Music Faculty & Staff

All bios are sorted alphabetically.

Faculty

Brown Bannister

Director of the School of Music
Assistant Professor of Music

Contact via email
615.966.5761 (ext. 5761)

Ben Blasko

Director of Instrumental Studies
Visiting Professor of Music

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...

Contact via email
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...

Contact via email
615.966.5774 (ext. 5774)

Nathan Mickle

Visiting Professor of Music

Nathan Mickle teaches music theory, piano, a commercial ensemble, and arranging. He attended the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University where he completed a Master of Music degree in Music Composition with honors. Over the past eight years, he has been involved in production, arranging, and orchestrating music...

Contact via email
615.966.5754 (ext. 5754)

Jerome Reed

Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Piano

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...

Contact via email
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...

Contact via email
615.966.5811 (ext. 5811)

Steve Taylor

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...

Contact via email

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...

Contact via email
615.966.5750 (ext. 5750)

Staff

Nick Bergin

Accompanist

Nicholas Bergin is the Organist at First Presbyterian Church. He graduated in May of 2012 with a Master's degree in organ performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Janette Fishell and was awarded the prestigious Barbara and David Jacobs Fellowship. In 2011, he served...

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

placeholder for Jessica Silva

Publicity Coord Office Asst

Contact via email
615.966.5932 (ext. 5932)

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.

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Adjunct Faculty

placeholder for Sarah Bailey

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

placeholder for Elizabeth Browne

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Rob Byus

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Rob Byus grew up playing trumpet and bass guitar in St. Albans, West Virginia. After graduating from West Virginia State University College on a full music scholarship, he moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. In 1995 he started playing with Blake Shelton, and continues as Shelton’s musical...

Contact via email

placeholder for Angie Carr

Adjunct Faculty

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

placeholder for Sarah Crocker

Adjunct Faculty

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Bill Delvaux

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Bill Delvaux is the Director of Landmark Journey Ministries, organized in 2012. He brings a rich background of 30+ years of pastoral ministry and classroom experience into his teaching, writing, and spiritual directing. He is the author of Landmarks: Turning Points On Your Journey Toward God (2013), and "Divided: When...

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

placeholder for Ron Fair

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Marcus Finnie

Adjunct Faculty

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

placeholder for Ashley Greenberg

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Contact via email

Thomas Harbin

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Thomas Harbin serves as an adjunct professor of piano in the commercial and classical departments at Lipscomb. He has been a member of the Belmont piano faculty since 2016 and maintains a thriving private studio where he teaches piano, guitar, songwriting, recording and artist development. Harbin earned his master of...

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

placeholder for Dan Harrell

Adjunct Faculty

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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...

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Scott Heuerman

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Scott Heuerman currently serves as VP of Marketing for BubbleUp, managing the Nashville office, overseeing account management, business development and marketing services. His industry experience includes work with Warner Bros Nashville, Live Nation/Musictoday, and iTunes/Apple Music. Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, he moved to Nashville in 1989 after receiving his music...

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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...

Contact via email

placeholder for Shelley Jennings

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Denny Jiosa

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Denny Jiosa is recognized and respected worldwide as one of the most dynamic and soulful guitarists on the scene today. Jiosa has always pushed the envelope stylistically, swirling in the style of smooth Wes Montgomery inspired playing; to soaring Santana-esc solos; to Jeff Beck technical prowess. On his seventh release,...

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Bonnie Keen

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Bonnie Keen is a founding member of the recording trio First Call, receiving three Dove Awards, five Grammy nominations, and an Emmy nomination for her work as a recording artist, author and speaker. Keen has performed on “The Grammy Awards”, “Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show” touring the United States, Canada, Asia...

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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...

Contact via email

Jeff Lisenby

Adjunct Faculty

Jeff Lisenby was music director, arranger, and played keyboards in “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” on Broadway and on the cast album. He also performed with touring shows of “Wicked” and “Jersey Boys” and accompanied Pavarotti, Blake Shelton, Dolly Parton, Mel Tormé, Little Anthony & The Imperials,...

