Faculty | B.A. in Music

Jeff Askew

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

  • D.M.A. Candidate 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. He graduated from Biola with a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and from USC with a master’s degree in music studio. Askew has performed and recorded with numerous musical artists and theatre productions. He has also...

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Carol Aspling

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Director, Women's Chorus

Bruce Babad

  • Adjunct Professor, Saxophone

    Bruce Babad began playing the alto saxophone at age ten. At the age of fourteen, Bruce took first place in Michigan's State solo & ensemble contest. By tenth grade, at Hanford High School in Richland, Washington, Bruce knew that he was going to be a musician. In his senior year Babad received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. Bruce attended Central Washington University where he had the...

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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

    Dr. George Boespflug is the Director of Biola's Conservatory of Music. A seasoned performer, Dr. Boespflug has a deep-seated desire to see the Conservatory be true to its mission of integrating musical studies with academic learning and spiritual growth to prepare students to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Towards this end, he is committed to partnering with faculty in the...

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    Susan Craig

    • Adjunct Professor, Music Education

    Robert Feller

    • Associate 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

    Teaching at Biola for a little over 27 years, Mr. Feller has contributed to the development of thousands of aspiring instrumentalists at Biola as well as in a variety of high profile educational venues over the course of his career. He is the conductor of the Biola Symphonic Winds and the Biola Brass Ensemble; Mr. Feller also coaches the Honors Brass Quintet and acts as instructor for classroom courses focused on conducting, pedagogy, and literature.

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    Cliff Hulling

    • Associate 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 teacher, Mr. Hulling's focus is to increase awareness among his students about the current trends in music, and to encourage their development in the practical aspects of being a musician in the professional world. In addition to teaching private percussion lessons, Mr. Hulling serves as the conductor for the Biola Jazz Ensemble. He also currently teaches the Introduction to Composition...

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    Li-Shan Hung

    • Professor, Piano
    • Area Coordinator, Keyboard

    • 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

    Matthew Kellaway

    • Adjunct Professor
    • Director, Men's Chorus

    Ron Kobayashi

    • Adjunct Professor, Improvisation

    Doug Jackson

    • Studio Artist, Electric Guitar

      In his formative years, Doug Jackson studied with guitar legend Ted Greene. He won five Outstanding Musicianship awards from the National Association of Jazz Educators and one from the American Honor Arts Association before attending Berklee College of Music.

      Jackson has performed with Kenny Loggins, Ambrosia, Michael McDonald, Bryan Duncan, Bill Champlin, Edgar Winter, Marie Osmond, Dave...

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      Elizabeth Larson

      • 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

      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 E. 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

        Mr. Owen is currently Area Coordinator of the Strings Department and is the private instructor for applied cello lessons. He is also the conductor of the Biola Symphony Orchestra, and he teaches the Music History and Music Culture courses. His dynamic teaching style and eclectic musical career contribute to his students' rich learning experience in class, at lesson, and under his baton. Alumna...

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        Rique Pantoja

        • Adjunct Professor, Contemporary Piano

        Terri Richter-Franklin

        • Adjunct Professor (Voice)

        Jeanne Robison

        • Associate Professor, Voice and Opera
        • Area Coordinator, Voice

        • D.M.A. in the Musical Arts, with Cognate in Opera Direction and Production, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati 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

        Shawna Stewart directs the Biola Chorale and Vocal Jazz ensembles, and she is also the instructor for Beginning and Advanced Conducting courses, Choral Methods and Choral Literature. A significant role model to students seeking to pursue a career in music education and choral conducting, her love of music and for her students has been an inspiration to many young teachers entering the field of...

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        Leonora Wagner

        • Adjunct Professor, Music History

        Christopher Wills

        • Adjunct Professor, Music Composition

        Jung-A Lee

        • Studio Artist, Organ

          Jung-A Lee has performed in Europe, North America, and Asia as organist, pianist and conductor. She currently serves as organist at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach. In addition, she teaches at Biola University and Vanguard University. Lee is also the Artist-in-Residence for Pacific Chorale which is directed by Maestros John Alexander and Robert Istad. In 2009 she founded Music...

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          Richard Zeller

          • Associate Professor, Voice and Opera

          • Artist's Diploma in Opera, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
          • M.M., Vocal Performance, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
          • B.M., Vocal Performance, George Fox College/ University

          An internationally acclaimed artist, Richard Zeller brings great wealth of insight from his career performing major opera and concert roles with other notable artists in a wide variety of concert halls across the world. At the Conservatory, he is the vocal coach for the Opera program and leads the Opera workshop in the spring; in addition he teaches applied lessons, voice workshop, and several...

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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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