School of Fine Arts Faculty
The School of Fine Arts is pleased to offer instruction by some of the most highly qualified musicians and creative artists in the Chattanooga area. All instructors are approved by the School of Fine Arts Advisory Committee and are experienced in their field of instruction, both as teachers and performers. Every member of the music faculty possesses a degree in their area of experience, most with graduate degrees.
A Chattanooga native, Ms. Nunn started the violin at the age of 10 at Hixson Elementary, with Priscilla Estrada. When she was 15, Jessica began teaching private violin lessons for several middle school students in Hamilton County and switch from violin to viola the following year.
Ms. Morgan holds a B.M in keyboard/vocal education from East Tennessee State University, and a M.M. in piano pedagogy from UT-Knoxville. While at UTK, she worked with Fay Adams in long term training to become certified to teach all the Suzuki piano literature. In addition to teaching at First Baptist, Ms. Morgan teaches at Cadek Conservatory of Music and maintains a private studio.
Delk has a BS degree in Art from Florida Southern College. She has 7 years experience teaching art in the public school system for middle and high school grades and 3 years experience as a graphic designer for internationally known DuPont Registry magazine. Mrs Delk also has years of experience teaching art to elementary aged children.
Chip Hancock was born in Marietta, Georgia, and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He began playing drums in the third grade, and soon realized a love for percussion that would ultimately become his life's passion. Chip became an accomplished drummer early on, and began to share his expertise in percussion by teaching drum lessons in Chattanooga at the young age of 15.
Mr. Hanson has taught 26 years of chorus and band in public schools and 27 years in church music. He performs with Jericho Brass of Chattanooga, Rome Festival Brass and Rome Festival Jazz Band, and the Chattanooga Concert Band. Presently, he is the interim music director at Signal Mountain Baptist Church and handbell instructor at Lee University.
Mr. Johnson has taught guitar 25 years. He attended Texas Tech University, graduated from Audio Engineering School, and is a member of the Baconian Institute in Oxford, England. He has earned several gold records, and has worked with Chuck Barry, Tanya Tucker, Greg Allman, and Tommy Tutone, to name a few. He has played guitar for the Impressions, Confederate Railroad, Kat Family, Humble Pie, and many others.
A charter member of the faculty since 1997, David Kammerdiener has been playing the piano since he was five years old. He is a graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas, and holds the following degrees: Bachelor of Music, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma; Master of Church Music, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, California; Master of Music in Education-Kodály Emphasis, Holy Names College, Oakland, California; Associate of Applied Science-Networking Specialist, Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Rock Spring, Georgia.
Mr. Long is a former member of the Durham North Carolina Symphony and played with the Cobb Georgia Symphony Orchestra and the Hendersonville North Carolina Symphony. He has taught trumpet in the high schools of Hamilton County and in Northwest Georgia. He is a former member of the Atlanta Symphony Chorus where he performed at Carnegie Hall and recorded contemporary composer's works.
Mrs. Parker received her Bachelor of Music degrees in Piano Pedagogy and Piano Performance, and her Masters of Music degree in Accompanying from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She has taught private piano lessons for 13 years in various locations in North Carolina and Tennessee. She taught Kindermusik for 10 years and directed her own program for two years.
Mrs. Pearson holds the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Performance, with a concentration in flute, from Tennessee Temple University. While there, she studied with Janet Hale, principal flutist in the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association. She has taught privately for over 12 years all over the tri-state area in both public and private schools. She has been the principal flute player since 2002 with L'Abri Symphony Orchestra.
Amber Snow holds a Bachelor in Piano Performance from Tennessee Temple University and is currently working toward a Master's Degree in Piano Performance at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, under Dr. Sin-Hsing Tsai's instruction. A native of Maine, she has lived in Chattanooga since 2007, and continues to enjoy exploring music and the outdoors.
Mrs. Tonkinson, soprano, brings a wealth of experiences as both teacher and performer to the School of Fine Arts. She has taught private voice, vocal pedagogy, and music education methods and has directed choirs for many years at colleges in Missouri, Tennessee, and Georgia, including: Covenant College, Chattanooga State Technical Community College, Tennessee Temple University, and Baptist Bible College (Springfield, Missouri).
Dr. Tonkinson received his Bachelor of Music degree (Clarinet) from Midwestern University (Wichita Falls, TX), the Master of Music degree (Clarinet) from the University of Oklahoma, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree (Conducting) from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. His clarinet teachers have included Stephen Girko, Lee Gibson and Patricia Kostek.