Additional Music Faculty

Shareese Arnold, Instructor of Voice

Shareese Arnold

Soprano Shareese Arnold is an Alabama native. No stranger to the stage, Mrs. Arnold has been privileged to sing some exciting and beautiful works, including the title roles of Suor Angelica and Madama Butterfly, as well as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. Arnold's performance as Donna Anna was reviewed as "precise and lovely, even ethereal" by the Herald Times. Her appearances as Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, Agathe in Der Freischütz, Bess in Porgy and Bess and The Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas with the Converse Opera Theatre drew unprecedented audiences. 

In addition to the operatic stage, Mrs. Arnold is an avid performer of sacred works and song recitals. She was a featured soloist in Brahm’s Ein Deutches Requiem, and Britten’s World of the Spirit while at Indiana University. Her performance was described by Peter Jacobi of the Herald Times, “[Arnold’s] soprano supplied rhapsodic splendor for the inspired music Brahms gave to passages from the Gospel of John, promising that, following sorrow, ‘Your heart shall rejoice, and your joy shall no man take from you.’” During her tenure at Converse College she was fortunate to be the soprano soloist for their performance of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor.Last spring, Shareese premiered an arrangement of Strauss’s Vier Letzte Lieder for piano and string quartet by pianist and composer John Greer. Future concert repertoire will include The Poet's Echo by Britten, Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder, Sieben Frühe Lieder by Berg and the songs of Brahms and Rachmaninov. Arnold is also the recent recipient of the Ursula Springer Endowment Award from the Wagner Society of New York.

Mrs. Arnold is currently in her second year of doctoral work at the University of Kentucky on full scholarship. When not performing, you can find her in the kitchen trying new vegan recipes and spending time with her husband.

Degrees

DMA (in-process), Vocal Performance, University of Kentucky

MM, Vocal Performance, University of Indiana

BM, Vocal Performance, Converse College

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu

Jeffrey Barrington, Instructor of Trumpet

Jeffrey Barrington

Jeffrey Barrington serves as the Trumpet Instructor and coaches a student Brass Quintet at Asbury University.  Having recently relocated to Lexington, KY, Jeffrey has previously served as the Divisional Music & Arts Director for The Salvation Army in both the Texas and New Jersey Divisions.  He received his Bachelors Degree from Asbury University in 2002 and his Masters Degree from SUNY Purchase's Conservatory in 2004.

Besides teaching, Jeffrey has served as principal trumpet of the Artemis Chamber Ensemble in New York, and has performed and recorded extensively with the New York Staff Band and Southern Territorial Band of The Salvation Army.

Degrees

MM, State University of New York, Purchase Conservatory

BA, Asbury University

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu

 

 

Clyde Beavers, Instructor of Cello

Clyde Beavers

Professor Beavers, a resident of Lexington, Kentucky, is Adjunct Professor of violoncello at Asbury University and Transylvania University. He serves as the Assistant Principal cellist of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. Chamber music ensembles in which he performs include the Ashland Trio, the Beavers-Cooper Duo and the Beavers-Kiekenapp Duo.  In 1997, with the encouragement and assistance of several friends, he founded the one week summer music camp Festival of Strings.  

Professor Beavers has recorded Marcel Dupré's Sonata in A minor, Op. 60 for cello and organ, the Trio, Op. 55 for violin, cello and organ and the Quartet, Op. 52 for violin, viola, cello and organ on the Naxos label.

Clyde Beavers performs on a cello made by the American maker, Timothy J. Jansma. He frequently collaborates with pianist David Cooper in the Bluegrass area. In addition to his work in music, he enjoys growing, showing and hybridizing roses.

Degrees

DMA, University of Kentucky

MM, BM, Julliard

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu

 

 

Al Beers, Instructor of Guitar

Al Beers

Al Beers is Asbury University's Instructor of Guitar, and Director of the Guitar Ensemble.  In addition to his studio at Asbury University, Mr. Beers teaches guitar at Asbury Theological Seminary and is director of the Childbloom Guitar Program of Lexington, Kentucky, which is licensed by the national program based in Austin, Texas. Mr. Beers has won several national awards from Childbloom, including Teacher of the Year.

