Faculty | Music Performance, B.M.

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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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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Li-Shan Hung

  • 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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Elizabeth Larson

  • Strings and Chamber Music Associate 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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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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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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Jeff Askew

  • Associate Professor, Guitar
  • Director of 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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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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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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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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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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Carol Aspling

  • Adjunct Professor, Women’s Chorus

  • B.M., Music Education, Biola University

Actively conducting and working with choirs throughout California, Aspling is the current conductor of the Women's Chorus. Working as a teacher in the Southern California area for over 20 years, she 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 her experience...

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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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    Mindy Ball

    • Studio Artist (Harp)

      Mindy Ball began playing the harp at the age of 12, studying with Marjorie Call-Salzedo. She received her degree in harp performance from Chapman University, graduating with honors. She also trained with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra under the distinguished American conductor Leonard Bernstein.

      Since 1979, Ball has served as principal harp with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra...

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      Joel Balzun

      • Adjunct Professor (Voice)

      • M.M. Performance and Literature (Voice), Eastman School of Music
      • B.M. Composition, Biola University
      • Additional studies at University of Calgary (Music Composition)

      Baritone and Composer Joel David Balzun (b. 1990, Calgary, AB) is establishing himself as a mature new voice in the future of music. His multi-faceted career has led him to work with some of the world’s most respected musicians and ensembles.

      Mr. Balzun has appeared successfully on both the operatic and concert stages. Since his professional debut in 2011 in Peter Michael von der Nahmer's award...

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      David Black

      • Studio Artist (Double Bass)

        David Black received his master of arts degree from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, and his bachelor of music degree from California State University, Fullerton. His teachers have included Bertram Turetzky, Dennis Trembly, Patrick Neher, and Fred Tinsley. He currently performs with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Opera Pacific in Orange County. He also has performed with the...

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        John Campbell

        • Studio Artist (Bassoon)

          John Campbell has performed professionally for over 30 years. From 1969 - 1974, he was principal bassoon with the Calgary Philharmonic. Currently, he is a free-lance player in Southern California, and principal bassoon with the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, the Bakersfield Symphony, the West Los Angeles Symphony and the Burbank Chamber Orchestra. Formerly, he was principal bassoon with...

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          Melody Chang

          • Studio Artist (Violin)

          • M.M. Performance (Violin), University of Southern California
          • B.M. Performance (Violin), Cleveland Institute of Music

          A native of Southern California, violinist Melody Chang captivates audiences with her unique sound. She is the first prize winner of the 2013 Third Hong Kong International Violin Competition and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Austria, France, Hong Kong, and the Czech Republic. Melody has collaborated with Roberto Diaz, Timothy Pitts, Ken Aiso, UK Band...

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          Christina Dahlin

          • Studio Artist (Voice)

          • M.F.A. University of California Irvine
          • B.M. University of Southern California

          Christina Dahlin, M.F.A., has received critical acclaim for her performances of opera and operetta throughout Germany, where she was the leading lyric soprano at the German National Theater in Braunscheig. While living abroad, she appeared as a guest soloist in Dusseldorf, Hanover, Frankfurt, Kassel, Essen and Kiel. She has performed over thirty leading roles spanning a wide variety of...

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          Andrew Duckles

          • Studio Artist (Viola)

            Canadian-born violist Andrew Duckles leads a diverse musical life as a recording artist, chamber musician, soloist and teacher. From a very tall family of musicians, Andrew is the "runt" of the Duckles family, standing at mere 6'4". Formerly principal viola of the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet orchestras, Duckles now makes his home in Southern California. Duckles began his orchestral...

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            Robyn Frey-Monell

            • Studio Artist (Voice)

            • D.M.A. College Vocal Teaching, Columbia University's Teachers College
            • M.F.A. Vocal Performance, University of California Irvine
            • B.M. Education (Voice), Westminster Choir College

            Soprano Robyn Frey-Monell's versatile vocal style has enabled her to perform successfully in several classical mediums throughout the United States. She has been a featured soloist on the concert and oratorio stage, as well as performed a vast amount of symphonic choral and opera chorus repertoire. Dr. Frey-Monell has performed under the batons of such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Leonard...

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            Kevin Garnica

            • Adjunct Professor (Piano)

            Walt Harrah

            • Studio Artist (The King’s Men)

            • M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA)
            • B.A. Church Music, University of Southern California

            Walt Harrah is a noted song writer, session singer and record producer. His songs include Think About His Love (Integrity Music), In The Lord Alone (Maranatha! Music), and No More Night (Word). He has been a session singer for 20 years, appearing on dozens of film soundtracks from "King Kong" to "Amistad," and numerous television programs, including the Oscars and the Tonight Show. He served as...

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            Matthew Kellaway

            • Adjunct Professor (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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            Jenny Kim

            • Studio Artist (French Horn)

              Jenny Kim presently holds the positions of Principal Horn in the Santa Barbara chamber Orchestra, Fourth Horn in the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, and Assistant Principal Horn with the New West Symphony. She performs frequently with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pasadena Symphony and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. She is an instructor of French horn at Chapman University as well as Biola...

