MACC Faculty

Dan Landrum, Hammered Dulcimer

Dan Landrum's virtuosic hammer dulcimer playing has taken him from street performing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Olympic Ceremonies, U. S. Presidential Inaugurations, music festivals around the country and international stages. He toured from 2003 to 2006 as a soloist with Greek performer Yanni and is featured in the PBS Special “Yanni Live: The Concert Event." He's also currently featured in the PBS music documentary, "Music Voyager," in a program focusing on new music springing from his home state of Tennessee. His energetic playing style and unique approach to this ancient instrument are also evident in his six self-produced CDs available on iTunes. Dan is an avid photographer and is editor and publisher of Dulcimer Players News magazine.  For lessons, call 423-505-2482.

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Butch Ross, Ukulele, Mountain Dulcimer, Guitar

Butch Ross is a singer, songwriter, teacher and producer who plays the Mountain Dulcimer, an archaic folk instrument. He is best known for his virtuoso and groundbreaking work with that primitive instrument, as well as his strongly narrative songs which have been compared to "a good book of short stories." Butch plays and teaches mountain Dulcimer, ukulele and guitar.  When not in Chattanooga he can be found teaching and performing at clubs and festivals across the eastern seaboard as well as the British Isles.  For lessons, call 423-779-6624.

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Brittany Johnson-Mills, Dance

Brittany came to the MACC through Ballet Tennessee through the Dance Alive summer program .  For two summers she danced in New York receiving a full tuition scholarship from the Alley School.  Brittany received the Kitty Sharp award from the Tennessee Association of Dance.  She returns to the Ballet Tennessee faculty for her seventh year as an instructor for outreach students.  Dance Alive, and Junior Division. Her form and attitude are right on the mark.  She will teach your child proper poise and position while dancing to music they will love.  She teaches ballet, tap, and jazz.

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Jim Palmour, Guitar

Jim is a well known local musician for the past 30 years, has a Bachelor of Music from UTC.  He plays with bands throughout the Chattanooga area as well as solo performances.  Jim can frequently be found at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre performing in the shows or playing in the orchestra.  Jim has been teaching guitar at MACC for the past seven years.  For lessons, call 423-267-7750.

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Melinda Grohman, Violin

Melinda double majored in music education and performance at the Eastman School of Music in New York.  Her studies continued at UTK where she was granted a Masters of Music.  Her teaching experience includes private studios and university level at UTK, Maryville College, and Walters State Community College.  Melinda played with the Knoxville Symphony for 25 years and currently performs with the Chattanooga Symphony and the Rosewood Trio.  For lessons, call 423-886-2372.

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Mary Beth Sutton, Clean Water Camp

Mary Beth Sutton received her BS with highest honors in Environmental Studies as a Brock Scholar at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and received a Master of Arts in Teaching as a Lyndhurst Fellow and a Master of Science in Public Health specializing in Environmental Chemistry and Biology with an emphasis on coastal plain wetlands and marine biology.  She has taught in public and private schools in Chattanooga for 10 years.  Was executive director for the Chattanooga Nature Center and founded Caribbean SEA in 2004 which has worked on water and sanitation projects in 7 Caribbean countries.

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Megan Chisom, Violin & Viola

Violist Megan Chisom has performed across the United States as a chamber and orchestral musician. Currently, she is a member of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, where she also serves as music librarian. In addition to her orchestral and chamber music performance schedule, she maintains active teaching studios both privately and at Lee University, where she is instructor of viola and chamber music. Megan holds degrees in viola performance from the University of Texas and the University of Georgia. Find out more about her playing and teaching at meganchisom.com.

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Roy Treiyer, Piano

Roy Treiyer began playing the piano at age eleven. He graduated in Argentina with degrees in Psychology and Music Education. His passion toward music led him to UTC where he will be graduating this May with a degree of Masters in Piano Performance. He was the recipient of the Rivituso Piano Scholarship for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. He was awarded 3rd place at Andrews 1st International Piano Competition in 2008 and was also a winner of the 2012 UTC Concerto Competition, performing the 1st movement of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the UTC Orchestra.  For lessons, call 423-504-7549.

