The Choral Area’s rich and diverse ensembles are supported by Ball State faculty, staff, and graduate assistants.

Faculty and Staff
  • Andrew Crow, director of choral activities
  • Kerry Glann, associate director of choral activities
  • Alan Alder, director of University Singers
  • Katharine Wilhelm, choral administrative assistant
Theo Hicks

Theo Hicks enters his third year at Ball State University pursuing doctoral studies after completing the master of music degree in choral conducting. Most recently the choral and drama director at Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High School, he taught 7-12th grade vocal music and general music for almost 7 years. An active member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) and the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), he has led several music workshops, published two articles, served as a guest clinician, and written music for many ensembles within the organizations.

As a member of the BHS, he currently directs Circle City Sound, a male barbershop chorus in Indianapolis. He also sings lead in Instant Classic, the 2015 International Quartet Champions of the BHS, which tours extensively around the country.

Theo studied voice, piano, acting, and composition in his undergraduate program and graduated cum laude from Anderson University with a bachelor of music degree in music education. As a graduate assistant at Ball State University, he assists with the Chamber Choir and Concert Choir, and also teaches two sections of aural skills.

Sally Geib

Sally Kelley earned a master of arts degree in choral conducting from Middle Tennessee State University and is currently pursuing her doctor of arts at Ball State University where she directed University Choral Union for three semesters and is currently the assistant conductor for Statesmen. She is also the director of choirs at Hazelwood Christian Church in Muncie, Indiana. She taught as adjunct faculty for Middle Tennessee State University’s music department for six years where she co-developed a textbook-less curriculum for general education music classes and acted as a liaison to the public schools for the university’s dual enrollment program. She also volunteered as accompanist and assistant director for the Murfreesboro Community Men’s Chorus for five years. While in Tennessee, she was choir director and worship leader at Cloyd’s Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Marcel Ramalho de Mello

Howard Lee is currently pursuing a master of music degree in choral conducting from Ball State University. Most recently, Lee served as the executive director of the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra where he led the charge in a rebranding campaign for the orchestra. He was also responsible for leading the conductor search committee in hiring a new artistic director that led to the hire of maestro Matthew Kraemer.

Lee holds a bachelor’s degree in music marketing from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. During his time there, he was a member of the Taylor Chorale and Sounds for four years and served as an officer and assistant conductor for two years. In his final two years at Taylor, he led the Chorale and Sounds to Greece on two subsequent spring break mission trips where, in the first year, they established relationships with locals, the Orthodox Church leaders, and multiple refugee camps that opened the doors to a more focused trip the following year. This final trip included collaborating with a local mission’s organization and working with multiple refugee camps that led to the formation of a youth choir comprised of refugee children. He continued to serve in the position for two more years as a graduate, singing in the choirs as well as continuing to conduct.

Prior to his time at Taylor, Lee served as a missionary and K-12 teacher for two years in Harbin, China, at the Harbin Wanbang School, where he taught English and music. He led the school orchestra along with the choirs. In his second year, he led the school’s top choir to the grand prize at the inaugural National Competition of the Arts in Xiamen, China. Since then, he has returned multiple times as a clinician, again propelling the ensemble to another grand prize three years later.

Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin is a choral conductor, clinician, and arranger based in Indianapolis, Indiana. He currently serves as a graduate teaching assistant at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. At Ball State, Martin conducts the University Choral Union and is the assistant conductor of the University Singers. Martin is in demand as a choral clinician and adjudicator and his arrangements are performed by high school choirs throughout the country.

From 2006-2016, Martin served as the director of choral activities at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. At Lawrence North, he directed as many as six choirs, including two competitive show choirs and an advanced concert choir. His concert choirs consistently earned Gold ratings, with distinction, in ISSMA Organizational and State Qualification events and his show choirs received numerous awards in competition including Best Vocals, Best Choreography, Best Band, Best Male and Female Soloists, and Grand Champion. Martin also taught courses in music theory, musical theater, music technology, and group piano.

From 2003-2005, Martin was the assistant director for "The First Edition” from Lafayette Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana, where he directed the show choir’s back-up band and arranged music for performances. Under his direction, Andrew’s bands earned numerous “Best Band” awards at competitions throughout the state.

Andrew is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in choral conducting from Ball State University, studying with Andrew Crow and Kerry Glann. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Ball State and a master’s degree in music technology from Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis.

Alan Alder

  • Director of University Singers at Ball Sate University in Muncie, IN

Sharon Basinger-Lehman

  • Choral director at Manchester Community Schools in Manchester, IN Artistic director of the Children’s Choir of Huntington County

Mark A. Boyle

  • Director of choral and vocal activities at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA

Jill Burleson Burgett

  • Director of choral music education/associate director of choral studies at University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

Clif Davis

  • Adjunct professor at Taylor University, choral accompanist at Ball State, and assistant director of Masterworks Chorale in Muncie, IN
  • Music director at First Baptist Church in Muncie, IN

Jordan Dollins

  • Choral director at John Glenn High School in Walkerton, Indiana

Chris Ellis

  • Choral conductor at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary in Ankeny, Iowa

Michael Lister

  • Music department chair and associate professor of choral music at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY

Harmony Murphy

  • Choral music professor at Reedley College in Reedley, CA

Russell Thorngate

  • Director of choral activities at Northland College in Ashland, WI

Renae Timbie

  • Director of music at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Muncie, IN
  • Director of the University Choral Union at Ball State University

Shelbie Wahl Fouts

  • Director of choral activities at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA