Karen Cooksey

Piano, Voice and Music Theory Instructor

Ms. Cooksey received both the Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance (Operatic Concentration) and the Master of Music from The University of Memphis and has completed post-graduate work for her Doctoral Degree at Indiana University.  She has tutored individuals for over twenty years and has seen numerous students go on to have exciting careers in the music industry.  Her accomplishments include numerous vocal scholarships and awards from accredited colleges and universities along with private vocal sponsorships awarded to her during her years of study.  Ms. Cooksey has performed with a wide variety of community theaters, opera houses and churches throughout the country.  Her greatest rewards come from seeing the wonderful advancements made by her students as their musical talents blossom with continued study and practice.  Karen’s life verse is Joshua 1:9.  Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Emma Crick

VOICE INSTRUCTOR

Mrs. Crick received the Bachelor of Music degree with a minor in theater from Mississippi College. She is trained in both classical voice and musical theatre under the instruction of Dr. Kristen Gunn. She has been featured in many musicals throughout her college career with the most recent roles being Fantine in Les Miserables and Mother in Ragtime. Mrs. Crick grew up in a Christian home and has spent her entire life singing in church and leading worship.

Her favorite verse is Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Roxanne Murray Daws

Violin and Viola Instructor

Ms. Daws received the Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Memphis with a double certification in Instrumental Music and Elementary Education and the Master of Music Degree in Viola Performance from The University of Alabama School of Music.  She taught for the Community Music School at the University of Memphis and was the Adjunct violin/viola instructor at Union University where she taught String Methods as well as private lessons.  Ms. Daws plays in many area orchestras including the Jackson Symphony, Delta Symphony and Tupelo Symphony.  Ms. Daws received the “Outstanding Teacher Award” from the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts in 1995 and 1997. According to Ms. Daws, teaching violin and viola has been her "calling & ministry" since 1985.  Her life verse is Phillipians 4:13.  I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

Sara Gibbs

Piano Instructor

Sara Gibbs is a pianist from Florida. She received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL in May 2009. Sara then went onto the University of Memphis, and received a Master of Music in Piano Performance in May 2011. She was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Class Piano at the University of Memphis from 2009-2014. The Beethoven Club of Memphis also awarded her 2nd place in their Young Artists Competition in 2011. Sara is currently working towards a Doctoral of Musical Arts in Piano Performance degree at the University of Memphis. She has taught in various schools in both Florida and Tennessee since 2005 as well as doing work as a freelance accompanist and performer. Sara is the current church pianist at Minor Memorial United Methodist Church, and her favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 41:10.

 

Taneea Hull

CLARINET INSTRUCTOR

Taneea has a Bachelor’s Degree in clarinet performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD. She has played with the Macon Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the Ocmulgee Symphony, the South Dakota Symphony, the Sioux City Symphony. She appeared as a soloist with the Ocmulgee Symphony, and was a guest artist with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. Taneea has also been a member and soloist for multiple professional wind ensembles in South Dakota and Georgia. Taneea regularly freelances and performs chamber music with her husband in their local area. In addition to teaching private clarinet students for 6 years, Taneea has coached the Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra Woodwinds, taught masterclasses at local schools, and worked as a clinician in the Houston County band programs.  

Warner Keeton

BRASS INSTRUCTOR 

Warner Keeton is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music with a concentration in trumpet. Additional studies were taken at North Adams State College, North Adams, Massachusetts.

After college, he was a member of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, New York. His duties there included playing many concerts in and around the New York area to promote West Point. He also played in the West Point Rock Band every weekend for the cadets leisure time.  After leaving the Army, Mr. Keeton became a band director for the public schools in Bennington, Vermont. He was later promoted to Music Director for the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union. Upon moving to the Memphis area, he was choir director at Maples Memorial United Methodist Church, in Olive Branch, Mississippi and Church of the Resurrection in Memphis, Tennessee. He later became brass instructor at the Academy of Performing Arts at First Baptist Church of Collierville, Tennessee. 

Warner's life verse is Psalm 118. "O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His steadfast love endures forever!"

Sheryl Lane

Piano Instructor

Dr. Sheryl Lane earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Memphis, her Masters of Music from the University of Louisiana in Monroe, and her Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University.  She teaches orchestra and class piano at Kingsbury High School and is the lead piano teacher for the Shelby County Schools.  In addition to teaching school, she conducts the "Little Mozart's" string ensemble for the Germantown Youth Symphony and is the organist and choir director at Collierville Christian Church.  She has been teaching private piano, violin, voice, and guitar for over 30 years and has presented a number of workshops at both the state and local levels focusing on student growth, helping young musicians compose and arrange, and teaching guitar in the public schools. Her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.  Plans for good and not for evil.  Plans to give you a future and a hope.

Michael Love

Acoustic, Electric, Bass Guitar and Banjo Instructor

Mr. Love received the Bachelor of Science and the Master’s in Administration and Supervision from The University of Memphis.  He taught chemistry for the Memphis City School System for 35 years.  While his education is in the science field his love for music took him in an equally exciting direction.  He has studied with and participated in master classes with Jorge Morel, David Qualey, Michael Hedges, Marcel Dadi, John Knowles, and Leo Kottke.  He is a member of the Guitar Foundation of America, NSAI, CAAS and the American Guitar Congress.  In addition, he was a songwriter for Al Jolson Black and White – BMI from 1996-2000.  Mr. Love shares with everyone, “the Lord has been so good to me.”  His life verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17.  Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

