Audio Engineering- Production- Percussion
Keenan Billups cultivated his musical skills by participating on the praise and worship team of his local church. He attended the Atlanta Institute of Music. In August of 2015, Keenan released his debut project, “Mind Blowing”. Since then Keenan has shared the stage with the likes of Todd Delaney, Tina Campbell, Alexis Spight, and many other artist. Keenan will be instructing Audio Engineering, Production, and Percussion lessons.
Kimberly Epps is a Louisiana native. She began singing at the age of 3 with her mother. Finding her true passion early on, she began performing all over the state. After moving to Georgia, Epps had the opportunity to begin musical theater work. She starred in Annie, The Wiz, The Civil War, Fences, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Nunsense, and was in Freedom Theatre’s production of Sparkle. Epps has also written and recorded with Randy Jackson, Tim and Bob, Daryll Simmons, High Rock Entertainment group and Danish producer, Troels Neilson. Kimberly will be instructing Stage Performance lessons.
Jaris Tobler is the current orchestral director at Central High School. He recently graduated from Columbus State University with a Bachelor of Art Degree in Music Education with a concentration in String Instruments. He has been playing violin since the age 10 and has added in studies with viola, cello, contrabass, piano, and voice. Jaris will be instructing Violin, Viola, and Cello lessons.
Ishmael has been studying piano since he was four years of age. In 2010, at the Armstrong Atlantic State University Piano Fest, he was invited as a participant in the Master Class Division to be critiqued by advanced piano teachers. In 2011, at the Georgia College Junior Olympics, Ishmael won second place in the middle school division. He then returned to Armstrong Atlantic State University Piano Fest in 2012 and won first place in the piano competition. In 2013, Ishmael was then selected to play in the Piano Honors Recital of the Macon Music Teachers Association. Ishmael has been a Six-Year National Winner of the Piano Guild. He has received excellent reviews from top teachers and judges and has performed on many occasions and at many special events in the community. He is currently a Pre-law Junior at Mercer University and is also lead musician at the church, Temple New Life Worship Center.
Austin Lord is a self-taught musician who has been playing the guitar and drums since age twelve. He has earned a B.A. in Mathematics and a MAT in Secondary STEM from Mercer University where he was also a key team member of the three-time Southern Conference Baseball Champions. Austin has a passion to educate the youth. In addition to teaching music, he is a current math teacher at Mary Persons High School where he also coaches varsity baseball and middle school football.
Brian Olson has been playing the guitar since he was 16 years old. He received formal music training at the College of Charleston for two years in jazz guitar studies, before deciding to move back to Atlanta. Brian is self-taught on banjo, mandolin, and fingerstyle guitar, and is perfectly comfortable with all three. Since moving to Macon, Brian has played in the orchestra for multiple Theater Macon shows, and has played in venues around town with his wife, Georgia Olson. It is a privilege to be able to share his musical talents with the community in Macon. Brian will be instructing Guitar lessons.
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