Staff Directory


Dean's Office

James Forger, dean

  • 105 Music Building
  • Email: forger@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 355-4583
  • Fax: (517) 432-7081

Shawn Myrda Mahorney, administrative assistant to the dean

  • 105 Music Building
  • Email: myrdasha@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 355-4583
  • Fax: (517) 432-7081

Provides administrative support to the dean; manages travel and master class proposals; manages reappointment/promotion/tenure process;  and distributes and collects Faculty Information Forms. 

Rodney Whitaker, Special Assistant to the Dean and Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

 


Associate Deans' Offices


Michael Kroth, associate dean for undergraduate studies and operations, professor of bassoon

  • 155 Music Building/203 Music Building
  • Email: kroth@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 355-4585
  • Fax: (517) 432-2880/(517) 355-7663

Directs and coordinates undergraduate academic student affairs, scheduling of courses and room/building usage, operational issues, scholarships, academic orientation programs, and annual production of Undergraduate Handbook for the College of Music; guides curricular changes; mediates between undergraduate students and faculty; coordinates non-tenured teaching observations, study abroad and study away programs, administrative academic actions involving undergraduate students, SIRS program from all College of Music students, and undergraduate research; plans and directs undergraduate commencement; and serves as College of Music liaison with Honors College.

Talitha Wimberly, director of undergraduate student affairs

  • 206 Music Practice Building
  • Email: talithat@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 432-2616
  • Fax: (517) 432-2880
  • Advising hours in the College of Music vary from semester to semester. In order to make an appointment please click here to use the Advisor Calendar. You will need to sign in with your MSU ID and password. 

Undergraduate and some graduate advising; degree certification; summer Academic Orientation Program and Fall Welcome; approval of academic forms; financial aid monitoring; career counseling; at-risk students; Alumni Distinguished Scholar program; study abroad; undergraduate awards; and internships. 

David Rayl, senior associate dean for graduate studies and research, director of choral programs

  • 211 Music Practice Building
  • Email: musgrad@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 353-9122
  • Fax: (517) 432-2880

For questions about graduate study in the College of Music, please send an email message to the address above. Graduate advising; certifies all College of Music graduate degrees for graduation; mediates between graduate students and faculty as needed; answers curricular questions from prospective students.

Anne Simon, administrative assistant to the associate dean for graduate studies and research

  • 207 Music Practice Building
  • Email: musgrad@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 353-9122
  • Fax: (517) 432-2880

For questions about graduate study in the College of Music, please send an email message to the address above. Maintains calendar and provides administrative support for associate dean for graduate studies and research; processes paperwork to enroll graduate students and hire graduate assistants; monitors graduate assistant budget; and monitors and enters overrides for graduate students.

Susan Hoekstra, graduate advisor

  • 216 Music Practice Builiding
  • Email: shoekst@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 884-9448
  • Fax: (517) 432-2880

Christine Beamer, director of career services and music entrepreneurship

  • 202 Music Practice Building
  • Email: beamerch@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 432-7371
  • Fax: (517) 432-2880

 


Admissions Office

Provides admissions and recruitment services for music minor, undergraduate and graduate applicants. Manages music scholarship and named awards. Enrollment management and admissions policy/procedure support for faculty.

Benjamin Ebener, director of admissions

Grimaldo Robles, assistant director of admissions

 


Advancement Office

Rebecca D. Surian, senior director

  • 103 Music Building
  • Email: surian@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 353-9872
  • Fax: (517) 432-7081

Ann Marie Lindley, associate director

  • 101 Music Practice Building
  • Email: alindley@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 432-4889
  • Fax: (517) 432-7081

Madison Dugan, assistant director

  • 112 Music Practice Building
  • Email: duganmm@msu.edu
  • Phone: 517-432-4888
  • Fax: (517) 432-7081

Amy Rivard, administrative assistant

  • 105 Music Building
  • Email: arivard@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 353-9872
  • Fax: (517) 432-7081

Lisa Wilton, director of special events

  • 210 Music Building
  • Email: wiltonlk@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 353-3844
  • Fax: (517) 432-7081

 


Band Office

Lupe Dominguez

  • A240 Pavilion
  • Phone: (517) 355-7654
  • Fax: (517) 432-0726

Maintains calendars for director of bands and associate director of bands / director of the Spartan Marching Band; coordinates band student staff; supervises college instrument inventory; reconciles and tracks band accounts; assists with the coordination of band travel; assists with the coordination of MSU band camps.

 


Communications Office

College communications, marketing, and public relations strategies; print and digital communications, including the College of Music website and social media; event publicity, concert promotion, and related media relations; advertising.

Michael Sundermann, director

  • 253 Music Building
  • Email: sunderm7@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 353-2043
  • Fax: (517) 432-7081

Steve Boughton, video producer/director

  • 226 Music Building
  • Email: bought11@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 355-7674
  • Fax: (517) 432-2880

Rick Seguin, communications manager

  • 253 Music Building
  • Email: seguinr@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 353-9958
  • Fax: (517) 432-7081

Jen Shangraw, recording engineer

 


 

Community Music School – East Lansing  www.cms.msu.edu

Jaime DeMott, director, Community Music School - East Lansing
Oversees all Community Music School operations and strategic planning. Manages all faculty and staff at the Community Music School.