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

placeholder for Wes Little

Adjunct Faculty

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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...

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Gregg Lohman

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Originally from Teutopolis, Illinois, Gregg Lohman moved to Nashville in 2000 after completing his Bachelor’s degree (Eastern Illinois University) and Master’s degree (University of Tennessee, Knoxville). In 2003, he began playing with country artist Aaron Tippin where he spent three and a half years touring throughout the United States including...

Contact via email

Russ Long

Adjunct Faculty

Colorado native Russ Long moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University in the mid-1980s. After graduating with a BBA, he has remained in town engineering and producing a wide variety of music and film projects. After engineering the hits “Kiss Me” and “There She Goes” by Sixpence None The Richer...

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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...

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Jeff McPherson

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Jeff McPherson moved to Nashville in 1985 to get famous, but found success in other ways. He was signed as a songwriter to Hot House Music in 1993, provided the score for two Playstation games and wrote extensively for Audio Media, Keyboard Magazine and ProSound News. After working for SADiE,...

Contact via email

placeholder for Matt Menefee

Adjunct Faculty

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

placeholder for Bethany Merritt

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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...

Contact via email

placeholder for Brent Milligan

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

placeholder for Chris Nelsen

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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....

Contact via email

placeholder for Brooke Odum

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

John Painter

Adjunct Faculty - Music

John Mark Painter is a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, producer, engineer, composer, arranger, and session musician. He lives in East Nashville with his wife Fleming McWilliams. Their duo, Fleming and John, formerly signed to Universal Records, released two full-length albums, Delusions of Grandeur (1995), and The Way We Are (1999). His...

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Matt Phelps

Adjunct Faculty

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

placeholder for Peter Povey

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Contact via email

Julian Raymond

Adjunct Faculty

Julian Raymond is a multi-Grammy Award winning and Academy Award nominated record producer and songwriter. He arrived in Nashville from Los Angeles in 2014 to work with Scott Borchetta at Big Machine Label Group. Julian Raymond is the SVP of A&R at Big Machine John Varvatos Records where he works...

Contact via email

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...

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Chance Scoggins

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Chance Scoggins is a Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning music producer, as well as one of Nashville’s top sessions singers and vocal coaches. As a member of Beth Moore’s worship team for a decade and eight years as the Musical Director for Women Of Faith, Scoggins developed a deep understanding of the...

Contact via email

placeholder for Robby Shankle

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...

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

placeholder for Ben Shive

Adjunct Faculty

Contact via email

Beau Tackett

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Beau Tackett is an established Nashville guitarist versed in multiple styles from blues to classical to country. Since graduating Belmont University in 2002 (Commercial Guitar Performance), Tackett has sustained a career as a guitarist, playing with artists such as Rebecca Lynn Howard, Trent Willmon, Jake Owen, Sammy Kershaw and Joe...

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Rod Taylor

Artist in Residence

Rod C. Taylor is an award-winning educator, musician, and author. He’s been active in music as a performer and music teacher for over three decades. As a bassist, he’s played and/or recorded with a number of artists, including Krista Detor, Victor Wooten, Artemis Robison, Chuck Rainey, to name a few....

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

placeholder for James Thiele

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Mark Thress

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Mark Thress, MM, MA, is dedicated to entrepreneurship and fueled by a passion for positive influence. He is an accomplished operatic and studio vocalist with a demonstrated higher education teaching history, and his strong background in vocal research has helped carve a unique path of innovation and vocal science, in...

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

placeholder for Joy Thurmon

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Contact via email

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....

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

Femka Weidema

Adjunct Faculty - Music

Femke Weidema is the producer/co-writer of artists such as Belle Mt, Estelle, Babyface, Bexar, Dancing on Tables, LIEZA, Seth Ennis, Beto Cuevas, Jess and the Bandits, and many more. She won the ASCAP Harold Adamson award, studied with Lin Manual Miranda for a short summer at Chicago's North Western University...

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)

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....

Contact via email
615.966.5929 (ext. 5929)