School of Fine & Performing Arts – Shorter University

The School of Fine and Performing Arts

is one of the finest arts schools in the Southeast. Our programs have helped create successful and internationally recognized musicians, actors, and artists. Our art, music, and theatre departments enjoy a low student-to-faculty ratio, offering students a conservatory-style education rooted in the liberal arts. Performance opportunities abound, beginning as early as the freshman year.

Support Raised:

$40,887.67 (64.9%) of $63,000


Shorter University has a distinguished history of training quality pianists as soloists, collaborative pianists, church musicians, and teachers. In order to continue this tradition, we have initiated the Piano Program Project.

Dr. John Reams

Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts
and Associate Professor of Music and Woodwinds
Office Phone: 706-292-3906

Meet Our Faculty


Dr. Tara Warfield
Interim Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts, Associate Professor of Music, and Director of Vocal Studies
Dr. John Michael McCluskey
Chair of the Music Department and Associate Professor of Music
Dr. Dustin Burgess
Associate Professor of Music Education
Mr. Drew Davidson
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Ms. Sue Gaukel
Associate Professor of Musical Theatre
Ms. Faith Stevenson Im
Assistant Professor of Theatre/Dance and Director of the Dance Program
Dr. Enoch Jacobus
Associate Professor of Music Theory
Dr. Yuman Lee
Associate Professor of Music
Ms. Amy Neal
Instructor of Piano Pedagogy and Class Piano
Dr. John Reams
Provost and Professor of Music and Woodwinds
Dr. Timothy Renner
Director of Opera and Assistant Professor of Voice
Dr. Aaron Rice
Tenured Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities, and Coordinator of Music and Worship Leadership Studies
Dr. Jerico Vasquez
Professor of Music, Artist in Residence, Coordinator of Keyboard Studies
Dr. Duane Warfield
Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands
Ms. Heather Frost
Staff Accompanist
Ms. April Moore
Costume Designer and Shop Manager
Mr. Ted Thomas
Technical Director for Theatre
Ms. Sandra Yeargan
Director of Preparatory Program