Faculty Scholarship: Music

Dr. Davis


Sharon Davis
Assistant Professor Music

B.M., Youngstown State University, Dana School of Music

M.Ed., University of Central Florida

Ph.D., Oakland University

Sharon Davis has had diverse teaching experiences in elementary and secondary general music, choral and instrumental music in the United States and in International schools in Germany, Switzerland, and Singapore. She has published in the International Journal of Education and the Arts, Research Studies in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and the International Journal of Music Education, Practice. Her contributions to edited books include Learning, teaching and musical identity: Voices from across cultures, Lucy Green (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of music education, Gary McPherson (Ed.), Musicianship: Composing in band and orchestra, Clint Randles and David Stringham (Ed.) and most recently for the second edition of The child as musician: A handbook of musical development, Gary McPherson (Ed.).

Dr. Leach

Brenda Leach
Adjunct Instructor in Music

MM, Eastman School of Music
M.Ed., Harvard University

DMA, Eastman School
of Music

Dr. Brenda Leach recently released her new book, Looking and Listening: Conversations between Modern Art and Music in which she explores unique pairings of music and visual art in the 20th century. She is an accomplished performer and music professor who has taught at institutions including Harvard University. She has developed numerous courses and programs which emphasize interdisciplinary elements across the arts.  Her approach has been greatly influenced by time living abroad in some of the great cities including Paris and St. Petersburg where she developed a passion for art.  As a conductor and concert organist she has performed in major venues in the United States, Europe, and Russia. Brenda Leach holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, as well as a Master of Education in Arts and Education from Harvard University.  She has created unique programs linking music and the visual arts for museums and orchestras in the United States and abroad.

Dr. Lister

Rebecca C. Lister
Associate Professor of Music

B.M., James Madison University
M.M., Florida State University
D.M., Florida State University

Associate Professor of Music, Rebbeca Crow Lister, teaches voice lessons, vocal literature, vocal pedagogy, and diction. She maintains an active performing schedule having appeared several times as guest artist on various music series, including the St. Paul Early Music Series (St. Paul, MN), the Lebanon Community Arts Series (Lebanon, PA), and the Goodman Series (Harrisburg, PA). Though early music is her main point of interest, Lister performs repertoire from all style periods and is a strong supporter and performer of chamber music, contemporary music, music by female composers, and music by Hispanic composers. She is a frequent masterclass clinician at various schools and colleges, most recently at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. She currently serves as the President for the Allegheny Chapter of the National Association for Teachings of Singing (NATS).

Dr. Morell

Justin J. Morell
Assistant Professor of Music

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
M.A., California State University, East Bay
h.D., University of Oregon

Dr. Morell has had an extensive professional career composing concert music, playing guitar, and working with many well-known performers—including Dizzy Gillespie, composer John Williams, and the Supremes—across the U.S. and internationally. While living in L.A., he led several ensembles, owned and operated a recording studio, and played guitar on several television and film projects, including Steven Spielberg’s “Catch Me If You Can.” Dr. Morell builds electronic gadgets for the guitar and teaches music theory, aural theory, and independent study projects for composition students. He is the creator of Pivot: A Music Theory Card Game that teaches students about chord root motion, including modulation and modal mixture. Dr. Morell recently released his latest album, Subjects and Complements.

Dr. Norris

Renee Lapp Norris
Professor of Music

B.A., West Chester University
M.M., University of Maryland
Ph.D., University of Maryland

Renee Lapp Norris, an associate professor at Lebanon Valley College, teaches courses in European, North American, and non-Western music.  She has presented papers for the American Musicological Society and the Society for American Music, and her article "Opera and the Mainstreaming of Blackface Minstrelsy" was published by the Journal of the Society of American Music. Her secondary interest is music history pedagogy.

Professor Wolfe

Timothy William Wolfe
Adjunct Assistant
Professor of Music

B.A., Lebanon Valley College
M.M., The University
of the Arts

Tim Wolfe, Jr. teaches private lessons on double bass, electric bass, jazz improvisation, and also directs the Small Jazz Ensemble. He has studied double bass with Jim Miller and Kevin MacConnell, and jazz improvisation with Tom Strohman. He keeps a full performance schedule, including jazz, theater, classical, and other styles of music. In 2014 he self-released his debut CD, featuring his original compositions, titled "Topics of Conversation."

Dr. Davis' Scholarship and Pedagogy 2016 Celebration

Davis, S. G. (2016). Children, popular music, and identity. In G. McPherson (Ed.), The Child as musician: A handbook of

musical development. (pp. 265-283). New York: Oxford.

Dr. Leach's Scholarship and Pedagogy 2015 Celebration

Leach, B. L. (2014). Looking and listening: Conversations between modern art and music. New York: Rowman and Littlefield.

Dr. Lister's Scholarship and Pedagogy 2013 Celebration

Lister, R. (2012). The great divide. In A. Scott (Ed.), "Hands-on" musicology essays in honor of Jeffery Kite-Powell. (pp. 18-31). Ann Arbor, MI: Steglein Publishing, Inc.

Lister, R. C. (2011). A Hildegard "how-to": Steps for the thoughtful preparation of a chant. Journal of Singing, 67(3), 277-289.

Dr. Morell's Scholarship and Pedagogy 2014 Celebration

Morell, J. (2013). Dectet: Subjects and complements.  Sonic Frenzy

      Records/ BFM Digital.

Dr. Norris' Scholarship and Pedagogy 2014 Celebration

Norris, R. L. (2013). Allen, William Francis. In C. H. Garrett (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of American music (2nd ed., ). New York: Oxford University Press.

Norris, R. L. (2013). Kavanaugh [Kavanagh], Joseph H. In C. H. Garrett (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of American music (2nd ed., ). New York: Oxford University.

Norris, R. L. (2013). Kneass, Nelson. In C. H. Garrett (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of American music    (2nd ed., ). New York: Oxford University Press.

Norris, R. L. (Ed.). (2013). Minstrelsy.  In C. H. Garrett (Ed.), The Grove dictionary of American music    (2nd ed., ). New York: Oxford University Press.

Professor Wolfe's Scholarship and Pedagogy 2015 Celebration

Wolfe, T. (2013). Topics of conversation. King of Prussia, PA: Springhouse Sound.