Music Faculty

  • Lynn Beck
    Lecturer in Music
    Center for the Arts 239
    2800 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5726
    Specialty: Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Horn

    Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Horn - MM

    Lynn Huntzinger Beck is a member of the Greensboro and Winston-Salem Symphonies. Formerly Principal Horn with the Nevada Symphony, she has also performed with the Knoxville, North Carolina, and Charlotte Symphonies, and has appeared as a soloist at the International Horn Society Workshop.

    Before moving to North Carolina, Ms. Beck was the Horn Professor and Music Theory Coordinator at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As a member of the Sierra Wind Quintet, she toured extensively and was involved with many commission and recording projects. Ms. Beck is featured as a chamber musician on recordings distributed by Equilibrium, Centaur, and Cambria. Also active as a commercial musician in Las Vegas, she traveled internationally with the Frank Sinatra Orchestra.

    At Elon, Ms. Beck teaches music theory, aural skills, and horn. She has also served as a member of the music theory faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Salem College, and as Education Director for the Greensboro Symphony. She holds performance and education degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California, and studied horn with Verne Reynolds, James Decker, and Vincent DeRosa.





  • Melody Causby
    Assistant Director of Athletic Bands
    Center for the Arts 158
    2800 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5700
  • Todd Coleman
    Associate Professor of Music
    Elon West-406 W. Haggard Ave. 171
    2810 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5679
    Specialty: Composition, Bass, Coordinator of Music Production & Recording Arts

    Todd Coleman is a composer and video artist who works in the contemporary "Classical" concert music tradition, but whose works increasingly defy simple categorizations. Recent compositions have incorporated visual elements of multiple projected layers of digital video interwoven with live performers and immersive surround digital audio, blending studio recording and film scoring techniques with prerecorded electronic music and live sound. Coleman has a strong background in technology and the arts, with many commissions and jobs which blur the boundaries between creative disciplines.

    Coleman earned his Bachelor of Music degree in composition from Brigham Young University, winning a number of awards and commissions for his work. He went on to study composition and double bass performance at the famed Eastman School of Music on a prestigious Jackno Fellowship, earning his Doctorate in 2002. His composition teachers included Joseph Schwantner, Christopher Rouse, Augusta Read Thomas and David Liptak, and he studied double bass with James VanDemark. During that time he received awards for his orchestral and chamber music as well as several commissioned works.

    Coleman is an associate professor of music at Elon University in North Carolina where he coordinates the Music Technology program. Prior to coming to Elon, Coleman taught at Grinnell College for four years.

  • Polly Cornelius
    Senior Lecturer in Music
    Center for the Arts 215
    2800 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5688

    POLLY BUTLER CORNELIUS, soprano, is an international performer of opera, oratorio, chamber music, music theatre, and song recitals. In 2008 and 2010, she was invited to  perform recitals of American music at the Universita per Stranieri and San Dominica Auditorium in Umbria, Italy with Victoria Fischer Faw, piano. She has created an niche for herself by performing American Art songs written by living composers. Dr. Cornelius performed a recital of songs by Libby Larsen at the Duffy Composers Institute in June, 2010, and music by Paul Bowles with the Norfolk Chamber Consort in 2011. She has premiered several works by Steve Heitzeg. In June, 2011 she was invited to perform at the French Embassy in Washington D.C. with the Imaginary Friends Ensemble, and most recently performed as a guest artist with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and with Zeitgeist in Minneapolis, MN (2013).  She has previously received awards and recognition from the National Association of Teachers of Singing (Artist Award), the Orpheus Vocal Artist Competition, the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, the Fort Worth Opera Company, and Shreveport Opera.  Leading roles have been performed with The Opera Company of North Carolina, Greensboro Opera Company,  the Piedmont Opera Theatre, Brevard Music Festival, and Opera Carolina. She has been a featured soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, American Institute of Musical Studies Orchestra in Graz, Austria, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival, and in the Duke Chapel. She has sung under the baton of distinguished conductors  Robert Moody, Ted Taylor, Evan Rogister, Valery Ryvkin, Benton Hess, Ricardo Muti, and  Rodney Wynkoop. Her solo cd, WILD SONGS, was released on the Innova label in April, 2012, and has received many accolades from Gramophone and other prestigious classical music journals.

