Faculty

Dr. Demarr Woods

Department Chair
Location: Armstron Hall, 137
Phone: 757-728-6509
Email: demarr.woods@hamptonu.edu
Expertise: Music Performance - Trumpet

Dr. Demarr WoodsDepartment ChairLocation:Armstrong Hall, 137Phone:7577286509Expertise:Music Performance-Trumpet

Dr. Demarr Woods is Chairperson of the Department of Music and Performing Arts at Hampton University located in Hampton, Virginia.

He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, Master of Music from Howard University, the Performer’s Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, and Doctor of Arts in Music Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado.
Dr. Woods is a Sphinx LEAD (Leaders in Excellence, Arts, and Diversity) fellow. Sphinx LEAD is a two-year fellowship designed to evolve the industry landscape by empowering the next generation of executive leaders of Color. This is achieved through participation in executive leadership retreats, mentorship, and networking at top institutions at the national level.

Dr. Woods has been recognized as one of the nation’s foremost music educators. He has received several teaching awards including the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the Peabody Preparatory of The Johns Hopkins University’s Diversity in Teaching Award.

Dr. Woods has held teaching positions at the University of Northern Colorado, Coppin State University, the Levine School of Music, and the Peabody Preparatory of Music. Dr. Woods has enjoyed performing and teaching throughout the U.S., Japan, China, and Thailand.

Dr. Woods has performed as principal trumpet with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra. The Sphinx Symphony Orchestra is based in Detroit MI and is a premiere organization that is strongly dedicated to diversity in the arts and is completely comprised of members who are of African American and Latinx descent. This ensemble includes performers with full-time positions in the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit, Seattle, and Phoenix Symphonies, and university professorships.

Dr. Woods is currently Solo Cornet with the Natural State Brass Band based in Little Rock, AR. This ensemble was a recent prize winner at the North American Brass Band Association Championships in Huntsville, AL. Prior to joining the NSBB, he also served as Solo Cornet with the National Capital Band of the Salvation Army based in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Woods has shared the stage with a wide variety of artists including, Doug Yeo, The Coaster’s, The Drifter’s, Wallace Roney, K.D. Lang, John Legend, Fred Wesley, Bill Pierce, and several others.

Dr. Woods’ primary teachers include, Dr. Bryan DePoy, Prof. Fred Irby III, Prof. Josef Burgstaller, Prof. Edward Hoffman, and Dr. John Adler.
Dr. Woods holds membership with the International Trumpet Guild, North American Brass Band Association, and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities National Consortium.

Dr. Demarr Woods

Department Chair

Location: Armstrong Hall, 137

Phone: 757-728-6509

Email: demarr.woods@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Music Performance-Trumpet

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Mr. Jerry Alexander Bracey

Assistant Professor/Jazz Ensemble & Chamber Orchestra Director

Location: Armstrong Hall, 141A

Phone: 757-728-6604

Email: jerry.bracey@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Conductor, Educator, Musician and Mentor

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Mr. Clifford Cox II.

Assistant Professor

Location: Convocation Center, Concourse C Upper Level

Phone: 757-728-6875

Email: clifford.cox@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Instrumental Music with an emphasis on Brass

Dr. Steven Cunningham

Assistant Professor of Music Education

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Mrs. Kayala Cunningham

Administrative Assistant

Mr. Omar Dickenson

Director of University Choirs, Assistant Professor

Location: Clarke Hall, 6

Phone: 757-727-5603

Email: omar.dickenson@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Choir, Conducting, Sacred Music, Keyboard Accompaniment

Mr. Benjamin Francis Garner

University Organist and Instructor of Piano and Organ

Location: Armstrong Hall, 265

Phone: 757-727-5702

Email: benjamin.garner@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Piano, Organ, Recording Technology, Accompanying, Collaboration

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Mr. Alexander Hamilton II.

Assistant Director of Bands / Percussion Instructor

Location: Convocation Center, Percussion Studio

Phone: 757-728-6869

Email: alexander.hamilton@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Music, Percussion

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Dr. Tiffany Renée Jackson

Assistant Professor of Music (Voice)

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Dr. Thomas Jones

Director of Bands

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Dr. Harvey J. Stokes

Professor of Music

Location: Armstrong Hall, Computer Music Laboratory/267

Phone: 757-727-5410

Email: harvey.stokes@hamptonu.edu

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Mr. Robert Wright

Assistant Professor

Location: Armstrong Hall, 151

Phone: 757-727-5658

Email: robert.wright@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Music; Audio Engineering

Dr. Sukyung Yang

Assistant Professor of Music, Department of Music and Performing Arts

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Dr. Robin J. Boisseau

Assistant Professor

Dr. Robin J. Boisseau returns to Hampton University after several years of hiatus. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a Ph.D. in Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism. She also recieved a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Memphis State University and a Master of Arts in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. She lives in Gloucester County with her family, including a dog, a cat, and a bunny.

Dr. Iris Goode-Middleton

Assistant Professor of Theatre

Location: Armstrong-Slater, 203-G

Phone: 757-637-2343

Email: iris.middleton@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Theatre, Choreography, Communication, Social Media

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Dr. Curtis Perry Otto

Assistant Professor

Location: Armstrong Hall, 102

Phone: 757-728-4834

Email: curtis.otto@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Technical Theatre, Scenic and Lighting Design, Rhetoric, Communication Studies

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Dr. Karen Ward

Location: Armstrong Hall, 144

Phone: 757-727-5402

Email: karen.ward@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Theatre, Criticism, Public Address, Directing, Scriptwriting, Songwriter, producer, events coordinator

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Mr. Kwabena A. Ampofo-Anti

Professor

Location: Bemis Lab, 111

Email: kwabena.ampofo-anti@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Ceramics, Painting, Drawing, Art Appreciation, Humanities

Dr. Jacqueline M. Bontemps

Associate Professor

Location: Armstrong-Slater, 203B

Phone: 757-727-5821

Email: jacqueline.bontemps@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Research, Visual Arts, and Graphic Design

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Mrs. Polly Bynum

 Assistant Professor, Oral Communication

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Mr. James Fincher

Assistant Professor in the Department of Music and Performing Arts.

