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Faculty | B.A. in Music

Jeff Askew

  • Associate Professor, Guitar and Commercial Music
  • Commercial Music Area Coordinator

  • D.M.A. in Studio/Jazz Guitar Performance, University of Southern California
  • M.M. in Studio/Jazz Guitar Performance, University of Southern California
  • B.M. in Guitar Performance, Biola University
  • B.M in Music Education, Biola University

Jeff Askew is an adjunct professor at Biola University and has dedicated his life to music education. He has a background in music ensemble, guitar and sound production. Askew has performed and recorded with numerous musical artists and theatre productions. He has also worked with many notable companies including NBC, Disney, Pixar and Warner Brothers. In 2010, he was selected “Best of the Best...

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Carol Aspling

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Director, Women's Chorus

  • B.M., Music Education, Biola University

In addition to her faculty position at Biola, Carol Aspling has been a director with the Southern California Children’s Chorus since its inception in 1996. She began by first teaching the Apprentice, then Intermediate and now currently the Advanced Chorus. The Advanced Chorus has performed with the Long Beach Chorale, Long Beach Symphony and also participated in major works including...

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George Boespflug

  • Director, Conservatory of Music
  • Professor of Music

  • D.M.A., Piano Performance and Literature, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music
  • M.M. Piano Performance, University of Colorado
  • B.M., Piano Performance, University of Colorado

George Boespflug is the Director of Biola's Conservatory of Music. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music where he held a Performance Fellowship and Teaching Assistantship in piano. He also holds undergraduate and masters degrees in performance from the University of Colorado where he was a Fiske scholar.

Boespflug has had opportunity to travel the world as a...

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Susan Craig

  • Adjunct Professor, Music Education

  • M.A., Educational Administration, University of La Verne
  • B.A., Elementary Education with concentration in Music, California State University, Long Beach
  • Preliminary Administrative Credential, University of La Verne
  • Life Credential from California State University, Long Beach

Susan Craig has been a music educator for over 50 years teaching students as young as age 2. She has written curriculum, published recorder books and given many workshops at the local and state levels. She was a part time music professor at Cal State University of Fullerton for 16 years before coming to Biola.

Her favorite role has been as a student teacher supervisor. "Guiding and mentoring...

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Bob Feller

  • Professor
  • Area Coordinator, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion
  • Director, Symphonic Winds and Brass Ensemble

  • M.M., Performance and Literature in Trumpet, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music. Graduate Assistant.
  • B.M., Trumpet Performance, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Robert G. Feller has performed with the California Philharmonic, California Wind Orchestra, the Long Beach Municipal Band, the Rochester Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony, Pasadena Chamber Orchestra, the Ontario Brass, the Nazareth Brass Quintet and played lead trumpet in dozens of Civic Light Opera productions. Since 1972 he has been a trumpet performer in many of Disneyland’s atmosphere...

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Cliff Hulling

  • Professor, Percussion and Composition
  • Director, Jazz Ensemble

  • M.A., California State University, Fullerton
  • B.A., California State University, Fullerton
  • Doctoral Equivalency in Percussion Performance, Biola University

As a percussionist, Mr. Hulling has been an extremely active performer within the greater Los Angeles music scene. He has performed with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra for over 30 years. He has also been the primary percussionist at the Ahmanson Theater for their musical theater productions. Just a few of the Broadway shows on his resume include:

  • Beauty and The Beast
  • Chicago
  • Fosse
  • Cinderella
  • ...

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Li-Shan Hung

  • Professor, Piano
  • Area Coordinator, Piano

  • D.M.A. in Piano Performance, Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University
  • M.M. in Piano Performance, Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University
  • B.A. in Piano Performance, National Taiwan Normal University

“A major musician of tremendous stature, a deeply probing artist.” (Dr. Tom Wendel, late Chair of the American Beethoven Society.)

“What a paradise life would be if all the concerts I reviewed were as good as this one. Pianist Li-shan Hung gave a truly extraordinary performance…, making music at the highest level….” (New York Concert Review)

As a winner of the Artists International, Li-shan...