  • 101 Community Music School, 4930 S. Hagadorn Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823
  • Email: jdemott@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 884-4827
  • Fax: (517) 355-3292

Sarah Bohan, grant writer/communication coordinator
Produces communications, marketing, and public relations strategies for the Community Music School including print and digital communications, the CMS website and social media; event publicity, concert promotion, and related media relations; advertising.

Kathryn Pletka, registrar
Registers all individuals at the Community Music School including management of accounts.  Serves as Pre-College Youth Programs representative and oversees all aspects of summer camp programming. 

Andrea Worful, administrative assistant
Provides budgeting, financial reporting and financial transaction processing for the Community Music Schools in East Lansing and Detroit as well as overseeing the hiring processes and payroll for both locations. Additionally, oversees financial aid application requests for the Community Music School - East Lansing.

Mary Fukagawa, receptionist
Greets students, families and visitors that participate in Community Music School programming and supports the Registrar with registrations and billing functions. Also produces programs and maintains instrument inventory.


Community Music School – Detroit  www.cms.msu.edu/detroit 

Jill Woodward, director, Community Music School – Detroit
Carries out the strategic vision of the CMS-D and its implementation by overseeing programming, operations, financial planning, fundraising, and marketing; builds broad community support and facilitates community partnerships.

  • 3408 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48201
  • Email: woodwa74@msu.edu
  • Phone: (313) 578-9716
  • Fax: (313) 578-9701

Paola M. Smith, assistant director, Community Music School – Detroit 
Oversees the daily administration of the CMS-D including management of personnel, recruitment, community outreach and engagement, special events, marketing, scheduling and operations. 

  • 3408 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48201
  • Email: smithpao@msu.edu
  • Phone: (313) 578-9716
  • ​ Fax: (313) 578-9701

Jonathan Klar, program manager
Manages the daily and ongoing tasks related to Early Childhood, Aspiring Musicians Program (AMP), and Music Therapy programs.

  • 3408 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48201
  • Email: klarjona@msu.edu
  • Phone: (313) 578-9716
  • Fax: (313) 578-9701

Keir Lee, program manager
Manages the daily and ongoing tasks related to Adult, Verses, and Spartan Youth Jazz programs.

  • 3408 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48201
  • Email: Leekeir@msu.edu
  • Phone: (313) 578-9716
  • Fax: (313) 578-9701

 


Computer Support

Justin Baker, network administrator

 


Facilities

Chuck Roberts, facilities coordinator 

Nick Raffaele portraitNick Raffaele, concert production technical manager

  • Fairchild Theatre, 124 Auditorium Building
  • 253 Music Building (M-W-F, 9-noon)
  • Email: raffael2@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 353-5711

 


Finance Office

Tammy Hoebecke, director

  • 205 Music Building
  • Email: hoebecke@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 355-1811
  • Fax: (517) 432-2880

Budget; office supervision.

Lupe Dominguez, office assistant

  • 116 Music Building
  • Email: doming38@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 432-5154
  • Fax: (517) 432-8209

Processes vouchers (direct payment, reimbursement, and travel); makes deposits.

Tresha Crenshaw, budget assistant

  • 153 Music Building
  • Email: crensh26@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 432-8675
  • Fax: (517) 432-8209

Processes vouchers (direct payment, reimbursement, and travel); makes deposits.

 


Fine Arts - Music Library

Grace Haynes, music librarian

  • W412 Library (fourth floor, west wing, Main Library)
  • Email: haynesg3@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 353-1857

Manages music collections, services, and facilities within the Fine Arts - Music Library.

 


Human Resources

LaConya Murchison, director

 


Jazz Office

Cookey Whitaker, assistant to director of jazz studies

Max Colley, jazz project/event coordinator

  • A210 Pavilion
  • Email: colleym@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 432-4837
  • Fax: (517) 432-2880

 


Main Office

Lynne Funk, supervisor 

  • 102 Music Building
  • Email: funklynn@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 353-5340
  • Fax: (517) 432-2880

Prepares concert programs and manages keys, room scheduling and ticket sales.

 


Opera

Mark Willoughby, technical director of opera productions

  • 578 South Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI 48823
  • Email: willou13@msu.ed
  • Phone: (517) 884-7073

 


Piano Technology

Provides tuning and technical services for pianos and other keyboard instruments within the College of Music's practice rooms, classrooms, faculty studios, and performance venues.​​

Mary Lapprand, head piano technician

  • 97B Music Building
  • Email: luisimar@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 432-1582
  • Fax: (517) 432-2880

Dave Foster, concert piano technician

  • 97 Music Building
  • Email: foste326@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 355-3813
  • Fax: (517) 432-2880

 


Recording Services

Jen Shangraw, recording engineer

Records, edits, provides CD mastering, and can provide minimal sound reinforcement for College of Music ensemble concerts and many faculty and student recitals and sessions.

Steve Boughton, video producer/director