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Our faculty members have broad experience and expertise to share—from recital settings to recording studios to the opera. They are respected, awarded, and ready to be part of your journey.

 

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Mr. Timothy Wilds
Worship Arts Program Director and Assistant Professor of Music

Mr. Timothy Wilds teaches in the areas of choral music, vocal music, and worship arts, and serves as the Worship Arts Program Director. In addition, he is the Program Chair for the Montreat College Friends of Music Concert Series.  Mr. Wilds earned a B.M. from Covent College and a M.M. with distinction in choral conducting and church music with additional studies in vocal pedagogy and performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where he was a member of the acclaimed Westminster Choir under the direction of maestro Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Delta Eta Chapter. 

Before coming to Montreat, Mr. Wilds served as an adjunct instructor, choral conductor, church musician, worship arts director, music educator, director for stage productions (opera, operetta, and musical theatre), and voice teacher in community music schools, private schools, churches, colleges, and universities in Florida, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Tennessee. Mr. Wilds is a seasoned performer, having performed extensively in recital, concert, and on stage. 

While working at a school in St. Louis, MO, Mr. Wilds received several honors for his work with high school musicians. He was awarded an Outstanding District Director Award for the St. Louis Metro District by the Missouri Choral Directors Association; a Merit Award by the St. Louis Metropolitan District Eight of the Missouri Music Educators Association; and his high school choir was invited to sing at the 2003 Missouri Music Educators Association annual convention.  

In addition to his work at Montreat, Mr. Wilds is a co-founder of Opera Creations, LLC (www.operacreations.org); and is the founder-teacher of Soundings Studio for musical, choral, and vocal training, the three ensembles/choirs of the Soundings Choral Group (Middle School Ensemble, High School Choir, and Women’s Ensemble), and Soundings Studio Summer Camps (info@soundingsstudio.com).


Mr. Kevin Auman
Music Department Chair, Music Business Program Director, Instructor of Music

Recruited out of the professional world, Kevin Auman began teaching at Montreat College in 1999. Professor Auman holds a B.A. from Montreat College and a M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Born into a family of entrepreneurs, he started his first business, Solution Systems, Inc., with his brother and best friend in 1985 after his first year of college. A lifelong musician and composer, it didn’t take long for music to become integrated with his business. Over the past 20 years, Professor Auman has held many roles in the music production and media industry: He’s owned a recording studio;, he’s worked as a manager, partner, audio producer, engineer, broadcast music director, and production director; has managed concert promotion, direction, and logistics; has produced, directed and hosted nationally syndicated music programs; and managed record label distribution and inventory control.

Professor Auman is convinced that “innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit will always be essential in the music business.” Even so, he believes that this is not enough for success, at least not of the kind that has any lasting value. Auman points out that the entertainment world tends to encourage a self-centered worldview. By contrast, a life lived in humble service, attentive to the needs of others, truly stands out, “It’s the essence of being salt and light in the world…that’s the kind of success worth having.”  


Dr. Eunice Wonderly Stackhouse
Professor of Music

Dr. Eunice Stackhouse holds degrees in piano performance from Indiana University (M.M., with high distinction) and the University of Kansas (D.M.A., with honors); and a B.M.E. degree from Grace College (summa cum laude). She’s taught piano and music theory courses at Montreat College since 1996, and was the 2006 recipient of the David L. Parks Distinguished Professor Award. Dr. Stackhouse formerly held adjunct or sabbatical replacement positions at the University of Indianapolis, Tabor College, Grove City College, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  

Dr. Stackhouse has performed extensively in both solo and chamber recital settings, and has adjudicated for many organizations. Her lecture-recitals have included the 24th National Conference of the Society for American Music, Scripps College Symposium on Women in Music, and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the College Music Society. Her solo piano recitals have been recorded and broadcast by WQED-Pittsburgh and Radio Kansas. She was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda by the Indiana University chapter, and is a member of MTNA and NCMTA.

