School of Music Faculty & Staff

We invite you to take this opportunity to get to know a little about faculty and staff of the Liberty University School of Music. Below you will find a complete listing of our office staff and faculty. Contact information for each member is available for your convenience. Please let us know how we may assist you.


Dr. Vernon M. Whaley, B.A., M.C.M., M.A., D.Min., Ph.D. 

Dean, School of Music
Professor of Music and Worship
(434) 582-2562

Dr. Vernon Whaley was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He sang in church as a child, and played the trumpet in the high school band. He has produced over 100 recording projects from 1985-2005 and is the primary editor of two hymnals. He started and maintained the music publishing company, Integra Music Group, which specializes in producing major works for young voices. He has served as a Minister of Music at several churches. He has served as Music Department Chair at Welch College, and has taught as an associate professor of music at Cedarville University. He has published several articles and books through Thomas Nelson, Prism Music, Baker Books, and Lifeway. He resides in Lynchburg, Virginia with his wife Beth. They have two children, Laurie and Jeremy, and six grandchildren.

B.A., Free Will Baptist Bible College; M.A., Middle Tennessee State University; M.C.M., D.Min., Luther Rice Seminary; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma. At LU since 2005.

Associate Deans

Dr. Sean Beavers, B.M., M.M., D.M.

Associate Dean, Center for Music and Performing Arts
Professor of Music,
(434) 582-2289

Dr. Sean Beavers was born in Kennesaw, Georgia where he began to take guitar lessons at the age of twelve. His teachers include Adam and Bruce Holzman. He has taught middle and high school guitar classes and general music in the K-12 public school system in Loudoun County, Virginia. He has also taught at both Baptist College of Florida and Marshall University. He has published articles in Soundboard and Fingerboard. He has also performed in Italy, Bolivia, and the United States, which includes performances on radio and television. Dr. Beavers resides in Lynchburg, Virginia with his wife and daughter.

B.M., University of Texas at Austin; M.M., D.M., Florida State University. At LU since 2007.


Dr. John D. Kinchen. III, B.M., M.M., D.M.A.

Associate Dean, Center for Music and Worship
Professor of Music and Worship
(434) 592-6563

Dr. John D. Kinchen III was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He began piano studies at five years of age, horn studies in the fifth grade; he started composing original works at the age of thirteen. He attended New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) from the eighth to twelfth grades. He entered into ministry at the age of twenty-nine. His teachers for conducting include Donald Neuen, David Effron, and Phillip Spurgeon, while his composition teachers include Samuel Adler and Joseph Schwantner. Dr. Kinchen taught music theory, composition, and conducting at the secondary level at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts from 1993-1997, was the Assistant Pastor at Northshore Bible Church in Covington, Louisiana from 1997-2000, and served as the Associate Pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Metairie, Louisiana from 2000-2006. He resides in Lynchburg, Virginia with his wife, Denise and two children, Charissa and Dawson.

B.M., Eastman School of Music; M.M., Florida State University; D.M.A., Boston University. At LU since 2006.

Residential Teaching Faculty

Dr. Michael Brennan, B.M., M.M., D.M.
Coordinator of Guitar Studies
Associate Professor of Music,
(434) 592-4920

Michael Brennan was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Southern California. He started playing the guitar at the age of seventeen. His teachers include David Grimes and Anne Waller. Before coming to Liberty University, Dr. Brennan taught at Mt. San Antonio Jr. College, Huntington College, Judson College, and Benedictine University. He contributed articles to The Popular Encyclopedia of Church History and is a regular contributor to Soundboard guitar journal.  He has made two recordings of his hymn arrangements; One Desire and He Makes all Things Beautiful.  He has been the worship leader at Oasis Church since 2009.  Dr. Brennan currently lives in Madison Heights with his wife Monica, daughter Elizabeth, and son John Luke.  He also has a full-grown son, Michael, Jr.

B.M., M.M., California State University at Fullerton; D.M., Northwestern University. At LU since 2007.

Mrs. Patricia Campbell, B.A., M.M., D.M.A.(ABD)
Associate Professor of Music,
(434) 582-2561

Patricia Campbell is native of Lynchburg, Virginia. She has sung in choirs since she was young. Her teachers include Robert Ellinwood and Phyllis Bryn Julson. She has taught as an adjunct voice teacher at Longwood University, Washington and Lee University, and Lynchburg College. She has presented at Voice Foundation Symposiums in 2012 and 2013. She has also served as vocal director for Phantom of the Opera, Peter Pan, and Oklahoma for both Liberty University’s Theatre Department and the Alluvion Stage Company. She lives in Lynchburg with her husband and has two grown children.

B.A., Lynchburg College; M.A., University of Maryland. At LU since 1985.

