Ric Simenson

Adjunct Professor
B.S. in Music Education with Special Honors in Music, Jacksonville State University
Studies in Contemporary Music Theory, Arranging, Ear Training, Drums; Berklee College of Music

Biography:

Ric is a performing musician, music editor, arranger, and a specialist in the areas of music notation and print technology with over 36 years of experience working within the Christian music industry. He also manages an independent business which provides content creation skills to music publishers, record companies, and independent artists - assisting in the production of their creative musical products. He has been blessed to work with nearly all major Christian publishers and record companies, many well-known arrangers, producers, and songwriters, and with several nationally-known Christian artists.

Experience:

  • Touring and Session Drummer/Drum Instructor
  • Content Creation Services - for music publishers, record companies, and independent artists
  • Published Arranger - musicals, choir specials, piano arrangements, orchestrations
  • Print Music Editor and Book Creator
  • Expert in Music Notation - (Finale beta-tester) creating many thousands of published music pages
  • Music Transcriptionist - Songbooks/Hymnals/Session Charts
  • Graphic Design and Production - cover art for multiple Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum recorded products with over 23 million unit sales

Josh Eaves

Adjunct Professor, Voice
Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy, Belmont University
BA in Music Industry, magna cum laude, Kentucky Wesleyan College

Biography:

Professor Josh Eaves is a Kentucky-raised, Nashville-based singer-songwriter, keyboardist, 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. 

Experience:

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

Philosophy:

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 experience 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.

Tim Calhoun

Adjunct Professor, Commercial Guitar
Bachelor's in Studio Music and Jazz, University of Miami

Biography:

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.

Experience:

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.

Fain Spray

Adjunct Professor, Voice
BM in Music Industry and Vocal Performance, MTSU
MM in Vocal Pedagogy, Belmont University

Biography:

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. 

Experience:

  • 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

Tony Marvelli

Adjunct Professor, Music Theory and Guitar Studies
BA, Belmont University

Biography:

A Dove Award-winning, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Tony Marvelli has toured internationally and recorded with some of the best known and loved performers in Christian music. With over 35 years experience as a professional musician and educator, Tony currently brings his experience to the National Praise and Worship Institute, a unit of combined discipline in Trevecca Nazarene University’s School of Music and Worship Arts, as a professor of Music Theory and Applied Guitar Studies.

Experience:

  • Toured and recorded with artists such as Andre Crouch, Sandi Patti, Larnell Harris, Mark Schultz, Point of Grace, Brian Littrell (formerly of the Backstreet Boys) Charles Billingsley, Travis Cottrell, and Denver and the Mile High Orchestra
  • Worked closely with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), touring with Will Graham, the grandson of Billy Graham, and Denver and the Mile High Orchestra bringing the Gospel of Christ to remote areas of China

Kelli Cox

Adjunct Professor, Commercial Piano
BM of Studio Music and Jazz, University of Miami

Biography:

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.

Experience:

  • 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

Marty Lamain

Adjunct Professor, Commercial Vocal Ensemble
MM Commercial Music, Belmont University

Biography:

Marty Lamain, a Michigan native, works in the industry as a songwriter, working with both artists and sync/licensing projects. He also teaches private voice lessons, having studied with Jeanie LoVetri, the founder of Somatic Voicework (tm) The LoVetri Method.

Steve Krenz

Adjunct Professor, Guitar
Bachelor in Music, University of Texas at San Antonio

Biography:

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.

Experience:

  • 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.

Molly Rocklind

Adjunct Professor

Biography:

Molly Rocklind is an internationally acclaimed contemporary vocal coach who worked with artists from all over the world. She served as the Director of Education for Hollywood Pop Academy, a training facility for aspiring pop singers, as well as a vocal coach at the world renowned Musicians Institute, in Hollywood California. Having collaborated with some of the most elite musicians and producers in the industry today, Molly Rocklind has also established herself as an artist, songwriter and session vocalist having graced stages from Carnegie Hall to the Oklahoma Opry. In addition to performing, Molly has also had the distinct honor of serving nearly ten years on the worship team of Christian Assembly Church in Eagle Rock California under the leadership of Tommy Walker.

Experience:

  • Shared the stage with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Chaka Kahn, Deana Carter and America (The Band)
  • Back-up singer for Warner Music Nashville recording artist, Cowboy Troy
  • Season 6 Finalist on NBC's, Nashville Star
  • 3-Time Mavric Music Award nominee and recipient of the "Inspirational Song of the Year" award for her song, "Living A Life of Music in Tennessee"

Scot Corey

Adjunct Professor, Percussion
MA in Music, Tennessee Technological University

Biography:

Scot Corey is a freelance drummer/percussionist who is a founding member of the Matrix Percussion Trio, which has provided free educational concerts to over 35,000 students in the greater Nashville area.  Scot has served as the drummer for Praise and Worship at Green Hill Church for the past 10 years.

Experience:

  • Performed as an ‘extra’ with the Nashville Symphony for over 12 years, including NSO's Carnegie Hall Debut, their Naxos recording of Piazzola's Sinfonia Buenos Aires and their return to Carnegie Hall on May 12, 2012 as the headlining orchestra for the Spring for Music concert series

David Johnson

Adjunct Professor, Violin
BM in Music, University of Iowa
MM in Music, Tennessee State University

Biography:

David Johnson has been a working musician since 1979 in various genres including Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, and Classical (orchestral and chamber).

Experience:

  • Has performed with Randy Travis

Robert Shankle

Adjunct Professor, Saxophone
BME in Music Education, University of North Carolina

Biography:

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.

Experience:

  • 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.

Tami Sturges

Adjunct Professor, Violin
BM in Classical Performance, Belmont University

Biography:

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.

Experience:

  • 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