We are very fortunate to have a highly-qualified faculty providing instruction here at the Music Academy at Salisbury. These teachers are dedicated to offering the best in music education to you and your child. Our instructors are:

RONALD ALIG, Guitar and Ukulele

Ron graduated from the VCU School of Music in Spring 2008     with a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance. He studied with David Toussaint and John Patykula during his years as an undergraduate. In addition to being a seasoned solo classical guitar performer, he is also a member of the Richmond Guitar Quartet. He has experience is teaching and performing both classical and rock styles as well as some beginning flamenco technique. (Lessons: Mondays and Wednesdays)

 

 

 

MICHELE BYNUM, Piano

Michele received her Bachelor of Music degree from Greensboro College and a Master of Music degree from Converse College, both with a concentration in piano performance. She holds an active teaching certificate in Music Education and has taught many private students of various ages and skill levels. Michele has performed with various ensembles and has accompanied numerous choirs, vocalists and instrumentalists. Her public school teaching experience includes the Buncombe County and Asheville City school systems in N.C. and the local Chesterfield County Public Schools. (Lesson days: Mondays through Thursdays)

 

 

 

BEVERLEY EDWARDS Piano

Beverley holds a B.A. in Music Education from Barton College in Wilson, N.C. and a M.A. in Sacred Music with studies in piano pedagogy from East Carolina University, Greenville,N.C.. She currently serves as the Organist and Director of Choirs at Christ the King Lutheran Church here in Richmond. Beverley has over twenty years of experience in teaching beginner to advanced players of all ages. (Lessons: Mondays)

 

 

BARBARA HAMPTON, Flute

Barbara earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst , MA) and a Master of Music in Flute Performance with a minor in Music History from the University of Southern Mississippi. She taught flute and music education classes at Virginia State University for three years and has over thirty years of experience teaching music in the Chesterfield County Public Schools. Mrs. Hampton has performed in area churches and small ensembles. She has a great deal of experience in teaching flute students of all skill levels and ages. (Lessons: Wednesdays)

 

 

 

GRANT HELLMERS, Organ and Piano

Grant holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Australian National University as well as a Master of Music Education from Canberra College, Australia. He has studied the organ in various locations around the world including Vienna, Austria and Paris, France. He is a well-respected member of the American Guild of Organists and has composed numerous arrangements for choir, congregation, organ and other instruments. Grant currently serves as Organist-Choirmaster for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, VA. (Lessons: Mondays)

 

ELLA JOHNSON, Voice

Ella earned a BS in Music Education from Hampton University majoring in piano. She was an exchange student at Eastman School of  Music in Rochester, NY for one semester. Her MS degree in Music Education was earned as a voice major at Syracuse University. Ella has done extensive work as a vocal soloist, a paid accompanist and has been a member of numerous vocal ensembles. She is currently a soprano in the Richmond Symphony Chorus. Ella is an experienced music teacher on both the secondary and college levels. (Lessons: Wednesdays)

 

 

 

MICHELLE MARSHALL, Trumpet

Michelle earned both a BA and MA in trumpet performance from the University of Illinois. Her teachers have included Ronald Romm (Canadian Brass) and Michael Ewald. Michelle has performed with numerous orchestras, wind ensembles and brass quintets throughout the country. She has over ten years of experience teaching trumpet to students from beginner through college level. (Lessons: Mondays)

 

LAURA MILES, Piano

Laura earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Longwood College, (Farmville, VA) as a Piano Major. She earned a Masters in Gifted Education from UVA. She has over 30 years of experience in teaching within the public schools. In addition to giving  private lessons, she sings with the Richmond Symphony Chorus, manages and sings with Medley of Friends and is a  frequent accompanist in the area. Laura is currently serving as the Music Office Assistant here at Salisbury Presbyterian Church. (Lessons: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)

 

 

 

 

DELINDA (LINDY) MOORE, Piano

Lindy has been teaching all levels of piano instruction for over twenty years. She has served as a local church musician for over thirty years and is currently the music director, organist and pianist at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church. She directs two children’s choirs, a contemporary choir and an adult choir at St. Matthew’s. Lindy has previously taught piano lessons for several local music studios and has served as pianist for the School of the Richmond Ballet. Lindy studied piano at VCU under the direction of Landon Bilyeu and Mary Jane Fitzpatrick. (Lessons: Tuesdays and Thursdays)