    A dedicated voice teacher, Polly is a Senior Lecturer of music and Coordinator of Vocal Studies at Elon University. Her students are performing leading roles on Broadway, off-Broadway, on the hit-television series Glee, in regional theatres and opera houses, and with National equity and non-equity touring companies.  Her pupils also continuously win national, state, and regional vocal competitions, and are chosen to participate in masterclasses throughout the United States. Other former voice students are performing in professional choirs, singing leading roles with professional opera companies, performing as soloists with regional symphonies, and teaching music in public and private schools throughout the United States.

  • Thomas Erdmann
    Professor of Music
    Center for the Arts 221
    2800 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5686
    Specialty: Orchestra, Jazz, Music Theory, Music History, Trumpet

    Hailed as "The Master" by Saxophone Journal magazine and whose articles are described as "Always Insightful" by the International Trumpet Guild Journal, Dr. Thomas R. Erdmann is Director of the Elon University Symphony Orchestra. He holds degrees from The University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign (D.M.A.), Illinois State University (M.M.), and The State University of New York at Fredonia (B.M.P., B.M.E.). 

    Erdmann has been featured in two books.  The first is Trumpet Greats: A Biographical Dictionary by David Hickman, Michel Laplace, Edward H. Tarr (published by HME).  The book includes biographies of important trumpeters since 1542 - the date of the invention of the precursor to the modern trumpet.  The book presents only the most significant soloists, orchestra players, jazz musicians, instrument designers and manufacturers, teachers, historians, authors, band and chamber players, studio and freelance artists, etc., from the founding days of the modern trumpet until today.  In all musicians from 64 different countries are represented.  The second is The Mastery of Music, Ten Pathways to True Artistry by Barry Green (published by Broadway - Doubleday Books).  Erdmann, along with fellow trumpeters Doc Severensen (jazz soloist), Clark Terry (jazz soloist), John Copola (studio musician), George Graham, (studio musician), Maria Speziale (Cincinnati Symphony/Rice University), Phil Collins (Cincinnati Symphony), Andrew McCandless (Toronto Symphony/Dallas Symphony), Susan Slaughter (St. Louis Symphony), Barbara Butler (Northwestern University), Vincent Cichowicz (formerly Chicago Symphony), Michael Sachs (Cleveland Orchestra), Charles Schlueter (Boston Symphony), John Wallace (United Kingdom soloist), and John Miller (United Kingdom Manchester School), is a featured interviewee.

    Dr. Erdmann is Elon's most published author with over 270 articles published in journals as diverse as Currents in Musical Thought, Journal of the Conductors Guild, Jazz Player, Saxophone Journal, Women Of Note Quarterly, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, and The International Trumpet Guild Journal, to name a few. In addition, he has published over 300 reviews of compact discs, books and music in a wide variety of journals, magazines and newspapers. Currently Dr. Erdmann writes front cover articles for Saxophone Today, serves as the Jazz Editor of the International Trumpet Guild Journal, and is on the Editorial Board of WomenArts Quarterly Journal.  Dr. Erdmann is the author of four books (the first, An Annotated Bibliography and Guide To The Published Trumpet Music Of Sigmund Hering, was published in 1997, his second, Problems and Solutions in Band Conducting, was published in early 2001 and has already gone into a second printing, his third, How Jazz Trumpeters Understand Their Music, was published in 2010, and his fourth, How Jazz Trumpeters Play Music Today, was published in 2016) and the editor of two books of posthumously published trumpet etudes by Sigmund Hering published by Carl Fischer Inc. (Double and Triple Tonguing, A Complete Approach for the Trumpet, and Studies on Ornamentation for Trumpet).  He is past Jazz CD reviewer for the Monterey County Weekly newspaper in California.

