Meet the Faculty

Craig Johnson, School of Music Professor

Craig Johnson

Dean of the School of Music and Professor of Music

As dean, Dr. Craig Johnson oversees all the activities of the school, working with faculty and staff to enrich the experience of all students who participate. “We have an exemplary faculty, comprised of many of the finest music professionals in the region,” he says.

Learn more about Dr. Johnson.

Karen Bauer

Karen J. Bauer

Professor of Music and Director of the MMVP Program

Dr. Karen Bauer brings more than 30 years of professional experience as a singer, teacher, vocal coach, and director to the vocal education and master's degree program in the School of Music.

Learn more about Dr. Bauer.

Julia Davis

Julia Davids

Stephen J. Hendrickson Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities

“Students and faculty work side by side to create all sorts of music,” says Dr. Julia Davids of the close-knit community atmosphere at the School of Music.

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Helen Hudgens

Helen Hudgens

Associate Professor of Music

“Our school sets the bar high for our students,” says Dr. Helen Hudgens. “But we also work hard to create a community that encourages and supports students along the way and understands that it is a journey.”

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Joe Lill, Music professor

Joe Lill

Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Joe Lill points to many things that make the School of Music a great place for young musicians of all sorts, including access to world-class musicians, opportunities for performing in a variety of ensembles, and the great classroom education the University provides.

Learn more about Dr. Lill.

Rebecca Ryan, School of Music Professor

Rebecca Ryan

Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Operations, and Music Recruiter

Wearing many hats around the School of Music gives Dr. Rebecca Ryan a great look at the student experience, from the time they’re considering North Park until they graduate.

Learn more about Dr. Ryan.

Terree Shofner-Emerich, Music professor

Terree Shofner-Emrich

Professor of Music

Of the School of Music, Dr. Terree Shofner-Emrich says, “We are a faculty of professionals who love to—and are good at—teaching. Most of us have active performing lives in Chicago and can bring that experience into the classroom.”

Learn more about Dr. Shofner-Emrich.

Tom Zelle, Music professor

Tom Zelle

Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies

Under the direction of Dr. Tom Zelle, the orchestra is devoted to the study and preparation of orchestral literature from the Baroque era to the present.

Learn more about Dr. Zelle.