James Stubbs

James StubbsJames Stubbs is Dean of Fire Science, Letters, Arts & Kinesiology (FLAK) at Lonestar College - Kingwood. Prior to becoming Dean, he also served as band director and professor of music and directed the Kingwood Big Band, Lone Star College - Kingwood Jazz Ensemble, and the Kingwood Community Symphonic Band.

Prior to his arrival at Lone Star College - Kingwood in 2004, Mr. Stubbs was the director of bands at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas for fourteen years where he directed the marching band, athletic bands, jazz ensembles, theater orchestras, wind ensembles, and community bands. His teaching duties have included courses in music theory, music appreciation, American music, jazz improvisation, and applied brass.

Prior to his career in higher education, Mr. Stubbs served as a high school band director and applied trumpet educator in high schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. He is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University, the University of North Texas, and is a doctoral candidate at Baylor University.

Phone: 281.312.1501
Office: PAC 117-A
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Department Chair

Eric C. Skiles

Eric C. SkilesEric C. Skiles, professor and artistic director of theatre, joined LSC-Kingwood 12 years ago. Skiles earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree in conducting, vocal music and pedagogy from Texas Tech University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting and directing from the same institution.

Skiles has presented more than 39 papers at the local, state, regional and national levels. In addition, Skiles has contributed and/or authored more than 20 publications including 18 book reviews for the American Library Association. He also co-authored "Acting Across Disciplines" with Homan and Ellison. Skiles has also written and produced one play, "Across a moonbeam."

Skiles has earned numerous awards. He was recognized for producing "The Vagina Monologues" by the Kennedy Center American College (KC-ACTF) Theatre Festival in 2011. He was also recognized by the KC-ACTF for producing "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde." In 2010, Skiles was recognized with the LSC-Kingwood Faculty Excellence Award.

"I am madly passionate about the world of theatre, and creating unique works of art to share with our students and our community," Skiles explained. "This has been an amazing ride, and the great ride continues. It is a pleasure to work at LSC-Kingwood and be surrounded by other passionate people who care so much for our students and their education."

Phone: 281.312.1672
Office: PAC 113-A
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Dr. Todd Miller

Dr. Todd MillerTodd R. Miller, professor of music and chair of the visual and performing arts, joined LSC-Kingwood in 1994. Miller earned a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from the University of Louisville. He also obtained a Master of Music degree in voice performance from the University of Arizona. In addition, he holds a doctoral degree in voice performance and conducting from the University of Houston.

Miller has presented a number of papers. He presented, "Carlisle Floyd and Susannah" at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005. He has also performed with the Houston Symphony, the Houston Choral Society, Houston Chamber Choir, Greenbriar Consortium, the San Antonio Symphony, and Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera in the Heights, and three Carnegie Hall performances.

In 2003, he was honored with the LSC-Kingwood Faculty Excellence Award. Miller has also been nominated twice for the Piper Professor Award.

"I have a passion for music and its importance in human society and I have a passion for students who want to make music their life's vocation," Miller explained. "Kingwood has been very supportive of my dreams as an educator and as a performer, and the students have benefitted from that support."

Phone: 281.312.1485
Office: MUS 115
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Alfredo Velez

Alfredo VelezAlfredo Velez, associate professor of music and director of bands joined LSC-Kingwood in 2010. Velez earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Angelo State University and a Master of Music Education degree from the same institution.

Velez is a past president of the Texas Bandmasters Association.

"I love music and enjoy working with both students and colleagues," Velez stated.

Phone: 281.318.4335
Office: MUS 114
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Adjunct Faculty

Name Phone Office
Keith Almstedt
Guitar, Appreciating Music, American Music  MUS 111
Craig Beatie
Low Brass  
Kristin Briggs
Aural Skills  
Patrick Brink
Trumpet, Horn, Class Piano, American Music, Jazz Improvisation  
Barbara Butler
Piano MUS 106
Dr. John Crabtree
Music Fundamentals, Appreciating Music, American Music, Theory, Aural Skills  
Jamie Dahman
Voice, Diction  MUS 129
Jose Diaz
Chévere Director  
Kelli Estes
Appreciating Music, American Music, Voice  
John Gearhart
Jackson Hearn
Class Piano  
Gary Liebst
Kingwood Pops Orchestra Conductor  
Steven Martin
Cello, Double Bass  
Aaron Martinez
Clarinet, Saxophone, Appreciating Music, American Music  
Dr. Nell Mathews
Piano, Coach/Accompanist MUS 106
Rosendo Reyna
Guitar, Music Theory
281.318.4311 ADM 108
James Roberson
Oboe, Bassoon  
David Sloat
Voice MUS 111
Andrew Schneider
Marvin Sparks
Percussion, Music Appreciation, American Music MUS 117B
Trung Trinh
Violin, Viola MUS 121
Amy Wiggs
Flute MUS 120
Dr. Roy Wylie

Music Office Suite

Mail: MUS 109


Name Phone Office
Mitzi Payne
Division Specialist
281.312.1501 PAC 117
Tracheal Freeman
Division Operations Manager
281.312.1620 PAC 118A
Angie Spargur
Fine Arts Coordinator
281.312.1709 MUS 110
Melissa Stoltz
Music Librarian, Staff Assistant MUS 103