    Dr. Erdmann held the position of Principal Trumpet with the Illinois Symphony and Second Trumpet with the Vermont Symphony. He is also the only two-time Chair of the world's only international trumpet jazz improvisation competition, the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Improvisation Competition. Dr. Erdmann is also a pianist — having worked with Phyllis Diller and Mark Preston — and an adjudicator / clinician and conductor who has performed and conducted throughout the East and Midwest regions of the United States.

  • Vicky Fischer Faw
    Professor of Music
    Center for the Arts 229
    2800 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5682



    VICTORIA FISCHER FAW is a pianist, teacher and scholar with a special emphasis on the music of Béla Bartók and the issues that defined his unique and influential style. The history of Dr. Fischer’s fascination with Bartók’s music began in graduate school: As she was completing her dissertation about the sources and performance practice of Bartók’s Fourteen Bagatelles, Op. 6, she attended, and took the first prize, at Radford University’s 1990 Bartók-Kabalevsky International Piano Competition. Dr. Fischer joined the music faculty of Elon University in North Carolina that same year. Through the years her concerts and lectures have taken her around the world and across the country to share her theories and discoveries about the issues that inform performance practice in Bartók’s music. Because of her ongoing specialization in Bartók studies as scholar and performer, she was invited to direct an international Bartók Symposium at Radford in 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the composer’s death. The Radford University Bartók Symposium proved to be a momentous meeting of many of the greatest scholars and performers working in the Bartók world, contributing eventually to  “Bartók Perspectives: Man, Composer, & Ethnomusicologist” edited by Elliott Antokoletz, Victoria Fischer, and Benjamin Suchoff, an Oxford University Press book which included the lectures presented at Radford. Other publications include a chapter contributed to A Bartók Companion (Cambridge University Press) and articles in Studia Musicology and The International Journal of Musicology.

    Dr. Fischer received her musical education at Centenary College of Louisiana (B.M. in piano performance), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.A. in musicology), the University of Texas at Austin (M.M. and D.M.A. in piano performance), and the Vienna Conservatory in Vienna, Austria. She has received grants from Rotary Foundation International, Fulbright, and IREX.  She pursues an active career as performer, scholar, teacher and adjudicator, with activities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Italy, Hungary, England, Greece, Germany, Austria, and Belize. Now in her twenty-fourth year on the music faculty at Elon University, she has also served as Visiting Professor at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and the University of Belize. At Elon she teaches piano, piano pedagogy, and music research. Recipient of a full-year sabbatical leave from Elon 2012 -2013, she is deeply engaged in her present research, which continues to explore the scholarship of performance and pedagogy in the piano music of Bartok. When not at Elon, she lives on a Christmas tree farm in Glade Valley, NC with husband Stephen.

  • Stephen Futrell
    Associate Professor of Music
    Center for the Arts 231
    2800 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5681

    Stephen A. Futrell (DMA, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music) is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Elon University in North Carolina (since 1999), where he teaches conducting, directs the auditioned Elon Camerata, teaches contemporary commercial studio vocal style and technique, and is director of élan, a select a cappella, vocal jazz, commercial/studio ensemble. Dr. Futrell’s experience, enthusiasm, and guidance was instrumental in founding and developing Elon’s Bachelor of Science degree in Music Production & Recording Arts—a very popular program that now boasts its own record label, tech lab, and digital recording studios. It was his background and curricular research that facilitated the establishment of the program’s emphasis on creative process, critical listening, and both live and studio performance and recording techniques.

    With the Baton Rouge Symphony, as former Chorus Master and Staff Conductor, Dr. Futrell conducted annual Messiah concerts, Christmas Pops concerts, as well as their summer concert series. He made his European conducting debut in June 2002, appearing with the Sinfonia Dell’Arte di Arezzo at the Teatro Petraca, Arezzo, Italy. Then in 2006, he served as conductor for the National Youth Choir at Carnegie Hall, as a guest conductor at New York’s Lincoln Center, as well as appearing as Associate Conductor/Chorus Master for the Aegean Verdi Festival on the island of Lesvos, Greece. Among Futrell’s publications, his most significant are his modern performance editions of three Classical motets by Anna Amalia von Sachsen (1739-1807), published and available through Fred Bock Music Publishers.

