Staff

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Carolyn FranksCarolyn Franks
Owner & Studio Director
Carolyn is a lover of people and of the arts and Lifesong is the perfect place for her to express her heart for both. Carolyn’s life has been preparation for Lifesong. Her formal music training began at the age of 8 when she started private piano lessons. Her musical gifts were encouraged by her school music teachers from elementary through high school, where she was the only accompanist for her school choirs from 5th grade through high school graduation. She also played piano weekly in her church from the age of 14 until the summer of 2006. Her love for theatre began in high school when she was cast in her first high school play and is inspired now by her daughter Maddie’s love and talent for the stage. Her love and appreciation for the art of dance came when her daughter Taylor began dancing at the age of 3. She is inspired daily by her family, their talents and their shared love for the arts! Her passion for people and the arts took a new direction when she became the Worship & Arts Director at Compass Christian Church in Colleyville, serving in that position for 2 years from 2004-2006. Carolyn’s life experiences in the arts and in ministry as well as in the corporate world have all played a significant role in preparing her for her position as Owner and Director of Lifesong Studio. Carolyn is thankful to God for the privilege of Lifesong and to her family for sharing in her passion and commitment to making Lifesong Studio a place where the arts are taught and experienced with the finest quality and utmost integrity.


Jay FranksJay Franks
Owner & Executive Director
Jay has served our community as a pastor since January of 1992. After leading worship at Compass Christian Church in Colleyville for 15 years, he is now the Campus Pastor. Jay’s experiences in ministry, music, dramatic productions, architecture and construction have all enhanced and prepared him for his role as Co-Owner of Lifesong Studio. Jay is committed to people, first and foremost, and his influence at Lifesong is of utmost importance. Not only does he provide a supporting role in leading the staff, but he also manages the facility’s needs, builds sets and props for our dance and theatre studios and generally does “whatever it takes” to make sure everything runs smoothly and everyone has what they need. His “part-time” position has a “full-time” impact on Lifesong’s commitment to excellence and “shaping hearts through the arts!”


  • Kim FranksKim Franks
    Office Manager

    Kim joined the Lifesong Staff in December of 2012 and she has a wide variety of responsibilities within the studio, supporting the staff, students and families. She brings experience in administrative support and customer service and she is committed to Lifesong’s mission of quality of atmosphere, quality of instruction, and shaping hearts through the arts. Her goal and desire is to take care of Lifesong families, see that they are well taken care of and that they experience “the Lifesong difference!”
  • Jeannie WareJeannie Ware
    Front Desk

    This native Texan came to Lifesong in July of 2015. Jeannie brings administrative experiences from other dance studios, performing arts schools, and various ministries where she used her gifts of administration, organization, and event planning. Her varied work background and gift for connecting with and caring for people, supports Lifesong’s mission. The families and staff at Lifesong have quickly become her passion. She enjoys being part of “shaping hearts through the arts” at Lifesong and appreciates the opportunity to be a part of the family! LIFE PURPOSE : “IMPART … WITH ALL MY HEART” I Thes 2:8 “We loved you so much we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but to impart our very lives as well.”


DANCE STAFF


Kari Anderson
Kari joined the Lifesong staff in our 2007-2008 Season 2. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Texas Christian University. Aside from her training in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, she has studied under scholarships at various performing arts studios in Los Angeles and under numerous instructors from the East to the West coast. Kari has performed in several Industrial shows from Mary Kay, Aveda, Sally’s and other Showcases in the Dallas area. She has been the recipient of many national choreography awards and her work has been featured on board the Star Ship Oceanic Tour, Festivals at Sea, in halftime performances and numerous theater productions and on competition stages throughout the United States. Kari’s performing dance company was also selected by the National Goodwill Ambassador Program to tour and perform in Russia as Goodwill Ambassador of the U.S. She travels across the country as a freelance Director and Choreographer and continues sharing her love of teaching with local studios and performing arts programs. Kari is the owner and director of Dupree Dance, a national dance convention and competition that hosts annual events in cities across the U.S. Her and her husband, Zack, are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, both of which share an early love for dance!  Kari’s dynamic personality and enthusiasm, combined with her unstoppable energy and creativity, continue to be the perfect recipe for success both in the classroom and on stage.
“Dance is my escape, my outlet, my expression and my soul. It is something that completes and surprises me. I began dancing in high school, but began hip hop 4 years ago, which is where my true passion lies. In contrast to the sometimes negative personification of hip hop music and dance, I believe it is something that truly speaks to our youth. This is the reason I began to teach and choreograph for young people. Not only do they learn part of the art form of dance, but they gain discipline, respect and strength. Music is what drives my process, as I use movements to provide beats and expressions that are not always a part of the song. I love to work with young people and watch them fall in love with movement. My goal is to continue to perform, teach and change the lives of adolescents, for they are our future.”