‚ÄúMr. Fincher A native of Norfolk, Virginia, earned a M.A. in Media and Communication (Public Relations), from Norfolk State University; and a B.S. in Mass Communication (Broadcast Journalism) from Norfolk State University. Mr. Fincher is excited to be teaching Oral communications and Humanities.‚ÄĚ

Dr. Colin Kearney

Assistant Professor of Communication

A native of Virginia, Dr. Colin Kearney received his Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the University of Florida. His research areas of interest include media history, sports communication, political communication, and instructional communication. A strong believer in liberal arts-oriented education, he previously taught at Bellarmine University, the University of Dayton, and Christopher Newport University teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. At Hampton, he teaches Oral Communication and Humanities courses.

In his free time, Dr. Kearney enjoys attending live events including sports, concerts, and performances.

Music

Mr. Jerry Alexander Bracey

Assistant Professor/Jazz Ensemble & Chamber Orchestra Director

Location: Armstrong Hall, 141A

Phone: 757-728-6604

Email: jerry.bracey@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Conductor, Educator, Musician and Mentor

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Mr. Clifford Cox II.

Assistant Professor

Location: Convocation Center, Concourse C Upper Level

Phone: 757-728-6875

Email: clifford.cox@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Instrumental Music with an emphasis on Brass

Dr. Steven Cunningham

Assistant Professor of Music Education

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Mrs. Kayala Cunningham

Administrative Assistant

Mr. Omar Dickenson

Director of University Choirs, Assistant Professor

Location: Clarke Hall, 6

Phone: 757-727-5603

Email: omar.dickenson@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Choir, Conducting, Sacred Music, Keyboard Accompaniment

Mr. Benjamin Francis Garner

University Organist and Instructor of Piano and Organ

Location: Armstrong Hall, 265

Phone: 757-727-5702

Email: benjamin.garner@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Piano, Organ, Recording Technology, Accompanying, Collaboration

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Mr. Alexander Hamilton II.

Assistant Director of Bands / Percussion Instructor

Location: Convocation Center, Percussion Studio

Phone: 757-728-6869

Email: alexander.hamilton@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Music, Percussion

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Dr. Demarr Woods

Department Chair

Location: Armstrong Hall, 137

Phone: 757-728-6509

Email: demarr.woods@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Music Performance-Trumpet

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Dr. Tiffany Renée Jackson

Assistant Professor of Music (Voice)

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Dr. Thomas Jones

Director of Bands

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Dr. Harvey J. Stokes

Professor of Music

Location: Armstrong Hall, Computer Music Laboratory/267

Phone: 757-727-5410

Email: harvey.stokes@hamptonu.edu

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Mr. Robert Wright

Assistant Professor

Location: Armstrong Hall, 151

Phone: 757-727-5658

Email: robert.wright@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Music; Audio Engineering

Dr. Sukyung Yang

Assistant Professor of Music, Department of Music and Performing Arts

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Theatre

Dr. Robin J. Boisseau

Assistant Professor

Dr. Robin J. Boisseau returns to Hampton University after several years of hiatus. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a Ph.D. in Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism. She also recieved a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Memphis State University and a Master of Arts in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. She lives in Gloucester County with her family, including a dog, a cat, and a bunny.

Dr. Iris Goode-Middleton

Assistant Professor of Theatre

Location: Armstrong-Slater, 203-G

Phone: 757-637-2343

Email: iris.middleton@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Theatre, Choreography, Communication, Social Media

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Dr. Curtis Perry Otto

Assistant Professor

Location: Armstrong Hall, 102

Phone: 757-728-4834

Email: curtis.otto@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Technical Theatre, Scenic and Lighting Design, Rhetoric, Communication Studies

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Dr. Karen Ward

Location: Armstrong Hall, 144

Phone: 757-727-5402

Email: karen.ward@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Theatre, Criticism, Public Address, Directing, Scriptwriting, Songwriter, producer, events coordinator

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Art

Mr. Kwabena A. Ampofo-Anti

Professor

Location: Bemis Lab, 111

Email: kwabena.ampofo-anti@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Ceramics, Painting, Drawing, Art Appreciation, Humanities

Dr. Jacqueline M. Bontemps

Associate Professor

Location: Armstrong-Slater, 203B

Phone: 757-727-5821

Email: jacqueline.bontemps@hamptonu.edu

Expertise: Research, Visual Arts, and Graphic Design

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Oral Communication and Humanities

Mrs. Polly Bynum

Mr. James Fincher

Assistant Professor in the Department of Music and Performing Arts.

‚ÄúMr. Fincher A native of Norfolk, Virginia, earned a M.A. in Media and Communication (Public Relations), from Norfolk State University; and a B.S. in Mass Communication (Broadcast Journalism) from Norfolk State University. Mr. Fincher is excited to be teaching Oral communications and Humanities.‚ÄĚ

Dr. Colin Kearney

Assistant Professor of Communication

A native of Virginia, Dr. Colin Kearney received his Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the University of Florida. His research areas of interest include media history, sports communication, political communication, and instructional communication. A strong believer in liberal arts-oriented education, he previously taught at Bellarmine University, the University of Dayton, and Christopher Newport University teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. At Hampton, he teaches Oral Communication and Humanities courses.

In his free time, Dr. Kearney enjoys attending live events including sports, concerts, and performances.