MUSIC DIRECTOR, CLASS PIANO INSTRUCTOR
Timothy Josiah Haynes (T.J.) joined Adonai Arts Academy September 2017. T.J. teaches class keyboards, as well as percussion and voice. He has been instrumental in leading our pilot partnerships with at-risk kids in East Nashville.
Born in West Virginia, raised in South Carolina, and educated in Nashville, TN, T.J. Haynes always loved music. His father was a pastor, his mother a music minister. Born into a musical family, he was singing harmonies at church before most kids could sing a melody. In fifth grade, he started learning percussion, and that eventually led him to join the award winning Boiling Springs High School marching band, the largest marching band in South Carolina. His peers voted him Best Overall Musician, and Haynes was off to Nashville, where God led him to attend Trevecca Nazarene University.
While in college, T.J. would come back to South Carolina every summer to teach front ensemble for the Chesnee High School marching band. Then, back at TNU, he was active in the university's theatre program and percussion ensemble. T.J. earned two degrees in Communication Studies and in Dramatic Arts, as well as a minor in music composition. He has had many of his works performed, including an opera which was shown at the Nashville Opera Center. Now, he manages the warehouse for Dream Events & Catering, but still acts and directs and writes on the side. He serves on the Springhouse Theatre Company advisory board. He thanks God for every blessing in his life and continues to seek out His will.
Rebecca Poole has trained classically since a young age and continued her study at the School of Nashville Ballet, Vanderbilt Dance Program, and various summer intensive studies such as North Carolina Dance Theatre. She was selected to perform with the Nashville Ballet Youth Ensemble and Vanderbilt Dance Theatre. Rebecca began her professional career with Dance Theatre of Tennessee until a third knee injury and surgery led her to resign. She continued her dance studies at Middle TN State University where she performed with MTSU Dance Theatre. Rebecca graduated with a minor in dance, and soon after began dancing and instructing Ballroom in Murfreesboro.
Rebecca is passionate about sharing the gift of dance, because she knows it is God given. She has been blessed to not only share in the United States, but abroad as well. In 2011 she taught ballet in Haiti on a mission trip with the organization myLIFEspeaks. In 2014 Rebecca studied abroad independently in Uganda, where she taught ballet and photography classes at a school and home for orphaned children. She loves how God uses dance to break down language and culture barriers and allows people to connect, celebrate, and worship together as children of God.
Rebecca was Serenity's first teacher assistant in 2007. The Lord generously brought their paths back together last year when she joined the team as an advanced pointe instructor. August 2017: Rebecca steps into her new role with grace and anointing.
Sandy Blackman has been playing piano since she could reach the keys. She began teaching at a young age and has been blessed with many years as an instructor in various settings. One of her greatest gifts is introducing kids and adults to the love of piano! She has also served as an accompanist with numerous groups throughout her School and College years, and still uses her accompaniment skill often in church with individuals and choirs. She believes in a strong base of classical note reading with a healthy sprinkling of ear training. She enjoys teaching church style playing as well.
Sandy was instrumental in the merge between Naz Arts and Adonai International in 2016 and served as Executive Director for the Academy's first year. Sandy serves as the Worship Associate for Nashville First Church of the Nazarene. She serves along side her husband Jimmy, the Pastor to Senior Adults at NFCN, and loves being mom to three grown sons, Trey, Billy and Nathan.
Carol has taught Art for many years in the public school system as well as home school co-ops. Her classes are “hands on”, and designed to give students the fundamentals of basic art. Carol’s classes are FUN, as well as teaching various art techniques and a bit of art history. She starts with basics of color, design, line, etc, and continues building on those basic blocks to more advanced skills. Every year, students build on the previous year’s foundation. Carol gives students exposure to various medias including: paint, collage, ink, pastels and more. Students experiment with the technique of mimicking the works of famous artists.
Carol has an incredible gift of encouragement, and inspires her students to appreciate their God-given gifts of creativity. Her students love her and are loved in return!
Sarah's passion for dance started at a very young age. She grew up in IL and dance was her life. It wasn't until she moved to IL at age 13 that she realized what dance was through God's eyes. As Sarah was introduced to dance in the church, she experienced a love for Christ that she had never known before. From that point she knew God was calling her to teach others how He uses us to glorify Him through dance. Mrs. Sarah studied ballet, jazz, and tap for most of her life, but now she has opened up to a new and changed expression of dance through worship. She has been teaching dance for over 15 years now. Sarah provides dance class at her family's church, and has been on numerous mission trips both here in the US and overseas, bringing worship dance to the streets. Teaching children how to be open to the voice of the Lord so that the Holy Spirit can move through them, is a passion of hers. She is blessed to know that God created dance and that He uses it for His glory and honor. God has blessed her with a loving husband and four wonderful children.