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Manami Kawamura

  • Adjunct Professor, Piano

  • M.M., Piano Performance, Indiana University
  • B.M., Piano Performance, Ueno Gakuen University

"As a teacher and as a mentor, Professor Kawamura has been to me an exemplary model of dedication, selflessness, and wisdom. I have grown spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and musically under her guidance, and I cannot begin to thank her enough for everything that she has done for me, to challenge and inspire me as a musician and as a Christian." (Briana Ung, alumna 2014)

Manami...

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Matthew Kellaway

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Director, Men's Chorus

  • M.M. Choral Conducting, CSU, Fullerton
  • B.M. Vocal Performance, Biola University

Matthew Kellaway is an established professional baritone in the Southern California area currently singing with the Pacific Chorale.  Mr. Kellaway has performed as a featured soloist in Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Italy in conjunction with international choral and solo vocal competitions, and he continues to be a featured soloist with the Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony...

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Ron Kobayashi

  • Adjunct Professor, Improvisation

  • B.A., Political Science, with a Music Minor, California State University, Fullerton

Pianist and composer Ron Kobayashi has performed with a variety of musical artists including Mel Torme, Kenny Burrell, Peter Frampton, Tom Scott, Margaret Whiting, Peter White, Najee, Eric Marienthal and comedian Bob Saget. For five years Ron served as musical director for the Hollywood Diversity Awards where such stars as Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson and George Lopez were honored. Ron has made...

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Doug Jackson

  • Studio Artist, Electric Guitar

    Doug Jackson has performed with Kenny Loggins, Ambrosia, Michael McDonald, Bryan Duncan, Bill Champlin, Edgar Winter, Marie Osmond, Dave Mason, Al Stewart, Gary Wright, Dweezil Zappa, Stephen Bishop, Nancy Sinatra and Iron Butterfly to name a few.

    He has also worked with studio and jazz greats Abraham Laboriel, Jeff Porcaro, Neal Stubenhaus, Harry Manfredini, Dean Parks, Max Bennett, Barbara...

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    Elizabeth Freeman

    • Associate Professor, Violin and Chamber Music
    • Area Coordinator, Strings
    • Director, Chamber Music

    • Postgraduate Degree in Violin Performance, Guildhall School of Music, London
    • M.M. in Violin Performance, Yale University
    • B.M. in Violin Performance, Indiana University

    The Boston Globe has praised Elizabeth Larson’s playing as having “great charm and refinement…and breathtaking virtuosity.” Larson began violin at the age of three, and since first soloing with the Milwaukee Symphony at age seven and the Boston Pops at age 11, she has gone on to perform internationally as a renowned soloist and chamber musician. Her tours have brought her to four continents...

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    Gina Lord

    • Adjunct Professor, Piano

    • M.M. Piano Pedagogy, University of Oregon
    • M.M. Piano Performance, University of Oregon
    • B.M. Music Education, Biola University
    • B.M. Piano Performance, Biola University

    Gina Lord began her studies at the age of six in Salem, Oregon. She won many local competitions and debuted with the Portland Youth Philharmonic at the age of sixteen. While at Biola as a student of Jenny Wong, Lord was privileged to perform in masterclasses for Menahem Pressler and Bela Siki and was awarded the Outstanding Musician of the Year, Outstanding Pianist of the Year as well as other...

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    David Owens

    • Studio Artist, Drum Set

      David Owens has played for Fernando Ortega, Tommy Walker, Sara Groves, Bebo Norman, Crystal Lewis, Cheri Keaggy, Paul Baloche, The Righteous Brothers, Thomas Dolby and Peter White to name a few. He played drum set for the Los Angeles production of The Lion King at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood for over two years. He has played on countless jingles and many soundtracks.

      Currently he plays...

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      Marlin Owen

      • Associate Professor, Music History and Cello
      • Area Coordinator, Strings
      • Director, Biola Symphony Orchestra

      • M.A. University of California, San Diego
      • B.S. Minnesota State University, Mankato

      Marlin Owen's dynamic teaching style and eclectic musical career contribute to his students' rich learning experience in class, at lesson, and under his baton. Alumna Hannah McGarvey ('13) says, "Mr. Owen is one of the most creative and unique professors I have ever had. His joy for life and learning is contagious. His passion for learning new things is a rare quality not found in many people....

