Music Department Faculty

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Dr. Doran Bugg (2019) Assistant Professor and Chair of MusicDoran Bugg
B.M.E. University of Mississippi
M.M., Baylor University
D.M.A., Louisiana State University







Dr. Paxton GirtmanDr. Paxton Girtmon (2007) Professor of Music
B.M.E, Northwestern State University
M.M.E. Northwestern State University
D.M.A. University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Paxton M. Girtmon, Associate Professor of Music, is Director of Bands and Music and oversees the music education program. He is in charge of all aspects of the Marching, Pep, and Concert Bands, as well as the large and small ensembles in the spring terms. He supervises student teachers, as well as teaching instrumental method courses and instruction, instrumental orchestration, and undergraduate and graduate level conducting courses. Dr. Paxton earned his D.M.A. from The University of Southern Mississippi and his B.M.Ed. and his M.M.Ed. at Northwestern State University. Dr. Girtmon has performed professionally with the Shreveport Symphony and Northwestern/Natchitoches Symphony where he performed with jazz legend Pete Fountain, the world renowned Ray Charles, and former "Tonight Show's" band leader, "Doc" Severinsen. Dr. Girtmon has served as Associate Director of Bands/Coordinator of Music Education and Assistant Professor of Music at Jackson State University. He has been published frequently in national magazines and periodicals for music education and research. He also maintains an active conducting schedule and is a frequent honor band clinician and adjudicator for concert band events around the nation. Dr. Girtmon's most precious and valuable treasures are his family: Lauren, Calvin, Jace and Georgia.

Casey KirkMr. Casey Kirk ( is a native of Clinton MS, Casey received his Bachelor's in Music Education from Mississippi College and his Master's in Music Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. While at USM, he was a graduate assistant with the Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and assisted with the concert bands under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Fraschillo and Dr. Gary Adam. Casey has had twelve years of experience in public schools in central Mississippi and Virginia. Casey recently was the Director of Bands for Brandon High School where he consistently scored superior ratings in marching, concert and jazz and built the program to one of the top 6A bands in the state. Professionally, he has studied under Dr. Craig Young, Bud Berthold, Dr. John Wooton, Leigh Howard Stevens, She-e Wu, Dennis Zeisler and Anthony Maiello. In addition to his teaching at Belhaven, Casey serves as the commanding officer of the 41st Army Band, the Mississippi Army National Guard Band. Under his direction, the 41st Army Band has grown to be one of the finest military bands in the Southeast, performing for local, state, and national dignitaries. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Basic Training, the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Candidate School, the Warrior Leadership Course as well as the Army School of Music's Basic Music, Warrant Officer Basic Course, and the Warrant Officer Advanced Course. He is a member of the Mississippi Bandmaster's Association, The National Band Association, The College Band Director's National Association, The Mississippi Warrant Officer's Association, the National Guard Association and the Percussive Art's Society. He is married to Rebecca Kirk and has two children.

Dr. Andrew M. SauerweinDr. Andrew Sauerwein (2005) Professor of Music
A.A., Multnomah Bible College
B.Mus. & M.Mus., University of Oregon
M.A. & Ph.D., Duke University

Dr. Andrew Mark Sauerwein is Associate Professor of Music. As a teacher of composition and theory, he oversees the theory and musicianship curriculum, teaches various courses in theory and composition, and directs the Composers Forum. He has also contributed to Belhaven's Worldview Curriculum and provided lectures on music for the High Scholars program, which is part of Belhaven's Virtual Campus. Dr. Sauerwein earned his PhD in music composition from Duke University. He also holds a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music from the University of Oregon, as well as an Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies from Multnomah University. A native of the Northwest, Dr. Sauerwein came to Belhaven in Fall 2005 after a visiting appointment at Northwestern College of Iowa. He is married to Quita and has two children, Christopher and Hannah.

Song XieMr. Song Xie (2005), Professor of Music
B.A., Guangxi Institute of Arts, The Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China
M.M., Louisiana State University

Song Xie is Professor of Music in violin and viola, Conductor of the Belhaven Symphony and Chamber String Orchestra, Chamber Music Coach, and Violinist of the Belhaven Piano Trio at Belhaven University.

