LC Academy of Music
BM, University of South Carolina
Dr. Richard Thomas is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of String Studies at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, where he teaches cello, bass, chamber music, and directs the Presbyterian College Chamber Orchestra. He is also on the faculty of the Laurens County Academy of Music and is Adjunct Instructor of Cello at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. Thomas has lectured, taught, and performed in China, Japan, Taiwan, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and throughout the United States.
He is a former faculty member of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, the University of South Carolina Aiken, the Universidad del Cauca and Universidad del Valle (Colombia, South America), the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica (Santo Domingo, DR), the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and the Wilmington Academy of Music. From 1999-2008 he was String Department Head at Camp Encore-Coda in Sweden, Maine.
Thomas held positions in the cello sections of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Colombia (Bogotá, Colombia), the Orquesta Sinfónica del Valle (Cali, Colombia), and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Santo Domingo, DR). He was Principal Cellist of the Wilmington Symphony and Tallis Chamber Orchestra in North Carolina, the Irving Symphony and Garland Symphony in Texas, the Encore-Coda Chamber Orchestra in Maine, and was Assistant Principal of the South Carolina Philharmonic, the East Texas Symphony, and played in the Dallas Lyric Opera Orchestra. Thomas was also a member of Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC) in Anderson, SC and played double bass in the Anderson Symphony.
Dr. Thomas studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, DePauw University, Temple University, the University of North Texas, and received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina. His cello teachers include Cassel Grubb, Alan Harris, Robert Jesselson, Hirofumi Kano, Robert Newkirk, and Adolfo Odnoposoff.
Andrew Sheffield received his BM in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Frank Weinstock and collaborative piano with Donna Loewy, and his MM also in performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he studied with Robert Weirich and performed in masterclasses with David Korevaar and Richard Goode. His other teachers have included Maurice Hinson and Eteri Andjaparidze, with whom he studied as a participant in the International Festival-Institute at Round Top.
Andrew has performed extensively as both a soloist and a collaborator, including as part of the 2009-2010 St. Louis Artist Presentation Society recital series, collaborative pianist for the Kansas City Cello Clinic, and staff accompanist at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also served as a piano instructor and helped direct the Seminary School of the Arts. Having taught students of all ages for over 15 years, Andrew finds much joy in passing along his love of music, focusing on giving each student the foundational skills and knowledge needed for a lifetime of music making.
Sharalynn Hicks joined the LCAM and PC music faculty in the summer of 2016.
Ms. Hicks holds MMus and BMus degrees and an ARCT in piano performance. She is nationally certified in piano with MTNA. Additional training in early childhood music and in the Suzuki method for piano and violin has enabled her to further expand her expertise. As a solo and collaborative pianist, she welcomes opportunities to share the joy of music with others.
Ms. Hicks is committed to encouraging student musicians in their quest for artistic growth. A comprehensive study of repertoire with technical development and integrated applied theory enables her students to become active musicians in the community, as they apply their skills and develop their musical individuality. Her studio’s accomplishments include scholarship awards, NFMC Best Performer distinctions, and acceptance to the South Carolina Governor’s School.
Ms. Hicks’ teaching experience includes individualized piano instruction on the college and preparatory levels, and college courses with subjects such as theory, music appreciation, pedagogy, piano skills, and composing/arranging. She is an adjunct instructor in the Petrie School of Music, Converse College, and a Lawson Academy of the Arts faculty member. Ms. Hicks is active as a collaborative pianist and church musician.
Luke Nolan received his bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University under Matthew Slotkin, and his master’s degree from the University of South Carolina under Christopher Berg. At Bloomsburg, he received the School of Music’s Award for Outstanding Performance. He is currently pursuing a DMA in classical guitar performance at the University of South Carolina.
As a graduate assistant at the University of South Carolina, Luke teaches individual lessons to undergraduate students enrolled at the university. He lectures and performs as a soloist, namely in a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Major, RV 93 with the University of South Carolina Campus Orchestra conducted by Nisan Ak.
Luke teaches a variety of guitar styles, including classical, contemporary acoustic, and electric.
Dr. Ron Davis, Associate Professor of Music, came to Presbyterian College in 2004. He is Director of Studies in Music Theory and Sacred Music. His responsibilities also include teaching organ, voice, composition, and occasionally, harpsichord. Dr. Davis is the conductor of Cantare!, PC’s non-auditioned choir for men, and PC Ringers, Presbyterian College’s outstanding handbell choir. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, and Handbell Musicians of America (formerly AGEHR) where he has served as the South Carolina State Chair.
