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Music Faculty

At Kansas Wesleyan University, our music faculty is dedicated to fostering each student's growth and development as a musician and as a person. Students who study music at KWU have access to an outstanding, experienced music faculty in a personalized and caring small-class setting.


Dr. Milt Allen | Department Chair

Karen Babcock-Brassea | Director of Theatre & Music Theatre

Dr. Anne Gassmann | Director of Vocal Area; Director of Choirs

Dr. Leonardo Rosario | Director of Strings Area; Conductor, KWU String Orchestra 

Dr. Carl Rowles | Director of Winds-Brass-Percussion Area; Director of Bands

TBD| Accompanist

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Bill Backlin, Piano

Denise Blehm, Violin

Dena Berquist, Cello

Benjamin Beggs, Bass

Dean Kranzler, Director of Percussion Ensemble, Percussion

Steve Lueth, Jazz Ensemble, Music Theory, Low Brass

Hilary Shepard, Flute

Dr. Stacia Fortune, Woodwinds

Bill Tuzicka, Music Education