Instructor Biographies

Evan Adair, voice


  • Adjunct Faculty, Wilkes Community College
  • Recitalist, ASU Quintessential! ensemble
  • Voice Teaching Artist, ASU-CMS 


  • BM, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • MM, Appalachian State University

Originally from Raleigh, NC, Evan’s performance career has taken off with productions in Canada, Italy, Germany and throughout the east coast of th U.S. Recent roles include Uberto in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Frank Murrant in the Weill’s American opera Street Scene, Kecal in Appalachian’s 2016 production of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, and Papageno in their 2017 production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.

Allison Bishop, piano

Pianist Allison Bishop received a bachelor's degree in piano performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she studied with Dr. Joseph DiPiazza, Dr. Andrew Willis, and Dr. Inara Zandmane. After graduating, Allison moved to Asheville to teach piano full-time as well as pursue other musical performance opportunities. Allison has recently completed a Master's Degree in piano performance at Appalachian State University, studying with both Dr. Bair Shagdaron and Dr. Rodney Reynerson. Allison made it to the final round in the school's Concerto-Aria competition during the fall semester and was a finalist in the 2018 Rosen-Schaffel Competition.


  • Instructor, CMS
  • Accompanist, Appalachian State University
  • Accompanist, BUUF
  • Instructor, Piano Lab, Asheville, NC


  • BM in Piano Performance, UNC-Greensboro
  • MM in Piano Performance, Appalachian State University

Teaching Philosophy:

As an instructor of piano, my aim is to encourage each student to grow at their own pace and with their own goals ahead of them. I believe in establishing a solid musical foundation for each student, but also in allowing there to be room to explore and create without added pressure. I closely collaborate with my students in the process of discovering the music that is already inside of them, and love watching them learn without even realizing it!"

Diane Bonds, cello


  • 25 years
  • Instructor, Parker Music Academy, Houston, TX
  • Adjunct Professor, Greensboro College
  • Currently: Cello Instructor, Music Academy of North Carolina; Cello Teaching Artist, ASU-CMS 


  • BM, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • MM, University of Texas, Austin

Specialized Certification:

  •  Suzuki Teacher Training, University of Houston
  •  All Level Music Certification, University of Houston


  • Students twice invited to perform at Suzuki Association of America Conferences
  • Former students attending major music schools such as Juilliard and Curtis Institute

Faith Church, violin and piano

My name is Faith Church, and I have been playing the violin since I was 9. My first teacher was my older sister Kate. Over the years, I have studied under Nan Drum, and Dr. Nancy Bargerstock, Professor of Violin at Appalachian State University. In May 2019, I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University.

I have been playing weddings as a solo violinist for a number of years, and have also helped organize duos, trios, and quartets for weddings, church performances, and other gigs. I've been teaching violin and piano lessons for seven years, and also teach music theory and music history. It is exciting to pass along the love of music to young people, and to impress upon them the techniques I've learned from my instructors, especially Dr. Nancy Bargerstock.

I grew up in Valle Crucis, NC, and lived there for most of my life. My husband Isaac and I married in December 2018, and we now live in Boone, NC. In our free time, we enjoy cooking together, walking on the greenway, hiking, spending time with family, playing soccer, and watching movies.

Teaching Philosophy:

I began playing the piano at the age of eight and the violin at the age of nine. As long as I can remember, I have loved making music. My grandmother imparted the love of music to me, and I now have the privilege of passing it on to others. I enjoy helping people develop their sound through intricate bowing and fingering techniques. Music is much more than notes on a page; rather, it is a means to develop listening, technical, and musical skills, and to build fine motor skills. My desire is to teach my students to spread their love of music and bless others with their talents and knowledge.

Bryan Culler, flute

Bryan Culler is a senior Instrumental Music Education and Flute Performance double major at ASU. He currently studies flute with Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham. He has performed in masterclasses for flutists Göran Marcusson and SFC Robert Aughtry of the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" Woodwind Quintet and has also studied clarinet with Dr. Andrea Cheeseman and has a passion for woodwind instruments.

Bryan is a very involved performer and loves to play with others. He has performed as a flutist with the ASU Concert Band, Community Band, Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra. Bryan has served as a Piccolo Section leader for the Marching Mountaineers and as Woodwind Caption Head For Appalachian's student led Video Game Ensemble. He has also performed in various chamber groups ranging from flute quartets to woodwind quintets and has received chamber coaching from Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham, Dr. Alicia Chapman, and Dr. John Ross. In 2018, Bryan placed as a finalist in the Hayes School of Music Concerto-Aria Competition.

