Greetings on behalf of the Department of Music at Southwestern Adventist University. Southwestern is dedicated to providing its students with the best in music education and performance. With leading faculty members, regular masterclass & performance opportunities, elite international touring ensembles and a comprehensive scholarship program, the Department of Music is committed to giving its students the tools and experience needed to become a successful professional. Southwestern is a University in which students can come and be challeged, inspired and supported throughout their academic journey. The Music faculty members are fully vested in each student, working dilligently to assist in the longterm development of each musician as they pursue graduate school and employment opportunities. Southwestern will soon be accepting scholarship auditions for the 2020-2021 school year. Please visit the scholarship page for more information.
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We're dedicated to providing you with a top-level music education. With premier instructors, monthly master class and recital opportunities, elite international touring ensembles, and a comprehensive scholarship program, Southwestern is committed to providing you with what you need to succeed as a professional.
D.M.A. Arizona State University, 2012
B.A. Organ Performance, Southern Adventist University, 2003
Served as assistant to the choral department at Southern Adventist University. During that time he conducted many ensembles, substitute taught theory, history and general music courses, established a concert choir specializing in Renaissance and Baroque music, and directed a department Christmas musical theatre production.
Apprenticed as an organ builder for the firm Richards, Fowkes & Co. of Ooltewah, TN
Studied organ performance and technique as a Fulbright Scholar with Prof. Aart Bergwerff at Codarts Conservatorium in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2005-2006
Worked as Full-time Director of Worship and Music at a large two-campus Lutheran church in Mesa, Arizona
Served as the continuo organist for the Phoenix Symphony
Devon Howard, D.M.A., was born in Colorado and began piano studies at the age of eight. He began organ studies at the age of thirteen. In 1999, Devon studied for one year with Donald Sutherland at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, before transferring to Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee.
Later, Devon lived and studied in The Netherlands at Codarts Conservatorium in Rotterdam and then pursued independent improvisation study with Sietze de Vries on the historic organs of the Groningen province. Throughout his time in Europe, Devon served as organist in Reform and Scottish International churches and traveled extensively throughout Europe playing and performing on historic instruments.
In 2012, Devon completed a Doctor of Music Arts degree with Dr. Kimberly Marshall at Arizona State University, during which time he served as a Teaching Assistant for three years. His dissertation title was Organ Improvisation in Context: Historical and Practical Influences on the Craft of Improvisation at the Organ.
Devon performs regularly throughout the United States. He is a passionate advocate for improvisation, education and performance.
M.Mus. Andrews University
Director of the Atlantic Union Music Festival (2013)
Director of the Florida Festival for the Arts (2013)
Director of the Southwestern Music Festival (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Director of the Tennessee/Kentucky Music Festival (2010)
Director of the Northern New England Music Clinic (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Since arriving at Southwestern Adventist University in 2009, Jonathan Wall has provided unparalleled music opportunities to the Southwestern community. He is the director of choral and vocal studies, working with students to help them develop into talented and professional musicians.
Under Jonathan’s guidance, the Southwestern University Singers have grown into an elite international touring ensemble, known for their variety filled programs, exquisite harmonies and expressive interpretation of text. In addition, Jonathan is the founder and director of the Southwestern Recital Series, a concert series designed to feature students, faculty and guest musicians, hosted on the Southwestern campus. The series has produced over 70 concerts since its premier.
Jonathan maintains an active solo performance schedule that takes him around the country. Aside from being a leading baritone soloist, he is also an active and sought after festival conductor and choral clinician. Jonathan resides in Keene, TX with his two daughters Zasha and Luccia, and wife Marcela, who is an artist and teacher at Southwestern Adventist University.
Interim Director of Orchestral and Instrumental Studies
Bachelor Degree in violin performance from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, under professor Marcello Guerchfeld
Master Degree in violin and viola performance, from the University of New Mexico, under Dr. Carmelo de los Santos and professor Kimberly Fredenburg
DMA in violin performance, with a minor in viola performance, at the University of Georgia under professor Levon Ambartsumian - pending completion
Brazilian violinist and violist Rogerio Nunes, is currently finishing his DMA in violin performance, with a minor in viola performance, at the University of Georgia under professor Levon Ambartsumian, being awarded with a graduate assistantship. Before moving to UGA, he worked in his DMA in viola performance at the University of North Texas, where he was awarded the MDF (Master and Doctoral Fellowship) from the Toulouse Graduate School, under the instruction of Dr. Susan Dubois.
At UNM he was awarded a graduate assistantship to play in the Abe Franck graduate string quartet, and was a winner of the Concerto Competition, playing as soloist with the UNM Symphony Orchestra.
In Brazil, Rogerio has been the concertmaster and soloist of the Theatro Sao Pedro Chamber Orchestra, Unisinos Orchestra, Blumenau Chamber Orchestra, OSPA and Fundarte Chamber Orchestra, having recorded as soloist of the Astor Piazzola’s Las Cuatro Estaciones Portenas with the latter. In the United States, he has collaborated with South Bend Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, Southwest Michigan Symphony and Elkhart Symphony Orchestras.
Mr. Nunes has taught masterclasses at the Federal University of Sao Joao del Rey, International Music Festival of Belem, International Music Festival of Londrina and the Federal University of Santa Maria.
In 2016, he was awarded the March Moody Scholarship in Violin at UGA. With ARCO, Rogerio was a soloist in its Brazilian Tour in May/June 2017, and was invited to be a soloist again with the orchestra this coming October at UGA. Mr. Nunes was also invited by the Federal University of Santa Maria, to premiere the work by Brazilian composer Brenno Blauth, Introduction and Allegro for Viola and String Orchestra last May.
Many graduates work as teachers in elementary and secondary education, college or university. Graduates may also have careers in performance, composition, church music and private studio instruction. Music education opportunities are readily available each year. Performance opportunities are highly competitive. Elite performers have a significant advantage in pursuing a career in music.
Voices in choir at Night at the Meyerson Festival each year.