    As a recording artist, and former music producer for DreamWorks Animation SKG International, with more than three decades of experience, Dr. Futrell has performed in live and studio settings as a vocalist, trumpeter, writer, arranger, and producer throughout the metropolitan areas of Kansas City, Chicago, Orlando, Nashville and the Gulf Coast region. His clinics and presentations on conducting, rehearsal techniques, and all-things-jazz have been at state, divisional and national levels for ACDA and NafME. His 2017 performance as guest artist and vocal jazz clinician for the University of Colorado—and Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado—was standing room only. As a guest conductor for district and state honor choirs, he has conducted in 15 states, as well as solo and ensemble adjudication both in the United States and abroad. Dr. Futrell is former Jazz Repertoire and Standards Chair for ACDA Southern Division, and is currently Jazz Repertoire and Standards Chair for North Carolina ACDA.

    Futrell is recognized as a proponent of the solo voice and emphasizes the use of vocal science as the foundation of his approach to artistic ensemble singing. He currently serves as adjudicator for CS Music ( which sponsors national vocal scholarship competitions and offers on-line vocal coaching.

    Stephen Futrell’s artistry as a conductor has been influenced by his doctoral studies with Eph Ehly and Gary Hill. His Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education from Louisiana State University, where he worked with Frank Wickes, James Yestadt, Victor Klimash, and Kenneth Fulton, have also been influential. 
  • Tyson Hankins
    University Accompanist and Instructor in Music
    Center for the Arts P12
    2800 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5707
    Specialty: Piano Accompanying

    Tyson Hankins holds a B.M. from Jacksonville University in both piano performance and composition & theory studying under Mary Lou-Wesley Krosnick and Dr. William Schirmer, respectively.

    While in Jacksonville, Tyson achieved recognition for his work as pianist and composer attaining such awards as the Delius Composition Award and the Presser Scholar Award from Jacksonville University as well as the Madge Cathcart Gerke Collegiate Artist Award in Piano from Mu Phi Epsilon, an international professional music fraternity.

    It was in Jacksonville that his love for piano transformed into a desire to pursue a career as an accompanist engaging in such activities as accompanying for the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, playing keyboard in Sondheim’s Assassins as well as a steady religious engagement and many collaborative student recitals.

    In 2007, he received his M.M. from UNC-Greensboro in accompanying & chamber music studying under Dr. Andrew Harley. While there, Tyson had extensive opportunities for collaborative recitals covering many different genres of music as well as many different instrumental and vocal types. He also held a graduate assistantship as an audition accompanist for UNC-Greensboro’s School of Music.

    While in Greensboro, he has continued his pursuit of accompanying through such organizations as the American Singer’s Opera Project of North Carolina, the Community Theatre of Greensboro, the Barn Dinner Theatre, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Theatre Conference and other community theatre organizations as well as various religious institutions.

    After four years as an adjunct staff accompanist at Elon University, Tyson was hired as a full-time staff accompanist for the Performing Arts and Music Departments at the start of the 2010-11 academic year.

  • Carey Harwood
    Assistant Professor of Music
    No Building Available
    2800 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    Specialty: guitar, music technology


    Guitarist Carey Harwood has presented concerts throughout the United States and in Central and Sout America. Performances with the Greensboro Opera Company, the Greensboro Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Central City Opera, the Triad Guitar Quartet, the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, the Conundrum Duo (voice and guitar), the Longmont Symphony and the Colorado Light Opera as well as solo concerts on guitar, electric guitar, lute, mandolin and banjo are evidence of his wide ranging musical interests. Carey's collaboration with tenor Robert Glaubitz, (the Conundrum Duo) won first prize and the audience favorite award at Colorado's prestigious Bruce Ekstrand Competition. 

