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. 


B.S. in Music Education, Radford College; M.M. in organ performance, Virginia Commonwealth University; over 36 years as full-time church music director-organist, working with children, youth and adults; has taught piano and organ, and concertized widely on organ; Currently, Organist/Accompanist at Salisbury Presbyterian Church. 


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. Michele is currently the Organist/Accompanist at Winfree Baptist Church in Midlothian. 

RON FIX, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Jazz Improvisation

B.M. in Jazz Studies from VCU; D’Addario Woodwind Artist; Author; Woodberry Forest adjunct music faculty since 2008; Has recorded and performed throughout the United States, Canada and Central America as well as appearances on both radio and television; Extended bio available at ronfix.com

CAROL HAMRICK, Clarinet and Ukulele

Carol holds a BM in Education from Appalachian State University and an MSEd. from Northwest Missouri State University. She has been playing clarinet for 35 years and has taught public school music for 22 years. She has performed in the Richmond Concert Band, the Chesterfield Community Band and at her home church (Oak Forest Baptist). She currently teaches in the CCPS system and is experienced in teaching middle and high school clarinet students. 

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.

BECKY HOPKINS, Piano and Voice

Becky Hopkins is a veteran instructor of piano, voice, and music theory. A graduate of Liberty University (B.S.) and Florida State University (M.M.E., M.M.), Becky is passionate about helping people uncover and discover their own musical voice. She has a diverse background of performing through playing the piano, accompanying, singing and acting. Locally, she has performed with James River Singers, Richmond Choral Society, and Capitol Opera Richmond. When Becky isn’t spending time with her family usually at soccer games, you will likely find her at Bon Air Baptist, where she serves as the Worship Associate – playing the piano for worship and rehearsals, singing, leading vocal ensembles, and organizing special worship events. On the rare occasion that she has some free time, Becky enjoys traveling, reading, or sewing. She loves to work with people of all ages, helping them explore the beauty of music the discipline involved in creating it, and the satisfaction gained by sharing it. She invites you to the journey. 


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. 

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.


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. 


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. 


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.