Dr. Ian Aipperspach, Adjunct Instructor of Music and Collaborative Artist, holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts in Choral Conducting and a Graduate Certificate in Piano Pedagogy from Texas Tech University, a Master of Music in Conducting and Organ Performance from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Bachelor of Science in Music Ministries and a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Organ) from John Brown University, and an Associate of Arts in Music Education-Instrumental (Piano) and History from Del Mar College. As a collaborative artist, performer, and conductor, he has performed across the United States, Australia, Northern Ireland, and Italy. Dr. Aipperspach’s research area focuses on the music of the Moravian Church in the 19th century, and he works with the Moravian Music Foundation to promote and preserve its musical heritage. He is published through the Moravian Music Foundation Star Anthem Series, American Choral Directors Association, and the American Musicological Society – Southwest Chapter.
Sue Bugg, a native of Gilmer and a resident of Tyler, Texas, is a retired band director, having taught at Greenville Junior High, Hogg Middle School, Jacksonville Middle School, and Lee High School in the East Texas area for 34 years. Her education includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Music Education from East Texas State University. She has performed with Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony, Tyler Chamber Orchestra, East Texas Symphony, Tyler Civic Chorale, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Liberty Hall, various churches, and has served as a pit musician in the Tyler area for 45 musicals! She is an adjunct music instructor at East Texas Baptist University and the University of Texas at Tyler, a private flute teacher, clinician, and adjudicator for Texas All Region and All State auditions and is a musician contractor for various church musical events.
Laurie Lee Cosby is Adjunct Voice Instructor and Women's Choir Director at ETBU. Prior to coming to ETBU, she taught Texas Women’s University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Montgomery College (Lone Star College).
Ms. Cosby frequently appears as a guest lecturer and guest panel member for area universities on the topics of Studio Business and Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy. Ms. Cosby is a lyric coloratura soprano and multi-styles vocalist with performances ranging from Classical to Country belt. Ms. Cosby has had solo performances with the Conroe Symphony Orchestra with Broadway tenor, Doug LeBrecque, Kingwood Pops Orchestra, Texas Brass Blues Band, The Crighton Players of Conroe, The American Theatre Company of Tulsa and The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Tulsa (Light Opera Company of Oklahoma) directed by John Reed of the D'Oyly Carte Theatre in London. She has also appeared in recital performances and concerts accompanied by Dove Award winner, Don Wyrtzen and Greg Hilfman of The Bangles. Ms. Cosby has also played in semi-professional handbell ensembles including Voices in Bronze with Christine Anderson and Tulsa Festival Ringers with Jean Hendon.
MUSI 1138.08 - Women's Choir
Laurie Lee Cosby, Director
Cathy DeRousse has twenty-five years of experience in higher education and currently serves in the School of Communication and Performing Arts as Collaborative Artist, College Organist, and Director of the Bennett Technology Lab, in addition to teaching piano, class piano, songwriting, and scoring and arranging. Prior to coming to ETBU, she taught piano, collaborative piano, and music theory at Centenary College of Louisiana, and she also served as a staff accompanist at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mrs. DeRousse earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano from Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, respectively. She is a member of Baroque Artists of Shreveport and is active as an adjudicator for piano festivals and competitions. Mrs. DeRousse has served churches in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New York, including her present position as organist at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. Her published compositions include works for piano, organ, handbells, violin, and choir. She enjoys helping students grow both personally and in their skills so that they will be prepared to honor God through their careers.
Paul DeRousse is retired from full time church ministry after forty-five years of service with churches in Oklahoma, Texas, New York and Louisiana. During those years he served as various combinations of minister of music, youth, senior adults and associate pastor. Mr. DeRousse earned a Bachelor of Music in piano from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Master of Music in music history from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and pursued further graduate studies in music history at the Eastman School of Music. He served as an adjunct instructor in music theory while at Southwestern Seminary. He was an active member of the Singing Ministers of Louisiana for many years, and is currently a member of the Singing Men of East Texas. He was previously a member of the North Central and South Texas branches of the Singing Men of Texas. He is currently a member of Central Baptist Church in Marshall. The 2020 school year is his first year to teach at ETBU.
Andrew Pressley is Adjunct Instructor of Music teaching courses in Guitar and Worship Studies. Andrew was born and raised in the upstate of South Carolina. He is a graduate of the Fine Arts Center of Greenville County (Jazz Guitar) and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Music: Classical Guitar) from Anderson University as well as a Master of Divinity in Church Music (Composition) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Andrew has served as a music minister since the age of 19 and currently serves as the Associate Pastor for Music and Worship at First Baptist Church, Lindale. He has taught music in both classroom and private settings since 2002 in the areas of music theory, guitar, worship studies, recording technology, and songwriting. Andrew married Meghan in 2016, who teaches math and serves the church in various ways.
Anthony Robinson is Adjunct Instructor of Music and teaches percussion and woodwind methods. Prior to ETBU, he was Percussion Coordinator/Band Director in Marshall, Texas for twenty-five years and Director of Bands/Fine Arts Coordinator for five years before his retirement. He has since served as a percussion specialist for many school districts in the East Texas area. Anthony has also served as Percussion Organizer/Clinician for the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) All State Bands and Orchestras for over twenty-six years.
Mr. Robinson received a Bachelor of Music Education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana and a Master from East Texas State. An active professional, Mr. Robinson has served over 42 years as percussionist with the Shreveport Symphony and over 35 years with the Longview and Marshall Symphonies. He is also retired from the United States Air Force where he served as First Sergeant/Principal Percussionist for the United States Army Air Force Band of the Gulf Coast (ANG). His military musical experience includes a ten-city tour of the Czech Republic; teaching private lessons as a form of Welfare and Recreation to U.S. troops while he was deployed to southwest Asia in support of the Global War on Terrorism and appearances with the U.S. Air Force Band of the West (San Antonio).