Faculty and Studio Artists | Composition

Robert Denham

  • Associate Professor, Music Composition and Theory
  • Area Coordinator, Composition

  • D.M.A. in Composition, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music
  • M.A. in Composition, University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.M. in Trumpet Performance, Biola University

Known by students for his caring personality and his precise musical insights, Robert Denham is currently the area coordinator of our Composition Department. His students appreciate his ability to discuss the fine details of their composition while maintaining a vision of the whole work, and they have been able to glean much wisdom from Denham's active compositional career and broad range of...

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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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Alex Lu

  • Studio Artist (Composition)

Lawrence Mumford

  • Adjunct Professor, Music Composition

  • D.M.A., Composition, University of Southern California
  • M.M., Composition, Peabody Conservatory, John Hopkins University
  • B.A., Music Theory, George Washington University
  • Teaching credential received from Indiana University
  • Additional studies pursued at Indiana University and Catholic University of America

Dr. Lawrence Mumford teaches private composition lessons and frequently instructs other theory and composition courses including counterpoint, form and analysis, and 20th century music studies, among other classes. Alumnus Garrett McPherson ('14) reflects on his studies with Dr. Mumford: "I went into Dr. Mumford's lessons expecting only to learn composition, but I also learned the importance of...

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Jonathan Neal

  • Studio Artist, Music Composition

    Jonathan David Neal is a composer and orchestrator with 25+ years for experience in composing music for film, TV and record projects in LA, Nashville, London and Budapest as well as composing for and working with ethnic instruments and musicians in Indonesia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He has recently composed music for the feature film "Film Maker's Son" and a documentary...

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    Michael Watts

    • Adjunct Professor, Music Composition

      With over 30 years of musical experience, Mike Watts has worked primarily in the movie, television, and record industries. At Biola, he teaches the Advanced Music Tech and Film Scoring course. Though much of his work is in orchestration, composition, and arrangement, Mr. Watts also plays piano, synthesizer, and accordion.

      Mr. Watts reflects, “I've…worked with lots and lots of very gifted people,...

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      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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      Manuel Calzada