    He has served on the faculty at the Music Academy of North Carolina, the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts, the University of Colorado (where he headed the guitar program after receiving his doctorate in 2005), and Elon University.

    Carey lives in Burlington with his wife cellist Darcy Dennison and their 3 year old twins Pepper and Gray who are (sometimes overly) enthusiastic ukelele players.

  • Hallie Hogan
    Associate Professor of Music
    Center for the Arts 213
    2800 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5692
  • Fred Johnson
    Lecturer in Music
    Elon West-406 W. Haggard Ave. 153
    2810 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5515

    FRED JOHNSON has enjoyed an audio career covering many areas. He has worked in live sound reinforcement and recording for concerts and theater, broadcast for radio and television, audio consulting, video editing, animation production and church sound design. His specialties are the genres of classical and jazz, with his research interests being microphone technique.

    He earned a BS in Music and a MS in Recording Arts from the University of Colorado-Denver and served on their faculty from 2008-16, teaching classes in Audio Production, Critical Listening and Surround Sound.  Prior to that he spent time as the Audio Engineer for the University of Colorado-Boulder, College of Music, served as the Recording Engineer for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and was the Production Director for two different non-profits, producing audio/video materials for training and broadcast. 

    Professor Johnson has worked with the Colorado Symphony, the Takacs String Quartet, Dave and Don Grusin, the Colorado Music Festival, Christopher O’Riley, Carter Brey, the Boulder Bach Festival, the International Trombone Society, the Crested Butte Music Festival, Angela Cheng, Tom Myer, Chuck Wolzien and many others. His work has been heard on NPR’s "Performance Today" and several television networks. He has also produced audio/video projects with groups in France, Lithuania and Senegal.

  • Adam Kehl
    Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands
    Center for the Arts 158
    2800 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5700

    Dr. Adam Kehl currently serves as the Director of Bands at Elon University where he oversees all aspects of the band program, conducts the wind ensemble, directs the marching band and basketball band, and teaches courses in music education. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Kehl holds Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Percussion Performance from the University of Oregon, a Master of Music in conducting from the University of New Mexico, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in conducting from the University of South Carolina.  Prior to graduate studies, he served five years as Director of Bands at John W. North High School in Riverside, California.

    Dr. Kehl maintains an active research agenda focusing on the wind music of the French Revolution, specifically the creation of historically accurate critical editions for the purposes of modern performance, as well as Laban Movement Analysis and its usage in conducting pedogogy and ensemble rehearsals. 

    Dr. Kehl is active as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator and music arranger for high school concert and marching bands throughout the United States. He also served as an Associate Producer for the University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble’s critically acclaimed recording, “Bernstein: The Transcriptions for Wind Band” for Naxos Records. Abroad, he has completed two musical tours of China and one of Italy, most recently serving as an associate conductor of the University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble in China, making six conducting appearances in five cities including Beijing and Shanghai.  In 2009 and 2007, respectively, he served as Director for the John W. North High School China tour and Assistant Director for the Riverside Community College All-Stars Italy tour. 

    He is a keen advocate for new music and creative programming, as well as inter-arts collaboration including recent performances, "A Little Song and Dance," a collaboration with the Elon Dance Program, “Mozart in Popular Culture”, an exploration of the use of Mozart’s “Gran Partita” in television and film, and "Blessed Are They" a collaboration with Elon Choral Activities. He is highly active in the premiering and commissioning of new works, regularly engaging in both consortiums and solo commissions, bringing to life works from composers such as Adrienne Albert, Donald Grantham, Kevin Walcyk, David Clay Mettens, Carter Pann, Todd Coleman, Ted King-Smith and David Garner. Dr. Kehl holds memberships in the College Band Directors Association, the National Band Association, the North Carolina Music Educators Association, the North Carolina Band Director’s Association, and NAfME.

