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Welcome to the Department of Music

The Austin Peay State University Department of Music is an active and highly visible component of the Clarksville Community. Composed of approximately 180 music majors and 32 full-time and adjunct faculty, the Department of Music is the largest producer of cultural events in the Clarksville area.

Housed in a state-of-the-art facility completed in 1990, students in the department practice, rehearse, and attend classes in a comfortable environment that is conducive to their creative and intellectual development. Performances take place in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall, a 600 seat concert theatre that is regarded as one of the finest acoustical environments in the Southeast, and Heydel Hall, a newly constructed recital hall in the Art+Design building.



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What Do Music Majors Do After Graduation?

Music majors go on to pursue many different paths:

  • Performance
  • Music Education
  • Pedagogy
  • Theory and Composition
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Worship or Sacred Music
  • Music Therapy
  • Music Business
  • Music Technology
  • Conducting
  • Instrument Repair
  • Music Librarian
APSU Student, Faculty, and Staff Recent Achievements
Cheyenne in DC
Cheyenne Plank

Cheyenne Plank (clarinet / BM in Music Education) visited NAfME headquarters and met with senators and other politicians as part of NAfME's annual Hill-Day Advocacy Summitt. Cheyenne was one of four college students selected from Tennessee's music education programs. This marks three straight years that APSU's students have participated in this program.

Andrew Daunais (voice-baritone)

Participated in the Spotlight on Opera Program at Texas State University where he performed

  • Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti
  • Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortilèges
  • Puccini’s La bohème
  • Donizetti’s L'elisir d'amore

Congratulations to recent Music Education Graduates and Tennessee's newest music teachers:


  • Brenden Ambrose: Greenbrier High School Band
  • Jill Austin: Mahaffey Middle School Choir
  • Vanessa Cobb: Rossview Middle School Bands
  • Davey Edmaiston: Smith Co. High School Bands
  • Megan Kuhns: Northwest High School Bands
  • T.J. Lawrence: Guild Elementary School Music
  • Mary Beth Nix: Liberty Elementary School Music
  • Ian McAllister: Stewart County Elementary Schools Music
  • Brandon Reynolds: Stewart County High School Bands
  • Kacee Reynolds: Stewart County Middle School Bands
  • Heath Rives: Richview Middle School Bands
  • Wyatt Stockdale: Lewis County Middle School Band
    & Elementary Music
  • Noah Taggart: Harpeth High School Band
  • Austin Ward: West Creek Elementary School Music

2017 Drum & Bugle Corps

Congratulations to APSU's 2017 drum corps participants:

  • Garret Coscolluela; Blue Devils - 2017 DCI World Champions
  • Walt Edmaiston; Carolina Crown - 2017 Best Brass Line
  • Nate Hughes; Visual Caption Head for Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps
  • 'Jazz' Johnson; Music City Drum Corps
  • Benjamin Steinquest; Music City Drum Corps

Tyler Saunders (voice/tenor)

Bachelor of Arts in Music (2015) and Master of Music in Vocal Performance (2017). Participated as a young artist with Austrian American Mozart Academy in Saltzburg, Austria where he performed:

  • Monostatos in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
  • Bastien in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne
  • Also performed Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Chrysalis Opera in Nashville

Mid-Europe International Blasmusik Festival & World Youth Wind Orchestra in Schladming, Austria

APSU Participants:

  • Brandon Beck, Saxophone
  • Terrell Boykin, Trombone
  • Rhett Timmons, Percussion


Joshua Lindsay (voice / bass-baritone)

Master of Music 2015

Performed as a Young Artist at Harrower Opera Workshop in Atlanta, GA where performed Escamillo in Bizet’s La tradédie de Carmen; participated in classes in stage combat, stage movement, and flamenco; participated in a concert of opera scenes; masterclasses given by faculty and guests; and sang alongside soprano Jennifer Larmore in a gala benefiting the Workshop.


Dr. Meghan Berindean
Dr. Meghan Berindean

Assistant Professor of Low Strings. Directed the chamber music program at Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Sewanee, TN. While there, she formed student groups, assigned repertoire, coached, and organized weekly concerts for about 200 students.

Jan Corrothers
Jan Corrothers

Staff Accompanist.

Performed as Collaborative Pianist for the 2017 Olympic Countdown Youth Choral Festival in Tokyo, Japan; Completed final term as President/Director of the FABM national conference for church musicians

Dr. Eric Branscome
Dr. Eric Branscome

Department Chair and Coordinator of Music Education. Organized three sessions of Camp Granada including the first out-of-state program in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

Article: Lost in Translation: Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb's Depth of Knowledge Applied to Music Standards in Visions of Research in Music Education, Vol 30.

