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! Each semester at the School of Performing Arts consists of 15 weeks of lessons.
The 2018 Fall Semester begins August 6 and ends November 30. See rates below for your specific fees. All lessons are taught on campus at Bellevue Baptist Church. Being a part of the School of Performing Arts provides many opportunities to serve in and outside of the 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 through the SPA in their regional, state, and national events for Band and Orchestra.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition (per semester):
30 Minute Lessons $394
45 Minute Lessons $584
60 Minute Lessons $784
Activities fee = $25/semester. This fee covers a SPA t-shirt, theory book, Solo and Ensemble Festival, and an end of the year recital.
Registration Fee (per academic year): $25, with a $50 maximum per family
*INSTALLMENT PLAN: Students have the option of a 4 part installment plan, with the first installment due at registration, and the following three due on the first Monday of the subsequent months. A service charge of $3.50 will be added for each installment payment.
**FAMILY PLAN: Any family with more than one student registering, or one student registering for multiple lessons, will receive a 10% discount on tuition starting on their second occurrence (excludes activities and registration fees).
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 – 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 – 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.
Lauren Gooden, vocalist, pianist, and arranger, recently moved to the Mid-South after growing up in coastal North Carolina. She is a 2016 graduate of Liberty University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Worship and Music Studies with a specialization in Worship Leadership. Lauren has an extensive background in church music, having grown up as the daughter of a music minister and now beginning her career in the same field. She participated in many different choral groups throughout her high school and college career, including the co-founding of Unichords, the first acapella group at the North Carolina School of Science and Math. While at Liberty, she was a two-year vocalist on the Liberty University School of Music House Band and a frequent performer of the National Anthem at university sporting events. She received the Mathena Family Music and Worship Scholarship during her tenure at Liberty as well as “The Director’s Award,” given to the student employee within the School of Music who exemplifies a heart for service regardless of recognition. Lauren married Kaleb Gooden, another Liberty grad, in December 2016 and they relocated to Memphis in May 2017 to begin work at Bellevue Baptist Church, where he works in the Music Ministry and she splits her time between Women’s Ministry and the School of Performing Arts.