Stori joined the Lifesong staff in our 2012-2013 Season 7. A native of Columbus, Georgia, Stori moved 12 hours away from friends and family to pursue her dream of dancing for the Dallas Cowboys. Not only was she a 3 year Veteran of the first NFL hip hop team, the Rhythm and Blue Dancers, but has also been pursuing a degree in Dance Education from Texas Woman’s University. Stori began dancing at the age of 14 at a small studio in Alabama. Shortly after, she became a member of her high school’s first ever dance team, the Dancing Devils. Two years later, she was voted Captain and led her team to win 2nd place at the Eastern Dance National Championship Competition. After graduation, she auditioned and became a lead dancer for the State Theatre of Georgia, the Springer Opera House, where she performed in many musicals such as The King and I, Carousel and Oklahoma. Shortly after working there, she auditioned for the Lady Lions, a semi pro dance team for the Indoor Football League. She quickly realized that performing at football games was what she wanted to pursue and soon after moved to Texas. After her last season with the Cowboys in 2011, Stori auditioned to be a part of a very unique dance team for FC Dallas and has loved being a part of soccer game day entertainment. She is ecstatic about joining the Lifesong staff and cannot wait to share her passion for dance with every student.

Bethany is very excited to join Lifesong Studio as a ballet instructor in our 2017-2018 Season 11. She began her training in Lubbock, TX at Ballet Lubbock under the instruction of Yvonne Racz-Key. She continued studying on merit scholarship at summer intensives including Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, the School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and The Rock School. Bethany joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s graduate program in 2012 where she performed corps de ballet roles in their company productions of Don Quixote and Swan Lake. In 2013, Bethany joined The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and toured with the company both nationally and internationally to Moscow, Russia. Since joining TSFB, she has performed numerous Balanchine works including Stars & Stripes, Gounod, Emeralds from Jewels, Walspurgisnacht Ballet, Monumentum Pro Gesualdo, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, and Swan Lake among others. Her ballet teaching experience includes instructing at ballet schools such as Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Ballet Lubbock. Additionally, Bethany is a 200hr RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) certified through the Brooke Hamblet Teacher Training School at Indigo Yoga (Fort Worth, TX). Currently, Bethany dances with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet and locally with Avant Chamber Ballet.
Emily Dixon | Dance Instructor
Emily was born in Lubbock, Texas and she was raised in Colleyville, Texas. She received her training at the Ballet Academy of Texas under the direction of Lisa Slagle. Upon graduating high school, Emily joined Tulsa Ballet II where she danced for two seasons. In 2009, Emily accepted a corps de ballet contract with The Sarasota Ballet. During her five seasons in Sarasota, Emily had the opportunity to perform a wide variety of repertoire including works by Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Antony Tudor, Paul Taylor, Sir Peter Wright, Will Tuckett, Matthew Bourne, Dominic Walsh, Peter Darrell, Agnes De Mille, Johan Kobborg, among others. Some highlights in her career include performing in Ashton’s Monotones II; Principal and soloists roles in Balanchine’s Who Cares?; Surabaya Johnny in Christopher Wheeldon’s There Where She Loved; Emilia in Peter Darrell’s Othello; The Violetta Elvin Solo in Ashton’s Birthday Offering; and the pas de deux in Will Tuckett’s Speilende Kinder. Other favorite ballets in Emily’s repertoire include Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations, The Four Temperaments, Diamonds, Concerto Barocco and Serenade; Ashton’s Les Patineurs, La Fille Mal Gardee, and The Two Pigeons. Emily also had the opportunity to perform both Diamonds and Les Patineurs at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. with the Sarasota Ballet. Emily joined Colorado Ballet in 2014 and enjoyed adding works such as Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, Michael Pink’s Dracula, Christopher Wheeldon’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco and Dominic Walsh’s Wolfgang (for Webb) to her repertoire. This is Emily’s third season with Colorado Ballet. In addition to dancing with the Colorado Ballet, Emily also performs with Avant Chamber Ballet in Dallas. Emily has been teaching at Lifesong since 2008, and she is looking forward to growing the ballet program at the studio!
