Faculty | Voice

Jeanne Robison

  • Associate Professor, Voice and Opera
  • Area Coordinator, Voice

  • D.M.A. in the Musical Arts, with Cognate in Opera Direction and Production, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
  • M.M. Voice Performance, Kent State University
  • B.M. Music Education, Kent State University

Dr. Robison is an opera trailblazer who has had a significant impact on the vocal departments of several institutions. Currently Area Coordinator of Vocal Studies, Dr. Robison also teaches private lessons, acts as instructor for several Conservatory courses including Lyric Diction, and is the head of the Conservatory's Opera program. Her students have a wide variety of backgrounds and...

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Shawna Stewart

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Choral Activities
  • Director, Biola University Chorale and Vocal Jazz

  • D.M.A., University of Southern California
  • M.M., Eastman School of Music
  • B.S., John Brown University

Shawna Stewart directs the Biola Chorale and Vocal Jazz ensembles, and she is also the instructor for Beginning and Advanced Conducting courses, Choral Methods and Choral Literature. A significant role model to students seeking to pursue a career in music education and choral conducting, her love of music and for her students has been an inspiration to many young teachers entering the field of...

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Richard Zeller

  • Associate Professor, Voice and Opera

  • Artist's Diploma in Opera, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • M.M., Vocal Performance, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • B.M., Vocal Performance, George Fox College/ University

An internationally acclaimed artist, Richard Zeller brings great wealth of insight from his career performing major opera and concert roles with other notable artists in a wide variety of concert halls across the world. At the Conservatory, he is the vocal coach for the Opera program and leads the Opera workshop in the spring; in addition he teaches applied lessons, voice workshop, and several...

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Carol Aspling

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Director, Women's Chorus

  • B.M., Music Education, Biola University

Actively conducting and working with choirs throughout California, Aspling is the current conductor of the Women's Chorus. Working as a teacher in the Southern California area for over 20 years, she brings an infectious joy and deep passion for God to the young women she coaches and mentors in this ensemble. Dana McIntosh ('14), a student participating in Women's Chorus, shares her experience...

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Joel Balzun

  • Adjunct Professor, Voice

  • M.M. Performance and Literature (Voice), Eastman School of Music
  • B.M. Composition, Biola University
  • Additional studies at University of Calgary (Music Composition)

Baritone and composer Joel Balzun is establishing himself as a mature new voice in the future of music. His multi-faceted career has led him to work with some of the world’s most respected musicians and ensembles.

Mr. Balzun made his solo debut at the Kennedy Centre in 2014, singing excerpts from Turandot. As a 2016 fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Mr. Balzun sang alongside Stephanie...

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Christina Dahlin

  • Studio Artist, Voice

  • M.F.A. University of California Irvine
  • B.M. University of Southern California

Christina Dahlin, M.F.A., has received critical acclaim for her performances of opera and operetta throughout Germany, where she was the leading lyric soprano at the German National Theater in Braunscheig. While living abroad, she appeared as a guest soloist in Dusseldorf, Hanover, Frankfurt, Kassel, Essen and Kiel. She has performed over thirty leading roles spanning a wide variety of...

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Robyn Frey-Monell

  • Studio Artist, Voice

  • D.M.A. College Vocal Teaching, Columbia University's Teachers College
  • M.F.A. Vocal Performance, University of California Irvine
  • B.M. Education (Voice), Westminster Choir College

Soprano Robyn Frey-Monell's versatile vocal style has enabled her to perform successfully in several classical mediums throughout the United States. She has been a featured soloist on the concert and oratorio stage, as well as performed a vast amount of symphonic choral and opera chorus repertoire. Dr. Frey-Monell has performed under the batons of such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Leonard...

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Walt Harrah

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Director, The King's Men

  • M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA)
  • B.A. Church Music, University of Southern California

Walt Harrah is a noted song writer, session singer and record producer. His songs include Think About His Love (Integrity Music), In The Lord Alone (Maranatha! Music), and No More Night (Word). He has been a session singer for 20 years, appearing on dozens of film soundtracks from "King Kong" to "Amistad," and numerous television programs, including the Oscars and the Tonight Show. He served as...

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Matthew Kellaway

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Director, Men's Chorus

  • B.M. Performance (Voice), Biola University

Matthew Kellaway, alumnus of Biola University, is conductor and director of the Men’s Chorus for the Biola Conservatory of Music, and he lends his continuing support to the vocal performance ensembles and programs of the Conservatory.

Mr. Kellaway is an established professional lyric baritone vocal performer in the Southern California area currently singing with the Pacific Chorale and the...

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