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Faculty | Voice

Jeanne Robison

  • Professor, Voice and Opera
  • Area Coordinator, Voice

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

Jeanne Robison has served as Voice Area Coordinator at the Conservatory since 1995 and served as director of opera from 1995–2014. Under her leadership, enrollment in the voice area almost tripled between 1998 and 2007 and students under her tutelage have gone on to esteemed graduate schools including Eastman, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes, Peabody, USC, Boston University, Michigan State,...

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Shawna Stewart

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

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

Dr. Shawna Stewart is the Director of Choral Studies at Biola University in La Mirada, CA where she conducts the Biola University Chorale and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. As associate professor, she teaches courses in conducting and choral methods. Dr. Stewart holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (M.M. Conducting), the University of Southern California (D.M.A. Choral Music), and has...

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Carol Aspling

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Director, Women's Chorus

  • B.M., Music Education, Biola University

Carol Aspling holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Biola University, receiving the Outstanding Music Education Student Award. Currently, she serves on the faculty of Biola University where she conducts the Women’s Chorus. During her tenure at Biola, the Women’s Chorus has participated in many festivals, performed at a multitude of venues and has also toured and performed throughout California...

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Joel Balzun

  • Teaching Fellow, Voice

  • M.A. Music in Vocal Performance Eastman School of Music
  • B.A. Music Composition Biola University
  • Additional studies in Music Composition performed at the University of Calgary

Baritone and composer Joel Balzun holds a master’s degree in vocal performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Jan Opalach and Benton Hess. At Eastman, he was nominated for the Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching. He currently serves on the voice faculties of Biola University and Fullerton College. In addition to teaching voice lessons at...

Courses

  • MUSC 102 (Voice Class) 
  • MUSC 156-157 (Lyric Diction I and II) 
  • MUSC 251-252 (Song Literature I and II)

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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

Heralded as “bright voiced” (Los Angeles Times) and possessing a voice that exudes “warmth and affection” (The Herald, Carmel, Calif.), soprano Robyn Frey-Monell's versatile vocal style has enabled her to actively perform repertoire spanning the operatic, oratorio, recital and musical theater genres. She has been a featured soloist with the Carmel Bach Festival, Concordia University Irvine, the...

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Matthew Kellaway

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Director, Men's Chorus

  • M.M. Choral Conducting, CSU, Fullerton
  • B.M. Vocal Performance, 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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