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Chip Hancock, Drums

Chip Hancock grew up in the Chattanooga area and graduated from East Ridge High School in 1979, immediately followed by a 4 year tour with the Marine Band in San Diego, CA, then over 28 years with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, and more than 30 years of teaching private students, drum lines, and percussion ensembles. Chip played drum set for the European Tours of Evita, Beauty and the Beast, and opened the National Tour of Man of La Mancha starring Robert Goulet. Chip has performed with many artists to include: Bela Fleck, Michael McDonald, Patti LuPone, Al Jarreau, Moody Blues, Art Garfunkel, Three Dog Night, America, Melba Moore, Robert Goulet, Mary Wilson, Roberta Flack, Dave Brubeck, Travis Tritt, Bob Hope, The Smothers Brothers, Jennifer Holliday, Randy Newman, Temptations, The Gatlin Brothers, Bob Hope, Lalo Schifrin, Ben E. King, Victor Borge, Ricky Skaggs, David Ragsdale (Kansas), Beatlemania, Eileen Ivers (Riverdance Fiddler), The Machine with Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band). Chip enjoys composing and arranging music, photography, and disk golf and lives in East Ridge, TN. Chip has a BS in Music ED from UTC.  For lessons, call 423-774-2569.ChipHancock@aol.com  

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Johan Sentana, Piano

Johan holds a Master's degree in piano performance.  He is a versatile pianist that is also comfortable in other genres besides classical music.  Johan has also performed some of the hardest music written for piano.  He has been teaching at the MACC since 2007 and has taught a wide variety of styles from classical piano and hymns to beginning jazz and improvisation.  For lessons, call 423-396-9772.

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Colleen Laliberte, Drama and Puppetry Arts

Colleen is the founding director of Skwalking Heads Productions and has been teaching theatre in Chattanooga for more than 20 years.  She has been a guest Master Teacher in Sweden, Austria and Canada and regularly performs as a storyteller on festival stage through out the United States.  colleen teaches acting, improvisation, puppetry, and mask making and works extensively in schools as an artist in residence, designing performances for students of all ages.  Colleen and her husband Ray, also a drama teacher, have lived on Signal Mountain since1985.  Check out Skwalkingheads.com.

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Jerry Bowman, Film Camp

Jerry Bowman has been the Director of Film Camp for over ten years here at the Mountain Arts Community Center. Jerry is a writer and an actor who also works behind the scenes on many video projects. He has worked as an independent contractor for TVA contributing to two award winning safety films.

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Mark Johnson, Martial Arts for Beginners

is a 7th degree Black Belt and is Tiger Rock certified instructor.  Born and raised in Chattanooga area, Mark has been teaching for 22 years and specializes in teaching young students.  He owns his own studio where he has offered classes from ages 4-64.  Mark has taught possibly thousand of students Martial Arts.  

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Lolly Durant, Fun with Clay

Olive Ballard Durant, better known as “Lolly” is an East Tennessean Folk Artisan who juggles her responsibilities as a professional teaching artist with her creative time as a potter in her “Down & Under Studios” on Signal Mountain, Tennessee. Lolly received her B.A. degree in Studio Art / Education from Converse College for Women in Spartanburg, South Carolina and her M.A. degree in Studio Art/ Education from New York University in New York City, New York. She received special training in magnet school curriculum and instruction as a full-time art educator and instructor in the Hamilton County School System. Her art work carries a flare of Milton Avery, a quiet versatile painter born of old New England stock and Bessie Harvey, a folk artisan, an African American who made ‘Something out of Nothing’ with embellished pieces of found wood, tree roots and household knick-knacks.

 

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Butch Ross and Trish Wileman, Songwriting and Presentation ​Singer and songwriter Butch Ross and vocalist, instructor and performance coach Trish Ferrell Wileman will team up to teach a course this summer for the emerging (or already emerged) singer and/or songwriter.  

The six- week class takes place at 6:45 p.m. at the Mountain Arts Community Center every Tuesday from June 3–July 14. The class will cover the craft of songwriting (various styles welcome), vocal technique, practical application, guest songwriters, and an opportunity to perform in a coffee house concert at the conclusion of the course.  