Dr. Davis has been heard in organ performances throughout the US and Great Britain, including a solo performance at Westminster Abbey, London. He has also been heard recently as tenor soloist with the Augusta Choral Society’s performance of Handel’s Messiah and Greenville Light Opera Works’ production of Amahl and the Night Visitors.
In addition, Dr. Davis accompanies the PC Choir and travels with them as they tour annually. He has written choral works which have been heard in churches and choral performances in the upstate of SC.
Heather McNeely received her BM in trumpet performance from Bob Jones University 1996, her MMus degree in musicology from Converse College in 1999, and her DMA in music education from Boston University in 2013. She began teaching private trumpet lessons as an undergraduate student at BJU, giving her roughly 20 years of teaching experience, both in the classroom and privately.
Currently, in addition to maintain her trumpet studio, Heather performs regularly in local churches, community groups, and as a member of the Impact of Brass, a local brass quintet. As a classroom teacher and scholar, Heather specializes in quantitative research in music education and music appreciation pedagogy, and she greatly enjoys teaching music appreciation courses at Greenville Technical College. Prior to this, she was an assistant professor of music at Bob Jones University for 13 years, where she taught music history courses and private trumpet lessons to students from middle school to university age.
Heather loves connecting with students and helping them gain confidence and solve problems. She wants to inspire in her students a love for beautiful playing and for music in general.
Violinist Catherine Culp Hazan holds a bachelor’s degree from Converse College and a master’s from The Catholic University of America under Robert Gerle, as well as a performance certificate from the University of South Carolina under William Terwilliger. She received further instruction from David Kim (Philadelphia Orchestra) and Joey Corpus (New York City), as well as Paul Kantor (Cleveland Institute of Music) at the Aspen Music Festival.
Ms. Hazan has played under such conductors as Kurt Masur, Mendi Rodin, and David Zinman, and performed in master classes by Eugene Fodor, Vadim Gluzman, and Rachel Barton Pine. She was a full-time member of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra for six years and premiered a number of Brazilian solo and chamber works while residing in Rio de Janeiro. Her solo career includes concerto performances with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the Spartanburg Symphony, and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, as well as a featured soloist appearance on the CD “Baroque Christmas” by the Rio Strings Chamber Ensemble.
Her teaching background of almost thirty years is extensive, including a professor of violin appointment at Trinity College in Washington, DC, as well as serving as an instructor at the Northeast Arts Academy and the Riverland Hills Music Studios in Columbia, SC. She is a tenured member of the Greenville Symphony, SC Philharmonic, and Symphony Orchestra Augusta (assistant principal second violin), as well as a regular section violinist in the Charleston Symphony. Catherine Hazan plays on a Georges Chanot violin from 1856.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Leigh Fleury has worked as a professional musician and music instructor, helping beginning to advanced students achieve their musical potential. In addition to teaching at the Laurens County Academy of Music, he works full-time at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Clinton as the Director of Music and Youth ministries.
Leigh holds DMA and MM degrees from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music in organ performance and sacred music. He also holds a BA in music from the Ohio State University. Notable teachers include: Dr. David Mulbury, Janet Linker, and Telarc recording artist Michael Murray.
Prior to moving to Clinton in 2006, Leigh served as the Director of Music for First Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, NC. Since the age of 15, Leigh has held playing and directing positions in several churches, including: St. Joseph’s Cathedral (Columbus, OH), St. John’s Church (Cincinnati, OH), Seton Parish (Pickerington, OH), and St. Matthew’s Church (Gahanna, OH).
Leigh has been teaching piano and organ students since 1990. While living in Cincinnati, he maintained a studio averaging forty students per semester. Appreciative of many styles of music, Leigh seeks to instill a love for a variety of musical genres in his students. Leigh also likes to challenge his students to become the best musician they can possibly be, but balances that with making sure they have fun in the process.
BS, University of Florida
MA, University of Florida
Gary Hipp teaches the Great Highland Bagpipes at Presbyterian College. He serves as Pipe Major for the Presbyterian College Pipes and Drums, an ensemble which welcomes musicians from the college and the local community. In addition, he offers private lessons for new and experienced pipers. These lessons are available to all PC students as well as members of the local community through the pre-college program.
