Faculty & Staff

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Faculty

Beki Baker

Beki Baker

Chair, Theater
Assistant Professor

Beki Baker’s professional directing credits include Julius Caesar (starring Eddie George), Shakespeare’s Case, and Love Labor’s Lost (AD) for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, where she served as Education Director from 2010-2012. She directed Broadway star Eden Espinosa in Tarzan for the National Association for Music Education as well as Tony... [More]

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615.966.5728 (ext. 5728)

Tom Bancroft

Tom Bancroft

Artist in Residence

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615.966.6004 (ext. 6004)

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Brown Bannister

Assistant Professor of Music
Interim Director of the School of Music

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615.966.5691 (ext. 5691)

Larry Brown

Larry Brown

Professor

Larry Brown earned his Ph.D. in Dramatic Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and began teaching at Lipscomb in 1989. He directed the theater program for 19 years. Now he teaches courses in history of theater, narrative film theory, world literature, and many online Bible classes. He has published two... [More]

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615.966.5715 (ext. 5715)

Cliff Eanes Tierney

Cliff Eanes Tierney

Chair, Visual Arts
Associate Professor

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615.966.6282 (ext. 6282)

David Hardy

David Hardy

Assistant Professor

David Hardy, Lipscomb Theatre’s resident Lighting Designer, is an Assistant Professor of Design, Production, and Management. He has taught audio / visual design, lighting practicum, technical theatre, and stage management at the university. Recent design projects include the lobby display at the GMA Honors (2016) and HALSTON—an exhibition in the... [More]

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615.966.5692 (ext. 5692)

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Rocky Horton

Associate Professor

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615.966.5266 (ext. 5266)

Donna King

Donna King

Assistant Professor

Donna King, assistant professor of music, came to Lipscomb University as a piano instructor in 1987 and began full-time teaching in 1999. She teaches music history and music literature courses, class piano and beginning music theory. Professor King has a special interest in music for general education and collaborative learning... [More]

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615.966.5774 (ext. 5774)

Angela Lee

Angela Lee

Assistant Professor

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615.966.5219 (ext. 5219)

Nat McIntyre

Nat McIntyre

Assistant Professor of Theatre

Nat McIntyre grew up in Cape Cod, MA and received his B.A. from Eastern Nazarene College in Boston, MA. Immediately following graduation, McIntyre spent a year running a theater program, youth group, and working in a local orphanage as a volunteer with Veritas. He then lived in Boston for six... [More]

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615.966.7111 (ext. 7111)

Nathan Mickle

Nathan Mickle

Visiting Professor of Music

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615.966.5754 (ext. 5754)

Jerome Reed

Jerome Reed

Professor

Jerome A. Reed is the Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Piano at Lipscomb University. He has performed extensively in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America, appearing in such venues as the Mendelssohnhaus in Leipzig, Germany; the Musikhochschule in Graz, Austria; and the Conservatoire Royale in Brussels, Belgium. Other... [More]

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615.966.5809 (ext. 5809)

Steve Rhodes

Steve Rhodes

Professor

Stephen L. Rhodes, professor of music, directs the University Wind Ensemble, University Jazz Band, University Chamber Orchestra, as well the orchestra for major music theatre productions. He teaches courses in conducting, secondary music education, instrumental methods, and orchestration. He received the D.A. degree in instrumental conducting and the M.M. degree... [More]

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615.966.5811 (ext. 5811)

Fain Spray

Fain Spray

Assistant Professor of Music

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615.966.2081 (ext. 2081)

Gary Wilson

Gary Wilson

Professor

Gary P. Wilson, D.M.A., divides his professional time between the roles of conductor, scholar, and educator. His responsibilities as Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Lipscomb University include conducting the A Cappella Singers and Chamber Men, directing the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and overseeing the vocal studio program. Choirs under... [More]

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615.966.5750 (ext. 5750)