As a concert soloist, Mr. Song has played concerti and other solo masterpieces with many orchestras In China and the U.S., repertoire includes Beethoven Violin Concerto, Wieniawski Violin Concerto No.1, Mozart concerti, Carman Fantasy and many more. He received the Excellent Performance Award at the Chinese National Violin Competition in 1984, won the LSU Symphony Concerto Competitions in both 1991 and 1994, and was one of the three finalists at Chautauqua Festival Concerto Competition in New York. With God's blessing, Mr. Song has developed a strong, excellent string program at Belhaven University that enjoys a high quality reputation on the state, regional, national and international stage. Belhaven string students competed in many top level competitions with some of the highest level students from many top conservatory and music schools in the nation.

Mr. Song Xie is committed to the excellence of string performance and string education. His students have won numerous competitions, including but not limited to, the MSO Concerto Competition, MTNA State and Regional Competitions, MMTA and ASTA Mississippi State competition, many other concerto/string competitions in MS, AK, UT, AL, NY, SC, KY, MFMC scholarship awards, final/semi-finalists at WA, IN, TX, and some international competitions. His students have been accepted with outstanding scholarships to many top conservatories and universities in the nation to continue their graduate study include University of Michigan, Rice University, Easterman School of music, Peabody Conservatory and Julliard School of music. Others actively teach in private studio, music schools, serve as missionaries or win auditions successfully as professional orchestra musicians. Mr. Song believes that God has a unique calling for each student that is completely different. We all strive for excellence as we answer the Lord's calling in our lives here in the Belhaven String emphasis. He has also developed the Belhaven Orchestra and Chamber Music programs.

Mr. Song keeps a very busy performing schedule in solo and chamber music as well as orchestra and conducting. He is currently the Principal Second Violinist of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1998. To teach and to share his music talents is his desire; to share his personal experience of God's love and caring in the professional music performing world for young students is a wonderful answer to his prayer. Mr. Song served as President of Mississippi Chapter of the ASTA (American String Teacher Association) from 2006-2008. He frequently judges many local and regional string competitions, and has actively taught and still teaches in many summer string/orchestra Festivals including: Masterworks Festival, IN, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra String Camp, Millsaps Chamber Music Camp, MS, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, MI, and CICA String Festival, AR.

Before his current positions at Belhaven University and with the MSO, he was on the faculty of Guangxi Institute of Arts,(China), Mississippi College, Millsaps College, and Jackson State University. He has also served as Assistant Concertmaster of Lyric Mountain Festival at PA, Principal Second Violinist of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Festival Orchestra MI and Masterworks Festival Orchestra, IN, Concertmaster of Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and Delta Symphony Orchestra here in Mississippi.

Song Xie received his BA from Guangxi Institute of Arts and Shanghai Conservatory of Music, his MM is from Louisiana State University. He has studied with many wonderful professors include ShiXiang Zheng, Sally O' Reilly, Camila Wicks. He resides in Jackson living with his wife Renee Chen and two sons, Caleb and David Xie.

Specialty Instructors:

Dr. Rebecca GeihslerDr. Rebecca Geihsler, a native of New Orleans, has served as an Adjunct Music Professor in Voice and Music History since 2009. Additionally, she serves as an adjunct instructor for Northwest Community College since 2004 where she has designed and implemented an online curriculum for Music Appreciation for non-majors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Centenary College of Louisiana, a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and Doctor of Arts in Pedagogy from the University of Mississippi, where she held a University Fellowship and an Assistantship in Opera. Dr. Geihsler has been a finalist in both State and Regional NATS Student Auditions and represented the University of Mississippi in performances at the National Opera Association Convention and the Midwest Opera Festival. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lamda and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Past operatic and musical theatre roles include: Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Ms. Silverpeal in The Impressario, Little Red in Little Red Riding Hood, Lauretta in Gianno Schicchi, Ann Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Marianne in Tartuffe, Papagnena in The Magic Flute, Casilda in The Gondoliers, Tuptim in The King and I, and Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly. Dr. Geihsler resides in Clinton with her husband and five (soon to be six) children.