Dr, Stackhouse’s 1995 dissertation on the piano music of Louise Talma was published by University Microfilms Inc. (#9540200), and her article on Talma’s twenty Soundshots was published in Clavier magazine in 2002.  She’s also edited some unpublished Talma manuscripts for Hildegard Publishing Company.


Mr. Benjamin Smith
Lecturer in Music
Strings/Cello/Music History/Music Business

Benjamin Smith, a native of Spartanburg, SC, holds a B.A. in Music and a B.S. in Finance from The Florida State University, an M.M. in Music Business and Entertainment Industries from the University of Miami and a J.D. from the University of Memphis.  He is an extremely active professional cellist in Western North Carolina and the Upstate of South Carolina, performing with many orchestras, chamber ensembles, and in solo performances.  His professional career includes work in business and the legal field.

As a former member of the FSU Irish Fiddling Ensemble as well as the Baroque Ensemble, Mr. Smith enjoys performing music of all kinds.  Recent performances have also included ventures into folk acoustic music as well as performing in a cello and hammered dulcimer duo.  He has an extensive background in instrumental church music and also plays viola with the Blue Ridge Orchestra.

Ben has over fourteen years of teaching experience including serving as an instructor at the University of Miami.  He has a passion for teaching and believes that given the right teacher, any student can be successful in achieving their goals.


Ms. Callan White-Hinman
Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

Callan White-Hinman began teaching at Montreat in the fall of 2007 after acting in television, in film, and on stage for over 20 years. Professor White-Hinman received a B.A. in theatre and speech from DeSales University and an M.F.A. in theatre from California State Long Beach. To date, she has directed four main stage student productions: The Apple TreeAll I Really Need to Know I Learned in KindergartenThe Little Prince, and Terra Nova. Some professional directing credits include EstherThe LivingTwo RoomsLast Train to Nibroc, and A Sideorder of Screwtape.   

Through the theatre ensemble, Professor White-Hinman’s students have created theatre as ministry in several of the local prisons in the area. As an actor, she has had leading roles at NC Stage, Berkeley Rep, the Long Wharf Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Odyssey Theatre, Cal Rep, Provincetown Playhouse, ACT, The National Theatre Company, the Apollo Theatre, the Actors Co-op, as well as performances at The Kennedy Center, New Dramatists, Clarence Brown Theatre, the New York Theatre Workshop, the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Companies. Professor White-Hinman has had guest starring roles on such shows as Star TrekCrossing JordanThe PracticeChicago HopeJAGStrong Medicine, and L.A. Law. Audiences may remember her for her role as Anne Alden on ABC’s Loving for many years.

Professor White-Hinman is a member on leave from the Actors Co-op, an award-winning Christian Theatre Company in Los Angeles since 1995. She is also an Emmy voter for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


Jim Southerland
Artist in Residence, Professor Emeritus of Art

Professor of art and co-chair of the Communication and the arts department, Jim Southerland has served Montreat College since 1987 and is a leading member of various professional community arts organizations. He is a 2010 recipient of the Crawford Faculty Scholarship.

Professor Jim Southerland teaches courses in drawing, painting, and sculpture from idea-to-process-to-product concepts based on observation, interpretation, and creation. Professor Southerland has a B.F.A. from East Carolina University and an M.F.A. from Penn State University. His background as printmaker, potter, and painter informs his instruction—he has over 40 years of experience working as a studio artist. He is especially intrigued by the history of optics, primarily the camera obscura, as a means of understanding the visual world. He integrates that history into survey of art classes and photojournalism.


Adjunct Worship Arts faculty:

Mrs. Sharon Boone
Lecturer in Music
Organ/Piano


Mr. Peter Councell
Lecturer in Music
Percussion


Mrs. Karen Entzi
Lecturer in Music
Strings/Violin


Dr. Kevin Lorenz
Lecturer in Music
Guitar

Dr. Anthony Moore
Lecturer in Music
Music Theory/Arranging/Music History/Music Technology


Mr. Michael Myers
Lecturer In Music
Woodwinds


Mr. David Schermerhorn
Lecturer in Music
Sound and Lighting


Mrs. Jane McCoy
Lecturer in Music
Voice