The Bryan College Community Music School is a consortium of qualified teachers in the Rhea County, TN, area. BCCMS teachers have earned a degree in music or have achieved a mastery of their instrument through years of study. While other genres of music are explored, members of our faculty teach primarily from a classical perspective. Since its founding in 1985, BCCMS has served as a practicum for rising teachers who are studying music at Bryan College. Student teachers are approved by Dr. Olivia Ellis.
Saturday, October 26, 5-6pm
Saturday, April 18, 10-11am
Dayton Life Care Center
Community Music Festival
Friday, May 1, 3pm
Saturday, May 2, 1pm
Fall: Tuesday, December 10, 6:30 and 7:45pm
Thursday, December 12, 6:30 and 7:45pm
Spring: Tuesday, May 5, 6:30 and 7:45pm
Thursday, May 7, 6:30 and 7:45pm
Fall Youth Strings Ensemble: Monday, December 16, 7pm
Spring Youth Strings Ensemble: Monday, May 18, 7pm
Piano Anatomy Workshop
Monday, August 26, 4-5pm
Saturday, January 18, 10:30am – 12:30 pm
Monday, March 9, 4-5pm
Chattanooga Symphony (CSO) Trip
Thursday, September 26, 5-10:30pm
Musical Theatre Trip
Saturday, November 23, 1-7pm
Saturday, February 1
|Ms. Mary Brown||Harp/Piano||423.326.7812|
|Dr. Nicole Doran||Composition/Woodwinds/Piano/Voice||423.509.3799|
Dr. Olivia Ellis
College liaison, Director
|Mrs. Linda Barger||Piano||
|Mr. Roy Barger||Classical Guitar||423.775.0758|
|Mrs. Jane Barnett||Piano||423.618.3750|
|Mr. Randy Bright||Voice||865.809.0737|
|Mrs. Allison Hall||Piano||423.413.9232|
|Mrs. Rachel Jones||Piano||423.779.8240|
|Ms. Grace McCready, student-teacher||Piano||410.231.4325|
|Mr. Isaac Mullet, student-teacher||Voice||540.514.6259|
Ms. Laura Neff, student-teacher
Student Pedagogy Intern
|Ms. Katelyn Novak, student-teacher||Piano||859.481.3692|
|Mr. Jamie Smith||Percussion||423.661.5566|
|Ms. Ally Underwood||Flute||423.605.2134|
|Ms. Kristen Underwood||Violin||423.326.7477|
Mrs. Linda Barger
Mrs. Linda Barger has been teaching piano students for 40 years. She studied piano and organ with Dr. J. James Greasby, receiving her Bachelor of Music in organ performance from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1989. Linda is staff accompanist for the Bryan College Music Department. She lives with her husband, Roy, and their children.
Mrs. Jane Barnett
Mrs. Barnett has taught piano for over 30 years. While in high school, she was the chosen accompanist for the tri-cities chorus festival in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and she attended the Iowa Governor’s School for the Arts at Drake University. She has accompanied choirs and played for churches nearly her whole life. She was Director of BCCMS from 2004-2009. Mrs. Barnett teaches piano at all levels. Her students consistently place at area competitions. She is married and has three adult children and ten grandchildren.
Mr. Randy Bright
Randy Bright holds a B.S. in Vocal Music Education from Bryan College and a Masters of Music: Performance with a concentration in Choral Conducting from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He formerly directed the Bryan College Community Youth Choir and was the Graduate Conductor of the UTC Chamber Singers. While at Bryan College, Randy played leading roles in several Opera Theater productions, including in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. Currently, Randy is the Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Dayton, TN.
Ms. Mary Brown
Mary Brown is a graduate of Bryan College, earning degrees in Harp Performance (BS) and Business Administration (MBA), and has received formal instruction in harp and piano since the age of five. She performs in weddings, church services, and with various ensembles and orchestras. She enjoys instilling a love of music into the lives of her students.
Dr. Nicole Doran
Dr. Olivia Ellis
Dr. Olivia Ellis is Assistant Professor of Music at Bryan College where she teaches piano, music theory, pedagogy, and other piano-area courses. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma, Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Carson-Newman University. Before coming to Bryan in fall of 2014, she taught piano and theory at Randall University. Dr. Ellis serves as the faculty liaison for the community music school and directs the Bryan Piano Ensemble. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through MTNA and serves as treasurer for the Tennessee Music Teachers Association.
Mrs. Allison Hall
Mrs. Allison Hall has been teaching private piano lessons for over twelve 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 have ranged from kindergarten through adult age. Allison and her husband Josh have three little blessings - Elliott, Gemma and Oliver.
Mrs. Rachel Jones
Mrs. Rachel Jones has taught piano lessons for seven years and studied piano under several teachers for 15 years. She teaches private piano lessons for beginning, elementary, and intermediate students of all ages 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 with her husband, Keith, and their two children.
Ms. Grace McCready
Grace McCready is a senior at Bryan College who has completed the Methods of Teaching Piano course under Dr. Ellis. She has taught piano lessons for two years. Grace has played the piano for 15 years and has performed in a number of recitals. She has also helped lead worship on the piano and has played for offertory and the youth choir. She offers lessons to beginning, elementary, and early intermediate students.
Mr. Isaac Mullet
Isaac Mullet is currently completing a degree in vocal music, focusing both in education and performance. Isaac performs with both the Bryan College Chamber Singers and Chorale and has performed solos in Handel's Messiah and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, in addition to winning both solo and concerto competitions at Bryan. Issac has also held roles in productions at Bryan such as Freddy in My Fair Lady and Figaro in the Marriage of Figaro. Isaac is excited to be able to help young students learn the love of singing.
Ms. Laura Neff
Laura Neff is currently a junior Piano Pedagogy major at Bryan College. She has been a pianist for fifteen years and is a member of both the Bryan College Piano Ensemble and Community Orchestra. She has been blessed with many different opportunities to grow as a musician, from performances and conducting experience, to attending an international piano festival in South Korea. Laura also serves as an officer of the MTNA collegiate chapter at Bryan. She greatly enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels. As a music teacher, her goal is to instill a love and appreciation of music as well as a desire to serve the Lord in all her students.
Ms. Katelyn Novak
Ms. Katelyn Novak has been involved in music from a young age, both in piano and voice. She has been privileged with opportunities to serve for many years as church pianist, choir accompanist, rehearsal assistant, and student director, as well as organize many informal music programs in her community. She strives for excellence in music to the glory of the Lord, maintaining the motto, “To bless, not impress.” Ms. Novak currently studies music education with a focus in voice at Bryan College. She also directs the Grace Bible Youth Ensemble in Dayton, TN.
Ms. Ally Underwood
Ms. Ally Underwood holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Bryan College in 2010 and has been teaching private flute lessons for 15 years. In the past, she directed the Bryan College Flute Ensemble, the Bryan College Community Children's Choir, and was the Band Director for Bledsoe County Schools. She has performed with the Cadek Flute Choir, the Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes in Carluke, Scotland, the Chattanooga Youth Symphony, the Bryan College Flute Ensemble, the Bryan College Chorale and Chamber Singers, and a variety of other orchestras, choirs, community bands, pit orchestras, church ensembles, weddings, and solos.
Ms. Kristen Underwood
Ms. 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 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. She has also performed with the Benedict Trio, a bluegrass/jazz group, and Cannon Creek Bluegrass Band.