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Arts and Humanities


Degrees Offered

In the Arts and Humanities Division, we offer 4 different Associate of Arts Degrees.

The course offerings in the Arts and Humanities Department have these objectives:

  1. to provide students with the basic courses in Art, Music, Theatre, and Communications which are prerequisite to more advanced study in these fields;

  2. to increase students appreciation and enjoyment of the arts in all their forms;

  3. to provide opportunities for self-expression and artistic development.

Murray State College Faculty is united in the goal of student accomplishment and advancement of the Arts in all their forms.

Faculty Members

Susan Pfau Yeager (Chair)

Musical Theatre Ensemble, Applied Vocal Music, Voice & Diction, Oral Interpretation, Acting I & II, Humanities I & II, Spring Musical

Susan Pfau Yeager has been performing professionally for over 20 years all over the world. She toured extensively in Europe as Christine in Phantom and in Canada as a soloist in Andrew Lloyd Weber: Music of the Night. Here, in the States, Susan has been seen in such shows as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (NY Workshop), A Little Night Music, Forbidden Broadway, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Du Barry was a Lady(Broadway), Hot n’ Cole, and Candide to name a few. She appeared in Tiptoes as part of the Gershwin Celebration at Carnegie Hall and in Stephen Schwartz’ Children of Eden (She is featured on the cast recording). Other recordings include Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Yuletide Recording 2004 with Sandi Patty and Daniel Rodriguez as well as Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs. Susan was noted in The New York Times for her performance in Gay Divorce at Carnegie Hall and for her “strong portrayal of Bathsheba” in The Eternal Road at Avery Fisher Hall. Since moving to Ardmore, Susan has been busy directing for Ardmore Little Theatre. Her directing credits include Spamalot, Young Frankenstein, 9 to 5, Bye Bye Birdie, Jekyll & Hyde, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Annie Get Your Gun, Wizard of Oz and Cinderella. She was the music director for Hairspray and Evita.  In April 2013, she created Noel Productions, Inc. a professional theatre company in Ardmore. Through Noel Productions, Inc., Susan produced, wrote, directed and performed in Noël: A Celebration of Christmas 2013 as well as The Life That Late I Led - A One Woman Show about her life and career in Show business. She is the owner of Susan Pfau Yeager Studios, and is the co-owner of Marvin's Place Art Gallery both located in Ardmore's Depot District.  In 2015, Susan was hired by Murray State College as the Chair of the Arts & Humanities Division. She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree at Arizona State University, and her Master of Music Degree and Artist Diploma at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Susan is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.


D. Alan Burris

Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Design, Art Appreciation, Humanities I & II

Alan Burris, M.Ed. with an Art Emphasis from East Central University, 25 years teaching at the college/university level. Art Appreciation, Drawing - basic and advanced, Ceramics - basic ad advanced, Watercolor and both Art for Elementary and Secondary as well as Humanities and Introduction to Philosophy. "Students will receive a background in fundamentals of both theoretical and practical studio art with an emphasis on development of personal style."

Continual, active show record (one man and group) in both local and regional juried exhibitions and juror for regional art competitions. "As a practicing artist, I offer real world experience and exposure into the vocation of art making and competition. I work to develop student familiarity with showing and potentially selling their work."

7 year AP Reader in Studio Art - High School Advance Placement. "I am one of approximately 120 'Readers' - graders of high school AP classes in Studio Art and maintain a current view of the status of art on the high school level. We evaluate approximately 45,000 portfolios of current high school AP classes annually."

Co-owner of Moondancer Studios, Ardmore, OK. "I understand and teach the business side of art as a career and advise and promote the works of our students."

NISOD (University of Texas) Award winner for Teaching Excellence. "Among my teaching awards are the NISOD Award, MSC Teacher of the Year, Oklahoma Arts Leadership and Phi Theta Kappa Paragon Award."

Murray State College offers a solid foundation in the visual arts for both lecture and studio classes. Students will receive a background significant enough to apply their knowledge whether from an Associates' Degree perspective or as a foundation for going on to a Bachelor's Degree program and beyond.


Adjunct Faculty Members

Sharon Burris - Professor Emeritus

Writing for Mass Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Photojournalism I, Business Communications, Humanities I

Professor Emeritus Sharon Burris retired from teaching in the Language Arts Department for more than a decade, and is now teaching Communications. She has two master's degrees, one in Journalism/Mass Communications from the University of Oklahoma/Norman and the other in English/Creative Writing from the University of Central Oklahoma/Edmond. Sharon has also participated in several graduate programs netting additional hour-credits, including the Oklahoma Writing Project and two classes through the OU Summer in Santa Fe program. This proves what she strongly believes--once a student, always a student! Sharon also is a writing tutor on the Ardmore campus and loves meeting and working with students!

