Meet the School of Music Instructors
Alondra McEldowney started teaching piano for FBC in the fall 2014. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance and a Master of Science in Music Education from Pensacola Christian College. There, she received 6 years of private study and 2 technique classes with Mrs. Daisy De Luca Jaffe, who studied in France under Magda Tagliaferro. The techniques Mrs. Jaffe teaches her students are based on principals of form and relaxation passed down from Carl Czerny, and they became the foundation of Alondra's understanding of piano technique. Her other musical experience includes several summers of teaching piano, accompanying for congregational singing at her church, accompanying the Chamber Ensemble at Pensacola Christian College, and conducting a volunteer choir for Campus Church in Pensacola. She enjoys working with children of all ages and teaches from beginning to early advanced piano students.
Amanda Raices began teaching for the School of Music in the Spring of 2015. She is teaching beginners to intermediate level students in cello and violin. Amanda is active in a strings ensemble, plays piano for her church and enjoys accompanying her students on piano as they play their instrument. Her goal is to earn a degree in Music Therapy from the College of Central Florida. Amanda loves working with students of all ages and hopes to instill in them a love for music.
Andrew Boff started teaching the drum set for FBC's School of Music in the spring 2015. He has been studying and playing drums for 13 years. He also assisted from 2012 to present the Lake Weir High School marching drum line during the summer. Andrew will be attending the College of Central Florida in pursuit of a music education degree.
Beth Menendez began teaching piano at the School of Music in the Fall of 2006. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Elementary Education and Early Childhood. Her college music courses included private piano, and she has enjoyed singing in choirs and ensembles. Beth also plays the flute and performed with a flute trio for several years. She is an experienced classroom teacher, including music instruction. She a church volunteer, having worked in the areas of music, youth and children for over 25 years. Beth is also a mother, grandmother and pastor's wife.
Caleb Wilson joined FBC's School of Music in the Spring 2016. He is teaching beginner students in acoustic guitar, banjo and mandolin. Caleb is a student at the College of Central Florida and will graduate with an Associates in Arts degree in the Spring or 2016. He also attends the Citrus County School of The Bible in Homosassa and will graduate in the Fall of 2016. His next goal is to earn a Bachelor's degree in Business.
Music has been a huge part of Caleb's life. While he was homeschooled he took piano and violin lessons. Some of the other instruments Caleb has played are trumpet, harmonica, dulcimer, autoharp and dobro. Recently he has started playing the upright acoustic bass. Caleb is self taught on most of the instruments. He enjoys playing hymns with his family at church events and also some bluegrass style music. Besides playing, Caleb has felt the call to be a preacher. He has had several opportunities to preach in a few of the local churches.
David Ripple has been part of the music leadership at First Baptist since Jaunary 2009. He started teaching guitar in the School of Music in March 2009. David teaches acoustic and electric guitar to beginners and up.
Denita Inmon will begin teaching piano at the School of Music in the Summer 2016 Denita has a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a minor in music from Blue/Mountain College in Mississippi. She graduated in 1999. She is currently the music teacher at East Marion Elementary School. Denita has participated in musical activities in church since a young girl and now is active in the church choir and praise team at Oakcrest Baptist Church, where her husband is the pastor.
Denita and her family have previously served in Costa Rica and Uruguay as missionaries and she has taught private piano lessons since 1998.
Erica Piferrer began playing violin at the age of seven in the Florida West Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra Program. She has played with the Alachua County Youth Orchestra and the Villages Community Philharmonic Orchestra. She was a 2010 recipient of the Harold Schwartz Music Scholarship and has an Associate of Arts degree from the College of Central Flroida. Erica began teaching at the School of Music in 2009. She is currently a member of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and the Florida Schola Cantorum. Erica is wife to Anthony and mom to Timothy. Eric will be leaving us at the end of Spring 2016 to spend time with her children.
Heidi Harding began teaching for the School of Music in the Spring 2015. She is teaching beginners to intermediate levels in violin and piano. Please check back for more information on Heidi.
Kelly McVey began teaching voice and piano for the School of Music in the fall 2015. She began singing in early childhood. She has been a professional musician and recording artist since 2010. Some of her credits include “Walt Disney Records and Fuel Records”. She has her Associate's degree in music performance and has been a worship leader for 4 years. Two of her passions are teaching music and worshiping. Kelly is currently attending Meadowbrook College which is an extension of Southeastern University. Kelly has taking the Spring 2016 semester off to have her baby. She will return in the summer.
Lauren Wilson has resided in Dunnellon Florida for over 13 years. Lauren is currently in her senior year at the University of Central Florida majoring in Elementry Education. She has an Associates degree in Music Education. Lauren has been playing and performing music since she was a child. Lauren joined the team of music instructors at FBC Ocala's School of Music in the spring 2013 teaching piano, voice and violin.
