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Bryan College Community Music School

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.

Bryan College Community Music School Feature
Upcoming Events

Community Outreach

Saturday, October 26, 5-6pm
Saturday, April 18, 10-11am
Dayton Life Care Center

Community Music Festival

Friday, May 1, 3pm
Rudd Auditorium

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

Master Class

Piano Anatomy Workshop
Monday, August 26, 4-5pm
Rudd Auditorium

Master Class
Saturday, January 18, 10:30am – 12:30 pm
Rudd Auditorium

Duet Workshop

Monday, March 9, 4-5pm

Chattanooga Symphony (CSO) Trip

Thursday, September 26, 5-10:30pm
Tivoli Theater

Musical Theatre Trip

Saturday, November 23, 1-7pm
Chattanooga Theatre

Hymn Festival

Saturday, February 1
Rudd Auditorium

Teacher Instrument Phone
Ms. Mary Brown


Harp/Piano 423.326.7812
Dr. Olivia Ellis

College liaison

Piano 423.775.7282
Mrs. Linda Barger Piano 423.775.0758


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
Ms. Olivia Hancock, student-teacher Piano 423.612.0659
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 Piano 423.653.3136
Ms. Katelyn Novak, student-teacher Piano 859.481.3692
Mr. Cody Raymes, student-teacher Saxophone 910.988.8116
Mr. Jamie Smith Percussion 423.661.5566
Ms. Ally Underwood Flute 423.605.2134
Ms. Kristen Underwood Violin 423.326.7477
Teacher Biographies

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 graduated from Bryan College where she majored in harp performance and completed additional courses in piano pedagogy. She has received formal instruction in harp and piano since the age of five. She performs in weddings, church services, other events, and with various ensembles and orchestras. She enjoys instilling a love of music into the lives of her students.

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.

Ms. Olivia Hancock

Olivia Hancock is a senior Piano Pedagogy major at Bryan College. She has played piano for 18 years, and has taught private and group lessons for 6 years to students aged 3-50. She has had diverse musical experiences, from participating in national competitions, to learning how to improvise with her church’s worship band. At Bryan, she participates in the Piano Ensemble and accompanies the Chorale and voice students. Olivia finds joy in teaching her students and loves passing the torch to the next generation, equipping them to praise Him skillfully (Psalm 33:3).

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 junior 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.

Mr. Cody Raymes

Cody Raymes is an Honors Institute student at Bryan College where he is pursuing a degree in saxophone performance. At Bryan, he is an active member of the college’s wind ensemble and chorale and has performed in the pit orchestras of various operas and musicals. Cody has also won solo and concerto competitions at Bryan and has performed solos for Bryan’s musical showcases. Cody is the current president of Bryan’s MTNA collegiate chapter.

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.