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Fine Arts Faculty

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Dr. Edward Dixon, Chair

(Tuba) is Director of Bands at Northern Oklahoma College and Instrumental Director of the Roustabouts musical show troupe. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and a Master of Music degree in Music Performance from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee, and is completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Education from Boston University. Currently he is the NOC Tonkawa Faculty Association President. In 2013 he received a NISOD Excellence Award. His college awards include Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia’s “Sinfonian of the Year.” Awards as a music educator in the marching band arena include Sweepstakes Champions, Bands of America Regional Champion and the Tennessee Division II State Championship. In 2004, he marched with the Division II and Class A World Champion Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps based in Lexington, Kentucky. He has acted in Regional Actors Community Theatre (ReACT) productions, including singing the dual title role in Jekyll Hyde–The Musical. His directing credits include I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Pirates of Penzance, Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, The Last 5 Years and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Office: PA 128

Phone: (580) 628-6366

Chad Anderson

(Tenor) serves as NOC’s Director of Music Theatre, having staged Little Shop of Horrors and The Wedding Singer, A Year with Frog and Toad, The Addams Family and The Nerd. He has performed, taught and directed locally and regionally for the past sixteen years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Music from Oklahoma Christian University, a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre/Directing from the University of Oklahoma. Recent shows directed include Man of La Mancha, Shrek (Sooner Theatre), Gypsy (OKCTC), Forever Plaid and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Giving Tree Theatre), The Fantasticks, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Beauty and the Beast and Joseph (Oklahoma Christian University). He is an eleven-year member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Pops Chorale and has appeared frequently at Lyric Theatre Oklahoma City for thirteen years, performing roles in shows such as Footloose, Jekyll Hyde, Bye Bye Birdie, Disney’s Tarzan, Les Misérables, Big Fish and Mary Poppins. Mr. Anderson lives in Ponca City with his wife, Stefanie, and their three children, Nathan, Sam and Chloe.

Office: PA 134

Phone: (580) 628-6370

Connie Van Ausdall



Brandon Haynes

(Bari-Tenor) is a Northern Oklahoma College alumnus and a current Fine Arts Division faculty and staff member. He is the vocal director of and musical arranger for the NOC Roustabouts. He also serves as music director for the chancel choir and leader of the Connect Worship Band at the Tonkawa First United Methodist Church. In 2011 he graduated from Oklahoma City University where he played Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors and Tonio in Pagliacci, which placed first in the 2010 National Opera Association Opera Production Competition. In 2013, he founded the NOC Jubilee Singers, who study and perform African-American spirituals for the Norman, Oklahoma Festival of Spirituals, established in 1969 by African-American University of Oklahoma professor, Thomas Carey. Mr. Haynes appeared as Audrey II in last season’s NOC production of Little Shop of Horrors and served as assistant musical director and ensemble member in The Wedding Singer. Presently, he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Music at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Jena Kodesh

(Visual Artist) holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with double majors in Studio Art and Art History from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Arts in Education degree from the University of Phoenix.  Ms. Kodesh is an artist who specializes in printmaking and painting; she instructs two-dimensional arts and art appreciation while also working as a professional artist.  Jena’s artwork validates her love for organic form by providing her with opportunities that include one woman shows, group art exhibitions, and mural work.  Kodesh’s artwork has appeared in state and national publications.  She is a recipient of the 2011 Governor’s Arts in Education Award, is a National Board Certified teacher, and graduate of the 2012 State Leadership Arts Program.  Kodesh is also a graduate of Leadership Tonkawa.  The leadership program inspired her to start the Tonkawa Arts and Humanities Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to community enrichment through the arts in Tonkawa and the surrounding area.  She promotes “the Arts” and arts education by publishing articles and serving on both state and local boards.  She diligently works as an Arts Advocate Board Member for the OSU Museum of Art.  Jena is a certified grant writer, and has received grants from both The Kennedy Center and the National Endowments for the Arts.