Degrees

M.Div, Asbury Theological Seminary

BM, Guitar Performance, University of South Alabama

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu

 

 

Bob Bryant, Instructor of Bass and Jazz Theory

Bob Bryant

Bob Bryant serves as  Instructor of Bass as well as Jazz Theory (when offered). He also offers Independent Studies in Jazz Performance for interested students. Mr. Bryant received his BA in music from the University of Kentucky and a Masters degree from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

Mr. Bryant retains an extensive list of collaborations with such well-known performers as Bela Fleck, Jack Wilkins, Jerry Douglas, and Alex Acuna. Mr.Bryant has also performed on over 500 LP's and CD's, and composed/produced over 1000 commercial jingles.

Degrees

MM, Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music

BA, University of Kentucky

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu

 

Clark Cranfill, Instructor of Percussion

Clark Cranfill

Mr Cranfill teaches percussion lessons and percussion methods courses at Asbury.  In addition, Clark currently works as the high school and junior high band director at Lexington Christian Academy, Volunteer Recruiter at The New Life Day Center, and Director of Artruism Inc. (a new non-profit altruistic arts organization).  He is also active as a composer.

Degree

BME, Music Education, University of Kentucky

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu

 

Doug Drewek, Instructor of Saxophone and Clarinet

Doug Drewek

A native of Raleigh, NC, Dr. Drewek has performed with the North Carolina Symphony, the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra and the US Air Jazz Orchestra featuring Ben E. King.  In 1996 Dr. Drewek traveled with the Leon Jordan Continentals on a weeklong tour of northern England.  In 2002 he was featured with the East Carolina Jazz Ensemble at the JVC Jazz Festival and the Birdland jazz club in New York City.  While in Kentucky, he has played with a variety of ensembles including DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra, The Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, The Lexington Philharmonic, the Temptations and Aretha Franklin.  Dr. Drewek has also recorded extensively.  He can be heard on the Osland Saxophone Quartet’s recording, Commission Impossible, the DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra’s Quotient and the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra’s Flying Home.  Other recordings include the world premier of Bob Mintzer’s Rhythm of the Americas with the Osland Saxophone Quartet and the University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble, as well as the University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble’s Self Contained which was recommended for a Grammy nomination in 2006.  In 2015, Dr. Drewek served as director for the Kentucky Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble.

Degrees

DMA,Saxophone Performance, University of Kentucky

MM, Saxophone Performance, East Carolina University

BM, Saxophone Performance, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

 

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu

 

Marie-France Duclos, Instructor of Voice

Marie-France Duclos

Soprano MARIE-FRANCE DUCLOS has built a vast repertoire of solo performances with renowned conductors and orchestras throughout Canada. She has sung under the baton of conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Boris Brott, Jean-François Rivest, and André Bernard. She was recently featured as Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Bourbon Baroque. She was also the soprano soloist in Bach’s Saint John’s Passion with the Kentucky Bach Choir. She is the first prize winner of the Audrey Rooney Kentucky Bach Choir Competition 2014.

Her talent for sacred music has led her to sing in many concerts such as Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Requiem, Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Exultate Jubilate, Poulenc’s Gloria and Fauré’s Requiem. She was broadcasted by the public radio CBC in a concert of The Motets by J.S. Bach. She also toured in Canada as Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel presented by Les Jeunesses Musicales of Canada. She performed in such roles as Musetta, Cendrillon, and Monica. Marie-France earned a Master’s degree in Voice Performance from the University of Montreal where she was awarded a merit scholarship as well as a George-Cedric Ferguson scholarship. She’s received a fellowship to attend the Canadian Institute of Vocal Arts. Alongside her teaching and performing, Marie-France is working towards her D.M.A. in Voice Performance at the University of Kentucky under the guidance of Dr. Noemi Lugo.

Degrees

DMA (in-process), Vocal Performance, University of Kentucky

MM, Vocal Performance, University of Montreal

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu

 

Merrilee Elliott, Instructor of Flute

Merrilee Elliott

Merrilee Elliott, a native Kentuckian, enjoys a varied career as a flutist.  In addition to playing in the Lexington Philharmonic, she performs regularly throughout Kentucky and the South with The Ashland Trio (Flute, Viola, Cello), The Jefferson Duo (Flute, Harp), The Elliott/Fogler Duo (Flute, Guitar) and The Lexington Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet.  Merrilee is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician and has played concerts in Greece, Italy, Austria and Germany.