 

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Gordon Inman, clarinet

Majored in music performance at Middle Tennessee State University where he performed with Roy Wooten and the Flecktones, Johann de Meij, Nigel Clarke, and Peter Shepard Skaervd.  He also played in a masterclass with internationally renouned technique mater Robert Spring.  As a member of the MTSU Clarinet Quartet  they were the only American ensemble invited to perform in the European Clarinet Festival in Gen, Belgium.  A native of Chattanooga, he has been featured soloist with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Clarinet Choir, Uptown big Band, Southern Adventist University Orchestra, and the Chattanooga Youth Symphony.  Call 423-619-3572 to schedule lessons.

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Val Gibson, Painting, Drawing and Calligraphy

Graduated Northfield School for Girls, Northfield, MA and Beloit College, Beloit, WI with a BA degree in Art/Art Education with a minor in Archaeology.  After a lifetime of volunteering and rearing 3 children in NJ and TN, Val returned to art as her main creative outlet after the family moved to Signal Mountain.  Initially assisting at Angel Reed & Co. as an artist for several years, Val brought her studio to the MACC.  Since then she has been teaching and mentoring basic and intermediate painting and drawing classes in a working studio environment, classes especially designed for adults and children who want to explore and exercise the creative side of their brains.  

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Cody Harvey, Banjo and Upright Bass

Currently a nursing major at UTC, Cody began his banjo career at age 5.  Learning first from his father, Mike Harvey, he then took lessons from Ed Brown.  He sought out different picking styles from other teachers, notabley Clyde Blalock and Haskell McCormick.  Mr. McCormick is a former member of the legendary Lester Flatt and The Nashville Grass.  Cody is the founder of Mountain Cove Bluegrass Band, has won awards for his banjo playing, and the band has won numerous awards too.  Cody also teaches upright bass, plays guitar and mandolin, and sings lead vocals.  The Mountain Cove Band has played for River Bend, Dollywood, Extreme Home Makeover Rally, and several of Senator Corker's birthday parties.  You can view Cody and the band at www.mountaincovebluegrass.com.

                                                       For lessons, call 423-664-3275.

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Trish Wileman, Voice Teacher

Acting and singing from the age of six, Trish has played leading roles in theater, opera, oratorio, and musical theater performances from St. Petersburg, Florida to Washington, DC. Favorite roles include Papagena in The Magic Flute, Marian in The Music Man, Guinevere in Camelot, and concert performances of Sharon in Fininan’s Rainbow and Comfort O’Connell in No Strings. Her directing credits include Arsenic And Old Lace, Tevya & His Daughters, The Music Man, a five-year stint as the Director of Destiny in Dayton, and Artisti Affamati’s debut opera Shanewis as well as the film version of Barber’s A Hand of Bridge. Trish is the Director of Jim Pfitzer’s one-man show, Aldo Leopold: A Standard of Change, currently on tour across the US. She has worked in opera production and arts management for Opera America, Chattanooga Symphony & Opera and Sarasota Opera, and is currently Assistant Director of Music at Signal Mountain Presbyterian. She teaches both voice and acting privately, and is a frequent judge for the NAACP vocal competition as well as other vocal contests.  Call 941-330-5547 to arrange lessons.

Dakari Kelly, String Bass, Electric Bass

Dakari has studied string bass at Chattanooga School for Creative Arts, has played with the Chattanooga Youth Symphony, and recently studied at Tennessee Tech.  Transferring to Chattanooga State allows him to begin teaching in Signal Mountain.  He attended 2 years of string camp offered by the MACC, and returns now as an enthusiastic teacher.  His styles include classical, jazz and improv. Call 423-903-2659 to schedule lessons, or email theumpire423@gmail.com.

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Brianne Hager, Cake Artistry

For Brianne Hager it all started as a little girl sitting on the kitchen counter helping create tasty treats and savory dishes with her grandmother and mom. Baking has always been her passion, but really took off after her son was born. She took a few classes from a local cake shop and hit the ground running. Opening her own bakery in 2012, she is proud of every cake created, from the delicious cupcake displays to the intricate carved 3-D creations.  Brianne is offering several single cake workshops for kids, once a month.  You can select just the ones you want to take!

