Meet Our Faculty

Dr. Roger Breland
Vice President of Project Development
Founder/Director of TRUTH
Gospel Music Hall of Fame

B.M.E., Troy University
Doctor of Humanities, Liberty University

During 31 years as the founder and director of the internationally known contemporary Christian ensemble TRUTH, Roger Breland raised up a generation of successful leaders in Christian music. Avalon, Alicia, Kim Noblitt, Russ Lee, 4Him, Jason Breland, Steven V. Taylor and Anthony Evans are just a few examples of his impact on the Christian music industry that earned Dr. Breland election to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Today, the UMobile Center for Performing Arts is preparing the next generation of Christian leaders in all genres of music, from classical to contemporary. Through his world-wide contacts, Dr. Breland is opening doors for UMobile graduates to honor God with excellence. "Many Sounds, One Song" is the motto of this outstanding program with 21 diverse performing ensembles. “There’s really only one song to sing, and that is the song that will honor God. We want to do that with excellence,” Dr. Breland says.

 Mr. Steve Dunn
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Symphonic Winds
B.A., Jacksonville State University‚Äč
M.M., University of New Mexico

Steve Dunn has worn numerous musical hats in his professional life. He has been conductor, teacher, performer, composer/arranger/orchestrator, author and minister musician. While he has extensive choral experience, his focus has been primarily in the area of church instrumental music, having served as a director of orchestras, bands and other instrumental groups at churches in New Mexico, Texas and, most recently, at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. As of Fall 2012, he is now Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Symphonic Winds at the University of Mobile.

 As a composer/arranger/orchestrator, Steve has approximately 250 works in the catalogs of numerous publishing houses. These include works for concert band, orchestra, choir and other mixed ensembles. Over the years, he has also been in demand as a guest conductor (choral and instrumental), speaker and teacher for schools, churches, universities and various conferences at the local, state and national level. Additionally, he has contributed as an author on the subject of church instrumental music for various music ministry periodicals.


Mr. Bruce Earnest

 Associate Dean, Center for Performing Arts/School of Music          

Associate Professor of Music

B.A., Westfield State College
M.M., University of Miami

Tenor Bruce Earnest has appeared in over 50 operatic and musical theatre roles in Europe and the United States, performing with the Munich State Theatre, State Theatre Passau, Opera Roanoke, The Berkshire Opera, Vienna Folks Opera, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Walt Disney World, the Hamburg Musical Orchestra and the Orlando Philharmonic, among many others. His directing or music directing credits include Camelot, The Fantastiks, Big River and Oklahoma, just to name a few. He has conducted master classes and workshops on singing for the stage and musical theatre acting interpretation in the U.S. and throughout Europe, and has over 35 former students working in major productions in the UK, Europe, on Broadway, and in national tours in the U.S. He has served as voice and artistic consultant for Stage Entertainment and European productions of AIDA by Elton John, Mama Mia, and Phantom of the Opera. Mr. Earnest is the Producing Artistic Director of the International Performing Arts Institute and co-author of A Beginner's Acting Companion 5th edition published by Kendall Hunt.

Mrs. Becky Fox
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Piano Studies
B.M., William Carey College
M.M., William Carey College
Doctoral Studies, University of Southern Mississippi

Mrs. Fox is a versatile musician and committed educator. She is the director of keyboard studies at UMobile, where she has taught for more than 24 years. Mrs. Fox has a wide range of performance experience. She has been concerto soloist and duo artist for the Mobile Piano Ensemble and also presents sacred piano concerts and dedicatory recitals. As a church musician, she has served in the areas of minister of music, children’s choir director, pianist and organist. Mrs. Fox believes that the University of Mobile is her place of service. She encourages her students and brings out their best musically, personally and spiritually.