He is a former member of the Palmetto Pipes and Drums of Columbia, SC, and still teaches for that group. He pipes solo for weddings, funerals, church services and other events throughout South Carolina.
His training includes annual classes at the North American Academy of Piping with internationally acclaimed pipers such as: Sandy Jones, Colin MacLellan, Ed Neigh, Greg Abbott, Bill Caudill and others.
Tacy Fleury joined the PC music faculty as an adjunct instructor of voice in 2006. Prior to moving to South Carolina, Mrs. Fleury served as Professor of Vocal Music at Piedmont Baptist College (now Piedmont International University) in Winston-Salem, NC. There she directed the choirs, instructed group and private voice, and taught conducting, sight-singing, and various other music classes. A native of Kansas, Mrs. Fleury earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and her Bachelor of Music Education from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.
She received her master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with notable teachers Barbara Honn and George Gibson. Opera roles include “Pamina” in Die Zauberflöte, both “The Mother” and “Amahl” in “Amahl and the Night Visitors, Rose Maybud in Ruddigore, “Emily” in Help, Help, the Globolinks! and “Barbarina” in The Marriage of Figaro. Mrs. Fleury served as soprano soloist at First Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, has been heard in solo performance with Opera Kansas, the Piedmont Chamber Singers (Winston-Salem), the Greenwood Chorale, the Augusta Choral Society, and in various faculty recitals and performances at Piedmont Baptist College and Presbyterian College.
Lucie Svatonova-Hughes, mezzosoprano, is a native of Prague, Czech Republic, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Academy of Performing Arts. Ms. Svatonova has been a soloist with the St. James Cathedral Choir and Orchestra and has frequently performed with the Prague Radio Chorus, Vox Pragae, and Opera Mozart throughout Europe. She came to the U.S. in 1996 and in 1999 received a Master of Music degree from Converse College. Ms. Svatonova has been a member of Herring Chamber Ensemble and Heritage Chamber Singers in Greenville, SC, and a soloist with The Greenville Symphony and Chorale, Newberry Opera, Greater Spartanburg Philharmonic, Asheville Symphony and Chorus, Hendersonville Chorale, Columbia Choral Society, Augusta Choral Society, Foothills Philharmonic, GLOW Lyric Theatre and Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium. She also frequently performs in operatic, sacred, and art song recitals. Ms. Svatonova enjoys working with aspiring young artists and has extensive teaching experience, having worked as an instructor at University of South Carolina Upstate, Erskine College, Dorman High School, Converse Pre-College, Spartanburg Community College, and Le Chateau de Danse. She has been involved with the highly acclaimed Arts Integration Program through the Metropolitan Arts Council in Greenville and has also worked with several church choirs in the area. Ms. Svatonova joined the faculty at Presbyterian College in 2007.
Tad Riddle is a retired music teacher having taught band and elementary music for 25 years. Tad is a freelance trombone performer in and around the Greenville area and is the director of the Presbyterian College Wind Ensemble and Pep Band, in addition to serving as the director of the Upstate Senior Concert Band and the orchestra at Taylors First Baptist Church.
Tad holds an ME in Education Technology from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, a BA in Music Education from Lander University in Greenwood and attended Furman University. He has studied with Dan Ellis, Larry Cook and Mark Britt.
Tad’s performing experiences include: Pit orchestras: Greenville Light Opera Works Orchestra (GLOW), Greenville Little Theater, S.C. Children’s Theatre, Fountain Inn Repertory Experience (F.I.R.E.) and Greenwood Community Theatre; Orchestras: Anderson Symphony Orchestra; Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra; Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Jazz groups: Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble, Electric City Jazz (Anderson); also various churches, concert bands and ensembles; former handbell director at Taylors First Baptist Church; a member of the Furman Lakeside Band since 1970. Tad is also a member of the Palmetto Posaunen, a trombone ensemble made up of professional trombonists from a 5-state region. The Posaunenhave performed in Chicago, Washington, DC, Savannah, GA, Spoleto in Charleston and most recently at the 2011 International Trombone Festival in Nashville, TN.
