Additional Music Faculty

Jeffrey Barrington, Instructor of Trumpet

Clyde Beavers

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

 

 

Rafaela Copetti Schaick, Instructor of Violin and Viola

Rafaela Copetti Schaick

Ms. Rafaela Schaick started playing the violin when she was 8 years old in a Suzuki program in Brazil where she grew up.  In 2006 she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul/Brazil. She came to the US that same year to pursue her Masters at the University of New Mexico in Violin Performance and Suzuki Long Term Training with Susan Kempter.  Following graduation she then obtained an additional Master’s degree in Viola performance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a second Suzuki Long Term Training with Vera McCoy-Sulentic.  Ms. Schaick has also become trained and registered in the internationally recognized early childhood program called Music Together®. She has extensive playing experience on both violin and viola in orchestras in the U.S. and Brazil.

Degrees

MM, Viola Performance, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

MM, Violin Performance, University of New Mexico

BM, Violin Performance, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

Enoch Jacobus, Instructor of Orchestration

Daniel Koehn

Dr. Enoch Jacobus holds a B.A. in music from Asbury University, where he studied composition under Dr. Ronald Holz. He earned an M.M. in music theory (with composition) from the University of Louisville in 2008, followed by a Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Kentucky in 2012. Launching from the work of neo-Riemannian scholars, his dissertation, developed under the direction of Dr. Kevin Holm-Hudson, developed geometric models and methods for describing parsimonious seventh-sonority harmonic space, primarily in the music of Chopin.

Dr. Jacobus maintains professional interest and research in music theory pedagogy, graphic neo-Riemannian theory, sixteenth-century polyphony, and ludomusicology. He has given talks on various of these topics at local, regional, and international conferences, and was published in the inaugural issue of the online open-source journal Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy. He remains particularly interested in ways music intersects with other disciplines.

Degrees

Ph.D., Music Theory, University of Kentucky

MM, Music Theory (with composition), University of Louisville

BA, Music, Asbury University

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu

 

 

Daniel Koehn, Instructor of Voice

Daniel Koehn

Dr. Daniel Koehn, bass-barritone, received his Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from Asbury College (now Asbury University) and his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Kentucky.

The opera roles he has sung include Dulcamara in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Sparafucile in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Balthazar in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Olin Blitch in Floyd’s Susannah, Frank in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Don Magnifico in Rossini’s Cinderella, John Falstaff in Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème. He has sung with Central City Opera, Opera Omaha, Chicago Lyric Opera, and San Diego Opera, among others.

Dr. Koehn has also performed professionally as bass soloist in many choral masterworks, and as the narrator in Honneger’s King David. He has performed the roles of Harold Hill in The Music Man, Capt. Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, and The King in The King & I. Mr. Koehn has previously taught as an adjunct voice instructor at Point Loma Nazarene University & Trevecca Nazarene University.

Degrees

DMA, Vocal Performance, University of Kentucky

MM, Vocal Performance, University of Kenctucky

BA, Vocal Performance, Asbury University

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu

 

 

Renita Koehn, Instructor of Voice

Renita Koehn

Having been a college professor in voice and choir for most of her career, Dr. Renita came to Asbury with 20+ years of teaching experience.  She taught at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA, at University of Kentucky in Lexington, at Belhaven College in Jackson, MS, and was Director of Vocal Studies at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN.  She has performed numerous oratorio roles with various choirs and with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.  While in her doctorate program, she performed the roles of Susannah in Susannah, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, and Pamina in The Magic Flute with the UK Opera Theatre.  She and her husband, Daniel also an Asbury music faculty member, serve as evangelists in the arts with the Francis Asbury Society of Wilmore, KY and are music ministers at Calvary Church of the Nazarene in Lexington.  Their ministries include both performing and teaching in the area of the arts.

Degrees

DMA, Vocal Performance, University of Kentucky

MM, Vocal Performance, Morehead State University

BA, Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu

 

Renita Koehn

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

Renita Koehn

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Daniel Koehn

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

 

Gregory Turay, Instructor of Voice

Daniel Koehn

Tenor Gregory Turay has been hailed by the London Times as “one of the brightest natural talents to have emerged from the US in recent years.” 

An alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, Mr. Turay has built a strong relationship with the company.  He made his debut there are Brighella in “Ariadne auf Naxos,” conducted by James Levine.  Since then, he has appeared on stage at the Metropolitan Opera for ten consecutive seasons.

 

Mr. Turay’s other opera engagements have included his San Francisco Opera debut as Don Ottavio, his  European debut at the Welsh National Opera as Ferrando, his Deutsche Opera debut as Tamino in Die Zauberflote, his Santa Fe Opera debut as Fenton, the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier and Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore at the Boston Lyric Opera; Nadir in Les Pecheurs de Perles, the title role in Orfeo and Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the Opera Theater of St. Louis, and Fenton, Paolino in Il Matrimonio Segreto and Zeferino in Il Viaggio a Reims at the Wolf Trap Opera Festival.  Mr. Turay also sang the world premier of “A View from the Bridge” in the role he created, Rodolfo at Lyric Opera of Chicago.  Mr. Turay can be heard in the live CD recording of this opera. 

On the concert platform, Mr. Turay’s appearances have included the nationally televised program, The Kennedy Center Honors where he sang as the tenor soloist under the baton of John Williams.  He also was in a televised gala honoring Seji Ozawa in Japan, and Hayden’s Creation with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of James Levine.  He has sung Handel’s Messiah with the San Francisco Symphony, Mozart’s Coronation Mass at the Mostly Mozart Festival, Fenton in Act III of Falstaff at the Tanglewood Festival under the baton of Seji Ozawa; Mozart’s Mass K 139 at the Salzburg Festival; Berlioz’ Requiem at the opening night of the 1998 Edinburgh Festival, conducted by Donald Runnicles, Nadir in a concert version of Les Pecheurs de Perles with Washington Concert Opera; and a “Rising Stars” concert at the Ravinia Festival. 

Mr. Turay won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1995 at the age of 21.  He also won the 1996 Young Conert Artists International Auditions.  He was awarded one  the industry’s highest awards, the Richard Tucker Award in 2000. His other awards include a George London Foundation Award, an ARIA award, A Richard Tucker Foundation Career Grant, the Richard Gaddes Award from the Opera Theater of St. Louis, first prize in both the D’Angelo Young Artists and Catherine E. Pope Competitions, and the Orchestra of New England Soloist Prize.

Currently Gregory is also the Artist in Residence at the University of Kentucky.

Degrees

MM, University of Kentucky

BM, University of Kentucky

Contact

E-mail: musicdept@asbury.edu