BCCMS Faculty Biographies

October 29, 2009, Faculty Recital
Left to right: Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Powell, Mrs. Boutwell, Dr. Luther, Mrs. Keck,
Mrs. Goodman, Miss Gehring, Mrs. Barger, Mr. Barger


Mrs. Linda Barger, Piano

Mrs. Linda Barger has been teaching piano students for thirty years. She studied piano and organ with Dr. J. James Greasby, former head of the music department at Bryan College. In 1989 she received the Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (organ study with Dr. Walker Breland). Linda lives with her husband, Roy (a classical guitarist and string instrument builder) in Dayton with their children.

Mr. Roy Barger, Guitar

Mr. Roy Barger holds a Master of Music degree in guitar performance from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He studied under Dr. Mario Abril, who is a former student of the Spanish guitarist, Andrés Segovia. Roy is an adjunct instructor of guitar for the Bryan College Department of Music. He teaches community students as well, and has been doing so for over thirty years. Roy is also a Master Chief in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Roy is a string instrument builder and especially enjoys building musical instruments which were in common use during the Renaissance and Baroque periods of music history, such as the lute and viola da gamba. He is a life member in the United States Chess Federation and a member of the Viola da Gamba Society of America. He and his wife, Linda, have four children.

Mrs. Jane Barnett, Piano 

Mrs. Barnett has taught piano for more than 30 years. She returns to full time piano teaching after a four-year hiatus during which she focused on her job at Chattanooga Christian School. She was Director of BCCMS from 2004-2009 and is a member of the Chattanooga Music Teachers' Association. Her students consistently received the highest marks at annual CMTA regional auditions, and one of her former students won the state TMTA competition. Mrs. Barnett teaches piano at all levels. She is the wife of Dr. Stephen Barnett, professor of science at Bryan College, and has three adult children and six grandchildren. 

Mrs. Mary Blackburn, Piano, Organ

Mrs. Mary Blackburn graduated from Bryan College with a degree in Piano Pedagogy. While at Bryan, she studied piano and organ with Jason DuRoy. She teaches private piano lessons (both Traditional and Suzuki) and preschool music in the greater Chattanooga area and is currently serving as adjunct faculty in the piano department at Bryan College. She is the Vice President and Program Chair of the Chattanooga Music Teachers Association. She resides in Soddy Daisy, TN, and is involved with the music ministry at her church.   **not taking students at this time

Mr. Randy Bright, Voice

Randy Bright will graduate with a B.S. degree in Vocal Music Education in December 2013. While at Bryan, he was the president of the Bryan College Chorale and Chamber Singers and appeared in many Bryan productions including Kurt Weil's  Street Scene  in 2012, Mozart's  Cosi fan tutte  in 2013, and Rogers and Hammerstein's  Cinderella  in 2013. Under the guidance of Dr. David Luther, Randy has had voice lessons and opportunities to teach voice on many occasions. Currently, Randy is living in Dayton finishing up his degree while also serving as the director of the Bryan College Community Youth Choir. 

Mrs. Allison Hall, Piano

Mrs. Allison Hall has been teaching private piano lessons for close to ten years. She graduated from Bryan College with a piano pedagogy degree in 2008 and has taught piano since high school. Allison loves teaching a variety of ages and levels, and her students range from kindergarten through adult age. Allison and her husband Josh live in Dayton, TN, and are the parents of a little boy!   **not taking students at this time

Miss Krisin Jager, Violin

In May 2015, Kristin Jager will graduate with a B.S. in Violin Performance. She began playing the violin when she was eleven, and was involved in several youth orchestras and musicals during high school. At Bryan, she is a member of the string ensemble and often plays in the orchestra pit for musicals and operas. Although she has given music lessons for several years at her home in Michigan, this is the first year she has been a part of BCCMS.

