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Eric Burgett is a native of Latham, IL, where he grew up on a corn and soybean farm and began studying piano at the age of 5, after taking an interest in playing songs by ear that he had heard on the radio. During high school, Eric studied classical piano and decided to audition at the collegiate level. It was also during this time that Eric found an interest in singing and songwriting. He studied piano with Judith Mancinelli at Millikin University in central Illinois. While earning a degree in Piano Performance at the undergraduate level, he served as an accompanist for several vocalists, musical theatre productions, and the department of dance. Eric also maintained his love of songwriting and country music. He has performed as an opening act for recording artists such as: Rodney Atkins, Lee Brice, Frankie Ballard, Charlie Worsham, and Chris Stapleton
Most recently, Eric was chosen as a finalist in the casting process for the sixth season of the TV show “The Voice.” While he did not advance on to the show, he met many new friends while in Hollywood this past fall. Eric’s single, “Nothin’ Better” can be heard on several Illinois radio stations, as well as online through iTunes and Spotify.
Eric is pursuing a Master’s degree at Belmont University where he studies under Dr. Kristian Klefstad. He is working on preparing a lecture-recital, focusing on the pedagogical aspects and solo piano works of Lowell Liebermann. Living in Nashville, Eric serves as a pianist for The School of Nashville Ballet, audition accompanist at Belmont University, music director at Glencliff United Methodist Church, private instructor through Belmont Academy, and tours with national recording artist James Wesley, with whom he plays keyboard and sings background vocals for. Eric is a versed in both Classical and Commercial music and enjoys making frequent trips up to Illinois to visit the farm and his hometown. He has been published in “Performer Magazine,” discussing “The Art of a Dance Accompanist.” To find out more about Eric, check out: www.ericburgett.com.
Lessons Offered: Piano
Lael Caldwell, a graduate of the University of South Carolina, is an accomplished cellist and pianist. She served as the accompanist for the Grosse Point Conservatory for many years. She has studied cello with Mario De Fury and Julia Tanner and improvisation with John Pell. She can be seen in an Alan Jackson video with her cello, and has played at the Ryman and the Grand Ole Opry.
Lessons Offered: Piano & Cello
Pam Davis has over 20 years teaching experience. She has a B.M.E. (oboe), and M.A. (organ performance and church liturgy), from Eastern Michigan University. Pam has taught in private and public schools as well as private studio, Austin Peay and Melbourne, Australia. She has taught at studio in Franklin for 20 years and Belmont Academy for 6 years. Pam’s students have earned spots in Mid-State Honors Bands, Williamson County and Blair youth orchestras and Governor’s School for the Arts. In addition, Pam’s piano students have done consistently well in Piano Guild auditions.
Lessons Offered: Piano & Bassoon
Lessons Offered: Piano & Voice
Delores Hershey grew up on a farm in a Michigan family that had just left the Amish community to Christianity. She began serving the Lord at an early age by playing piano, violin and singing on weekends at area churches. By the age of 13, she became the church’s full-time pianist. Her family, also, spent several years singing on weekends at area churches. After graduating college with a double major in piano performance and piano pedagogy, she dove right into her music career by performing and teaching music. Delores is married to her husband, Bryan Hershey, who, also shares her love for ministry by running sound at Faith Church. She is currently the Music Director at Faith Church, playing her violin in the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, teaching piano, and performing every week by playing the piano and singing for local venues, groups, and events in Nashville. You can listen to some of her performances at http://www.youtube.com/user/djhershey2
Lessons Offered: Piano
Judy Mahone began teaching piano at Lipscomb in 1995. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance from George Peabody College for Teachers in 1968 where she studied with Lucien Stark.
Ms. Mahone has maintained a private studio in her home from 1970 to the present. She has also been teaching with Belmont Academy since 2009. She was the keyboard member of the Cambiata Chamber Players for 6 years and a volunteer music teacher at several Metro elementary schools for 8 years. During this time she developed and directed Summer Music Camps, focusing on musical theater, piano performance and theory. In addition to teaching, Ms. Mahone has served as musical director, accompanist or producer for several musicals including Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Fantasticks, Dido and Aeneas, West Side Story and How to Succeed in Business…
Ms. Mahone is a Nationally Certified member of Music Teachers National Association and a charter member of Nashville Area Music Teachers Association. She has served on the board of the local chapter in various capacities. She has been chairperson of the Bellevue Center for the National Guild of Piano Teachers since 1996.
From 1989 – 2007, Ms. Mahone served on the staff of Bellevue Presbyterian Church as Organist/Children’s Choir Coordinator and as Associate Music Director from 1998. She now enjoys substituting and providing interim help at a variety of churches in the area. She is an active member of the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has served on the staff at the Lifeway Conference Center during Church Music Leadership Conferences in various capacities.
Lessons Offered: Piano