Shelton State: Community College of the Fine Arts


Office Phone  Campus  Room   Email
Dr. Mark Brown 205.391.2336 Martin 1817
Dr. Chris O'Rear 205.391.2347 Martin 1818
Dr. Leslie Poss Martin 1810
Lillian Roberts  205.391.2399  Martin  1820


Mark Brown received his Bachelor of Music Education from Auburn University, his Master of Music in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and his Doctor of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy from The University of Mississippi. He has been teaching at Shelton State since 1996. He has sung professionally with the Houston Symphony Orchestra Chorus as well as being a tenor soloist with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra in performance of Mozart’s Mass in c minor. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association where he has served as the two-year college chairman for the State of Alabama. He is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing where he is currently serving as the web-site committee chairman for the State of Alabama.

Leslie S. Poss, Adjunct
Dr. Poss is an active soloist, conductor, and music educator.  As a soloist, she has performed with Alabama state and local orchestras including the Alabama Symphony and the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestras.  Her solo performances include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Vaughn Williams’ Hodie, and the premier performance of Gunther Schuller’s The Black Warrior.  As a conductor, Dr. Poss has prepared choruses for Dave Brubeck, for the Alabama Symphony and Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestras, and for the 2011 world premiere performance of composer Adolphus Hailstorks’ Dream. Child, Hope.  The University of Alabama’s 1994 Frederick Prentice conducting scholarship recipient, Dr. Poss is in her eleventh season as Musical Director and Conductor of Prentice Concert Chorale and her ninth season as Musical Director for Theatre Tuscaloosa. A Georgia native, Leslie received a Bachelor's in Music Education from Georgia Southern College; a Master’s in Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in choral conducting from The University of Alabama.  

Lillian RobertsLillian Roberts received her master of music degree in piano pedagogy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the tutelage of Dr. Reid Alexander for pedagogy and Dr. William Heiles for piano. She completed a bachelor ofmusic degree (magna cum laude) in piano performance and pedagogy from Samford University studying under Dr. Kathryn Fouse. As a performer, Ms. Roberts has played in master classes with Gabriela Montero and Libby Larsen and performed internationally in Maccagno, Italy, where she premiered new solo and chamber compositions. She then performed in the Haydn Hall of the Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria. As a teacher, Ms. Roberts taught weekly piano lessons to twenty undergraduate majors in Unit One, an inclusive educational and residential community for selected students, at the University of Illinois. She also taught weekly private lessons and interactive bi-weekly group lessons through Shades Crest School of the Arts in Hoover, Alabama. She is an active member of MTNA, AMTA, NFMC and other local music organizations. She has been initiated into two national honor societies: Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Kappa Phi. At Shelton State, Ms. Roberts teaches private piano, class piano and music appreciation. She also accompanies the Shelton Singers and the Bach to Rock ensemble. 

For more information or to inquire about performing on the Terrific Tuesday Series, please contact Lillian Roberts at or 205.391.2399.