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

  • B.M., Music Education, Biola University

Carol Aspling holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Biola University, receiving the Outstanding Music Education Student Award. Currently, she serves on the faculty of Biola University where she conducts the Women’s Chorus. During her tenure at Biola, the Women’s Chorus has participated in many festivals, performed at a multitude of venues and has also toured and performed throughout California...

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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

    • 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

    Teaching in the Southern California public school system for over 30 years, Susan Craig has seen many children's lives changed through the gift of music. Passionate about the necessity of arts education in elementary schools, she also has a deep love of church music and for ministering to her students through music. She is currently the instructor for the Elementary Music Workshop for junior...

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    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 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, 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

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

    Manami Kawamura has taught Keyboard Sight-Reading, Collaborative Piano, Piano Pedagogy and Applied Piano Lessons at Biola's Conservatory of Music since 1990. Alumna Briana Ung ('14) reflected on her time studying under Professor Kawamura, "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,...

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    Matthew Kellaway

    • Adjunct Professor
    • Director, Men's Chorus

    • B.M. Performance (Voice), Biola University

    Matthew Kellaway, alumnus of Biola University, is conductor and director of the Men’s Chorus for the Biola Conservatory of Music, and he lends his continuing support to the vocal performance ensembles and programs of the Conservatory.

    Mr. Kellaway is an established professional lyric baritone vocal performer in the Southern California area currently singing with the Pacific Chorale and the...

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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

      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

      • 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 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

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

        A composer, arranger, producer, songwriter and jazz pianist, Mr. Pantoja teaches applied contemporary keyboard and song writing, in addition to leading student pop ensembles in the Music in Worship department. He is passionate about passing down his musical knowledge and about mentoring his students in their faith and everyday lives.

        Growing up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mr. Pantoja's interest...

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        Terri Richter-Franklin

        • Adjunct Professor (Voice)

          As a graduate of Seattle Opera Young Artist’s Program, Terri went on to perform many roles with Seattle Opera, earning national acclaim for her portrayals of Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Oscar in Verdi’s The Masked Ball, and Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. In 2013, she played the role of Marie in Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment with Seattle Opera, and was the featured soprano soloist...

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          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

          • 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)

          After earning a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and a Bachelor of Music in violin performance, summa cum laude, from Biola University (2003), Leonora Wagner continued her studies at the University of Southern California, receiving a Master of Arts in music history and literature (2005) and a doctorate in historical musicology (2012) with a dissertation focusing on the writings and music of...

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          Courses

          Music History I

          Music History II


          Christopher Wills

          • Adjunct Professor, Music 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 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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