Music Faculty & Staff

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Faculty

Brown Bannister

Assistant Professor of Music
Interim Director of the School of Music

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615.966.5761 (ext. 5761)

Ben Blasko

Visiting Professor of Instumental Studies

As a conductor, Benjamen Blasko has been invited to conduct performances and lead master classes across the U.S. He is a founding member of the Agora Brass Ensemble, made up of graduate students and music educators devoted to exposing and developing music for the brass medium. Blasko’s primary teachers include...

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615.966.2081 (ext. 2081)

Donna King

Chair of the Contemporary Music Program
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...

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Nathan Mickle

Visiting Professor of Music

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615.966.5754 (ext. 5754)

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...

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615.966.5809 (ext. 5809)

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...

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615.966.5811 (ext. 5811)

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Assistant Professor of Film & Creative Media
Director of School of Theatre and Cinematic Arts

Steve Taylor earned his “Renaissance Man” stripes (Prism Magazine) from a uniquely diverse body of work. As a recording artist, he’s sold over one million albums worldwide and earned two Grammy nominations for Meltdown (1984) and Squint (1993). His producer resume includes the Platinum-certified Sixpence None The Richer (featuring the...

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Gary Wilson

Chair of the Classical Music Program
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...

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615.966.5750 (ext. 5750)

Staff

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Publicity Coord Office Asst

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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.

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Adjunct Faculty

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Adjunct Faculty - Music

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Christine Dente

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Scott Dente

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Marcus Finnie

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Mark Godwin

Adjunct Faculty

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Dan Lochrie

Adjunct Faculty

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...

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Russ Long

Adjunct Faculty

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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...

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Jean Miller

Adjunct Faculty

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...

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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....

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Colleen Phelps

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Matt Phelps

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Patricia Roberts

Adjunct Faculty

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...

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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...

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Adjunct Faculty

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...

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Artist in Residence

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Carolyn Treybig

Adjunct Faculty

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....

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Clare Yang

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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....

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