D.A., 1996, Ball State University
M.Mus., 1983, University of Illinois
B.S., 1981, Olivet Nazarene University
Dr. Bell has served as professor of music at Olivet Nazarene University since 1997, and he is the conductor of ONU's Orpheus Choir. Other teaching responsibilities include beginning conducting; voice literature and pedagogy; 20th century American popular music; senior seminar; and the annual performances of Handel's “Messiah.” He came to this position after 13 years on the music faculty at Indiana Wesleyan University.
He has produced and conducted three albums of sacred music with Orpheus Choir: “A Mighty Fortress,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and the a cappella Christmas album, “Love Came Gently.” He is the music director and conductor of the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and organist for College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais. He is a frequent adjudicator and clinician for choral and instrumental clinics and competitions. He has performed in recitals, opera and oratorio; and is a published composer and arranger.
He and his wife, Carole, have two daughters, Christin and Katie Jo.