkway South Middle School.

  • Matthew Allison, DMA - Private Flute, Woodwind Ensemble, New Music Ensemble - Dr. Matthew Allison is the flute instructor at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, as well as at O'Fallon Township, Belleville East, and Granite City High Schools in Illinois. He is a founding member of NakedEye Ensemble, which is dedicated to promoting new music. Matthew also works with musicians' total health as a certified and experienced yoga instructor.

  • Leslie Allnatt, DMA - Music History I and II, Private Voice, Vocal Pedagogy and Literature - Dr. Leslie Allnatt is an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University where she teaches applied voice and music history. She has previously taught at the University of Louisville and at the University of Iowa as well as maintaining a private voice studio. Dr. Allnatt has performed in choirs and operas in the United States, Austria, Poland, and England.

  • Bob Baker - Music Marketing, Special Topics Courses in DIY Musicianship - Bob Baker is an author, speaker, musician, and former music magazine editor dedicated to showing musicians of all kinds how to get exposure, connect with fans, sell more music, and increase their incomes through their artistic passions. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook and created the Music Marketing 101 course for Berklee Online. He is one of the most widely recognized authorities on music marketing, and has been called the “Godfather of Independent Music Marketing”.

  • Robert H. Baker, DMA - Private Oboe - Robert Hart Baker serves the Lindenwood music department as their applied oboe professor. He has been the conductor of the St. Louis Philharmonic since 1982, and is the principal guest conductor with the Asheville Lyric Opera Company since 2004.

  • Kathleen Baker – Class Piano, Accompanist - Kathleen Baker is an in-demand piano instructor and accompanist in the greater St. Louis area. In addition to maintaining a private studio, she is actively involved with the music departments at Lindenwood University, Francis Howell High School, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

  • Donita Bauer - Private Bassoon - Donita Bauer is principal bassoon with Metropolitan Orchestra, St Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach Society, Union Avenue Opera and Masterworks Chorale, and serves as an extra section member for several other ensembles. She is the bassoon instructor at Lindenwood University and University of Missouri-St. Louis.

  • Gary Brandes - Wind ensemble, orchestra
  • Dr. Sebastian Buhts - Percussion, percussion ensemble, drumline
  • Ryan Curtis - Tuba, graduate courses in AMC - Dr. Ryan Curtis is an associate professor and director of bands at Lindenwood University, where he supervises the concert, marching, and pep bands. He is currently in his 16th year of teaching and 11th year serving Lindenwood University. He received a Bachelor of Science in education from Missouri State University, a Master of Music Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a Doctor of Education (EdD) in instructional leadership from Lindenwood University.
  • Justin DiCenzo - Bass Guitar
  • Cara Dineen - Jazz and contemporary voice 
  • Hannah Frey - Private Violin, Private Viola - Hannah Frey is the violin and viola teacher at Lindenwood and also teaches violin at Washington University. She plays with a variety of groups in the area, including the Perseid Quartet, Winter Opera St. Louis, and the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis.

  • Jim Hegarty - Private Jazz Piano - James H. Hegarty is a jazz artist with a wide field of influences. His topics of interest include cultural and social diversity, the juxtaposition of contemporary topics with historical reference, and arts activism. Hegarty's colorful, dynamic, and fluid works in sound, video, theatre, and performance are inspired by literature and the arts, non-idiomatic improvisation, and contemporary cultures.

  • Katherine Herrell, EdD - Foundations in Music Education, Contemporary Issues in Music Education, Content and Standards for K-12 Music Education

  • Jeffrey Heyl, DMA - Intro. To Music Literature, Private Voice - Bass-baritone Jeffrey Heyl presently teaches voice at Lindenwood University, Urshan College, and the Community Music School. He also is Director of Music & Worship at Green Trails United Methodist Church. Dr. Heyl has sung extensively and has appeared in opera, oratorio, recital, and music theatre, including Carmina Burana, Ein Deutches Requiem, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mass in C.

  • Rebecca Hill - Music in America, Private Clarinet, Woodwind Techniques - Rebecca Hill is an active freelance musician and music educator in the St. Louis area. She is 2nd clarinet for the Paducah (KY) Symphony Orchestra, and also performs with many recognized ensembles in St. Louis. As an educator, she teaches clarinet, saxophone, and piano lessons, in addition to music appreciation and American popular music.

  • Stephanie Hunt - Private Cello - Stephanie Hunt has gained international recognition as a performer on both the cello and the baroque cello. In addition to teaching at Lindenwood and the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Suzuki program, she performs with the Perseid String Quartet, Chamber Project St. Louis, and La Petite Brise, an early music ensemble.

  • Darcie Johnson - Class Voices, Private Voice - Darcie Johnson has been an active performer and teacher in the St. Louis since 2008. She is Soprano I section leader for Bach Society of St. Louis and The Church of St. Michael and St. George. She has also been a featured soloist with Bach Society, the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, and Manchester United Methodist Church. Darcie teaches Private Voice, Class Voice, and Singers Diction courses at Lindenwood.

  • Ken Kehner - Jazz piano

  • Brett Kristofferson - Voice, Music Theory for Non-Majors

  • Darren LaCour, PhD - Music Theory I, II, III, IV - Dr. Darren LaCour has served as Lindenwood’s music theory coordinator since 2016, and also teaches at Washington University and Webster University. Trained as a guitarist, his primary research focuses on the music of Duke Ellington, recorded sound, and music theory pedagogy.

  • Debbie Lennon - Jazz and contemporary voice
  • Huiyun Liang, DMA - Private Piano - Huiyun Liang has presented at several conferences on her research of innovative teaching techniques. She also continues to perform actively as a soloist and chamber musician.

  • Bernard Long, Jr. - Private Drum Set - Bernard Long, Jr. is an accomplished jazz drum set artist, having performed and directed several notable groups and toured with many recognized jazz musicians. He is currently the band director at Normandy High School and is active throughout the community as a musician and an educator. Mr. Long is a Zildjian cymbals Education Artist.

  • Dustin Shrum - Trumpet
  • Mathew von Doran - Guitar, Guitar Ensemble, Improvisation
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