Faculty and Staff

Professor of Music

Dr. John Fletcher

Professor of Music

  • 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

Dr. Fletcher, Professor of Music, joined the Oklahoma Christian faculty in 1987. He conducts the Symphonic Band and Music Theater productions, and teaches instrumental conducting, theory, ear training, 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 overseas study programs. Additionally, he has taught as a guest music lecturer at International University in Vienna, Austria, and at the University of Southern China in Hengyang, China. Dr. Fletcher served as chair of the Department of Music for several years, was awarded the Gaylord Chair of Distinguished Teaching in 2010, and is a past-president of Oklahoma Christian's Faculty Association.


Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Paula Hutton

Associate Professor of Music

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

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


Professor of Music

Dr. Heath Jones

Professor of Music

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

Dr. Jones, Professor of Music, joined the Oklahoma Christian faculty in 2000. He teaches applied saxophone, music education, music technology, world music, 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.heathjones.net.


Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Kyle Pullen

Associate Professor of Music

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

Dr. Pullen, Associate Professor of Music, joined the Music Faculty in 2012. He directs the University Chorale and Chamber Singers, and teaches choral 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.  Dr. Pullen has a beautiful wife, Lyndsey and two precious children, Blaine and Lauren.


Chair of the Department of Music

Dr. Kathy Thompson

Chair of the Department of Music

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

Dr. Thompson, Professor of Music and current Chair of the Department of Music, came to OC first as an accompanist in 1987. In the ensuing years she has taught courses in music theory, piano, and elementary music methods, and has supervised student teachers in music. She holds Kodály certification for elementary music and national certification (NCTM) for piano through the Music Teachers National Association. She initiated OC’s piano pedagogy courses and the OC Music Academy, in which qualified students teach pre-college students. She began the string program at OC in 1993, and currently conducts the University Chamber Orchestra. She plays viola in the Oklahoma Community Orchestra, and shares the viola section leader position with her husband Bill. They have four children and seven grandchildren.


Associate Faculty / Staff

  • Gena Alexander, Violin, Viola, String Methods
  • Terry Atteberry, Voice
  • Gary Bruce, Piano Technician
  • Laura Coale, Voice
  • Celeste Dvorak, Voice
  • Miho Fisher, Staff Accompanist
  • Sharon George, Accompanist
  • Jacquie Karash, Accompanist
  • Melissa Lauxman, Administrative Assistant
  • Tom Mangus, French Horn
  • Leif Nevener, Guitar
  • Roger Nunn, Low Brass
  • Kirk Palmer, Trumpet
  • Bill Repavich, Percussion
  • Jennifer Rucker, Clarinet
  • Natalie Syring, Flute
  • Valorie Tatge, Cello
  • Jim VanHemert, Accompanist
  • Gerald Warlick, Oboe