Private Lesson Teachers
Jacques Bell is an international performing musician, studio recording artist, and music educator. His passion for music became evident at a very young age. As a high school student, Mr. Bell received countless accolades as an instrumentalist, performing in some of Georgia’s most accomplished student and professional ensembles. This foundation in music was further augmented at the University of Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and became a highly sought-after Musician, Music Educator, and Clinician.
Mr. Bell has been an accomplished Music educator in the metro Atlanta area since 1998 and his students have seen great success, consistently being selected for honor ensembles including the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, The Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, Governors Honors, and the GMEA All-State Band. They have been awarded thousands in music scholarships to some of the nations top universities and conservatories. Mr. Bell attributes the success of his students to their strong foundation in the fundamentals of music. He has served three years as the principle Saxophonist of the Atlanta Wind Symphony and is driven by the belief that there is always more to learn.
Jacques Bell- Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone
Michael Maxwell- Bassoonist
Michael Maxwell is a bassoonist who teaches in Carrol County on Thursday and Friday each week. He is a retired educator from Fayette County, Georgia where he served as a band director, school principal and central office administrator. He currently has a bassoon studio of 25 middle and high school students. He is also the adjunct professor for bassoon at Clayton State University. He is the principal bassoonist in the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his musical activates he is a practicing attorney with an office in Fayette County,
Christopher Mothersole- Clarinet
Christopher Mothersole is an Instructor of Clarinet & Chamber Music at University of West Georgia. Prior to his appointment at UWG in 2019, Christopher served as principal clarinet of the Great Falls Symphony Orchestra and member of the Chinook Winds Quintet, as featured on Montana PBS's "11th & Grant". Praised for his "pure, yet colorful tone and amazing technical facility", Christopher enjoys a life of freelancing in the Southeast region, having performed with ensembles including the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra and Carroll Symphony Orchestra. His most recent work focuses on the use of guitar effect pedals in clarinet performance, pushing the boundaries of the instrument and taking it to new heights. Christopher's presentations on this topic have been featured multiple times by the International Clarinet Association, and his work focuses particularly on writing and commissioning new works for electroacoustic clarinet. He holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and Royal College of Music.
Stephanie Tuck- Trumpet
Stephanie Tuck began her musical studies at age 6 on piano, and began studying trumpet at age 10. After graduating from Dunwoody High School, she attended the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she received a Bachelor of Music Performance in Trumpet under the instruction of Prof. Joey Tartell. She continued her music studies at the University of Michigan under Prof. William Campbell, and received her Master of Music Performance in Trumpet in 2013.
Ms. Tuck has performed professionally with a number of organizations, including the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Saginaw Choral Society, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as a solo artist with the Dekalb Youth Symphony, and was invited to perform at the 2012 National Trumpet Competition. One of her most cherished accomplishments is the three seasons she spent performing with the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, an organization to which she credits much of her current musical knowledge and personal motivation. Stephanie enjoys and has experience playing in a variety of styles, including orchestral, concert band, jazz and commercial music and is constantly looking to expand her musical boundaries.
Ms. Tuck currently lives in Tucker. She makes her living as a freelance trumpet player and teacher with Ztunes Music in Virginia Highlands, and regularly performs with groups such as The Georgia Brass Band, 120 East, The Atlanta 13, The Son Jazzy Orchestra, and the Outfront Theater Company.
Julie Gerhardt- French Horn
Freelance musician and horn evangelist Julie Gerhardt holds positions in the Columbus (GA) Symphony Orchestra, the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, and the Albany (GA) Symphony Orchestra and has performed as a substitute or extra musician with orchestras across the Southeast, most notably, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and the Lexington Phil. She is also the operations director of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp.
Ms. Gerhardt earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University, the Master of Arts in Music: Music Studies from the University of New Hampshire, and the Performer Diploma from Indiana University. Ms. Gerhardt’s teachers include Michael Hatfield, Myron Bloom, Dr. Jean Martin-Williams, Richard Deane, Kendall Betts, Rick Seraphinoff, Dale Clevenger, and Jeff Nelsen.
Connor R Sullivan - Piano/Organ
Connor R. Sullivan, based in Adairsville, GA and who attended Kennesaw State University, is an active freelance musician in the Atlanta area as a performer, teacher, accompanist, organist, and arranger/composer. Connor performs regularly on piano and euphonium with the Atlanta Wind Symphony, which has recently made their Midwest debut performance at the 75th Annual Midwest Clinic in December of 2021, and has performed at the GMEA Conference in January of 2020 as well. He is also an active teacher, with several private low brass and piano students and holds a position at McClure Middle School in Kennesaw, GA as the euphonium and trombone sectional coach. Mr. Sullivan also has many years of experience teaching marching band as a low brass tech during band camp, at schools such as Kell High School, Cass High School, and Adairsville High School. As an active accompanist, Connor accompanies high school and middle school choirs, vocal soloists, instrumental soloists, and other various ensembles around the Atlanta area. He also holds a position as organist and choir accompanist at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rome, GA, where he has been since 2019. As a composer and arranger, Mr. Sullivan has had several commissions from the Atlanta Freedom Bands, an Atlanta-based community band, and has also had pieces performed by various Kennesaw State University ensembles. He also has arrangements which have been performed by the Ohio State Marching Band brass ensemble and the Kennesaw State Marching Band brass ensemble, among others.
Bernard Flythe- Euphonium, Tuba
Bernard H. Flythe is a professional freelance musician in metropolitan Atlanta. He served for two years as Artist Faculty in Tuba and Euphonium at Columbus State University. Prior to his appointment at CSU, Mr. Flythe served for ten years at Kennesaw State University and for four years on the artist faculty at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. He has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Nashville Symphony. During the 1992-1993 season, he served as the acting principal tubist with the North Carolina Symphony. Mr. Flythe received a bachelor of music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He earned his master of music and his specialist in music degrees from the University of Michigan.