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

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, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion and Music Education
  • 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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Li-Shan Hung

  • Associate 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

An accomplished pianist who has traveled the world over, Li-Shan 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, 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

  • Associate Professor, Violin and Chamber Music
  • Area Coordinator, Strings
  • Director, Chamber Music

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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
  • 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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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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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

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

  • 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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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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Carol Aspling

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Director, 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 Balzun 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 made his solo debut at the Kennedy Centre in 2014, singing excerpts from Turandot. As a 2016 fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Mr. Balzun sang alongside Stephanie...

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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

            • Adjunct Professor
            • Director, 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
            • 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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            Jenny Kim

            • Studio Artist, French Horn

              Jenny Kim is Associate Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Opera and Third Horn with New West Symphony. She also performs frequently with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Pasadena Symphony. As a recording artist, she has worked on numerous motion pictures, including Avatar, Frozen, the Ice Age films, The Adventures of TinTin, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Star Wars: Episode 7 and 8. She is...

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              Ron Kobayashi

              • Adjunct Professor, Jazz Piano

              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 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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                  David Michael Loucks

                  • Studio Artist, 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.


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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
                          • 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...

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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)

                                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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