SBUBolivar, Missouri Est. 1878

Department of Music at Southwest Baptist University

Questions? Contact

Martha Hicks, D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Music, and Professor of Music
(417) 328-1633


Jane Munson-Berg
Andrew Campbell
Robert Carney
Martha Hicks
Brian Hopwood
Terri Knupps
Melinda Smashey Jones
Robin Smith
James Tarrant
Jeffery Waters
Renee Waters

Faculty associates

Marc Baker - percussion
Alejandro Gonzalés Béltran - cello
Mark Bowdidge - organ
Regina Bruner - clarinet
R. Catherine Burgher - Higher Ground
Michelle Draper - flute
Delrae Glidwell - music education
Carol Harrison - violin, viola
Eric Jackson - french horn
Angel McGlasson - oboe
Sara Miller - piano, accompanist
Melissa Roberts - piano
John Strickler - guitar
Joe Wooderson - voice
Tim Wootton - trumpet


John Strickler
John Strickler
Faculty associate – guitar
Southwest Baptist University
1600 University Avenue,
Casebolt Music Center
Bolivar, MO 65613

Strickler was born in Kansas City, Mo., but moved to Springfield, Mo., at the age of 12 and began his lifelong study of the guitar. He was playing professionally by high school. He holds a master’s degree in jazz studies from the prestigious University of North Texas, Denton. There he studied with Fred Hamilton, was a teaching fellow and recorded with the highly respected 2:00 Lab Band.

Currently Strickler is on the faculty at Drury University, Missouri State University and Southwest Baptist University. He has also been the guitar teacher for the Boys and Girls Club of Springfield since 1998. In addition to his teaching duites, Strickler performs weekly with his trio, in a duo and as a solo guitarist.

Strickler resides in Springfield with his wife, three cats and six guitars.