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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, November 17, 10-11am
Saturday, April 6, 10-11am
Dayton Life Care Center

Community Music Festival

Friday & Saturday, April 26-27, 1pm
Rudd, ArtCrafters


Fall: Tuesday, December 11, 6:30 and 7:45pm
Thursday, December 13, 6:30 and 7:45pm

Spring: Tuesday, April 30, 6:30 and 7:45pm
Thursday, May 2, 6:30 and 7:45pm

Master Class

Saturday, January 26, 10-11:30am

Duet Workshop

Tuesday, February 12, 6:30-8pm

Chattanooga Symphony (CSO) Trip

Thursday, September 27, 5-10:30pm
Tivoli Theater

BCCMS Carnival

Saturday, September 29, 10am-12pm
Brock Hall

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
Ms. Emily Garmon, student Piano 704.881.4640
Mrs. Allison Hall Piano 423.413.9232
Ms. Olivia Hancock, student Piano 423.612.0659
Mrs. Anna Hawkins

Not currently accepting new students

Flute 423.802.6197
Mrs. Rachel Jones Piano 423.779.8240
Ms. Grace McCready, student Piano 410.231.4325
Ms. Laura Neff, student Piano 423.653.3136
Ms. Katelyn Novak, student Piano 859.481.3692
Mr. Cody Raymes, student Saxophone 910.988.8116
Ms. Rebekah Runner, student Voice 765.543.3899
Mr. Jamie Smith Percussion 423.661.5566
Ms. Kristen Underwood Violin 423.326.7477
Teacher Biographies

Mrs. Linda Barger

Mrs. Linda Barger has been teaching piano students for thirty 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.

Ms. Emily Garmon

Ms. Emily Garmon is pursuing a degree in piano pedagogy from Bryan College and has been playing piano for fourteen years. She has performed in numerous recitals and music festivals, has held a position as an accompanist for a church, and is the accompanist for the Bryan College Chamber Singers, voice students, and instrumentalists. She currently teaches piano students ages 6 to 14.

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 junior Piano Pedagogy major at Bryan College. She has played piano for 16 years, and has taught private and group lessons for 5 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. Anna Hawkins

Anna Hawkins graduated from Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education and Church Music in 2002. She has taught music in both school and church settings since and currently teaches K-12 music at Rhea County Academy. She is married to Chris, and they have three rambunctious children.

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 Bryan College student who has completed the Methods of Teaching Piano course under Dr. Ellis. Grace has played the piano for 13 years and has performed in a number of recitals. At home, she has helped lead worship on the piano and has played offertory pieces for church services. She offers lessons to beginning, elementary, and early intermediate students.

Ms. Laura Neff

Laura Neff has played the piano for fifteen years and is currently pursuing a degree in both piano pedagogy and English literature. She is involved in the piano ensemble and community orchestra. As a music teacher, she expects hard work from both herself as well as her students. Ms. Neff strives to instill a love of music and a desire to serve the Lord in her students.

Ms. Katelyn Novak

Ms. Katelyn Novak has been involved in music from a young age. 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 piano pedagogy and 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. Rebekah Runner

Rebekah Runner is a senior at Bryan College working on her degree in Musical Theater. She performs with the Bryan College Chorale, Hilltop Players, and the Opera Theater, including solos in Vivaldi's Gloria and Handel's Messiah. Last year, she played the lead in the Opera Theater's production of Lo Speziale. Although she enjoys the classical style of singing, her real passion is Musical Theater. Her favorite roles thus far have been Jack's Mother in Into the Woods and Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Ms. Runner plans to graduate this May with her bachelor degree and then pursue a Masters in Education. She is thrilled to instruct young students in the art of making music come alive. 

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.