Faculty | Strings

Elizabeth Larson

  • Strings and Chamber Music Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator

  • 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

  • Strings and Music History Associate Professor and Area Coordinator
  • Biola Symphony Orchestra Conductor

  • 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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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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    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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      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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      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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        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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          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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