Music

Instructors

Garrett Arb — Banjo

  • With the Creative Arts Guild since 2016
  • Studied Banjo with Ben Pellum
  • 1st in Western Arts Banjo Competition (Cartersville, GA)
  • 2nd Multiple Times in Showcase of the Stars (Dalton, GA)
  • Performs with Foxfire Countdown and Crosspointe Youth
  • Performed at Box Car Memorial Bluegrass Festival, The Conasauga Bluegrass Festival, Dalton Distillery, Fat Shirley's Trailer Park Play and many others

Jim Burdick — Violin, Piano

  • With the Creative Arts Guild since 2003
  • B.S. Mathematics – Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Played in CMU Orchestra and Organized String uartet
  • Graduated from Pittsfield (MA) Community Music School – Violin and Viola Performance, Music Theory, Composition, Piano
  • Concertmaster, L'Abri Symphony Orchestra, Dalton, and member of Ceilidh Celtic Ensemble

Alan Cearley —Piano, French Horn, Clarinet, Trumpet, Oboe

  • With the Creative Arts Guild since 2018
  • Current Pianist/Organist/Choir Director for New Haven United Methodist Church
  • Principal Horn of L’Abri Symphony Orchestra
  • Served as Orchestra Director and Orchestra Member for Artistic Civic Theatre
  • Substitute teacher for Dalton Public Schools
  • Studied Business Administration at Berry College and University of Tennessee
  • Fluent in Spanish

Eddie Davenport — Voice

  • With the Creative Arts Guild since 2016
  • Studied voice under Professor JoAnn Dreyton, Jackson College, Jackson, Michigan
  • Teaches Various Singing Styles - Jazz, Gospel, Country, Etc.
  • Extensive Experience in Cocal Competitions - Local, State and National
  • Children's Pastor for 9 Years
  • Welcomes Students of All Ages
  • Recorded and Produced 7 CDs

Lisa Elders — Flute, Piano, Saxophone

  • With the Creative Arts Guild since 2000
  • B.S. in Music Education and B.A. in Music – Jacksonville State University, AL
  • Associate of Music Business and Master of Music in Flute Performance – Georgia State University, Atlanta
  • Principal Flute of L'Abri Symphony, Member of Rome Area Flute Ensemble
  • Has performed with the Rome Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Players of the South, Northwest Georgia Winds, Dalton Whitfield Community Band

 

Charlsey Etheridge  — Children's Programs, Voice, Piano, Guitar

  • With the Creative Arts Guild since 2017
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music - Lee University, Cleveland, TN
  • Experienced Songwriter
  • Experienced Performer in Solo and Band Setting
  • Experienced Musical Directing (Dramas/Musicals)
  • Over 10 years Experience in Teaching Individuals and Groups for Music Performance

Nathan King — Guitar

  • With the Creative Arts Guild since 2018
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music and Anthropology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Has Served as Choir Director and Music Theory Teacher in India and a Clarinet Instructor in Signal Mountain, Tennessee.
  • Operations Manager and Live Sound Engineer at Barking Legs Theater in Chattanooga.

Joseph Lowe - Cello

  • With the Creative Arts Guild since 2018
  • Former Principal Cellist – Oklahoma State University
  • Actively Participates in Cello Performance at Several Local Churches
  • Current member of L’Abri Symphony Orchestra, Songs of Praise Orchestra at Abba’s House
  • Routinely performs Civil War Theme Music for the Whitfield Historical Society

Paula Pasqua — Violin, Voice, Piano

  • With the Creative Arts Guild since 2007
  • Bachelor of Music and Master of Music with Emphasis in Violin Performance from the University of Northern Colorado
  • Works for Seven Hills Music
  • Currently in 4th Season with Rome Symphony Orchestra
  • Solo album released in 1995
  • Has done studio work on numerous CD’s and had TV spots

Christine Pope — Piano, Brass Instruments

  • With the Creative Arts Guild since 2003
  • Master of Music – University of Connecticut
  • Bachelor of Music Theory – Florida State University
  • Bachelor of Music Performance – Florida State University
  • Member of International Horn Society
  • American Federation of Musicians
  • Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Society
  • Masters Degree from Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine
  • Experienced Piano Technician (Guild Staff Piano Technician)

Matthew Robinson — Guitar

  • Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, Georgia State University
  • Guitar Instructor at Dalton State College
  • Interim teaching assistant at Georgia State University
  • 2018 winner of the 12th annual Austin Classical Guitar Fest Competition

Greg Smith — Percussion, Beginning Piano, Calypso Steel Pan Drums

  • With the Creative Arts Guild since 2006
  • Bachelor of Music, Teacher Education and Bachelor of Arts, Music Performance Major - Berry College
  • Professional musician since 1987, Instructor since 1980
  • Instructed numerous high school marching drum lines
  • Composed and arranged original pieces for percussion ensembles and drum set methods curriculum
  • Done extensive touring throughout the United States 
  • See Gregg in action online as The Dynamic Drummer

 

Anna Wiles – First Steps in Music (Ages 1-5)

  • With the Creative Arts Guild since 2018
  • Bachelor of Music Education with vocal/general teacher licensure K-12, Lee University in Cleveland, TN
  • Certified in Kodaly level 1 &2 and First Steps in Music
  • Music Teacher at Brookwood Elementary School - Dalton