Chair, Department of Music, Associate Director, School of the Arts, Associate Professor of Music firstname.lastname@example.org (256) 765-4518
Dr. Meghan Merciers is Associate Director of the School of the Arts, Music Department Chair, and Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Alabama. She is an active soloist and collaborative musician, and frequently performs recitals and lectures with her chamber ensembles, Una Duo and Trio Leo, championing the music of underrepresented composers. She is a Silverstein Pro Team Artist and Yamaha Performing Artist. Dr. Merciers is co-faculty advisor of the UNA NAfME Collegiate Chapter and serves on the AMEA Governing Board as NAfME Collegiate Advisor. Dr. Merciers earned her doctorate in clarinet performance from Michigan State University, and has degrees from the University of New Mexico, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She studied with Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Professor Keith Lemmons, Dr. Nikolasa Tejero, and Dr. Peter Temko.
Dr. Whitney O’Neal is Assistant Professor of Flute, Assistant Department Chair, and Coordinator of Woodwind Studies at the University of North Alabama. O’Neal is the principal flutist of the Shoals Symphony and has performed in the National Flute Association’s Professional Flute Choir at conventions in New York City, Charlotte, NC, and Las Vegas. O’Neal was also selected as a winner in the Convention Performers Competition in 2012 and performed in recital at the NFA convention. Dr. O’Neal made her international debut in 2015 with recitals in Toledo, Spain. She frequently performs with her chamber ensembles: Trio Leo, Una Duo, and Druid City Ensemble. Dr. O'Neal holds a Bachelor of Music Education with University Honors from Arkansas State University and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in flute performance with a secondary emphasis in musicology from the University of Alabama.
Dr. Joseph Gray
Associate Director of Bands, Assistant Professor of Music email@example.com (256) 765-5021
Dr. Joseph Gray is the Associate Director of Bands and trumpet instructor at the University of North Alabama. Before coming to Florence, he served on the music faculty at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and as a senior instrumentalist with the U.S. Army Music Program. Dr. Gray is principal trumpet with the Shoals Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Huntsville and Chattanooga Symphony Orchestras. He has performed with orchestras across the country, including the New Mexico and Madison Symphony Orchestras and held the position of Principal Trumpet with Opera Southwest. He has been involved in the drum corps activity for 25 years. As a performer, he was a member of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. As an educator, he has served on the educational staffs for the Academy and Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Dr. Gray completed his DMA in trumpet performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music where he was a recipient of the Eugene M. Bolz Fellowship. Dr. Gray completed his Master of Music at the University of New Mexico and his Bachelor of Music at the California State University, Long Beach.
Dr. Lloyd E. Jones is currently in his twenty-first year as Director of Bands at the University of North Alabama. The performing organizations under his direction are: UNA Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Studio Lab Band, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, the Marching Pride of North Alabama, and various ceremonial ensembles. Under his leadership the UNA Bands have performed at state, regional, and national events, most recently as a featured collegiate exhibition band at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition to Dr. Jones’s band-related responsibilities, he also teaches applied saxophone, as well as marching band techniques and drill writing. He holds a bachelor's degree in graphic design and music education, a Master of Arts in Education, and a PhD in Music Education. He is married to Dr. Amy Gist Jones, and they have two sets of twins: Edward & Katherine and Hugh & Walt.
Dr. Daniel Stevens
Director of Peery Center for Orchestral Studies, Conductor of Shoals Symphony, Professor of Music firstname.lastname@example.org (256) 765-4708
Daniel Stevens currently serves at the University of North Alabama as a Professor of Music, Conductor of the Shoals Symphony Orchestra at UNA, Director of the Peery Center for Orchestral Studies, and studio teacher of applied viola. As a conductor, he has been a guest clinician/adjudicator for state honor festivals in Alabama, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. As a professional musician, Daniel had a 15-year career as violist with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and has recently performed with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Daniel’s acclaim led to an instrument sponsorship from K.C. Strings Violin Shop (made by Anton Krutz). As an educator, Daniel received the 2016 UNA College of Arts and Sciences – Faculty of the Year Award. The orchestra also received a state-level honor by a performance invitation at the Alabama Music Educators Association in 2016. When asked about most memorable performances, Daniel has fond memories of conducting sell-out performances (1,650+ in attendance) of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean, The Jungle Book, and Home Alone LIVE with the Shoals Symphony Orchestra at UNA. Daniel currently serves as president of the Alabama Orchestra Association, a division of AMEA.
