The School of Music endeavors to provide an important arts emphasis to the liberal arts education and to produce qualified musicians and music educators. The inclusion of music in the liberal arts curriculum ensures that all students at Texas Lutheran University will have an opportunity to experience the vital role that music can play in their cultural, aesthetic, and religious lives. The School of Music strives to stimulate growth in the appreciation of music among all members of the student body, and it provides professional training for those interested in a career in music. In addition, the School of Music contributes musically to the total life of the campus.
Music Scholarships
Choir Tour
Summer Music Academy
Community Music Academy
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

Bachelor of Music in All-Level Music Education, Instrumental Emphasis

Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance

Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Minor in Music


Supporting courses for Bachelor of Arts in Music


View the Course Catalog for more courses and class descriptions.
School of Music Scholarship Auditions
Performance Award in Music (up to $2,000 per year)
Jones Fine Arts Scholarship for Music Majors ($2,000-$4,000 per year)
Da capo Award for Music Majors (up to Full Tuition per year)



Scholarship Audition Dates:
Sun., Feb. 16, 2014 @ 2-4 p.m.
Sat., March 29, 2014 @ 10 a.m.-noon
Sat., April 26, 2014 @ 2-4 p.m. 

For more information about music scholarships, auditions and applying, visit www.tlu.edu/finaid/musicscholarships
Why TLU?
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.
School of Music Faculty
Douglas Boyer
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.

Beth Bronk
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, Director of Voice
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.

Eric Daub
Associate Professor, Director of Piano; 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.

Laura Jenschke
Instructor of Music Education; Director, Community Music Academy
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.

Eliza Thomason
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.

Bennett Wood
Instructor of Saxophone, Jazz Improvisation; Director, TLU Jazz Band

Adam Bedell
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.

Jennifer Bernard
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
Assistant Professor, French Horn
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 Music Education
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 of Trumpet
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.

Paula Corley
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.

Jeanne Gnecco
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.

Elizabeth Lee
Assistant Professor, 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.

Patty Lee
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.

Artina McCain
Assistant Professor, Piano
Pianist Artina McCain enjoys an active career as a solo and chamber performer, teacher, and presenter. Dr. McCain has performed nationally and internationally including Czech Republic, Italy and throughout the United States.

A dedicated teacher, she has coached at the Cleveland Institute of Music Summer Chamber festival, appeared as guest artist at the Ennis Arts Commission summer concert series and currently coaches at the Austin Chamber Music Center. She served on the keyboard faculty at Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music, University of the Incarnate Word and is currently on the keyboard faculty at Huston-Tillotson University and Texas Lutheran University.

McCain's research interests include audience building and performance injury. A strong advocate of performance injury prevention, she has presented various lecture/performances at universities and music teacher associations’ conferences on Muscle Activation Techniques. McCain’s article on Muscle Activation Techniques was featured in the 2013 May/June issue of Clavier Companion and a book on the subject is to be released in 2014. 

Dr. McCain graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Music and Cleveland Institute of Music with a Masters degree. She completed her Doctorate degree at the University of Texas at Austin as a pupil of Anton Nel

Carla McElhaney
Collaborative Pianist
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.

David Milburn
Instructor of Double Bass

Joseph Palmer
Instructor of Guitar
Joseph Palmer is quickly coming to the forefront of a new generation of guitarists. He has won a total of fourteen top prizes in international guitar competitions, including; 1st Prize in the Colorado International Guitar Competition, 1st Prize in the Columbus International Guitar Symposium, 1st Prize in the Louisville Solo Artist Competition, 1st Prize in the East Carolina University Guitar Competition, 1st Prize in the Texas A&M Guitar Competition, 1st Prize in the Mississippi Guitar Competition, 1st Prize in the 'Classical Minds' competition in Houston, Texas, 3rd Prize in the 2013 World Guitar Competition in Novi Sad, Serbia, 2nd Prize in the Montreal International Guitar Competition, 3rd Prize in the Boston Guitar Fest, and top prizes in the Tennessee Guitar Competition, and the Appalachian Guitar Fest in North Carolina.
 
Recently, Joseph Palmer has been a featured soloist for the Fort Worth Guitar Guild's Concert Series, the East Carolina University Summer Guitar Festival, the Texas Classical Guitar Camp Evening Recital Series, the Georgia Music Education Association Convention, and the Austin Classical Guitar Society's 'Classical Cactus' Series. He also performs frequently for numerous high school music programs in Austin, TX, reaching out to and inspiring hundreds of young musicians.
 
In 2001, Joseph first began studying classical guitar in his hometown of Rockwall, Texas at the age of fifteen. In 2005, he was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Schwob School of Music in Columbus, Georgia where he studied under Dr. Andrew Zohn and received his Bachelor's degree in Music Performance. In 2009, he was awarded a substantial scholarship to study under the world-renown performer and teacher Adam Holzman at the University of Texas at Austin where he received his Master of Music Performance degree, and furthermore, is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree.
 
Joseph first began his teaching career in 2007 as a private guitar instructor at the Schwob School of Music in Columbus, GA. In 2009, he joined the faculty of Orpheus Academy of Music in Austin, TX where he taught part-time for four years. During this time he also worked as a teacher for the University of Texas Music Outreach Program. In addition, he has been also running his own private guitar studio in Austin, TX since 2009. His students have been accepted to study in music programs at several major universities in the U.S. and have won awards in regional and state music competitions. As of Fall 2013, Joseph Palmer joined the faculty of Texas Lutheran University as Adjunct Professor of Guitar in the School of Music as well as the Community Music Academy in Seguin, Texas.

Edwin A. Rieke
Assistant Professor, 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.

Keith Robinson
Instructor of Tuba & 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.

Jill Rodriguez
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.

Mark Rogers
Assistant Professor, 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.

Laura Scalzo
Instructor of Violin
Laura Scalzo, violinist, began her studies at the early age of 4 having been inspired by a performance from Itzahk Perlman on 'Sesame Street'. In 2011 she became a member of the San Antonio Symphony first violin section. This season she will also be performing with the Mid-Texas Symphony as the assistant-concertmaster. Prior to joining the San Antonio Symphony, Ms. Scalzo was a member of the Delaware and Allentown Symphonies. She holds degrees from Temple University (BA) and the University of Delaware (MM). Her primary teachers have included William dePasquale, Xiang Gao, and Ellen dePasquale.

Ms. Scalzo has had the privilege of attending many prestigious summer festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen, and Kent/Blossom. She has had the opportunity to work with such well known artists as the Emerson String Quartet, Corigliano String Quartet, the Juilliard String Quartet, Roger Tapping, Mark Sokol, Pamela and Claude Frank. She has played under the baton of Maestros Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Herbert Bloomstedt and Sir Andrew Davis. In 2009, Ms. Scalzo was honored to perform as the principal second violin of the Tanglewood Orchestra with Maestro Kurt Masur conducting.

As a passionate chamber music lover Ms. Scalzo has performed with various ensembles in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Texas. She performed for 2 years as the first violinist of the University of Delaware String Quartet.

In addition to performing, Ms. Scalzo is an enthusiastic teacher and has maintained a private studio since 2000. She joined the faculty of the TLU School of Music in fall 2013.

Robert Warren
Assistant Professor; piano, general music, 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.

Darren Workman
Assistant Professor, low brass
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.