Faculty and Staff

Nancy Ypma Jennifer Moder David Boggs Shannon Streif 

Dr. Nancy S. Ypma

Chair of the Division of Visual & Performing Arts
Professor of Music
University Organist

(618) 537-6922

Dr. Jennifer A. Moder

Assistant Professor of Music Education Concert Band Director

(618) 537-6428

Mr. David Boggs

Director of Athletic Bands

(618) 537-6492

Ms. Shannon Streif

Music Events & Logistics Coordinator

(618) 537-6554


Associate Music Faculty


Evan Hinds, Drumline

Dr. Nancy Ypma

Jayson Johnson, Color Guard & Avidity Independent Winter Guard


Lori Blessing, Color Guard & Avidity Independent Winter Guard


Brenda Cain, Dance Team


Debra Harres, Coordinator for Vocal Studies

Dr. Joseph Welch, Piano

Kathleen Favazza 

Dr. Nancy Ypma, Organ & Harpsichord


Maurice Egeston, Jazz Piano


Dawn Weber, Trumpet

Dr. Jennifer Gartley, Flute

Kristen TenWolde, French Horn

Mary Nan Jordan, Clarinet

Jennifer Moder, Trombone

Dr. Nathan Mandel, Saxophone

Matt Kuebler, Tuba

Dr. Melissa Gustafson-Hinds, Oboe


Dr. Robert Jordan, Bassoon


Yuko Fisher, Strings

Evan Hinds, Percussion

Curt Brewer, Guitar


Doug Byrkit, Bass


Dawn Weber

Dr. Mark Connor



Kristen TenWolde grew up in Riga, Michigan and attended Eastern Michigan University where she earned a Bachelor of Music Performance in 1991. She won First Place in the Great Lakes Horn Solo Competition that same year. Kristen earned a Master of Music Performance from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 1993. During the following year she continued her education as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar at the Victoria College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. As a freelance musician, she performed with regional orchestras in Michigan and Ohio for 22 years. Kristen was Principal Horn in the Saginaw Bay Orchestra for five years and was third Horn in the Springfield (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra for seven years, ending in 2010. Kristen joined the United States Air Force in 1997 and spent the majority of her career in the USAF Band of Flight and is currently a member of the USAF Band of Mid-America. She has studied with Randy Gardner, Michael Hatfield, Steve Gross, Louis Stout, and Willard Zirk. Kristen thinks the best things about living in this area are the St. Louis Symphony and the City Museum, and she believes that everyone should choose kindness.


Mr. Matt Kuebler, a native of Evansville, Indiana, teaches tuba and euphonium studies at McKendree University. Mr. Kuebler is also a tubist with the USAF Band of Mid-America, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Matt Kuebler attended the University of Kentucky and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 1995. In 2001, Mr. Kuebler earned a Master of Music Degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. He also was accepted in the doctoral program of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) were he attended from 1997- 1999. Mr. Kuebler's tuba teachers include Skip Gray, Harvey Phillips, Dan Perantoni, Tim Northcut, and Michael Sanders of the St. Louis Symphony.  Mr. Kuebler has worked throughout the Midwest and New England as a teacher and free-lance musician. He was member of the All-American College Band for Disneyland in 1994 and played with Columbus Brass Quintet from 1996-2001. Mr. Kuebler has performed with the Richmond Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, Bay Colony Brass, St. Louis Low Brass Collective and Concord Symphony. He was also a member and featured soloist of the Jack Daniels Original Silver Cornet Band from 1997-2001.  In 2001 Kuebler auditioned for the U.S. Air Force Bands & Music Program and was assigned to the Band of Mid-America, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. In 2011 he moved to the east coast where he spent two wonderful years with the USAF Band of Liberty at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts before returning to Scott in the summer of 2013.



Dr. Jennifer Gartley, Flute
B.M.E., Furman University (SC)
M.M., Louisiana State University
D.M.A. (ABD), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Performances with Sinfonia da Camera, and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra.  Studies with Jonathan Keeble, Mark Sparks, Katherine Kemler Summer Festivals, Domaine Forget, Brevard Music Center.  Former teaching assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Winner, Louisiana State University Concerto Competition.  New World Symphony substitute performer.  Louisiana Music Award Master classes with Emmanuel Pahud, Bonita Boyd, Walfrid Kujala, Jim Walker, Thomas Robertello and Bradley Garner.


