Dr. Jackie Griffin, Professor, Dean of College of Fine Arts, Chair of the Cline School of Music, has the BM from Furman University, the MM from Converse, and the DMA from the University of South Carolina. Her major areas of study are performance (organ), composition and theory. She has performed many recitals and concerts throughout the region, and is a published composer. Dr. Griffin has served many churches in the Greenville, South Carolina area as organist and worship leader, including Trinity United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church. She is a member of ASCAP and Who's Who of American Women, and has served as President of the College Division of the South Carolina Music Educators Association, where she is a member of the Hall of Fame. She has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study early music, is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honors Society, and is a visiting evaluator for the National Association of Schools of Music. Dr. Griffin was recently inducted into the South Carolina Music Educator's Hall of Fame.
Dr. Griffin and her husband, Tommy, are the parents of one son, Stephen.
Dr. Barry Combs, Director of Choral Activities and Church Music Coordinator, is in his fourteenth year at North Greenville University. He holds a degree in Music Education from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, a Masters of Music Education degree from the University of Louisville, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Combs has taught music in the Jefferson County Public School system in Kentucky, taught at Southern Seminary, and served as a Minister of Music, both full time and part time, in churches in Kentucky, Illinois, and South Carolina. Dr. Combs is active in the American Choral Directors Association, the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, the Music Educators National Conference, the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, the Music Educators National Conference, the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference, and a member of the Singing Churchmen of South Carolina. He also adjudicates high school choral festivals and has served as a clinician for workshops in Kentucky, Illinois, and South Carolina.
Dr. Brent Coppenbarger, Clarinetist, is Professor of Music at the Cline School of Music at North Greenville University where he teaches woodwinds and various classes. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. He received a Master of Music degree in Performance from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Dr. Coppenbarger's teachers include: Robert Marcellus, Russ Dagon, Clark Brody, Walter Wollwage, Dr. Roger Coppenbarger, Anita Garriott, and Dr. Glenn Bowen. Dr. Coppenbarger is a published author and composer. His articles have appeared in the Instrumentalist, the NACWAPI Journal, and the Clarinet (magazine of the International Clarinet Association). Dr. Coppenbarger's musical compositions are published by Dorn Publications and Musica Rara.
Dr. Christopher A. Davis currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of
Percussion and Director of Athletic Bands at North Greenville University.
At NGU, Dr. Davis teaches applied percussion, directs the NGU Percussion
Ensemble, and directs the NGU Marching Crusaders and the basketball pep band.
Dr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music performance from Capital
University, a Master of Fine Arts degree in percussion performance from Indiana
University of Pennsylvania, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in percussion
performance from the University of South Carolina. His teachers have included
Eric Paton, Jim Ed Cobbs, Robert Breithaupt, Gary Olmstead, Michael Kingan, and
In addition to his
responsibilities at North Greenville University and his performing career, Dr.
Davis also teaches private percussion lessons to all ages and presents clinics
and master classes for schools around South Carolina. Dr. Davis is a
Yamaha Performing Artist and an endorser for Innovative Percussion mallets and
Dr. Cheryl Greene, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, completed a Bachelors of Music degree in Sacred Music and a Masters of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Bob Jones University, 1990 and 1993 respectively. Dr. Greene taught four years at Northland Baptist Bible College in Dunbar, Wisconsin. In 1997 she returned to South Carolina to begin work on a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, graduating in August 2002. Since the fall of 2000, she has been a member of the music faculty at North Greenville University.
Throughout her career, Dr. Greene has had the opportunity to study with Ken Prewitt, Jean Greer, George Darden and Gene Ferguson. She has also participated in master classes with Robert Edwin, Mark Oswald and Rachel Mathis. In 1998 she was awarded a scholarship from the Charlotte Opera Guild and was a winner in the South Carolina Metropolitan Opera Auditions in 1998 and 1999. Some of her operatic roles include Bersi in Andrea Chenier, Georgette in Il Tabarro, Second Lady in Die Zauberflote, Madame Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Lady Billows in Albert Herring and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. She has appeared as a soloist with the Greenville Chorale. She made her debut appearance with the Asheville Lyric Opera Company in the production of Don Giovanni in 2007. Dr. Greene has participated in several musical theatre productions at NGU, including Cinderella, Love in the Spotlight, and She Loves Me. She is certified in the Somatic Voicework The LoVetri Method of teaching Contemporary Commercial Vocal Pedagogy.