HIP HOP/BALLET/TAP INSTRUCTOR
Hope Marion was classically trained at the Mt Juliet School of Dance and was a member of the TahDah Dance Company in Nashville. She has performed in Nashville Ballet's Nutcracker with their company, and participated in numerous dance competitions throughout her high school years. Hope is passionate about dance and feels it is a gift from God to share. She loves people and diversity and deeply appreciates how movement connects each unique person to God. She enjoys worshipping through dance and telling a story through body movement. Hope studied Cross Cultural Sociology and Education at Carson Newman University and plans on continuing her education with a masters in English as a Second Language Education. Ms Hope looks forward to guiding and growing with each student as they journey through dance together.
WOODWINDS, PIANO, AND GUITAR INSTRUCTOR
Spencer has a strong heart for God and God's people. As a guitar and woodwind player, he has a B.S. in Music Education from Trevecca Nazarene University and recently completed a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. Spencer is currently on staff at Nashville First Church of the Nazarene as the Orchestra Director and is the Assistant Band Director at Christ Presbyterian Academy. Spencer also teaches privately throughout Nashville and works as a freelance musician. He is available to teach guitar, piano, and woodwinds through Adonai Arts Academy.
Haydn Palmer came to Nashville after graduating from Central College, a Free Methodist college in central Kansas. Haydn holds a degree in guitar pedagogy and spends his days teaching guitar to students at Donelson Christian Academy. He loves to play with the worship team at Trinity Church of the Nazarene every week. Haydn teaches private guitar, chiefly at our Hermitage/Mt. Juliet location — Hobson Pike Baptist Church.
BALLET/TAP DANCE INSTRUCTOR
Hope’s love for dance began at age 3 with Mount Juliet Dance Academy. In 2008, she began studying dance through Adonai Arts. Hope has been involved in musical theatre; Marshmello Productions and Audience of One Productions (AOO) are companies through which her dancing could advance and mature. Through these opportunities, Hope met Rebecca Poole, who served as AOO’s ballet instructor and choreographer.
Hope portrayed Kathy Selden in Singing In The Rain in 2018, learning and performing Gene Kelly’s iconic and challenging tap choreography. In the summer of 2018, she is serving as dance a captain for AOO’s West Side Story.
JAZZ/CONTEMPORARY DANCE INSTRUCTOR
Elizabeth Ormand was trained classically since the age of four when she lived in Virginia. She continued her study through high school at American Academy of Dance in Hendersonville, TN, and later studied with the MTSU Dance Theatre. After graduating from MTSU she became a Ballroom dance instructor in Murfreesboro.
Elizabeth is passionate about all the arts, but dance is her calling. She has taken countless summer intensives, two of them being with the Radio City Rockettes and another in Disney World. She has also taken classes from various world-renowned choreographers in hip-hop, contemporary, jazz, and tap.
The most recent year of Elizabeth’s journey with the Lord has been about two things: focusing on the journey not the destination, and learning to dance with Him. Through dance, God is able to bring restoration, healing, and joy. Being able to share the gift of dancing with others is invaluable.
Elizabeth has had the opportunity to partner with God internationally. In 2014, she traveled to Uganda to teach dance and photography at a home for orphaned children. And this past year, she used her dancing for missions in Australia and Peru. She is honored to be able to share the joy of dance with people across the world, and worship together to celebrate the love of God.
Lauren Brewer teaches adult yoga for Adonai Arts Academy. Lauren has a strong Christian testimony and enjoys sharing with others the health benefits of the art form of yoga. Using Scripture and inspirational music in her teaching, Lauren leads her students to reflect, relax, and deepen their ability to move. Lauren attends Nashville First Church of the Nazarene.
CLEAN COMEDY IMPROV INSTRUCTOR
Joey Hutton always has a smile on his face! Joey finds joy in his relationship with Christ, with his wife and young son, and in his career at Trevecca Nazarene University where he works as an Admissions Counselor. Joey has a strong background in theatre and has enjoyed being part of the campus improv group. Joey, along with his friend, TJ Haynes, leads our first Adonai Arts Academy Improv Class for adults.