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Maddie has been a part of the Lifesong family since the very beginning! She began assisting classes as a young student and is now an instructor. As a student, she was cast in many of the LifeStage Theatre productions; some of which include Beauty & The Beast, Annie, Into The Woods, Once Upon A Mattress and many more! Prior to graduating from Grapevine Faith in May 2015, Maddie was a member of Lifesong’s Elite Tap Company where she received several high point awards and scholarships. She is currently attending TCU pursuing a degree in Business with hopes to use her education to help strengthen and grow Lifesong for many years to come. Maddie is thrilled to be a part of the dance and administrative staff and thankful that she gets to share her passion and experience with such wonderful kids and families!
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Taylor is an original member of the Lifesong family as a student and staff member. She began dancing at the age of 3 and has never wanted to stop! She was a competitive dancer for 8 years and member of the Lifesong Senior Dance Company for 6 years where she received many top scores, awards and scholarships. She graduated from Colleyville Heritage High School in 2012 and was a member and officer of the Panteras Drill Team. Currently, Taylor works as an assistant with Dupree Dance, a nationally acclaimed dance convention and competition. Most recently, she performed in Wanderlust Dance Project at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas in the summer of 2016. Her experiences both as a student, assistant and teacher, along with her compassionate teaching style, creativity and artistic choreography have opened the door of opportunity for her to share her life-long passion for dance with one of her other great loves … kids!
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Kristen is an original staff member at Lifesong. She began her dance career in the DFW area at age 3. She has exclusive training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Clogging and Musical Theatre. As a high school dancer, she received invitations and scholarships to take master classes all across America. She graduated from LD Bell in 2002 and served as Captain of the Raiderettes in 2001-2002. During that time she received several choreography awards in recognition for her hard work and creativity. Since that time she has done choreography for drill teams all across the DFW Metroplex. Kristen is a veteran live performer, having shared the stage with such acts as Clint Black, Jessica Simpson, and Creed. She was a featured performer for the Miss Tennessee pageant, a preliminary to Miss America, in 2001 and 2002. Kristen toured the nation with Dupree Enterprises, a nationally ranked dance convention for 6 years as a choreographer and teacher spreading her knowledge and love for dance all across America.
Whitney joined the Lifesong family in our 2013-2014 Season 8. She grew up in the competitive dance world, but also received strong ballet training. She performed in numerous roles in The Nutcracker with Dancer’s Studio Etc, North Central Civic Ballet and the Festival Ballet of North Central Texas. She furthered her ballet training at summer intensives including: Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Vermont and with Stephen Mills at Ballet Austin. In all four years of high school Whitney worked with the Dallas Cowboy’s Cheerleaders in their nationally acclaimed Thanksgiving Half-Time Show, performing along side well known musical artists such as: Destiny’s Child, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. After graduating high school Whitney attended Oklahoma City University, where she was a member of the American Spirit Dance Company. She had the opportunity to perform in their annual Home for the Holidays and Spring Show performances as well as travel with the company on regional performance tours to Ada, OK and