Degree

       BM, Flute Performance, University of Kentucky

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu

 

Kim Heersche, Instructor of Oboe

Kim Heersche

Kim Heersche is the instructor of oboe at Asbury University.  She received a B.M.in Music Education from the University of South Carolina, where she studied with Rebecca Nagel, and a M.M. in Oboe Performance from the University of Kentucky, where she studied with Nancy Clauter.  In addition to her work at Asbury, Ms. Heersche  is the adjunct instructor of oboe at Transylvania University and maintains an active performing and teaching schedule in the Bluegrass area.

Degrees

MM, Oboe Performance, University of Kentucky

BME, Music Education, University of South Carolina

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu

 

 

Heather Kulengowski

Heather Kulengowski, Instructor of Bassoon

Heather Kulengowski is the instructor of bassoon at Asbury University. In addition to her work at Asbury she serves as the bassoon instructor at Scott County High School as well as schools throughout Lexington. Heather received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Kentucky where she participated in the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Symphony Band. Heather currently performs with a variety of ensembles including the Fillmore Wind Band, Fillmore Chamber Winds, and the Capital City Community Band.

Degrees

BMME, Music Education, University of Kentucky

 

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu

 

Linda Pickerill, Instructor of Piano

Linda Pickerill

Linda Pickerill serves as an instructor of piano at Asbury University in addition to maintaining a private piano teaching studio.  She has held the position of accompanist for Asbury University, Asbury Theological Seminary, and Wingate University in North Carolina.  Professor Pickerill has studied piano at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and the University of Kentucky.  She and pianist Julie Tennent form a piano four-hands duo and have recently performed works by Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Dvorak.

Degrees

         BS, Education, University of Cincinnati

         MA, Education, The Ohio State University

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu

 

Michael Preacely, Instructor of Voice

Michael Preacely

American baritone Michael Preacely is a rising star on the operatic stage and is also known for a versatile singing ability and style that allow him to cross between genres from classical repertoire to pop, contemporary, and Broadway. He has received critical acclaim for many of his performances, including Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, Scarpia in Tosca, Ford in Falstaff, Marcello in La Boheme, the High Priest in Samson and Delilah, and Porgy and Jake in Porgy and Bess. Mr. Preacely has performed with many major and regional opera houses and orchestras in the United States and abroad. Recently, Mr. Preacely completed a European tour of Porgy and Bess where he received great reviews for his performance of both Porgy and Jake. He also toured Russia in a concert series with New York based Opera Noire, debuted with Opera Memphis in the role of Marullo with a Rigoletto Cover, and Opéra de Montréal in the role of Jake. Michael made his debut with the Butler University Symphony Orchestra opposite world-famous soprano Angela Brown in a beloved performance of the Porgy and Bess Suite. Michael has performed with Cincinnati Opera, Opera Company Philadelphia, Opera Memphis, Kentucky Opera, Cleveland Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, and Bohème Opera of New Jersey.

Mr. Preacely’s success on the concert stage has blossomed with some of the nation’s leading orchestras, including the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Greater Trenton Choral Society, and the American Spiritual Ensemble.

Mr. Preacely has received numerous accolades. He was invited under scholarship to participate in the International Vocal Arts Institute with Joan Dornemann and the VOIC Experience with Sherrill Milnes and Friends. He was the First Place Graduate Winner in the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition at the University of Kentucky and the recipient of awards in various competitions such as the National Opera Association Vocal Competition Artist Division, the Fritz and Jensen Vocal Competition, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Currently, Mr. Preacely is working on the release of his first album, Spirituals and Hymns, followed by a series of concerts and recitals in various venues across the United States. Michael resides in Lexington, KY with his wife LeTicia and three sons, Joshua, Benjamin and Jayce Bryson.

Degrees

DMA (in-process), Vocal Performance, University of Kentucky

MM, Vocal Performance, University of Kentucky

BA, Vocal Performance, Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu

 

Arlene Rector, Instructor of Harp

Arlene Rector

In addition to teaching at Asbury, Arlene performs extensively and is a member of the Jefferson duo with Asbury's flute instructor, Merrilee Elliott.