Staff

Scott Baker

Scott Baker

Adjunct Faculty
Marketing and Community Outreach Coordinator

Scott Baker wears many hats for Lipscomb Theatre. As the Director of Marketing and Community Outreach for the College of Entertainment and the Arts, he has a hand in promoting all the shows and activities the department does. As an adjunct professor he teaches classes on special skills and period... [More]

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615.966.5229 (ext. 5229)

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Mia Jaye Jackson

Administrative Assistant

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615.966.5813 (ext. 5813)

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Jessica Silva

Publicity Coord Office Asst

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615.966.5932 (ext. 5932)

Marilyn Smith

Marilyn Smith

Administrative Assistant

Marilyn Smith is the Administrative Assistant for the Department of Music. She manages the departmental office and supervises many of the department's programs and operations. [More]

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Kym Yates

Kym Yates

Administrative Assistant

Kym Yates, born and raised in Tennessee’s Cheatham County, serves as the School of Theatre and Cinematic Arts Administrative Assistant. Yates has worked in administrative capacities for 20+ years and serves the departments well, helping us to stay organized and efficient. She also always keeps the office decorated for the... [More]

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615.966.7111 (ext. 7111)

Adjunct Faculty

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Erica Aubrey

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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Sarah Bailey

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Robert Bond

Robert Bond

Robert Bond is a recording artist, producer and composer whose career has spanned continents—and musical genres. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Music where he studied both jazz and classical music. While at I.U., he also studied table drumming, including a master class with Usted Alla Rakha,... [More]

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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Elizabeth Browne

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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Angie Carr

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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Jessica Clevenger

Adjunct Faculty

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615.966.6004 (ext. 6004)

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Sarah Crocker

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Christine Dente

Christine Dente

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Scott Dente

Scott Dente

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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Laura Donohue

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615.966.7111 (ext. 7111)

Leigh Anne Ervin

Leigh Anne Ervin

Adjunct Faculty

In addition to serving on the teaching faculty at Lipscomb University and St. Cecilia Academy, Leigh Anne Ervin is director of SCA's Seasons Dance Company and co-director/choreographer for Lipscomb's Foundation Dance Theatre. Ervin is also a musical theatre choreographer, most recently for Disney's Beauty and the Beast at Lipscomb University.... [More]

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Marcus Finnie

Marcus Finnie

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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Lori Fischer

Lori Fischer is the “2008 New York University Harry Kondoleon Graduate Award in Playwriting” recipient and a 2008-09 Dramatists Guild Fellow. Fischer received her M.F.A. from the N.Y.U. Dramatic Writing Department in 2008 and she received her B.A. degree from Belmont University. Recent Playwriting Credits: In 2017, Fischer's comedy Greener... [More]

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615.966.7111 (ext. 7111)

Vali Forrister

Vali Forrister

Adjunct Faculty

Vali Forrister is the Producing Artistic Director of the Actors Bridge Ensemble, a professional theater company and actor training program which she co-founded in 1995. She has produced over 90 productions for the company, has acted and directed over 30, and authored six. She founded and leads Act Like a... [More]

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Erin Gage

Adjunct Faculty

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Jack Gavin

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Mark Godwin

Mark Godwin

Mark Godwin holds a degree in guitar performance from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. He has attended and performed in numerous master classes with Michael Newman, Christian Kieser and Oscar Ghiglia. Godwin has taught private and classroom instruction since 1979. He has served on the faculty of Lipscomb since 1990... [More]

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Jodi Gresham

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615.966.5813 (ext. 5813)

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David Hamrick

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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Kevin Harkness

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615.966.5813 (ext. 5813)

Ike Harris

Ike Harris

Adjunct Faculty

Nashville native and bassist Ike Harris serves as adjunct instructor of string bass and electric bass guitar. He holds a BME from Austin Peay State University where he was also on the faculty for several years. He is a professional bassist in the Nashville area and tours extensively playing jazz... [More]

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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John Hill

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615.966.6004 (ext. 6004)