Mr. Owen Rockwell is Adjunct Instructor of Music and DanceOwen Rockwell, DMA is Specialty Instructor of Dance and Music at Belhaven University where he serves as Director of Music for the Department of Dance and Director of Percussion Ensembles in the Department of Music. He provides music for modern dance classes, coordinates musicians and musical activities within the department of dance, teaches private percussion lessons, and coaches the Belhaven Percussion Ensemble.   In 2014, he began the Belhaven Night of Percussion (and Classical Guitar), a much anticipated, annual event held in the Belhaven University Center for the Arts.

“Doc Rock,” as his students affectionately refer to him, is a versatile performer and experienced music educator committed to challenging his students towards musical excellence and lifelong personal growth. His former students are high school band directors, graduate students, and professional performers throughout the country.

Additionally, Dr. Rockwell teaches as an Adjunct Instructor at Jackson State University, where he was formerly an Assistant Band Director with the famed “Sonic Boom of the South” marching band, and Instructor of Music from 2006-2012.  While there he has taught Graduate and Undergraduate applied percussion lessons, Honors Music Appreciation and Percussion (Methods) Class

Rockwell performs regularly with the Mississippi and Meridian (MS) Symphony Orchestras, as well as his jazz trio, the Vibe Doctors.  He has appeared on NPR, PBS, and participated in the 1994 World Cup opening ceremonies in Orlando, FL as a snare drummer with the World Finalist, Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps.  In July of 2016, he was interviewed on ”The Mississippi Arts Hour,” an radio show produced by Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) that features Artists and Arts organizations from around the state.

He can also be heard on several recordings, including Vibe Doctors (Elegant Trainwreck label, 2015), The Celestial Sliphorns (Sea Breeze Jazz label, 2007), with Universal Republic label recording artist Matt Wertz on his collaborative recording, Damascus Road (Windmill Music label, 2001), and on his own solo percussion recording: Owen Rockwell, Percussion (produced by the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 2001).

He is the recipient of many awards recognizing his skill as a performer. In 2015, Rockwell was granted a Performing Arts Fellowship by the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC).  While a graduate student at the University of Illinois, he was named the 2000 “Debut Artist,” the School of Music’s highest honor for a student performer each year, culminating in a professional “Debut” recital, held in the Foellinger Great Hall in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Rockwell earned the Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His primary teachers were marimba virtuoso William Moersch, and long-time percussion educator and scholar Thomas Siwe.  Prior to moving to Jackson, MS, he worked as a free-lance musician and educator in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Nashville, TN. In 2015, he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy, at The University of Southern Mississippi where he was a student of Dr. John Wooton. 

Adjunct Faculty:

Mr. Adam Almeter, Low Brass Adjunct

Nancy BatemanMrs. Nancy Bateman, Adjunct Music Professor in Cello since 2005, received both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Music from Wichita State University and pursued advanced musical studies at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She has performed as a cellist in the Wichita Symphony from 1974-90, the Omaha and Lincoln Symphonies from 1990-93, and the Mississippi Symphony from 1993 until the present. She has performed as a soloist as well as in various small ensembles for weddings, funerals, and church services since 1974. She has enjoyed starting and maintaining String Music Programs at both First Presbyterian Day School since 1999 and the Veritas School since 2002, as well as teaching a Summer String Orchestra Workshop at Jackson Prepartory School for three summers and the Mississippi Symphony Summer Camp for several summers. Since 1999, she has started over hundreds of children on a stringed instrument, as well as prepared many private students for festivals, competitions and auditions. God has blessed Mrs. Bateman and her husband, Jim, with five children through whom she has learned very much about teaching. Mrs. Bateman understands what a great honor, privilege, and responsibility it is to teach, especially to young people who are making career choices at this time in their lives.

