Department of Music

Faculty and Staff

Uzee Brown, Jr., D.M.A.
Chairman, Voice
Robinson Hall 131A (RCPAC)
Phone: (470)639-0615

Dr. Uzee Brown joined the faculty in 1973 and currently serves as Chairman of the Department of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College, a Master of Music in Composition from Bowling Green State University, and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan. He has received numerous composition and arranging commissions ranging from National Public Radio and the Atlanta Symphony to colleges, universities, church and civic organizations, and his compositions have been heard throughout the world, including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. His engagements include master classes, workshops and recitals of African-American music from work songs and spirituals to art songs. Additionally, Dr. Brown is Director of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir.


Stephanie Whittaker
Administrative Assistant
Robinson Hall 131A (RCPAC)
Phone: (470)639-0615


Aaron Carter-Ényì, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Music Theory
Robinson Hall 222 (RCPAC)
Phone: (470)639-0409

Dr. Carter-Ényì teaches music theory, class piano, and music appreciation in Morehouse's Department of Music.  He holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory from Ohio State University, a Colleague Certificate from the American Guild of Organists and was a Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria in 2012-13.  Recent scholarship appears in the Oxford Handbook of Singing and Music Theory Online.



Jefferson Ethridge, D.M.A.
Associate Professor, Piano
Robinson Hall 219 (RCPAC)
Phone: (470)639-0301

Dr. Jefferson Ethridge holds a Bachelor of Music from Belhaven College, Jackson, MS, and a Master of Music and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan.

He joined the faculty in 1991 and teaches Applied Piano as well as core curriculum  courses for the non-music major, including Masterpieces of Music and History of Jazz. Dr. Ethridge is a member of MTNA and performs regularly as a recitalist in collaboration with both faculty and student performers. 

Educational Background: BM, Belhaven College 1974; MM, U of Michigan 1976; DMA, U of Michigan 1980.

Areas of Expertise: Piano Performance

Recent Performance: Lecture-Recital: Harlem Renaissance poetry set to music by composers of German or Austrian birth.


Mel Foster, D.M.A.
Associate Professor, Voice
Chair, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
Robinson Hall 224 (RCPAC)
Phone: (404)639-0699

Dr. Mel Foster, tenor, joined the faculty in 1996 and is currently an Associate Professor of Music. His educational background consists of a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Vocal Performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He teaches Applied Voice, Singer's Diction, Voice Class, Masterpieces of Music, and Sight Singing and Ear Training.

Educational Background: B.M.- Eastman School of Music, 1989;
M.M. and D.M.A - University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997.

Areas of Expertise: African-American Operatic Tenors,
Opera and Art Song Literature, and Operatic Vocal Technique

Recent Publications: Stage Director and premiered the role of King Melchior in Americolor Opera's Production of "3Kings and a Prince" in December, 2007 at the Callenwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia

Music Department Faculty Member Chad Hughes 

Chad E. Hughes, M.M.
Director of Bands
Robinson Hall 127 (RCPAC)
Phone: (470)639-0410


David Morrow, D.M.A.
Professor and Director of the Morehouse Glee Club
Robinson Hall 128 (RCPAC)
Phone: (470)639-0211
Faculty Web Page:

Dr. David Morrow joined the faculty in 1981 and teaches Conducting and Choral Literature as well as Survey of African American Music for the General Education curriuclum.  He is the Director of the Morehouse College Glee Club, the Wendell P. Whalum Community Chorus, is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Atlanta Singers, and co-Directs the Morehouse-Spleman Chorus.  He also serves as Secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies.  A sought after choral clinician, Dr. Morrow has lectured or conducted workshops in public schools, colleges, and universities. 

Dr. Morrow is a member of Metropolitan Atlanta Musicians Association, past president of the National Association of Negro Musicians, serves on the Board of Directors of the Intercollegiate Men's Choruses, Inc., and is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, the Georgia Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, is a "Friend of the Arts" member of Sigma Alpha Iota and in his second term on the Georgia Council for the Arts.  His compositions and arrangements are published with Alfred Music Publishers and GIA music publishers.   

Educational Background: Bachelor of Arts, Morehouse College, 1980; Master of Music, University of Michigan, 1981; Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 1995

Areas of Expertise: Choral Music; Conducting; African American Music

Robert Tanner

Robert Tanner, D.M.A.
Associate Professor
Composition and Theory
Robinson Hall 225 (RCPAC)
Phone: (470)639-0590

Dr. Robert Tanner joined the Morehouse College music faculty in 1999 and currently teaches courses in composition, theory, and music history. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Industry from Capital University and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in composition from The Ohio State University. Dr. Tanner is the recipient of the ASCAP Young Composers Award for Ornaments and the Ruth Friscoe Prize for Romance for Alto Saxophone and Piano and his commissions include works by the OSU Symphony Orchestra and the Luna Nova New Music Ensemble. He has served as a panelist at conferences hosted by the College Music Society and the Center for Black Music Research and has also served as an adjudicator for competitions sponsored by the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Heritage Music Festival.

Adjunct Faculty

James Abbington, D.M.A.
Church Music

Jeffrey Brooks, M.M.

Colin Corner, B.M., Artist's Diploma
Double Bass

Jacqueline Howard, M.M.
Music Appreciation

Joyce Johnson, D.M.A.

Melvin Jones, M.M.

Akeem Marable, M.M.

Timothy Miller, M.M.
Voice, Voice Seminar, Oral Traditions

Terran Taylor, M.M.

Alhadji Thrash, M.B.A.
Introduction to Music Industry

Kenn Wagner, B.M.