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Art Department Faculty


Zac Buser | Chair 

Zac Buser

Chair of the Art Department 

Zac Buser has the privilege of interacting daily with artists and seeks the goal of developing their conceptual, technical, and spiritual maturity at NGU. Buser studied both ceramics and music theory at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, S.C. He received a bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston in studio art and classical guitar performance and his Master of Fine Arts from Clemson University. Buser's works are held in collections in both Europe and the United States.

 

 

 

Hayley Douglas | Instructor

 

Hayley Douglas 

Instructor 

Hayley Douglas teaches graphic art and ceramics at NGU. She received her Bachelor of Arts in studio art, with a focus on graphic design, at Francis Marion University. Douglas attended graduate school at the University of South Carolina (USC) and received her Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in ceramics. She has previously taught at USC and Anderson University. She has also exhibited at Francis Marion University, USC, Limestone College, and the Spartanburg Art Museum, as well as in other exhibitions along the East Coast.

 

 

Blake Smith | Associate Professor

Blake Smith

Associate Professor

Blake Smith received his bachelor's degree in visual art from Lander University and his master's from Clemson University with an emphasis in photography. His work has appeared in B&W Magazine and TOWN Magazine, and it's included in public and private collections. Smith is also a member of the ArtBomb Studios, a cooperative art studio in Greenville, S.C.

 

Cline School of Music


Jackie Griffin | Dean College of Fine Arts

Dr. Jackie Griffin

Dean of the College of Fine Arts

Chair of the Music Department

Jackie Griffin serves as dean of the College of Fine Arts, chair of the Music Department, and a professor of music at NGU. She holds her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from the University of South Carolina and her Bachelor and Master of Music in organ performance. Griffin has served various churches in the area as organist and choir director, and she has been a featured recitalist throughout the region. She enjoys traveling with her husband, visiting her son in Chicago, and composing music. 

Phone: (864) 977-7081

Email: jackie.griffin@ngu.edu

Office Location: FAC 133

 

 

Dr. Barry Combs
 

Dr. Barry Combs 

Professor, Coordinator of Church Music - Concert Choir

Barry Combs serves as director of choral activities and church music program coordinator for the Music Department at NGU. He holds a degree in music education from Georgetown College; a master's degree in music education from the University of Louisville; and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before teaching at NGU, Combs taught music in the Jefferson County Public Schools system and Southern Seminary. He also served as a minister of music in churches in Kentucky, Illinois, and South Carolina. Combs is active in the American Choral Directors Association, the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, and several other music-related associations. 

Phone: (864) 977-7082

Email: barry.combs@ngu.edu

Office Location: FAC 123

 

 

 

Brent Coppenbarger | Professor 

Dr. Brent Coppenbarger 

Professor, Woodwinds 

Brent Coppenbarger serves as professor of woodwinds in the Music Department at NGU. Coppenbarger earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Music degree in performance from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University. He has authored two books, both published by Rowman & Littlefield. He is married to the author Sonja Condit and has two children. 

Phone: (864) 977-7089

Email: brent.coppenbarger@ngu.edu

Office Location: FAC 121

 

 

 

David Cudd
 

Dr. David Cudd

Associate Professor, Director - Music Education

David Cudd serves as the director of music education at NGU. He received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Furman University, a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Doctor of Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Cudd completed a 28-year career as an instructor in the public school system. He has also maintained a 30-plus-year history as a visual designer, consultant, and adjudicator in the Marching Arts. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, being outdoors, and spending time with his family.

Phone: (864) 663-7503

Email: david.cudd@ngu.edu

Office Location: FAC 127

 

 

 

Christopher Davis | Assistant Professor 

Dr. Christopher Davis

Associate Professor, Percussion

Christopher Davis serves as associate professor of percussion at NGU, where he teaches applied percussion and directs the NGU Percussion Ensemble and the NGU Marching Crusaders Drumline. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in percussion performance from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Arts degree in percussion performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Music degree in music performance from Capital University. Davis and his wife Jennifer have three children and attend Grace Church.

Phone: (864) 977-7176

Email: chris.davis@ngu.edu

Office Location: M1

 

 

 

Cheryl Greene | Coordinator Voice Program
 

Dr. Cheryl Greene 

Professor, Coordinator-Voice

Cheryl Greene serves as the coordinator of the voice program at NGU. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in sacred music and a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Bob Jones University. Her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance was completed at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She is also a certified teacher in Somatic Voicework The LoVetri Method. Greene lives in Taylors with her "diva dog" a shih-tzu named Yum Yum and enjoys knitting and working in the yard. 