In addition to the modern concert flute, Bryan also has experience studying Baroque flute under Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham and has played Baroque flute in Appalachian's Collegium Musicum. In the summer of 2019, he studied abroad in Ireland as a Irish traditional flute and penny whistle player at University College Cork under Oisin Morrison and Mary Mitchell Ingoldsby.

As a teacher, Bryan strives to instill in his students a sense of confidence and freedom through flute playing. He believes the most important aspect of flute playing is the player's ability to create a warm, resonant sound as it translates to both more efficient and more fun playing in every other technical area.

Outside of music, Bryan loves running, pets, playing video games and listening to podcasts.

Lisl Kuutti Doughton, cello

Teaching Philosophy:

Coming from a family of a dozen music educators and more musicians besides, Lisl grew up loving classical music and the community it fosters. She encourages students of all levels to play chamber music with their friends and learn to listen deeply. Lisl is also a professional artist and has done research on the creative process in art and music.

Lisl believes that everyone has something to express through music, and that the goal of study and practice is to develop that "voice" until the student can speak their mind through their playing. In addition to teaching cello technique, she incorporates music theory and music history appropriate to the student's level and age, giving them tools for understanding music that will last them a lifetime.


  • M.M. in Cello Performance, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
  • B.A. in Art and Music, cum laude, Furman University, Greenville, SC


  • Cello Instructor, ASU Community Music School
  • Principal Cellist, Appalachian Symphony Orchestra
  • Substitute Cellist, Western Piedmont Symphony, Hickory, NC
  • Section Cellist, Orchestra Yura, Osaka, Japan
  • Hayes Graduate String Ensemble, Appalachian State University
  • Solo recital at Sugawara Lifelong Learning Center, Hirakata, Osaka, Japan
  • Soloist in Edward Elgar Cello Concerto, DeKalb Youth Symphony, Atlanta, GA

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, American String Teachers' Association
  • Member, College Music Society

Michelle Jaluvka, clarinet

Michelle Jaluvka is a Senior at Appalachian State University majoring in Clarinet Performance. She loves to play in both orchestra and band ensembles as well as various chamber groups. While she is majoring in performance, she has always had a passion for education and loves any opportunity to teach! She is a member of the Appalachian Honors College as well as Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity. Outside of music, she loves hiking and visiting her six pets at home (3 cats and 3 dogs!).

Philosophy: I believe that music and quality education should be accessible for every student regardless of individual circumstances and strive to make each student comfortable. The success of the individual is the primary goal of my teaching, and education should always be centered around what helps the individual student thrive.

Zack Litty, trombone

Zack Litty is currently a senior bass trombone performance major at Appalachian State University. He is a member of the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble I, Appalachian Trombone Choir, and the Appalachian State University Video Game Ensemble. He has also been a member of the Appalachian Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble II, and the Appalachian Symphony Band. He has performed solo literature accompanied by the Appalachian Wind Ensemble, Appalachian Trombone Choir, and Jazz Ensemble II. Zack was the winner of the 2019 Appalachian University Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition. He has experience on both tenor and bass trombone.

Zack strongly believes in making music fun and accessible for everyone. He strives to make each individual he works with a better musician in thoughtful, entertaining, and engaging ways that works with each student's needs and goals. Outside of music, Zack enjoys amateur cooking, playing video games with friends, and drawing.

Molly Reid, piano

Molly Reid is a pianist from Cary, North Carolina. She is pursuing the MM in Piano Performance at Appalachian State University, where she is a Chancellor's Fellow. After graduating from Appalachian with her BM in Piano Performance (summa cum laude, University Honors), she attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she received the MM in Music Theory and also studied piano with Eugene Pridonoff. Molly subsequently studied music theory at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. Thrilled to be back in Boone, Molly performs frequently as a solo pianist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician. Molly is a devoted piano teacher and has been on the piano faculty of the Community Music School at Appalachian State (2013-14, present) as well as the Cary School of Music in downtown Cary, NC.

Outside of music, Molly enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, and playing Mario Kart. She is an animal lover who loves spending time with her two amazing cats, Franz and Juniper!

Teaching Philosophy:

Molly believes that the number one goal of piano lessons is to foster a love for music that lasts a lifetime. To that end, her lessons provide students with a "toolbox" of skills and concepts--such as technique, musicality, music theory, ear training, music notation, sightreading, improvisation, active listening, and confidence--that empower the student to achieve their own musical aspirations. She believes that piano lessons should be a fun and supportive place for the student to explore their innate musicianship, and feels strongly that any person who wants to take piano lessons is welcome in her studio!