School of Performing Arts


Welcome to Bellevue’s School of Performing Arts–a place where adults and children can learn and develop musical skills in a nurturing environment. Our desire here at Bellevue is to provide opportunities to develop and use the talents that God has given us to tell His wonderful story and give Him glory!

The 2018 Spring Semester will start on January 8 and go through May 4. This will be a 15 week semester. See rates below for your specific fees.  All lessons are taught here at Bellevue Baptist Church.

The SPA is also a member of the West TN Music Educators Association (WTVMEA) which allows our students who do not attend a public or private school to participate with the SPA in their regional, state and national events. All-National Honors, All-State, All-West, Choir Festival and Solo & Ensemble Festival are a few of the events available. They also have opportunities to serve in and outside of the church at various nursing homes, special and community events.

New students must pay a $25 registration fee ($50 family maximum) as well as their tuition and activities fee.


  • 30 Minute Lessons     $389
  • 45 Minute Lessons     $579
  • 60 Minute Lessons     $779

Activities Fee = $25/semester

  • Includes a SPA t-shirt, theory book, solo-ensemble, and an end of the year recital.

*INSTALLMENT PLAN: Students have the option of a 4 part installment plan. Tuition will be due on January 8, February 5, March 5, and April 2. There is a $3.50 per installment charge.

**FAMILY PLAN: Any family with more than one student registering or more than one kind of lesson will receive a 10% discount starting on their second occurrence (excludes registration fee). You must register in the SPA Office to receive this special discount.


Marcus King


Marcus King – Voice

Marcus King is a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, cum laude, and a masters in Vocal performance from the University of Memphis. In January 2009, he portrayed the role of Zodzetrick in Opera Memphis’s production of Treemonisha. In the summer of 2009, he premiered the John Baur opera Magdala at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, NY in the role of St. Peter. During the summer of 2008, he attended the International Institute of the Vocal Arts program in Chiari, Italy studying with Mrs. Mignon Dunn.

His home voice teacher is Pamela Gaston of the University of Memphis. He is the 2010 first place winner of the Memphis Beethoven Club Competition, district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions (2008 and 2009) and first place winner of the N.A.T.S competition district level in Memphis, TN. He also participated in the AIMS program in Graz Austria where he made it to the finals of the annual Aims Meistersinger Competition. In 2013 he made his European debut in Norfolk, England as Demetrius in the Yorke Trust Summer Opera production of Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and in 2014 rejoined the company as Ubalde in Gluck’s Armide.

Last year he joined the Opera Memphis Midtown Opera Festival as Mr. Gobineau in Menotti’s The Medium and returned this year in the role of Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas. In December of 2014, he traveled to Japan as a soloist in the New York based professional touring group, D&P Joubert LLC/ The Glory Gospel Singers.

Mollie Tatum

Mollie Tatum – Voice

Mollie Tatum received her Master’s degree (Vocal Performance; 2010), as well as her Bachelor’s degree (Music Education; 2008) from the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, University of Memphis. She holds her Tennessee State Teaching License in K-12 Choral and Instrumental Education. Mollie studied voice with Dr. Pamela Gaston, (University of Memphis; 2004-2010), voice and piano with Mrs. Rose Mary Anderson, flute with Mr. Bruce Erskine (University of Memphis; 2004-2008) and Mrs. Valerie Bachelor, and choral conducting with Dr. Lawrence Edwards (University of Memphis; 2007-2010).

Mollie has taught private voice and flute at the Bellevue School of Performing Arts for over 8 years, and is the middle and high school choral director at Heritage Baptist Academy in Cordova. Mollie has performed as soloist for the University of Memphis Singers, Chamber Choir, Symphonic Band and the Bellevue Sanctuary choir & orchestra. She especially enjoyed her role as Maria in the Harrell Theatre’s production of The Sound of Music, for which she received the 2006 Ostrander Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Through recitals, competitions and ministry venues, Mollie seeks to encourage each student to enjoy music, to sharpen their individual skills, to always strive for excellence and to use their gift to glorify the Lord their whole lives.

Trisha Phillips


Trisha Phillips – Voice

Trisha Phillips holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Memphis. She has performed multiple roles with the University of Memphis Opera, including Marianne in Tartuffe, Mary Warren in The Crucible, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, the title role in Manon, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Sophie in Werther, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Her musical theatre lead credits include Into the Woods; Annie; and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

She was also the first place winner in the 2011 NATS Competition and second prize winner in the 2015 Beethoven Club Competition. Her primary focus in college was opera, but she has experience in all kinds of music, from jazz to musical theatre and classical to pop music. Trisha has been teaching private voice lessons at Bellevue since 2011 and she is a regular worship leader in the 11:00 service at Bellevue as well.

Melanie King