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Artistry in Action

The Lord has assembled a special faculty of highly qualified, Christ-focused musicians and artist-teachers at BJU. The faculty holds doctoral degrees from over a dozen different graduate schools and conservatories and are active performers, researchers, authors, and clinicians in their respective fields of specialization. 

Music Faculty Listing

Recent Faculty Achievements

Shellie Beeman, Associate Professor in Voice, joined the summer faculty of the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Acqui Terme, Italy, where she teaches private voice lessons, coaches chamber art song, and gives masterclasses.

Bruce Cox, Professor in Trumpet, will assume the role of director of bands and conductor of the Symphonic Wind Band beginning in the 2019–2020 academic year.

Warren Cook, Professor and Director of Choral Activities, conducted the Rivertree Singers, a choral ensemble of graduates from seven different colleges and universities, to win the grand prize in the annual Oxford University Press Christmas Carol Competition.

Seth Custer, Assistant Professor and Head of the Department of Music Theory, released “The Wonders of His Love”, an album featuring Christmas carols arranged for harp, piano, and saxophone with orchestral accompaniment.

Brandon Ironside, Assistant Professor in Violin and Viola, teaches at the MasterWorks Summer Music Festival and regularly performs as a member of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

Yuriy Leonovich, Assistant Professor in Cello, recently presented a solo recital featuring all six of J.S. Bach's cello suites. Other engagements at UNC-Greensboro and Columbus State University feature rarely-performed works for cello by Fitelberg, Jemnitz, and Yagling.

Faye Lopez, Associate Professor in Piano and Music Theory, releasedBehold the Lamb of God,” and “Bow in Worship,” two collections of piano arrangements published by Lillenas. She also recently released two solo piano albums, “Morning Mercies” and “Hymns of Grateful Praise.” 

Deanna Moore, Professor in Piano Performance and Literature, recently completed a two-year term as President of the South Carolina Music Teachers Association (SCMTA). During her presidency she oversaw efforts to standardize district auditions and expanded annual conference sessions to include new chamber works and other collaborative elements.

Michael Moore, Professor and Chair of the Division of Music, was elected President of the South Carolina Music Educators Association for 2019-2021. The 1,500-member organization includes K-12 and higher education music teachers from across the state focused on delivering high quality music education in public and private schools.

Kenon Renfrow, Professor in Piano Pedagogy and Music Technology, recently released a new book published by Alfred Music: Group Piano for Adults Ensemble Book 1: Repertoire for piano duet, two pianos, and multiple pianos.

Department of Instrumental Studies

Bruce Cox, DMA, professor (dept head) - trumpet
Abigail Chetta, MMus, adjunct instructor - violin
Patrick Flynn, DMA, adjunct instructor - guitar
Rachel Hall, MMus, adjunct instructor - viola
Amy Hazlett, MMus, adjunct instructor - bassoon
Brandon Ironside, DMA, assistant professor - violin
Daria Janssen, DMA, adjunct instructor - cello & bass
Paul Jantz, MA, adjunct instructor - trombone
Yuriy Leonovich, DMA, assistant professor - cello
Prentiss McDaniels, MM, adjunct instructor - clarinet & saxophone
Michael Moore, PhD, professor - orchestra
Paul Overly, DMus, professor - low brass
Dianne Pinner, MA, adjunct instructor - violin
Mary AlleyB Purtle, BS, adjunct instructor - oboe
Jeanette Schlimgen, MA, adjunct instructor - horn
Rob Schoolfield, EdS, adjunct instructor - percussion
Emily Waggoner, MMus, assistant professor - harp
Esther Waite, DMA, associate professor - flute

Department of Keyboard Studies

Peter Davis, PhD, professor (dept head)
Ruth Coleman, MA, adjunct collaborative pianist
Jean Cook, MA, adjunct collaborative pianist
Donna Crawford, MA, adjunct instructor
Ed Dunbar, DMA, adjunct instructor - organ
Christiane Emory, MM, adjunct collaborative pianist
Kristen Ironside, DMA, adjunct collaborative pianist
Dave Lehman, MMus, adjunct instructor
Deanna Moore, DMA, professor
Ken Renfrow, PhD, professor
Lorri Turcios, EdD, associate professor

Department of Vocal Studies

Shellie Beeman, DA, associate professor (dept head)
Antje Boschmann, MMus, adjunct instructor
Laura Brundage, MMus, assistant professor
Nikki Eoute, MMus, adjunct instructor
Amy Johnson, MMus, adjunct instructor
David Parker, DMA, professor 

Department of Music Education

Pattye Casarow, DMA, professor (dept head)
Warren Cook, DMA, professor
Lori Lane, MME, adjunct instructor
Michael Moore, PhD, professor
Ken Renfrow, PhD, professor
David Townsend, MMus, assistant professor
Lorri Turcios, EdD, associate professor

Department of Church Music

Fred Coleman, DPasTh, professor (dept head)
Faye Lopez, MA, associate professor

Department of Music Theory and Technology

Seth Custer, PhD, associate professor (dept head)
Warren Cook, DMA, professor
Ed Dunbar, DMA, adjunct instructor
David Janssen, DMA, assistant professor
Faye Lopez, MA, associate professor
Joan Pinkston, MA, adjunct instructor
Ken Renfrow, PhD, professor

Department of Music History and Literature

Paul Overly, DA, professor (dept head)
Emily Waggoner, MMus, assistant professor