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Faculty

Dr. Susan Roe

Professor of Voice; Director of Choral Music and Department Head

Music 209
229. 391.4943
sroe@abac.edu

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Dr. Thomas Heflin

Assistant Professor of Jazz

Music 208
229.391.5253
theflin@abac.edu

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Dr. Andy Lagrimas

Assistant Professor of Piano and Theory

Music 122
229.391.4948
llagrimas@abac.edu

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Johnny Folsom

Instructor; Director of Music – Bands

Music 207
229. 391.4944
jfolsom@abac.edu

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Adjunct Instructors

Sara Eastwood – Clarinet/Saxophone/Oboe

eastwoodClarinetist Sara Eastwood maintains an active career as a recitalist, orchestral musician and educator. In 2016, Sara received her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree on an assistantship as a Graduate Teaching Instructor at Florida State University where she taught applied lessons and method courses. She also also coaches chamber ensembles and conducts master classes, in addition to maintaining a private studio. Sara earned both her Master of Music degree with the award of the John Mohler Scholarship and her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Her teachers have included Daniel Gilbert, Frank Kowalsky, Fred Ormand, and Jonathan Holden as well as applied study with Deborah Bish and Chad Burrow.

Timothy Fancher – French Horn

fancherTim Fancher is in his twenty-fifth year of teaching. His latest position is at Worth County Middle School in Sylvester, Ga where he has taught for nine years. In addition to his teaching experience, he was a member of the Coastal Symphony of Georgia for sixteen years, serving as Principal Horn for five years. He was also a member of the Golden Isles Concert Community Band. Mr. Fancher attended college at the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music and New Mexico State University. He received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He is is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, GMEA, NAfME, MMEA, and PAGE.

Jordan Galvarino – Cello

Jordan Galvarino studies at Florida State University where he maintains an active career throughout the southeastern United States. He earned a Master of Music in Performance degree from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. His primary teachers have been Greg Sauer, Kim Cook, and Robert Jesselson. Jordan has performed at prestigious venues like Alice Tully Hall, and has won awards at Avery Fisher Hall and in Duxbury Music Festival’s solo and chamber competitions. An active chamber musician, Jordan is a member of Tallahassee based Trio Azul and founded the Nome Quartet. He has worked with members of the Emerson, Badke, Brentano, and Calidore String Quartets. Jordan is a section member of Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Northwest Florida Symphony, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and The Villages Symphony Orchestra. He was awarded principal cello for the Scotia Festival Orchestra and Florida State’s Opera and Symphony Orchestra.

Gina Lawhon – Organ

lawhonA graduate of North Texas State University, Gina Lawhon has taught piano and accompanied performing groups for at ABAC for over ten years. She has been the church pianist for First Baptist in Tifton for 33 years and is currently a teacher at Len Lastinger Primary School in Tift County. In addition to her work at ABAC, Lawhon has accompanied numerous recitals at Albany State University and Valdosta State University and has performed with the Brandenburg Quartet. She has accompanied many Georgia Baptist events as well as numerous solo concerts and performances with the Albany Symphony and has recorded one piece of sacred music, “Praise His Greatness.”

Rickey Savage – Percussion

savageRickey L. Savage has been teaching instrumental music for almost 40 years. For almost 30 of those years, he has also been a band director for the Tift County School System and adjunct percussion instructor at ABAC. Mr. Savage holds a B.S. degree in Music Education with a specialty in percussion from Jacksonville State University.  His graduate study programs were done at Jacksonville State University, Valdosta State University and Vandercook School of Music.  Mr. Savage is an alumnus of Drum Corps International and has instructed marching units of Drum Corps Associates.  He is presently a member of the Percussive Arts Society, National Association of Rudimental Drummers, GMEA & MENC.

Marti Braziel Schert – Voice

SchertsmallWith performances spanning the globe, Marti Braziel Schert has lent her vociferous sound to a plethora of solo and choral experiences. A Georgia native, Marti earned her bachelor’s of music from Georgia Southern, and her master’s of music from Butler University in Indianapolis. She has also been coached by some of the greats of the industry, including the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, The Fontainebleau American Conservatory of Music in Fontainebleau, France, and the Friedrich-Alexander Universitat, in Erlangen, Germany, and the Freie Universitat in Berlin. She has appeared in numerous operatic performances in coloratura roles including The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Impersario and Albert Herring. She has appeared in recitals in Austria, France and Germany, was a finalist in the 2003 Pro Mozart Society Competition of Georgia and has appeared as soloist in the Brahms Requiem with the Savannah Symphony.

Rob Walker – Jazz Guitar

Rob Walker started playing guitar in 1966 at the age of ten. While majoring in music at Middle Georgia College in Cochran, he was invited to become a member of the southern rock band, Stillwater. The band was soon signed to Capricorn Records in Macon, Georgia and by 1977 their single “Mindbender” received radio airplay across the USA and Europe. The song, penned by Stillwater’s producer Buddy Buie and Rob Walker reached a chart position in the USA of #43 in Billboard Magazine. When Stillwater disbanded in 1984, Rob joined the United States Air Force. He was first assigned to play guitar with the Air Force Band of New England, Pease Air Force Base, New Hampshire. As his career progressed, he also worked as a member of the Band of the United States Air Forces in Europe, the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific – Asia, and the Band of the United States Air Force Reserve. During his time in the Air Force, Rob has performed on guitar in a diversity of styles ranging from Pop, to Jazz, to Country and Rhythm and Blues. He has performed on stage with several renowned recording artists, including: Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Take 6, John Popper (of Blues Traveller), Gordon Goodwin, Melba Moore, and Aaron Neville.

Sheri Wyles – Flute/Music Appreciation

wylesAn educator for over 30 years, Ms. Wyles currently teaches at Tift County High School – Northeast Campus teaching band and chorus and assisting with the TCHS Marching Brigade. She received her Bachelor of Music degree and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbus State University, where she studied flute under Natalie Kruger. She earned her Master’s of Science in Education degree from Troy State University. For the 1995-1996 school year, Sheri was named “Teacher of the Year” for J.T. Reddick School and was tapped in 1996-1997 and in 2009-2010 as “Tift County Teacher of Excellence.” From 1991-1999, she served on the Advisory Council of Gemeinhardt Flute, Inc. She was a member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra from 1990 – 2008 and since 1983 manages and performs with the professional group, “Mannheim Musicians.” Ms. Wyles has been a woodwind instructor and adjunct faculty at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College since 1986.