|The School of Music offers programs leading to a bachelor of music with concentration in either music education, performance, or the bachelor of arts degree in music. Students not majoring in music may earn credit in band, choir, chamber orchestra and applied music for satisfying minimum degree requirements. A maximum of four semester hours in band, choir or chamber orchestra may be applied toward graduation. Additional credits earned would be in excess and not creditable toward degree requirements.|
The TLU School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
School of Music Programs
Bachelor's degrees in Music
|Bachelor of Music in All-Level Music Education, Vocal Emphasis|
60 semester hours, including MUSI 111, 112, 131, 132, 211, 212, 223, 231, 232, 235, 301, 327, 328, 332, 335, 339, 375, 376; MUED 472, 432B; two hours from AMU_ 118c, 114c, 115c, 117c; AMU_ 111p, 112p, 211p, 212p, 311p, 312p, 411p, 412p; two hours additional AMU lessons and/or classes; two hours MUSI 118 with enrollment in each semester enrolled; enrollment in piano study until proficiency completed. See Education section for additional guidelines regarding admission to the teacher education program.
|Bachelor of Music in All-Level Music Education, Instrumental Emphasis|
60 semester hours, including MUSI 110, 111, 112, 131, 132, 211, 212, 214, 231, 232, 235, 301, 327, 328, 332, 339, 375, 376; MUED 472, 432A; AMU_ 113c, 114c, 115c, 116c, 117c, 111p, 112p, 211p, 212p, 311p, 312p, 411p, 412p; two hours additional AMU lessons and/or classes; two hours MUSI 114 or 117 with enrollment in each semester enrolled; enrollment in piano study until proficiency completed. See Education section for additional guidelines regarding admission to the teacher education program.
|Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance|
60 semester hours, including MUSI 111, 112, 131, 132, 211, 212, 223, 231, 232, 235, 302, 327, 335B, 375, 376, 402, 431B; MUED 472; AMU_ 121a, 122a, 221a, 222a, 321a, 322a, 421a, 422a; two hours MUSI 314; two hours MUSI 118 with enrollment in each semester enrolled; two hours secondary lessons; enrollment in piano study until proficiency completed.
|Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance|
60 semester hours, including MUSI 111, 112, 131, 132, 211, 212, 231, 232, 235, 302, 327, 335A or 335C, 339, 375, 376, 402; MUSI 431A or 431C; MUED 472; AMU_ 121a, 122a, 221a, 222a, 321a, 322a, 421a, 422a; two hours secondary lessons and/or from AMU_ 113c, 114c, 115c, 116c, 117c, and/or MUSI 214; two hours MUSI 114 or 117 with enrollment in each semester enrolled; enrollment in piano study until proficiency completed.
|Bachelor of Arts in Music|
33 semester hours, including MUSI 111, 112, 131, 132, 211, 212, 231, 232, 235, 301, 327, 401; MUED 472 or any MUSI 300 or above; AMU_ 111p, 112p, 211p, 212p, 311p, 312p, 411p, 412p; one hour MUSI 114, 117 or 118 with enrollment in each semester enrolled; enrollment in piano study until proficiency completed.
Minor in Music
23 hours, including MUSI 111, 112, 131, 132, 235; AMU_ 111p, 112p, 211p, 212p; two hours MUSI 114, 117 or 118 with enrollment each semester enrolled; six hours upper division music courses.
School of Music Scholarship Auditions
|The School of Music provides professional training to those who wish to pursue careers in music and music education. It also offers opportunities to students from all majors to enhance their musical education by electing to study music, either from among the academic offerings (music history, literature or theory) or performance (piano, organ, instrumental, voice, and vocal or instrumental ensembles). Students interested in music have several performance opportunities, including the annual Choir Tour and popular Vespers.|
Director of School of Music; Director of Choral Activities; Mary Gibbs Jones Chair in Choral Music
Douglas Boyer, professor; A.A., Bethany Lutheran College; B.A., Texas Lutheran University; M.M., University of Texas at San Antonio; D.M.A., The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Boyer is the director of the TLU school of Music, the director of choral activities and holder of the Mary Gibbs Jones Chair in Choral Music. He also teaches classes in conducting, orchestration, music literature, choral music education and music theatre. He is the artistic director of the Songmakers, and director of music ministries at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church. His research on the music of our time has been published in scholarly journals and cited in numerous textbooks. He is an active member of the American Composers Forum and ASCAP, and his commissioned works have been performed in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Most recently he studied composition with internationally renowned composers Chen Yi, Alberto Grau, and Stephen Paulus, and conducting with Steven Sametz and Rene Clausen.