She is Vice President of the South Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing and is the coordinator for the Student NATS chapter at NGU.
Dr. Marianne Holland, Ph.D. serves as Professor/Coordinator for Music Education at North Greenville University. She teaches Music Methods for Music Education majors, Piano, and other related Music Education courses and serves as the University Supervisor for student teaching and field experiences in Music Education. Her degrees include the B.A. in Music, Limestone College, the Master of Music Education, and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education, University of South Carolina. Teaching experiece in the public schools includes serving as Choral Director at Dreher and Spring Valley High Schools. Dr. Holland has written and administered many grants from agencies and foundations both in state and nationally. The most recent grant was in 2004 for the "Teddy Bear Concerts" presented for area elementary schools. She has had a number of articles published in professional journals. Dr. Holland has been recognized by a citation for the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award in Arts Education, Limestone College, University of South Carolina, and the Lamar Chapman Award, North Greenville University, 2007. Active in professional organization, she has served as President of the South Carolina Music Educators Association, Southern Division President of the Music Educators National Conference, and is a member of the SCMEA Hall of Fame. Dr. Holland has been active in church and community work both in Columbia and Greenville. She has served as a representative of NGU on the Greenville County Pathways to Success Committee, 2009-2012.
Dr. Holland received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the South Carolina Independent Schools and Colleges in Spring, 2009. She studied Music at Christ College, Oxford, England in the summer of 2010.
Dr. Seth Killen, tenor, joined the NGU faculty in the Fall of 2014. Previously he served on the faculties of Transylvania University and Eastern Illinois University. He holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts with a cognate in voice pedagogy from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He was the recipient of several awards recognizing singing and scholastic achievement, including: the Dorothy E. Bowen Award at the University of Illinois, the Emilie M. Dieterle Voice Scholarship at CCM, and two awards from the National Society of Arts and Letters.
Dr. Killen enjoys performing in recitals, concerts, opera, and musical theatre. As a Corbett Young Artist with the Cincinnati Opera, he was a member of the main stage opera chorus for three seasons. He has performed leading roles in La Bohéme, L’heure Espagnole, The Scarecrow, and Ariadne auf Naxos. His concert credits include Mozart’s Requiem with Sinfonia da Camera, Bach cantatas with the Bach Collegium Musicum of Cincinnati, as well as the Oratorio de Noël, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Missa Brevis. Dr. Killen lives in Taylors with his wife and two daughters.
Fabio Parrini’s activity includes
recordings, live broadcasts, solo recitals, concertos, chamber music, and
collaborations with orchestras, choirs, summer festivals, and opera
productions. A Steinway Artist and S.C. Arts Commission Approved Artist, he has
performed with the Asheville-based group Pan
Harmonia, has released CDs as a soloist and with violinist Eun-Sun Lee, and
has received multiple competition prizes, a Fulbright Grant, a Kahn Award, and
recording grants from the Metropolitan Arts Council and North Greenville
University, where he chairs the Piano Department. He has coached for the
Philadelphia International Music Festival and has given master classes for
universities and teachers associations in California, Kansas, Massachusetts,
Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. He holds degrees from the
Conservatory of Padua (Italy) and Boston University, and has studied with
Anthony di Bonaventura, Micaela Mingardo, Gyorgy Sandor, Bruno Mezzena, and Adriana
Rognoni. He lives in Greenville, SC, and is grateful for having had the
frequent opportunity to share the stage with his wife Sherry (piano), their
children Maria (piano) and Sam (violin), and his siblings Anna (soprano),
Chiara (violin) and Alberto (cello).
