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BYU School of Music welcomes five new faculty for Fall 2023

Christina Castellanos

Assistant Professor, Flute

A proud native of Bountiful, Utah, Christina’s primary teacher was Nancy Toone. Later, she was a student of Dr. Richard Soule at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, while also serving as president of Sigma Alpha Iota and the Las Vegas Flute Club.

Nathan Haines

Assistant Professor, Director of Orchestras

Nathan Haines is an accomplished conductor, educator, and the new director of orchestras at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He holds a Ph.D. in Orchestral Conducting and Music Education from Florida State University, where he served as the associate conductor of orchestras, taught courses in conducting, and pursued research in the art of conducting and music education under the mentorship of Dr. Alexander Jiménez.

Randolph Lee

Associate Professor, Trumpet

From Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, trumpeter and educator Randy Lee’s playing has been praised by the American Record Guide as "Handsome... estimable...," and the International Trumpet Journal as "...exceptional... demonstrates the full range of emotional intensity," his “stylistic vibrato, lyricism, ornamentation, commanding technique, and range add an exciting flair….”

Keenan Reesor

Assistant Professor, Musicology

Dr. Keenan A. Reesor is a professor, pianist, and musicologist equally at home in the classroom, concert hall, and archive. As a scholar, he specializes in the music and reception of Russian composer, conductor, and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff, and he presents regularly at national and international conferences on Russian music. Dr. Reesor has conducted research at the Library of Congress, the British Library, and the Glinka Russian Museum of Musical Culture, and his work has been published by the Rachmaninoff Estate-Museum “Ivanovka” and the Gnesin Russian Academy of Music.

Christian Tran

Assistant Professor, Oboe

Christian Tran enjoys a multifaceted career as an oboist and educator. He has performed in a variety of venues, from casinos in Las Vegas to cafes in Hanoi to elementary school classrooms in Jersey City to New York City’s Carnegie Hall. While in New York City, he worked with many notable ensembles such as Protestra, the New Amsterdam Opera, the Garden State Philharmonic, and the Musicians Club of New York, to name a few.