Associate Professor; TLU Director of Bands
Beth Bronk, associate professor, director of bands; B.M., The University of Texas at Austin; M.M. University of North Texas. Prof. Bronk serves as TLU Director of Bands. She teaches conducting, instrumental music education classes, and conducts the TLU Bands. Ms. Bronk earned the University of Texas Performance Certificate and studied trumpet with Ray Crisara. While at the University of North Texas, she was a trumpet Teaching Fellow and studied conducting with Anshel Brusilov. Ms. Bronk taught instrumental music in Texas public schools for 18 years and most recently held the position of Director of Bands and music administrator for New Braunfels I.S.D. She currently serves as president of the Texas music educators Association Region 12. Ms. Bronk is an active clinician, adjudicator, and performer.
Shaaron Conoly, associate professor; B.M., The University of Texas at Austin; Licence de Concert, Ecole Normale de Musique, Paris; M.Ed., Texas State University-San Marcos. Prof. Conoly has been a Fulbright Scholar to France, where she studied with Pierre Bernac. She is a recent recipient of the Sears Foundation Teaching Excellence Award. She is an active member in the National Association of Teachers of Singing and co-founded the South Texas Chapter for the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Associate Professor; Baenziger Professorship in Music
Eric M. Daub, who holds a doctorate in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, is an associate professor of piano and music theory at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas, where he holds the Baenziger Professorship in Music. Born in Kyoto, Japan, he grew up in Lawrence, KS, and Madison, WI. He received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Wisconsin in 1982, studying the piano with Tait Barrows and Leo Stephens, and jazz piano with Ted Jackson and Richard Davis. He then moved to Austin, Texas in 1985 to pursue a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at the University of Texas at Austin, studying piano and accompanying with Dr. William Race, Anton Nel, David Garvey, and Gerard Souzay. His doctoral treatise is entitled “The Mùsica Callada of Federico Mompou” and the Mompou Foundation, located in Barcelona in the apartment that the composer and his wife shared at the end of his life, requested a bound copy for their library. Dr. Daub has a wide range of experience as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, recording artist, collaborative pianist, church musician, arranger, jazz, blues and gospel pianist, and rock keyboardist. He has worked repeatedly with various singer-song writers in the Austin area co-writing, arranging, and recording music in a variety of styles. His musical collaborations have brought him into contact with musicians from many stylistic genres including bassists Kristin Korb, and Roscoe Beck, guitarists Van Wilks, Dave Sebree, and Bobby Zinner, drummer Shelley Scott Hamilton, singers Babbie Mason and Diane Schurr, and composer Jake Heggie.
Assistant Professor; Director of strings
Dr. Eliza Thomason is the Director of Strings and Assistant-Professor at Texas Lutheran University, holding the Anita Windecker Endowed Chair. A sought after performer, Dr. Thomason is an active recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral violist. She currently plays with the San Antonio, Mid-Texas, and Corpus Christi Symphonies, and has won positions with the Spokane Symphony, New Haven Symphony, and New World Symphony. Her orchestral solos as principle violist with the Aspen Concert Orchestra have been featured on The Classical Station of New York City and NPR's show, Performance Today.
An advocate of new music, Dr. Thomason has premiered several works for solo viola, chamber ensemble, and orchestra, most recently recording new chamber music for the MSR Classics recording label; "Winning Works of the 2010 Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition." She has studied at Vanderbilt and Indiana Universities, and recently earned her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). At CCM she served as a teaching assistant to Masao Kawasaki and Catharine Carroll, as well as holding several other teaching appointments. Principal mentors and teachers have included Masao Kawasaki, Catharine Carroll, Atar Arad, Mimi Zweig, and Kathryn Plummer.
