Faculty

The Church Music major at Indiana Wesleyan University is designed to foster the development of excellent musicians with pastoral hearts who demonstrate a passion for the ministry of the local church.

In addition to being accomplished musicians in their own right, our faculty members have served local churches of all sizes, denominations, and worship styles throughout the United States. In addition, they continue to be actively engaged in ministry positions ranging from worship leader to church consultant.

You will be taught and mentored by those who have experienced what they are teaching, giving you insights and instruction not found in textbooks.

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Chris Lessly; MMEd PhD Professor; Music chris.lessly@indwes.edu Department - Music Division - Music

Biography

Dr. Lessly serves as Coordinator of Music Education, teaches methods courses and supervises student teachers and practicum students.  Dr. Lessly is a woodwind specialist and teaches the clarinet studio.   Dr. Lessly also serves as Director of the World Music Ensemble.  She is the founding Director of The Heart of Indiana Children's Choir, having performed at IMEA and Indiana Pacers games, with the IWU and BSU choirs, and with the Marion Philharmonic and Muncie Symphonies. The choir also tours internationally. Dr. Lessly holds memberships in IMEA, NAfME, SMTE, SGM, and AOSA, presenting clinics in the Midwest and southern U.S.   She is an adoptive mom of Caroline, from China, and Claudia, from the Democratic Republic of Congo.  She is in the process of adopting her third daughter from Jiangsu Province of China.

Educational Background:

  • B.M.E., 1980, Central Missouri State University
  • M.M.Ed., 1987, University of Kansas
  • Ph.D., 1996, University of Kansas

Interests

  • World Music Drumming Curriculum
  • Music and Language Literacy
  • Music Teacher Education Curriculum
  • Children's Voices

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