Sarah has been dancing since she was 5 years old! One recreational dance class many years ago turned into a lifelong journey through dance, and Sarah has been dancing for 16 years and counting. The only thing Sarah loves more than dancing herself, is teaching dance to kids of all ages and sharing the joy that dance can bring! Sarah currently teaches for four dance programs, one being School for the Arts. She loves many styles of dance, including ballet, tap, hip-hop, pointe, contemporary, and lyrical. Sarah is also a certified Rhythm Works Integrative Dance instructor.
Piano, SFTA Director
Born and raised in Concord, New Hampshire, Stacy Christensen began playing piano at age 6. She has a passion for sharing the gift of music with others, and started instructing students in piano at age 16. Also a teacher by education, Stacy holds both a B.S. in Math Education and a Masters of Education. She has taught Montessori elementary and high school, working alongside many different ages to help students grow and gain confidence in their skills. Stacy loves working one on one with students, and skillfully combines her educational background with her excitement for and knowledge of piano here at School for the Arts.
Ryan has been playing guitar since the age of 12. His formal music education has included private lessons with a few very talented instructors; and earning a certificate from Berklee College of Music. His most notable musical endeavors have been with the pop-punk band, A Hero Falls, recording multiple albums and playing a multitude of shows including local festivals, radio performances, and a Midwest tour. Also, while getting his master’s from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, he played lead guitar in the school’s modern rock band, Risky Business. Ryan is currently involved in several other musical projects. Some of the best things in my life have come through music, and he hopes to share that legacy with the students at SFTA!
Jessica fell in love with singing early in life. In high school, she sang in choir and was involved in several musicals. Jessica received her Bachelor of Vocal Performance at Grace Bible College where she sang nearly all the time, including a yearly dinner theatre and as the lead in the opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors”. She’s been active in her local worship teams and choirs by singing and even directing; she has also sung in a number of weddings. Her passion for kids and education is evident in her three kids, two of whom she home-schooled for 3 years and the third who can sing the ABC’s even though he’s too young to know the letters yet! She is looking forward to sharing her love of music with students and helping them develop their talents.
Austin is currently a junior at the University of Michigan studying voice. Growing up he was heavily involved in community and school theatre performing in everything from The Wizard of Oz and West Side Story to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In high school, he was a part of the top choral and acapella groups and arranged multiple pieces for both. He has worked with the senior musical theater group “Beyond Belief”, based in Novi, as a musical director multiple times over the last couple years. In 2018, he began playing as a dueling pianist where he continues to sharpen his skills in performing every week.
My name is Gail Green and have lived in Brighton for 5 years. I have 30 years of teaching experience as a K-12 music teacher and private flute teacher throughout Michigan. I graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor degree in K-12 instrumental and vocal music education, flute major. Currently, I am the Director of the Michigan Flute Orchestra that consists of Piccolo, C Flutes, Alto Flutes, Bass Flutes and Contrabass Flute. We perform all over the Greater Detroit area which includes the DIA and the Detroit Public Library. I have performed with the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra, International Symphony Orchestra (Port Huron, MI and Sarnia, Canada) Saginaw Symphony, Midland Symphony, Port Huron and St. Clair pit orchestras, West Michigan Flute Choir (WMFA) and Delta Flute Choir, Blue Water Woodwind Quintet, Blue Water Occasions, Blue Water Trio, Iridescent Flutes and currently performing with the Motor City Flutes and Trio Dolce. In addition to directing and performing I also adjudicate MSBOA Solo & Ensemble Festivals at the District and State Levels. Being the President of the Southeast Michigan Flute Association (SEMFA) has been a lot of fun. We plan annual festivals, recitals, and workshops for the flute community. I enjoy photography, sports, travel, and all styles of world music.
Paul is currently living in SE Michigan where he is a freelance violinist. He has performed locally with Ann Arbor, Flint, Midland, Saginaw, Oakland, and Rochester Symphonies. He studied at the University of Iowa where he earned Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Violin Performance. Most recently while living in Wisconsin, he performed with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Waukesha, and Green Bay Symphonies and held the post of Concertmaster for the Racine Symphony from May of 2000 until 2008. In addition to performing, he was a sabbatical replacement at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point (2001) and was adjunct instructor at Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin for 8 years. Formerly, he was a fulltime member of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra from 1992-1999, was on the faculty of Northwestern State University and Centenary College and concertmaster of the Longview (Texas) Symphony. He received critical acclaim as soloist in Longview playing Erich Korngold’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” in 1998.
Marianne started playing the piano at the age of five and studied piano at Rochester College while pursuing her Elementary Teaching degree. She took classes at Schoolcraft College through their Piano Teacher’s Program, when she first began teaching piano. Marianne finds joy in seeing young children master a new skill and develop their musical abilities. She believes piano not only enriches lives, but also is a great teacher of discipline and contributes to higher success in other academic areas as well.
Piano, Guitar, Voice
Amy is a worship leader, singer and songwriter from Toronto, Ontario. She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Guelph, majoring in English and Music. Amy specializes in popular style singing, piano, guitar and ukulele. In addition, Amy also enjoys teaching songwriting and music theory.
My name is Annaliese Schindel and I’m a piano teacher at School for the Arts. Growing up I played a number of instruments but piano was always my favorite. During high school I started to take it more seriously and began to study under a private instructor. I was also able to teach a couple of young girls from my church around that time. After I graduated I continued to teach and have been growing my studio ever since. Teaching piano is a passion of mine and it is my desire to instill a love of music as well as give a solid musical foundation to each child I teach.
A native of North Canton, OH, Tim initially studied at Zampino’s Drum Shop. While there, he explored rudiments, jazz, rock, funk, fusion, Latin, and Afro-Cuban rhythms, and earned many outstanding ratings in solo and ensemble competition. Over the years, he has played with numerous jazz and worship bands, and he currently drums with the 2|42 band. Tim’s teaching style involves demonstration, discussion, and playing together with the student. He uses books as a reference to communicate established ideas and concepts as a foundation for creativity while holding musicality at the center of rhythmic artistic expression.