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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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              Brent Kuszyk

              • Studio Artist (Percussion)
              • Conductor for Percussion Ensemble

                Brent Kuszyk is conductor of Biola Percussion Ensemble. Currently a free-lance percussionist in the Los Angeles area, he has performed, toured and recorded extensively with the Los Angeles Philharmonic including the simulcast/PBS broadcast gala performance with Gustovas Dudamel. Mr. Kuszyk also performs regularly with the Pacific Symphony and the San Diego Symphony. He was a member of the Grand...

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                Jung-A Lee

                • Studio Artist (Organ)

                David Michael Loucks

                • Studio Artist (Voice)

                Evan Marshall

                • Studio Artist (Mandolin)

                  Inspired equally by violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz and Country guitarist Chet Atkins, Evan Marshall crafted a signature approach to the mandolin that blends bass lines, chordal accompaniment, rhapsodic runs and tremolo melodies to create an exciting solo mandolin style unsurpassed by his peers. Evan started classical violin studies at age seven, and added the mandolin at the age of 14.


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                  Loren Marsteller

                  • Studio Artist (Euphonium)

                    Loren Marsteller was formerly Principal Trombone with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in Alberta, Canada, and a euphonium soloist with "The President's Own" United States Marine Corps Band, in Washington, D.C. Currently he is Principal Trombone with the California Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orquesta de Baja California in Tijuana, Mexico, first Euphonium in the Tubadours and solo baritone...

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                    Beth Mitchell

                    • Studio Artist (Tuba)

                      Before settling in Los Angeles, Beth Mitchell was principal tubist with the Women's Philharmonic Orchestra in San Francisco, and the Orchesta Sinfonica de Monterry in Nueva Leon, Mexico. She has played with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Germany's Eurobrass, has appeared as a guest with Washington's United States Navy Band, and has toured frequently throughout...

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                      Matthew Ordaz

                      • Studio Artist (Percussion)

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


                      • Studio Artist, Biola University (January 2015-present)
                      • Private Music Instruction for Drums, Percussion, Theory, Voice (June 2011-present)
                      • Music Director, Family Resource Ministries (September 2013-present)
                      • Choir Director, Family Resource Ministries (September 2011-present)
                      • Drums / Percussion Freelance Performing and Recording Artist (July 2009-present)
                      Musical Theatre Performing
                      • The Ahmanson...

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                      Jerri Lee Owen

                      • Studio Artist (Piano)

                        Within a continuing search for 'what makes it beautiful' Jerri Lee Owen teaches with a love for music and a passion for teaching which opens doors to musical artistry for students. Out of her life-long career of teaching and performing, she brings insights into the ease of playing and the nuances of style while yet addressing the unique talents and challenges of individual students.


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                        Menahem Pressler

                        • Artist-in-Residence

                        Joshua Ranz

                        • Studio Artist (Clarinet)

                          Joshua Ranz has been a member the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1999, and the Pacific Symphony since 1997. He also performs with the Pasadena and San Diego Symphonies and the Los Angeles Opera. Previously, he was a member of the Honolulu and San Jose Symphonies. Josh spends his summers in Western New York, performing as a member of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. He also performs with...

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                          Lelie Resnick

                          • Studio Artist (Oboe)

                            Lelie Resnick holds the position of Principal Oboe of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. She is also English Hornist of the Pacific Symphony and Long Beach Symphony.

                            Lelie has served the position of English Horn in the Colorado Symphony, Honolulu Symphony and the San Diego Symphonies. In 2004 she held a one-year position as second oboe with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has been performing with...

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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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                              Jiayi Shi

                              • Studio Artist (Piano)

                                Pianist Jiayi Shi maintains an active schedule as a chamber musician and collaborative pianist. She works extensively with the internationally renowned violinist Midori, and made her New York recital debut with Midori in March 2004. In April 2008, she also made recital appearance in London Symphony Orchestra's St Luke's Hall. In addition to numerous chamber performances, Ms. Shi often plays...

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                                David Stetson

                                • Studio Artist (Trombone)

                                  David Stetson received his bachelor of music degree in trombone performance from USC in June, 1979. In July of that year, he won a position with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, a post he held for 10 years. Since returning to southern California, David has maintained an active free-lance career in many recording studios and ensembles, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He also performs...

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                                  John Van Houten

                                  • Studio Artist (Tuba)

                                    John Van Houten holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in tuba performance from the University of Southern California. He has performed with a wide variety of music ensembles, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera, the Long Beach Opera, the New West Symphony, the American Winds Concert Band, the California Wind Orchestra, the Long Beach Municipal Band and the...

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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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                                    Dave Washburn

                                    • Studio Artist (Trumpet)

                                      David Washburn presently holds the position of Principal Trumpet with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra , Pasadena Pops Orchestra and is Associate Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra. He is active in the recording studios, having numerous motion picture soundtracks to his credit. He has also served as principal trumpet and soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.


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                                      Gary Woodward

                                      • Studio Artist (Flute)

                                        Gary Woodward, holds degrees in music from the University of Southern California and Chapman University, and enjoys an active and diverse musical life in Southern California. He has performed as principal flutist with virtually all of the major orchestras in the area including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Pacific Symphony. He regularly performs as...

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