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

Theo Hicks Theo Hicks is in his second year at Ball State University pursuing a Doctor of Arts in choral conducting with a secondary in voice performance. As a graduate assistant at Ball State, he is the director of University Choral Union, teaches Basic Music for Classroom Teachers, and supervises student teachers. He also serves as adjunct professor at Anderson University, teaching two sections of Aural Comprehension.

Theo studied voice, piano, acting, and composition in his undergraduate program and graduated Cum Laude from Anderson University with a Bachelor of Music in music education. After graduating, he served in Indiana public schools for over seven years, most recently at Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High School as the choral and drama director. He then began graduate studies at Ball State University and earned his Master of Music in choral conducting in 2019.

Theo is an active member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), and the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS). He has been a guest presenter at numerous conferences, published several articles, served as a guest clinician/conductor, 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.

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!

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.


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