Faculty | 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

  • 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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Manuel Calzada

  • 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

Lawrence Mumford teaches private composition lessons, counterpoint, form and analysis, twentieth century music, music theory I-IV, and sightsinging I-IV.

Alumnus Garrett McPherson ('14) reflects on his studies with him: "I went into Dr. Mumford's lessons expecting only to learn composition, but I also learned the importance of music presentation. Alongside this, Dr. Mumford drives home the...

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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, New Media Composition

    Christopher Wills

    • Adjunct Professor, Music Composition