Dr. Lilia Stoytcheva is a Professor of Music at North Greenville University. She is a native of Sofia, Bulgaria. She has studied at Bulgarian State Conservatory with Professor Lyuba Encheva. Dr. Stoytcheva received a scholarship for the International Piano Master Classes with Philippe Entremont, in Paris France, in 2002. She has won numerous national and international competitions and has appeared on television performances in Europe and in the USA. She also has made studio recordings. Dr. Stoytcheva is a recipient of George Soros foundation “Open Society” award, 1992, Sofia, Bulgaria, three “John Simms Award for Outstanding Achievements in Piano”, 1998, 1999, 2001, Iowa, USA, Fellowship for the International Piano Master Classes with Norma Fisher, 2001, London, UK; Scholarship for the International Piano Workshop with Nelita True, 2002, Stavanger, Norway, Grant from the Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC, 2008 and NGU, SC for making a solo piano CD, Scholarship for the International Piano Master Classes with Walter Hautzig, 1995, 1996, Rock Hill, USA; two scholarships for the International Piano Master Classes with Rudolf Buchbinder and Victor Merzhanov, 1992, 1993, Zurich, Switzerland, etc. Dr. Stoytcheva has performed at some of the most prestigious concert halls in the USA and abroad, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 2008, Peace Center, Greenville, SC, 2007, Schuster Center, Dayton, Ohio, 2004, Concert Hall Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1990, Ecole Normal de Musique “Alfred Cortot”, Paris, France, 2002 etc. Dr. Stoytcheva played as a chamber musician as well as a soloist of the Academic Symphonic Orchestra of the Bulgarian State Conservatory and the Jihoceske Chamber Orchestra in 1987 and in 1992. She has also played in the Symphony Orchestra of Biel/Bienne (Switzerland) in 1992. Dr. Stoytcheva was adjudicator for the MTNA Piano Competition at Furman University, Greenville, SC, 2007, National Piano Concerto Competition at Furman University, Greenville, SC, 2006, National Piano Achievement Competition, Loveland, Ohio, 2005, 2006. Dr. Stoytcheva’s biography is included in Marquis "Who’s Who in the World," 2006, 2008 25th Silver Edition, "Who’s Who in America" 60th Diamond Edition, 2006, "Who’s Who of American Women" 25th Silver Edition, 2006 and "Who’s Who in American Education," 2006.
Dr. Darian Washington, director of the Concert Band and Professor of Horn, also coaches NGU’s brass quintet, and teaches brass techniques, conducting, and music theory. He received his doctorate of musical arts from the University of Maryland in College Park, where he studied with Gregory Miller. In addition to performing with the University of Maryland Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, Dr. Washington was an active freelancer in the D.C. metro area, playing horn with Washington Savoyards Light Opera Company and Dominion Brass Ensemble (a non-profit Christian brass group comprised primarily of musicians from area military bands), among others. While at UMD, Darian had the opportunity to perform under and learn directly from conductors such as Michael Votta, Director of the UMD Wind Orchestra and former assistant conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble; James Ross, Director of the UMD Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director for the National Orchestra Institute; Donald Hunsberger and Mark Scatterday, former and current conductors of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, through the Frederick Fennell Memorial Conducting Masterclass; and Tim Foley, former conductor of the President’s Own Marine Band. Darian received his master’s in horn performance from the University of Georgia, where he studied horn with Dr. Jean Martin-Williams and took conducting lessons with F. David Romines. His bachelor’s degree in music education is from Augusta State University. Dr. Washington was formerly an instructor of horn, chamber music and humanities at Augusta State University and adjunct horn instructor at the University of South Carolina-Aiken. During his time in Augusta, he maintained a pre-college and college-level horn studio; many of those students have gone on to pursue music degrees at the Eastman School of Music, University of Georgia, University of Southern California, University of West Virginia, University of South Carolina, and NGU. He has also served as the director of bands at Harlem Middle School in Harlem, GA. Dr. Washington plays with the Hendersonville and Brevard symphonies and Carolina Pops Orchestra, and has performed with the Augusta and Athens symphonies, Augusta Choral Society, and as a soloist with the Augusta State University Choir and Orchestra. He is a member of MENC, the SC Music Educators Association, and International Horn Society.
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Dr. Michael Weaver teaches violin, viola, and music history in the Cline School of Music where he also conducts the North Greenville University Orchestra. He holds degrees in Music Education, Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from East Carolina University and the Florida State University. He studied violin with Nancy McAllister and Fritz Gearhart, and Suzuki Pedagogy on violin with Joanne Bath and on viola with Betsy Stuenwalker. He studied viola with Fritz Gearhart, Ara Gregorian, Scott Rawls, Hugh Partridge, and Pam Ryan, with additional coaching from Dora Mullins. He performed during master classes with Karen Tuttle and Donald Weilerstein, among others. He studied conducting at the Florida State University with Alex Jimenez and James Croft. Dr. Weaver has performed with the North Carolina Symphony and performs as a section violist with regional symphony orchestras. His biography appears in Who's Who Among America's Teachers and in Who's Who in America.
Luke Browder is an adjunct instructor of music and worship arts at North Greenville University. He graduated from The Petrie School of Music at Converse College with a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance. There, he studied with Dr. Valerie MacPhail and performed with the Converse Opera Theatre. He received his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Furman University.