Originally from Winnipeg, Canada, Ian Loeppky has been Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the
University of North Alabama since the fall of 2003. He directs the two elite choral ensembles at UNA and
teaches undergraduate and graduate choral conducting, world music, and graduate choral literature. In
addition, he is the Artistic Director of the Huntsville Community Chorus Association, Artistic Director of
KIConcerts biennial Voices United international festival, and is a frequent contributor to the ACDA Choral
Journal and Anacrusis. His works are published by Kelman Music Press, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, UNC
Jazz Press, and Carl Fischer.
Dr. Tiffany Bostic-Brown
Director of UNA Opera, Director of Vocal Studies, Associate Professor of Music email@example.com (256) 765-4646
Dr. Tiffany Bostic-Brown, known for her “sweet and ethereal” voice, has traveled the United States and Europe as a concert artist, recitalist, and operatic artist. Her performance credits include: Veronique in Le Docteur Miracle, Sue in James Niblock’s The Last Leaf, the mother in Hansel and Gretel, Micaëla in Carmen, First lady in The Magic Flute, Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Violetta in La Traviata, Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Mimi and Musetta in La Boheme, Beth in Little Women, Mrs. Hayes in Susannah, Nella and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Marianne in Tartuffe, Elisetta in Il Matrimonio Segreto and Adele in Die Fledermaus . As a concert artist, Dr. Bostic-Brown has also performed many symphonic and oratorio works by, Bach, Barber, Beethoven, Brahms, Dubois, Dvorak, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Orff, Poulenc, Rossini, Schuber, Vaughn Williams, and Vivaldi with symphonies such as The Washington National Philharmonic, The Baton Rouge Symphony, The Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra, The Louisiana Sinfonietta, the Oklahoma Canterbury Choral Society, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Rapides Symphony, Shoals Symphony Orchestra and on the DCINY Concert Series at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Her scholarly presentations and interests involve cognitive function in its relation to memorization techniques, song literature and its relation to access, cultural appropriation, equity, and social justice, and Advocating and addressing inequities in the representation of music of BIPOC composers. Dr. Bostic-Brown serves on the faculty at the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama, as Director of Vocal Studies and Director of Opera/Musical Theatre.
Dr. Terrance Brown
Executive Director, School of the Arts, Conductor, UNA Opera/Musical Theatre, Associate Professor of Music firstname.lastname@example.org
American Baritone Terrance Brown currently serves as the Executive Director of the School of the Arts. He is a native of West Blocton, Alabama. Dr. Brown was awarded a Bachelor of Music degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Louisiana State University. Dr. Brown has quickly made a name for himself as a versatile singer and conductor. An active teacher and stage performer, Dr. Brown has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe as a concert artist, recitalist, and operatic artist.
"E Pluribus Unum"
The Marching Pride of North Alabama in exhibition October 27, 2020. Director, Dr. Lloyd Jones; Associate Director, Dr. Joseph Gray; Assistant Director, Dr. Tracy Wiggins.
UNA students and great college experiences go together like Leo and Una. Whether it's marching in the UNA Band, living on campus, being a part of the UNA School of the Arts, competing as a D-1 athlete, in e-sports, or club sports; dancing on stage with friends as a part of Step Sing, or being a part of Fraternity and Sorority life - this and more is in your future!
The friends you make, the experiences you have, and the teamwork you encounter will create an unforgettable, four-year adventure and a passion for our University. Click here to watch the video
UNA Experiential Learning - Go Beyond
The UNA academic experience is more than the classroom, meetings, or online learning – we offer learning-by-doing. Experiential Learning includes research, study abroad, internships, field studies, ideation, building a small business, and data collection, plus more opportunities depending on your major and your focus. UNA students gain skills such as collaboration, research, innovation, sales, problem-solving, writing, reporting, laboratory experimentation, and creativity; just to mention a few.
UNA students prepare for the future by getting involved, being engaged, and following through, to set themselves apart from their competition. Click here to watch the video
UNA Percussion Ensemble
UNA Percussion Ensemble plays Gravity by Marc Mellits. Dr. Tracy Wiggins, director.