Dr. Kevin Chiarizzio, B.M., M.M., D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music Education,
(434) 582-2512

Dr. Kevin Chiarizzio was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He performed in many instrumental ensembles in both high school and college, and had early professional experience with the Memphis Symphony while studying for his undergraduate degree. His teachers include trombonists Douglas Lemmon and Robert Gray. He taught at Ouachita Baptist University, Tennessee Tech University, and Baylor University. He is active in the brass community, and has presented and organized several regional, state, and local brass events. He has taught as a substitute teacher, has presented at clinics, and has worked with music directors for over twenty years. He resides in Lynchburg with his wife and five children.

B.M., University of Memphis; M.M., University of Illinois; D.M.A., University of Illinois. At LU since 2004.

Mr. Keith Cooper, B.M., M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music,
(434) 582-2560

Keith Cooper was raised in Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey. He served as a worship pastor at First Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, and at First Baptist Church in Bowie, Texas. He has performed as a concert guitarist with Denver and the Mile High Orchestra (DMHO). He has produced five albums: Truth of the Matter (2002), Sacred Dance (2003), A Guitar’s Carol (2007), The Hymns (2008), and Acoustic Theology (2014). He lives in Lynchburg, Virginia.

B.M., Belmont University; M.A., Criswell College. At LU since 2014.

Dr. Mindy Damon, B.M., M.M., Ed.S., Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Commercial Music,
(434) 582-7317

Dr. Mindy Damon was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She studied both piano and voice during high school. She has taught at Christian Unified School for grades K-8, San Diego Christian College, Southeastern University, Winthrop University, and Walt Disney World. She also published an original musical called “By Bruce.” Dr. Damon resides in Lynchburg with her husband and four children.

B.S., Liberty University; M.A., Winthrop University; Ed.S., Liberty University. At LU since 2013.

Mr. David Feldman, B.A., M.M.
Associate Professor of Music,
Cello and Bass

Cellist David Feldman performs frequently as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. He has been a member of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra since 2008. He has been a concerto soloist with the Boise State University Orchestra, the New River Valley Symphony, and the Shenandoah Conservatory Orchestra. He is an alumnus of the Castleman Quartet Program and the festivals of Bowdoin and Chautauqua, studying under Peter Rejto, David Ying and Steven Doane. Along with regular studio session work, his pop music ventures include concerts with D.J. Spooky, Manchester Orchestra, Everclear, Liza Minnelli, Art Garfunkel, and the Trans Siberian Orchestra, where he was a featured soloist in 2011. In 2013, Mr. Feldman became one of the first resident artists at Carilion Clinic through the Dr. Robert L. A. Keeley Healing Arts Program. He holds multiple performance degrees, studying under Alan Weinstein and Brian Hodges, for whom he was a teaching assistant. 

B.M., Roanoke College; M.M., Boise State University. At LU since 2013.


Dr. Ruth Foley, B.A., B.Ed., M.A., M.M., D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music,
(434) 582-2216

Dr. Ruth Foley was raised in Kipling, Saskatchewan, Canada. She grew up in a musical family; her parents were both church musicians, and she began to sing in church at the age of three. She has served as a church musician in many capacities: vocal soloist, pianist, organist, and choir director. She taught piano privately in Winnipeg, and taught as a K-12 teacher in the Winnipeg School Division #1 for several years. She has performed as an oratorio soloist and in roles in opera and musical theatre. She currently lives in Lynchburg with her husband, son and daughter, and dog and cat.

A.R.C.T., University of Toronto; A.M.S., University of Saskatchewan; L.M.M., University of Manitoba; B.A., B.Ed., University of Winnipeg; M.M., University of North Dakota; D.M.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln. At LU since 1992.

Mrs. Linda Granger, B.A., M.M.
Associate Professor of Music,
(434) 582-2217

Linda Granger was raised in Belfonte, Pennsylvania. She began to study piano at age six, began voice lessons at age ten, and participated in musical theatre during high school and after. Before coming to teach at Liberty University, she taught at Hollins University, Roanoke College, University of Virginia, Lynchburg College, in both piano and voice. She has performed as a concert singer and pianist, has sung in roles in both musical theatre and opera in both Roanoke and Lynchburg, Virginia. She lives in Bedford with her mother and son and has a grown daughter.

B.A., Hollins College; M.M., James Madison University. At LU since 1984.

Dr. Mark Greenawalt, B.M., B.M.E., M.M., D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Applied Music
Associate Professor of Music,
(434) 592-3867

Dr. Mark Greenawalt grew up in Lockport, New York. He began singing in church at the age of five, and participated in school choirs from fourth through twelfth grade. He began to study piano in the fourth grade, and participated in musicals in high school. He was a Doctoral Teaching Fellow at Shenandoah Conservatory from 2005 – 2009, and ran a private voice studio from 1995 – 2005. He has also worked as a choir director in secondary, high, and private schools. He lives in Lynchburg, Virginia.