Branson, MO. She graduated from OCU with a Bachelor’s of Performing Arts in Dance Performance and a minor in History. Whitney now performs throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. She is a member of Contemporary Ballet Dallas as well as a First Soloist with Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet; where she has appeared as the Tennis Player in their rendition of the Ballet Russes Le Train Bleu. This October she appeared in original DNCB works as the Black Swan in co-founder Victoria Dolph’s Last Glimpse in the Mirror and reprised her role of the Lead Witch in Artistic Director Emilie Skinner’s Suspiria, in which Cheryl Callon of Theater Jones applauded her “acting chops” and “diabolical character.” This past June Whitney performed with Fort Worth’s Ballet Concerto in their annual Summer Dance Concert, where she previously performed soloist roles such as Little Red Top and a variation from Paquita. In July she filmed a Texas Lottery Commercial, directed by Francisco Pugliese. She can also be seen dancing in conventions such as Mary Kay’s National Convention and the Sally Beauty Convention, produced by Larrwell Productions. She recently booked a job filming as an extra in the upcoming USA Network television show Queen of the South. Her most recent stage credit was the Festival Ballet of North Central Texas’ annual production of the Nutcracker where she appeared as the Lead Spanish and the Rose Queen.
Lauren Johnson joins the Lifesong staff in our 2017-2018 Season 12. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Oklahoma City University with a bachelor’s degree in Dance Performance. Growing up with a deep passion for dance and being a part of the DFW competition circuit, she knew from a young age she wanted to be a professional dancer, singer, and actress. In her professional career, she has worked at numerous theaters and companies across the country, including Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma (Bye Bye Birdie, Sweet Charity, & Call Me Madam), Family Music Theatre (In the Heights- Vanessa) Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Chik-fil-a National Convention, The Dallas Opera (Manon), and Holland America Cruise Line to name a few. She has worked on television with commercials for Kaplan University, United Supermarket, and filmed with RightNowMedia. Currently, she is a veteran instructor at The Bar Method Southlake, a ballet bar inspired workout, and travels the southwest judging regional and national dance competitions. Lauren loves to connect, encourage, and challenge students to their full potential!
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Ashton joined the Lifesong staff in the summer of 2013. She was raised in Colleyville TX and started dancing at the age of 3 and has never stopped since! Ashton was a part of the Lifesong family the in the very first season as a Junior in High school. She attended Colleyville Heritage High School where she was Captain of the Junior Varsity Drill team in 2004 and Captain of the Varsity Drill team in 2007. Ashton was selected as a staff member for MA dance in 2008 where she traveled and assisted with choreography for drill team and officer dance camps. She became a member of the world renown Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders from 2009-2012 and was chosen as a member of an elite group of girls within the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders to travel internationally and be a spokesperson with the USO for three years. As a DCC, Ashton has had the honor to travel to Korea and Japan on USO tours. She has also performed in Mexico, the Bahamas, and numerous other places ranging all over the U.S! She has performed with Kelly Clarkson,Chris Daughtry, Keith Urban, Jesse James,and Enrique Iglesias. Ashton has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Good Morning Texas, Visionworks Eyeglass commercial, Papa Johns Pizza commercial, Golds Gym Fitness, and and Making the Team Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Ashton recently received her BBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Vicki Miller joined the Lifesong staff in August 2011. She has been dancing since the age of eight. She believes joining the Lifesong staff is  an answer to prayer. Vicki’s passion for tap, jazz and drill team had her choreographing at age sixteen as a Robinette’s dancer and a Dulles Doll drill team officer.  