Adjunct Professor, Commercial Guitar
Bachelor's in Studio Music and Jazz, University of Miami
After his foundational development in college, Tim spent the next 25+ years as a performing guitarist and session musician in both NYC and Nashville. Tim has been married to his high school sweetheart for thirty years. Together, they raise their two wonderful boys and attend their home church, Grace Chapel, in Leipers Fork, TN where Tim also serves on the worship team.
He played and/or recorded with CMA, AMC, CMA, and Grammy nominated/winning artists such as Jo Dee Messina, Trisha Yearwood, Kathy Trocolli, Mylon Lefevre, Ronnie McDowell, Bo Didley, The Temptations, Phil Keggy, Jo-El Sonnier and many others.
As a session musician, his guitar work has been featured on commercials for Coke, Kroger, Macy's and Six Flags.
Adjunct Professor, Commercial Piano
BM of Studio Music and Jazz, University of Miami
Kelli Cox has been playing professionally since she was fifteen. She formed her own sextet, The Kelli Cox Collaborative, in 2008 and released their debut CD in 2012. In 2008, she joined Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville as their commercial piano instructor and is passionate about passing on musical heritage to the next generation.
- Has performed with many artists including Bobby Vinton, Les Elgart, LeAnne Rimes, Lori Morgan, Richard Marx, Jon Hendricks, Latin artists Frankie Ruiz Jr, Willie Crespo, and many others
Adjunct Professor, Voice
Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy, Belmont University
BA in Music Industry, magna cum laude, Kentucky Wesleyan College
Professor Josh Eaves is a Kentucky-raised, Nashville-based singer-songwriter, arranger, and voice instructor with expertise in gospel, R&B, pop, jazz, classical, and musical theater. As a multifaceted baritone vocalist and pianist, Eaves possesses several years of experience that spans from humble beginnings at his Western KY hometown church to various concert settings in the US Southeast and NYC.
Wrote and published Master's thesis Black American Composers: Use of Vocal Pedagogy in 19th- through 21st-Century Classical Song Literature and presented a supplementary lecture-recital to introduce Black classical art song repertoire and to discuss the repertoire's pedagogical utility, accessibility, serviceability, and recreation for today's voice students and teachers
As a voice instructor, Eaves primarily aims to provide student artists a safe, productive environment in which to explore, cultivate, and maintain healthy vocal function as well as develop authentic, stylistic, purposeful artistry. His diversified experiences in music education has yielded a passion to support musical creativity and to offer pedagogical expertise with perspectives based on the synthesis of musical art and voice science.
Deidre Vaughn Emerson first started playing cello at the age of five. She received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance magna cum laude at Birmingham Southern College and her Masters in Cello Performance at the University of Houston in the studio of Vagram Saradjian. She has had the opportunity to study and perform at a number of music festivals throughout the United States and Europe.
Deidre has had many opportunities and continues to perform and teach in multiple genres including sacred, religious, symphonic, chamber, modern, country, fiddle, opera, theater, ballet, musicals, soundtracks, and popular music just to name a few. She has led many masterclasses and clinics as a cellist and conductor for all ages and levels. Mrs. Emerson has been an adjudicator for a number of orchestral festivals. She has taught university classes in Orchestra, Applied Cello, Cello Ensemble, String Ensemble, String Methods, Theory, Ear Training, Aural Skills, and Sight Singing. She has been honored as a guest artist and guest lecturer for a number of colleges, universities, and professional musicians’ organizations.
Currently, she resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband Matt and their two small children, Archer and Astrid. Here she teaches at a number of schools and studios and also maintains her own private teaching studio. She also does recording and performance work in this city’s vibrant industry and is involved in many full-time ensembles. She is currently the Professor of Cello at Tennessee State University, Nashville State Community College, and Trevecca Nazarene University.
