Dr. Timothy Root, DepartmentDr. Tim Root Chair
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DMA, University of Washington
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
B.A., Eastern Washington University
B.A., University of Michigan

Dr. Root has extensive teaching experience, both at the public school and secondary levels. In Washington State, he was Band Director at West Seattle High School, Elementary Music Specialist in Auburn, and Adjunct Professor in music at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett. In addition to his teaching experience, Dr. Root has served churches in Illinois, Texas, Washington, and Florida as associate pastor and minister of music. He has served as accompanist and director for Seattle Girls’ Choir and Tahoma Girls’ Choir. Dr. Root’s passion for musical theater has led him to serve as music director for summer stock and church productions, including The Sound of Music, Grease, Oliver, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Children of Eden, and Fiddler on the Roof. At Edward Waters College, Dr. Root teaches Introduction to Music Theory and sacred music courses.

Thomas BrownMr. Thomas P. Brown, Instructor
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M.M., Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
B.S., Music Education, Florida A&M University

Mr. Brown has been a member of The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, The Jacksonville University Orchestra (guest performer), The Daytona Beach Seaside Theatre, Daytona Beach Children’s Music Theatre and The Clay County Community Band. He has also completed all courses for a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of North Texas. Additionally, Mr. Brown has taught at several institutions including Mississippi Valley State University, Prairie View A&M University, Bethune-Cookman University, Paul Quinn College and Florida State College-Jacksonville.

Mr. Brown has performed works such as Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique, Ginstera’s La Danza, Duke Ellington’s Celebration, The Mikado, and Bells are Ringing. He is also pursuing an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership through Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Lucy Chen, Assistant Professor - Piano
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Dr. Lucy Chen is an award-winning soloist and collaborative pianist, working with numerous professional musicians in the United States, Singapore and China.  In December 2014, Dr. Chen made her debut at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  Highlights of Dr. Chen’s past engagements include, performances at the Boston Athenaeum, the Liszt Bicentennial Celebration at the Boston Tsai Performance Center, and the Spring of Shanghai Concert Series at the He Lu Ding Concert Hall in Shanghai, China.

As an advocate for the collaborative arts and the winner of the Boston University Arts Initiative Grant, Dr. Chen organized and performed collaborative projects that highlight the equilibrium between music and poetry.  In addition, Dr. Chen is the winner of numerous awards and scholarships, including the Ren-Min Scholarship from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Dean’s Scholarship from the University of Florida, and the College of Fine Arts Scholarship from Boston University.

As an educator, Dr. Lucy Chen has taught piano from preparatory to college level students.  Dr. Chen served as the Piano Class Instructor at Boston University and the University of Florida, as well as at the Yamaha Corporate Music School of Boston.  Moreover, Dr. Chen's students have won numerous national and international competitions, as well as awards including the American Protégé International Piano Competition, the Bay State Competition (MMTA), the Royal Conservatory Of Music Development Program Award, and the Distinction Award (ABRSM), earning them opportunities to perform at prestigious locations such as Carnegie Hall in New York City.  In both 2010 and 2013, Dr. Chen was featured by the Boston Epoch Times as an outstanding music educator.

Dr. Chen received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from Boston University.  As a firm believer in the comprehensive music approach, Dr. Chen is the founder of the Keys on Parade group piano program.  In August 2014, Dr. Lucy Chen accepted a position as the Assistant Professor of Piano at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville.


Mrs. Barbara McNeely-Bouie, Choir Director
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M.M., Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
B.A., Spelman College

Barbara McNeely-Bouie is the Director of the Edward Waters Concert Choir.  Prior to her appointment, Mrs. Bouie taught in the public schools of Orange County, Fla., was an instructor at Bethune-Cookman University, and was chairperson of the Music Department at Morris Brown College in Atlanta. While in Atlanta, she also served as Assistant Choir Director at Morris Brown and taught Church Music courses at the Interdenominational Theological Center.

Her expertise in Church Music is recognized at local, state, and connectional levels.  She has served as Minister of Worship and Liturgy, Minister of Music, and Director of Music in many churches and denominations.  On the Connectional level of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, she is the Immediate Past Connectional Worship Director for the Women’s Missionary Society. She has also served as Assistant Director of Music for Keyboards of the Connectional Music Committee, now known as Music and Christian Arts Ministries. Currently, she serves as Assistant Director of Music for Choirs for the MCAM and is pursuing a DWS through the Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies.


Mr. Kedrick Redding, Director of Bands
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Mr. Kedrick Redding is the Director of Bands at Edward Waters College. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Director of Band at Charles Drew High School in Riverdale,Georgia. Before moving to the Metro Atlanta area he taught in the Orange County School System for 8 years. Mr. Kedrick Redding is native of Orlando, Florida born and raised. Mr. Kedrick Redding is graduate of Bethune- Cookman University where received his Bachelors degree. After receiving his Bachelors he decided to pursue his Masters Degree from the University of Central Florida.

Mr. Redding is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America in 2002. GMEA-Georgia Music Educators Association, FMEA- Florida Music Educators Association, NEA-National Educators Association, FBA- Florida Bandmasters Association, and ITA- International Trombone Association.

Mr. Redding has mentored many students at various schools in Orange County, such as, Jones HS, Oak Ridge HS, Evans HS, Edgewater HS, Carver MS, Meadowbrook MS, and Memorial MS. Mr. Redding spent countless hours helping students to become better musicians with structure and discipline. His personal professional goal is to become an effective band director, teaching students to become pillars in their various communities and to build musical students, to develop an appreciation and a deep rooted love for music. Mr. Redding believes through education, time, and commitment, great leaders are born. A resilient leader also possesses strong principles, courage, and dedication to a clear vision while guiding young minds towards greatness.