Dennis BondsMr. Dennis Bonds, Adjunct Music Professor in Jazz Guitar since 2009, has been blessed to appear on well over one hundred-fifty recordings as not only a guitarist, but at times, a producer, composer, arranger, bandleader and recording engineer. He is the founder and director of God First, a music ministry he formed in 2005. Together with the group, Dennis has released one recording project to date, "The Guest of Honor", which is a musical celebration of the birth of Christ. Dennis is, perhaps, most proud that he is now a professor of Jazz Guitar Studies at his beloved alma mater, Belhaven University! He also works as a private music instructor. With all that he is involved in, however, Dennis still makes time to be a part of his local church's music ministry! Of this, he said, "When you get past the so-called accomplishments and awards, and come to where my heart is, you will find a worshipper there!" Dennis J. Bonds resides in Jackson, MS with his wife and three children.

Richard BrownMr. Richard Jess Brown, Jr., Adjunct Music Professor in Double Bass and Electric Bass. He received a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Memphis and a Master of Music from DePaul University. Mr. Brown won the Graduate Competition Award at DePaul University in 1985, performing the first two movements of the "Dragonetti Concerto in A Major for String Bass" and the "Koussevitzky Concerto for String Bass" in which he earned the opportunity to study and perform with Warren Benfield, Joe Guastafeaste and other members of the Chicago Symphony. He arranged and performed Nina Simone's "I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl" produced by Grammy Award Winning singer, Cassandra Wilson, it was the first rendition ever recorded. He has been noted for classical and jazz performances in publications and magazines including Down Beat, Coda, Cadence, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Boston Globe and others. He has recorded for P.B.S. and National Public Radio. He has performed with many legendary artists including Andre Watts, Gary Karr, Ed Wilkerson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Gary Bartz, Dave Brubeck, and "Doc" Saverinson of the Tonight Show Band. He can be heard on such recordings as "The Memory is a Living Thing" by Lester Senter, written to commemorate Pulitzer Prize Winner, Eudora Welty, "The Standards of Living" by Barry Leach, "8 Bold Souls" by Ed Wilkerson of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and numerous live performances recorded by the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Brown frequently performs and records in various professional ensembles where he is needed. He performed in Tokyo, Japan with the Belhaven Connections Team in May of 2010. He has released a contemporary jazz CD entitled "Homemade Brew" which can be viewed on iTunes. He has been dedicated in helping students to grow and achieve. Mr. Brown produces and teaches on Internet Radio with listeners world-wide. He came to Belhaven University in the fall of 2008. He credits his mother and father for piously supporting his musical endeavors.

Richard BrownMrs. Sybil Cheesman, Adjunct Music Professor in Flute since 2004, was born into a musical family. Piano lessons were followed by flute lessons at an early age. Throughout her educational experiences, she was blessed to perform in numerous musical settings including band, chamber music and orchestra. Mrs. Cheesman has been with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra since 1972. She became principal flute and one of the founding members of the MSO woodwind quintet in the fall of 1978. She retired from the MSO in May 31, 2015 after 43 years of service. She performs locally, teaches at Belhaven University and has an active private flute studio. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi (B.M., M.M.), she has performed with the Meridian, Pensacola, Gulf Coast and Mobile symphonies. She has also played with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Mississippi Opera Orchestra. She is a member of MMTA and is frequently asked to adjudicate at the high school and collegiate levels. She is a performing member of The Chaminade Club which is a Federated Music Club located in Jackson. Her husband, Bob, is a member of the trumpet section of the MSO. They have two adult children.

Frank DolanskyMr. Frank Dolansky is Adjunct Professor, and teaches courses in the audio, video, lighting, and software technical area for both music and theatre.  He holds a B.A. from the University of Buffalo, and an M.F.A. from Michigan State University.  He also serves as our Facilities Coordinator for the entire Belhaven University Center for the Arts, where he oversees all the scheduling of arts events, as well as the technical aspects of lighting, audio, video, and software as it pertains to running the weekly chapels, and other BU and outside events that take place here throughout the year.  Frank and his wife Theresa have one son, and attend church at Southside Assembly of God here in Jackson, MS.  Frank is thankful to serve Jesus Christ through the arts.  His scripture to live by comes from Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