Adjunct Professor, Commercial Drum set
Master of Arts in Jazz Pedagogy/Performance, Memphis State University
Bachelor of Music Performance, Capital University
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Brian joined the TNU Department of Music in January of 2020. As a drum set artist, Fullen maintains a busy performing schedule. He has recorded on Grammy and Emmy Award winning projects throughout his 30 plus years in the music business and is considered among the most respected in the Nashville recording industry. As an educator, Brian has performed clinics and masterclasses at two PAS International Conventions, as well as several of the most prestigious music schools in the country, including Berklee College of Music and the University of North Texas College of Music. Additionally, he has authored/co-authored three critically acclaimed drum set instructional books: Jazz Standards For Drumset; Bass Drum Essentials For Drumset; and Contemporary Country Styles For The Drummer And Bassist. His pedagogical studies, passion for education, and professional recording and live performance experiences allows him to communicate and teach students effectively, while providing in-depth insight about how to be successful in the music industry.
- Recording Credits: Bob Carlisle,Keith and Kristyn Getty, Allies, Player A Jazz, Little River Band, Jim Brickman, United Methodist Pub., Lifeway Pub., Nashville Music Scoring, Quiet City Music + Sound, Mafia III soundtrack, Homeland theme (showtime), Jack Frost movie, My Little Pony The Movie, Christie Lamb, Kaylens Rain, Oh Harlow, Leigha Moore, Viper Creek Band, etc
- Touring/Performance: Keith and Kristyn Getty, Allies, The Imperials, Bob Carlisle, Shania Twain, Peter Frampton, Jessica Andrews, Vince Gill, Jim Brickman, Terri Clark, Larry Carlton, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Memphis, Tennessee Repertory Theatre Company, etc
- Owner 2020 Rhythm & Sound Recording studio
- Member of Brentwood Baptist Church Worship Orchestra
- Yamaha Drums and Zildjian Cymbals Artist Clinician
- Belmont University Adjunct Professor 1994-2006; Graduate Assistant Memphis State University
- Alfred Publishing and Hal Leonard Publishing contributing author
- Member of the Nashville Musicians Union and Recording Musicians Association
- Additional Endorsements: Innovative Percussion, Remo, Snareweight
Adjunct Professor, Violin
BM in Music, University of Iowa
MM in Music, Tennessee State University
David Johnson has been a working musician since 1979 in various genres including Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, and Classical (orchestral and chamber).
- Has performed with Randy Travis
A versatile, engaging percussion artist and musical polymath, Christopher G. Jones brings his unique blend of energy, artistry, and fun to his multifaceted career.
Equally comfortable in solo, chamber, or large ensemble settings, he continues his endless pursuit of blending various aspects of modern percussion techniques into unified, captivating, and unparalleled performances. He is a founding member of the innovative flute and percussion group, A/B Duo and is an ensemble member of the percussion quartet, Clocks In Motion.
In addition to his work with A/B Duo and Clocks, he has had the pleasure to collaborate and perform with many talented musicians such as Ensemble Dal Niente, Third Coast Percussion, and Chamber Cartel. His recent performances have brought him to APEX Events, Skaneateles Festival, Fringe Festival of Rochester, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, Goat Farm Arts Center, and Heartland Marimba Festival – Utah. He has performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Finger Lakes Opera, and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.
Chris has held positions at the University of Central Arkansas and the Eastman School of Music. His music degrees are from the Eastman School of Music (DMA '18, MM '10) and Florida State University (BM '07). His teachers include Michael Burritt, Dr. John Parks, James Ross, Bill Cahn, Charles Ross, Rich Thompson, and John Evans.
Adjunct Professor, Guitar
Bachelor in Music, University of Texas at San Antonio
Steve Krenz has played guitar in the studio and live with numerous Grammy and Dove winning artists and worship leaders. As an educator, Steve has been a featured instructor at Gibson.com. As founder of Guitar Gathering, his weekly streaming broadcasts with world-renowned guitarists serve an online YouTube audience of 14000+ subscribers and over 2 million views. Steve teaches primarily acoustic and classical guitar to guitar majors and elective students, as well as teaching guitar classes and the guitar ensemble.
- Has performed with many artists including Michael W. Smith, Darlene Zschech and Hillsong, Donna Summer, the Fifth Dimension, Bryan White, Phil Keaggy, Robben Ford, Israel Houghton, Nicole C. Mullen, Francesca Batistelli, Jeremy Camp, Michelle Pillar, Natalie Grant, Lincoln Brewster, the Katinas, and many others
- His guitar instruction course, Gibson’s Learn & Master Guitar, won the Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s Players Choice Award for Best Instructional Material.
