Having joined the music faculty at UWF in 1980, Dr. Lynne A. Lauderdale has taught a wide range of courses, including Music in Western Civilization, Freshman and Sophomore Theory and Ear Training, Music History, Structure and Style, Counterpoint, UWF Singers, UWF Madrigals, and UWF Show Choir, Graduate Seminars, Independent Directed Studies, Applied Piano, Class Piano, and Applied Organ. She served as Coordinator for the Department of Music from 1993 through 1999. Dr. Lauderdale is responsible for inaugurating the UWF Arts Camps, the UWF Gospel Choir, the UWF Madrigals, and the UWF Show Choir. She currently serves as Adjunct Associate Professor, with teaching responsibilities in Applied Organ, having retired in the Fall of 2015. In addition, Dr. Lauderdale is the composer of the University of West Florida’s Alma Mater.
Dr. Lauderdale received the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from Louisiana State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance, with Organ and Musicology as related fields from the University of NorthTexas. Her piano teachers have included Lelande Lacoste, Guy Bernard, Janet Martin, Daniel Sher, Jack Guerry, Martin Canin, and Joseph Banowetz; organ teachers include Richard Heschke and Charles Brown. She has performed as soloist with the New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the New Orleans Summer Pops Orchestra, the Louisiana State University Symphony Orchestra, the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Okaloosa Symphony Orchestra, and the UWF Runge Strings Orchestra. Dr. Lauderdale was a semi-finalist in the Murray Dranoff International Two-Piano Competition and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. She maintains an active private studio both in piano and organ, with many of her students receiving top honors in local, state, regional, and national competitions. Several of her students have been accepted at such prestigious musical institutions as Brevard, Interlochen, Aspen, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and The Juilliard School.
Dr. Lauderdale has served as organist at First Baptist Church, Pensacola, since 1981,where she produced a recording of music for organ to benefit Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. She also started the Cherub Choir and the Acappella Singers as additions to the Music Ministry of FBC. She and her husband, Mark York, oboist and band / former music teacher at Brown Barge Middle School, reside in Pensacola. They have two Sons, Nathaniel and Cambria.