She later went to Texas A&M University where she continued teaching, choreographing and performing with the TAMU dance company and Dance Arts Society. While attaining her degree in Marketing, she instructed as a drill team choreographer for Dance Dimensions, a Texas-based company specializing in drill team and solo choreography. Vicki continued to dance in Houston as a member of the Praise Dancers, a Christian dance company. Vicki’s love for “her girls” and drill team has kept her “kicking” and choreographing for many years for teams and individuals in Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake, Keller and Trophy Club. Her dancers continue to shine as officers, soloists and overall exceptional technical dancers. She is a regular guest choreographer for The Del Mar College Dance Ensemble in Corpus Christi, Texas. She continues her dance education by attending conferences such as The Dance Teacher Conference in New York City where she takes master classes in jazz from the likes of Mia Michaels, tap with Antonio Lacasio and formations class with the world famous Rockettes.  Her dance career has evolved to include instruction in jazz, tap and drill team technique with an emphasis on curriculum development for children.   Vicki is married to her college sweetheart Ron and they have 2 sons, Reid and Riley.  She has many daughters thanks to sharing her love of the dance!
Tiffany is excited to be joining the staff of Lifesong Studio in our 2017-2018 Season 12 and taking the lead in expanding our ballet program. Tiffany graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in music. She is certified teacher in the American Ballet Theatre Pre-primary-Ballet III Curriculum. Tiffany’s professional dance experience includes: Guest Artist with Atlanta Festival Ballet in McDonough, GA, Founding member of Refuge Dance Company in Atlanta, GA, Guest Artist with Light of the World Ballet’s tour to China, Company member with Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston, TX for five seasons, and company member of Uptown Dance Company in Houston, TX. While dancing for Ad Deum, Ms. Tiffany had the privilege of working with notable choreographers and teachers including: Steve Rooks (former principal with the Martha Graham Company for ten years), Bill Wade (director of Inlet Dance Company), Kenny Jazek (in the award-winning musical Cats and a regular on FAME), Freddie Moore, Hope Boykin, Matthew Rushing (from the Alvin Dance Company), Durell Comedy, Logan Kruger (both from the Jose Limon Dance Company), and Ryan Corristan (former dance from the Doug Varone and Friends). And while dancing with Uptown Dance Company Ms. Tiffany had the privilege of working with Beth Gulledge-Brown (Director of Uptown Dance Company), Andre Silva (principal dancer of Texas Ballet Theatre), and Chet Walker (Tony Award-winning Director and Choreographer).
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Aimee is an original staff member at Lifesong bringing 20+ years of experience in dance, cheering, and gymnastics. She studied dance at Northlake College with additional training through Power House Gym and has extensive performance experience. At age 7, Aimee lived in Kauai, Hawaii, where she began in competitive gymnastics. She entered fifth grade back in Washington state and began cheerleading, continuing through high school. During her senior year, she was honored when selected for performance at the Aloha Bowl in Hawaii where she was asked to be an NCA instructor. Following high school, she was again honored to become a member of the American Spirit Dance Team. She traveled with the team performing throughout Europe, including Paris, Madrid, Valencia, at AFL games and Super World Motorcross. Travel brought the team to Canada for a Calgary Flames hockey game and more AFL games, doing many promotional shows with Coca Cola as a sponsor. Aimee made several appearances in corporate videos and live corporate shows, as well as a live children’s music video with Eddie Coker. Aimee was also part of the Highland Meadows Christian Church dance ministry, where her experience and talent were shared through music and worship. She is married to country singer Chris Rivers and they have two children, Rivers and Bella. As music and dance are a regular part of the Suggs family, the staff and students of Lifesong benefit greatly from her passion, talent and experience.

