Meet the School of Music Instructors
Alondra McEldowney started teaching piano for FBC in the fall 2014. She has a Bachel or 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.
Amelyse Arroyo will begin teaching for the School of Music in the summer of 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Florida. Amelyse teaches beginner to advanced levels in violin and beginners in cello. Please check back here later for more information on Amelyse.
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.
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.
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.
Heidi Harding began teaching for the School of Music in the Spring 2015. She is teaching beginners to intermediate levels in violin. Please check back for more information on Heidi.
Jeff Eekhoff started teaching guitar and piano for FBC's School of Music in August 2012. He has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. Jeff has worked as a music teacher and as a worship leader. He has been teaching private lessons since 2004. Jeff is currently a sound technician at Seven Rivers Church.
Kara Billig has a Bachelor of Arts in Church Music from The Baptist College of Florida. Besides teaching at FBC's School of Music she teaches elementary music at Stanton-Weirsdale and Harbour View Elementary Schools. She is the wife of Michael Billig and mother to Mary, Leia, David, and Jonathan. Kara began teaching piano for FBC's school of music in August 2012. She teaches beginners to early advanced levels in piano and beginners in violin and flute.
Lauren Wilson has resided in Dunnellon Florida for over 13 years. Lauren is currently in her sophomore year at the College of Central Florida majoring 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 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.
Melissa Estep joined FBC's School of Music in the spring 2014. She teaches voice and beginner piano. Besides teaching for our school, Melissa also is a music teacher and reading tutor at Redeemer Christian School and participates in her church's praise team.
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.
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.
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 Gonzalez joined FBC's School of Music in the fall 2014. She began taking piano at the young age of about 6 in Miami, FL, where she was born and raised. Music has always been an integral part of her life, and after moving to Ocala in 2004 she continued to study music and grow in her love for it. She has an Associate's of Arts degree in Music Education from the College of Central Florida where she primarily studied piano as well as guitar and voice. She is an active member at her church, where she helps in ministry areas such as youth, children, and music. She is passionate about teaching and learning, and is currently working towards her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at the University of Central Florida. She has taught both private piano and guitar lessons and is thrilled to be teaching beginner to intermediate piano students at the School of Music.
Tristan Hirsch started teaching the drum set for FBC's School of Music in the spring 2015. Check back soon for more information on Tristan.