2016-2017

Nathan Burns

Nathan Burns - Violin (Young Professional)

Nathan Burns is a violinist with over a decade of solo and orchestral experience. In addition to private study while playing in middle-school and high-school ensembles, he has played two concert seasons with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs (Colorado Springs) and held the position of concertmaster in the JBU Chamber Orchestra for all three-and-a-half years of study. In December of 2014, he received a Bachelor of Science from JBU in Graphic Design and currently practices design at a PR agency local to Fayetteville, AR.

   
Liesl M. Dromi

Liesl M. Dromi - Voice (Faculty)

Liesl M. Dromi is a classically trained lyric coloratura soprano. Since she first sang in a children’s chorus at the age of 2, Ms. Dromi knew that singing and performing was her life’s calling. Ms. Dromi holds a Bachelor of Arts (vocal performance concentration) from John Brown University and Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from Belmont University, two semesters of which were spent studying at the world-renowned Vanderbilt Voice Center. Ms. Dromi has appeared in numerous opera and musical roles, including the Plaintiff (Trial by Jury), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), the Witch (Into the Woods), Cunegonde (Candide), and Monica (The Medium). Ms. Dromi has taught privately since 2009 and joined the JBU music faculty in Fall 2014. When she is not teaching or performing, she can be found reading Mo Willems to her three children Nora, Patrick, and Cecily, or watching anything Vince Gilligan with her husband Matt.

   

 

Gabby Hamilton - Voice (Young Professional)

Gabby Hamilton has been a choir member and singer for more than 10 years. She is a recent graduate of JBU with a Bachelor's of Music Education. During this time, she has developed a love for encouraging and helping young students to find their true voice. Gabby loves working one on one with students, and finds joy in building professional relationships that encourage both her and her students. She is also a teacher at heart  and strives to give her students a well-balanced education including vocal technique, music literacy, and an appreciation for the arts.  She has been teaching private voice since graduation. Gabby hopes to eventually get her masters in Music Education with an emphasis in vocal pedagogy. 

   
Asher Perkins

Asher Perkins - Guitar, Drums (Young Professional)

Asher Perkins has been playing the guitar for 10 years. He recently graduated from John Brown University with a music degree that emphasized developing his guitar and performance skills. His favorite styles are blues, jazz, bluegrass, and a bit of funk. Asher calls himself a "patient fella" who loves to help people find enjoyment in making music and delighting in God's creative gifts.

   
Paul Whitley

Paul Whitley - Piano (Faculty)

Paul Whitley received his Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he was a student of Alan Chow.  He also holds degrees from Wheaton Conservatory and New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied piano with Dr. William Phemister and Gabriel Chodos respectively. Dr. Whitley is currently Assistant Professor of Music at John Brown University, and he also enjoys teaching private piano lessons in JBU's Community Arts Academy.  He has been soloist with several orchestras and ensembles (including Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, NU Saxophone Ensemble, Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra), and has won various competitions (including the Thaivu-Isaac Competition, the Union League Civic & Arts Foundation of Chicago Competition, and Illinois State MTNA Piano Competition.) Before coming to Arkansas, Dr. Whitley held teaching positions at Wheaton Conservatory of Music and Northwestern College in Iowa.

   
 

Ryan Ransdell - Piano (Faculty)

Ryan Ransdell graduated from John Brown University in 2007 with degrees in music and mathematics. He has been teaching and tutoring students since high school, and enjoys enabling others to understand abstract ideas and to find joy in any area of study. He loves order, logic, problem solving, people, and music. He has catalogued several music libraries and has edited a teaching method for young piano students. Since graduating from JBU, Ryan has collaborated with numerous ensembles and soloists, and has taught students of all ages and abilities throughout Northwest Arkansas. He has completed three semesters of graduate work in piano performance and musicology at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, where he taught group piano and undergraduate piano lessons and accompanied various university choirs. Ryan currently serves as a staff accompanist at JBU, organist at First Presbyterian Church in Rogers, and teaches piano students through the JBU Community Arts Academy in Siloam Springs and Arkansas Musicworks in Bentonville.

 

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