Music Faculty

Jen Edwards
Professor of Music — Worship Arts
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Jen Edwards is a small-town, Nebraska girl who has returned to Northwest Arkansas and to JBU. Since graduating from JBU, Jen was involved in church planting and worship ministry throughout the Colorado and Wyoming Front Range. She completed her master's degree at Denver Seminary, and is very excited to partner in ministry with JBU students, faculty and staff. In her spare time, she can be found cooking, writing, or sitting on her back patio with family and friends.

Liesl M. Dromi
Director of Music Theatre/Opera

Instructor of Music (Voice)

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Liesl M. Dromi is a classically trained lyric coloratura soprano. Since she first sang in a children’s chorus at the age of 2, Ms. Dromi knew that singing and performing was her life’s calling. Ms. Dromi holds a Bachelor of Arts (vocal performance concentration) from John Brown University and Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from Belmont University, two semesters of which were spent studying at the world-renowned Vanderbilt Voice Center. Ms. Dromi has appeared in numerous opera and musical roles, including the Plaintiff (Trial by Jury), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), the Witch (Into the Woods), Cunegonde (Candide), and Monica (The Medium). Ms. Dromi has taught privately since 2009 and joined the JBU music faculty in Fall 2014. When she is not teaching or performing, she can be found reading Mo Willems to her three children Nora, Patrick, and Cecily, or watching anything Vince Gilligan with her husband Matt.


Dr. Paul Whitley
Professor of Music — Piano

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Paul Whitley received his Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University; he also holds degrees from New England Conservatory of Music and Wheaton College. Before coming to Siloam Springs, Dr. Whitley taught at Wheaton College for six years, and also served for one year as a sabbatical replacement at Northwestern College. In addition to solo performances, he also enjoys playing with various choirs and orchestras. You will find him practicing in his studio most of the time when his schedule says “office hours,” but he welcomes your interruptions for any questions or interesting trivia you may provide. When he’s not teaching or practicing, Dr. Whitley enjoys landscaping, reading long Russian novels (translated into English) and watching British television.