  • Gerald Knight
    Associate Professor of Music
    Center for the Arts 223
    2800 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5244

    Gerald Knight, tenor, is a graduate of The Florida State University (Ph.D. in Music Education and Conducting); the University of South Carolina (Master of Music Education and the Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance); and Benedict College (Bachelor of Science in Music Education).  Knight is an Associate  Professor of Music and serves as Coordinator of Music Education, Director of the Elon University Chorale, and Director of the Music in the Village, a successful community outreach project that recently received the Chapter of Excellence Award from the North Carolina Music Educator’s Association.   The project also received the Chapter of Excellence Award form the National Association for Music Education.

    In 2013 Knight sang in master classes during the Mozarteum Internationale Sommerakademie at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in Salzburg, Austria.  In the summer of 2012 Knight appeared in recital for the 2012 season of the Salzburg International Chamber Music Concert Series in Salzburg, Austria.  The recital was dedicated to the works of American and African American composers.  In addition, he has studied voice and vocal pedagogy with renowned opera singer and Kennedy Center Honoree Grace Bumbry for the past five years.  He also continues to coach with distinguished soprano, Louise Toppin, Chair of the Vocal Area at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. 

    Knight’s scholarship focus is the research and performance of music of Black composers, multicultural music, the music of lesser-known or unknown composers, and newly composed music.  His scholarly work also investigates the intersections of race and classical music, for example, examining perceptions of African American musicians as performers and teachers of the Western classical tradition.  Another scholarship focus is vocal pedagogy, an area he has had the opportunity to research and study with Ms. Bumbry.

    Under Knight’s direction, the University Chorale recently gave the world premiere performance of the choral work “Of Dance and Struggle: A Musical Tribute to the Life of Nelson Mandela” composed by Karen Walwyn.  The performance was a multimedia presentation consisting of singing, dance, African drummers, and visual technology.  He has made scholarly presentations in the area of his research interests at national conferences.  Knight, recently presented a lecture presentation The Sacred Works of Margaret Bonds at the national conference “Margaret Allison Bonds (1913-1972) and the Women of Chicago”, the conference was held on the campuses of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University. 


  • Sharon LaRocco
    University Accompanist and Instructor in Music
    Center for the Arts 233
    2800 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5687

    Sharon Moss LaRocco is in her 24th year on the Music Faculty at Elon University as University Accompanist and Instructor in Music. She is a graduate of the high school and college divisions of The University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem where she studied piano with Rebecca Penneys and Cliton Matthews and organ with John Mueller at Salem College. While at UNCSA, she participated in masterclasses with Claude Frank, Erwin Freundlich, Leon Fleischer, and Andre Previn and studied at the NCSA International Summer Program in Siena, Italy as vocalist and organist with The Camerata Singers for concerts in Italy, Switzerland and Austria. She has also toured Spain with the Burlington Boys Choir as pianist, organist and assistant director. Ms. LaRocco previously taught in the public schools and maintained a private piano studio for many years with special interest in teaching individuals with autism and other disabilities.

  • Jon Metzger
    Professor of Music, Chair of the Department of Music and Artist-In-Residence
    Center for the Arts 242
    2800 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5683
    Specialty: Percussion, Jazz Studies

           'A star vibist” and 'a flawless vibist,” as he has been trumpeted by Jazztimes and Cadence respectively, Jon Metzger has achieved an international presence through extensive touring, recording, and lecturing.  A winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant for Performance, he has appeared throughout the United States and Europe and has served as a jazz ambassador in more than 25 foreign countries in the Near East, Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central America under the auspices of the United States Information Agency's Arts America Program.  A Musser endorsee and clinician for 28 years and a three-time Grammy nominee, Metzger has appeared on more than 35 recordings for the VSOP, Soul Note, Jazz Karma, Summit, Brown Boulevard, and Elon Improvibes labels with artists Fred Hersch, Marc Johnson, Joey Baron, Harvie Swartz, Ron Elliston, Ronnie Wells, Phil Markowitz, Jack Wilkins, Allison Miller, Cyrus Chestnut, Herlin Riley, Vincent Gardner, Tom Brantley, Danny Gottlieb, Neena Freelon, and Tony Martucci, among many others.  The author of The Art and Language of Jazz Vibes (now in its second edition) and an active composer with more than 50 published compositions to his credit, he has served as the Associate Editor of the International Association of Jazz Educators Journal and currently is the Artist in Residence at Elon University, where he was presented with the University Distinguished Scholar Award for 2005.  A recipient of the North Carolina Miles Davis Jazz Education Service Award, Metzger's signature vibraphone mallet was released recently by the Pro-Mark Corporation, and he also recently served as a Cultural Envoy for the US Department of State assisting Haceteppe State University in Ankara, Turkey on the formation of their new Jazz Studies Program.  Metzger has been named to the Jazz Times Critics' Poll and the Downbeat Magazine Readers' Poll and Critics Poll in the vibes category.