B.M., B.M.E., Baldwin-Wallace College-Conservatory; M.M., University of Illinois at Champaign; D.M.A., Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music. At LU since 2009.

Dr. David Hahn, B.M., M.M., D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Commercial Music
Assistant Professor of Music and Worship,
(434) 592-5704

David Hahn was born in Mounds Park, Minnesota. He was born to a musical family of church musicians. While he was growing up, he studied piano, violin, and voice. He has served and worked in many capacities, which include service as a music minister from 1980 – 2000, work at The Worship Company from 1999-2002, freelance performance on violin and voice, education through private voice lessons, and as a music instructor at Free Will Baptist Bible College from 2002 – 2007. Mr. Hahn is married to Gelsomina and lives in Forest, Virginia. He has three children named Christian, Peter, and Sophia, and a grandson, Oliver.

B.M.Ed., Nyack College; M.M., Temple University; D.M.A., Boston University. At LU since 2008.

Dr. Tad Hardin, B.M., M.M., D.M.
Coordinator of Piano Studies
Assistant Professor of Piano
(434) 592-6566

Dr. Tad Hardin maintains an active career as a pianist, vocal coach, church musician, and educator. His recital engagements and master-classes have taken him to venues throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, and Europe. His performances have included numerous guest artist series along with broadcasts on Florida Public Radio and Bolivian national television.

Dr. Hardin earned degrees from Ouachita Baptist University and the Florida State University College of Music in piano performance, vocal coaching, and chamber music.  Some of his influential teachers and coaches include David Allen Wehr, Carolyn Bridger, Martin Katz, and Graham Johnson. Prior to his appointment as Piano Coordinator at Liberty University, he taught on the faculty at Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music, Spring Arbor University, and several summer festivals, including the Songfest Young Artist Program, the Festival Internacional Bach in Perú, and the Asolo Song Festival in Italy. He enjoys periodic engagements as a pianist for Opera on the James and a coach/accompanist for North Carolina Opera, in addition to frequent chamber recitals with singers and instrumentalists, including his own piano-percussion ensemble, Duo Matre.

Dr. Hardin has also worked in the field of music technology as a Performance Analyst for Zenph Sound Innovations, serving as Production Manager for collaborations with Yamaha, Sony Japan, the Dallas Wind Symphony, and the critically acclaimed album, The Spanish Masters, featuring soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and cellist Zuill Bailey. He has also maintained a bi-vocational church music career for over a decade in several church music positions as worship leader, choir and orchestra directors, and is currently the pianist for Rivermont Avenue Baptist Church of Lynchburg.

B.M., Ouachita Baptist University; M.MUS., D.M., Florida State University. At LU since 2013.

Dr. Cassandra Hibbard, B.M., M.M., D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music,
(434) 592-7730

Dr. Cassandra Hibbard is Assistant Professor of Clarinet and Coordinator of Woodwind and Brass Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Her former teachers include J. William King, Bradley Wong, and Caroline Hartig. Dr. Hibbard is a D’Addario Woodwinds Clinician and was recently a featured soloist at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest 2014 in Baton Rouge, where she performed “Wouldn’t Harm a Fly” by Thomas Childs for world premiere. She is also currently performing with the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Principal/Bass Clarinet. Dr. Hibbard previously taught at the Michigan State University-Community Music School and served as Principal Clarinet with the Mason Symphony Orchestra.

B.M., Western Michigan University; M.M. and D.M.A., Michigan State University.  At LU since 2015


Dr. John W. Hugo, B.M., M.M., M.M., D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Music
Professor of Music,
Voice and Conducting
(434) 582-2359

Dr. John W. Hugo was born in Schenectady, New York in 1956.  He studied conducting with Donald L. Bailey, Lorna Cooke deVaron, and Douglas R. McEwen.  He studied singing with Ray DeVoll and Warren Hoffer. He accepted Christ at an early age and has served the Lord in church music all his life. While studying and teaching at New England Conservatory, Dr. Hugo helped prepare choruses for performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the renowned Choir at the Church of the Advent. In addition to his teaching duties at Liberty University, Dr. Hugo has served as Chorus Master for the Roanoke Symphony Chorus since 1999.  He is a frequent choral and solo adjudicator in southwestern Virginia. He is past President and past Governor of the NATS Virginia District Chapter.

B.Mus., Houghton College; M.M., New England Conservatory; M.M., D.M.A., Arizona State University. At LU since 1988.

Dr. Rick Jupin, B.M., M.M., D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music and Worship,
(434) 582-2208

Dr. Richard Jupin was born in Auburn, New York. As a boy, he performed as a soprano soloist with the Syracuse Opera. He has taught general music education to elementary students in Syracuse, New York and Plano, Texas. While teaching in Plano, he spent five years teaching an exclusively Kodaly curriculum. He taught voice and music education at Louisiana Tech University. He is certified in all levels of Kodaly and is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.  Dr. Jupin resides in Lynchburg, Virginia with his wife, Jennifer and stepdaughter, Aubrey.