Degree

BM, Harp Performance, Eastman School of Music

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu

 

 

Meg Saunders, Instructor of Violin and Viola

Meg Saunders

Meg Saunders holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Virginia. She completed a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree at Eastern Kentucky University. Saunders has been on the music faculty of Centre College since 2003, and is also currently serving on the faculty at Eastern Kentucky University as violin/viola instructor. She teaches over 70 young students with the Heritage Area String Program in Danville.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Saunders is a regular performer with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. She performs regularly on solo and chamber music recitals and maintains a large studio of Central Kentucky students ages 4-18. During summers she serves on the faculty of the Stephen Foster Music Camps and performs with the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra in Virginia.

Degrees

MAT, Music Education, Eastern Kentucky University

MM, Violin Performance, Eastern Kentucky University

BM, Violin Performance, Universidade of Virginia

BA, Psychology, Universidade of Virginia

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu

 

Cheryl Schell, Instructor of Handbells

Cheryl Schell

Professor Cheryl Schell, Instructor of Handbells, graduated from Asbury University with a degree in Music Education. She is the wife of Music Department Chair, Dr. Mark Schell, and the mother of Hannah and Adam. Mrs. Schell also stays busy as the Minister of Children at the Wilmore Free Methodist Church. She has rung handbells since college and continues to do so both at the college and church, enjoying reading and cross-stitching in her spare time.

Degree

BS, Music Education, Asbury University

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu

 

Adam Sovkoplas, Instructor of Composition and Orchestration

Adam Sovkoplas

Adam Sovkoplas completed his DMA in Composition at the University of Kentucky under the instruction of Joe Baber in May of 2013. His previous composition instructors include Richard Urbis, Trent Hanna, and Thomas Couvillon. Sovkoplas teaches music theory at Eastern Kentucky University and music composition at Asbury University.

Sovkoplas has been awarded the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers scholarship, won the 2nd Annual SHSU Phi Mu Alpha/Fisher Tull Composition Contest, and was recognized as the CMS South Central Chapter Outstanding Student Composer in 2006. His works have been performed nationally and internationally at various conferences and festivals including the 2nd Annual Festival of New Organ Music, London, England (2007), the Orvieto Musica Festival in Italy (2008), the International Computer Music Conference in New York (2010), the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the College Music Society Regional Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia (2012), the International Summer Arts Institute in Città di Castello, Italy (2012), and the International Double Reed Society conference in Oxford, Ohio (2012). In 2012, Sovkoplas's composition Tom Bombadil (2011) for orchestra was selected as the winning composition of the Magnum Opus: A New Composer's Competition and premiered by the Symphony of the Mountains

In 2007, Sovkoplas founded the Central Kentucky Student Chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc. and has since organized the 1st through the 5th annual Kentucky New Music Festivals. In 2009, Sovkoplas began pursing his interest in becoming a playwright and studied with Herman D. Farrell, III at the University of Kentucky. His one-act plays have been staged by the Bluegrass Mystery Theatre in Lexington, KY.

Degrees

DMA, Composition, University of Kentucky

Graduate Certificate in Music Theory Pedagogy - University of Kentucky

MM, Theory and Composition, Sam Houston State University

BA, Music, University of Texas at Brownsville

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu

 

Kathrin Koenig Thawley, Instructor of Voice

Kathrin Koenig Thawley

is a native of Owings Mills, Maryland. Ms. Thawley received a Bachelor of Music degree from Salisbury University in the studio of Dr. John Wesley Wright and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Kentucky under the tutelage of Dr. Everett McCorvey. In addition to various chorus appearances and as a featured performer in Angela Rice’s Oratorio, Thy Will Be Done, her roles include the title role of Suor Angelica in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Contessa Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, the Mother inAmahl and the Night Visitors, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance and Bessie in Mahagonny Songspiel.

 Ms. Thawley’s career experience includes teaching private voice and piano, K-12 classroom music, and high school choir. She is the second place graduate division winner of the 2012 Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition and a Tom Getchell Scholarship recipient.

 Kathrin served as assistant director of University of Kentucky Opera Theatre’s 2016 production of Così fan tutte alongside director Richard Gammon. She has a thriving private voice studio in Lexington, KY and currently works with UK opera Theatre’s Schmidt Opera Outreach Program (SOOP) assisting to make the arts accessible to children of all ages.

Degrees

BM, Performance, Salisbury University

MM, Vocal Performance, University of Kentucky

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu