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Music Alumni

We are proud of the many outstanding music alumni who have graduated from East Texas Baptist College and East Texas Baptist University. This website is designed to acknowledge the various accomplishments of our alumni and to share where they are now and what they are doing. If you are a graduate of the ETBU Music department and would like to have your information included below, please send us an email with a link to your webpage or other pertinent information.

Church Music

Randy Pegues (BM, 1977), Southern Baptist ConventionInternational Mission Board
Philip Greene (BM Sacred Music, 2002), Rose Park Baptist Church, Shreveport, LA
Eric Lawrence (BM Sacred Music, 2003), Central Baptist Church, Carthage, TX
Renato Costa (BM Music Education, 2004), Eastern Hills Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC
Aaron Perkins (BM Sacred Music, 2005), Woodland Hills Baptist Church, Longview, TX
Derrick Shears (BM Music Education, 2006), Highland Park Presbyterian, Dallas, TX
Ralph Deffendall (BM Music Education, 2007) Grand Parkway Baptist Church, Richmond, TX
Dameron Growe (BM Music Education, 2010) Cornerstone Baptist Church, Arlington, TX

Graduate Studies

Laura Baskin (Bachelor of Arts in Music, May 2010 Magna Cum Laude) is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary.

Lance Candler (Bachelor of Arts in Music, May 2011 Cum Laude) is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Ethnomusicology from the University of North Texas.

Nicole Dale (Bachelor of Music in Music Education, May 2011) is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Tuba Performance from Mercer University.

Laura Hohimer Dunlap graduated with a Masters in Collaborative Piano from New York University-Steinhardt School in 2011.

Sooyun Kim Fugler (Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, May 2009 Cum Laude) graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in May 2012 with a M.M. in Piano Performance.

Dameron Growe (Bachelor of Music in Music Education, May 2010 Cum Laude) is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Southern Methodist University where he received a full scholarship.

Taylor Johnson (Bachelor of Arts in Music, May 2007 Summa Cum Laude) graduated in May 2009 with a Master of Music in Music Theory from Texas Tech University and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at the Mercer University McAfee School of Theology.

Jonathan Kaan earned his master's degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Baylor University in 2006.

John Kraemer (Bachelor of Music in Music Education, May 2002) graduated in May 2009 with a Ph.D. in Music from Texas Tech University. Dr. Kraemer is the Interim Minister of Music at Calvary Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas.  

Neely Floyd Pederson (Bachelor of Music in Music Education, May 2008 Cum Laude) graduated in May 2011 with a Master of Education in School Counseling from Dallas Baptist University.

Hannah Rigg (Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, May 2010) is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Vocal Performance at Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts where she received a full scholarship and assistantship. 

Jennifer Shafer (Bachelor of Arts in Music, May 2010 Honors Graduate) graduated from the University of Kentucky at Lexington in May 2012 with a Master of Arts in Music Theory.  She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in music theory at The Ohio State University with a University Fellowship that provides full support with a stipend.

Jamey Sterrett (Bachelor of Music in Music Education, 2011 summa cum laude) is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance at the University of North Texas.

Robyn Wattigney (Bachelor of Music in Music Education (piano), December 2012) is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Theory Pedagogy at Southern Methodist University.

Private or Public School Music Teachers


  • Nancy Vines (BM Music Education, 1986) Elementary Music Specialist, Robert E. Lee Elementary School, Marshall ISD
  • Dean Kiesling (BM Music Education, 1990) Elementary Music, Brownwood ISD
  • Alisha Kimbley (BM Music Education, 2001) Elementary Music Specialist, White Oak ISD
  • James Bogs (BM Music Education, 2003) Director of Bands, Beckville ISD
  • Amanda Thomas (BM Music Education, 2004) Elementary Music Specialist, Fredonia Elementary NISD
  • Kimberly Brown Weinert (BM Music Education, 2006) Elementary Music Specialist, New Diana Elementary School, New Diana ISD
  • Victoria Awbrey (BM Music Education, 2008) Elementary Music Specialist, Hudson PEP Elementary School, Longview ISD
  • Ralph Deffendall (BM Music Education, 2008) Elementary Music Specialist, Timber Ridge Elementary School, Killeen ISD
  • Ashley Simmons (BM Music Education, 2008) Elementary Music Teacher, Joshua ISD
  • Kimberly Ward (BM Music Education, 2008) Elementary Music Specialist, Elizabeth Smith Elementary School, Mansfield ISD
  • Kim Bonine (BM Music Education, 2008) Choir Director, Mansfield ISD
  • Josh Ross (BM Music Education, 2009) Elementary Music Specialist and Choir Director, Channing ISD
  • Trent Graves (BA Music, 2009) Director of Bands, Cameron ISD
  • Beth Briner (BM Music Education, 2010) Elementary Choir Director, Rosehill Christian School, Tomball, TX
  • Dameron Growe (BA University Studies, 2010) Choral Directory, Dallas ISD
  • DarMiesha Allen (BM Music Education, 2006) Choir & General Music Teacher, Duncanville ISD
  • Jenn Joslin (BM Music Education, 2010) 6th grade Coordinator; Guard Director, Palestine ISD
  • Raven Minter (BM Music Education, 2011) Head Choir Director, Tyler ISD
  • Jacob Pierce (BM Music Education, 2015) Assistant Band Director, Brownsboro ISD
  • Lesa Cordell Smith (BM Music Education, 2003) Choir Director, Bryan ISD, Jane Long MS
  • Sylvia Ventura (BM Music Education, 2015) Music Specialist, Burks Elementary

Secondary Vocal / Choral

  • Joseph Akers (BM Music Education, 2000) Head Choir Director, Cypress Springs High School, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
  • Sara Scaff Boneberg (BM Sacred Music, 2002) Choir Director, Fort Worth Country Day School
  • Lanna Flowers (BM Music Education, 2003) Junior High Choir Director, Houston, TX. Ms. Flowers' choir performed at the 2011 TMEA Convention.
  • Derrick Shears (BM Music Education, 2006) Choir Director, Mesquite ISD
  • Jennifer Mixon (BM Music Education, 2007) Choir Director/Music Teacher, Huntsville Intermediate
  • Ralph Deffendall (BM Music Education, 2007) Choir Director, Lamar Consolidated ISD
  • Rachel Massey (BM Music Education, 2008) Assoc. Choir Director, Colleyville Heritage ISD
  • Ms. Farley received the 2009 Rookie Teacher of the Year Award in Jefferson ISD.
  • Josh Ross (BM Music Education, 2009) Elementary Music Specialist and Choir Director, Channing ISD
  • Lindsay Steele (BM Music Education, 2010) Choir Director, Gilmer Middle School, Gilmer ISD
  • Beth Briner (BM Music Education, 2010) Choir Director, Rosehill Christian School
  • Tracy Collins, Choir Director, Kaufman ISD
  • Sherilyn Stewart (BM Music Education, 1984) Choir Director, Quinlan ISD
  • Matt Fisk (BM Music Education, 2006) Choir Director, Midlothian ISD
  • Amber Flarity, Choir Director, Marshall ISD
  • Laura Summons, (BM Music Education, 1998) Assistant Choir Director, Dawson ISD

Secondary Instrumental

  • Collin Anderson (BM Music Education, 1992) Director of Bands, Groesbeck ISD
  • Jon Kraemer (BM Music Education, 2002) Director of Bands, Pampa ISD
  • James Bogs (BM Music Education, 2004) Band Director, Daingerfield High School, Daingerfield-Lone Star ISD
  • Bradley Arledge (BA Music, 2006) Assistant Band Director, Carthage High School, Carthage ISD
  • Brian Scherff (BM Music Education, 2006) Director of Bands, Mackenzie ISD
  • Matt Fisk (BM Music Education, 2006) Director of Choral Activities, Midlothian HS
  • Chase Mixon (BM Music Education, 2007) Band/Choir Director, Huntsville ISD
  • Ralph Defendall (BM Music Education, 2007) Elementary Music Specialist, Killeen ISD
  • Neely Floyd Pedersen (BM Music Education, 2008) Assistant Band Director, Ed Willkie Middle School, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
  • Danae Corley (BA Music, 2010) Staff Accompanist, Brownville ISD
  • Alicia Hargett (BM Music Education, 2010) Music Specialist, Chapel Hill ISD
  • Felicia Odom (BA University Studies, 2010) Assistant Band Director/Percussion, Beckville ISD
  • Austin Willis (BM Music Education, 2010)Director of Bands, Pewitt CISD
  • James Sterrett (BM Music Education, 2011) Assistant Band Director, Paul Pewett High School, Omaha ISD
  • Ben Stuckey (BM University Studies, 2012) Band Director, Elysian Fields ISD
  • Jacovia Cartwright (BM Music Education, 2012) Assistant Band Director, White Oak ISD
  • Rhett Pilcher (BM Music Education, 2014) Director of Middle School Bands, Gladewater ISD
  • David Buroker (BM Music Education, 2014) Assistant Director, Jacksonville ISD
  • Steven Brown (BM Music Education, 2015) Assistant Director, Hudson ISD
  • Melanie Anderson (BM Music Education, 1992) Private Music Teacher, Homeschool

Billy Collins graduated in the Fall of 2007 (BM Music Education). He currently plays tuba in the Navy Band Northwest (Seattle, Washington). His additional duties include performing in ceremonial ensembles, concert bands, and the brass quintet.

Sooyun Kim Fugler now lives in Fort Worth and does freelance accompanying at UT-Arlington, Nolan Catholic High School, and Arlington Heights High School.

Laura Hohimer Dunlap is a freelance accompanist in New York City, coaching and directing a wide range of singers from youth to emerging professional and adult.  As a collaborative piano intern at the Summer Voice Festival 2013, Manhattan School of Music, she coached singers and played harpsichord in a period ensemble for Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea. Prior commitments include: Amahl and the Night Visitors, Coffee Cantata, She Loves Me, the "Steinhardt at Saklad Series" and "Evenings of Chamber Music."

Chase Mixon graduated in the Fall of 2007 (BM Music Education). He currently plays saxophone in the Army Band.

University Faculty


  • Mr. James A. Moore, Faculty Ermeritus, East Texas Baptist University. After nearly 20 years of dedicated service to the ETBU Music Department as Director of Choral Activities, and a lifetime devoted to music education and church music, Mr. Moore retired in May 2009. In Fall 2010, Mr. Moore was granted Faculty Emeritus status.


  • Merewyn Brasington, (BM Piano Performance, 2002) Staff Accompanist and Lecturer, Marietta College
  • Dr. Ryan Fogg, (BM Piano Performance, 2000) Associate Professor of Music and Director of Keyboard Studies, Carson-Newman College.  Dr. Fogg currently serves as the President-Elect of the Tennessee Music Teachers Association and has been recognized by Carson-Newman University with the Teaching Excellence and Leadership Award (2010) and the Faculty Creativity Award (2008, 2012).  He was named the 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year by the Knoxville Music Teachers Association.  He has written articles for Clavier Companion and Piano Pedagogy Forum and has previously served on the faculties of Northwest Missouri State University and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. 

  • Jonathan Kaan is an adjunct Music Instructor and the Keyboard Studies Coordinator at Mountain View College in Dallas.