Meet Our Faculty

Dr. Roger Breland
Vice President of Project Development
Director, Center for Performing Arts
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
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

Assistant 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.

Dr. Kathryn Drake Hedlund
Assistant Professor of Music
B.M., University of Michigan
M.M., Louisiana State University
D.M.A., Louisiana State University

Soprano Kathryn Drake Hedlund is a native of Big Rapids, Michigan. Kathryn received her Master’s of Music degree from Louisiana State University in the spring of 2007, and completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts in 2010, studying with Patricia O’Neill.  Roles with LSU Opera include Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia, Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice,  Violetta in La Traviata, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, Anne Stanton in Willie Stark (on DVD by Newport Classic, Ltd), the title role in Suor Angelica, Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Micaëla in La Tragédie de Carmen.  Other roles include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Beth in Little Women.  She earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan in 2003, where she studied with Shirley Verrett.  Kathryn spent the summers of 2007 and 2008 as an apprentice artist at Des Moines Metro Opera.  She was chosen as a Gulf Coast Regional Finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions from 2006 through 2008.  She served as Associate Director of Opéra Louisiane until 2012.  Kathryn recently joined the voice faculty at the University of Mobile as Assistant Professor of Voice in Mobile, Alabama, and continues to run a private voice studio in Baton Rouge.

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.

Mr. Duane Plash
Assistant Professor of Music
B.M., Florida State University
M.M., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

An outstanding, all-around musician, Mr. Plash has vast experience as a pianist, organist, composer, and director of handbell choirs and ensembles. Over 100 of his handbell arrangements and compositions have been published, as well as choral compositions. Mr. Plash specializes in theory, teaching sophomore and  junior levels at the university and maintaining a studio of applied piano undergraduates.



Adjunct Faculty

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
Adjunct Instructor of Worship Leadership/Technical Director 

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. 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. Mark Moses
Director of Exit 13

Mr. Sean Noah
Adjunct Instructor of String Bass

Mrs. Kadisha Onalbayeva
Adjunct Instructor of Piano

Mr. Jeff Quimby
Adjunct Instructor of Worship Leadership

Dr. Susan Ruggiero-Mezzadri
Adjunct Professor of Voice

Miss Joyce Sylvester
Adjunct Instructor of Voice

Mrs. Susan Unger
Adjunct Instructor of French Horn

Ms. Evelyn Watkins
Adjunct Instructor of Oboe and Bassoon 

Mr. David White
Adjunct Instructor of Trap-set Percussion

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

Mrs. Betsy Dunn
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. Steven Dawson
Administrative Assistant to the School of Music and Performing Arts Series