 

 

 

 

CAROL PETTIT, Cello

Carol has been teaching beginning cello students of all ages for over thirty years. She grew up in Ohio and was very active in music throughout high school. Carol has a Bachelors degree in music education from Bowling Green St. Univ. and a Masters degree in Music Performance from the Univ. of Michigan. She has also been a member of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. A corporate transfer for her husband brought her to the Richmond area where she has continued to teach privately and play chamber music. (Lessons: Mondays and Wednesdays)

 

 

PETER PETTIT, Trombone

Peter Pettit was a principle trombonist of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and member of the Toledo Symphony Brass Quintet. He was also the Trombone Instructor at The University of Toledo and an occasional soloist at many venues in northwest Ohio. He received Bachelors and Masters degrees from The University of Michigan and has studies with Allen Chase, Glenn Smith, Frank Crisafulli and Peter Brevig, among others. He has actively performed with the Richmond Symphony in many Richmond area wind and brass ensembles. Mr. Pettit has experience teaching low brass students of all ages. (Lessons: Mondays)

 

 

KRISTIN PRESLEY, Violin and Viola

Kristin Presley is a violinist based in Richmond, VA. She has had the opportunity to play with Virginia Opera, Virginia Repertory Theater, Opera on the James and in other small ensembles in the area. Currently, Kristin is a violin and viola instructor both at the University of Mary Washington and the Music Academy at Salisbury. She holds a Master of Music Performance degree from the State University of New York at Purchase College where she studied with Laurie Smukler. Her Bachelor of Music Performance degree is from Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied with Susanna Klein. (Lessons: Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

 

 

 

SHARI SCHNEIDER, Piano

Shari holds a Bachelor of Music Education with a piano concentration from James Madison University. She is a former elementary music teacher with Chesterfield County Public Schools and a tenured bell ringer/interim director with the Coventry Ringers of Bon Air Baptist Church. Her thirty years of experiences in performing, teaching and leading music range from private instruction, directing children’s choirs, accompanying youth choir and playing keyboard in the pit orchestra for various musical theater productions. (Lessons: Tuesdays and Thursdays)

 

 

 

TONEIKA STEPHENS, Piano and Voice

Toneika Stephens, a NC native, had a love of music from an early age. She began taking piano lessons and singing at the age of seven. Toneika earned a B.A. in Music from Elizabeth City State University with a concentration in piano. In 2011, she earned an M.A. of Music, (Voice emphasis) from Norfolk State University. Ms. Stephens is currently employed with Chesterfield Co. Public Schools as the choral director at Providence Middle School, has performed as a featured soloist in area choruses and churches, and currently sings with the group “Left Turn Right”. Toneika has experience teaching piano and voice students of all ages….”ranging in age from 4 to 60″. (Lessons: Mondays and Thursdays)

 

 

 

THOMAS STEVENS, Violin and Viola

Tom holds a BM from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. He has studied the viola with Karen Ritscher, Joey Corpus, Carol Rodland (Berlin, Germany), Evelyn Luise (Texas) and Sharon Dean. Tom is currently the Assistant Principal Viola of the Roanoke Symphony and Charlottesville Opera. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Violin/Viola at both Randolph-Macon College and the University of Richmond.His performance experience is extensive and includes such Chamber Music appearances as the Hofstra String Quartet (Hofstra University) and the Academy Chamber Players (Carnegie Hall, 1998, 2004). Tom is also passionate about Irish fiddle music and is a member of the Celtic duo “Rights of Man”. Mr. Stevens is experienced in teaching all ages and skill levels. (Lessons: Mondays and Thursdays)

 

 

 

DEREK TUTTLE, Guitar

Derek holds a BM in New Music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has enjoyed his work in sound studios and musical theater ensembles. As well as teaching at Collegiate School, he plays with several groups around town including InsideOut Band, KKSD and Heartwood. He also provides various musical services such as arranging, engraving and recording. Derek has had extensive experience teaching private lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. (Lessons: Thursdays)