Melanie has taught with Bellevue’s School of Performing Arts (SPA) since 2016. Before she arrived at SPA, she attended the University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin), where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music in the fall of 2014. During her time at UT Martin, she sang with the Jackson Symphony, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, and the Memphis Festival Singers. Melanie also was an active member of the choral program at her alma mater, Cordova High School, from 2005–2009. She now sings at least twice a year with the Memphis Symphony Chorus, which collaborates with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. She has been a member of the Memphis Symphony since 2015. Melanie is a singer devoted to the art of music and desiring to bless and encourage others through the gift and craft of singing.
Mollie holds a master’s degree in vocal performance as well as a bachelor’s degree in music education (emphases in both flute and voice) from the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music (2010, 2008). She holds a Tennessee state teaching license in K–12 music education (both choral and instrumental emphases). 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 Bellevue’s School of Performing Arts for more than 14 years and has served as choral and flute ensemble director for various choirs and ensembles in the Memphis area. Mollie regularly performs as a soloist for various choirs and ensembles in the Memphis area as well. She especially enjoyed her role as Maria in the Harrell Theatre’s production of “The Sound of Music,” for which she received an Ostrander Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Through recitals, competitions, and ministry venues, Mollie aims for her students to grow in their love of music and the Lord, find their “core sound,” sharpen their individual skills to the very best of their abilities, and become comfortable in using their gifts to bless others and glorify the Lord. Mollie enjoys spending time with her husband, Ben, her two precious boys, Daniel and Samuel, and her adorable little girl, Emily.
Sean was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. After finishing his master’s degree in opera performance at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, he pursued a brief singing career in Taiwan and taught music full time at the National Taiwan University of Arts and Chungyu Institute of Technology in Keelung, Taiwan.
School of Performing Arts
Bellevue’s School of Performing Arts (SPA) is a place where excellence in fine arts education and devotion to Christ are combined to provide families with a distinctly Christian artistic community of learning.