An active singer in the Upstate, Mr. Browder has performed opera, operetta, and musical theatre roles with Glow Lyric Theatre, Asheville Lyric Opera, The Warehouse Theatre, and The Spartanburg Repertory Company. Favorite roles have included Schaunard (La Bohème), Jigger Craigin (Carousel), Giuseppe Palmieri (The Gondoliers), Mr. Lindquist (A Little Night Music), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), and Pooh-Bah (The Mikado). He has stage directed for the Greer Children's Theatre production of Tarzan the Musical and for Converse Opera Theatre's opera scenes program.
In addition to his theatrical work, Mr. Browder has performed as a concert soloist with The Greenville Chorale, Clemson University, Limestone College, and The Piedmont Men's Chorale. He has performed major works such as Mozart's Mass in C Minor and Vaughan Williams' Mass in G Minor, as well as Broadway selections and sacred music concerts.
Mr. Browder currently serves on the music faculties of North Greenville University and Clemson University, and as Director of Music at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville.
Dr. Tom Burns is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Music Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters in Church Music and holds a Doctorate in Worship Studies from the Webber Institute for Worship Studies. He has served churches as a music minister for over 30 years. He directs the Handbell Ensemble and teaches Contemporary Worship in the Church.
Mrs. Jane Callaham is a graduate of Winthrop College, where she earned a BS Music Education-Choral. Mrs. Callaham has taught for 20 years in Greenville County Schools. In 2001, Mrs. Callaham came to North Greenville University to assist the music education department.
Lauren Cason, a South Carolina native, is an Adjunct Music Professor at North Greenville University where she accompanies for the choirs and teaches various music classes. In 2004, Lauren graduated Magna Cum Laude from NGU with a BA in Piano Performance. She went on to get her Masters in Piano Pedagogy from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. There she accompanied for the Women's Choir, taught class piano, taught private piano lessons, and was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda music honors society. Lauren accompanies for many choral events across the state such as Baptist All-State and various district honor choirs. She has played piano for productions with the Greer Children's Theater and South Carolina Children's Theater, and is also happy to be on staff at Piano Central Studios where she has a growing studio of private piano students. She and her husband Tyler currently reside in Greer, SC and are actively involved in the music ministry at Southside Fellowship.
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Ms. Sonja Coppenbarger, Bassoonist, is an Adjunct Music Instructor at the Cline School of Music at North Greenville University. She is a former Principal Bassoonist with the Greenville Symphony, having served in that position for 10 years. She currently is Principal Bassoon with the Hendersonville Symphony and is a free-lance musician and teacher in the Greenville, South Carolina area. Mrs. Coppenbarger received a Master of Music degree in Bassoon Performance from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.
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Tony Christopher is an adjunct professor of percussion at North Greenville University. He has been playing drums/percussion for over 28 years and was involved in middle school and high school marching, concert, and jazz bands. He was a member of the Carolina Youth Symphony for three years. Tony graduated in 1999 from Greenville Technical College with an Associate's Degree in Myo-Therapy, then attended North Greenville University for 2.5 years as a percussion performance major. He then transferred to the Atlanta Institute of Music, where he finished in 2010 with a certification in live/studio performance. Tony currently teaches privately in Greenville, SC and plays in a variety of band and the Horizon Church Praise and Worship team.
Dr. David Cudd is a graduate of NGU, Furman University, and earned a Master of Music Education degree at the University of Southern Mississippi. He received his Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership from Nova University. At North Greenville University, he teaches Classroom Management for Music Education majors. He has served as a band director, taught Driver's Education, and sponsored the school Yearbook in public schools. He also designs drills for marching bands at the senior high and college/university level.864.977.7080 (O)
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Mark Eshenbaugh, instructor, guitar, Program Coordinator and instructor of Contemporary Worship Arts and Leadership, earned his Bachelor of Music from North Greenville University and his Master of Music from Converse College. He has completed additional coursework in theology, leadership, and Christian ministry from Vineyard Leadership Institute and Vineyard Bible Institute. Mark 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, Mark is also a well-travelled classical and musical theater singer. Recent engagements have included concert performances of Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen in Oppenau, Germany, Bizet’s Carmen in Reading, PA, and Shrek the Musical at Greer Children's Theater. He is also a member of ASCAP, and enjoys songwriting and arranging. He has been an active worship leader at Vineyard Church of Greenville since 1997, Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Taylors, SC since 2014, and has actively performed as a contemporary church musician for 25 years. He lives in Taylors with his wife and three girls.