Instructor of Percussion
Adam Bedell, instructor; B.M., Central Michigan University; M.M., The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Bedell serves as instructor of percussion. He performed as percussionist with the Midland and Saginaw Symphonies and as timpanist with the Westshore and Traverse City Symphonies, Michigan. Currently, Mr. Bedell is a percussionist with the Round Rock Symphony, plays Zimbabwean classical music on the Mbira with a group led by Joel Labiolette of Rattletree Marimba, and has made appearances with the Austin Symphony and The Austin Chamber Musicians. He has also performed at noteworthy conferences such as PASIC and CBDNA and can be heard on the Harmonia Mundi Label with Grammy-nominated Conspirare on “A Company of Voices,” the concert of which aired nationally on PBS in Spring 2009. His primary teachers include Thomas Burritt, Tony Edwards, Andrew Spencer, and Jason Lewis.
Instructor of Oboe
Jennifer Bernard, instructor; B.M. Vanderbilt University; M.M., The University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Bernard is instructor of oboe. She currently serves as Principal Oboe in the Laredo Philharmonic and English hornist for the Victoria Symphony. She has performed with the Austin, Berkeley, and Nashville Symphonies, as well as the Air Force Band of the West. She is an alumna of the Aspen Music School and the Hot Springs Music Festival. From 2001 to 2003, Ms. Bernard worked as a translator and coordinator under Wayne Rapier to organize the Boston Records Oboe Orchestral Repertoire Festival in France. Her principal teachers include Rebecca Henderson, Bobby Taylor, and Ray Still. Ms. Bernard is now pursuing her D.M.A. at The University of Texas at Austin.
Mary Ellen Cavitt
Mary Ellen Cavitt, assistant professor; B.M., M.M., The Juilliard School; D.M.Ed., The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Cavitt serves as Assistant Professor of Horn at Texas Lutheran University and Professor of Music Education and Associate Director of the School of Music at Texas State University. She is an active performer and has played with orchestras in Texas, New York, and Arizona. Dr. Cavitt has served as horn professor at the University of Texas at Arlington and Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and on the music education faculties of Michigan State University, The University of Arizona, and The University of Texas at San Antonio. As administrator of instrumental music for North East ISD in San Antonio, Texas, she coordinated the band and orchestra programs in secondary schools. She is an active clinician and adjudicator, and her research has been presented at regional, national, and international conferences. She currently serves as editor for the Texas Music Education Research Journal and TMEA Region 18 College Division Chair, and is past Chair for the Instructional Strategies Research Interest Group for the National Association for Music Education.
Carol Brittin Chambers
Instructor of Trumpet
Carol Brittin Chambers, instructor; B.M., Texas Tech University; M.M., Northwestern University. Mrs. Chambers is a well-known trumpet performer and teacher. A successful public school director, she is an active player with the San Antonio Symphony and the San Antonio Brass, Inc. Mrs. Chambers also coaches the TLU Brass Quintet, teaches ear training and sight singing and assists with bands.
Joseph Cooper, instructor; B.M., Indiana University; M.M., Rice University. Mr. Cooper serves as applied trumpet instructor and brass quintet coach for the Texas Lutheran University School of Music. As an orchestral trumpet player, he has performed with the Colorado Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Waco Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, Brazos Valley Symphony, and San Antonio Chamber Orchestras. Mr. Cooper is also an active freelance player and has performed in live concerts for pop icons Yolanda Adams, Peter Gabriel, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, and P.D.Q. Bach. While living in Houston, he was a brass and trumpet coach for the Houston Youth Symphony Orchestras and taught applied trumpet at Lee College. Mr. Cooper is currently completing a D.M.A. at the University of Texas at Austin.
Instructor of clarinet
Paula Corley, instructor; B.M.E., Mississippi State University; M.M., Southern Methodist University. Long-time Texas educator Paula Corley is the Instructor of Clarinet at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas and is an artist clinician for Vandoren and The Buffet Group. She is the "mayor" of Clarinet City (dot com), an online clarinet teaching resource and is the author of two books for the developing clarinetist. Ms. Corley has presented at music conferences all over the US - including The Midwest Clinic, Texas Music Educators Association, Indiana University's Clarinet Teaching Workshop, the International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFest, and the Texas Clarinet Colloquium. She has been published in The Instrumentalist magazine and online in WAVE by Vandoren. Paula served on the faculty at Mars Hill College (NC) and as Principal Clarinetist with the Asheville Lyric Opera. She was honored as Alumnus of the Year (2012-13) from the Department of Music at Mississippi State University.
