Department of Music

Faculty and Staff

Uzee Brown, Jr., D.M.A.
Chairman, Voice
Robinson Hall 131A (RCPAC)
Phone: (404)215-2601 OR

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: (404)215-2601 OR

Music Department Faculty Member Mark Chubb 

Mark Anthony Chubb, M.A.
Interim Instructor of Music Theory
Robinson Hall 222 (RCPAC)
Phone: (404)215-2739

Mark Anthony Chubb holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Morehouse College and a Master of Arts in Music Composition from the University of Iowa and has previously served on the faculties of Western Washington University and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  His numerous awards include the Pelzer Prize for Music Composition (U. of Iowa), the Lenny Kravitz Remix Contest (winner) and the “Blue In Green” New Kind Of Blue Remix Contest (winner).

Mr. Chubb provided the musical scores for the award winning films, In the Garden Growing (top honors, Projections Film Festival, Bellingham WA) and Drain Desert Tanner (Best Musical Score, Inland Empire 48 Hours Film Festival; Coup de Coeur, Cannes Film Festival).  He also contributed music for the Peabody Award winning documentary series Latinos in America.  His compositions have been performed at the University of Iowa, Western Washington University, the Midwest Composer’s Symposium and SEAMUS.

Mr. Chubb has produced music for numerous cable channels (Spike TV, MTV, the Style Channel, A&E, and Fit TV)  and Oprah’s Big Give, and his music has also been featured in Computer Music magazine.

He is a writer and publisher member of ASCAP, and a member of the Society of Composers and Lyricists.  


Jefferson Ethridge, D.M.A.
Associate Professor, Piano
Robinson Hall 219 (RCPAC)
Phone: (404) 614-3789 OR

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
Robinson Hall 224 (RCPAC)
Campus Phone: 7905 OR

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, and Masterpieces of Music.

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.
Interim Director of Bands
Robinson Hall 127 (RCPAC)
Campus Phone: 2693


David Morrow, D.M.A.
Professor and Director of the Morehouse Glee Club
Robinson Hall 128 (RCPAC)
Campus Phone: 3783
Faculty Web Page: OR

Dr. David Morrow, a native of Rochester, NY, was valedictorian of his Morehouse College class, holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.  He currently directs the renowned Morehouse College Glee Club, a group which has toured internationally in Poland, South Africa, Russia and Canada, conducts the Wendell Whalum Community Chorus, is Artistic Director and Conductor of The Atlanta Singers, and Co-Directs the Morehouse-Spelman Chorus.  Among other honors, Dr. Morrow has led performances in such widely varying venues as Atlanta’s Symphony Hall with Jessye Norman, the opening ceremonies of Superbowl XXVIII with Natalie Cole and the opening and closing ceremonies of the Atlantic Centennial Olympic Games.  In 2002, he was guest conductor for Centro Ecuatoriano Norteamericano’s first Festival of Spirituals Guayaquil, Ecuador and was the conductor of the 2009 HBCU Concert Choir at the Kennedy Center.  In addition, he has conducted honors choruses across the country, lectured or conducted workshops in public schools, colleges and universities, including the Detroit Public Schools, University of Tennessee-Chattagooga, Cornell and the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and, in 2010, at Westminster Choir College.  Dr. Morrow is a member of Metropolitan Atlanta Musicians Association, is 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 and is a “Friend of the Arts” member of Sigma Alpha Iota.

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: (404) 614-3792 OR

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

Spencer Brewer, M.M.
Lower Strings

John Head, M.M.

Jacqueline Howard, M.M.
Music Appreciation

Joyce Johnson, D.M.A.

Melvin Jones, M.M.
Director Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Studies

Akeem Marable, M.M.

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

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

Kenn Wagner, B.M.