MUSIC STAFF


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Lynda joined the music staff at Lifesong Studio in September of 2010. Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, she began her musical journey at the age of 5, playing her older sister’s lesson music by ear, after hearing her practice. At age 9, her family moved to South Texas. She began playing the piano for church and writing original music at the age of 11. In her teens, she and her siblings formed a band to perform vocally and instrumentally as an outreach to the community. In her twenties, she started leading worship from the piano. Though she was self-taught for many years, she began to study piano formally in her 30‘s, which included classical and jazz music. For several years, she was a Piano Instructor at New Horizons School in McAllen, TX, as well as at her home, teaching both sight-reading and how to play by ear. During her many years as Youth Pastor, she led the Youth in dance and drama performances. She later formed a music group named “Destiny Youth Band” who ultimately recorded live at a Mission Trip Fundraiser. Her passion for music in the areas of worship and outreach kept her active, singing and playing at church and performing in local restaurants until the spring of 2010 when she relocated to the Grapevine area. She continues to sing and play at various venues along with her husband, Ken. She also found an incredible outlet for her gift of teaching, here at Lifesong Studio. She especially enjoys teaching the art of playing by chords. She enjoys arranging music for her students so that they can play their favorite pieces at their level. The highlight of her day is when a student lights up as they “catch on” to a new musical concept!
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Ludo is an original staff member at Lifesong. Ludo is originally from Italy and grew up in the south of France where he graduated from the Dante Agostini jazz school of Drumming and the classical conservatory of music and arts where he studied classical music. He started his career as a professional musician at the age of 16. After graduating, Ludo decided to make the big move to Los Angeles, CA in 1988 where he went on to graduate from the Percussion Institute of Technology in Hollywood and studied with Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey and Steve Houghton. Ludo started playing professionally in the Los Angeles area with different recording artists and bands in all styles of music. After 8 years playing, recording and writing music in Los Angeles, Ludo had the opportunity to move to Nashville, TN to continue his career as a session drummer and music composer. In 2002, Ludo moved to Dallas, TX, to work with the most respected musicians in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area where he is the owner of “La Dolce Vita Recording Studios” and the independent record label “Luna Records.” Through the years, Ludo has worked nonstop as a drummer on stages and in recording studios all over the world. As a drum teacher, he has taught and conducted drum clinics all over the world for over 20 years. He is also a well respected music composer and producer for his work with various international artists, television shows and the motion picture industry.
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Naomi began her journey at Lifesong in August of 2015. She grew up in a small town in Minnesota. Music was a large part of her family life and they often collaborated together at church and in their community. Naomi began teaching piano in high school and continued to develop her own teaching ideology as she studied piano pedagogy in college. She has taught piano and voice privately since college. Receiving her Baccalaureate from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL she studied under Dr. Paul Satre emphasizing in piano performance and piano pedagogy. Naomi is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in Church Music with concentrations in piano and voice performance at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. Her piano performance debut was in Northrup Auditorium at the University of Minnesota as a winner of the state MMTA piano competition in 2009. She toured with a ministry group called The Continentals performing on saxophone during the summer of 2009. Throughout her years at Trinity, Naomi performed throughout the United States as well as in Europe where she sang, played piano and clarinet. Naomi also won a Concerto Competition and played Grieg’s A-minor Concerto with the Trinity Community Philharmonic Orchestra. In her senior year, she was chosen as the Soprano Soloist in the Concert Choir and Orchestra’s performance of Schubert’s Mass in G-Major. In the summer of 2015, she traveled to Korea singing with Southwestern’s Chamber Choral. Shortly after, Naomi sang in a Video Game Concert with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in a chamber choir from the Seminary. Naomi recently had the honor of accompanying Michael Shih, the Concertmaster of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra during Lifesong’s 10th Anniversary Celebrating the Arts Concert. Naomi also teaches at Cool Cats Music in Saginaw, TX as well as the Southwestern Music Academy. She is an active performer and accompanist in the DFW area. In August of 2014, Naomi married Kaleb Barrett, a conductor and composer as well as her personal manager. Naomi is experienced in a variety of different styles including jazz, pop, and sacred.