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Dr. Jo Ann Garrett earned a B.A. degree in music education from Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, TN and her M.ME. from Columbia College, Columbia, SC. Her doctoral work in Teacher Leadership from Walden University focused on Arts Integration Professional Development: Teacher Perspective and Transfer to Instructional Practice. Dr. Garrett has experience in developing music programs in public and private education. She has also served a variety of churches as musical director, developing children’s choirs and choir programs. In addition, she has enjoyed working with youth and adult choirs, teaching piano, and working with hand bell groups. She has mentored music education and church music students.
Dr. Garrett currently teaches in the M.Ed. and M.A.T programs at North Greenville University as well as the Cline School of Music. Additional educational responsibilities include former director of Virtual Minds @ Wired Minds Tutoring in Greer, SC and ESL tutoring.
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A South Carolina native, Brian Gencarelli is Principal Double Bass of the GAMAC Chamber Orchestra. He received his Master of Music in Double Bass performance at the University of Georgia where he studied with Milton Masciadri. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina where he studied with Samuel Douglas and Tim Easter. He is an active performer with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, The Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium, and many other regional orchestras. He has performed with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Tony Bennett, Mark O’Connor, and Marvin Hamlisch. Mr. Gencarelli maintains active private double bass studios in Greenville. He is currently the Director of Orchestra at Mauldin Middle and Mauldin High Schools in Greenville, SC and is Professor of Double Bass at North Greenville University.
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Keith Groover is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, and worship leader who teaches guitar at NGU and also maintains a large private studio. He studied music performance at Indiana University and received a degree in Music Composition and Theory from the University of South Carolina. He was formerly the Praise Band and Orchestra Director for Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Taylors, where he directed three adult praise bands, two youth bands, and a twenty-person orchestra. He has played guitar, bass, and cello in dozens of ensembles ranging from symphony orchestras to rock bands, and is currently the music director for Grace Presbyterian in downtown Spartanburg.
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Martha L. Hughes is an adjunct Music Education Professor who supervises student teachers. A graduate of Furman University with a B.A. in Music, she earned a Master of Music Education degree at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and a Master of Education degree from Furman University. She has 33 years of teaching in the public schools of South Carolina, where she taught elementary music and gifted and talented education, and directed choirs. She is active in SCMEA, Alpha Delta Kappa, and her church, First Baptist Church of Easley. She has directed children’s choirs, and worked in music camps. She has served on the Alumnae Board of Furman University and on the Board of Trustees at Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. She is participating Furman’s OLLI program and plays in a recorder ensemble.
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Dr. Peter B. Kay is a composer and double bassist from the upstate of South Carolina. He holds degrees in music from Furman University and the University of South Carolina, where he studied under composers John Fitz Rogers and Reginald Bain. Dr. Kay is an Adjunct Music Instructor and Technology Director at the Cline School of Music at North Greenville University. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor of music at Wofford College.
Mr. Craig King has degrees in trumpet performance from Furman University and Yale School of Music. He has performed in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, played with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Johnny Mathis, and with several Broadway touring shows on local stops. Craig is currently a member of the Reedy River Brass Trio, plays frequently with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Spartanburg Philharmonic, and earned a spot on the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra sublist. In his other time, Craig is a portrait artist at White Whale Studios & Gallery.
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Brenda Leonard teaches cello at
North Greenville University and the Lawson Academy of the Arts in Spartanburg.
She is principal cello of the Spartanburg Philharmonic and plays with many
orchestras in the region. She performs regularly as a soloist and chamber
musician, including “Cello Times Two,” a duo with cellist Benjamin Smith of
Montreat College. Dr. Leonard received her DMA in cello performance from
the University of South Carolina where she worked with Dr. Robert Jesselson. Her BA and MM are from Northern Illinois
University, where she studied with Raya Garbousova and Marc Johnson, and
received coaching from the Vermeer Quartet.
She has taught at Clemson University, Anderson University, Converse College
and Frankfurt International School and maintains an busy private studio.
