Faculty and Staff

Kara Dean, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Music

Kara Dean, Ph.D.Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., New York University
  • M.A.Ed., University of North Carolina a


Chris Magee, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor of Music

Chris Magee, D.M.A.Degrees and Certifications

  • D.M.A., University of Iowa
  • M.M., James Madison University


Cynthia B. Ramsey, D.M.A.

Chair, Music Department
Associate Professor of Music

Degrees and Certifications

  • D.M.A., Shenandoah University
  • M.M.Ed., Shenandoah University
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Chris Sharp, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

Chris Sharp, Ph.D.Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., University of Florida
  • M.M., University of M



We have a dedicated staff that helps keep our programs running smoothly. All students in applied lessons are assigned an accompanist at no charge, and students rehearse with their accompanist on a weekly basis.