Timothy Flynn, Ph.D. - Chair, Performing Arts Department

A native of the Washington D. C. area, Timothy Flynn, received his undergraduate degree in music from George Mason University (Virginia) and his Masters and Ph.D. in musicology from Northwestern University (IL). He is currently chair of Performing Arts at Olivet College where he conducts the choral ensembles, teaches music history, music theory, and interdisciplinary courses in the arts and humanities.  In addition he directs the opera and musical theatre productions at the college.  Under Dr. Flynn’s leadership, the Olivet Chamber Singers perform regularly throughout Michigan, as well as in Stratford, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Toronto, ON.  As an organist, he has performed on recitals and concerts in Rome, Florence, Paris, and the south of France, and currently Dr. Flynn serves as director of music and organist at St. Mary Roman Catholic Cathedral in Lansing.  A recipient of the Leland Fox Award for scholarship from the National Opera Association, his winning paper “Camille Saint-Saëns and Opera: An Exploration of Unknown Primary Source Material” appeared in the March 2006 Opera Journal.  In 2009, Dr. Flynn also had a scholarly paper selected by an international panel for presentation in Dublin, Ireland at the Biennial Conference of Nineteenth Century Music.  He is also a published composer of choral and organ music (Morning Star and Augsburg Publishers) and his scholarly monographs, Camille Saint-Saens A Guide to Research (2003) and Charles Francois Gounod:  A Research and Information Guide (2009) are both published by Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, New York.  In addition, Dr. Flynn has written introductory essays for several musical scores (Berlioz, Bizet, Saint-Saens and Widor) published by Musikproduktion Hoflich, Munich.

Ramona Kime, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Kime teaches all private piano lessons and piano classes, and serves as accompanist for all choral ensembles, student and faculty recitals.  She also teaches courses in music theory, aural skills, and string instrument methods. 

In addition to her college teaching, Dr. Kime has a large studio of adult piano students and is the organist at the Charlotte Congregational Church, United Church of Christ.

Dr. Kime specializes in teaching adult piano students and has presented workshops on teaching adults to music teachers at both the local and national levels. She also serves on the Committee for Adult Learning through the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. She has written articles on teaching adults for various national music teacher journals and piano pedagogy forums. In addition, Kime is a frequent clinician and judge at piano competitions and festivals throughout Michigan.

Prof. Kime earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Olivet College, a master’s degree in piano performance from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in piano pedagogy and music education from the University of Oklahoma. 

Adjunct Faculty and Staff (selected)

Our gifted adjunct faculty in the Performing Arts Department continue to have thriving peforming careers in the Mid-Michigan area and throughout the country.  These talented artists are among many who teach in our classrooms, studios and on stage.

  • Julia DeRosa, M.M.. - faculty artist in voice
  • Ty Forquer, M.M. - faculty artist in percussion
  • Jon Gewirtz, M.M. - faculty artist in saxophone, director of the Jazz Band, adjunct instructor in aural skills and theory
  • Bill Henson, M.A. - faculty artist in voice
  • Tricia Hilton - adjunct faculty artist in dance and choreographer






Dr. Flynn at the organ console of Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, IL 

Dr. Ramona Kime, Associate Professor of music, instructor of piano and music theory