Faculty | Music, B.A.

Jeff Askew

  • Assistant Professor (Guitar)

  • 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

An experienced freelance and church musician, Jeff Askew offers a host of skills to his students interested in the world of contemporary music. Mr. Askew teaches Sound Production I and II, applied guitar lessons, Intro to Guitar class, Advanced Guitar I and II, and coaches one of the Music in Worship Department bands.

Education & Influences

Teachers include Bruce Forman, Scott Tennant, Steve...

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Carol Aspling

  • Adjunct Professor (Women’s Chorus)

  • B.M., Music Education, Biola University

Actively conducting and working with choirs throughout California, Mrs. Aspling is the current conductor of the Women's Chorus. Working as a teacher in the Southern California area for over 20 years, Mrs. Aspling brings an infectious joy and deep passion for God to the young women she coaches and mentors in this ensemble. Dana McIntosh ('14), a student participating in Women's Chorus, shares...

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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 of the Conservatory
    • 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

    • Professor, Brass, Winds & Percussion
    • Area Coordinator, Brass, Winds & Percussion
    • Professor, Music Education
    • Symphonic Winds Coordinator
    • Brass Ensemble Conductor
    • Honors Brass Quintet Coach

    • M.M., Performance and Literature in Trumpet, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music.
    • 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

    • Percussion and Composition Associate Professor

    • 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

    • Associate Professor, Keyboard
    • 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

    An accomplished pianist who has traveled the world over, Dr. Hung has much wisdom to offer her students in order to aid them on their journey to greater artistry. Acting as the Keyboard Area Coordinator, Dr. Hung teaches private piano lessons and also teaches the Piano Seminar (in which she teaches Piano Literature). One of her students notes, "She has taught me, more than anyone, the...

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    Manami Kawamura

    • Adjunct Professor (Piano)

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

    A strong soloist and collaborator, Manami Kawamura teaches courses on keyboard sight reading, collaborative piano, piano literature, and piano pedagogy, in addition to teaching applied piano lessons. An avid performer, she has performed recitals often at Biola, both in her days as a student and in her time here as a teacher. Alumna Briana Ung ('14), describes the way in which her studies with...

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    Matthew Kellaway

    • Adjunct Professor (Men’s Chorus)

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

    Matthew Kellaway, graduate of Biola University Conservatory of Music, is an established vocal performer currently singing with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Pacific Chorale, the Paul Delgado Singers, and the John Alexander Singers. Mr. Kellaway has performed in and/or assisted production on numerous operas and musical theater productions at the college and professional levels. Also a...

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    Ron Kobayashi

    • Adjunct Professor (Jazz Piano)

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

    An acclaimed jazz pianist, Ron Kobayashi actively performs all over the West Coast, and his vast breadth of knowledge comes from a diversity of experiences throughout the history of his career as a composer, performer, and musical director. As a Conservatory faculty member, he enjoys passing on his knowledge and passion for music to Biola students through teaching a Jazz Improvisation course....

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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 the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

      Mr. Jackson has appeared on Integrity, Word and A&M recordings. He has performed with Kenny Loggins, Ambrosia, Bryan...

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      Elizabeth Larson

      • Strings and Chamber Music Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator

      • M.M. in Violin Performance, Yale University
      • B.M. in Violin Performance, Indiana University

      Ms. Larson has been described as a teacher who mentors her students toward becoming involved collaborators who have a deep understanding of the craftsmanship within the music they play and a joy for sharing it with others. Teaching at Biola since January 2010, her primary responsibilities include teaching applied violin, coaching chamber music, and teaching courses in string literature and...

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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, Ms. Lord was also awarded the Outstanding Musician of the Year, Outstanding Pianist of the Year as well as other scholarships and competitions which include the Theodore Presser Scholarship and Sigma Alpha Iota...

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      David Owens

      • Studio Artist (Drum Set)

        David Owens has played for Tommy Walker, Sara Groves, Bebo Norman, Crystal Lewis, Cheri Keaggy, Paul Baloche, Bill Medley, Rebecca St. James, The Righteous Brothers, Thomas Dolby, and Peter White to name a few. He was the house drummer for the Los Angeles production of The Lion King at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood for over 2 years (and 900 shows). He has played on countless jingles and...

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        Marlin E. Owen

        • Strings and Music History Associate Professor and Area Coordinator
        • Biola Symphony Orchestra Conductor

        • 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, composition, 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 in their everyday lives. Linzy Spann Westman ('10) shares how...

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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

          • Voice Professor and Area Coordinator

          • 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

          Dr. Robison is an opera trailblazer who has had a significant impact on the vocal departments of several institutions. Currently Area Coordinator of Vocal Studies, Dr. Robison also teaches private lessons, acts as instructor for several Conservatory courses including Lyric Diction, and is the head of the Conservatory's Opera program. Her students have a wide variety of backgrounds and...

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          Shawna Stewart

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

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

          Dr. 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)

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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

          A dynamic performer, composer, arranger and orchestrator, Mr. Wills currently teaches music theory-related courses such as ear training, composition, improvisation, counterpoint, form and analysis, arranging, orchestration, keyboard skills, music technology and appreciation courses, in addition to private lessons. He frequently accompanies ensembles such as the Biola Chorale, Women's Chorus and...

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          Jung-A Lee

          • Studio Artist (Organ)

          Richard Zeller

          • Voice Associate Professor
          • Director of Opera

          • Artist's Diploma in Opera, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
          • M.M., Vocal Peformance, 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 (Voice)