Professors Emeriti

Dean Gerber Blair

A.MUS. - Warren
B.M. - Stetson
M.M. - Eastman

Dean Blair was a principal force in the development of the music program at the University of Lethbridge. He served several terms as the department chairman and participated in virtually every committee the institution could conjure. He worked tirelessly for more than 25 years as a member of the faculty. Blair is now enjoying a well-deserved retirement in Victoria, British Columbia.



Richard Epp

M.F.A. in Theatre -- Directing - University of Victoria
B.A. Honours in Drama - University of Saskatchewan

Richard Epp retired from the University of Lethbridge in June 2011 as a full professor of dramatc arts in the Department of Theatre & Dramatic Arts. In a career that spanned nearly 37years, he was at his retirement the longest-serving member ever among academic and support staff in the Faculty of Fine Arts.

Richard joined the new drama department in Lethbridge in its fourth year of existence, working with other pioneer colleagues and a committee of supporting faculty from across campus to build a program that would fit well within the University’s philosophy of breadth of education, inclusiveness, and openness to innovation.

In his career, Richard taught more than 150 courses, mainly in acting, playwriting and directing, but also in areas as diverse as speech and film studies, for students majoring in dramatic arts, and with many students whose degrees were centered in various other disciplines and faculties. He directed more than 30 public theatre productions on campus, some of which grew out of classes he was teaching, and he directed productions of several of his own plays; he acted in another 7 productions on campus and occasionaly performed with professional theatres elsewhere; he participated in the development of programs and fine arts’ facilities in the University Centre for the Arts, and twice served as department chair. In the wider University, Richard was a member of numerous committees, served as president of the faculty association (ULFA) and as chair and negotiator of its handbook committee, and many times over participated in convocation ceremonies as platform marshal, announcing the names of thousands of graduates.

A professional actor and playwright, Richard is a long-standing member of both the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada. His plays have been produced by Edmonton's Theatre Network, Theatre Calgary, the Stratford Festival, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and CBC Radio. Some have been performed or studied at the University of Victoria, the University of Southern Mississippi, Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Duesseldorf.

As a theatre practioner, Richard Epp is particularly drawn to realism, that is, to character-centered plays, and to smaller theatres which bring audiences and actors together in close proximity. He regards the intimate theatre as a dynamic medium of dramatic expression, sharing its intention with the cinematic close-up, while permitting its audience to be aware of the performer in the act of bringing the play to life.

George E. Evelyn

DMA, M.M. - University of North Texas
B. Mus - Oklahoma Baptist

George Evelyn is an internationally recognized bass-baritone and highly sought after choral conductor. He is the founder of the University of Lethbridge Singers and has actively promoted choral music across Canada. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Choral Federation and the Board of Directors of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors. In 1997, the Alberta Choral Federation presented Evelyn with a "Con Spirito Award" for promotion of choral music in the local community. In the fall of 2000, he was awarded the Richard S. Eaton Award by the Alberta Choral Federation in recognition of outstanding service to choral music in the Province of Alberta. In 2000 Evelyn was also the Coordinator of the National Youth Choir of Canada.

In 2003 Evelyn was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal for service to Country and Community. As a teacher, Evelyn has been fortunate to work with many outstanding students over his 31 years of university teaching. He moved to the University of Lethbridge after nine years at Mt. Allison University. In 1999, he received The University of Lethbridge Distinguished Teaching Medal. As a researcher, Evelyn has been active in the choral music field and was recognized for his 5-part video series "Gestures," produced in conjunction with ACCESS Network and co-produced with colleague George Gallant. The "Gestures" series was awarded the National Choral Award by the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors as the most outstanding choral publication in 1999. The University of Lethbridge Singers, which Evelyn founded in 1982, has become a well-recognized choral ensemble, locally, and nationally. The choir has performed extensively in Western Canada, toured to Atlantic Canada and the UK and will compete at the Cork International Choral Festival in May 2002. The choir has released two CDs, Silent Night and All Around The Circle, and plans are underway for a third CD to be released in fall 2004.

Evelyn continues to perform with numerous Canadian and American symphony orchestras. He has been heard in recital and oratorio performances in Canada, United Kingdom, Austria, and the United States, as well as broadcasts on CBC Radio and Television. He was also a member of the Robert Shaw Festival Singers and sang the solo quartet role in the Carnegie Hall production of Mendelssohn's "Elijah," under the direction of Robert Shaw. Evelyn was included in the "Tribute Choir" for the late Robert Shaw, which sang at the American Choral Directors National Convention in San Antonio, TX, in 2001.

George is now enjoying his retirement in Lethbridge.



John-Paul Christopher Jackson

A.M., Ph.D - Washington University (St. Louis)
B.Mus. - Oklahoma City

For 25 years Christopher Jackson played a significant role in the development of the Faculty of Fine Arts. He served as Chairman of the Department of Music for two terms and as Dean of the Faculty of Professional Studies. He holds degrees in applied music woodwinds, music theory, composition, and historical performance practices. Important works include:


  • Performing Medieval and Renaissance Music published by Schirmer Books-Macmillan (now a part of Prentice Hall)
  • Bromptons (a vocal rhapsody for baritone voice and chamber players based on the poetry of English Professor Emeritus Brian Tyson and dedicated to George Evelyn)
  • A Time Before the Dream (a theatre piece written with colleague Richard Epp, Dept. of Theatre and Dramatic Arts)
  • Tresno (a work for solo flute and strings written for Susan Staples and the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra)
  • Drifting into Grey (a song cycle for tenor and chamber players based on the work of English Professor Emeritus William Latta and premiered by noted recording artist Willard Cobb)
  • Badlands (a tone poem for full orchestra)

In addition to his academic studies in North America, Jackson studied the music and culture of Indonesia at various schools on the island of Java, receiving diplomas in Karawitan (traditional gamelan) of Sunda, Java, and Bali. An Anglophone, he reads French, is fluent in bahasa Indonesia, and enjoys all world cuisine, Buddhism, Sufism and other mystic philosophy, horticulture, natural sciences, and film. He is currently studying the Turkish language and pursuing an interest in Turkish culture and music. Formerly active as an advocate for human rights in Alberta and Canada, he continues that advocacy in his new home in Victoria, British Columbia.

A complete listing of musical works can be found under Opera Omnia and a list of his prominent teachers may be found under Influences on his Home Page listed below. Dr. Jackson is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre, and his works are registered with SOCAN.

University Email: John-Paul Christopher Jackson

Home Email: John-Paul Christopher Jackson

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Linda Lorren Pimentel

Ph.D. - Ohio State
B.A., M.A. - San Jose

Linda Pimentel describes her life as a musician as "very exciting." Her conducting career has taken her to several continents and her solo percussion performances included appearances with major international orchestras and the world premiere of new works, which have become standard repertoire. Her academic work includes several books and more than 100 published articles. She especially enjoyed teaching music. "Having the opportunity to share music with students of all ages has been a privilege," she said.