 Mrs. Rachel Jones, Piano

Mrs. Rachel Jones has taught piano lessons for four years and has studied piano under several teachers for 15 years. She has been playing since she was 4, and she is offering private piano lessons for beginning and elementary students using a combination of Suzuki and traditional methods. Rachel is a member of the Chattanooga Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. She graduated from Bryan College with a B.A. in English Literature in 2010. She lives in Dayton with her husband Keith and is expecting their first child early December!

Dr. Sigrid Luther, Piano

Dr. Sigrid Luther and her husband David have taught at Bryan College for 32 years. She is Vice President and National Senior (high school) Competitions Coordinator for the Music Teachers National Association. The Drs. Luther have two married daughters and four grandchildren.    **not taking students at this time

Miss Alissa Passburg, Piano

Alissa Passburg has been teaching private piano lessons for eight years during which time she has taught students ranging in age from 5-84 and ranging in level from beginner to advanced/pre-college. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Piano Pedagogy from Bryan College and is currently in the process of becoming a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through the Music Teachers National Association. She is the Director of BCCMS and a member of the Chattanooga Music Teachers Association. Please visit her website for further information here .

Mrs. Sally Powell, Voice, Piano

Mrs. Sally Powell, NCTM, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Moody Bible Institute. She is an active arts advocate and was chosen 2013 Music Teacher of the Year by the Chattanooga Music Teachers Association. An Adjunct Music Professor at Bryan College, her performance experience includes five seasons with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus under the direction of Maestros Duane Wolfe and Daniel Barenboim. In 2012, Sally received a grant to study at the Contemporary Commercial Music Institute at Shenandoah University. She earned Level I Certification in Somatic Voicework, the LoVetri Method™. A member of NATS and MTNA, she has taught voice and piano students for twenty years in her private studio as well as a suburban Chicago high school. Sally has served on the Executive Board of the Chattanooga Music Teachers Association, and her students have been finalists and winners in regional and state competitions. Mrs. Powell was the founding Director of the Bryan College Community Youth Choir, leading the group from 2010 through 2013. Sally lives in Dayton with her husband, Ken, and their sons, Joshua and Clayton.

Mrs. Alicia Roberts, Voice

Alicia Roberts completed a B.S. degree in Musical Theater from Bryan College in May of 2011. As a student at Bryan, she appeared in numerous musical and theatrical performances, including "Annie Get Your Gun" in 2009, "Scrooge" in 2010, and the musical theater showcase, "Dear Old Friends" in 2011. While in college, Alicia regularly attended voice lessons, sang for the Bryan College Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Worship Leadership Teams, and competed in the National Association for Teachers of Singers (NATS) competition. During the 2011-2012 school year, she taught music and drama classes at Rhea County Academy, and directed their Christmas and spring productions. This fall marks the beginning of Alicia's third year teaching private voice lessons with BCCMS.

Mr. Jamie Smith, Percussion

Jamie Smith holds his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is the director of bands at Dayton City School.  Mr. Smith has taught percussion in public and private schools for over ten years and   has performed with and taught award winning drumlines and percussion ensembles.  He was also a percussionist with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera from 2000-2002 under the direction of Maestro Robert Bernhardt.  Mr. Smith's students have received numerous regional and state awards and scholarships.  Mr. Smith is a member of the ETSBOA, TSSBDA, TBA, TBA, and PAS.  He currently resides in Dayton with his wife, Bethany, and two children, James and Chloe.

 Miss Melissa Smith, Piano

Melissa Smith is a current student at Bryan College. She will graduate in May, 2015, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Piano Pedagogy. She has been playing the piano since the end of first grade. Presently at Bryan, she accompanies the Changer Singers, and she is the president of the Chattanooga Area Collegiate Chapter of the Music Teacher's National Association. This is her first year as a faculty member of BCCMS.

Miss Kristen Underwood, Violin

Kristen Underwood is a May 2012 graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Music Administration. She began playing the violin at age seven and since that time has participated in the music ministries of several churches, the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Youth Orchestras as well as many of Bryan's musicals and showcases. Most recently, she has joined with two Bryan students to create the Benedict Trio, a bluegrass/jazz group.