David Hobbs

David Hobbs

Adjunct Faculty

David Hobbs is the trumpet teacher at Lipscomb and is also beginning his twelfth season as the principal trumpeter of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. A native of Mississippi, he grew up in northern Alabama and pursued his musical education at Louisiana State University, receiving his B.M. degree in 1984.. While... [More]

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Janet Holeman

Janet Holeman

Adjunct Faculty

Janet Holeman returns to her beloved Alma Mater as an adjunct faculty member. During her early days at Lipscomb, Janet performed in various recitals and musical shows, such as in the role of Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!, Musical Director and Hostess of Singarama, and member of Acappella Singers and... [More]

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Marcia Hughes

Marcia Hughes

Professor

Marcia A. Hughes, professor of music, teaches private piano and elementary music methods courses in addition to performing and accompanying for students and faculty recitals. Hughes served as department chair for eight years and presently serves as associate chair. She holds the D.M.E. and M.M.E. degrees in music education from... [More]

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Shelley Jennings

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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Denny Jiosa

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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Brian Jobe

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615.966.5813 (ext. 5813)

Mandy Jones

Mandy Jones

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615.966.5813 (ext. 5813)

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Bonnie Keen

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Julia Kwak

Julia Kwak

Adjunct Faculty

Julia Kwak has taught piano as an adjunct faculty at Lipscomb University since 2012. Currently, she is working as a staff accompanist. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in 1995 from Abilene Christian University and a Master of Music degree in 1999 from Southern Methodist University in Texas. Kwak... [More]

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Bee Laupp

Bee Laupp

Adjunct Faculty

Belinda (Bee) Laupp has been teaching for 35 of the 41+ years she has played flute. Laupp earned her BME from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. and has done postgraduate work at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Before moving from St. Louis to the Nashville area in 1979, she... [More]

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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Jeff Lisenby

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Dan Lochrie

Dan Lochrie

Lochrie received degrees from The University of Michigan, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and The Ohio State University, where he studied with James Pyne. Other teachers included Paul Schaller, Brian Schweickhardt, John Mohler, Franklin Cohen and bass clarinetist, Oliver Green. Before entering graduate school, he joined the National Orchestra of... [More]

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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Brenda Long

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615.966.5813 (ext. 5813)

Russ Long

Russ Long

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Judy Mahone

Judy Mahone

Adjunct Faculty

Judy Mahone began teaching piano at Lipscomb in 1995. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance from George Peabody College for Teachers in 1968 where she studied with Lucien Stark. Mahone has maintained a private studio in her home from 1970 to the present. She was the... [More]

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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Stephen Majeske

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Sean Martin

Sean Martin

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615.966.7111 (ext. 7111)

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Jerry McPherson

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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Matt Menefee

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Jean Miller

Jean Miller

Following her graduation with a B.A. in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Pepperdine University (1978), Jean Miller began teaching voice part-time at Lipscomb in the fall of 1979. She taught class voice at Illinois State University from 1981 to 1982 while completing her Master of Music degree in Vocal... [More]

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Brent Milligan

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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Chris Nelsen

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Jeanne Newton

Jeanne Newton

Adjunct Faculty

Jeanne Newton teaches Woodwind Methods, Integrated Music & History, and Music Theory. Prior to coming to Lipscomb in 2009, she taught instrumental and general music for 19 years. While a majority of her teaching was in award-winning middle school and high school band/string programs, her classroom experience spans grades K-12.... [More]

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Maureen O'Brien

Maureen O'Brien

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615.966.5813 (ext. 5813)

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Brooke Odum

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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John Painter

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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Maggie Pelton

Maggie Pelton grew up in the New Jersey Ballet Company. Her studies expanded to other disciplines while attending the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Martha Graham and Jose Limon schools in New York City. After receiving her BFA in dance from the Juilliard School and a scholarship... [More]

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615.966.7111 (ext. 7111)

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Jennifer Pepper

Adjunct Faculty

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615.966.5813 (ext. 5813)