Instructor of Flute; Flute choir director
Jeanne F. Gnecco, instructor; B.M.Ed., Northwestern University; M.M. in performance, University of Notre Dame. Ms. Gnecco is flute instructor and flute choir director. She is a member of the Mid-Texas Symphony and performs as a recitalist and freelance musician. She has played with the orchestras of the San Antonio Opera Theatre, San Antonio Festival, Texas Bach Choir and San Antonio Choral Society, and she has substituted with the San Antonio Symphony. She is a member of the National Flute Association and has published flute-related articles.
Instructor of Guitar
Janet Grohovac, instructor; B.M., University of Victoria; M.M., The University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Grohovac serves as instructor of guitar. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts specializing in guitar performance at The University of Texas at Austin, with Adam Holzman as her main pedagogue. Janet is originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where she completed her Bachelor of Music with distinction at the University of Victoria studying with Dr. Alexander Dunn. Prior to her university training, Janet studied in an intensive performance and teacher training program at the Victoria Conservatory of Music which led her to obtain her AVCM diplomas in guitar pedagogy and performance. Janet enjoys performing and competing in music festivals throughout North America and has played in master classes for world-renowned artists such as Pepe Romero, Roland Dyens and Eliot Fisk. Most recently, Janet was awarded first place in the 2009 Northwest Guitar Competition and was a prize winner in the 2010 Texas Music Festival “Classical Minds” Competition as well as the 2011 Dallas International Guitar Competition. In addition to performing and studying, Janet is an experienced teacher and has been involved in creating and organizing curriculum for guitar workshops as well as instructing group lessons, private lessons, and master classes in classical guitar. Janet enjoys teaching students of all levels in the newly launched Guitar Project program at the University of Texas and is an Adjunct Guitar Professor at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin.
Instructor of voice, general music, and music education
Laura Jenschke, instructor; A.A., SMU-Perkins School of Theology; B.M., The University of Texas at Austin; M.M., University of Texas at San Antonio. Ms. Jenschke serves as instructor of voice, general music, and music education classes. She has been a choral director and singer for the past 30 years. She was the founder of the Fredericksburg Children’s Chorale, which she directed for 22 years, she started the Eastman Children’s Choir and the Eastman Youth Choir at the Eastman School of Music’s Community Music School in Rochester, New York. Ms. Jenschke has been a church choir director for 25 years teaching adult, youth and children’s choirs. She founded the TLU/ Mid-Texas Symphony Community Youth Choir program for the Community Music Academy and serves as the CMA director since August 2010. As a singer, Ms. Jenschke has performed in opera, oratorio, recitals and professional choirs throughout her career. Laurie is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in music education and a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio with a master’s degree in conducting. Ms. Jenschke also serves as director of the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus.
Instructor of Saxophone and Jazz improvisation; TLU Jazz band director
Dustin Jessop, instructor; B.M., Louisiana State University, M.M., Southern Methodist University. Mr. Jessop serves as TLU School of Music instructor of saxophone and jazz improvisation, and directs the TLU Jazz Band. He earned a bachelor’s in music education degree under the tutelage of Dr. Griffin Campbell, and studied with Don Fabian while at SMU’s Meadows School of Music. Mr. Jessop has performed with award winning groups all over the United States. He has performed with the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Texas Saxophone Quartet, and with ensembles including the Meadows Wind Ensemble, Metropolitan Winds, and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing regularly with musicians in the San Antonio area, he serves as tenor saxophonist for the San Antonio Wind Symphony and the EDJJ Saxophone Quartet.
Assistant Professor of cello
Elizabeth Lee, assistant professor; B.M., Rice University; M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; D.M.A., The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Lee serves as assistant professor of cello.
Instructor of piano
Patty Lee, instructor; B.M., University of California, Santa Barbara; M.M., The University of Texas at Austin. Patty Lee is instructor of piano at the Texas Lutheran University School of Music. She is pursuing her doctoral degree in piano performance at UT Austin. She serves as an assistant instructor teaching group piano classes for Martha Hilley, and private piano lessons for Sophia Gilmson. Ms. Lee also teaches children of all ages at Lake Travis United Methodist Church Music Arts Academy. Her primary teachers are Nancy Garrett, Dr. Charles Asche, and Seung Kyo Choi. She also enjoys an active performing career collaborating with many vocalists and instrumentalists in the Austin area. She has spent summers at the International Institute for Young Musicians and Quartet Program. She has also performed in master classes for Murray Perahia, Richard Goode, Barry Snyder, Anne Epperson, Warren Jones, Emerson String Quartet, Peabody Trio, and the Miró Quartet.