B.A., SUNY–Pottsdam, Crane School of Music; M.M., Boston Conservatory; D.M.A. Louisiana State University. At LU since 2008.

Dr. Stephen P. Kerr, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of University Bands
Professor of Music
Director of Bands
(434) 582-2363

Dr. Stephen Kerr was born in Painesville, Ohio. He played trumpet in his school’s band program from elementary through high school. His influential teachers include John Locke for conducting, and Edward Bach and Allen Balchelder for trumpet. He taught at Florida Christian School (1982-1988), Lynchburg Christian Academy (1988-1990), and has directed bands at Liberty University from 1990 to the present. He won the LU Faculty Recruiter of the Year award in 2001 and the Servant’s Heart Award in 1998. He has produced fifteen albums with the LU Wind Symphony, 15 Marching Band recordings, and 10 albums with the Jazz Ensemble. Dr. Kerr lives in Forest, Virginia with his wife, Martha and two children, Michael and Stephanie.

B.S., Liberty University; M.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro. At LU since 1990.

Dr. Taeseong Kim, B.M., M.M., D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music,
(434) 592-4603

Dr. Taeseong Kim was born in Pusan, South Korea. His piano teachers include David Ehrman, David Norrington , Charles Fugo, and Scott Price. He is a piano pedagogy specialist.  As an alumnus of Liberty University, he considers himself blessed to be able to teach at his alma mater. He currently resides in Rustburg, Virginia with his wife Michelle and two children, Sarah and Joseph.

B.M., Liberty University; M.M., University of Tennessee, Knoxville; D.M.A., University of South Carolina, Columbia. At LU since 2006.

Dr. Woori Kim, M.M., Artist Diploma, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music,
(434) 592-7728

Pianist Woori Kim is a native of Busan, South Korea. After graduating summa cum laude from Seoul National University, she earned the Master of Music and Performer's Diploma from the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University. She completed her education at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, graduating simultaneously with the Doctor of Musical Arts and an Artist Diploma, studying with James Tocco, and also serving as his assistant. She has performed at numerous international music festivals, including the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and Kirishima International Music Festival in Kirishima, Japan. She has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and North America, including solo recitals at Steinway Hall in New York City, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI) Indianapolis, Western Kentucky University, and Dolby Hall in San Francisco. She has given masterclasses at numerous universities, including Western Kentucky University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She also is an active chamber musician and performs as part of the piano duo Les Quatre Mains with pianist Curtis Ryan Smith. She currently resides in Lynchburg.

B.M., Seoul National University; M.M. and Performer’s Diploma, Indiana University; D.M.A. and Artist Diploma, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  At LU since 2014.

Dr. Wayne Kompelien, B.M.E., M.M., D.M.A.
Professor of Music,
Director of Opera Workshop
(434) 582-2364

Dr. Wayne Kompelien has served on the Liberty University voice faculty since 1986. He twice placed in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Kansas City. He received high acclaim for his portrayal of Olin Blitch in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. Dr. Kompelien has performed in fourteen major opera productions. His roles include Shaunard in La boheme, Sparafucile in Rigoletto, and Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia.  Dr. Kompelien founded the Liberty Opera Workshop in 1988 and has directed over fifteen productions during that time. He is also director of the Chamber Singers, a small select choral ensemble specializing in advanced choral repertoire. Dr. Kompelien is a past President of the Virginia District of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He has sponsored numerous category winners at State and Regional NATS conferences and many of his students have successfully pursued graduate studies in vocal performance.

B.M.E., Oral Roberts University; M.M., D.M.A., University of Kansas. At LU since 1986.

Mr. Don Marsh, B.M., M.S.
Associate Professor of Music and Worship,
(434) 592-5706

Don Marsh was born in Camden, New Jersey. While in school, he played the trombone and took piano lessons. He taught public elementary school band, high school choir, and taught at bible college for three years. He has served as a minister of music at churches for twenty years, and worked for three years as a director of publishing at Benson Publishing Company in Nashville, Tennessee. He has also worked as a freelance arranger. He has published hundreds of arrangements and nationally distributed recordings with Wind Music, Brentwood, Benson, Gaither Music, and Hal Leonard. He has been nominated for four Dove Awards and has won two. He resides in Lynchburg with his wife, Lorie. They have three grown children.

B.M.E., Nyack College; M.S. Rowan University. At LU since 2007.