​Brianne is the owner of B's Sweets, located at the foot of Signal Mountain.

Chef Annete, Cooking for Kids

A passionate educator with years of experience and a personal passion for the culinary arts, Chef Katie will be stepping into the kitchen classroom and leading your kids in cooking class this session! She is a former elementary school teacher and has her Bachelor of Arts in Child Development and Learning with Licensure. As a chef instructor with Sprouts Cooking, she will engage your children with culinary skills and tasty, nutritious treats. She effortlessly combines her passion for good food with her love for teaching children, to make culinary magic happen in every Sprouts Cooking class she teaches.   Her goal is for students to walk away with a sprouting confidence in the kitchen and an awareness of their ability to impact their health with positive food choices. 

Allie Fincher, Owner, Sprouts Cooking  a mobile culinary school for kids.

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David deMarche, French Horn

David has been teaching already at SMMHS and privately for many years.  Call 423-290-9134  or email dadetigers@gmail.com to schedule a lesson.

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Tommy Bulman, Trumpet

Tommy Bulman is a freelance performer and educator in the greater Chattanooga. As a performer, he is a solo cornet player in the Jericho Brass and is also in the Moccasin Brass Quintet, a local brass quintet. His former students have received scholarships to attend the University of Tennessee, Jacksonville State University, and Berry College.

Tommy has already been teaching at SMMHS and privately for many years.  Call 423-313-6654 or email sinfonian031684@gmail.com to schedule a lesson.

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Sam Sencabaugh, Flute

Sam Sencabaugh has been making and studying music for 14+ years, primarily with Flute, Alto Sax, and Piano.  He has studied under Nora Kyle, Heather Small, Clint Schmitt, Stuart Benkert, and Martha King.  He graduated from Center for Creative Arts High School in 2008 and is currently finishing his music degree at UTC.He has played with the CSYO Philharmonic and Symphony and the UTC Band and Orchestra, as well as a rock band first called Finesse, later known as Kymera.  He composed music for the band and played flute and alto saxophone. Finesse performed at the MACC once about 4 years ago. Sam studies piano literature and composition, and plays any gigs that come along for flute or saxophone. Email samsencabaugh@gmail.com to schedule a lesson. 423-290-9139.

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Jordan Pitner, Low Brass

Jordan has been teaching and assisting with the SMMHS Bands for several years.  Call 865-640-8945 or email contrajordan@gmail.com to schedule a lesson.

Allyson S. Ford, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner

With a long standing interest in neuroscience and the psycho-physiology of self awareness, Allyson spent years studying human nature and how our thoughts and beliefs effect our actions and movement. Gaining insight to the reality that through exploration based movement, one can develop a greater sense of being, making intuitive & original movement more accessible in the moment. Allyson's practice holds space for people to be beckoned to inspiration and empowerment through meaningful inquiry & discovery. It's cultivated in the place where curiosity and development are singular, creativity sparks inspiration and gentle awareness encounters learning. She enjoys discovering where movement and curiosity meet and have interest in bringing what we think we are doing and what we are actually doing into a unified felt experience and expression.

 

She holds a BS in Psychology and am a Feldenkrais Practitioner. Through completing the 800 hour Feldenkrais training and maintaining continuing education she is certified by the Feldenkrais Guild of North America. 

 Contacts:423-825-9072allyson.ford@yahoo.com

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Teresa Spilko, Oboe

Teresa plays the oboe and english horn for the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Orchestra.  She has been a musician of the symphony since 2006 when she won the audition while still in graduate studies at the University of Indiana.  Teresa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Samford University in Brmingham, AL.  While still an undergraduate at Samford, she was the winner of the Concerto Aria Competition and also winner of the oboe audition for the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra.    She has performed with numerous symphonies and ensembles in the South East and Midwest including the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the Triptych Winds Trio.  Teresa resides in Chattanooga, TN with her husband Robert and baby girl Miranda.Teresa also enjoys her two dogs Grace and Bo.  Grace is a 12 year old Maltese rescue and Bo is a Bassett/Beagle mix which she adopted from The Ark, a no-kill animal shelter in Huntsville, AL. Call 423-385-9833 or email teresaspilko@gmail.com to arrange for a lesson.