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Jamie joined the Lifesong staff in the summer of 2012. She is versatile in both the chamber music and orchestral repertories. She has performed as a member of the 212 Ensemble in New York, the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and the Monroe (LA) Symphony Orchestra, among others. An accomplished Baroque violinist, she has made numerous appearances at the Boston Early Music Festival and the Baroque Performance Institute at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Her performances have taken her to some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and Taiwan’s National Concert Hall. Ms. Chan is currently a Doctor of Music candidate at the University of North Texas, where she studies with the renowned violin pedagogue, Julia Bushkova. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Taipei Municipal University of Education. Following a two-year stint as a music teacher at the prestigious Fuxing Elementary School in Taiwan, she moved to the United States in 2004 and enrolled at the Mannes College of Music in New York, where she earned a Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Ann Setzer. Ms. Chan has also completed post-graduate studies at the Temple University in Philadelphia under the guidance of Yumi Scott. Previously, Ms. Chan taught at the Melody Music School in New York City from 2004 to 2007. Currently, she is a member of the violin faculty at the Coppell Conservatory of Music in Texas.
Kristie is an original staff member at Lifesong! She brings to Lifesong many years experience as a voice instructor and early childhood music educator. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from West Texas A&M University, where she was privileged to study under the exceptional tutelage of Miss Elsa Porter, WTAMU Professor Emeritus. She obtained her teaching certification in music for all levels in 1990. Kristie is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), and has been a member of Texas Music Educator’s Association. Kristie also has ten years of piano training, two of those at the college level. While attending WT, Kristie participated in many musical theater and opera productions, her favorite being the role of Casilda in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers. She also performed in the musical drama “Texas” in Palo Duro Canyon for four seasons. Originally from Amarillo, Kristie and husband Joel moved to the metroplex in 1991. Not long after, Jay and Carolyn Franks also moved to the midcities from Amarillo, and Jay promptly recruited Kristie for his church choir. Thus began Kristie’s many years of participation in the music ministry of Highland Meadows Christian Church, from the praise and worship team, to choir and dance ministry. Kristie served as vocal coach to the choir and helped direct two of Highland Meadows’ productions. Kristie has enjoyed teaching music to preschoolers since 2000. When Kristie first began teaching, she had no idea that she would love it so much! Committed to providing her students the best instruction available, Kristie continues to attend training seminars and workshops to stay informed on the best methods in the industry.
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Billy joined the Lifesong staff in the August of 2016 having been a Director of Bands in Boyd Texas for the previous 8 years. He attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he received his Bachelors in Music Education. Billy enjoys playing and teaching a multitude of instruments including: Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute and Trumpet. Through the years, he has kept a busy schedule as a professional Musician performing and sharing stages such as the AT&T Stadium in Arlington with many national and international recording artists. Billy plays many different styles of music ranging from Classical to Rock N’ Roll, to Jazz and Country music. He is also an accomplished music composer and songwriter and enjoys spending time in the recording studio bringing his works to life.
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Eric has been a student at Lifesong since March of 2009 and joined the music staff in our 2012-2013 Season 7. He graduated from Grapevine High School where he was captain of the drumline, being the first Junior to ever attain that role in the history of the school. He was 3rd chair of the Grapevine Wind Ensemble, the top tier band in the program. He is well versed in music theory and also has experience in guitar, bass guitar and piano.
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Bryan joined the music staff at Lifesong in August of 2007. As a music teacher, Bryan brings a wonderful balance of patience, encouragement, and challenge to every lesson. His strengths include improvisation, chord voicing, jazz theory, and reharmonization. He is a great communicator, and can be counted on to consistently be on time for lessons and gigs. Bryan graduated August 11, 2007 from the University of North Texas with a degree in jazz saxophone performance and has been teaching at Lifesong Studio ever since. Before that, he taught private piano, bass and saxophone lessons out of his home in Denton, TX. He is currently a working musician on piano, bass, and saxophone and plays all over the DFW metroplex. Bryan has also played with many local Dallas bands and artists such as The Tania Cordobes Band, Scarlet, Remnant Tribe, Caleb Miller Band, Tyme Zone, Rich Jasin Quartet, Jennifer Martin, Martha Burks, The Brehms, Londee Ighile, Vince Lujan Project, Freddie Jones, Julie Bonk, Chris Rivers Band, Jonathan Tyler, Kentucky Fried Texas, The Robert Gotcher Band, Chaz Marie, High Definition, George Anderson Signature Band, and Mocha Blue. Dates and times of all his performances will be posted on Facebook.com/BryanMeggisonMusic.
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Jordyn joined the Lifesong staff in August of 2016. She recently moved from Alexandria, Minnesota where she taught piano lessons in a private studio for 3 years and led a local worship team. With over 10 years of studying with private piano teachers and 12 years of experience playing with a worship team, Jordyn is eager to share her musical training with her students. Along with teaching the basics, she enjoys teaching chords, song writing, or even a student’s favorite pop song. Her goal is to give students a strong foundation in music technique, theory, and note reading while providing a fun and creative atmosphere.