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Mrs. Kuo-Pei Cheng Lin has enjoyed teaching piano and performing for 28 years. Born in Taiwan, she started playing the piano at the age of six and entered classical music school in her seventh grade. She holds a BM 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, where she studied with Anne Epperson, Sandra Shapiro, Thomas Hecht and Olga Radosavljevich and performed in master classes given by Jerome Lowenthal, Warren Jones, Jean Barr and cellist Denis Brott. She received a full scholarship from the Santa Barbara Summer Music Festival and after graduation was appointed staff accompanist at CIM. In 1995 she moved to Cincinnati where she served as principal pianist for the Middletown Symphony Orchestra and as the music director and pianist for the Cincinnati Chinese Church at Mason. A Greenville resident since 2004, Mrs. Cheng-Lin is currently serving as principal pianist for the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist for the Greenville Chinese Christian Church. Through the years she has continued to perform recitals as a soloist and with musicians from such institutions as the Cincinnati Symphony and Greenville Symphony, as well as faculty members of NGU, Indiana University, Clemson University, and Furman University, among others. She performed Liszt’s Concerto No. 1 with the Foothills Philharmonic at the Peace Center. She is a proud member of the Greenville MTA and of the Crescent Music Club.864.977.7080 (O)
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Mr. Charlie Parker has a B. A. Degree in Music Education from Newberry College and a Master’s Degree from the University of South Carolina, where he served as an assistant to the Director of Bands. Mr. Parker has done additional course work at North Greenville University, Furman University, Northwestern University, and Vandercook School of Music. Mr. Parker has also served as Director of Bands at J. L. Mann High School, as well as Band Director of Gilbert High School, and Jazz Band Director at Clemson University. He was also director of the South Carolina Jazz Ensemble for twenty . As a performer, Mr. Parker has played as a freelance musician with Henry Mancini, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, Barnum & Bailey Circus, The Greenville Symphony, the Columbia Philharmonic, the Greenville Symphony Jazz Quartet, as well as many others.
Joy Sears is an Adjunct Flute Instructor at the Cline School of Music at North Greenville University, board member of the South Carolina Flute Society, on the faculty of the Wildacres Flute Retreat and is a flute repair specialist. Joy is a former member of the Western Piedmont Symphony and faculty at the Sewanee Summer Music Center. She has performed with the Greenville and Charlotte Symphonies and the Spartanburg Philharmonic, and has recorded CD’s as a member of the National Flute Choir. As a certified music educator, Joy has taught band, chorus, music appreciation and gifted music to all grade levels in public and private schools and at the university level. She earned a dual degree in music education and flute performance from the University of Akron where she studied with George Pope, and her Master’s Degree in flute performance from Western Carolina University where she specialized in flute repair studies with Dr. Eldred Spell. Joy enjoys spending time with family, giving informative lectures on flute repair to flute studios across the Southeast, performing chamber music with friends and training and participating in local athletic events.
Mr. John Sizemore has performed in recitals, chamber music concerts, orchestra concerts, and has lectured and given master classes throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico. He has held the position of principal tuba in numerous orchestras including the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, as well as orchestras in Charlotte, Greensboro and Winston Salem. He has performed under renowned conductors such as Sir George Solti, Carlo Maria Giulini, Daniel Barenboim, Margaret Hillis, Thomas Shippers and Christopher Keene. For six years he served as Artist in Residence for the University System of North Carolina as a member of the Piedmont Brass Quintet. He has also performed extensively as a member of the Midwest Brass Quintet in Chicago, Illinois and the Southwest Brass Quintet in Phoenix, Arizona. He is currently principal tuba in the Asheville Symphony. John Sizemore holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Visit the online Brass Studio of John Sizemore.864.977.7080 (O) 864.977.2193 (F)
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After earning a Bachelor of Music degree from Wayne State University, Greg Sundt attended Ohio State University, where he received the Master of Music degree and served as a Graduate Teaching Associate in the Music Performance division. He has been a brass instructor at all levels, including at Hillsdale College, where he taught brass lessons, Brass Methods, and conducted the College brass and wind ensembles. He has lived in the Upstate for six years with his wife, Marcia, and eight children. They are members at North Hills Community Church in Taylors.864.977.7080 (O)
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Liz Boehm has been the Administrative Assistant for the Cline School of Music since 2011. Prior to joining NGU, Liz held various positions at Florence Christian Academy in Florence, Alabama, serving there as either Business Manager, Office Manager, or Secretary for 30 years. Ms. Boehm is a member Calvary Baptist Church in Simpsonville and has a son, Jason, who lives in Simpsonville and a daughter, Jennifer, who lives in Chicago. When she’s not working, Liz enjoys gardening, shopping, and spending time with her grandchildren Cadence, Selah, (twins) Bryce and Braydn, and Avery.