Shelby Ledbetter is a clarinetist of 13 years from Avon, Indiana. She obtained her bachelors degree in music education and clarinet performance from the University of South Carolina studying under Joseph Eller. She performed with the USC Wind Ensemble, USC Symphony Orchestra, the USC Marching band, Palmetto Concert Band and Aiken Civic Orchestra. She has performed with the Upside Down Theater Company in the 2016 premiere of Upside down in St. Louis. Ms. Ledbetter has performed in clarinet workshops in the Czech Republic and has attended several International Clarinet Association conferences. Summer 2017, she was invited to Carolina Conducting Institute to work with Sam Jones, Michael Ludwig, Diane Wittry, Victoria Bond and others. Ms. Ledbetter taught at a catholic school in Columbia, SC in 2017 teaching middle school and high school band and orchestra. Additionally she has taught woodwinds during marching season as well as masterclasses at Bluffton, Dreher, Blythewood, and Ridgeview High Schools. Her current private students, both beginners and advanced woodwind players have benefited from repertoire studies, fundamental tone and technical enhancement as well as chamber music experiences providing excellent training in 1 on 1 instruction time meeting specific music needs and challenges of each student. Currently she teaches at Shandon Worship Arts Center, Music and Arts, and serves as an adjunct woodwinds professor at Presbyterian College. Ms. Ledbetter will be graduating with a masters in music from the University of South Carolina in May 2019.
Student Instructors are undergraduate music majors at PC who have met certain Presbyterian College Department of Music requirements and have been approved by the Director to teach in the LCAM.
Trey Johnson, pianist, is a Senior Music Major at Presbyterian College. He has been studying under Dr. Karen Buckland, a Professor of Music and the Director of Keyboard Studies at Presbyterian College, for the past three years. He is also the current president of the Gamma Omicron chapter of Delta Omicron at Presbyterian College. Trey Johnson is also an active member of the PC Piano Duo and has done several performances at Presbyterian College, as well as off campus. Such locations include the Presbyterian Home of Clinton, the First Presbyterian Church of Clinton, and the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Greenwood. He has also received personal instruction from renowned pedagogues and pianists including Professor Emily Chiang, Dr. Charles Fugo, Dr. Susan Kindall, and Dr. Stephen Taylor
Trey Johnson is an advantageous student who has excelled in his music and piano studies here at Presbyterian College. Now entering his final year, he is preparing for his post-graduate auditions and applications with hopes of being accepted to many prestigious institutes here in the United States and Abroad.
Paul Peart II is a Junior at Presbyterian College where he is majoring in Music and Political Science. Paul is Concertmaster of the PC Chamber Orchestra and 1st Violin in the PC String Quarter. In addition to teaching for the Laurens Academy of Music he works for PC Administration and Admissions and is a member of the PC Sterlings. Paul is from Summerville, South Carolina where he was concertmaster of the Cane Bay High School Orchestra where he received All-State Violin 2013-2016, the Orchestra Leadership Award 2010-2011, and National Honors Society 2012-2014. He was on the Cane Bay High School Football Team and was awarded Most Valuable Player 2016, and received Varsity Letters in Golf, Wrestling and Football – he was also a member of the PC Football Team during his Freshman year and currently referees Inter-varsity sports at PC. Before coming to PC Paul held Internships as a Computer Tech Assistant for Berkeley County School District and for Advanced Technology International (ATI) in the Compliance and Procurement areas.
Haley Pye, soprano, is glad to be joining the LCAM staff this Fall as a student instructor. Haley is entering her fourth year of vocal study with Dr. Christian Elser at Presbyterian College, and is pursuing Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and English. She has performed with numerous groups on and off campus, including but not limited to, PC Choir, Bella Voce, PC Ringers, First Baptist of Greenwood Choir, First Baptist of Walterboro Choir, and the Augusta Choral Society. Additionally, she has participated in Opera Workshop for three years, in which she has performed the roles of “Young Frog/Mole/Badger/Mouse” in Frog and Toad, “Belinda” in Dido and Aeneas, and “Flapper” in the original production, Songs of the Jazz Age.
Jarvernique Tinsley, violin, is a Junior at Presbyterian College where he is a Music major and a Psychology minor. He is Principal 2nd Violin in the PC Chamber Orchestra and 2nd Violinist in the PC String Quartet. Jarvernique is from Columbia, South Carolina where he attended Dreher High School. He was Concertmaster of the DHS Orchestra, played tenor sax in the Wind Ensemble, and sang in the DHS Choir. In the summer of 2018, Jarvernique was a Counselor at the famous Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan where played violin in the Festival Orchestra. Jarvernique referees Inter-mural sports at Presbyterian College and is also active as a free-lance musician in the Midlands and Upstate of South Carolina.
For additional Department of Music questions, contact Beverly Davis at 864.833.8470