At Indiana Wesleyan University, our Applied Music courses are intentionally designed to prepare you to serve the Lord with excellence in your chosen instrument. Our faculty members all have master's or doctoral degrees in Music Performance and are active performers in local, regional, national, and international venues. In addition, many are involved in presenting at regional, national, and international music conferences and shining the light of Jesus by their lives and presence throughout the world of music performance and pedagogy. Excellent instructors as well as performers, they offer years of study, practice, pedagogy, and performance experiences to come alongside and mentor you in your musical and spiritual journey.

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Lisa Dawson; MM, DA Prof. Music lisa.dawson@indwes.edu


Dr. Dawson teaches Applied Voice, Opera Theater and other vocal courses at IWU. She has performed a wide variety of operatic roles including Angelica in Puccini's Suor Angelica and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss. She also served as a staff soloist at Shakertown, Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, where she recorded a live CD of Shaker music along with her national presentations of Shaker Lecture Recitals.

Educational Background:

  • A.B., 1987, Anderson University
  • M.M., 1992, University of Kentucky
  • D.A., 2008, Ball State University


  • Shaker Music
  • Music and Worship
  • Music and Social Services (Including Music Therapy)
  • Soprano Roles of Richard Wagner

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