June 27, 2013
For Immediate Release


 School of Music Appoints New Faculty Members

         The School of Music at Central Michigan University announces five new appointments to its music faculty: Ashley Allen, music education; LaToya Lain, mezzo-soprano; Casey Robards, collaborative piano; Fangye Sun, violin; and Tracy Watson, mezzo-soprano.

          Ashley Allen, assistant professor of music education, received her Ph.D.
from the University of Kansas. She has taught s
econdary choral and general music for public schools in Oklahoma, and higher education courses in music education as a graduate assistant for the University of Oklahoma and the University of Kansas. Dr. Allen has presented research at a number of conferences focusing on teacher stress, teacher job satisfaction, and performance anxiety in music teaching. For more on Ashley Allen, click here.

            LaToya Lain, assistant professor of voice, received her D.M.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has served on the faculties of Oakwood University, New York University, Alabama A&M University, and Medgar Evers College-City University. Dr. Lain is known for her rich mezzo-soprano voice and has appeared in roles such as Zita in Gianni Schichi, the title role of Carmen, Dame Quickly in Falstaff, and in Bob Jones University’s performance of The Verdi Requiem. For more on LaToya Lain, click here.

            Casey Robards, lecturer in collaborative piano, received her D.M.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Robards is known for her versatility, imagination, and sensitive musicality. With specializations in trumpet, horn, trombone, flute, violin and cello, she is a highly desired collaborative pianist. Dr. Robards has served as collaborative pianist at the Oberlin Conservatory, faculty pianist/vocal coach at the Bay View Music Festival, and faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Dr. Robards’ musical experience includes art song, opera, musical theatre, broadway, rock/pop styles, and string, wind, and brass accompanying. For more on Casey Robards, click here.

            Fangye Sun, lecturer in violin, received her D.M.A. from Michigan State University. A native of China, Dr. Sun has enjoyed a career in both the concert hall and classroom. As soloist, she has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, Michigan State University Symphony, Xi’an Conservatory of Music Symphony and more. She has been guest concertmaster of the Lansing Symphony, concertmaster of the MSU Symphony, assistant concertmaster of the National Repertory Orchestra and a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra since 2011. Dr. Sun served on the faculty of the X’ian Conservatory of Music in China. For more on Fangye Sun, click here.

            Tracy Watson, assistant professor of voice, mezzo-soprano, comes to CMU rich in both opera and concert hall experience. Her international credentials include numerous roles in Germany, such as Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. In addition, Ms. Watson has regularly appeared with the Chicago Opera Theater, performed with the Whitewater Opera, Madison Opera, and others. Her concert performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia Festival, with the Princeton Pro Musica, and many more. Ms. Watson has served on the faculties of Northwestern University, Chicago College of Performing Arts, Loyola University, and the Chicago Academy for the Arts. She received her master’s from Northwestern University. For more on Tracy Watson, click here.


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