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Dr. M. Scott McBride
Dr. Chris Gallaher
Christopher Gallaher has been a member of the music faculty at Morehead State University since 1972, coming to MSU after serving on the music faculty at Frostburg [MD] State University for four years. Dr. Gallaher is currently a Professor of Music and serves as the Chair of the Department of Music. An extensively-published composer/arranger [nearly 50 compositions and arrangements published to date], he received his PhD in Music Theory from Indiana University where he also studied composition with Bernhard Heiden and Juan Orrego-Salas and trumpet with Bill Adam. Due to his deep interest in jazz, his works tend to reflect these aspects which are manifested in this art form. Dr. Gallaher was recognized as a recipient of one of the University's most prized faculty awards in being awarded the 1996-97 "Distinguished Creative Productions Award".
Mr. Mike Acord
Michael Acord joined the Faculty of the Department of Music in 1989 and is currently Assistant Professorof Music at MSU. In addition to teaching Applied Clarinet and conducting the MSU Clarinet Choir, Michael teaches Music History, a music major section of Discovering University Life and Advanced Woodwinds.  He performs regularly with The Baird Winds, the faculty woodwind quintet at MSU. He also serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Theta Pi Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a national music fraternity. A graduate of Morehead State University (BME, 1975) and Michigan State University (MM, 1977), Michael has studied with William Bigham, Elsa Verdehr, Fred Ormand and Stanley Hasty.  He has also studied at the Eastman School of Music.  Michael grew up in Ashland, Kentucky and credits John "Pop" Lewis, Larry Moore and Dr. Robert Hawkins as his first inspirational teachers.  As a student at Paul G. Blazer High School, Michael began his long association with Morehead State University's Department of Music. Since 1991, Michael has been Principal Clarinet of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra.  He performs approximately 40 concerts per year with either the LPO or the Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet.  During the 2000-2001 season, Michael was featured as a soloist with the orchestra. For the past four years, Michael has taught and performed at Lutheran Summer Music. This international program for young musicians is held on a different Lutheran college campus each summer.  Past summers have taken Michael to Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indianaand Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  In addition to teaching high school clarinetists, Michael performs with the Movere Woodwind Quintet and on many faculty recitals.  The 2002 LSM program was held on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.
Dr. Mac Luckey
Mr. Fred Tremper
Dr. Earle Louder
Mr. James Ross Beane

Mr. Jay Flippin


Dr. Stacy Baker
Stacy Baker is Assistant Professor of Music - Tuba /Euphonium at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. Originally from Harsen’s Island, MI, she received both her M.M. and B.M. degrees from the University of Michigan where she graduated summa cum laude as a James B. Angell Scholar. She holds a D.M.A in Performance and Literature with highest honors from the University of Illinois. She enjoys an active solo career appearing as a featured soloist at the 2002 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference (ITEC), the 2000 U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Tuba/Euphonium Conference, the 1999 Southeast Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference (SERTEC), the1998 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference (ITEC), and the 1997 Second International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC). As a member of the JUNCTION tuba/euphonium quartet, the Monarch Brass Ensemble, the Lexington Brass Band, and the Timbre Brass Quintet, she has toured and recorded throughout the United States and Europe. She has also performed as principal tubist with the Warren Symphony and the Allen Park Symphony, and as substitute tubist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony, the Champaign/Urbana Symphony, and the Danville Symphony.  In July 2002, Dr. Baker toured Austria with JUNCTION performing new works written for the quartet including the premier of Franz Cibulka’s Concerto for Tuba/Euphonium Quartet and Wind Orchestra at the Mid-Europe Festival in Schladming. Dr. Baker will appear as a featured soloist at the Midwest Tuba/Euphonium Conference in Muncie, IN March 21-23, 2003 and will perform as a member of JUNCTION, Monarch Brass, and The Athena Brass Band at the International Women’s Brass Conference in Normal, IL June 17-21, 2003. Dr. Baker serves as co-editor of the International Women’s Brass Conference Newsletter. Her teachers include Jeff Funderburk, Wes Jacobs, Fritz Kaenzig, and Mark Moore. 
Mrs. Sue Harris
Sue Harris has worked in the Department of Music at Morehead State University for 33 years.  She holds an Associate of Arts degree from MSU.  Mrs. Harris has three children and resides in Morehead with her husband Charlie.
Mrs. Marilyn Moore
Mrs. Mary Mueller
Dr. Sue Luckey
Dr. Noel Earl

National Arts Associates

Dr. Richard Miles

Richard Miles, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Florida State University and graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Illinois and Appalachian State University. In addition to the supervision and administration of the MSU Bands, Dr. Miles teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting. Since coming to MSU in 1985, the Symphony Band under his direction has received national and international recognition having performed for conventions of the Music Educators National Conference: The National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, the Kentucky Music Educators Association, and international concert tours to The People’s Republic of China (2000), Brazil (2003), and Spain (2008).

Professor Miles has co-authored, compiled and edited the internationally recognized wind band series: Teaching Music through Performance in Band, Volumes I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VII, VIII, I (Second Edition), Teaching Music through Performing Marches, Teaching Music through Performance in Beginning Band Volumes I and II, Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz, and three additional texts. Dr. Miles is a Past President of the College Band Directors National Association - Southern Division, and Past President of the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

Internationally, he has conducted concerts and clinics in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, The Canary Islands, The People’s Republic of China, Colombia, Costa Rica, throughout Europe and The United Kingdom, Russia, Spain, and South Africa. Recently, Dr. Miles was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Appalachian State University, the Presidential Recognition Award and Distinguished Leadership Award from the Kentucky Music Educators Association, the Kentucky Outstanding Contributor to Bands Award and is the 2006 - 2007 recipient of the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, International Outstanding Contributor to Bands Award presented at the 60th Annual Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.