Kalamazoo School of Music Instructors




Luke Conklin

Oboe & Flute

Luke Conklin studied oboe and flute at the Juilliard School, where he earned an M.M. in historical performance (2011). He is currently completing a D.M.A. in historical performance at Case Western Reserve University. He has performed nationally and internationally with major early music groups such as Apollo’s Fire, Trinity Wall Street, and The American Bach Soloists. His diverse musical tastes range from the French baroque to early Bebop as well as Celtic and world music. Conklin joined the Marshall Music Staff in 2019.

Janet Channells


Janet Channells attended Western Michigan University for music education. Her performance experience includes playing in the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra and the Kalamazoo Concert Band. Channels joined the Marshall Music teaching staff in 2007.

Craig Freeman

Trombone & Bass Trombone

Bass trombonist Craig Freeman is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Bowling Green State University, and a master’s degree in trombone performance from Western Michigan University.

Freeman has been an active freelance musician in Southwest Michigan, performing with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and Battle Creek Symphony. He also enjoys playing in non-classical settings, having performed and recorded with bands such as the Go Rounds, the Macpods, and Last Gasp Collective, as well as artist Aretha Franklin. When he’s not playing or teaching, Freeman enjoys bicycle riding in the beautiful Kalamazoo countryside.

Mike Shannon

Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, & Tuba

Mike Shannon studied music education at Western Michigan University. He currently performs with several ensembles, playing tuba with the Battle Creek Symphony, bass trombone with the Southwest Michigan Symphony, tuba and euphonium with the St. Joseph Municipal Band, tuba with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, and tuba with the Kalamazoo Brass. Shannon joined the Marshall Music teaching staff in 2010.

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Rebekah Cain

Flute & Piccolo

Rebekah Cain is a freelance musician and has been playing flute since she was 10 years old. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance, as well as her Bachelor of English degree in literature, from Western Michigan University. She has been teaching private lessons for more than seven years.

Over the course of her professional playing career, she has given a multitude of solo recitals, and has been invited to perform in other musicians’ recitals. She has also performed at various churches and wedding ceremonies, multiple musicals and professional theatre productions, the WMU Symphony Orchestra, the WMU concert and symphonic band, the university flute choir, the WMU Pep Band, and the WMU Bronco Marching Band. During her time with the BMB, she taught as a section leader for three years and served on the conducting staff for her final year. She has also taught at multiple high school marching band camps for more than five years as a music and marching staff member. Cain joined the Marshall Music teaching staff in 2018.

Jolene Cron


Jolene Cron earned a Bachelor of Music in music education and music theory, as well as a Master of Education in early childhood education from Western Michigan University. She performs with the Kalamazoo Concert Band, Silver Triad Flute Choir, Western Michigan University Flute Choir, and WMU Chamber Choir. She has also played with the Arioso String Quartet & Trio, the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, and the Calvary Bible Church Orchestra, in addition to being a freelance musician.

Cron is originally from Sand Creek. She was an elementary general music teacher for 15 years in the Kalamazoo Public Schools system and has taught private lessons for 35 years. Cron joined the Marshall Music teaching staff in 2013.