Butch Simmons is a graduate of James Madison University, in Harrisburg, VA, where he received a degree in Music Industry with an emphasis in Percussion. Butch has worked extensively in the music field as a professional performer, marching clinician, and a private instructor in all areas of percussion.
Butch and his wife Karen moved to Nashville over 20 years ago. During that time, Butch has played shows in 48 states and 7 countries. His recording credits include Randy Travis, Elizabeth Cook, Trent Willimon, Lionel Cartwright, and Skip Ewing.
Butch brings a strong Christian testimony to his lessons. Butch works with two thoughts: every student has value, and every student has potential. He works with the idea that there is no greater joy than seeing a person become whom God created them to be.
CLASS PIANO INSTRUCTOR
Brian has been a piano enthusiast for ten years and loves to encourage young students to explore the possibilities of music. After spending all of his high school years studying music and volunteering as a worship leader in his church’s Children’s Ministry, Brian studied at Trevecca Nazarene University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Worship Arts. His love for all God’s children drives Brian to invite others into the wonderful world of music that God created for all His children.
Linda began her musical journey at age nine when she started taking piano lessons. She studied music at the University of Kentucky (piano and choral music) completing a B.A. in Music and Business and subsequently took a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. While on active duty in Bamberg, Germany working as an administrative officer, she also served as pianist/organist at the Main Post Chapel. Linda joined the Army Reserve after the birth of her daughter Megan, and continued moving around the world with her Army husband, Brent.
In 20 years, they spent eight years in Germany (over two tours), with stops in Maryland, then Louisiana (where son Larry joined them), and then Washington State — culminating with a final three year tour in Canberra, Australia. At every posting, Linda worked as a church musician at the local Army chapel, sometimes directing various choirs (adult, youth, children, handbells).
In addition to traveling, volunteering in her children’s schools and chapel work, she also taught piano lessons to a host of neighborhood kids. A new challenge opened up with the U.S. State Department when she had the opportunity to serve as Community Liaison Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Canberra during the family’s stay there.
After two years in California, following Army retirement, the family made their way back to Kentucky where Linda served as full-time Music Director of St. Luke United Methodist Church. Five years ago, Brent and Linda moved to the Nashville are to be nearer their daughter, an employee at Trevecca Nazarene University, while their son, then an Army officer himself, was serving on active duty. Linda took the advantage of an empty nest to complete a graduate music degree at Middle Tennessee State University, studying choral conducting. She and Brent now enjoy working on endless home improvement projects, bowling, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She’s now embracing the role of piano teacher again, working with aspiring young musicians!
VIOLIN INSTRUCTOR; TEACHING ASSISTANT
Vanessa always found the arts to be her strongest connection with God. Vanessa is a senior at Belmont University, studying Spanish and publishing. Ever since she was one year old, Vanessa knew that she wanted to pursue the arts — especially violin, piano, and drawing.
For six years, Vanessa taught pottery and clay classes to families in Fort Campbell, at Guenette Arts & Crafts Center. Her music career has consisted of playing piano for five years in a private studio, and studying violin for five years at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. She has had training in music theory, virtuoso performance, small ensembles, and symphony orchestra. Vanessa performed with the Nashville Symphony on four separate occasions.
Most importantly, Vanessa wants to give back to her community. She feels it is her duty to share all of the guidance she was blessed to receive throughout her career, ad her passion to fuel young minds with art is unrelenting.
She is privileged to be able to worship God by serving as violin instructor and teaching assistant, for Adonai Arts Academy.
Moira is proud to be a junior Music Education major at Trevecca Nazarene University. Working with kids has always been a passion of hers. God has gifted all children with creativity and laughter and Moira believes that using her gifts to better serve His children is of paramount importance. While sometimes it can be hard to understand or confusing to walk with Him, Moira knows she is never alone. He is the God of love who does not abandon His children. He looks for the one sheep! She hopes to be a vessel for His love.
Moira is instrumental in our pilot partnership with Warner Elementary School, where Adonai conducts an afterschool choir. Moira is very excited for this upcoming season at Adonai Arts Academy!
Rachel has been trained at numerous dance studios both competitively and recreationally. Rachel has also performed as a competitive gymnast. She has done all sorts of dance including ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. Rachel is instrumental in our partnership with KidPOWER, where Adonai instructors will be teaching dance and music to local elementary school kids.