Tessa Walker is nearing completion of a Music Education degree from Kennesaw
State where she is a member of the Chamber choir and is the vocalistfor one of the Jazz Ensembles. Through her connections to the Jazz World, this past Fall of 2017 she had the opportunity to sing with Joe Gransdens 16-Piece Big Band at Café 290 in Sandy Springs, GA.
Uniquely, Tessa is an active and award-winning singer in the Barbershop Harmony
Society and Sweet Adelines International organizations. Additionally, she
has studied voice for over 10 years and piano for five. In the Summer of 2017, Tessa was
picked for the prestigious $5,000 Young Singers Foundation Scholarship given
to one deserving Music Education major each year. Over the past couple
years, Tessa has had several rewarding musical opportunities that have
furthered her desire to teach music. She co-founded and directed a local
senior citizens choir in Johns Creek, GA. Tessa was also the Assistant
Music Director for Theatre 5230’s productions of Rock of Ages (Summer 2016)
and Bring It On (Summer 2017, where she also debuted as the Pit Director).
She was the Music Director for Ebenezers Drama Camp in Conyers, GA in the
Summer of 2017, where she also taught private students as well. She is excited for the future and can’t wait for the opportunity to share her love of teaching and music at Sandy Spring Music.
Ryan O’Leary, tenor, is a fun, dynamic teacher who delights in teaching material in a way that fascinates students. His background in vocal performance and piano performance extends back to his youth, where he performed in countless recitals and productions. Ryan has played the piano since age 7, and started singing even earlier. His favorite theater roles include Jean Valjean, Sweeney Todd, and Lieutenant Cioffi. In the classical realm of singing, Ryan is what’s known as a lyric tenor – thus, his voice is a sweet, light instrument at it’s best in the works of Rossini and Handel.
Ryan has earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Vocal Performance, and his minor in piano performance at Shorter College and the University of Kentucky, respectively. While attending these schools, he received piano instruction from Dr. Peter Dewitt, Dr. Rebecca Miller, and MaryAnn Knight. His vocal instructors included Dr. Linda Lister, author of several vocal pedagogy books, Dr. Rebecca Salter, esteemed soprano soloist, and Metropolitan Opera star Cynthia Lawrence, often referred to as Pavarotti’s favorite soprano.
Ryan is entering his 7th year of pedagogy – over the years, he has sent multiple students off to college on full ride music scholarships. His students have also declared victory in music competitions locally and regionally, and the singers have enjoyed success in landing lead roles in musicals and theater productions. In these higher intensity performance situations, students are able to draw upon the nerve-busting techniques Ryan teaches to everyone in his studio.
Unique about Ryan is his ability to impart instruction on multiple levels simultaneously – he plays the long game with students, encouraging them to retain a lifelong love of music. As such, he ensures that their technical instruction is sound, and that his students can take away a piece of each lesson to keep forever. He is expert in setting an atmosphere for learning – focused, excited, and happy. For many students, lessons become a highlight of each week – get started now!
Hi My name is Farrel Capek, and I have over 10 years of professional experience in the music industry, with my first paid performance at the age of 11. I have performed across the country from Atlanta to LA. I have trained with numerous world renowned vocal instructors including Seth Riggs – vocal coach to Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and over 150 other Grammy winners. While I teach across all genres, I specialize in Pop, Rock, R&B, Classical, and Musical Theater. In our lessons I will teach students how to sing with proper vocal technique, how to record in the studio, how to perform for an audience, and how to audition. If a student is interested in creating their own music, I will also teach them necessary songwriting skills they may need to know while starting their musical career.
I try to teach in a fun way so my students stay motivated and positive. The best way to learn is to enjoy what you are doing. I give my students vocal exercises and skills that they can bring home and work on every day. They will always feel as though they are progressing towards their goals. My commitment is to help them be the best they can be.
While earning her Bachelor’s degree in Music with Elective Studies in Business from the University of West Georgia, Rebecca had the opportunity to perform with the UWG Choir, UWG Jazz Band, and various gigs with “Shades of Red”, a trio which she co-founded. She also spent time singing at St. Oliver’s Catholic Church as part of the Life Teen Band, and is currently cantoring with the band at St. Jude Catholic Church for the Life Teen contemporary service. Performing music from a variety of genres allowed her to gain passion for classical, contemporary, musical theater, and jazz works.
Additionally, Rebecca worked behind the scenes in the music and entertainment industry. Some of her experience includes stage managing, event production, and booking agent for Driven Entertainment Group, and working as a production assistant for “The Voice.”
Music has an amazing impact on Rebecca’s life, and she is excited to be a part of Sandy Springs Music to help nurture a love for music in others!
Jennifer Christie, mezzo-soprano, holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Millikin University. She completed her Master of Music degree at Georgia State University in December 2007, and is in the voice studio of Kathryn Hartgrove. Jennifer was recently seen performing the roles of Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffman and Harry in Albert Herring at Georgia State University. She has also performed roles in scenes from Hansel and Gretel, Saint of Bleecker Street, Louise, Wolfy, Cold Sassy Tree, Cosi fan Tutte, Ballad of Baby Doe, Sir John in Love, Alcina, Falstaff, and Marriage of Figaro.
Jennifer attended the Blas International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music and Dance in Limerick, Ireland during the summer of 2000. In the summer of 2002, she participated in La Musica Lirica Opera Festival in Urbania, Italy. She also performed in the Harrower Opera Workshop during the summers of 2006 and 2007.
Jennifer is currently a staff singer at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. Prior to living in Atlanta, she sang under the direction of Paul French with the Mount Carmel Church Choir, and William Ferris Chorale in Chicago, IL. Jennifer has taught private voice and beginning piano to both children and adults, and classroom general music to students in grades K-8.
I Got the Sun in the Morning – Annie Get Your Gun
Voi che sapete – Marriage of Figaro