The faculty in the IWU Division of Music have performed all over the nation and the world while maintaining "first things first" (Matt. 6:33). IWU's Music faculty participate in the activities of various professional organizations to stay current in their field. They all have advanced degrees in performance in addition to a zeal for teaching and mentoring the next generation of professional performers to reflect the glory of the Creator of Music from every stage or venue to which he calls them. 

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


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