Carol DurhamMrs. Carol S. Durham has served as Adjunct Music Professor in Organ at Belhaven University since 2005. Her recent teaching assignments include applied organ and organ pedagogy. Additionally she serves as organist for university convocations and other special occasions. Mrs. Durham received her Master of Music from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, TN and received her Bachelor of Music at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS. Mrs. Durham is the organist for Morrison Heights Baptist Church. She also serves as Adjunct Organ Instructor at Millsaps College and Adjunct Piano Instructor at Mississippi College. Carol Durham is a native of Clinton, MS and has lived and worked professionally in Knoxville and Oak Ridge, TN, Auburn, AL, and Raymond, MS. Her accomplishments include: past Dean of the American Guild of Organists, Jackson MS Chapter; member of Music Teachers National Association; member of Mississippi Music Teachers Association (former Area Auditions Chairman, and other responsibilities); member of Music Forum of Jackson (Bach Festival Chairman for 7 years); frequent adjudicator for MMTA auditions, Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs Festival auditions, and Baptist Keyboard Festivals; recitalist in St. Andrew's "Cathedral in the City" series; performer on organ in AGO member recitals, MacDowell Music Club programs, and college faculty recitals; and professional harpsichordist. She is married to Dr. J. David Durham and they have two daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth and one son, Davy. Mrs. Durham is also a grandmother to three granddaughters.

Sarah Elias, Belhaven music adjunctThe daughter of two professional pianists, Sarah Elias followed in their footsteps, studying piano and working vocationally in music. Mrs. Elias received her Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Belhaven University and her Masters of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from University of Southern Mississippi. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at USM under the instruction of Dr. Elizabeth Moak. Mrs. Elias has twelve years of experience as worship leader/choir and band director and/or pianist in local churches and currently serves as the Worship Leader at Reigning Grace Church in Madison, MS. Mrs. Elias teaches private piano lessons and works as a professional accompanist. She has performed and competed in a number of venues, winning concerto and solo competitions, and has appeared in Master Classes with piano greats including Anton Nel, Melvin Chen, and Alon Goldstein. Mrs. Elias lives in the Reservoir area with her husband, Mike, their four boys and chocolate lab.

Mr. Douglas Eltzroth, Adjunct Worship Band Instructor.

Gina EverittMrs. Gena K. Everitt, Adjunct Music Professor in Voice since 2004, got her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Mrs. Everitt has been teaching voice in Jackson for 26 years as an independent teacher. She previously taught on the faculty of Jones County Junior College and at Hinds Community College. She has been a frequent recitalist, and soloist in oratorio and opera. She has performed with the Mississippi Opera in the productions of La Traviata, Pirates of Penzance, and The Magic Flute. She is involved with the music ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Jackson as both a soloist and director of ensembles. Post graduate study has been with Richard Miller, Oren Brown, Vera Rosza, and Martin Katz. She and her husband, Jerry, are the parents of two sons.

Ken GravesMr. Ken Graves, Adjunct Music Professor in Clarinet since 2010, is the Principal Clarinetist of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and has actively collaborated with some of today's leading musicians including Sir Neville Marriner, Leon Fleisher, James Conlon, John Williams, Paavo Jarvi, and Leonard Slatkin. He has performed chamber music with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared with the Colburn Chamber Music Society. Mr. Graves has participated in many nationally recognized music festivals including the Music Academy of the West, the National Repertory Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Idyllwild Arts Festival. He received his Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has also attended the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Originally from Mount Pleasant, SC, Mr. Graves began his clarinet studies with Dr. Ralph Rizzolo at age 11. He made his orchestral solo debut at age 15, performing Crusell's Clarinet Concerto No. 1 with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra as the winner of its concerto competition. His principal teachers include Yehuda Gilad and Richie Hawley.