Phone: (864) 977-7262

Email: cheryl.greene@ngu.edu

Office Location: FAC 124

 

 

 


 

 

Stephen Griner

Collaborative Piano

Stephen Griner serves in the Music Department at NGU as Collaborative Pianist. He holds a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in piano performance from Bob Jones University. After graduating, Griner took four years of further study with Marta Mihich. Griner has been music director for the South Carolina Children's Theatre mainstage productions since 2008, and he has performed with Centre Stage in Greenville and at the Peace Center. Griner is an elder and the music director at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church in Greer. He enjoys writing and arranging music, and has seen his work published and recorded. He runs a private studio from home. 

Phone: (864) 977-2196

Email: stephen.griner@ngu.edu

Office Location: Room 112

 

 

 

 


 

Dr. Seth Killen

Associate Professor, Voice

Seth Killen serves as an assistant professor of voice at NGU. He holds a master's in music in voice performance from the University of Illinois and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree with a cognate in voice pedagogy from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. Prior to joining the faculty at NGU, Killen taught at Eastern Illinois University and Transylvania University. He lives in Taylors with his wife and two daughters and enjoys cooking and working in the yard.  

Phone: (864) 977-7084

Email: seth.killen@ngu.edu

Office Location: FAC 126

 

 

 

Fabio Parrini | Coordinator of Keyboard Program 

Mr. Fabio Parrini

Professor, Coordinator, Keyboard

Fabio Parrini serves as coordinator of the keyboard program and professor of music at NGU. He received his Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from Boston University and his Piano Diploma from the Conservatory of Padua, Italy. A Steinway Artist, he has released five albums, worked with the Philadelphia International Music Festival and the chamber group Pan Harmonia, and taught master classes across the U.S. As a hobby, Parrini enjoys recording performances by his wife Sherry and their kids Maria and Sam, all musicians as well. 

Phone: (864) 977-7087

Email: fabio.parrini@ngu.edu

Office Location: FAC 119

 

 

 

Darian Washington | Director of Concert Band
 

Dr. Darian Washington

Associate Professor, Brass, Concert Band

Darian Washington serves as the director of the concert band, associate professor of horn, and brass coordinator at NGU. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park; Master of Music from the University of Georgia; and bachelor's degree in music education from Augusta State University. Washington is a freelancer in the greater Greenville area, playing with the Greenville Symphony, Hendersonville Symphony, GMAC orchestra, and Spartanburg Philharmonic. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons.  

Phone: (864) 977-2197

Email: darian.washington@ngu.edu

Office Location: M9

 

 

 


 

Dr. Michael Weaver

Professor, Coordinator-String, Orchestra

Michael Weaver serves as the director of orchestral activities and string program coordinator at NGU. He received his Doctor of Music degree from the Florida State University in viola performance. He also holds a Master of Music degree in viola performance and suzuki pedagogy, and a Bachelor of Music degree in music education, from East Carolina University. Before teaching at NGU, Weaver worked as the orchestra director and taught strings at Elizabeth City State University. In his spare time, Weaver serves as a group leader in Bible Study Fellowship and enjoys camping, kayaking, and fishing with his wife Cathy.

Phone: (864) 977-7994

Email: michael.weaver@ngu.edu

Office Location: FAC 108

 

 

 


 

Phil McIntyre

Director of Athletic Bands, Recruiter

Phil McIntyre serves as director of athletic bands at NGU. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in education from Furman University. McIntyre taught at Blue Ridge High School and then James F. Byrnes High School as director of bands for 30 years. McIntyre and his wife Wanda have been married since 1975 and have two daughters that are both middle school band directors.  

Phone: (864) 663-1280

Email: phil.mcintyre@ngu.edu

Office Location: Upper Hamlin

 





Cline School of Music Adjuncts

 

Luke Browder | Instructor

Luke Browder

Instructor

Luke Browder serves as an instructor of contemporary worship arts and leadership at NGU, where he teaches applied voice, class voice, and worship arts classes. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Furman University and a master's from Converse College. Browder has taught voice in the Lawson Academy at Converse College and at Clemson University, and he is currently the director of music at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Greenville. Browder performs regularly in opera and musical theatre productions in the South Carolina Upstate.  

 

 

Tom Burns | Adjunct Professor

 

Dr. Tom Burns

Adjunct, Church Music

Tom Burns serves as an adjunct professor in the church music program at NGU. He holds a master's degree in church music and a doctorate in worship studies from The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Having served as a church musician at Fairview Baptist Church in Greer for more than 25 years, Burns enjoys working with wood and doing building projects, as well as spending time at his Lyman Lake retreat. 