Dr. Gabriel Miller, M.C.M., M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Music,
(434) 592-6567

Dr. Gabriel Miller comes from Auburndale, Florida. He became a believer in Jesus Christ at a young age. He earned a Ph.D. in Music Theory from The Ohio State University, where he studied under renowned theorist, Gregory Proctor. His dissertation is a clarification and expansion of Hugo Riemann’s theory of tonal functions. From this research interest, Dr. Miller has adopted a unique approach to undergraduate theory pedagogy.  Dr. Miller has presented papers at Music Theory Southeast, Music Theory Society Mid-Atlantic, South Central Society for Music Theory, and Texas Society for Music Theory, as well as CCM, the University of Minnesota, and Yale University. He has served on the faculty of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and he was Chair of the Division of Fine Arts at Louisiana College. Dr. Miller enjoys spending time with his wife, Samantha, and two young boys, Bowden and Jude.

B.M., Florida State University; M.C.M., Lee University; M.MUS., Ph.D., The Ohio State University. At LU since 2014.

Dr. Samantha Miller, M.M., D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music,
(434) 592-4899

Dr. Samantha Miller grew up in Augusta, West Virginia. Her first professional engagements included roles in musicals presented by a local theater company. She performed as Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann for the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s program, Prelude to Performance, and was presented as a Spectrum Resident Artist for the Virginia Opera, singing as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia. She taught at University of Louisiana, Lafayette as an adjunct voice instructor.  She taught at Louisiana College as an adjunct and full-time professor, where she taught voice, music history, vocal pedagogy, voice techniques for music educators, IPA for singers, and directed musicals. She resides in Lynchburg, Va. with her husband, Dr. Gabriel Miller and their two sons, Bowden and Jude.

B.A., Alderson-Broaddus University; M.MUS., D.M.A., The Ohio State University. At LU since 2014.

Dr. Katherine Morehouse, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Multi-Ethnic Music Studies
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology
(434) 592-5931

A native of Marietta, Georgia, Katherine Morehouse joined the online faculty of Liberty University in Fall 2008 just as the ethnomusicology program was being instituted, and in Fall 2014 moved to Lynchburg to serve as program director and Chair of the Multi-Ethnic Music Studies Department. Her primary research interests include orally transmitted music traditions and the function of music in creating and negotiating religious and spiritual identity. Her research has been presented at regional, national, and international conferences. Her academic affiliations include the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), and the International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE). Dr. Morehouse’s performance background is in a wide variety of vocal genres and she is also a songwriter who enjoys creating and performing music with her husband and three children.

B.A., Lee University; M.A., Bethel University, Ph.D., University of Maryland.  At LU since 2009.

Dr. Stephen Muller, B.M., M.M., D.Min.
Coordinator of Vocal Studies
Assistant Professor of Music Education
(434) 582-2377

Dr. Stephen Muller was born in Chicago, Illinois. As a child, he played the accordion, and later the piano. He started singing in his school choir in high school. He has studied under Printia Loftin for choral conducting and Patti Sink, Brett Nolker, and Don Hodges for music education. He has taught middle school choirs for two years, high school choirs for eight years and has served for twenty years in church music ministries. He lives in Lynchburg, Virginia with his wife, Valerie and their four children.

B.M.Ed., University of Texas (El Paso); M.M., New Mexico State University; D.Min., Bakke Graduate University. At LU since 2013.

Mr. Leon Neto, B.C.M., B.M.Ed., M.M., D.M.A.(ABD)
Assistant Professor of Music,
Guitar and Voice
(434) 592-4683

Leon Neto, a native of São Paulo, Brazil, has worked in numerous capacities in the music industry, including producer, musician, singer, and arranger in over a hundred different albums of Christian music. He is also a published composer and arranger, and was a columnist for Revista Eclésia, the largest Brazilian Christian magazine, for three years. He performs regularly as a guitarist and singer, and has been invited to give lectures at Northwestern University and the University of Louisville, KY. He served as an assistant professor at Conservatory of Pernambuco, Brazil, for many years, teaching music history, Brazilian music, classical guitar, voice and choral conducting. Mr. Neto also directs the LU Worship Guitar Ensemble and teaches applied lessons in guitar and voice.

B.M., Sem Teol Batista Norte Brasil; B.M.E., Univ Federal de Pernambuco; M.A., Campbellsville College. At LU since 2006.

Mr. Edwin Parker, B.M., M.M.
Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies
(434) 592-6565

Edwin Parker was born in Terrell, Texas. His teachers include Wynton Marsalis and Ray Wright.  He has taught applied saxophone at Trinity University, has served as an associate pastor, and has worked as coordinator of church instrumental music. He conducts the LU Jazz Ensemble.  He currently lives in Lynchburg, Virginia.

B.M., Eastman School of Music; M.M., Manhattan School of Music. At LU since 2013.