Christina Hrivnak, Vocal AdjunctMrs. Christina Hrivnak, Adjunct Music Professor in Voice, has performed as a soloist throughout England, Germany, Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Russia and Sweden, and has been a featured soloist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Opera, the CCM Early Music Consort, Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Baroque Chamber Soloists, Apollo's Cabinet, and members of Cincinnati Baroque and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She has been a soloist for world premier performances of works by Darrell Handel, Bonia Shur, and Mike Peterson, as well as Mississippi's own James Sclater. Other solo orchestral credits include Argento's Masque of Angels, Dett's The Ordering of Moses, J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass and Magnificat in D Major, Faur's Requiem, Handel's Dixit Dominus, Nisi Dominus, and Messiah, Holst's Christmas Day, Mozart's Vesperae solennis de confessore, Mass in C Minor, and Exsultate jubilate, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Rutter's Gloria, Requiem, and Magnificat, Vaughan Williams' The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains and A Song of Thanksgiving, and Vivaldi's Gloria. Mrs. Hrivnak has completed coursework for the D.M.A. degree in voice performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and holds the M.M. degree in voice performance from CCM and the B.M. degree from Millsaps College with a major in Voice. While at CCM, she was a graduate teaching assistant in the Music Education and Voice Performance departments, teaching Voice Class I, Voice Class II, and Applied Voice. She is a prizewinner of the MTNA's National Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist Competition, a recipient of the Governor's Award for the Southern Regional Chapter of The National Association of Teachers of Singing, and a Ford Fellow. In addition to teaching at Belhaven, Mrs. Hrivnak teaches at Millsaps College and has taught at Mississippi College, the College of Mount St. Joseph and the California State University at Los Angeles. She is an enthusiastic advocate for education and artistic expression, and has been recognized as a Volunteer of the Year by Jackson Public Schools. Mrs. Hrivnak lives in Madison with her husband and two children.


Christina Hrivnak, Vocal AdjunctMr. Richard Hudson, Adjunct Music Professor, is a native of the Washington, DC suburbs, Richard Hudson began his musical instruction on piano and French Horn while in elementary school. Fine individual instruction and enjoyable experiences in local, regional, and statewide performing ensembles encouraged an interest in a career in music which he pursued at Indiana University. Studies at IU included 3 years of work with the world-famous Hornist and teacher, Philip Farkas. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1980 he performed with the Houston Symphony for the entirety of the 80-81 season as Assistant Principal Horn.
At the conclusion of that season he auditioned for and won the job of Principal Horn with the then-named Jackson Symphony. After two seasons with the Jackson Symphony he accompanied his new wife, Linda Naef, to Boston, MA; her to pursue further academic study and him to free-lance in the New England area. Ten years of free-lancing brought many musical opportunities including performances with the New Hampshire Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Opera Company of Boston, Boston Concert Opera, the Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble, and theater work including Boston productions of Broadway shows Les Miserables, Secret Garden, Evita and Cats.
In 1993 he returned again to Jackson with his family to perform as Second Horn with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, a position he still holds. As Horn 2 he also performs with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet which presents many educational concerts for students in Mississippi. His versatility as a performer is displayed in these concerts when he performs a short solo on the “Hosemaphone,”a distant but undeniable relative of the Natural Horn fashioned out of a length of garden hose, a funnel and some duct tape. Concurrent with his duties as a performer, he has held positions as Director of Sales with the MSO; Events Coordinator/Fundraiser with the Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Executive Director of the Jubilee!JAM Foundation. In 2002 he accepted the dual positions of Director of Operations and Personnel Manager with the MSO, a position he holds today.

Ms. Margaret Ingram, jazz piano adjunct

Amanda MangrumMrs. Amanda Jones, is an Adjunct Music Professor in Harp. In her first year of studying the harp she participated in Louisiana Harp Rally and received first place as well as the "Outstanding Musician" award. Amanda went on to receive a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance from Louisiana State University and a Master's degree in Music Performance and a minor in Music Education from University of North Texas. She attended Sewanee Summer Music Festival where she studied with Marion Shaffer, Harp Professor at Vanderbilt University, and she also attended the Harp Masters Program in Switzerland where she studied with Skaila Kanga, Harp Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Amanda is a member of Pi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda honors societies and is president of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Harp Society. She has performed with Tim McGraw and Anita Perry as well as fpr for the First Lady of Texas and for the opening ceremony of the new Cowboys Stadium, Superbowl XLV Live. She has also performed with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Amanda regularly performs for weddings, receptions, and other private events.

