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Pursuing a Career in Music?

Our vision is to grow continually as a comprehensive music program, with pre-professional training opportunities, that prepares students to excel as thoughtful, resourceful, and responsible citizens with a passion for serving God, the Church, and the world. Music majors are prepared to pursue careers in performance, music education, and music ministry.

Music students must choose one Track within the music program: Applied Music, Music Education Vocal/General, or Music Education/Instrumental. Music Education students can choose to add Grades K-12 licensure in order to be prepared to teach in public schools.

The music department produces several major concerts each year and numerous smaller programs in churches, schools, and civic organizations. The department encourages student participation in national conferences and festivals and prepares students for internships with music professionals in the community. The department frequently invites guest artists to campus for performances and workshops to enhance students’ growth as musicians and music educators.

The B.A. in Music is designed to educate students in all areas of musical arts in an academically rigorous and pre-professional environment that integrates faith, scholarship, service, and career. Our goal is to create distinctive performances and to encourage exploration of our culture through the performance of thought-provoking, challenging, as well as entertaining music.

The Music Education tracks are designed to prepare highly qualified, entry-level professional music educators. Graduates will exhibit academic and technical competence and appreciation for diverse abilities and cultures in school, community, and professional settings.

In addition, a minor in music is offered at King to allow students who are interested in studying music to participate and learn while pursuing other degrees.

Participation in some ensembles is open to all students, regardless of major.

Be an essential member of the following:

  • Symphonic Winds
  • Jazz Band
  • Instrumental Chamber Ensembles
  • King Chorale
  • Small Choral Ensemble (audition only)
  • Individual applied lessons are offered in every area (woodwinds, brass, percussion, voice, piano, organ)
"The music education program at King University not only prepared me for the workplace, but it transformed me into a whole new musician. I entered the program with a passion for music, and while I left the program with that same passion, it was blossoming like never before."
Adam McCracken, 2014

Music Coursework

  • To view all required courses for a BA in Music, click here.
  • To view all required courses for a Minor in Music, click here.
  • To view course descriptions, click here.


Questions? Contact our faculty.
Shea Clay
Assistant Professor of Music
Susan Nicholson
Chair, Department of Music and Director of Instrumental Studies

Adjunct Faculty

  • B.M., Ohio Wesleyan University
  • M.M., University of Notre Dame
  • D.M.A., University of Notre Dame

Dr. Joshua Boggs, countertenor, finds his niche among early and new music, but enjoys a varied concert career. Josh maintains an active profile as a soloist and recitalist. Past solo engagements include Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Central Ohio Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, with baritone Nathan Gunn in the title role, and interdisciplinary performances of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Jessica Lang Dance Company. A lover of new music, he has enjoyed singing premieres of song cycles, choral works, and roles in opera and oratorio. Josh sang the role of Saint Bernard in the world premiere of Robert Kyr’s oratorio Paradiso.

Josh served as Chorus Master for the South Bend Lyric Opera, and has previously held conducting fellowships with the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Princeton Festival and Big Sky Choral Initiative, studying with Simon Carrington, Jan Harrington, Donald Nally, and mentor Carmen-Helena Téllez. He the Artistic Director of AppOpera, a new arts organization serving Abingdon and the Tri-Cities, committed to the promotion and performance of opera in the region. Their first production, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, premiers in December 2021. Josh is the Choral Director at Emory & Henry College and Green Spring Presbyterian Church in Abingdon, and received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Notre Dame.

  • B.M. University of Maryland
  • M.M. Florida State University
  • D.M. Florida State University

Dr. Marianna Brickle is an orchestral and chamber musician, recitalist, and educator based in Johnson City, Tennessee. In the summer, she is on faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, where she teaches aspiring young violinists and performs with faculty ensembles. During the year, she is Music Director of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Johnson City, and staff pianist for Milligan University. She performs with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphony of the Mountains. Before relocating in 2020, Marianna was a contracted violinist for the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Ocala Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, and Valdosta Symphony. She also has played with the Fairfax Symphony and Ashlawn Opera Festival in Virginia. She is an alumna of the National Orchestral Institute, Brevard Music Center, Round Top Institute and Festival, and the Duxbury Music Festival in Massachusetts.

Marianna holds both Doctor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from Florida State University where she served as assistant to Corinne Stillwell. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Maryland where she studied with David Salness. During her studies at UMD, she worked with members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Guarneri String Quartet. In 2016, Marianna was on the faculty of the FSU String Orchestra Camp, and in the summers of 2014 and 2015, was a Marian Anderson String Quartet Teaching Fellow.

Marianna performs with her husband David Brickle as the Brickle Duo. They have performed together as guests of CUNY Staten Island, and in Puerto Rico as guests of Puerto Rico Baptist College. In 2020, they performed for the Wiregrass Music Teacher’s Association in Alabama, and in 2021 gave a virtual faculty recital at Milligan University. Marianna enjoys programing lesser-known American music alongside more traditional classics. Her treatise, “Rooted in America: the Roy Harris and Henry Cowell Sonatas for Violin and Piano,” offers both historical and musical analysis of two overlooked pieces of the violin/piano repertoire.

  • B.S. Music Education, Tennessee Tech University
  • Work towards a M.M.E. at East Tennessee State University

Mr. Steven Cooper (adjunct Instrumental Music Instructor), is from Kingsport, TN and is a graduate of Sullivan Central High School, Blountville, TN (1981). Mr. Cooper received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education, K-12, from Tennessee Technological University in 1990. He studied Trumpet under Dr. Charles Decker. While working toward his BS degree Mr. Cooper marched for the Spirit of Atlanta (1981) and Cavaliers (1983) Drum and Bugle Corps, Soprano Bugle and was/is highly sought out as field show designer and trumpet instructor. Upon graduation from college Mr. Cooper taught the next 30 years for the Sullivan County School System as Middle School Band and Orchestra Director and assistant High School Band Director. Duties also included school web designer, computer/network tech coach and Astronomy Enrichment classes. Mr. Cooper retired from Sullivan County Schools in 2018 and is now adjunct at King.

Mr. Cooper is currently performing as Lead Trumpet for the Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra as well as the Jonesborough Rhythm Express and Jonesborough Repertory Theater. As adjunct brass instructor at King, Mr. Cooper also performs with various King instrumental and vocal ensembles.

  • Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), East Tennessee State University
  • M.M., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Jane DeLoach Morison received her Bachelor of Music Education (summa cum laude) from East Tennessee State University where she was twice named Most Outstanding Music Student. She received the Master of Music degree in Performance Studies (piano) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and has completed further study at L’académie de musique de Sion in Switzerland.

As Artistic Director of the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy choirs under her direction have performed at places as diverse as Carnegie Hall, the Festival of the Aegean (Greece), Ireland, American Choral Director Association divisional and state conferences, and the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Morison is on the faculty at King University and the Virginia Suzuki Institute, and has directed and taught at Emory & Henry College, the Montreat Worship and Music Conference, Barter Theatre Youth Academy, and the UNC-Greensboro and ETSU Summer Piano Camps. Morison currently serves as the Virginia ACDA State Membership Chairman.

Morison is in demand as a choir clinician, a pianist, and a vocalist. For her work in the performing arts and music education she was honored by Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts (2010), and Virginia Celebrates Children in the Arts (2012). In 2019 she was the recipient of an AAME Arts Achievement Award.

  • B.A. Music Performance, Malone University
  • M.M. Organ Performance, University of Akron

Stephanie Yoder earned a B.A. in music performance from Malone University and a M.M. in organ performance from The University of Akron. Originally from Ohio, she and her husband Christopher moved to Bristol in 2003 to pursue their careers in music. Stephanie serves as Organist/Choir Director at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, at King University as adjunct faculty, chapel organist, and staff accompanist, and is a freelance accompanist in the Tri-Cities region. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities such as running and hiking, relaxing with a good book, and spending time with her dogs.