- His summer Guitar Gathering conferences have been listed as one of the “Best Guitar Camps” by Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
Adjunct Professor, Commercial Vocal Ensemble
MM Commercial Music: Vocal Performance, Belmont University
BM CCM: Vocal Performance, Cornerstone University
Marty Lamain, a Michigan native, works in the industry as a songwriter/producer with both artists and sync/licensing projects. He has also studied with Jeanie LoVetri, the founder of Somatic Voicework (tm) The LoVetri Method.
Director Songwriting Program
BS in Music Business with minor in performance, guitar and piano
MA in Religion, emphasis in Biblical Theology
EdD in Leadership and Professional Practice, emphasis in Creative Industry, Trevecca Nazarene University
Kim McLean’s songwriting career has earned a Dove award, ASCAP song of the year, two Grammy nominations, and numerous other awards. She has had over 300 songs placed by artists spanning three genres, plus written for specialty projects such as film and theme songs. She has been an exclusive staff-songwriter for EMI, SONY, Little Big Town, and others, and is now the owner of her own indie company, HCT Media, which houses Kim McLean Music publishing. Her passion for ministry and education led her to Trevecca where she studied music, religion, and leadership. Rev. Dr. Kim McLean now resides in West Nashville and serves in Pastoral leadership in the Church of the Nazarene.
- Songwriting: Song credits include Trisha Yearwood, Tim McGraw, Lori Morgan, The Judds, Pam Tillis, The Martins, Sierra, Bettye LaVette, television, film documentaries, and others.
- Touring: As indie performing songwriter, as songwriter-vocals-guitar with Van Morrison and Shana Morrison in Belfast and Shana Morrison in US and Europe, with Eve Selis (West Coast and Europe), with Thrive Ministries mission trip to China serving as Worship Leader, around the US and Canada as a speaker and music minister.
- Producing: Sony, Juno nominated project for CURB, and several indie acts.
- Author: Published works with Thomas Nelson and Abingdon Press.
- Radio/TV: Fox Network, ABC.
- Ministry: Ordained Elder, Church of the Nazarene since 2009.
- Teaching: Teaches private piano, guitar, and songwriting, plus done workshops in US and Canada, taught theology in lyric for NPWI, and has taught songwriting at Trevecca since 2006.
Angela McCuiston received her Master of Music in flute performance from Florida State University and her Bachelor's in flute performance from Tennessee Technological University. A member of the 313th Army Band she is also assistant principal and piccolo of Sinfonia Gulf Coast and owns her own business, Music Strong, which specializes in injury prevention through strength training for musicians. In January she just published her first book, The Essential Exercises for Musicians.
A Nashville native, Sherry Francis Merideth holds a B.M. magna cum laude in Violin Performance and Music Education from DePaul University and an M.M. in Violin Performance from Belmont University. While at Belmont, she was concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra and performed with the Graduate String Quartet. The cornerstone of her graduate recital was the Bach Chaconne, an almost twenty minute unaccompanied masterpiece performed from memory. Since graduation, she has performed with a variety of regional orchestras, gone on three regional tours (two on violin and one on viola) with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, recorded Gaither Homecoming Videos, played chamber music for dozens of special events, and led string worship ensembles at area churches.
Sherry Francis Merideth has a vibrant private teaching studio in the Brentwood area and at Lipscomb Academy. Many of her students are active, valued members of school and youth orchestras throughout the Middle Tennessee area and are consistently accepted into area honor orchestras and summer programs. One of her greatest passions in teaching is inspiring students to reach the next level in their violin playing and artistry by discovering their own musical interests and instincts. She has extensive pedagogical training in Suzuki and traditional methods. She has taught music classes and private lessons at the elementary, middle, high school and collegiate level.
Sherry Francis Merideth is married to Tyler Merideth, a fellow musician and music educator. They have three young children.
Bakara Nkenge‐Hinds is a Nashville based soprano and adjunct professor of music. She is an alumna of Belmont University where she received her Master of Music degree in vocal pedagogy and Michigan State University where she received her Bachelor of Music degree in music education. She is originally from Durham, NC and has been studying voice since 2007.
