Mr. Gregg Busch
Mr. Busch is an Assistant Professor of music at College of the Ozarks where he serves as the conductor of the Chapel Choir, as well as providing instruction in music theory, music ministry, choral conducting, and individual voice studies.
Before joining the faculty at the College of the Ozarks, he worked in various positions as both a church musician and as director of performing choral ensembles. Throughout his career, Mr. Busch has been privileged to work with a number of distinguished conductors including 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.
Mr. Busch is a veteran of Broadway and maintains an active career as a professional performer and soloist. He has appeared with leading orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Korea. His experience includes a special appearance as the Non Credo soloist in the Bernstein Mass at the Vatican in Rome. He also appeared as a featured soloist in the Taormina Arts Festival in Messina, Sicily, performing a Tribute to the American Musical.
Mr. Busch earned his Master's of Music in Choral Conducting from Missouri State University, where he studied conducting with Dr. Guy Webb. He received his Bachelor's of Arts in Music Ministry from College of the Ozarks where he graduated with honors.
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 (ACDA), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the National Association for Music Education (MENC).
Dr. Bruce Gerlach
Dr. Bruce Gerlach hails from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and moved to Missouri in 1993, where he began his college teaching career at College of the Ozarks. His undergraduate degree is a B.S. in Music Education from The King's College in Briarcliff, NY, studying voice and organ. He went on to his Master's degree with an M.M. in Music Composition from West Chester University in PA. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY, under Dr. John Dickson and past ACDA president Dr. Milburn Price.
Dr. Gerlach has been a church musician all of his life specializing in choral conducting and organ. He served for six years as Chair of the Division of Performing and Professional Arts at College of the Ozarks. He stays busy judging contests and leading clinics and workshops in Missouri and Pennsylvania. He has also composed, produced, and recorded numerous CDs. His most recent is A Tall Pines Christmas released in December of 2010. You can hear some of his compositions and arrangements online at http://www.reverbnation.com/#!/brucegerlach. He has been married for over 30 years to Margie who is a Junior High Spanish teacher. They live in the Branson area and have two grown children, each of whom performs music professionally.
Dr. Dwayne Huff
Dr. Dwayne Huff is Associate Professor of Music at College of the Ozarks. His primary teaching responsibilities include applied piano courses, piano pedagogy, piano literature, and music history. He also directs the Aux Arcs Trio and sponsors the collegiate chapter of the Music Teachers National Association.
Dr. Huff’s musical training began in the Royal Conservatory piano program in Toronto, Canada. He earned his Bachelor's of Music degree, summa cum laude, and his Master's of Music from Wichita State University where he studied piano with Dr. Andrew Trechak and piano pedagogy with Dr. Sylvia Coats. He earned his Doctor of Arts in Music from the University of Mississippi where he was the recipient of the Honors Fellowship. His doctoral essay, published by UMI, is a biographical study of American 19th century composer, pianist, and publisher Robert Goldbeck. As part of his doctoral project Dr. Huff collected a large number of solo works for piano by Robert Goldbeck which had been scattered across the country in various private and institutional collections.
Since joining the music faculty of College of the Ozarks, Dr. Huff has overseen the development of a new piano emphasis within the music major. He is active as a clinician and adjudicator throughout Missouri, and is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the Missouri Music Teachers Association (MMTA).
He lives in Branson, Missouri, with his wife, Theresa, their four children and two beagles.
Ms. Lynda Jesse
Ms. Lynda K. Jesse, Associate Professor of Music, joined the College of the Ozarks faculty in 1979. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal and instrumental music education with an emphasis in trumpet and conducting from The School of the Ozarks. She completed her Master’s of Music degree in vocal performance at Northeast Louisiana University and completed post Master’s work in choral conducting at Sam Houston State University where she studied with Dr. Bev Henson. She has also had the opportunity to study conducting methods under the direction of Gene Corporon, William Reynolds, Fiora Contino, Margaret Hillis, Helmuth Rilling, and Robert Shaw.
Ms. Jesse has been invited to judge choral festivals and competitions throughout the state and is often a guest clinician and adjudicator for area schools and churches. She is also the Festival Coordinator for the annual College of the Ozarks Music Festival. Ms. Jesse is a member of Music Educator’s National Conference, National Association of Teacher’s of Singing, and the American Choral Director’s Association.
At the College, Ms. Jesse teaches Beginning, Intermediate and Musical Theatre Voice Class, Applied Voice, Beginning Conducting, and Exploration of Music, and she conducts the Chorale, an auditioned SATB ensemble which performs throughout the state, tours to area schools and churches, and has traveled internationally to Germany, Austria, Holland, Russia, the Czech Republic, and Italy.