  • Joe Noelliste
    Instructor in Music
    Center for the Arts P14
    2800 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-7335
  • Virginia Novine-Whittaker
    Lecturer in Music
    Center for the Arts 240
    2800 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5411
    Specialty: Instructor of Saxophone, Elon Music Ambassadors Director, Music Education


    Virginia Novine Whittaker serves as instructor of saxophone and chamber ensembles at Elon University. In addition, she is founder and director of the Elon Music Ambassaors, a premiere touring ensemble that showcases Elon’s music department  with performances across the country. Prior to her appointment at Elon University in 1992, Virginia served as instructor of saxophone at the State University of New York at Potsdam and the University of Arizona.

    A respected educator and clinician, Virginia’s students perform professionally in classical, jazz, and popular music styles. Many of her students work as freelance musicians in major cities on both coasts, performing in musicals and saxophone quartets, working in the recording industry, and managing, conducting and performing in jazz ensembles. Her students are also very successful at winning positions in military bands and several of her saxophone students have won national and international performance competitions. Those students who wish to teach have been employed by public and private schools at the middle school, high school and university levels.

    An active musician, Virginia has performed with the Greensboro, Salisbury, Tucson, and Lake Charles (LA) symphony orchestras. She has also performed with the Eastern Music Festival Philharmonic and with off-Broadway productions in Tucson, Charlotte and Raleigh. She has toured with the US Air Jazz Orchestra throughout Europe and the United States and has backed up entertainers such as the Temptations, Bob Hope, Dinah Shore and Tony Bennett.

    Ms. Novine Whittaker holds degrees in music from SUNY-Potsdam and Northern Illinois University, and has studied saxophone and oboe at the doctoral level at the University of Arizona. Her major teachers have included James Stoltie, Steve Duke, Elizabeth Ervin, Carl Sonik, Marion Buswell and Wayne Sutherland.

  • Cora Palfy
    Assistant Professor of Music
    Center for the Arts 237
    2800 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5690

    Cora S. Palfy is an Assistant Professor of music theory at Elon University. Her research focuses on the blend of music cognition with music theory, and specifically deals with the way that music expresses and engages human behavioral traits that encourage listeners to form a relationship with it. She is a singer with a background in jazz and opera training.

  • Clay Stevenson
    Senior Lecturer in Music
    Elon West-406 W. Haggard Ave. 173
    2810 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5704
    Specialty: Music Production & Recording Arts
    Clay Stevenson is a songwriter, composer, audio engineer, and producer specializing in pop, pop/rock, and electronic music.  His music has gained notoriety in feature films including Escapee (Voltage Pictures) and Standing Ovation (Kenilworth Film Productions).  Additionally, Stevenson worked for a number of years in the commercial music scene in Los Angeles, extensively with Vision Film and Television Productions composing and designing sound for commercials and corporate videos.  Under the producer name daade, he has collaborated with such artists as DACAV5, El Prezidino, TRev, M:O.R., NPA, and T3.  As daade, Stevenson also presented music in the iStandard Producers Showcase at the ASCAP Expo.  Currently, he is writing and composing for two music production libraries, K.A.P. Music and NOMA Music.