Mr. Keone Kaukawele Fuqua
Assistant Professor of Film & Theatre
Production Manager of Film & Theatre Season Productions
B.A., University of South Alabama
M.F.A., University of Southern Mississippi

Keone Fuqua has served the entertainment industry, in the areas of film and theatre, for over 12 years. While his specialized passion shares equal emphasis in acting and directing, Keone also holds professional experience in production management, stage management, sound design, and technical theatre, and he has held various positions working in film and television, on set, off set, on camera, behind the camera, in the production office and in the editing room. From “PA” and “transpo” to producer and director, Keone understands the importance of every position on a production team, what it takes to complete the complexities of film, TV and theatre productions, and what it takes to succeed in this industry.

In the area of acting, Keone exercises, teaches and explores movement techniques such as Suzuki, abstract elements, Period Styles, Laban, and stage combat, as well as traditional acting methods inspired by Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Meisner and others, for the stage and camera.

Beyond his service to the University of Mobile, Keone continues professional work locally as a film consultant, actor, production coordinator, assistant director, casting director, production stage manager, and regularly directs stage productions for various theatres.

Mr. Jamie Harvill
Artist in Residence 
School of Worship Leadership
B.A., University of Mobile 

Born and raised in southern California’s infamous Orange County, Jamie grew up in the shadow of Disney, Fender guitars and Hollywood. He picked up the guitar and made an early discovery that a career in music and song writing were to be a lifelong professional, which led years later to being a music artist, worship leader, song writer and producer. He has served in several churches across the country as well.

In the early '90s Jamie began to cultivate a relationship with Integrity Music, which culminated in the writing of the classic song "Ancient of Days" with co-writer Gary Sadler. Jamie soon became an exclusive writer with Integrity, and went on to write and record several worship classics including "Firm Foundation," "Because We Believe," "Garments of Praise (Revival in Belfast)," and "My Heart (Already There)," for artists like Ron Kenoly, Don Moen, Kim Hill (Focus On the Family), The Motor City Mass Choir, Newsong, Truth, Petra, Promise Keepers, Jeff and Sheri Easter, and others. He has several Gold and Platinum recordings to his credit.

Jamie has toured as lead guitarist with artists such as Don Moen and Ron Kenoly and Truth. He has ministered here and abroad independently and with with Integrity Music and Maranatha! Music. He amicably left Integrity Music in 2000 and continues to write, record, produce, lead worship, travel and speak to congregations throughout the world.

His passion is to encourage the local church to fulfill Jesus’ Great Commandment found in Mark 12:28-34: to wholeheartedly worship God while serving others. He also has a strong desire to equip young people in the area of worship through the ministry he developed and the book he wrote, both called Worship Foundry. As a graduate of the University of Mobile, he recently accepted a position there as Artist In Residence with the Center for Performing Arts and the School of Worship Leadership at the university, and currently resides in Mobile, Alabama with his wife of almost 30-years, Brenda.                                                                                  251-442-2251

Mr. Kenn Hughes
Director of Instrumental Studies and RamCorps
B.M.E. University of Oklahoma
M.M.W. Wichita State University

Hughes also serves as musical director for Denver & The Mile High Orchestra, a horn-driven band from Nashville, Tenn. which placed third on "The Next Great American Band," a reality show that aired on Fox during the Fall of 2007. He has toured with Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant, Avalon, Jaci Velasquez, Carman, TRUTH, and Michael English. Additional performances include The New Young Messiah Project with Ralph Carmichael and the group Salvador.

He also has numerous recordings to his credit. Along with Denver & the Mile High Orchestra's nine CDs, Hughes has recorded with Bart Millard of Mercy Me on the Grammy-nominated album "Hymned Again," with Ron Kenoly on the Integrity recording "Sing Out," and with Camp Kirkland on "Gloryland Band 5."

A freelance arranger and orchestrator, Hughes has published works with Word Music and LifeWay. He has worked as a performing artist, arranger, and church staff member, and is actively involved in world missions as ministry director for Global Missions Project.

