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KEENAN BILLUPS

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.

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KIMBERLY EPPS

STAGE PERFORMANCE

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.

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SA'VON KING

Percussion

Sa’von King is a 24 years old and has been playing drums since he was 3. He has been on tours while opening up for John P. Kee and Bishop Paul Martin. He has also been a volunteer assistant at Central High School in previous years for the marching band. Sa’von will be instructing percussion lessons.

 
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JARIS TOBLER

STRINGS

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.

SOPHIE LEVEILLE

Piano- Voice- Music Theory

Sophie Leveille is a graduate of Mercer University where she studied Music, Business Administration, and International Affairs. She is Mezzo-Soprano who has been a part of many opera and musical theater performances for the past 6 years through the Mercer University Opera and Duluth High-school Theater . For the past 3 years she has administered vocal and piano lessons with great results from students. She incorporates her background in music theory, sight reading, songwriting, and improvisation into her lessons. Sophie's studio focus is on strengthening students raw talent as well as teaching them new ways to develop their skills. Sophie would love for your child to become a part of the Otis Redding Foundation's wonderful program! 

BRIAN OLSON

GUITAR

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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AUSTIN LORD

GUITAR- PERCUSSION

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.

 

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