 

 

 


 

Kuo-Pei Cheng-Lin

Adjunct, Piano

Kuo-Pei Cheng-Lin serves as a piano instructor at NGU. She holds a bachelor's degree in piano performance from the National Institute of Arts in Taiwan and two master's degrees in piano performance and collaborative piano from The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). She was appointed staff accompanist at CIM after graduation. Currently, she serves as principal pianist for the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist for the Greenville Chinese Christian Church. She loves to read the Bible and go hiking with her husband. They have two kids. 

 

 

 


 

Tony Christopher

Adjunct, Percussion

Tony Christopher teaches drum set for the Music Department. He also teaches privately at Eastside Guitars and Drums in Greenville. Christopher has instructed various drumlines in and around the Greenville, S.C., area for 10 years. He performs weekly as a member of the Horizon Church praise and worship team. In addition to playing and doing recording sessions locally, he has played in England and Panama. He is a graduate of the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media, earning a certification in live/studio performance.  

 

 

Sonja Coppenbarger | Adjunct Instructor 

Sonja Coppenbarger

Adjunct, Woodwinds

Sonja Coppenbarger serves as an adjunct instructor of bassoon for the Music Department at NGU. She holds a master's degree in music performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing degree from Converse College. Coppenbarger is a former principal bassoonist with the Greenville Symphony and a published author under the name of Sonja Condit. She is married and has two children. 

 

 

 

Mark Eshenbaugh | Coordinator of Contemporary Arts & Leadership 

Mark Eshenbaugh

Adjunct, CWAL Coordinator

Mark Eshenbaugh serves as the program coordinator and instructor of contemporary worship arts and leadership at NGU, and also as an instructor of guitar. Eshenbaugh earned his bachelor's degree from NGU and his Master of Music from Converse College. He is a versatile performer, conductor, director, and band leader in a wide variety of musical endeavors, from rock and jazz to musical theatre and opera. In addition to his work as a studio bassist and guitarist, he is also a classical and musical theater singer. Eshenbaugh also enjoys songwriting and arranging. He has been an active worship leader at Vineyard Church of Greenville and Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Taylors, and he has actively performed as a contemporary church musician for more than 20 years. He lives in Taylors with his wife and three girls. 

 

 

 

Jo Ann Garrett | Instructor 

Dr. Jo Ann Garrett

Adjunct, Music Education

Jo Ann Garrett serves as an instructor for the Master of Education and Master of Arts in Teaching programs at NGU, as well as in the Music Department. She earned her bachelor's degree in music education from Carson-Newman College, her master's degree from Columbia College, and her doctorate in teacher leadership from Walden University. Garrett has experience in developing music programs in public and private education, and she has served a variety of churches as musical director, developing children's choirs and choir programs, as well as working with youth and adult choirs, teaching piano, and working with handbell groups. 

 

 

 


 

Brian Gencarelli 

Adjunct, Strings  

Brian Gencarelli serves as adjunct professor of double bass at NGU. He received his bachelor's in music education from the University of South Carolina and his Master of Music in double bass performance from the University of Georgia. Gencarelli teaches orchestra full-time in the Greenville County Schools at Mauldin Middle and Mauldin High School. He is currently principal double bass of the GAMAC Chamber Orchestra in Anderson, S.C.; assistant principal double bass of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra; and a player in the Greenville Symphony. He owns Gencarelli Bass Works and Fine String Instruments LLC of Fountain Inn.

 

 

 

Craig King  

Craig King

Adjunct, Brass 

Craig King serves in the Music Department at NGU. He holds degrees in trumpet performance from Furman University and Yale University School of Music. He performs with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, GAMAC Orchestra, Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic, Greenville Jazz Collective Big Band, and the Greenville Brass Quintet, and he is a founding member of the West End Brass Quintet and the Reedy River Brass Trio. King has performed at New York City's Lincoln Center, with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He also serves on the faculty at Converse College. He spends his spare time as a portrait artist and coffee roaster.

 

 

 


 

Dr. Brenda Leonard

Adjunct, Strings

Brenda Leonard teaches cello at NGU and as a private studio teacher. She performs regularly with the cello duo Cello Times Two and as principal cellist of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Leonard received her Doctor of Musical Arts in cello performance from the University of South Carolina and her bachelor's and master's degrees from Northern Illinois University. She and her husband Alan enjoy being foster parents.  