Instrumental and Vocal Accompanist for the TLU School of Music
Carla McElhaney, assistant professor; B.M., Eastman School of Music; M.M., D.M.A., The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. McElhaney serves as both instrumental and vocal accompanist for the TLU School of Music. She enjoys a rich and varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, collaborative artist, and teacher. Dr. McElhaney has been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships in national and international competition. While at UT, she served as a graduate teaching assistant for Martha Hilley, and joined the keyboard faculty as a lecturer after the completion of her doctorate. Dr. McElhaney’s versatility and command as a performer have made her a favored collaborative artist on several commercial and academic recordings.
Instructor of Organ
Gayle Morris, instructor; B.M., M.M., The University of Texas at San Antonio. Ms. Morris is instructor of organ. She has been active in church music as an organist and choral director for 40 years. Ms. Morris has served several congregations in the San Antonio area as organist and choral director, directing vocal and handbell choirs of all ages in Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Episcopal churches. She currently serves as organist at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in San Antonio.
Edwin A. Rieke
Assistant Professor of organ
Edwin A. Rieke, assistant professor; B.M., M.M., University of Oklahoma; D.M.A., The Eastman School of Music. Dr. Rieke serves as assistant professor of organ. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Organ Performance, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance and Literature. Dr. Rieke has served as church organist, choirmaster and director of music at several churches, most recently St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio. His teaching experience includes tenures at Trinity University, Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, and Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, among others. In addition to being an active recitalist and guest clinician, Dr. Rieke is a member of several professional organizations, including Phi Kappa Lambda Honorary Music Society, the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians.
Instructor of Music Education
Keith Robinson, instructor; B.M., Texas A&I University-Kingsville; M.M., Texas State University. Mr. Robinson is instructor of music education. He received a master’s degree in music education with a Kodaly specialization from Texas State University, and has taught all levels of general music. In addition to his duties at TLU, Mr. Robinson teaches at Jefferson Avenue Elementary School, and is music director at First United Methodist Church in Seguin. He has performed with numerous ensembles, including the Air Force Band of the West, San Antonio Symphony, Laredo Philharmonic, and Hill Country Brass. Mr. Robinson is also active as a composer and arranger.
Instructor of general music classes
Jill Rodriguez, instructor; B.M., music education, DePauw University; M.M., University of North Texas. Ms. Rodriguez teaches general music classes. She is a member of the Austin Lyric Opera Orchestra and performs regularly with the Austin and San Antonio symphony orchestras. She has been on the administrative staff of the Brackenridge Music Festival since 1995.
Assistant Professor; Instructor of Bassoon
Mark Rogers, assistant professor; B.M., M.M., Texas Tech; D.M.A., The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Rogers is an instructor of bassoon. He served on the faculties of South Plains College and the University of South Alabama. He plays bassoon and contrabassoon with orchestras in South Texas, including the Austin and San Antonio symphonies. Dr. Rogers studies orchestration/instrumentation and its impact on the work of composers, and is the author of an ongoing series of editions of historical band music.
Assistant Professor of private piano, general music courses, and music history
Robert Warren, assistant professor; B.M., M.M., D.M.A., The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Warren teaches private piano, general music courses, and music history. He is an acclaimed performer in the U.S. as well as in Europe and Central America. He has won several competitions, including the Southwest Pianist Foundation, the H.T.M.A. Concerto Contest, and the Austin Civic Orchestra Concerto Competition.
Assistant Professor of trombone
Darren Workman, assistant professor; B.M.E., Appalachian State University; M.M., D.M.A., The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Workman is currently Assistant Professor of Trombone at Texas Lutheran University. He is a bass trombonist, and one of the founding members of the Live Oak Brass Quintet Austin. Dr. Workman is an active freelance performer on Bass Trombone and Tenor trombone in the Central Texas area. He has served as a member of UT Trombone Choir, winners of the 2002 International Trombone Association's Emory Remington Award, and has won numerous awards in competitions such as the 2010 Easter Trombone Workshop Division III solo competition and Big 12 2010 solo bass trombone competition. Dr. Workman currently serves a substitute player for the New World Symphony and Houston Symphony. His primary teachers are Dr. Nathaniel Brickens, Dr. Harold McKinney, Jim Miller, and Dr. Mike Jarrett.