 

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Ed Bergin, Accordion

Ed Bergin has been a piano accordionist for 53 years.  Originally from Boston, MA, he has a B.S. in Music Education from Northeastern University in Boston.  He has taught and performed the accordion in a variety of settings and has given numerous presentations and workshops.  He always relishes the opportunity to demonstrate the accordion's unique charms.  When he doesn't play, he works as a librarian.  He currently lives in Chattanooga with his partner, Kathy.  For info on lessons, contact Ed Bergin: 512-878-9981 or eabergin@gmail.com.

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Sharon Dunn, Musikgarten

​Meet our new Musikgarten teacher Sharon Dunn. Classes for preschoolers 16mo-4years. Musikgarten, similar to Kindermusik, recognizes the importance of music and movement in the very early stages of development.  Much research on brain development has proven the success of this program.

Call the MACC at 886.1959 for more info. 

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Rachel Clark , Dance

Graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Music, where she received the Minnette L. Starts Award for Excellence in Dance and the Jill Karp Award for Outstanding Dance student. She was a member of the Newcomb Dance Company and Project Motion Dance Ensemble. Clark has choreographed several pieces, including her honors thesis, Falling to Recover, Les Sapphides, a full-length ballet which premiered at the New Orleans Fringe Festival, and "Nomad's Nest," which was presented at the Tennessee Association of Dance. She has toured nationally and internationally with Lightwire Theater and performed locally at Barking Legs Theater, Chattanooga Dance Theater, with WEAVE and Hamilton Academy of Dance. Clark teaches jazz, modern, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, and musical theater all over Chattanooga, but she is particularly excited to teach and choreograph at the Mountain Arts Community Center.

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Harv Wileman, Voice

Voice instructor Harv Wileman holds two degrees in singing (a Bachelor Music from UTC and a Master of Music from Lee University) and has been performing professionally for over twenty years in opera, oratorio, song recital, and sacred venues. His company debut with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera came in 1998 followed by a professional opera debut (in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville) in 2002. After moving to Washington, D.C. later that year, he sang all over the metropolitan D.C. area, including solo debuts at the Kennedy Center (in Handel’s Messiah) and at Washington National Cathedral (in Rachmaninoff’s Vespers) and as Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Victorian Lyric Opera. A long-time church musician, he has held positions at National Presbyterian Church, Christ Episcopal Church-Georgetown, and Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church and enjoys giving recitals of sacred music in all styles and from all genres. He has taught voice for both Covenant College and Chattanooga State Community College and has studied voice science and vocal pedagogy with Dr. Kathleen L. Wilson, former editor of the NATS Journal of Singing. Experienced in the business of music, he has held administrative positions with such companies as Opera America, Sarasota Opera, and Choral Arts of Chattanooga, and is the artistic director of the professional men’s ensemble Voci Virili Men’s Consort which he founded in 2012. Beyond the classics, he loves a cappella singing, American folk music, rhythm and blues, Broadway, and 1980’s New Wave/Alternative. His greatest wish is too facilitate the joy of singing for people who have always been curious but hesitant or who sang long ago and want to find their joy and skill again. “It’s both nowhere near as hard as it looks, and it’s much harder than it looks at the same time. It’s a process like anything else, but a physical, mental, musical, and revelatory one that is within most anyone’s grasp.” 

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​Crissy holds a Master's Degree in Human Movement Science and has 16 years of dance training including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and musical theater performance. She grew up performing in over 30 theatrical productions, and later competed and performed in a traveling show choir group. For the past 7 years, Crissy has choreographed and taught dance for Hutchison School's Community-based Academy for the Arts in Memphis, TN. One of her favorite things to do is to inspire children to fall in love with the arts, as she did at a young age. Crissy is known for teaching fun, thematic courses for children which blend dance with stories, song, and/or art.