“My role is to challenge students to continue to strive for excellence in their craft by teaching them skills, by instilling in them high artistic standards, and encouraging them to grow in self-confidence in their craft and for their lives.” Dr. Uriah Rinzel serves as an assistant professor of music theory, composition, and songwriting in DBU’s College of Fine Arts. Dr. Rinzel leads and instructs his students with the utmost zeal, viewing music as “a powerful means of spreading the Gospel.” Dr. Rinzel passes this passion down to those he teaches in hopes that one day, they too may use their talents to make the Lord known. When Dr. Rinzel was sixteen, his father bought him his first electric guitar. Naturally, Dr. Rinzel immediately started a rock band with his school friends and also began playing for his church. He says “carrying my violin or guitar on the bus was a natural conversation starter.” When asked by his bus driver what he’d like to do as a career, Dr. Rinzel confidently responded “I want to be a musician.”  Dr. Rinzel’s passion would contain an immense amount of hard work and a strong dose of luck- he says “I knew this from my dad’s experience playing in several rock and fusion bands in the 70’s.” Determined to make his dreams a reality, Dr. Rinzel worked throughout his high school years to learn as much as he could about scales, chords, improvisation, patch-work, and songwriting. He recalls that when he received his first acoustic guitar, he “couldn’t put it down.” Dr. Rinzel had found his calling and it was not something he took lightly.  After high school, Dr. Rinzel began his personal journey of pursuing an extensive music education. He received an Advanced Diploma in Worship and Technical Arts from the Christ for the Nations Institute. While at CFNI, Dr. Rinzel joined the praise band led by Klaus Keuhn. Here he quickly learned how to memorize diverse set lists of worship and gospel songs and developed his improvisation skills even deeper. This is also when Dr. Rinzel really began writing, recording, and producing music. He started his time at DBU as an undergrad and received his Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition in 2012 with hopes of one day teaching collegiate musicians. Following this, Dr. Rinzel attended Southwestern Methodist University where he obtained both his Master of Music in Composition and his Master of Music in Theory Pedagogy. Finally, Dr. Rinzel has recently received his Doctorate in Musical Arts in Composition from Texas Christian University in 2019. Currently, Dr. Rinzel teaches courses mainly in music theory, but also instructs in the areas of applied composition and music business. When Dr. Rinzel was first brought on board at DBU as an adjunct professor, he taught Advanced Songwriting Techniques, an upper level music business course. He says “my favorite part (of his job) is seeing how proud students are at the end of the course when they realize how much work they have accomplished and the skills that they developed.” Dr. Rinzel takes his position at DBU very seriously. He shares his strategy through the courses he teaches is to “equip each student with a modern take on comprehensive musicianship including engagement with the main streams of music study: classical, jazz, and pop; and relating them to the technical side as well: acoustics, signal processing, and digital audio.” He goes on to say “my role as instructor in Christian higher education is to model, challenge, and mentor. My role is to model excellence in artistry, a professional output that engages culture, and character befitting a Christian leader.” He expresses that, though he loves teaching in class, the most fulfilling part of his role takes place during lessons and his office hours. “Being able to encourage, challenge, and help students find their way is a large part of why teaching at DBU isn’t just a job for me, it’s a vocation.”  Outside of the classroom, Dr. Rinzel is hard at work creating unique and exciting music of his own. From his oratorio “Revealed: Visions of Jesus in the End Times” which includes post-tonal methods paired with math metal to his Requiem Mass “Grant Us Rest” containing blends of medieval sacred sounds with folk and minimalism to his rock and pop songs, Dr. Rinzel’s music covers a variety of different styles, genres, and instrumentation. All of Dr. Rinzel’s music, though, is bonded by one main goal: “to engage the relationship between my classical background and training with rock and pop music.”  Dr. Rinzel met his wife, Abby, at Gateway Church where he served in the worship department from 2008-2018. They were married at Hunter’s Glen Baptist Church in Plano in 2015. Together, the Rinzel family has one son, Michael, who is nearly 2 years old. The family now partners with Venture Church in Keller. DBU is grateful for dedicated teachers like Dr. Rinzel whose goal is to provide students with both a Christian education and the tools needed to succeed in their careers. Dr. Rinzel’s personal aim as a professor is one that spreads across DBU’s campus: “to encourage students in their individual strengths, providing timely advice for their career and vocational goals, artistic opportunities, and life beyond higher education.”

Alumnus Returns to DBU as Music Professor: Dr. Uriah Rinzel

Dr. Uriah Rinzel recently joined the full-time faculty as Assistant Professor of music theory, composition, and songwriting in the College of Fine Arts.

Chandler Jacobs

LSC Defensive Player of the Year - Chandler Jacobs

Chandler Jacobs became the first player in DBU history to garner USBWA National Player of the Week honors. Seven days later, he became the first to do it twice.

Cross Country

DBU Lady Patriots Cross Country Team Finish 2020 Fall Season Undefeated

DBU's Cross Country teams are celebrating many broken records and victories this season.

Andy Pettite Interviewed by Reagan Ratcliff

Legend Keynotes Annual Patriot Baseball Banquet

DBU honored Dr. Herb and Barbara Pedersen and heard from five-time World Series Champion and Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte at the annual DBU Patriot Baseball Champions for Christ event hosted on the DBU campus on January 31.

DBU's Homecoming Court participates in Saturday's parade

DBU Celebrates Homecoming with Basketball Win and Inaugural "Mr. Patriot"

November 18-23 marked DBU's Homecoming celebrations for faculty, students, and alumni. Throughout the week, students enjoyed the first-ever Mr. Patriot, an annual male talent competition, as well as the faculty Chili Cook-Off and a Pepsi Break on the Quad. Patriots crowded the Burg Center when the doors finally opened, with students and faculty alike cheering on DBU’s basketball team as they defeated Arlington Baptist with a score of 88-57.

Michael Smith

DBU Alumnus, Former MLB Player Starts Career in Education

DBU Alumnus Michael Smith completed his Master of Education in Kinesiology in May 2018 after playing for the LA Angels. Since his graduation, he began a job at Lake Ridge High School in the Mansfield Independent School District.

Alumnus Basketball Category

DBU Alumnus Signs to Play Professional Basketball

DBLast year, DBU Alumnus and former DBU athlete, Boy van Vliet, was signed to play professional basketball for the Den Helder Suns of the Dutch Basketball League (DBL). Not only did he excel in his career, but he was also named this year’s DBL Rookie of the Year.

Coach Bean

Game-Changers: Coach Bean

Often known for its high demands, rigorous training, and intense discipline, the dance world today raises many questions for the Christian dancer.

Coach Flickner walks his team through a play during a time-out

Game-Changers: Coach Flickner

Athletics is an intense environment. Competition can run high as coaches seek to push every last ounce of effort out of an athlete, and athletes seek to push themselves beyond the limit. In such a high-stress, and oftentimes self-focused, environment, how can a Christian maintain their witness and still thrive?