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      Rique Pantoja

      • Adjunct Professor, Contemporary Piano

      • Certificate in Arranging and Composition, Berklee College of Music, Boston

      A composer, arranger, producer, songwriter and jazz pianist, Mr. Pantoja has performed on stage and in the recording studio with artists such as: 

      • Carlos Santana
      • Gloria Estefan
      • Alejandro Sanz
      • Ricky Martin
      • Israel Houghton
      • Brenda Russell
      • Christopher Parkening
      • Lee Ritenour
      • Frank Gambale
      • Tommy Walker

      Recognized as a skilled keyboardist, he is also respected internationally as a composer, arranger,...

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      Terri Richter-Franklin

      • Adjunct Professor (Voice)

      Jeanne Robison

      • Professor, Voice and Opera
      • Area Coordinator, Voice

      • D.M.A. in the Musical Arts, with Cognate in Opera Direction and Production, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
      • M.M. Voice Performance, Kent State University
      • B.M. Music Education, Kent State University

      Jeanne Robison has served as Voice Area Coordinator at the Conservatory since 1995 and served as director of opera from 1995–2014. Under her leadership, enrollment in the voice area almost tripled between 1998 and 2007 and students under her tutelage have gone on to esteemed graduate schools including Eastman, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes, Peabody, USC, Boston University, Michigan State,...

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      Shawna Stewart

      • Associate Professor
      • Director, Biola University Chorale and Vocal Jazz
      • Director, Choral Activities

      • D.M.A., University of Southern California
      • M.M., Eastman School of Music
      • B.S., John Brown University

      Dr. Shawna Stewart is the Director of Choral Studies at Biola University in La Mirada, CA where she conducts the Biola University Chorale and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Under her direction, the Biola University Chorale performed at the 2016 Western Region Conference of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Collegiate Choral Organization’s (NCCO) 7th Biennial National...

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      Leonora Wagner

      • Adjunct Professor, Music History

      • Ph.D. Musicology, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
      • M.A. Music History and Literature, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
      • B.M. Violin Performance, Biola University (La Mirada, CA)
      • B.S. Mathematics, Biola University (La Mirada, CA)

      Leonora Wagner completed a doctorate in historical musicology (2012) at the University of Southern California with a dissertation focusing on the writings and music of Michael Praetorius in relation to congregational singing in Lutheran Germany during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. While in graduate school she was awarded both the USC Provost Fellowship and the...

      Courses

      Music History I

      Music History II

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      Chris Wills

      • Adjunct Professor, Composition

      • M.M., Music Composition, California State University, Long Beach
      • B.M. Music Composition, California State University, Northridge
      • Kodály Method certification from OAKE, ASCI and C-BEST certification

      Christopher J. Wills has performed and recorded for film and television productions including Columbia Pictures’ Spider-Man 2, toured in concert with singer and actress Lorna Luft (daughter of Judy Garland) and Jim Curry with the Pacific Symphony, Houston Symphony, Cincinnati Pops and other orchestras at major venues such as Colorado’s Red Rocks and Irvine’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Wills...

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      Jung-A Lee

      • Studio Artist, Organ

        Jung-A Lee has performed in Europe, North America, and Asia as an organist, pianist and conductor. She currently serves as the organist at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach. Lee is also the Artist-in-Residence for Pacific Chorale, directed by Maestros John Alexander and Robert Istad. In 2009 she founded Music Mission International in order to promote organ music. In...

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        David Michael Loucks

        • Studio Artist, Contemporary Voice

          David Michael Loucks is a studio singer, arranger, and vocal contractor in Los Angeles, Calif. With over 20 years in the industry, David has recorded and performed with such artists as Katy Perry, Pentatonix, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, 30 Seconds To Mars, and Harry Styles, as well as for TV and films such as "Glee," "American Idol," "Dancing With The Stars," "Sing," "Star Trek Beyond" and...

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