Mr. Paul Randlett, B.S., M.A.
Acting Chair, Department of Music and Worship Studies
Assistant Professor of Music and Worship
(434) 582-2271

Paul Randlett grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. While he was of school age, he studied violin, percussion, piano, performed in musicals, and sang in his church’s vocal ensemble. His most influential teacher was his father, Dr. David Randlett, who was a mentor to him. He has served as a minister of music and a worship leader at churches in Virginia and Florida. He has also coordinated and led worship music for the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia (SBCV) from 2007 to 2011. He lives in Lynchburg, Virginia with his wife, Jenny. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.

B.S., Liberty University; M.A., Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. At LU since 2010.

Dr. Paul Rumrill, B.A., M.M., D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Music Education
Associate Professor of Music Education
(434) 582-2218

With active memberships in Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME); TI:ME, and SEM, Dr. Rumrill’s performance specialties include the Romantic and early 20th century eras of classical music.  He also demonstrates skill at performing modern popular music such as rock, CCM/worship, black gospel, and Afro-Cuban.  Dr. Rumrill is dedicated to music pedagogy, urban music education, and bridging musical cultures in performance and ministry; as such Rumrill has recently presented concerts, lecture-performances, and presentations at Yale University, the University of Notre Dame, Indiana Wesleyan University, the Virginia University of Lynchburg, the Washington Conservatory, the 2013 Choral Festival, 2015 OMEA and the 2015 National in-service for NAfME. 

Ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 1998, Dr. Rumrill has served in performance and corporate worship ministry for more than two decades, most notably for twelve years as full-time worship pastor of Living Word Ministries, a multiracial urban church of 1,500 in West Haven, CT.  He has also served as Worship Director and Creative Arts Pastor of the Danville satellite campus of Thomas Road Baptist Church (Dan River Church), helping to form that ministry and serve it week to week for its first two and a half years.  His greatest joys include his wife, Kelli, and their three kids: Nicholas, Jeremy, and Abigail. They live and serve Jesus Christ in Forest, VA.

B.A., M.M., University of Connecticut; D.M.A., Eastman School of Music. At LU since 2008.


Dr. David Schmal, B.S., B.A., M.A., M.A., D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Commercial Music
(434) 582-2219

Dr. David Schmal was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. From his youth, he has played the saxophone, various percussion instruments, and the piano. He studied composition with Jerry Goldsmith, Ron Stein, and orchestration with Stewart Scott Smalley. Dr. Schmal specializes in film scoring.  He has thirty years of experience in public education, where he spent five years teaching K-6 music, seventeen years teaching middle school vocal music and theatre, and eight years teaching high school vocal music, theater, and band. He has ten years of experience in higher education, and has taught at University of Colorado, Colorado Christian University, and Lesley University in Boston. He lives in Forest, Virginia with his wife and three children.

B.S., University of Colorado; B.A.Ed., Metropolitan State College; M.A., University of Colorado (Denver); M.A.Ed., University of Colorado (Boulder); D.M.A., Boston University. At LU since 2013.

Mr. Dwight Spencer, B.M., M.M.
Assistant Professor of Music,
(434) 592-5930

Dwight Spencer was raised in Greenville, South Carolina. He began playing the guitar at the age of seven. His teachers include Bert Lyon, Dick Goodwin, Roger Ranberton, and Buchy Pizzerelli. He taught as a graduate assistant at South Carolina. He resides in Goode, Virginia with his wife.

B.M., M.M., University of South Carolina. At LU since 2011.


Dr. Daniel Suttles, B.R.E, B.M., M.M., D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music,
Piano and Conducting
(434) 582-2307

Dr. Daniel Suttles is from Covington, Kentucky. He has been playing the accordion since age 7, and has played the piano since the age of ten. His teachers include Richard Cox (UNCG) He has served as a music minister at six different churches from 1980 to the present, has performed as a freelance accordionist, pianist, and conductor, and has taught as an associate professor of music at Liberty University since 2007. He published two CDs of his own piano arrangements in 1995 and 2009. Dr. Suttles lives in Lynchburg, Virginia with his wife, Gloria and daughter, Hannah.

B.R.E., Piedmont Bible College; B.M., M.M. University of North Carolina at Greensboro; D.M.A., Southwestern Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. At LU since 2007.

Mrs. Adelaide B Trombetta, B.M., M.M., A.D.
Assistant Professor of Music,
Director of Opera Workshop
(434) 582-2365

Adelaide Muir Trombetta was born in Urbana, Illinois. She was raised in a musical family where she studied piano, flute, violin, and dance. She is a National Finalist through the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, has appeared on the NBC Today Show, and has published articles in Opera News and The New York Times. She has performed numerous roles such as Musetta in La Bohème, Euridice in Orpheus in the Underworld, and Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow.  Her concert performances include solo roles in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Poulenc’s Gloria, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, and Handel’s Messiah. Adelaide currently lives in Lynchburg with her husband, Domenico Luca Trombetta.