Lauren was singing at the age of 3, and began learning the violin at the age of 5. She has performed for many special occasions. She has been a member of several orchestras; these include The Ocala Youth Symphony and The Villages Community Philharmonic Orchestra. She was a special guest of The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Violin Virtuoso Joshua Bell. In February 2013 Lauren fulfilled a lifelong dream and performed at Carnegie Hall. Lauren knew early in her music training that she had a gift for teaching; she loves sharing her love of music to others. Lauren began teaching in 2008, and has had much experience with different learning types and ages. Lauren is an accomplished musician who not only loves music, but also wants to inspire others for many generations to come.
Lawana Gray began teaching at the School of Music in the Fall of 2015. She has a B.A. from Southeastern University in Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance. She teaches beginner to advanced Voice and beginner to intermediate Piano. She has been a worship leader for the past 15 years and has also performed in and directed multiple musicals. In addition to teaching at the school of music, she is the Fine Arts teacher for middle and high school at First Assembly Christian School here in Ocala.
Lawana will be leaving the School of Music at the end of spring 2016.
Micki Woods began teaching piano at the age of 16. She took college level piano courses while earning her degree in Accounting. Micki is a former music teacher at Redeemer Christian School. She has been active in the music ministries of local churches as church pianist accompanying choirs, soloists and instrumentalists. She teaches classical and sacred piano. She is the wife of Billy Woods and mom to Lindsay, Taylor, Riley and Delaney.
Rebecah Lytle begin teaching for the School of Music in the fall 2015. She was introduced to music at a very young age due to having musical parents. Rebecah grew up learning music theory and listening to classical music. She became seriously interested in piano when she was 11 years old and began taking lessons from her mom, a former piano teacher. At 15, she started playing for church services every week and giving lessons to young children. Desiring to advance in her skills, she took professional lessons from a local instructor for 3 years before taking classes at College of Central Florida. Rebecah is currently completing her Associate in Arts.
Dr. Sarah Satterfield began teaching at FBC's School of Music in the fall 2013. She has taught music and humanities courses at the College of Central Florida, the University of Florida, Flagler College, Florida Gateway College, and Grace Christian School. She lectures throughout the Southeast, specializing in American music and music of the 20th century. Most recently Satterfield presented a lecture-recital on the traditional music of Florida at the International Conference of Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii and gave the local debut of Jorge Ibanez's Aire II for flute and piano at the College Music Society's Regional Conference in Gainesville. an experienced administrator with a broad background in various sectors of the performing arts industry, Satterfield managed the San Diego State University Symphony Orchestra and Ocala Symphony Orchestra. She served as administrative assistant for the prestigious Arioso Wind Quintet. During her first year with Arioso, she won grants exceeding $50,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts, City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, California Arts Council, California Touring Artists' Roster, and John and Jane Adams Trust. She also coordinated the Adams Project, a training program that taught collegiate-level small ensembles the art of educational, senior, and multi-cultural outreach programming. While involved with the Adams Project she coordinated outreach performances in more than 120 community venues throughout Southern California. Satterfield has concertized extensively, participating in premieres or performances at the College Music Society Regional Conference, National Flute Association Annual Convention, Florida Flute Association Annual Convention, and international Festival of Women Composers. She has performed in master classes presented by Nancy Clew, Bradley Garner, Damian Bursill-Hall, Eldred Spell, and Constance Lane. Dr. Satterfield directs the Patriot Pipers, a flute ensemble she launched at CF. She is a member of professional organizations including the American Musicological Society, College Music Society, Society of Early Americanists, National Flute Association, Florida Flute Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Mu Phi Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, and Kappa Delta Pi. She performs regularly throughout the Southeast. Dr. Satterfield received a Ph.D. in Music History and Literature with an outside specialization in art history from the University of Florida, masters of Music in Flute Performance from San Diego State University, and Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Furman University (magna cum laude). She is a competitive triathlete and serves on the board of directors of the local triathlon organization Tri-Him.
Seth Hemphill began teaching in the School of Music in the Spring 2016. He teaches beginner to intermediate levels in accoustic guitar, electric guitar and bass guitar. He is a student at CF. More information later on Seth.
Teresa Fugate has a Bachelor degree from Liberty University in Education and Psychology. She has taught in public and private schools in Marion County. She currently plays piano and flute at Ocklawaha Bridge Baptist Church and participates in her church's praise team. She has given private lessons for many years. She joined the FBC's School of Music in the fall of 2014.
Tiffany Gonzales plans to return to teaching piano for the School of Music in the fall 2016.