Shelby Ledbetter, M.M.

Marching Band Director, Adjunct Instructor of Music
Education: B.M., Music Education, University of South Carolina; M.M., Music Education, University of South Carolina
Office: Canizaro Library 250
Phone: (239) 304-7919

Isabelle Aubin

Isabelle Aubin, Staff Collaborative Pianist

Pianist, Vocal and Diction Coach, Isabelle Aubin recently relocated to South West Florida from Rochester, New York where she held positions with Rochester Lyric Opera, Buffalo State College, Nazareth College of Rochester, Genesee Symphony Orchestra, Genesee Valley and Orchestra Chorus.

Recently, Isabelle joined the faculty at Ave Maria University where she is staff pianist and vocal coach.

Ms. Aubin has also worked in Italy for Centro Studi Italiano, Sessione Senese per la musica e l’arte, Festival di musica da camera, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, the Chœur Symphonique de Saguenay Lac St Jean, Camp Musical du lac St Jean and the College d’Alma, in Canada. Isabelle has prepared and performed full opera productions for Société d’arts Lyriques du Royaume, Opéra Plume, Universitié du Québec, Camp Musical du Lac St-Jean, Festival di musica da camera and Rochester Lyric Opera.

Ms. Aubin received her B.M., from the Conservatoire de Musique du Quebec; M.M. in piano performance from Montreal University; and teaching certificate from the University of Quebec, with continued studies in coaching and collaborative piano at the Mozarteum of Salzburg, American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Song Fest, Sessione Senese and Banff Centre.

Taylor Ferranti, D.M.A.

Chair of the Music Department; Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Ferranti is an accomplished vocal pedagogue, singer, pianist, and conductor. He formerly served as a tenured Associate Professor of Music at Cedarville University in Ohio. A versatile musician, he has sung leading tenor roles in opera and music theater, has served as a minister of music in several churches, and maintains a private voice studio in Naples, Fl. His teachers have included several international authorities in the field of voice and voice science, including Dr. Stephen Austin, Dr. Ingo Titze, Professor Oren Brown, and Cornelius L. Reid. Dr. Ferranit’s research interests center on historical vocal pedagogy, especially how ancient pedagogical practice may be used to foster 21st-century results in the singing voice. At AMU he teaches Private Voice Lessons, Aural Skills I-IV, and conducts the AMU Choir.

Education: Vocal Performance, Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam; M.Mus. in Vocal Performance, Boston Conservatory; D.M.A. Vocal Performance & Voice Science, Louisiana State University; Certificate of Vocology, National Center for Voice and Speech

Office: Canizaro Library 251
Phone: (239) 280-1592

Seunghee Lee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Music

Composer/Pianist Seunghee Lee holds Ph.D. and M.F.A. degrees from Brandeis University, M.M. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and B.M. from Ewha Woman’s University in South Korea.  Lee serves as Assistant Professor of Music teaches Tonal and Advanced Music Theory, Class Piano, Music Composition and Piano lessons. Performances of her compositions have taken place at notable venues in Germany, Finland, Italy, South Korea and across the United States by Ensemble Uusinta, Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble, McCormick Percussion Group, Ensemble Strings, and Hammers, among others. Lee has received artist residencies and a fellowship from Atlantic Center for the Arts and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, ASCAP Fellow Scholarship from Composers Conference at Wellesley College, and recently won 2017 International Alliance for Women in Music Annual Concert Competition.

Education: B.M., Music Composition, Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, Korea; M.M., Music Composition, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.F.A., Music Composition and Theory, Brandeis University; Ph.D., Music Composition and Theory, Brandeis University
Office: Canizaro Library 252
Phone: (239) 280-1588

Brice Gerlach, Ph.D.


Dr. Gerlach received his Bachelor and Master degrees in Organ Performance from Eastman School of Music and Indiana University, respectively.  He was also awarded the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. He completed his doctorate in Choral Conducting from Indiana University. Dr. Gerlach is also Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Naples and Assistant Director of the Artis—Naples Choruses.

Education: B.M., Organ Performance, Eastman School of Music; M. Mus., Organ Performance, Indiana University; Ph.D., Choral Conducting, Indiana University

Alexandra Carlson, D.M.A.

Adjunct Instructor of Music – Piano

Alexandra Carlson has performed solo and chamber works throughout Europe, Russia, and the USA.  She won prizes at the London International Piano Competition, the Valentino Bucci International Competition, the Maria Yudina International Piano Competition, and the Hopes, Talents, Master Competition.  The New Horizons Project awarded her a fellowship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  Dr. Carlson’s festival performances include the Atlantic Music Festival, the US-Russia Education Bridge Project Festival, and the Baltic International Piano Duo Festival.  As a soloist, she has performed with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the 5th Avenue Chamber Orchestra and the Junger Künstler Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.  Dr. Carlson earned her Master of Piano Performance, and Doctorate of Musical Arts, cum laude, from the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory.  Recently, she made her conducting debut with Classic Chamber Concerts.  An adjunct professor of music at Ave Maria University, Dr. Carlson lives in Naples, FL.  For more information please visit


M.M Piano Performance, State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, St. Petersburg, Russia; D.M.  (Chamber Ensemble), State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory