Music Faculty and Staff

School of Music at Southern Nazarene University

The School of Music is blessed with a faculty and staff that is talented, committed, and caring. You will find them gifted musicians, strong Christians, and interested in the growth of each student.

Faculty | Adjunct | Staff

Faculty

Dr. Melissa Lewis, Chair
Fine Arts 100A  |  405.717.6242  |  mlewis@snu.edu

  • B.S., Southern Nazarene University
  • M.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
  • D.M.A., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Dr. Lewis joined the SNU faculty in 1999, became the Chair of the School of Music in 2011, and teaches Aesthetics, Class Piano and applied viola.  She enjoys reading books with her daughter, scuba diving with her husband, and running half marathons with her dad.

Dr. Melissa Lewis, Chair, School of Music at Southern Nazarene University, Bethany Oklahoma

Professor Rebekah Ambrosini
Fine Arts 106  |  405.491.6344  |  rambrosi@snu.edu

  • B.Mus., Oklahoma City University
  • M.P.A., Oklahoma City University
  • Graduate Study, University of Oklahoma

Rebekah Ambrosini received her B.M. and M.P.A. from Oklahoma City University. She has served on the voice faculties of Molloy College, Oklahoma City University, and the University of Oklahoma where she was also a Doctoral Fellow. The contralto is a regular soloist with many major American symphonies and has performed leading roles with national and international opera companies. Mrs. Ambrosini delights in training young singers, traveling and spending time with her husband and children.

Dr. Rich Cantwell
Fine Arts 119  |  405.491.6344  |  rcantwell@snu.edu

  • B.F.A., University of Nebraska
  • M.M., University of Nebraska
  • D.M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Dr. Cantwell conducts the SNU Symphonic Band, and teaches Counterpoint, Orchestration, Church Music Administration and Aesthetics. He holds a B.F.A. in Music and Music Education from the University of Nebraska and a D.M.A. in Choral and Instrumental Conducting from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He was the Instrumental Director in the Omaha public schools prior to his career in higher education. He also served as Associate Pastor of Music and Drama Ministries at Central Church of the Nazarene in Lenexa concurrent with his tenure at MidAmerica Nazarene University. He has been teaching at SNU since 2011. He and his wife Linda, Vice President for Enrollment, enjoy spending time with their three adult children, their spouses and eight grandchildren in OKC, Denver, CO and Minneapolis, MN.

Professor Jim Graves
Fine Arts 114  |  405.491.6343  |  jgraves@snu.edu

  • B.Mus.Ed., Boise State University
  • M.M., Choral Conducting, University of North Texas

Jim Graves joined the School of Music faculty in 2008 and conducts the Concert Choir, SNU Chorale, and University Singers.  Under Jim's direction, SNU ensembles have performed nationally and internationally, and at the American Choral Directors Association national convention in Dallas in Spring 2013.  Their latest CD, "By Day or By Night" was released in July, 2013.

Jim Graves - School of Music, Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Oklahoma

Dr. Mark Reighard
Cantrell Music Hall 107  |  405.491.6342  |  reighard@snu.edu

  • B.Mus.Ed., Bethany Nazarene College
  • M.A., University of Oklahoma
  • D.M.A., University of Oklahoma

Dr. Reighard has been on the faculty of SNU since 1969.  He teaches Private Piano, Music Theory, and Fine Arts.  He has received the outstanding alumni award from SNU twice and the excellence in teaching award (voted by the students), three times.  He is married to Audrey (a retired school-teacher) and they have a son Christopher, who, along with his wife Ashley live and work in Oklahoma City.  He has one granddaughter, Audrey Claire, who was born March 23, 2013.

Professor Ken Rosfeld
Fine Arts Recording Studio  |  405.717.6201  |  krosfeld@snu.edu

  • B.A., Southern Nazarene University

Prof. Ken Rosfeld has been professionally involved in the recording business in Oklahoma City since 1989 and has owned a professional recording studio business since 1995.  He has been on the faculty of SNU since 2005, serving as "Professional in Residence."  Prof. Rosfeld teaches Intro to Music Business, Studio Recording I & II, Live Recording Techniques, Intro to Production Technology, and History of Recorded Music.  He enjoys black and white photography, architecture, art history, and traveling with his wife, Kim, and son, Benjamin.


Adjunct Faculty

In addition to this fine array of full-time instructors, SNU is privileged to enjoy the services of many adjunct professors. The teachers come from across the greater Oklahoma City metroplex and bring with them a wide background of experience-- teaching, performing, and recording. These instructors include:

Margaret Ann Adams - Elementary Music Methods
Jeffrey Ambrosini - Voice, Musical Production
Kim Arnold - Piano, Music History
William Bohn - Tuba
Mathew Evans - Horn
Joe Fine - Saxophone, Woodwind Methods
Sam Formicola - Violin
Colin Deibert - Guitar
Andrea Hanson - Voice
Tim Marek - Organ, Piano, Accompanist
June McCoy - String Methods
Bryan Powell - Class Piano, Music Analysis, Harmony
Garret Rodriguez - Guitar
Sophia Ro - Violin
Marilyn Rosfeld - Piano, Aural Theory
John Shell - Trumpet, Jazz Band
Stacy Smith - Clarinet
Feodora Steward - Flute
Valorie Tatge - Cello
K. Dean Walker - Percussion, Percussion Ensemble
Gerald Warlick - Oboe, Woodwind Quintet
Colter Weatherholtz - Trombone


Staff

Mrs. Rhonda Spear
Fine Arts 100  |  405.491.6345  |  rspear@snu.edu

Rhonda serves as the School of Music Office Manager.  Anything she says...goes! ;-)