Presented workshops for Clarksville, Smith, and Sumner County music teachers. 

Dr. Emily Hanna Crane
Dr. Emily Hanna Crane

Assoc. Professor of Violin and Viola.

Co-directed and taught at the APSU Strings Camp,

Performed for several movie and video game scoring projects in Nashville

Dr. Korre Foster
Dr. Korre Foster

Director of Choral Activities.

Inducted into the Kaneland High School Hall of Fame in Maple Park, Illinois, where he rehearsed all of the high school vocal ensembles and spoke with them about life beyond high school.

Traveled to the United Kingdom for the C.S. Lewis Summer Institute. He performed in the professional choir associated with the conference in both Oxford and Cambridge. 

Dr. Amy Gillick
Dr. Amy Gillick

Assistant Professor of Double Reeds.

Worked as summer staff (bassoon) at Idyllwild Arts Academy in California

Simone Parker
Simone Parker

Adjunct Faculty

Taught Beginning Orchestra (Junior Strings) at the Paducah Symphony Summer Music Camp.

Directed APSU Piano and String Camps

Attended the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago

Dr. Spencer Prewitt
Dr. Spencer Prewitt

Assistant Professor of Clarinet.

Taught clarinet and chamber music for 2 days at the Tennessee Governors School for the Arts.

Recorded the soundtrack for My Little Pony

Taught at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and performed as concertmaster in the BLFAC Faculty Band in Michigan,

Presented a lecture at the International Clarinet Association Conference on how to build a private studio

Interview with Chloe Feoranzo, the clarinetist with Post Modern Jukebox will be published in the September issue of ‘The Clarinet’

Dr. Kristen Sienkiewicz
Dr. Kristen Sienkiewicz

Assistant Professor of Horn.

Summer staff (horn) at Tanglewood Music Festival

Performed and Recorded with Bala Brass Quintet

Mr. Robert Waugh
Mr. Robert Waugh

Assistant Professor of Trumpet

Participated in Classical Music Festival in Eisenstaedt

Premier performance of Refractions by Dr. Nicole Piunno at the International Trumpet Guild Conference

Dr. Jeffery Williams
Dr. Jeffrey Williams

Assistant Professor of Voice

One of twelve select members of the NATS Intern Program in Toronto, Canada paired with recognized master teachers including Warren Jones, Stephen Smith, Kenneth Bozeman, Mary Saunders-Barton, and Peggy Baroody. 

Performed the role of Captain Corcoran in Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore with the Young Victorian Theatre Company in Baltimore, MD.  

Performed the National Anthem at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD for the Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers MLB game on Tuesday, July 18

Dr. Lisa Wolynec
Dr. Lisa Wolynec

Professor of Flute

Served as Director for the William Bennett Summer Flute Masterclass.  This year, we had the largest number of people in attendance. 

Performed with members of the Gateway Chamber Orchestra and William Bennett at the Masonic Lodge in Historic Franklin.

Performed a mini-recital with William Bennett for a Gateway Chamber Orchestra event.

Taught at the Music City Flute Camp, presenting a class on technique and giving a masterclass.  

Dr. Jeffrey Wood
Dr. Jeffrey Wood

Professor of Music Theory, Composition, and Piano

Taught composition and piano in the 2017 APSU Piano Camp

Completed a new work for baritone and piano Apocalypsis, settings of poems by Edwin Muir.

Wrote a chapter for an upcoming textbook on the music of World War I to be published in a new textbook Music and War in the United States to be published by Routledge (UK).

Dr. Stanley Yates
Dr. Stanley Yates

Professor of Guitar

Premiered nine new works at a private recital in Nashville, including music by Grammy-winning composer Sergio Assad and Emmy-nominated film composer William Lovelady.

Performed on WPLN Live In Studio C (music by Dowland, Kruisbrink and Brouwer)

CMCSS Engage In-Service presentation: “Classroom Guitar”

Wenzeslaus Matiegka: Complete Solo Guitar Sonatas. Performance edition with extensive commentary. 158 pages. Classical Guitar Study Editions, CGSE-0050, ISBN 978-15-4636-385-9.

“A Sleeping Giant Roused.” Extended scholarly-critical review of The Russian Guitar 7-disc CD set (commissioned by Soundboard Scholar)

Classical Guitar Magazine and Gitarr och Luta (Sweden) published extended feature reviews of my recent two-volume (450 page), Classical Guitar Technique from Foundation to Virtuosity.

How Do I Get Started?

Admission is via audition and/or portfolio review and interview. Begin the application process now by setting up an audition date.