Sharon’s favorite pastimes include creative writing, especially poetry and novels. She has served as a judge for numerous regional and state poetry, essay, and writing contests. She also enjoys photography, winning awards in state and regional art shows for her composite photographs.

Sharon and her husband Alan, also an MSC instructor and head of the Art Department, have lived on a pecan farm in Ardmore since 1984 with numerous dogs and cats that have adopted them.


L. Fred Collins



Noel Collins

Stagecraft, Acting I & II, Intro to Theatre, Speech, Fall Play


Dr. Danise Gallaway

Fundamentals of Music, Theory I & II, Piano, Accompanist: Applied Vocal Music, Musical Theatre Ensemble

Dr. Danise Gallaway holds degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Eastern New Mexico University and the University of Oklahoma. She has extensive experience teaching piano to students of all ages in her independent studio and in group settings in private and public schools, colleges, and universities. Her students consistently earn awards and top honors at festivals and competitions. Dr. Gallaway is also a collaborative pianist in various vocal and instrumental departments in the area. She is committed to mentoring aspiring musicians, helping them to develop essential skills to become successful performers and teachers.

Dr. Gallaway has had articles published in Keyboard Companion and American Music Teacher and has presented papers and workshops at several conferences including the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, College Music Society, and at state conference for the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association, Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico, and the Texas Music Teachers Association. Her research interests include teaching techniques for special-needs students, four-hand piano teaching literature, and historical aspects of piano pedagogy.

Dr. Gallaway holds affiliations with Music Teachers National Association and the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, College Music Society, National Piano Foundation, as well as memberships in Phi Kappa Lambda and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Additionally, in 2008, Dr. Gallaway received the Gail Boyd deStwolinski Award from the University of Oklahoma for outstanding promise for exceptional achievement in the profession of music research and education.


Lauren Hughes

Humanities I & II, Music Appreciation, Applied Instrumental Music - Flute

Lauren Hughes is a freelance flutist and teacher in the Oklahoma City area. She has performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Canterbury Voices, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Jackson (MI) Symphony Orchestra, Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, and Lebanon (OH) Symphony Orchestra. Lauren has performed as soloist with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and the Wright State University Chamber Orchestra, and has placed in both regional and national performance competitions. As an educator, Lauren has had the pleasure of teaching collegiate courses in Applied Flute, Aural Skills, Woodwind Methods, and Music Appreciation, and currently teaches Humanities and Music Appreciation courses at Murray State College. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Music from Michigan State University, a Master of Music from Wright State University, and is currently a pursuing Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Oklahoma.


Mika Knight

Humanities I & II

Hi, my name is Mika Knight! I am in the Humanities Adjunct and this is my second year teaching at Murray State College. I received my BA at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and my MA at University of Texas in Dallas. I recently got married and just moved to the Ada area. We have 2 dogs, Maise May and Shadow Mo. My hobbies include crafts, reading, writing, singing, and quoting movies on the daily.


Walton McMurry

Music Appreciation, History of Jazz, Beginning Drumset

Walton McMurry received a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies - Performance from The University of Central Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He has performed with many artists including Gil Goldstein, Donny McCaslin, Kenny Garrett, Marvin Stamm, Michael Dease, Sharel Cassity and Kathy Cousins, to name a few. Walton performed on a two week tour in China with a vocal Jazz combo while at SOSU(2007), was a selected member of the OSSAA Oklahoma Intercollegiate Honor Band (2009), the drummer for the University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Ensemble I (winner of the 35th Annual Downbeat Magazine Student Awards - Large Jazz Ensemble, 2012), and worked as a musician/drummer aboard ship for Holland America Cruise Lines in Alaska, where he performed nightly with the show band and for weekly guest entertainers. In addition to being an Adjunct Professor here at Murray State College, Walton teaches private lessons, is an active session/recording artist and songwriter, and performs roughly 100+ shows a year regionally with Country/Americana artists Matt Caldwell, Jeff Hobbs, and Aaron Newman. He has shared festival stages with country artists such as Easton Corbin, Gloriana, Chris Cagle, The Oakridge Boys, Mark Chesnutt, Confederate Railroad and Jack Ingram, to name a few. Walton attends First United Methodist Church in Ardmore, Oklahoma, where he resides with his wife and two children.


Amanda Terrell

Online Art Appreciation

Amanda Terrell is an online adjunct Art Appreciation instructor at Murray State College. She also is an adjunct instructor at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. She earned her B.A in Art History from the University of Toledo and her M.A in Art History from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

Mrs. Terrell resides in Orlando, Florida with her husband and son.