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.

Click on a faculty member's name below to learn more about that person.

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

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