Staff Directory

Dean's Office


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. 

Gregg Bloomfield, director of administrative services and assistant to the dean

  • 210 Music Building
  • Email: bloomf17@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 353-3844
  • Fax: (517) 432-2880

Associate Deans' Offices

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

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

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. 

Rita Martin, administrative assistant to the associate dean for undergraduate studies

Assists the associate dean for undergraduate studies and operations, manages the undergraduate studies office, point of contact for the undergraduate office, maintains the scholarship database, coordinates scheduling of courses, assists with NASM accreditation activities for the college, coordinates special events, oversees Gigline services, and manages fixed term faculty appointments.

David Rayl, 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


Admissions Office

Admissions, student services: information on jobs, workshops, and master classes; named scholarships; some advising.

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: dugan@music.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

Band Office

Charlene Wagner, band assistant

  • 116 Music Building
  • Email: reha@msu.edu
  • 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.


Budget Office

Tammy Hoebecke, budget and personnel director

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

Budget; academic and support staff personnel administration; office supervision.

Chrissi Smith, accounting clerk

  • 253 Music Building
  • Email: smithcm6@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 432-8675
  • Fax: (517) 432-8209

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

Charlene Wagner, budget assistant

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

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


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

Open Position, communications manager

  • 115 Music Building
  • Email: 
  • Phone: (517) 353-9958
  • Fax: (517) 432-7081

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

Jaime DeMott, director, 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

Kathryn Pletka, registrar

Andrea Worful, administrative assistant

Mary Fukagawa, receptionist


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

Jill Woodward, director, Community Music School – Detroit  

  • 3408 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48201
  • Email: woodwa74@msu.edu
  • Phone: (313) 578-9717

Jessica Clements, program manager

Elizabeth Lanni, program manager


Computer Support

Justin Baker, network administrator


Facilities

Chuck Roberts, facilities coordinator 

Ben Frick, concert production/technical manger


Fine Arts - Music Library

Grace Haynes, music librarian

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

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


Jazz Office

Cookey Whitaker, assistant to director of jazz studies

Max Colley, jazz project/event coordinator

  • 302 Music Practice Building
  • Email: colleym@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 432-4837
  • Fax: (517) 432-2880

Main Office

Jennifer Desloover, supervisor 

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


Office of Diversity and Inclusion/Special Assistant to the Dean

Rodney Whitaker, director


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 Technician

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 Luisi, head piano technician

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

Chris Fortin, assistant piano tuner

  • 97 Music Building
  • Email: fortinc@msu.edu
  • Phone: (517) 432-1582
  • 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

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