THEATRE STAFF


Emily joined the Lifesong staff in August 2009. She comes to us with several years of acting experience and specializes in improvisational acting. Emily has been performing professionally for several years with the improv comedy group, Pavlov’s Dogs. She can also be seen and heard in several toy and game commercials for Hasbro and Electronic Arts, including Gloworm, Littlest Pet Shop, Charm Girls Club, Cranium, and more. Emily received a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication with a minor in Theatre from Texas A&M University. She has also trained with acting and improvisational luminaries from The Second City and The Groundlings, including Charna Halpern, Gary Austin and the late Del Close. Over the past several years, Emily has taught improv workshops and theatre classes to children and adults, and she is excited to continue helping students develop their God-given gifts and talents at Lifesong. Emily can sometimes be seen on stage or in video at Fellowship Church, where she is a member with her husband Dale and sons Benjamin and Aaron. Despite several roles throughout her career, Emily’s most treasured performance was twirling her glitter baton in a home video known by her family as Christmas Video for Grandma, a hilarious must-see for anyone who still owns a VCR!
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Oscar joined the Lifesong staff in August 2014. He is an alumnus of Oklahoma City University where he earned his BFA in Acting and minor in Children’s Theatre. He has worked with children in the theater for upwards of 10 years most recently with Oklahoma Children’s Theatre. While at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (OCT) he served as the Outreach Education Coordinator and was an actor, teacher and director. Previous directing credits include: The Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland and The Beloved Dearly. He also served as the director of Young Company for OCT (a company of child actors in 2nd-5th grade) and was the staff advisor of OCT’s Youth Advisory Board. As an actor Oscar has appeared in such shows as Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Hank the Cowdog, Miss Nelson is Missing and A Christmas Carol. Oscar is extremely excited to be a part of Lifesong and to continue his exploration of this wonderful world of theatre!
Meg joined the Lifesong staff in September 2013. She is blessed to direct the LifeStage Players and choreograph for LifeStage’s musical productions. Meg is an alum of Texas Christian University where she received her BFA (’09) in Theatre with emphases in Acting and Musical Theatre. She has been performing professionally since the age of 11, and is thrilled now to have found her happy place, shaping other young hearts though the arts. Meg’s recent acting credits include… Circle Theatre: The Other Place (The Woman), Becky’s New Car (Kenny), Opus! (Grace), Incorruptible (Marie); Stage West: Talking Pictures (Vesta),The Lonesome West (Girleen); Jubilee Theatre: Company (Amy); Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra: A Ballet for Martha (Narrator); OKC Philharmonic: Ellis Island, The Dream of America (Lilian Galetta). Meg has voiced a handful of anime series; most notably Nadia, The Secret of Blue Water (Nadia), and Steam Detectives (Ling Ling). Meg lives in Fort Worth with her husband, Curtis, and their feline fur baby, Stamford Blue.



ART STAFF

Mary is an original staff member at Lifesong. She has been painting since the age of seven. She received formal and private school education. She attended Governor’s State University/Chicago and received a degree in Advertising/Art History. She traveled extensively throughout Europe and feels that her travel as well as her training and education are depicted in her murals and faux finishing work. Her main artistry is shown in upscale residential and commercial properties. She also enjoys teaches art lessons to people of all ages. Mary’s priorities in life are God, family and career. She enjoys bringing creative people together to learn, share and tap into their own creativity. Working professionally and with entrepreneurs has allowed her to increase her knowledge, stay of top of current trends, tools, ideas, and current research. Mary resides in Grapevine with Jerry, her husband of 20 years. They have two children; Bridget and Megan.