Department of Music
Faculty and Staff
Uzee Brown, Jr., D.M.A.
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.
Aaron Carter-Ényì, Ph.D.
Aaron Carter-Ényì teaches music theory, class piano, and music appreciation in Morehouse's Department of Music. He holds a PhD from Ohio State University (2016), was a Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria in 2013, and is a 2017 fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Recent scholarship appears in Africa (Journal of the International African Institute), Ethnomusicology, Music Theory Online, and Tonal Aspects of Languages; or is forthcoming in Performance Research and Sounding Out! He is the director of the interdisciplinary Africana Digital Ethnography Project (ADEPt) and is currently developing the Video-EASE Toolbox and ATAVizM. During the summer, he is a STEAM instructor for federally-sponsored student enrichment programs including MSEIP and iSTEM for which he provides workshops and courses in the Morehouse Makerspace.
Jefferson Ethridge, D.M.A.
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.
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;
Areas of Expertise: African-American Operatic Tenors,
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
Chad E. Hughes, Ph.D.
Dr. Chad E. Hughes, Director of Bands at Morehouse College, was born in Detroit, Michigan, graduating from Cass Technical High School. He studied composition under James Aikman, Erik Santos, Bright Sheng, Curtis Curtis-Smith, Dinos Constantinides, Craig Weston, and Pulitzer-Prize winning composer William Bolcom. His compositions and arrangements have been premiered and performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and the Indianapolis Pops Symphony as well as by ensembles at Morehouse College, Graceland University, University of Memphis, University of Michigan, Alcorn State University, Bowling Green State University, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Clark Atlanta University, Baker University, and Montana State University.
Dr. Hughes has been commissioned by Weston Sprott, Acting Principal Trombonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Demondrae Thurman, Associate Professor of Low Brass at Samford University, Everett Martin of Prince Georges County Public Schools, and Kenneth Thompkins, Principal Trombonist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. As an adjudicator and clinician, Hughes has been active in the state of Michigan, Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Kansas.
Educational Background: BM, University of Michigan, 2000; MM, Kansas State University, 2011; PhD, Louisiana State University, 2017.
Areas of Expertise: Wind band literature; Conducting; Jazz band, marching band, music technology.
Timothy Miller, M.M.
Timothy Miller, tenor, joined the faculty in 2017 as Instructor of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College and a Master of Music from Mannes College of Music. Mr. Miller teaches Applied Voice, Voice Seminar, Sight Singing and Ear Training, as well as courses for the General Education curriculum, including Masterpieces of Music and Oral Traditions in African American Folk Music.
Educational Background: BA, Morehouse College 2003; MM, Mannes College of Music 2005.
Areas of Expertise: Vocal Performance
Recent Performance: Tenor Soloist for the Atlanta Music Festival featuring Jessye Norman and the Glee Clubs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges.
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, D.M.A.
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.
James Abbington, D.M.A.
Jeffrey Brooks, D.M.A.
Erin Cassel, M.M.
Justin Chesarek, M.M.
Jacqueline Howard, M.M.
Tami Lee Hughes, D.M.A.
String Seminar, Music Appreciation
Joyce Johnson, D.M.A.
Melvin Jones, M.M.
Akeem Marable, M.M.
Michael Moore, M.M.
Ivy Ringel, M.M.
Alhadji Thrash, M.B.A.
Introduction to Music Industry
Kenn Wagner, B.M. (first violin, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)