B.M., University of Illinois; M.M. and Post Graduate Performance Diploma, Yale University. At LU since 2009.

Dr. Luca Trombetta, M.D., M.M., D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music, 
Viola & Violin 
(434) 582-2795

Domenico Luca Trombetta was born in Catania, Italy. He studied with violists Simonide Braconi, Bruno Giuvanna, and Amadi Azikiwe. He has experience both as an orchestra and chamber player on viola and violin, and has taught as an adjunct professor at Randolph College. He currently resides in Lynchburg, Virginia with his wife, Adelaide Trombetta.

B.M., M.M., Santa Cecilia Conservatory of Rome, Italy; D.M.A., James Madison University. At LU since 2013.


Dr. Kathryn Voelker, B.A., M.A., D.A.
Assistant Professor of Music Education,
(434) 582-2511

Kathryn Voelker was raised in Cokato, Minnesota. She began to study piano at age seven, flute at age ten, and worship music at age eleven. Throughout her career, she has studied with Mark Davis Scatterday, Steven Thompson, and Kenneth Singleton. She spent three years working as a music director in professional musical theater companies across the United States. Additionally, she has worked with the National Repertory Orchestra, Music Academy of the West, Spoleto Festival, and the Rochester Philharmonic. She currently lives in Lynchburg, Virginia.

B.M., Bethel University; M.A., Eastman School of Music; D.A., University of Northern Colorado. At LU since 2013.

Dr. Samuel Wellman, B.A., M.M., D.M.
Professor of Music,
Piano and Composition
(434) 582-2097

Dr. Samuel Wellman earned a DM in composition from Florida State University. Beginning collegiate teaching career at Warner Southern College, he moved to Lynchburg, Va. in 1992 to teach piano performance, music theory, composition, and other classes at Liberty University. He has presented numerous solo piano recitals, and is very active as piano accompanist for student and faculty recitals, opera, and musical theater for the last 22 years. He has written about 1400 compositions; approximately 100 of these have been published. He has played the organ and piano for churches since he was ten years old and has served as a pianist for Marsh Memorial Methodist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia since 1993.

B.A., Lenoir Rhyne College; M.M., D.M., Florida State University. At LU since 1992.

Mr. Nathan Zwald, B.M.
Assistant Professor of Sound Engineering and Music
Director of Audio Production
(434) 582-2356

Born in Warren, PA, Mr. Nathan Zwald has been involved in music and technical production for much of his life. He holds a Commercial Music Degree with Jazz and Recording Emphases from Shenandoah University, and resided in Nashville, TN for 18 years while working in the professional music industry as an audio engineer, album producer, recording studio manager, live sound touring engineer, recording studio and live sound consultant. As a recording and mixing engineer, he is a GRAMMY award nominee along with nominations for 5 Dove awards. Through the years Mr. Zwald has recorded some of the industry's best vocalists including Sheryl Crow, Josh Turner, David Phelps, Michael English, Angie Primm, and Gabe Dixon. In addition to teaching and administrating the music production programs and venues at Liberty’s School of Music Commercial Music Program, Mr. Zwald continues to actively work in the music industry.

B.M., Shenandoah University’s Conservatory of Music. At LU since 2015.


Executive Staff

Mrs. Kim Witt
Executive Administrator & Assistant to the Dean
School of Music
(434) 582-2562

Ms. Medley Lovelace
Administrative Director
Center for Music and Performing Arts
(434) 592-3875

Ms. Holly Carver
Administrative Director
Center for Music and Worship
(434) 592-6563

Mrs. Stephanie Pritchard
Administrative Director
Graduate Music Studies
(434) 592-6564

Directors and Coordinators

Mr. Timmy Williamson
Director of Communication
School of Music
(434) 582-2203

Mr. Jacob Gordon
Director of Programming
School of Music
(434) 592-4188


Ms. Hanna Bruce
Director of Practica
School of Music
(434) 592-5569

Mr. David Pritchard
Coordinator of Equipment Tuning and Repair
School of Music
(434) 592-7729

Mr. Kevin Williams
Director of Event Operations
School of Music

Administrative Assistants & Secretarial Staff

Mrs. Rebecca McKennett
Administrative Assistant
Center for Music & Worship
(434) 582-2282


Ms. Christy Solomon
Administrative Assistant
Center for Music & the Performing Arts
(434) 582-2282

Lauren Bentley

Mrs. Lauren Gooden
School of Music
(434) 592-6568


Ms. Stephanie Blakely
Program Content Editor
School of Music


Adjunct Faculty: Residential and Online

Dr. John Benham, B.M., M.A., Ed.D.
Professor of Worship and Ethnomusicology
B.M., Northwestern College; M.A., University of Northern Colorado; Ed.D., University of Northern Colorado. At LU since 2008.

