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
  • Eryn Calfee, choral administrative assistant
Alyssa Harris

Alyssa Harris, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, earned her Bachelor of Arts in music from Georgia College & State University in 2019. Currently pursuing her Master of Music in choral conducting at Ball State University, Alyssa assists with the Ball State Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, and two sections of Introduction to Conducting.

After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, Alyssa worked as the music director for Hardwick Baptist Church in Hardwick, Georgia, and later accepted a position as choir director for Baldwin County High School and Middle School in Milledgeville, Georgia. During this time, she also was the music director for a community choir, The Milledgeville Singers Guild.

During her undergraduate studies, Alyssa held an Internship position as the assistant director for the Georgia College & State University Women’s Chorus, and for the Max Noah Singers, Georgia College’s audition-only ensemble. Alyssa was also featured in many musicals during her undergraduate career, including Les Misérables, Parade, Legally Blonde, Into the Woods, and many more.

Alyssa is a member of the International Music Fraternity for Women, Sigma Alpha Iota. She has served as the Vice President of Membership, Recording and Corresponding Secretary, Program Director, and Social Committee Chair.


Theo Hicks Andy Schroetter is pursuing a Doctor of Arts in choral conducting at Ball State University after spending nineteen years teaching choral music in the public schools. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree in vocal and instrumental music from Wartburg College in 2002 and a Master of Music degree in music education from Boston University in 2009.

Andy grew up in western Wisconsin, where he spent sixteen years teaching and then taught three years in Michigan. Choirs under his direction have performed at the 2003 Wisconsin School Music Association state music convention, the 2010 Clearwater Choral Invitational, held at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and a 2011 performance at the Wisconsin State Capitol. His choirs have recorded four CDs and have worked in a clinic setting with the professional ensembles Cantus and VOCES8.

Mark Statler

Mark Statler is pursuing a Doctor of Arts in choral conducting at Ball State University after graduating with a Master of Music in choral conducting at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He and his wife, Audrey, have two daughters - Mattie (4 years old) and Eliana (1 year old).

Mark grew up in the cornfields of Rochester, Indiana before earning a Bachelor of Music Education from Taylor University and teaching general music at Center Grove Elementary School in Greenwood, Indiana. Mark then moved to Kenya in 2011 to direct the choral program at Rosslyn Academy, an international school in the capital city of Nairobi. In addition to teaching, he had the joy of being a part of the classical music scene by conducting the Nairobi Music Society and the Nairobi Orchestra in choral/symphonic works such as Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Bach’s Christ Lag in Todes Banden, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, and Brahms’ Schicksalslied. He also sang with and conducted the Greenwood Singers, a 16-member chamber choir.

Being a part of so many incredible communities and unique experiences, Mark is thankful for the friendships created and is grateful to everyone who has been a part of his journey. Asante sana!

Alan Alder

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

Sharon Basinger-Lehman

  • Choral director at Manchester Community Schools in Manchester, Indiana, and 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, Pennsylvania

Jill Burleson Burgett

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

Clif Davis

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

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

Theodore Hicks

  • Director of choral activities and voice area coordinator at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana

Michael Lister

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

Harmony Murphy

  • Choral music professor at Reedley College in Reedley, California

Russell Thorngate

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

Renae Timbie

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

Shelbie Wahl Fouts

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