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Mr. Gregg Busch


Mr. Gregg Busch

Mr. Gregg Busch is Assistant Professor of Music and Theater at College of Ozarks where he serves as the conductor of the Chapel Choir, as well as providing instruction in individual voice studies and theater. He is also currently the conductor of the Branson Chorale, having most recently directed the chorale in their performance of the Mozart Requiem. He holds a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Missouri State University, an undergraduate degree in Music Ministry, philosophy and religion from College of the Ozarks, with additional studies in Music Theater from the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Mr. Busch has been privileged to study with such prominent conductors as Dr. George Guest at St. John’s College in Cambridge, England, Howard Swann at Occidental College, and a long time association with Roger Wagner who was both mentor and friend.

Prior to joining the College, he served as the Director of Music and Music Minister at Rockland Community Church in Evergreen, Co. and Director of Performing Arts International for Up with People. Additionally, he was the Director of Music for the Denver Archdiocesan Chorale, and the Associate Director of Music for the John Paul II Youth Choir.

As a professional performer and soloist, Mr. Busch is a veteran of the stage with additional solo appearances throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Korea. Stage Credits include the national touring companies of Camelot (Lancelot), The King and I (Lun Tha u.s.), and South Pacific (Lt. Cable). Regional theater and off-Broadway credits include: The Merry Widow, Sweeney Todd, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy, Damn Yankees, and more.

Other notable performances include solo appearances for former Presidents Reagan and Carter, singing with the legendary Frank Sinatra, as well as performing the musical tribute in a lifetime achievement award presentation for John Raitt during the Ovation Awards in Los Angeles.

As a classical performer, his experience includes performances at the Aspen Music Festival, with the Boston Pops Orchestra at Tanglewood, the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fischer Hall, the Roger Wagner Chorale, Los Angeles Master Chorale under Paul Salamunovich, Ventura Master Chorale, Torrance Symphony Orchestra, Cypress Pops Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and a special appearance as the Non Credo soloist in the Bernstein Mass at the Vatican in Rome as part of the country’s Jubilee Celebration. He also appeared as the featured soloist in the Taormina Arts Festival in Messina, Sicily performing a Tribute to the American Musical.

Mr. Busch frequently serves as a choral clinician and adjudicator, offering workshops to choirs and choral directors from across the country. He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the National Association for Music Education.

Dr. Luke Carlson


Dr. Luke Carlson

Dr. Luke Carlson (Assistant Professor of Music) is the Director of Theory, Composition, and Orchestral Activities at College of the Ozarks. He teaches all music theory and composition courses, directs the C of O Orchestra, and supervises the Music Department workstation.

The music of composer and conductor Luke Carlson has been called “magical” and “otherworldly” (Philadelphia Inquirer); “personal and strong” (New York Times). His compositions have been performed by individuals and ensembles across the country, including the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Daedalus String Quartet, Network for New Music, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Festival.

He is the recipient of the 2013 Jacob Druckman Prize, an orchestral commission from the Aspen Music Festival. Other recent honors include the grand prize in Symphony Number One’s 2017 composer competition, participating in the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy, the Wellesley Composers Conference, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Edward T. Cone Composition Institute. Carlson is a two-time winner (2016 and 2014) of the MACRO Composers Competition, winner of the 2014 Network for New Music Caffeinated Composer Competition, and the recipient of several academic honors including the 2013 Hopkinson Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania, “in recognition of superlative academic performance.”

He holds a BM, magna cum laude, from the University of Oregon, a MM from Rice University, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Clara C. Christian


Dr. Clara C. Christian

Dr. Clara Christian is Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Piano Program at College of the Ozarks.  In addition to teaching applied piano, she teaches music history, piano pedagogy, piano literature, chamber music, and class piano. Before coming to College of the Ozarks, she was on the faculty at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Northwestern University's Music Academy (Evanston, IL).

An active performer, Dr. Christian has given solo recitals throughout North America as well as in St. Petersburg, Russia. She has performed in venues such as the Chicago Cultural Center, the “Jaani Kirik” Recital Series (St. Petersburg, Russia), and the Fourth Presbyterian “Fridays at Noon” Concert Series (Chicago, IL). She has served as rehearsal accompanist for the Chicago Master Singers where she was privileged to work with conductor Alan Heatherington, and she performs frequently as a collaborative artist. She is the pianist for “Fuse Trio,” with saxophonist Matthew Sintchak and clarinetist David Gould, and they will perform at the International SaxOpen Conference in Paris, France in July 2015.

Dr. Christian received her DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at  Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), and earned a M.M. from the Peabody Institute (Johns Hopkins University) in Baltimore, Maryland. She was the recipient of the Chicago Area Musician's Club of Women Elaine and Jerome Nerenburg Piano Scholarship, their top prize in piano. She was also a finalist in Northwestern University's Thaivu Isaak Piano competition, and a recipient of the Peabody Institute's Career Development Grant.

An active member of the Music Teacher's National Association, Dr. Christian presented at the 2012 National Conference and the 2013 Illinois State Conference. She is the advisor for the College of the Ozarks MTNA chapter, and coordinates a Fall Piano Festival on campus for area music teachers and their students.  Dr. Christian is also a member of the Federation of Music Clubs and the College Music Society.

Dr. John Cornish


Dr. John Cornish

Dr. John Cornish is assistant professor of music and coordinator of the voice and music ministry programs at College of the Ozarks, where he directs the C of O Chorale and teaches classes in voice, conducting, and church music. Cornish also serves as music director for the theatre department's spring musical. Prior to joining the faculty at College of the Ozarks. Cornish taught at San Jacinto College in Houston, TX, where he directed the college choir and taught a variety of music-related courses. He has also previously taught at Cameron University in Lawton, OK, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.

From 2008-2012, Dr. Cornish was Associate Conductor of the Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale, Fort Worth’s largest professional choral ensemble. In addition to preparing the chorus for numerous classical and pops concerts with the Fort Worth Symphony, he conducted the chorus in performances of John Rutter’s Magnificat and other choral works, including his own compositions. Cornish was also featured as a soloist with the Master Chorale in performances of Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Rachmaninoff’s Vespers.

Dr. Cornish holds degrees from Cameron University (B. A.) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.M. and D.M.A). John has been mentored by conductors David Thye, John Stanley Ross, Michael Cox, and Kurt Sprenger, and by composers Stephen Johnson and Dan Forrest.

A life-long church musician, Cornish has served on the music staff of six different congregations in Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. He is also an active choral composer, with eight published works and several other compositions pending publication.

Dr. Kevin Powers


Dr. Kevin Powers

Dr. Kevin Powers is an Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at College of the Ozarks. He oversees all aspects of the instrumental program which include conducting the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and Pep Band. Music ensembles under Dr. Powers’ direction have given numerous concerts both on and off campus, including a recent performance trip to Washington, D.C. Before coming to C of O, Dr. Powers taught fifth through eighth grade junior high band and general music in Harrisonville, MO. He was previously the orchestra director at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, and before this Director of Bands at Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music from Emporia State University and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. Dr. Powers lives in the Branson area with his wife, Traci.



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