Music Faculty

 

harold fletcher Dr. Harold Fletcher

  • B.A., Hardin Simmons University
  • B.M., Hardin Simmons University
  • M.M., Hardin Simmons University
  • Ph.D. (Philosophy of Education), University of Oklahoma

Office phone: 405.425.5530

Dr. Fletcher, Professor Emeritus of Music, has been a member of Oklahoma Christian's faculty since the institution's inaugural year in 1950. He was awarded the Gaylord Chair of Distinguished Teaching in 1978. Dr. Fletcher is a 2008 inductee into the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society Hall of Fame. He is the composer of OC's alma mater "Hail to Oklahoma Christian," and his "Oklahoma Run" was selected as the official song of the Oklahoma Land Run by the state legislature. Though retired from full-time instruction, Dr. Fletcher continues to teach music history courses.

john fletcherDr. John Fletcher

  • B.A. (Music), Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.M. (Music Theory), University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music
  • D.M.A. (Instrumental Conducting), University of Oklahoma

Office: GC 181

Office phone: 405.425.5534

Email: John Fletcher

Dr. Fletcher, Professor of Music, joined the Oklahoma Christian faculty in 1987. He conducts the Symphonic Band, the Oklahoma Community Orchestra, and Music Theater productions, and teaches instrumental conducting, theory, and orchestration courses. Dr. Fletcher is an active trombonist in the Oklahoma City area, and he leads annual performance tours with the Symphonic Band. He and his wife Cynthia have sponsored several of OC's semester-long overseas study programs. Additionally, he has served as guest music lecturer at International University in Vienna, Austria, and at the University of Southern China in Hengyang, China. Dr. Fletcher was awarded the Gaylord Chair of Distinguished Teaching in 2010, and is a past-president of OC's Faculty Association.

paula huttonDr. Paula Hutton

  • B.M., University of New Mexico
  • M.M.E., University of Central Oklahoma
  • Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Office: GC 182

Office phone: 405.425.5533

Email: Paula Hutton

Dr. Hutton, Associate Professor of Music, has taught at Oklahoma Christian since 1988. She teaches theory, private and class piano, and Music Appreciation courses, and is a frequent accompanist for recitals, concerts, and productions.

heath jonesDr. Heath Jones

  • B.M.E., Oklahoma Christian University
  • M.M., Baylor University
  • Ph.D. (Music Education), University of Oklahoma

Office: GC 179

Office phone: 405.425.5518

Email: Heath Jones

Dr. Jones, Professor of Music, joined the Oklahoma Christian faculty in 2000. He teaches applied saxophone, music education, music technology, and jazz improvisation, and directs the Jazz Ensemble and Sweat Band. He is an active professional performer in the Oklahoma City area, and is a past-president of the Oklahoma Chapter of the International Association for Jazz Education. Professional performance experience includes: the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Frankie Avalon, Jim Nabors, Leslie Gore, plus numerous others. Dr. Jones is a Cannonball Saxophone Artist, and his webpage can be found at www.heathjonesjazz.com.

Dr. Kyle PullenKyle Pullen

  • B.M.E., University of Houston
  • M.M. (Conducting), University of Houston
  • D.M.A. (Choral and Orchestral Conducting), Claremont Graduate University

Office: GC 127

Office phone: 405.425.5531

Email: Kyle Pullen

Dr. Kyle Pullen joined the Music Faculty in 2012. He directs the University Chorale and Chamber Singers, and teaches conducting, music methods, diction, ear training, and other music courses. He has lived in a suburb of Houston, Texas for most of his life. He graduated from Clear Creek High School in 1991, and began teaching at the same school in 1998.  During his high school years, he sang under the direction of his dad, Milton Pullen, and was a two-year member of the Texas All-State choir. His choirs have sung for the 2004 and 2007 TMEA conventions, the 2005 and 2009 ACDA national conventions, and most recently the 2012 SWACDA convention. He also has considerable experience as a clinician and adjudicator.  Kyle Pullen has a beautiful wife, Lyndsey and two precious children, Blaine and Lauren.

kathy thompsonDr. Kathy Thompson

  • B.M.E., Abilene Christian University
  • M.M. (Piano Performance and Pedagogy), University of Oklahoma
  • Ph.D. (Music Education), University of Oklahoma

Office: GC 174

Office phone: 405.425.5532

Email: Kathy Thompson

Dr. Thompson, Chair of the Department of Music, is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.  Her academic interests are piano pedagogy, chamber music, and ear training for music.  She teaches theory, private and class piano, piano pedagogy, and music education courses, and conducts the University Chamber Orchestra.  Dr. Thompson also is a member of the Oklahoma Community Orchestra and supervises the Oklahoma Christian Music Academy, a program in which qualified OC students teach music lessons to pre-college students.  Dr. Thompson is the Vice President for Membership of the Oklahoma Music Teacher’s Association.  She is the past president for the Central Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, and a member of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association.  She is also the sponsor for the student chapter of the Music Teachers National Association.  Dr. Thompson says, “I love teaching music to students of all ages, and I strongly believe in Christian education.  OC presents an opportunity to do both in a wonderful environment.”  She especially enjoys opening convocations and faculty devotionals, and Crosswalk (OC’s women’s chapel).  Her husband is Bill and they have four children: Sarah Minor, Joel, Mark, and Ben Thompson.  She attends Memorial Road Church of Christ where she is a Bible class teacher.  She also serves on the HIM (Helpers in Missions) committee.

Associate Faculty / Staff

  • Gena Alexander, Violin
  • Martha Avrett, Voice
  • Gary Bruce Guitar, Piano Technician
  • Dr. Wayne, Clark Trombone, Tuba, Euphonium, Brass Methods
  • Laura Coale, Voice
  • Celeste Dvorak, Voice
  • Eric Grigg, Staff Accompanist
  • Melissa Lauxman, Administrative Assistant
  • Dr. Melvin Lee, French Horn
  • June McCoy, String Methods
  • Royce McLarry Violin, Viola
  • Kirk Palmer, Trumpet
  • Jennifer Rucker, Clarinet
  • Nicholas Steward, Percussion
  • Natalie Syring, Flute
  • Valorie Tatge, Cello
  • Gerald Warlick, Oboe
  • Bill Weger, Voice

For more information, contact:
Kathy Thompson

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