Colleen Phelps

Colleen Phelps

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Matt Phelps

Matt Phelps

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Sari Reist

Sari Reist

Adjunct Faculty

Sari DeLeon Reist performs regularly with some of Nashville’s finest musicians and ensembles on stage and in the recording studio. She has played with the Nashville Symphony on many occasions, and appeared as a soloist with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. In the popular realm, Sari can be heard on recordings... [More]

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Patricia Roberts

Patricia Roberts

Patricia Roberts earned her BM in music from Texas Christian University in 1988, where she studied voice and was a Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship Recipient. She received a MM from Baylor University in 1991, where her studies also included vocal performance and opera. She studied with Dr. J. Arden Hopkins... [More]

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Radu Rusu

Radu Rusu

Adjunct Faculty

Rusu received his Master of Music from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and his Bachelor of Music degree from 'C. Porumbesu' National Music Conservatory, Bucharest, Romania. He has also completed numerous doctoral courses at the University of Alabama in the Doctor of Musical Arts program. Rusu has received additional coaching... [More]

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Marian Shaffer

Marian Shaffer

Adjunct Faculty

Marian Shaffer is Principal Harpist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Iris Orchestra, in residence at the Germantown Performing Arts Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stephens College, graduating summa cum laude with a concentration in both harp and piano. She studied both instruments for one... [More]

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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Robby Shankle

Professor Robby Shankle is a Nashville studio musician with a broad range of musical credits, including performances with Aretha Franklin, Branford Marsalis, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, The Nashville Symphony, The Four Tops, Barry Manilow, Rod Steward, Ray Charles, Ann Hampton Callaway, Patti Austin, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Harry Connick Jr., Rosemary... [More]

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Kari Smith

Kari Smith

Adjunct Faculty

Kari Cherie Smith, a native of Nashville, has enjoyed teaching theatre and dance for over 17 years in the Middle Tennessee area. With a background in performance, dance, directing, education and choreography, Smith holds a Theatre and English Education degree from Lipscomb University and was a four-year member of the... [More]

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615.966.5187 (ext. 5187)

Santiago Sosa

Santiago Sosa

Santiago Sosa earned a B.F.A. from Texas State University and an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an actor, teaching artist, and/or voice & text coach, Sosa has worked at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Muse of Fire Shakespeare, Door Shakespeare,... [More]

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615.966.5186 (ext. 5186)

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Rod Taylor

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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Mark Thress

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Carolyn Treybig

Carolyn Treybig

Carolyn Treybig teaches flute at Lipscomb. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Texas (at Austin), her Master of Music (Flute) and Master of Music (History) from the University of Akron and her Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Music from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music.... [More]

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Femka Weidema

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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Kyle Whalum

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Dustin Williams

Dustin Williams

Dustin Williams teaches string methods at Lipscomb. He holds degrees from Abilene Christian University and West Texas A & M University. He is also a graduate of the Violin Making School of America. Professor Williams is a luthier (violin maker) and owner of Williams Fine Violins & Luthier Studios. His... [More]

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Anne Willingham

Anne L. Willingham received a Bachelor of Interior Design from the School of Architecture at Auburn University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Alabama in Set and Lighting Design. After a year at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Willingham moved to Nashville and joined the local theater... [More]

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615.966.7111 (ext. 7111)

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Andrew Witherington

Adjunct Faculty

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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Donna Woodley

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615.966.5813 (ext. 5813)

Clare Yang

Clare Yang

Adjunct Faculty

Violist Clare Yang joined the Nashville Symphony in 1995. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, she moved to the “Hoosier” state at age four and grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. She holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University, where her principal teachers were Abraham Skernick, Atar Arad and Stanley Ritchie.... [More]

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615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Contact Us

Mike Fernandez
Dean
Associate Professor of Theatre

615.966.5186
800.333.4358, x. 5186
mike.fernandez@lipscomb.edu

Josh Link
Recruiting & Marketing Coordinator
615.966.6005
800.333.4358, x. 6005
josh.link@lipscomb.edu