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Department Head/Associate Professor - Percussion
lbenoit@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5466 | Sherman Fine Arts Annex 204A

Dr. Lonny Benoit is Associate Professor and Head of the W.A. and Dorothy Hanna Department of Performing Arts at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In addition to teaching music courses, Benoit is the director of the McNeese Steel Drum Band, Cowboy Bloco, and the McNeese West African Drum and Dance Ensemble. Benoit has…

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Dean of the College of Liberal Arts / Associate Professor - Strings
mbuckles@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5192 | Kaufman Hall 103

Dr. Michael Buckles is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at McNeese State University, and served as interim dean since July 2017. Buckles received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University, his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from…

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Instructor - Piano/Faculty Accompanist
hchoi1@mcneese.edu | 337-562-4285 | SFAA 203

HaeJu Choi is a collaborative pianist and an instructor in the W.A. and Dorothy Hanna Department of Performing Arts at McNeese State University. She also serves as a faculty and a pianist at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan since 2019. She has been performing as a staff pianist for MTNA competition, American Protégé, ASTA, AZ…

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Assistant Professor - Saxophone/Clarinet/Double Reeds
bcold@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5025 | SFA 202

Dr. Benjamin Cold is currently Artist/Assistant Professor of Woodwinds at McNeese State University (Lake Charles, LA), where he teaches applied single-reeds and double reeds, and directs woodwind chamber ensembles including saxophone quartet and clarinet choir. As a passionate advocate of new music, he has been involved in the commissions and premieres of dozens of compositions for…

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Instructor - Composition/Music Theory

Dr. Jeremi Edwards is a Louisiana native, Graduate from McNeese State University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Dr. Edwards then graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, with a Master of Music in Theory and Composition where he studied composition with Dr. Quincy Hilliard and worked as a Graduate Assistant for the…

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Associate Professor - Flute/Music History
jhand@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5031 | SFA 203

Judy Hand is Associate Professor of Flute and coordinator of the music history area at McNeese State University, where she teaches flute, chamber music, flute pedagogy and literature, music history, and music appreciation. She has held six endowed professorships in music, and has served as Assistant Department Head. She has a BMEd from the University…

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Visiting Lecturer - Guitar
jkacherski@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5028 | SFA 103

“Virtuosismo” and “technical dominance” are the words used by the press to describe American guitarist, Jay Kacherski.  A native of New York, Kacherski has performed around the world as a soloist and member of the highly praised Texas Guitar Quartet. He has performed at distinguished music festivals and venues such as the Festival International de Guitarra de Taxco, Mexico, the Florida Guitar Foundation,…

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Assistant Professor - Trumpet/Director of Jazz Studies
jlankford@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5026 | SFAA 211

Jacquelyn Lankford is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at McNeese State University, acting principal and second trumpet with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, and third trumpet in the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra. She earned her Doctorate in Trumpet Performance with a related field in Music Education from the University of North Texas in 2019, Master’s in Trumpet…

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Assistant Professor
rlauderdale@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5008 | SFAA 210-A

RODERICK S. LAUDERDALE is in his 31st year as professor of French horn at McNeese State University in Lake Charles Louisiana. In addition to teaching horn he teaches Music Appreciation and Popular World Music. In summers he is the director of the Musically Gifted program of the Governor’s Program for Gifted Students. Before coming to…

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Professor - Coordinator of Music Education
jlemke@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5005 | SFAA 204-A

Jeffrey J. Lemke is the Coordinator of Instrumental Music Education, Professor of Music with an emphasis on Instrumental Music Education and Popular Music Studies, as well as serving as the Faculty Athletics Representative at McNeese State University. Dr. Lemke teaches courses in instrumental methods and literature, advanced instrumental techniques, historical and philosophical foundations of music…

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Assistant Professor - Voice
clines@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5063 | SFAA 202

DR. CAROL LINES, assistant professor of voice, holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a minor in Voice Science from LSU, and the Master of Music and Artist Diploma in Opera from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is also certified at Level III in the Jeannette Lovetri Method for the teaching…

