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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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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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Menahem Pressler

  • Artist in Residence

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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Ron Kobayashi

  • Adjunct Professor, Jazz Piano

  • B.A., Political Science, with a Music Minor, California State University, Fullerton

An acclaimed jazz pianist, Ron Kobayashi actively performs all over the West Coast, and his vast breadth of knowledge comes from a diversity of experiences throughout the history of his career as a composer, performer, and musical director. As a Conservatory faculty member, he enjoys passing on his knowledge and passion for music to Biola students through teaching a Jazz Improvisation course....

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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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    Gina Lord

    • Adjunct Professor, Piano

    • M.M. Piano Pedagogy, University of Oregon
    • M.M. Piano Performance, University of Oregon
    • B.M. Music Education, Biola University
    • B.M. Piano Performance, Biola University

    Gina Lord began her studies at the age of six in Salem, Oregon. She won many local competitions and debuted with the Portland Youth Philharmonic at the age of sixteen. While at Biola, Ms. Lord was also awarded the Outstanding Musician of the Year, Outstanding Pianist of the Year as well as other scholarships and competitions which include the Theodore Presser Scholarship and Sigma Alpha Iota...

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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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      Rique Pantoja

      • Adjunct Professor (Contemporary Piano)

      • Certificate in Arranging and Composition, Berklee College of Music, Boston

      A composer, arranger, producer, songwriter, and jazz pianist, Mr. Pantoja teaches applied contemporary keyboard, composition, and song writing, in addition to leading student pop ensembles in the Music in Worship department. He is passionate about passing down his musical knowledge, and about mentoring his students in their faith and in their everyday lives. Linzy Spann Westman ('10) shares how...

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      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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        Beth Nam

        • Adjunct Professor, Piano

          Beth Nam has performed at prestigious institutions and venues, such as Carnegie Weil Recital Hall and Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall, and has also won numerous competitions and scholarships including the Five Towns Music and Art Foundation Young Musician Competition and the 15th Annual Young Pianist Beethoven Competition. She was a recipient of several teaching fellowships at The Juilliard...

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