Dr. Patrick Jacobs
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Vocal Studies
B.M., Loyola University
M.M., University of Cincinnati
D.M.A., State University of New York at Stonybrook

Baritone Patrick Jacobs’ voice has been described as “a major one in the making.” In 2000, he made his European operatic debut with the Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy. He has performed operatic roles with opera companies throughout the United States, including the New Orleans Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Mobile Opera, Pensacola Opera, Light Opera Oklahoma, and Bronx Opera. During 2003-04, he was a resident artist with the Pensacola Opera while also performing in Louisiana, Connecticut and New York.

      Dr. Charise Lindsay
Associate Professor of Music 
B.A., Milligan College
M.M., Butler University
Ph.D., Florida State University

Charise Lindsay, Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Mobile, completed her B.A. in Music Education from Milligan College, Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Butler University, and Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University with an emphasis in piano pedagogy.  She has taught elementary and secondary music in Tennessee and Indiana. 

Dr. Lindsay’s primary duties at the University of Mobile include teaching music education methods courses, supervising student teachers, and coordinating the Music Education program.  She also teaches private applied and class piano, as well as music history.  In addition, she serves as a collaborative pianist for university and local performances.  Professor Lindsay is fully certified in Orff Schulwerk (through Level III), and has presented multiple workshops in Orff Schulwerk, movement, and creative teaching for several state and local conventions.  She is an active member of Music Educators National Conference, Music Teachers National Association, and American Orff Schulwerk Association.

Mr. Christopher Lovely
Assistant Professor of Music
A.A., Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
B.M., William Carey College
M.M., University of Southern Mississippi

Christopher Lovely began teaching for the University of Mobile as an Adjunct Instructor in Fall 2008.  He was promoted to full-time status the following year and currently teaches Music Theory, Applied Piano, and Vocal Coaching.  He has served on the staff of Safe Harbor United Methodist Church in Moss Point, MS since August 2008 and directs an annual Keyboards at Christmas Celebration.  Christopher was invited to join the faculty of the summer program, International Performing Arts Institute, as Principal Coach in Kiefersfelden, Germany in 2010.  Mr. Lovely has represented the University of Mobile at Carnegie Hall, in Alaska with Voices of Mobile, and on the island of Nevis in the West Indies as concert artist.  Since his start at UM, Christopher has served as keyboardist in Upper Room Theatre Productions, UM’s Christmas Spectacular, and “Saviour”.

Dr. Alan Miller
Dean, Center for Performing Arts/School of Music
Dean, School of Worship Leadership
Professor of Music
Director of the A Cappella Choir and the Voices of Mobile
B.M., University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
M.M., Samford University
Ph.D., Florida State University

Dr. Miller’s classical and contemporary music training and practical experience bring an eclectic approach to music education at the Center for Performing Arts at the University of Mobile. He founded and directed vocal groups in churches, high schools, colleges, universities and in the professional field for the past 35 years. The groups with which he has performed and those he founded/directed have presented concerts  throughout the Far East, Europe, the Caribbean and the United States of America including several White House appearances. He received several 2003 awards from the National Religious Broadcasters convention in music, video, and audio production. His heritage in both educational and church atmospheres brings a unique complement to the faculty of the Center for Performing Arts.

Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva                                                                Associate Professor of Music                                                          Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance                                                     -Kurmangazy National Music Conservatory Republic of Kazakhstan      M.M. Composition - University of New Orleans                                      M.M. Piano Performance - University of New Orleans                          D.M.A. Piano Performance – Louisiana State University

Dr. Onalbayeva has received numerous awards and accolades as both pianist and composer and is an active solo recitalist, orchestral soloist, and chamber musician.  In January 2013 Steinway & Sons added Kadisha Onalbayeva to its list of Steinway Artists and she is the first pianist from Kazakhstan to receive this honor.  In May, 2014 Dr. Onalbayeva performed Liszt’s First Piano Concerto with the Kazakhstan National Orchestra and on the same concert the orchestra premiered her symphonic poem, Zherym which is first time in the orchestra’s history the same musician was concerto soloist and composer on the same concert.  She has recently released solo piano and chamber music CD’s.