Randy MapesMr. Randy K. Mapes has been the Adjunct Music Professor in Double Reeds at Belhaven University since 2009. He received his Master of Music degree in Woodwind Performance and Pedagogy from The University of Southern-Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Mr. Mapes graduated 12th out of 87 students and his final G.P.A. was 3.9. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from The University of Wisconsin-Superior. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1984 and his G.P.A. was 3.8. Mr. Mapes is also the Woodwind Instructor/Assistant Band Director at Hinds Community College in Raymond, MS. He currently performs with the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and the Jackson First Baptist Church Sanctuary Orchestra. Mr. Mapes lives with his wife, Sylvia in Clinton,MS.

Tanja MericDr. Tanja Miric is an adjunct professor teaching guitar lessons, guitar fundamentals, guitar ensemble and world music. She holds her D.M.A. from University of Minnesota, M.M. from Southern Methodist University, and B.M. from Mississippi College. Dr. Miric received numerous awards for her guitar playing and academic excellence. She was honored as a presidential scholar and recipient of the B.G. Walden Memorial Scholarship and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Among her musical achievements are first place awards at Mississippi Music Teachers Association, Mississippi Federated Music Club and Mississippi Guitar Festival competitions. In addition, as a member of Duo Miric, she won the college duo and overall college division at the University of Texas at Brownsville Ensemble Festival, 2006.  Recently, Duo Miric was the featured artist in residence for the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society. Also, the duo was selected to perform at the Guitar Foundation of America Ensemble Showcase, Louisville, KY, Fort Worth Guitar Festival (TX), and Schubert Club Courtroom Concert series (Saint Paul, MN).

Carolyn SachsMrs. Carolyn R. Sachs, Adjunct Music Professor in Piano at Belhaven University since 2004, teaches piano, piano fundamentals and piano pedagogy. She served as the Director of Belhaven University's Singing Christmas Tree (2004-2010) and was Music Director for "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"(Spring 2010). She received the Master of Music degree in piano from Ohio University studying with Dr. Eugene Jennings, and the Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Lebanon Valley College studying with William Fairlamb. Mrs. Sachs is a member of Jackson's Chaminade Club. She frequently adjudicates at area piano festivals and serves as a church musician at Covenant Presbyterian Church (EPC) of Jackson, MS. Recent duo/duet performances include Rachmaninoff's Suite No. 2 and Russian Rhapsody, Bizet's Children's Games, and Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes.

Liz TaylorMrs. Liz Burgess Taylor, viola adjunct, is an adjunct professor at Belhaven since 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Illinois. She has performed in numerous chamber groups at Wheaton College and, for two years, was the principal violist of the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra. While at Wheaton, she also received Suzuki teacher training. After graduating from Wheaton, Liz moved to Oxford, Mississippi, and established a private violin and viola studio and directed a chamber orchestra while her husband was in school. She later attended the University of Mississippi Graduate School with an assistantship while maintaining her private studio. She performed in the Ole Miss Faculty String Trio for university events such as graduation ceremonies and building dedications, and assisted the conductor of the L-O-U Symphony Orchestra. She graduated with honors with a Master of Music in viola performance. Liz is currently an active performer in the Jackson area for symphony concerts, church services, weddings, and other events. She has enjoyed performing with Belhaven faculty ensembles. Liz also enjoys teaching private violin and viola lessons. She and her husband Madison are active members of Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church where Liz is co-director of the cherub choir as well as violinist in the worship team. Liz and her husband reside in Madison with their two young boys, Michael and Will.

Lloyd TurnerMr. Lloyd Turner has been an Adjunct Music Professor in Trumpet since 2005. Lloyd E. Turner's educational background includes a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance, and a Specialist in Music Education from the University of Mississippi. Mr. Turner has over 40 years experience in many different venues of music performance such as military bands, jazz groups, orchestras, chamber ensembles, commercial performance and solo recitals. His teaching experience includes concert and marching bands at the high school and university levels, and a variety of types of other performance groups and individuals.