Piano, Music History, Accompaniment
Studio: Mason Hall 223
Phone: (256) 782-8258
Dr. Faughn joined the music faculty of Jacksonville State University in 2002. As Assistant Professor she teaches studio piano, class piano, music history, and accompanying. Hailing from West Virginia, she completed her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance at the University of South Carolina under the tutelage of John Kenneth Adams. Her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance was received from Florida Atlantic University where she studied with Heather Coltman, and was the first music student to complete both the academic and performance honors programs. She is the recipient of several performance and scholarship awards and was named University Scholar by Florida Atlantic University.
She enjoys performing as soloist, collaborative artist and chamber musician. Her choral experience includes accompanying the choirs of Jacksonville State University, University of South Carolina, Florida Atlantic University, Arpad Daraz Singers, and Catholic Boys Choir of South Florida. She has worked extensively with vocalists through the South Carolina Opera Theater, Newberry Opera of South Carolina, Opera Carolina in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Studio Lirico in Cortona, Italy. She has also served as Musical Director for several productions with the Town Theater of Columbia, South Carolina and Little Palm Children's Theater of Boca Raton, Florida.
Understanding music of the 20th century through a cultural context has been Dr. Faughn's research interest. Her doctoral dissertation entitled "An Examination of the Promenades for Piano by Francis Poulenc" revealed the influences that shaped this composition. Her desire for the public to understand piano music by considering aspects of art and society led to her presentations of Poulenc's Promenades for Piano, and Alberto Ginastera's Danzas Argentinas for the University of South Carolina's Cultural Enrichment Day. Her broad perspective of the function of music and love for sharing it makes her an attentive and enthusiastic teacher who has worked with students in West Virginia, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama.
Dr. Faughn serves as a Faculty Senator for Jacksonville State University and, as the Cultural Enrichment Chairperson for the Anniston Museum of Natural History, directs the series Music at the Museum.