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College of Arts & Sciences

Music

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Dr. Trilla Lyerla

Chair & Professor of Music

Department of Music & Theatre

The Sounds of Success

About

Extraordinary performance opportunities and personal attention from a talented, experienced faculty make Baker University’s music program one of the best in the region.

Music students have the advantages an intimate, small college affords plus the performance opportunities of much larger schools.

Whether lighting up the electric atmosphere at a football game or performing during the traditional and magical Christmas Candlelight Vespers, our music students are immersed in a culture of exploration and learning from day one.

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The first step on campus…

…often leads to the first audition. Every student gets a shot at the spotlight with none of the waiting your turn that happens at larger schools.

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Exceptional Experience

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Heard ‘Round The World

Baker ensembles have hit the road to tour and perform on the California coast, throughout Europe, and at the Kauffman Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Award Tour

Our vocal and instrumental ensembles consistently bring home awards from regional and national competitions.

Music Labs & Forums

Each Tuesday during the fall and spring semesters music labs or forums provide another opportunity for music students to gain performance experience.

         

A quick preview of performing arts at Baker:

 

 

         

Competitions & Selections

  • Vocalists compete in the regional auditions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
  • Pianists compete in the Kansas Music Teachers Association collegiate auditions and in the Music Teachers National Association Young Artists’ Competition.
  • Instrumentalists are nominated and selected to perform in the Kansas Intercollegiate Band.

Music Course Descriptions

Vocal Ensembles

Practice your art

Music ensembles are an integral part of the performing arts at Baker University. Performance opportunities abound, with student musicians showcasing their talent in a variety of ways. Students need not be music majors to join an ensemble, they just need a passion for making music.

The auditioned Concert Choir and Chamber Singers are open to all.

Vocal Ensembles

Instrumental Ensembles

Showcase your talent

Whether you’re a tuba player or cellist, Baker’s Music Department has a home for you. Choose from Symphonic Winds, Wildcat Pep Band and Drum Line, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble, as well as a variety of chamber ensembles.You don’t need to be music majors to join an ensemble, you just need a passion for making music.

Instrumental Ensembles

Ensemble Rehearsal Schedules

Careers

Graduates of our music program go on to become renowned professional musicians and leading music educators in their districts.

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Scholarships

The Department of Music and Theatre gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Music
  • Chris Grubb Memorial Jazz Scholarship
  • Robert E. Dunham Memorial Scholarship
  • Linda H. Dreyer Endowed Scholarship
  • Dorothy Foreman Memorial Scholarship
  • Kristin Cooper Memorial Scholarship
  • Dr. John and Dr. Susan Buehler Choral Music Education Scholarship
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Music Events

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Meet the Faculty

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Dr. Trilla Lyerla

Professor of Music, Chair of the Department of Music & Theatre

B.A., B.M. University of Kansas; M.A., D.M.A. University of Iowa

Expertise: piano, music theory, world music

Office: Owens 200

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Dr. Tom Becker

Adjunct Teaching Artist

B.M. University of Nebraska at Omaha, M.M. Northwestern University, M.A. University of Denver, Ph.D. University of Kansas

Expertise: guitar

Office: Owens 106

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Jim Funkhouser

Adjunct Teaching Artist

Expertise: French horn, composition

Office: Owens 106

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Brian Jackson

Adjunct Teaching Artist

B.M.E. Wichita State University; M.A. Baker University

Expertise: percussion, drumline, percussion ensemble

Office: Owens 101

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Lisa Jackson

Adjunct Teaching Artist

B.M. Eastman School of Music, M.M. University of Akron

Expertise: violin, viola

Office: Owens 100

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Ray James

Instructor of Music

B.M.E Murray State University, M.M.E. Wichita State University

Expertise: music education

Office: Owens 202

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Edward Laut

Adjunct Teaching Artist

M.M. Catholic University of America, B.M. Indiana University

Expertise: cello

Office: Owens 100

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Dr. Robin Liston

Coordinator of Academic Advising, Professor of Music

B.M.E. The Ohio State University; M.M., Ph.D. University of Kansas

Expertise: music education, music history

Office: Library 120

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Dr. Ryan Olsen

Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Ensembles

B.M.E., M.A. University of Missouri at Kansas City; D.M.A. Arizona State University

Expertise: choral ensembles, choral music education

Office: Owens 102

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Dr. J.D. Parr

Instructor of Woodwinds

B.M. Washburn University, M.M. Michigan State University, Ph.D. University of Kansas

Expertise: jazz ensemble, music education, woodwinds, music theory

Office: Owens 202

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Dr. Frank Perez

Associate Professor & Director of Bands

B.M., B.M.M.E., M.M.Ed. Thorton School of Music, University of Southern California; D.M.A. University of Kansas

Expertise: wind ensembles, athletic bands, low brass, music technology, music education, electro-acoustic music

Office: Owens 203

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Dr. Mark Pretzel

Director of Orchestral Activities

B.M., M.M. University of Cincinnati; M.M. Bowling Green State University; D.M.A University of Missouri at Kansas City

Expertise: orchestra, piano, conducting

Office: Owens 215

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Marci Ziegler

Associate Professor of Music

M.M. University of Kansas

Expertise: applied voice, class voice, vocal pedagogy, opera & musical theatre workshop

Office: Owens 203

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Nicholas May

Adjunct Instructor, Music & Theatre

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