Bakara is very passionate about teaching voice in classroom and private settings. She served as the former Choral Director of Islands High School in Savannah, GA, where her students were accepted to Georgia All-State Chorus, Honor’s Chorus, and Southeastern Choral Arts Festival. Bakara left her appointment at Islands High School to pursue higher education.
Her teaching methodology is informed by artistry, healthy vocal technique, and voice science. Bakara enjoys teaching and performing in the Nashville area. She has performed as a soloist with the Belmont University Chorale, the Nashville chapter of Opera on Tap, and the W. Crimm Singers. Since moving to Nashville in 2018, Bakara has built an impressive private voice studio with students of varying ages and levels. In addition to her private studio, she is also an Adjunct Professor of Voice at Trevecca Nazarene University.
In her free time, Bakara enjoys jewelry making, Zumba classes, and watching just about anything on Netflix.
Adjunct Professor, Composition and Theory
Master of Music in Composition, Middle Tennessee State University
Bachelor of Music in Composition, University of Tennessee
Composer and Conductor David P. Sartor is on the music faculties of Trevecca and Middle Tennessee State University, and is the founder and Music Director of the Parthenon Chamber Orchestra. His widely-performed compositions have received the American Bandmasters Association’s prestigious Ostwald Award, the National Fine Arts Award, and more than three dozen other national and international awards. A popular guest composer, conductor and clinician, he has been named a National Patron of Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity in recognition of his accomplishments in conducting and composing.
- Performances and engagements include the Washington National Cathedral, the Cincinnati, Knoxville and Chattanooga Symphony Orchestras, the Nashville Concerto Orchestra, the Nexus Chamber Orchestra, numerous regional and local ensembles, and a “mini-residency” at California State University sponsored by New York City’s Meet The Composer Foundation.
- A ten-time national honoree in the American Prizes, he is one of only five composers nationwide named as an "Honored Artist of the American Prize," in recognition of sustained excellence in the prestigious competitions.
- An alumnus of the Steven Scott Smalley Film Scoring Workshop as well as film scoring workshops with Richard Glasser & Aaron Zigman, to date he has scored more than two dozen widely-distributed video documentaries and features.
Adjunct Professor, Saxophone
BME in Music Education, University of North Carolina
Robby Shankle is originally from North Carolina. He has resided in Nashville for almost 26 years. Robby has made a living as a professional musician and teacher. Robby currently teaches at Trevecca, Lipscomb, Cumberland University and Cumberland Arts Academy.
- His free-lance woodwind playing includes the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, Broadway shows, and recording work for Faith Hill, Matchbox 20, and The Temptations to recording in the Christian music field.
Adjunct Professor, Voice
BM in Music Industry and Vocal Performance, MTSU
MM in Vocal Pedagogy, Belmont University
While earning her undergraduate degree, Spray interned at the American Society of Composers of Authors, Music, and Publishers (ASCAP), where she secured a full-time position after graduation. While attending graduate school, she became passionate about the study of voice science and the importance of safely and healthily teaching vocal students in both classical and contemporary genres. After graduation, she was hired as an Assistant Professor of Music at Lipscomb University, where she taught private voice, music business, and directed a contemporary music ensemble.
- Contributing background vocals for country artist, Anna Vaus' latest album, The California Kid
- Singing at the Ryman Auditorium for the Tokens Show's annual Thanksgiving at the Ryman performance in 2017
- Performing alongside colleague Professor Taylor McPherson in the opera debut of Healing, by Dr. Sally Reid at Lipscomb University
Adjunct Professor, Violin
BM in Classical Performance, Belmont University
Tami performed with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra from 1997 until 2010 and served as interim concertmaster in 2009. She played with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra since 1997 and freelanced, playing in Tennessee and Kentucky with small groups. Tami started a summer camp string orchestra program for high school age kids with a colleague for the Manitowoc County school district in Wisconsin beginning in 2010.
- Tami first enjoyed international success performing with an alternative Christian folk group, The Lost Dogs, in Holland.
- Has performed with Kenny Rogers, Wynona Judd, Olivia Newton-John, Three Dog Night, Cherish the Ladies, Fernando Ortega, Rex Paul Schnelle, Diana Beach, and David Hampton