Department of Music and Fine Arts

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Lucy Chen, Department Chair
(904) 470-8268 |

Ph.D. Piano Performance, Boston University


Dr. Timothy Root
(904) 470-8267 |

DMA, University of Washington
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
B.A., Eastern Washington University
B.A., University of Michigan


Dr. Thomas P. Brown, Instructor
(904) 470-8380 |

EDD, Nova Southeastern University

M.M., Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
B.S., Music Education, Florida A&M University


Dr. Charles Toomer, Choir Director
(904) 470-8391 |


Mr. Kedrick Redding, Director of Bands
(904) 470-8381 |

BFA, Bethune-Cookman University

MFA, University of Central Florida





The Department of Music

The Department of Music at Edward Waters College supports the mission and purpose of the College by serving as the primary cultural resource center for the arts. The Department of Music promotes the artistic and cultural development of our academic community by sponsoring numerous concerts, master classes, and programs on the local, state, and national levels throughout the academic year. The rewards of this exposure are numerous for our students, and include an exchange of a breadth of knowledge which includes academic enrichment within a liberal arts framework.


The mission of the Department of Music is twofold; first, to serve as the pre-eminent primary cultural ambassador for the arts in Jacksonville; secondly, to serve as the primary ambassadors of our College in both the local community and throughout the United States.


The music program provides training in applied music and sacred music management (with emphasis in music). The objective is to produce graduates who are prepared to teach music, further advance their applied skills, and promote the value of the arts in the larger community.


  • Students who complete the Music component of the core curriculum will have a basic understanding of musical vocabulary and the evolution of musical styles throughout Western civilization.
  • Music majors will demonstrate understanding of the music history and literature of Western civilization.
  • Music majors will demonstrate an understanding of the theory and analytical techniques applicable to music of the common practice period.
  • Music majors will demonstrate applied performance skills in conducting and one or more of these areas: solo voice performance, solo instrumental performance, and ensemble performance (instrumental or vocal). The minimum level of performance proficiency is determined by the degree the student is pursuing.



  • To be knowledgeable of musical styles and literature from the medieval period to the present time, including but not limited to Western Music.
  • To be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of fundamental music theory and harmony.
  • To be able to perform on major instrument as specified by syllabi at each level of education.
  • To have the ability to perform with other musicians in large or small ensembles as appropriate.
  • To be conversant with the teaching and administration tasks and duties related to teaching students at the elementary and secondary level.



Edward Waters College Concert Series

The Edward Waters College Concert Series was created to expose students and the community to a variety of dynamic performances from high-caliber artists from throughout the world. It was also designed to motivate music students to enhance their performance skills and inspire habits of musical excellence. Additionally, the series serves to educate audiences of all generations on the importance of supporting music, locally and abroad, as part of a greater initiative of preserving and expanding the fine arts.

All  EWC Concert Series events are free and open to the public. For locating Milne Auditorium, view the EWC Campus Map.

To support the EWC Concert Series by becoming a sponsor, contact Lucy Chen at (904) 470-8268 or


Edward Waters College Concert Choir

Celebrating nearly 150 years of musical excellence, the renowned Edward Waters College Concert Choir is and has been applauded for presenting a repertoire of inspirational music and recognized for exhilarating interpretations of the Classics, Spirituals, Gospel and Contemporary music.

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Edward Waters College Band

The Edward Waters College Band is a renowned program and has been persistently in high demand. The band has performed throughout the state of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.  Each year the band performs at numerous high schools and battle of the bands throughout the Eastern Coast. The Triple Threat Marching Band has performed at the Honda Battle of The Bands in 2009 & 2013. The Triple Threat Marching Bands has also made appearances at NFL games, performing for halftime.

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