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Associate Professor - Piano
lmorita@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5022 | SFAA 201

Brazilian pianist LINA MORITA made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2013.  Her international career has taken her throughout the U.S., Brazil, Mexico, France, and the Czech Republic. Most recently, she has been invited to present solo recitals at Salão Leopoldo Miguez in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Mexico City at the Museo Mural Diego Rivera and at La Escuela de Musica “Vida y Movimiento” del Centro Cultural Ollin Yoliztli.  Other venues in which she has performed include II Festival Eleazar de Carvalho, IX Festival…

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Assistant Professor / Director of Bands
tpardue@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5159 | Band Hall 103

Dr. Tim Pardue is the director of bands in the W.A. and Dorothy Hanna Department of Performing Arts at McNeese State University where he directs the Pride of McNeese Marching Band, conducts the McNeese Wind Symphony, and teaches music education and conducting. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting at the University of Oklahoma and holds a Master of Music…

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Assistant Professor / Director of Choral Activities
sthomas14@mcneese.edu | 475-5033 | SFA 206

Dr. Shane Thomas is the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music in the W.A. and Dorothy Hanna Department of Performing Arts at McNeese State University where he conducts the Chamber Singers and Concert Chorale. He teaches courses in vocal music education, choral methods, choral literature, music appreciation, and choral ensembles. Thomas recently…

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Associate Professor - Low Brass/Music Theory
roseb@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5032 | SFAA 212

William G. Rose is presently Associate Professor of Music and Assistant Department Head in the W.A and Dorothy Hanna Department of Performing Arts at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA, where is in his 36th year of teaching at the University. He teaches the low brass studio, music theory, music technology, conducts the brass…

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Department Head/Associate Professor - Percussion
lbenoit@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5466 | Sherman Fine Arts Annex 204A

Dr. Lonny Benoit is Associate Professor and Head of the W.A. and Dorothy Hanna Department of Performing Arts at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In addition to teaching music courses, Benoit is the director of the McNeese Steel Drum Band, Cowboy Bloco, and the McNeese West African Drum and Dance Ensemble. Benoit has…

Read Dr. Lonny Benoit's Full Bio
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts / Associate Professor - Strings
mbuckles@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5192 | Kaufman Hall 103

Dr. Michael Buckles is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at McNeese State University, and served as interim dean since July 2017. Buckles received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University, his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from…

Read Dr. Michael Buckles's Full Bio
Instructor - Piano/Faculty Accompanist
hchoi1@mcneese.edu | 337-562-4285 | SFAA 203

HaeJu Choi is a collaborative pianist and an instructor in the W.A. and Dorothy Hanna Department of Performing Arts at McNeese State University. She also serves as a faculty and a pianist at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan since 2019. She has been performing as a staff pianist for MTNA competition, American Protégé, ASTA, AZ…

Read Dr. HaeJu Choi's Full Bio
Assistant Professor - Saxophone/Clarinet/Double Reeds
bcold@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5025 | SFA 202

Dr. Benjamin Cold is currently Artist/Assistant Professor of Woodwinds at McNeese State University (Lake Charles, LA), where he teaches applied single-reeds and double reeds, and directs woodwind chamber ensembles including saxophone quartet and clarinet choir. As a passionate advocate of new music, he has been involved in the commissions and premieres of dozens of compositions for…

Read Dr. Benjamin Cold's Full Bio
Instructor - Composition/Music Theory

Dr. Jeremi Edwards is a Louisiana native, Graduate from McNeese State University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Dr. Edwards then graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, with a Master of Music in Theory and Composition where he studied composition with Dr. Quincy Hilliard and worked as a Graduate Assistant for the…

Read Dr. Jeremi Edwards's Full Bio
Associate Professor - Flute/Music History
jhand@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5031 | SFA 203

Judy Hand is Associate Professor of Flute and coordinator of the music history area at McNeese State University, where she teaches flute, chamber music, flute pedagogy and literature, music history, and music appreciation. She has held six endowed professorships in music, and has served as Assistant Department Head. She has a BMEd from the University…

Read Dr. Judy Hand's Full Bio
Visiting Lecturer - Guitar
jkacherski@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5028 | SFA 103

“Virtuosismo” and “technical dominance” are the words used by the press to describe American guitarist, Jay Kacherski.  A native of New York, Kacherski has performed around the world as a soloist and member of the highly praised Texas Guitar Quartet. He has performed at distinguished music festivals and venues such as the Festival International de Guitarra de Taxco, Mexico, the Florida Guitar Foundation,…

Read Dr. Jay Kacherski's Full Bio
Assistant Professor - Trumpet/Director of Jazz Studies
jlankford@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5026 | SFAA 211

Jacquelyn Lankford is the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at McNeese State University, acting principal and second trumpet with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, and third trumpet in the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra. She earned her Doctorate in Trumpet Performance with a related field in Music Education from the University of North Texas in 2019, Master’s in Trumpet…

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Assistant Professor
rlauderdale@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5008 | SFAA 210-A

RODERICK S. LAUDERDALE is in his 31st year as professor of French horn at McNeese State University in Lake Charles Louisiana. In addition to teaching horn he teaches Music Appreciation and Popular World Music. In summers he is the director of the Musically Gifted program of the Governor’s Program for Gifted Students. Before coming to…

Read Dr. Roderick Lauderdale's Full Bio
Professor - Coordinator of Music Education
jlemke@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5005 | SFAA 204-A

Jeffrey J. Lemke is the Coordinator of Instrumental Music Education, Professor of Music with an emphasis on Instrumental Music Education and Popular Music Studies, as well as serving as the Faculty Athletics Representative at McNeese State University. Dr. Lemke teaches courses in instrumental methods and literature, advanced instrumental techniques, historical and philosophical foundations of music…

Read Dr. Jeff Lemke's Full Bio
Assistant Professor - Voice
clines@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5063 | SFAA 202

DR. CAROL LINES, assistant professor of voice, holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a minor in Voice Science from LSU, and the Master of Music and Artist Diploma in Opera from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is also certified at Level III in the Jeannette Lovetri Method for the teaching…

Read Dr. Carol Lines's Full Bio
Associate Professor - Piano
lmorita@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5022 | SFAA 201

Brazilian pianist LINA MORITA made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2013.  Her international career has taken her throughout the U.S., Brazil, Mexico, France, and the Czech Republic. Most recently, she has been invited to present solo recitals at Salão Leopoldo Miguez in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Mexico City at the Museo Mural Diego Rivera and at La Escuela de Musica “Vida y Movimiento” del Centro Cultural Ollin Yoliztli.  Other venues in which she has performed include II Festival Eleazar de Carvalho, IX Festival…

Read Dr. Lina Morita's Full Bio
Assistant Professor / Director of Bands
tpardue@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5159 | Band Hall 103

Dr. Tim Pardue is the director of bands in the W.A. and Dorothy Hanna Department of Performing Arts at McNeese State University where he directs the Pride of McNeese Marching Band, conducts the McNeese Wind Symphony, and teaches music education and conducting. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in wind conducting at the University of Oklahoma and holds a Master of Music…

Read Dr. Timothy Pardue's Full Bio
Assistant Professor / Director of Choral Activities
sthomas14@mcneese.edu | 475-5033 | SFA 206

Dr. Shane Thomas is the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music in the W.A. and Dorothy Hanna Department of Performing Arts at McNeese State University where he conducts the Chamber Singers and Concert Chorale. He teaches courses in vocal music education, choral methods, choral literature, music appreciation, and choral ensembles. Thomas recently…

Read Dr. Shane Thomas's Full Bio
Associate Professor - Low Brass/Music Theory
roseb@mcneese.edu | 337-475-5032 | SFAA 212

William G. Rose is presently Associate Professor of Music and Assistant Department Head in the W.A and Dorothy Hanna Department of Performing Arts at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA, where is in his 36th year of teaching at the University. He teaches the low brass studio, music theory, music technology, conducts the brass…

Read Professor William Rose's Full Bio