Robert D. Jordan, bassoonist with the United States Air Force Bands, presents recitals, master classes, and is a frequently featured soloist on tours throughout the United States and Europe. In 2012, he won the prestigious Colonel Findlay R. Hamilton Award, the highest award for military musicians. He is a former Airman of the Year, Non Commissioned Officer of the Year, and Air Force Sergeants Association Bandsman of the Year. Prior to joining the Air Force, he performed with the Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Columbus, Dayton Philharmonic, Fox Valley, Macon, Milwaukee, Opera Columbus, Savannah, Springfield, and West Virginia Symphony Orchestras among others. He holds degrees from Louisiana State University, the University of Michigan, The Ohio State University and a Performer's Certificate from UW-Milwaukee Institute of Chamber Music. His teaching appointments have included the University of Dayton, Denison University, Heidelberg College, The Ohio State University, Tiffin University, UW-Milwaukee, Sinclair Community College, and presently at McKendree University, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE) and Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC).




Evan Hinds, Percussion
B.Mus.Ed., Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
M.M., Instrumental Conducting, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville


Mr. Evan Hinds has taught percussion for the past sixteen years and band in the public schools for ten years. He is a member of PAS, MENC, IMEA, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and is currently an Educational Endorser for Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets.

At McKendree, Mr. Hinds teaches Percussion Ensemble, Private Applied Percussion Lessons, The Marching Bearcat Percussion, and Percussion Methods. In addition to his duties at McKendree, Mr. Hinds is the Director of Percussion at O’Fallon Township High School in O’Fallon, IL. Mr. Hinds may also be recognized for his instruction at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Illinois, where he instructs all private-applied percussion students. Mr. Hinds is noted for his arranging for bands, marching percussion, percussion ensembles, and drill design (high school and college level). Mr. Hinds is sought after as a percussion clinician and visual design consultant. In addition, he has adjudicated bands, percussion solos and ensembles, and winter drumlines in Illinois, Missouri, and Utah.



Ms. Yuko Fisher, Associate Faculty Member
B.M., Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (studied with Yoshio Unno)
Diploma Course from the Julliard School (studied with Dorothy Delay)
Kunstlerische Ausbildung from Staatliche Hochschule für Music Heidelberg-Mannheim, Germany (studied with Wanda Wilkomirska)

In the fall of 2008, Ms. Fisher is directing the newly formed string department at McKendree University. In 1988, she was a participant in the Master Class of Menahem Pressler (Beaux Art Trio) and served as concertmistress of the chamber orchestra for Polença Music Festival in Spain. From 1990-2002, she performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as a replacement violinist and was involved in the European, Japan, Carnegie Hall, and West Coast Tours. Since 1988 she has been the director of the Belleville String Ensemble and Music Academy, instructing violin, viola, piano, voice, and string ensemble to all age groups in the local communities. Currently, she is the founder of La Mer Ensemble with hopes to enhance McKendree University and local communities with classical chamber music.



Dr. Nancy Ypma, Organ & Harpsichord

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Soyeon Kim, Accompanist, Applied piano   
B.M., Seoul National University
Performer’s Certificate, University of Connecticut
M.M., University of Hartford

Ms. Kim was on the Teaching Assistant of Korean National University of Arts and has been a prizewinner in several competitions including the Miami String Quartet Competition, Paranov Concerto Competition at The Hartt School, the Korean Music Association Competition, Little Angels Music Competition, Kyungki Chamber Music Competition, Teenager Music Competition, and Yukyoung Music Competition in Seoul, South Korea.


Debra Harres, Voice, Coordinator for Vocal Studies
B.Mus.Ed., Converse College (SC)
M.M., Vocal Performance, University of Illinois

Also vocal instructor at Southwestern Illinois College

Kathleen Favazza, Voice, World Cultures, Opera Workshop

B.A., Benedictine College (KS)
M.M., Vocal Performance, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Kathleen Favazza currently sings with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, which in the spring of 2006 performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City.  She also teaches Applied Voice at Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC).

Music Theory

Dr. Mark Connor, Theory
B.M., California State University (Chico)

M.M., University of Colorado (Boulder)
D.Mus., Florida State University

Composer Mark J. Connor is currently the Instructor of Music Theory and Composition at McKendree University. His music has enjoyed performances around the United States and abroad. Highlights include performances of his brass quintet Persistent Echoes at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Taliesin Art Centre (Wales), the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (Ireland). He has had orchestral works performed by the Jacksonville Symphony as part of their Fresh Ink program and the North State Symphony. Mark has been commissioned by, or won awards from, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Eppes String Quartet, the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, and the Commission Project. He is also active as an arranger for a wide range of ensembles and genres including works for groups as diverse as guitar ensembles, brass quintet, saxophone trio, and jazz combos. He has studied composition with Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Ladislav Kubik, Richard Toensing, Luis Gonzalez, David Colson, and Alfred Loeffler.

Marching Band Staff

David Boggs, Director of Athletic Bands

Evan Hinds, Drumline

Jayson Johnson, Color Guard and Avidity Independent Winterguard

Lori Blessing, Color Guard and Avidity Independent Winterguard

Brenda Cain, Dance Team