Mr. Charles Billingsley, B.A.
Artist in Residence
Instructor of Worship Studies

Mr. Scott Bullman, B.M.
Instructor of Music and Worship
B.M., Free Will Baptist Bible College. At LU since 2004.

Dr. L. Lavon Gray, B.S., M.C.M., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Worship Studies
B.S., University of Southern Mississippi; M.C.M., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
At LU since 2007.

Mr. Mike Harland, B.A., M.C.M.
Assistant Professor of Worship Studies,
B.A., Delta State University; M.C.M., Southwestern Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
At LU since 2012.

Dr. Paul Hill, B.M., M.M., D.M.A.
Adjunct Professor of Graduate Conducting
B.M., Sanford University; M.M., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; D.M.A., Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. At LU since 2013.

Mrs. Alycia Hugo, B.M., M.M.
Assistant Professor of Music,
B.M., New England Conservatory; M.M., New England Conservatory. At LU since 1988.

Mrs. Anastasia Jellison, B.M., M.M.
Adjunct Professor of Music & Performing Arts
B.M., Cleveland Institute of Music; M.MUS., Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. At LU since 2013.

Mrs. Reka Jobbagy, B.M., M.M.
Instructor of Music,
B.M., M.M., Franz Liszt Academy of Music.
At LU since 2012.

Mr. Stephen Lonetti, B.A., M.Div.
Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology
B.A., Bethel University; M.Div., Master's Seminary; doctoral studies at Master's Seminary.
At LU since 2009.

Mr. Vince Lewis, B.A., M.A.
Assistant Professor of Guitar
B.A., Morris Harvey College; M.A., Liberty University.
At LU since 1996.

Dr. Jeff Meyer, B.M., M.A., Ph.D.
LUO Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology
B.M., Wheaton College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota. At LU since 2009.

Dr. George McDow, B.M.E., M.M.E., Ph.D.
LUO Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology
B.M., Oklahoma Baptist University; M.M., Ph.D., University of Oklahoma. At LU since 2009.

Dr. Drew Phillips, B.M., M.M., D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music,
B.M., D.M.A., University of North Carolina (Greensboro); M.M., University of Iowa. At LU since 2013

Mrs. Suzanne Pattison, B.M.
Adjunct Professor of Music,

B.M., Eastman School Of Music. At LU since 2014.

Mr. Chris Salerno, B.M.Ed., M.M.
Assistant Professor of Music,
(434) 582-2219
B.M., Vandercook College of Music; M.M., Radford University. At LU since 2010.

Dr. Doug Randlett, B.A., B.M., M.A., D.Min.
Associate Dean of Ministry Training,
Rawlings School of Divinity - Worship Leadership
B.A., Free Will Baptist Bible College; M.Ed., Lynchburg College; D.Min., Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. At LU since 1978.

Mr. Larry Seipp, B.M., M.M.
Assistant Professor of Music,
B.M., Liberty University; M.M., James Madison University. At LU since 2013.

Dr. Johannes Schroeder (abd), B.S., M.A., Ed.D.
Adjunct Professor of Music and Worship

B.S., Liberty University; M.A., Liberty Baptist Theo Seminary; Ed.D., Liberty University. At LU since 2014.

Dr. James Siddons, B.M., M.M., M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.
Professor of Music
(434) 592-4899
B.M., North Texas State University; M.M., University of London King’s College; M.Div., Th.M., Duke University Divinity School; Ph.D., University of North Texas.
At LU since 2010.

Dr. Daniel Sender, B.M., M.M., D.M.A.
Adjunct Professor of Violin
B.M., Ithaca College; M.M., D.M.A., University of Maryland.  At LU since 2015

Dr. Colleen Potter Thorburn, B.M., M.M., M.M.A., D.M.A.
Adjunct Professor of Harp
B.M., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.M., M.M.A., D.M.A., Yale School of Music.  
At LU since 2015.

Dr. Tim Sharp
Adjunct Professor of Graduate Conducting

Dr. Rodney Whaley, B.A., M.A., M.Div., D.Min.
Assistant Professor of Worship Studies
B.A. Free Will Baptist Bible College; M.Div., Luther Rice Seminary; M.A., Middle Tennessee State University; D.Min., Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. At LU since 2009.

Dr. John Baker Thomas, B.M., M.M., Ed.D. 
Assistant Professor of Worship Studies
B.M., East Texas Baptist University; M.M., Ed.D., New Orleans Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
At LU since 2009.


Dr. Ron Upton, B.B.A., M.R.E., D.Min.
Assistant Professor of Worship Studies
B.B.A., Memphis State University; M.R.E. Mid-America Baptist Seminary; D.Min. Luther Rice Seminary.
At LU since 2007.