Corbin Miles

Acoustic and Electric Guitar Instructor

Having taught at The Germantown Baptist Church Conservatory since 1995, Mr. Miles received his Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from East Carolina University.  He also received his Master of Music in Guitar Performance from The University of Memphis.  He has been a top prizewinner in several competitions and has performed throughout the country as a soloist and ensemble musician. Mr. Miles has released three albums and is currently at work on a fourth release scheduled for later in the year.  His life verse is Corinthians 13:13.  And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Zeynep Miles

Violin, Viola, Piano, Voice and Music Theory Instructor

Ms. Miles received the Bachelor of Music in Composition, Piano and Viola from the National Conservatory of Turkey and the Master of Music in Composition and Jazz Vocal at the University of Memphis.  She taught music and performed in various ensembles internationally for the last 14 years including several tours throughout Asia and Europe.  Some of her compositions have been played and recorded by orchestras around the world.  Ms. Miles has also appeared in several local productions for Theatre Memphis.  One of her favorite verses is Ephesians 4:2-3.  With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Pat Plumlee

PIANO INSTRUCTOR

I have been teaching piano in the Germantown/Collierville area for 30 years.  I am a native Memphian, graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Music Ed. degree.  My husband, Walter is a banker, son, Spencer is a pastor in MO., son, Stewart is a branch manager with Suntrust, Collierville. I have three beautiful grandsons, Seth, Patrick and Noah. My family loves music.  Collectively we play piano, flute, sax, trumpet and percussion.

Verne Powell

Piano Instructor

Ms. Powell has been teaching music for over 47 years, including teaching music in various Memphis City Schools for over 26 years. She received a Bachelor of Music in Piano from Mississippi College and a Master of Arts in Music from Louisiana State University.  She is a member of the Germantown/Collierville Area Piano Teachers Association and Germantown Baptist Church where she teaches a Sunday School Class.  When her mentally handicapped daughter started playing piano at an early age she became certified in Suzuki Piano and now teaches both a combination of Suzuki and Traditional method. She has extensive experience in teaching handicapped children, including her Memphis City Schools classes and that of her own daughter. One of her favorite verses is Psalm 19:14: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”

Andrew Proctor

French Horn and Trumpet Instructor

Mr. Proctor received the Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education at Middle Tennessee State University and the Master of Music in Music Education at the University of Memphis.  Mr. Proctor has taught music and has worked with band programs at the University of Memphis, Tipton County Schools and Hardeman County Schools and currently teaches at Whiteville School.  Mr. Proctor’s favorite verse and blessing comes from Philippians 4:7.  May the peace of God which passeth understanding keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and in his son Jesus Christ our Lord and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father Son and Holy Spirit be with us all, now and forever. Amen. 

Alisha Rufty

CELLO INSTRUCTOR

Alisha Rufty is a doctoral student at the University of Memphis studying with Leo Altino where she also holds a Master’s of Music degree in Cello. Additionally, Ms. Rufty holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Florida State and a Performance Certificate from Penn State. Ms. Rufty’s major teachers include: Lubomir Georgiev, Leo Altino, Kim Cook and Mihai Tetel.  

Ms. Rufty is an active free -lance musician. She is currently the principal cellist for the Starkville Symphony as well as performing in the cello section with both the Jackson and Tupelo Symphonies. She has performed with Roberta Flack, the Beach Boys, ABBA and Amy Grant.  

Carole Tidwell

Piano Instructor

Ms. Tidwell has taught privately in her home piano studio as well as at several Memphis-area private Christian schools for over 25 years.  As well, she has been an accompanist for several area churches and theatres for many years.  Presently, she plays piano and keyboard in the orchestra at Germantown Baptist Church, where she is a member.  Ms. Tidwell is also a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers and the Germantown/Collierville Piano Teachers Association.  She is a native of Memphis, Tennessee, where she graduated from Wooddale High School and attended the University of Memphis.  Ms. Tidwell states, "The biggest blessings of my life include my late husband, my two daughters, and my 3 precious grandchildren.  My favorite song is ‘God Will Make A Way’ and one of my favorite Bible verses is 2 Timothy 1:7. For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and of a sound mind."

Mark Vail

Trombone, Baritone and Tuba Instructor

Mr. Vail received the Bachelor of Music atNorth Texas State University.  He is the principal bass trombonist for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.  In addition, Mr. Vail plays with the Germantown Baptist Church Orchestra, the Germantown Baptist Church Jazz Orchestra and is the brass instructor for the Germantown Baptist Church Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Vail’s favorite verse is Matthew 19:26.  And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Wes Walker

SAXOPHONE, CLARINET, AND FLUTE INSTRUCTOR

Mr. Walker received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Memphis and a Masters in Music Education from the University of Mississippi.  He has 27 years of private teaching experience between Lane Music, Germantown Baptist Church, and Collierville First Baptist Church. 

In addition to teaching, he has performed professionally around the region for the past 30 years.  Performance experience includes 25 years of Orpheum Theater shows such as West Side Story, Will Rogers Follies, A Chorus Line, and the King and I.  He has backed entertainers such as Johnny Mathis, Burt Bachrach, Wayne Newton, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Rosemary Clooney, The Stars of Lawrence Welk, Herb Ellis, and the Tommy Dorsey Band.

Other performance experience includes 5 years with the Memphis Jazz Orchestra, The Memphis Symphony Pops Concerts and Artist in Residence for Overton High School.  

Mr. Walker's like verse is Philippians 4:13. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Stephen Len White

Voice Instructor

Mr. White received the Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance from The University of Memphis and has performed throughout the country including performing as a member of the traveling company of The Phantom of the Opera, The Music Man, Rigoletto, Merry Widow, Hansel and Gretal, Pagliacci and The Yeoman of the Guard.  He has also performed with the New York Opera in The Barber of Seville, Susannah, the Devil and Daniel Webster, La Boheme and La Fanciulla Del West.  His life verse is Romans 12:2.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.