Office: CA 120

Phone: (580) 628-6659

Anthony Luetkenhaus

(Technical Director) received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO and his Masters of Fine Arts in Design and Production form Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL. He has been a professional technician and designer for 13 years. He specializes in lighting design but has also been a scenic designer, technical director, scenic artist, performer and director. Mr. Luetkenhaus was formerly an Instructor of Theatre at Culver-Stockton College and most recently the Artistic Director and Resident Designer for the Regional Theatre of the Palouse in Pullman, WA. Recent design credits include: The Music Man, Les Miserables, Oklahoma!, The Wizard of Oz, Venus in Fur, The Last 5 Years, Tuesdays with Morrie, Mary Poppins, Little Shop of Horrors, and Anything Goes among many others.

Office: PA 113

Phone: (580) 628-6369

Anthony Luetkenhaus
Brad Matson

(Animation, Visual Effects, Motion Graphics, and Film Making) is Director of the Digital Media Institute at Northern Oklahoma College. Brad graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1988 where he studied film making and video production. He has worked in the media field for the past 28 years with TV studios, film companies, Digital Tutors, commercial work for The Sultana Documentary, Remington Park, DOD, RI, ATT and Cingular, and has worked and taught at Northern for over 16 years. He has won several awards, including a Telly in 2003 (the equivalent of the Oscars for Education and Broadcast Graphics).  Mr. Matson is a DaVinci Fellow 2009 which was awarded by the Oklahoma DaVinci Institute for outstanding creativity in the classroom among Higher Education. Mr. Matson has been honored as an NOC Distinguished Faculty Member 2010, NISOD Excellence Award 2011, and nominated for the Oklahoma Gold Medal for Excellence in Teaching Award 2011, 2012, and 2013. He was also nominated for Digital Tutors Instructor of the Year 2012 and 2013 and a finalist in 2013.

Office: W 127

Phone: (580) 628-6458

Audrey Schmitz

(Artist) is Director of the Eleanor Hays Art Gallery and has curated more than 95 exhibits to bring national and local artists to the college since 1996. She instructs three-dimensional arts and art history and maintains a professional art career, specializing in ceramics, sculpture and fine art photography. Earlier this year she was a panelist for a moderated discussion following the Lawrence, Kansas, premiere of the documentary Called to Walls, which features the community mural made in Tonkawa in 2010. Ms. Schmitz was the mural project coordinator for the three-month venture granted to the city by Mid-America Arts Alliance. In 2015, she was one of eleven artists chosen from six states to make new work for Ballad of the Farm: Then, Now, Tomorrow, an exhibition for the Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art in David City, Nebraska. In 2014, she received the top award from the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges for her submission to the Great Ideas for Teaching competition. In 2013, two of her signature photo sculptures were selected for a competitive national exhibition sponsored by Wichita Center for the Arts. She has received the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Teaching at a Regional University/Community College from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. She also holds the title of DaVinci Fellow, awarded by the Oklahoma DaVinci Institute to recognize creativity among higher education faculty. Ms. Schmitz is a graduate of the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Leadership Arts program.

Office: CA 102

Phone: (580) 628-6670

Shannon Varner

(Soprano) instructs voice and conducts the College Choir and Madrigal Singers at Northern. A Presser Scholar and magna cum laude graduate with a Bachelor of Music degree from Cameron University, she received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance with highest honors from Oklahoma City University. Musicals she has directed at Northern include Footloose, 110 in the Shade and Beauty and the Beast. Her private voice students have performed in national venues and have signed with recording labels. For several years she worked with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra in the Civic Center Chorus. Among her favorite performing roles are Lisette (La rondine), Amina (La sonnambula) and Johanna (Sweeney Todd). She performed a Regional Actors Community Theatre (ReACT) benefit concert (2010) and a Casono Benefit concert (2011) to help scholarship college students and appeared in the ReACT production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Ms. Bradford is a choir member of Casono and a member of the Federated Music Club. Her students have won state competitions in the musical theatre and art song categories.

Office: PA 115

Phone: (580) 628-6365

Shannon Varner

Fine Arts Adjunct Contact Information

Dr. Rick Edgington,
J. Wayne Hudson,
Paul Palma,
David Toelle,