The Cline School of Music: Meet Our Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 is Coordinator for Music Education and teaches several classes 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.



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Dr. Christopher Davis currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Percussion at North Greenville University.  At NGU, he teaches applied percussion, directs the NGU Percussion Ensemble, and directs the NGU Marching Crusaders Drumline. Dr. Davis holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in percussion performance from the University of South Carolina.  He received a Bachelor of Music degree in music performance from Capital University and a Master of Arts degree in percussion performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Christopher has studied with Eric Paton, Jim Ed Cobbs, Robert Breithaupt, Gary Olmstead, Michael Kingan, Scott Herring, and Guinean master drummer Bolokada Conde. 

Dr. Davis is Principal Percussionist with the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist for the Focus Day 50th Anniversary Celebration at PASIC 2011 and for the Focus Day Centennial Celebration of John Cage at PASIC 2012.  He has had the honor of performing at conferences for the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA), the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) as a member of the Capital University Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps, and the IUP Percussion Ensemble. In addition to his responsibilities at NGU,

 Dr. Davis teaches private percussion lessons to all ages and presents clinics and master classes around the state of South Carolina.  He has recently presented clinics at the South Carolina Day of Percussion, Perc-Up, and the SCMEA Conference.  Dr. Davis is currently the Vice-President for the South Carolina chapter of PAS and is a Yamaha Performing Artist, a member of the Black Swamp Percussion Educator Network, and an endorser for Innovative Percussion mallets and sticks and Remo drumheads.

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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 on the board of the South Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing and is the coordinator for the Student NATS chapter at NGU.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Master of Music Education

Dr. Marianne Holland, who chaired the undergraduate Music Education program for 20 years, is now serving as the Dean of Graduate Music Education at NGU.  A graduate of Limestone College, and the University of South Carolina, Dr. Holland brings more than 30 years public school experience to the program.  She has also studiesdat Florida State University, the University of Texas-Austin, Westminster Choir College, and for two summers at Christ Church College, Oxford, England.  NGU has  presented her  with the Lamar Chapman Faculty  Award as well as the Excellence in Education Teaching Award given by the SC Independent Schools and Colleges.

Long active in the professional organzation, SCMEA, she has served as President, Editor of the SOUTH CAROLINA MUSICIAN,  and President of the Southern Division of MENC (now NAfME) as well as State President for ACDA.  She has written many music education articles for professional journals, and presented workshops and training sessions for MENC and SCMEA as well as the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an honor teacher's association.  Her grant writing skills have been used to secure funds for bringing the arts to all  ages of students, most recently, the Children's Opera, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK  to the Dark Corner. She is active in her community and the Pickens Presbyterian Church, directing the orchestra and serving as pianist as needed.


Director of Athletic Bands

The College of Fine Arts is happy to announce the addition of Phil McIntyre as the new Director of Athletic Bands. Mr. McIntyre is very well known in South Carolina, having taught band over 30 years at James F. Byrnes High School. He has served as President, Vice President and Marching Committee Chairman of the South Carolina Band Directors Association. Mr. McIntyre has also served as President, Executive Board member and is presently Exhibits Chairman for South Carolina Music Educators Association.

Mr. McIntyre has numerous awards for his marching bands as well as his parade bands that have performed in several Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades as well as multiple Presidential Inaugural Parades in Washington, DC and Governors Inaugural Parades.

Along with his duties as Director of Athletic Bands, Mr. McIntyre will be working with the Office of Admissions as a recruiter for the College of Fine Arts.  

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  Adjunct Faculty


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.

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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.

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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Stephen Griner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Bob Jones University.  After graduating he took four years of further study with Marta Mihich. Mr. Griner has been music director for South Carolina Children’s Theatre mainstage productions since 2008 and has also performed with Centre Stage in Greenville.  You will see him at the Peace Center from time to time playing for their Broadway Series.  Shows include Wicked, West Side Story, and Book of Mormon.

He is an elder and the music director at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church in Greer.  He enjoys writing and arranging music and has seen some of his work published and recorded. He runs a private studio from home. Stephen is married to Laura and together they have two children, Luke and Beebe.  Mr. Griner remembers loving music at the age of four when he got a toy piano.  He began formal instruction at nine and started playing for the congregational singing in his church at ten.  He accompanied his school choir from seventh grade on through high school and has been collaborating ever since. 

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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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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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David Kiser is the host and producer of On the Keys, an hour of piano music played by virtuoso pianists for South Carolina Public Radio. David began studying piano at 10. He obtained a Masters Degree in Piano Performance at Converse College with Professor Douglas Weeks where he won the Young Artist Concerto Competition. Formerly he studied at the University of South Carolina. He also studied at the College of the Charleston with full scholarship under Enrique Graf and has worked with artist like Ann Schein, Natalya Antonova, Yong Hi Moon, and Ilana Vered. As part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival he performed Sergei Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 1 in Charleston and in Perugia, and Spoleto Italy. His performances have been broadcast on South Carolina Public Radio and he has performed throughout the state. He is a passionate teacher and his students have won at the local and state levels. He's also the organist for Buford Street United Methodist Church in Gaffney and lives with his wife and two daughters in Greenville.

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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.

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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 years. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Leslie Taylor Warlick holds performance degrees from the North Carolina School of the Arts (BM), the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM), and Florida State University (DM). She has had the pleasure of studying violin with Elaine Richey, David Updegraff, Donald Weilerstein and Gary Kosloski. After teaching at Florida International University and Erskine College, Dr. Warlick is now adjunct professor of violin and viola at North Greenville University and Clemson University. Dr. Warlick was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra in Naples, FL; with the Trio Chanterelle she toured North Carolina and performed at the State Capitol. She has presented concerts and coached students at Delta State University, the University of Tennessee, and other venues through the Southeast, and has performed for the Keowee Chamber Music Festival. Dr. Warlick lives in Seneca, SC, with her husband David and their children Emma Katherine and Charles Nathaniel. 

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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.