 

 

 

Charles Parker | Adjunct Professor
 

Charlie Parker

Adjunct, Jazz Band 

Charles Parker serves as an adjunct professor in the Music Department at NGU. He holds a bachelor's degree from Newberry College and a master's degree from the University of South Carolina. Parker has served as director of bands at Gilbert High School and J.L. Mann High School and as an adjunct professor at University of South Carolina Upstate and Clemson University. As a performer, Parker has performed with the Greenville Symphony and South Carolina Philharmonic, as well as with artists such as Roger Williams, Louie Bellson, Henry Mancini, and many others. He also directed The South Carolina National Guard Jazz Band for 20 years.

 

 

 


 

Joy Sears

Adjunct, Woodwinds 

Joy Sears serves as an adjunct flute instructor in the Music Department at NGU. She earned a dual degree in music education and flute performance from the University of Akron and her master's degree in flute performance from Western Carolina, where she specialized in flute repair. Sears has performed in various orchestras and chamber groups, and she has taught in public schools. She is vice president of the South Carolina Flute Society, and she serves on the faculty of the Wildacres Flute Retreat, where she teaches flute repair. Her hobbies include training for and participating in local athletic events, playing chamber music with friends, and spending time with family. 

 

 

 

John Sizemore  

John Sizemore

Adjunct, Brass 

John Sizemore serves in the Music Department at NGU. He has performed in recitals, chamber music concerts, and orchestra concerts, and he has lectured and given master classes throughout the United States, Europe, and Mexico. Sizemore has been principal tuba in the Chicago Civic Orchestra and the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, as well as in orchestras in Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem. He has also performed extensively as a member of the Midwest Brass Quintet in Chicago and the Southwest Brass Quintet in Phoenix. He is currently principal tuba in the Asheville Symphony. John holds a bachelor's in music from the North Carolina School of the Arts.  

 

 

 

Greg Sundt  

Greg Sundt

Adjunct, Brass

Greg Sundt has served with the Music Department at NGU since 2007. He holds degrees from Wayne State University and Ohio State University. He has taught privately for over 40 years and served previously on the faculty of Hillsdale College, where he taught brass lessons and brass methods and conducted the college brass and wind ensembles. He has conducted choirs and orchestras in churches and business conferences and has performed in ensembles, including the Upstate Brass Quintet and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Sundt lives in Greer, S.C., with his wife Marcia and their children. 

 

 

 

Leslie Taylor Warlick | Adjunct Professor 

Leslie Taylor Warlick

Adjunct, Strings

Leslie Taylor Warlick serves as an adjunct professor in NGU's Music Department. She holds performance degrees from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Florida State University. Her professional credits include the New World Symphony in Miami and the Naples Philharmonic. She has also previously taught at Florida International University, Erskine College, Delta State University, and University of Tennessee. Warlick also currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Clemson University, where she teaches violin. She resides in Seneca, S.C., with her husband David and her two children Emma Katherine and Charles Nathaniel. 

 

 


Theatre Department


Amy Dunlap | Chair 

Amy Dunlap

Chair of the Theatre Department

Amy Dunlap, assistant professor, serves as the chair of the Theatre Department at NGU. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from Regent University. At NGU, she teaches acting, camera acting, voice, movement, dance, playwriting, and auditioning. Favorite acting credits include Saltworks Theatre Company, Naples Arts Festival, and Virginia Shakespeare Festival. She also previously worked in Virginia as a talent agent and casting director. Dunlap is a married mother of three active teenagers and an avid reader.

 

 

 

Dale Savidge | Professor 

Dale Savidge

Professor 

Dale Savidge serves as a professor of theatre at NGU, teaching courses in applied theatre, theatre history, theatre theory and criticism, and directing. In addition to teaching, he regularly directs shows in the NGU season. Savidge founded and continues to direct Christians in Theatre Arts and the Applied Theatre Center. He is the co-author of Performing the Sacred: Theology and Theatre in Dialogue. In his spare time, he enjoys leading drama therapy groups for at-risk youth. 

 

 

 

Genesis Garza | Assistant Professor
 

Genesis Garza

Assistant Professor

Genesis Garza serves as an assistant professor of design at NGU. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts from Michigan State University in theatre, with an emphasis in lighting and scenic and video design. Garza stays active as a professional designer in the theatre community, designing for professional theatres and organizations such as The Warehouse Theatre, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Take 6, Williamston Theatre, The Performance Network, Peppermint Creek Theatre Company, and other major universities. Before moving to South Carolina, he served as assistant professor of theatre and head of design and theatre technology at Saginaw Valley State University. Garza enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and using his "sci-fi geekdom" to connect with people in the community. 


 

 

 


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