Throughout her career, Dr. Onalbayeva has been a strong supporter of new music and she has been particularly interested in introducing the music of Kazakhstan to the United States.  She has continued performances of her music and has participated in international new music festivals as composer, performer and organizer throughout Central Asia, Austria, England, Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Tatarstan.  While in the U.S. she has participated in new music activities and performances as piano soloist and chamber musician in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Chicago, Illinois.  Dr. Onalbayeva is co-director and pianist of the chamber ensemble The Gulf Coast Virtuosi and she is president of the Gulf Coast Steinway Society.



Adjunct Faculty

Ms. Mollie Adams
Adjunct Instructor of Voice

Mr. Graham Anduri
Adjunct Instructor of Voice

Mrs. Stephanie Anduri
Adjunct Instructor of Voice

Dr. Steve Bowersox
Adjunct Professor of Worship Leadership

Mrs. Melba Brown
Adjunct Professor of Voice

Mr. Stan Chapman
Adjunct Instructor of Electric Bass Guitar

Mr. Randy Davis
Adjunct Professor of Music

Mrs. Darla Earnest
Adjunct Instructor of Voice & Musical Theatre

Mrs. Carol Evers
Adjunct Instructor of Piano

Mr. Robbie Fleming
Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Guitar

Mr. Andrew Goodwin
Adjunct Instructor of Commercial Voice/Director of Ensembles  

Mr. Jeremy Harford
Director of Operations/Adjunct Instructor of Worship Leadership 

Mr. Mark Habib
Adjunct Instructor of Guitar

Ms. Monica Henry
Adjunct Instructor of Dance

Dr. Guo-Sheng Huang
Adjunct Instructor of Cello

Dr. Sharon Hudson
Adjunct Instructor of Piano

Mrs. Natalie Hughes
Adjunct Instructor of Trumpet

Mrs. Vicki James
Adjunct Instructor of Piano

Mrs. Barbara Laurendine
Adjunct Instructor of Piano

Mrs. Wendy Lockhart
Adjunct Instructor of Piano

Mr. Keith Marks
Adjunct Instructor of Drumline

Mrs. Heather Messick
Adjunct Instructor of Commercial Voice

Mr. Wilbur Moreland
Adjunct Professor of Woodwinds

Mr. Sean Noah
Adjunct Instructor of String Bass

Dr. Greg Pouncy
Adjunct Instructor of Worship Leadership

Mr. Jeff Quimby
Adjunct Instructor of Worship Leadership/8Eighty Records General Manager 

Dr. Joe Savage
Instructor of Worship Leadership

Dr. Robert Seebacher
Adjunct Instructor of French Horn

Mr. Chris Springer
Director of IMPACT

Miss Joyce Sylvester
Adjunct Instructor of Voice

Mr. William Taylor
Adjunct Instructor of Organ

Ms. Evelyn Watkins
Adjunct Instructor of Oboe and Bassoon 

Mr. David White
Adjunct Instructor of Trap-set Percussion

Mr. Trey Whitman
Adjunct Instructor of Tuba

Mr. Greg Wiggins
Adjunct Instructor of Commercial Voice

Dr. Scott Wright
Conductor in Residence

Ms. Enen Yu
Adjunct Instructor of Violin

Mrs. Jenna Goodwin
Administrative Assistant to the Executive Dean, Dr. Roger Breland

Miss Abigail Pressley
Administrative Assistant to the Dean, Dr. Alan Miller

Mrs. Lisa Davis
Administrative Assistant to the School of Music

Mrs. Ellie Lawerence
Administrative Assistant to the School of Worship Leadership

Mr. Shadoe Valentin
Administrative Assistant to the School of Music and Performing Arts Series

Mr. Adam Spinieo
Technical Director

Mr. Jonathan Davis
Production Designer