Faculty and Studio Artists | Composition

Robert Denham

  • Composition and Theory Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator

  • 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, Dr. 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 Dr. 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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Gary Kuo

  • Studio Artist (Composition)

  • M.M. Media Writing and Production, University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL)
  • B.M. Violin Performance, The Juilliard School (New York, NY)

Violinist and six-time Emmy award-winning composer Gary Kuo began his formal musical studies at the age of eight in his home state of Connecticut. By his senior year of high school, Gary had won statewide competitions, performed as soloist with several orchestras, and served as concertmaster for numerous festival ensembles, including the All-Eastern MENC Conference Orchestra, where he was...

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Alex Lu

  • Studio Artist (Composition)

  • M.M. Composition, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • B.M., Composition, Biola University
  • B.M., Piano Performance, Biola University

Alex Lu is a composer, pianist, and educator. His music has been performed internationally and has accompanied award-winning films in festival premieres and television broadcasts. As a performer, Alex has served as the Assistant Director and Principal Accompanist of the Golden Gate Men's Chorus under Maestro Joseph Jennings. Alex received a MM degree in composition from the San Francisco...

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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 (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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