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Faculty | B.M. in Music Performance

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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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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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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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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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

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

  • 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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Jeff Askew

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

  • 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. 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

  • 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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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)

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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 is the director of choral studies at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif. where she conducts the Biola University Chorale and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. As associate professor, she also teaches courses in conducting and choral methods. With graduate degrees from the Eastman School of Music (M.M. Conducting) and the University of Southern California (D.M.A. Choral Music), Stewart...

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Richard Zeller

  • Associate Professor, Music

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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Mindy Ball

  • Studio Artist, Harp

    Since 1979, Mindy Ball has served as principal harp with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and the Pacific Chorale. She is also principal harp for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Opera Pacific. She was principal harp for Pittsburgh Opera from 2003–2007 under John Mauceri. She performs regularly for major national and international touring ballet companies and has recorded for major motion...

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    Joel Balzun

    • Teaching Fellow, 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 Balzun holds a master’s degree in vocal performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Jan Opalach and Benton Hess. At Eastman, he was nominated for the Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching. He currently serves on the voice faculties of Biola University and Fullerton College. In addition to teaching voice lessons at...

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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

      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 has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Austria, France, the Czech Republic and Hong Kong, where she was awarded First Prize at the 2013 Third Hong Kong International Violin Competition. She has collaborated with U.K. Band "Bastille," has appeared on the U.S. network TV Show "The Moment", CBS’s show “The Bold...

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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

        Heralded as “bright voiced” (Los Angeles Times) and possessing a voice that exudes “warmth and affection” (The Herald, Carmel, Calif.), soprano Robyn Frey-Monell's versatile vocal style has enabled her to actively perform repertoire spanning the operatic, oratorio, recital and musical theater genres. She has been a featured soloist with the Carmel Bach Festival, Concordia University Irvine, the...

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        Kevin Garnica

        • Adjunct Professor (Piano)

        Walt Harrah

        • Adjunct Professor
        • Director, The King's Men

        Matthew Kellaway

        • Adjunct Professor
        • Director, Men's Chorus

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

          A champion for both her students and the French horn, Jenny Kim has set a distinct musical path for her career, which encompasses orchestral work, major studio recordings, and horn instruction. She became a studio artist at Biola in 2011. Jenny is associate Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Opera, as well as Principal Horn in the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and Third Horn with New West...

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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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          Brent Kuszyk

          • Studio Artist, Percussion

            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

              Jung-A Lee has performed in Europe, North America, and Asia as organist, pianist and conductor. She currently serves as the 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, directed by Maestros John Alexander and Robert Istad. In 2009 she founded Music...

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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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                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.

                  In...

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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 Band, in Washington, D.C. Currently he is principal trombone with the California Philharmonic Orchestra, first Euphonium in the Tubadours and solo baritone with the Americus Brass Band. He holds a master's degree in...

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                    Beth Mitchell

                    • Studio Artist, Tuba

                      Before settling in Los Angeles, Beth Mitchell was the principal tubist with The Women's Philharmonic's orchestra in San Francisco. She has played with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Opera Pacific, the Orchesta Sinfonica de Monterrey, Germany’s Eurobrass, as a guest with the United States Navy Band and soloed with the United States Army Band.

                      Mitchell enjoys an...

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                      Matthew Ordaz

                      • Studio Artist, Percussion
                      • Director, Percussion Ensemble

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

                      Matt Ordaz began studying music at an early age and went on to earn many awards in piano performance and composition; he has three published children’s pieces for piano through Willis/Hal Leonard. While earning his bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from Biola University’s Conservatory of Music, Matt served as the principal percussionist/drummer in various orchestral and jazz ensembles...

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                      Menahem Pressler

                      • Artist in Residence

                        Menahem Pressler, founding member and pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio, has established himself among the world’s most distinguished and honored musicians, with a career that spans almost six decades. Now, at 90 years old, he continues to captivate audiences throughout the world as performer and pedagogue, performing solo and chamber music recitals to great critical acclaim while maintaining a...

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                        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)

                            Jiayi Shi

                            • Studio Artist, Piano and Accompanying

                              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)

                                  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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                                  Music History I

                                  Music History II


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                                  David Washburn

                                  • Studio Artist, Trumpet

                                    David Washburn is a Yamaha Performing Artist and is the principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. A much sought-after musician in Los Angeles, he also holds the position of associate principal trumpet of the LA Opera Orchestra. He has served as principal trumpet and soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

                                    Active in the recording studios, David has numerous motion...

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                                    Gary Woodward

                                    • Studio Artist, Flute

                                      Gary Woodward brings to the Biola Conservatory a wealth of experience, knowledge and wisdom gleaned from a multifaceted career at the highest level of performance in orchestral, chamber music, commercial recording and musical theater.

                                      Highlights of his over forty-year career as one of Los Angeles’s most respected freelance flutists include 25 seasons as the principal flutist of the Los Angeles...

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