Nancy S. Ypma, D.Mus.

Photo of Nancy Ypma, D.Mus.Professor of Music

Chair of Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts

Office: Hettenhausen Center for the Arts (Hett) 1112

Phone: (618) 537-6922



D.Mus., Northwestern University

M.Mus., Northwestern University

B.A., Music, U.C.L.A.

About Nancy

Nancy S. Ypma joined the McKendree faculty in the fall of 1988. As a professor of music, her responsibilities include conducting the Concert Choir, teaching applied organ lessons and teaching courses in music history, church music, musical theatre and conducting. As Director of the Music Department, she has been instrumental in overseeing the growth of the department, the addition of several new degrees, and the recruitment of new faculty. As a concert organist, she continues to perform regularly throughout the Midwest, give master classes, and serve as an adjudicator for competitions. In addition to her responsibilities at McKendree, Ypma is also organist and music director at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Belleville, Illinois.

Scholarly Interests

Music History

Church Music History

Musical Theatre History


Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, 1991

Outstanding Service Award (McKendree), 1993

William Norman Grandy Faculty Award, 2000

United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award, 2019


The College Music Society National Committee on Academic Leadership and Administration

American Guild of Organists, St. Louis Chapter

Other Activities

Concert Organist

Organist and Music Director at St. George’s Episcopal Church, Belleville