Our Teachers

Kevin Patrick Fleming

Guitar/Bass/Banjo/Mandolin/Ukulele

In 2002, Kevin earned a BA from Kennesaw State University, studying classical guitar performance under Mary Akerman.  He completed his Masters in 2004, studying classical guitar performance under the world-renowned Bruce Holzman at FSU.  Kevin has been teaching and performing for 2 decades, and teaches all styles including rock, country & blues, with his specialty being fingerstyle guitar. Among his many accolades are 1st prize in the GMTA Competition in 1999, 1st prize in the 2007 Mississippi Guitar Festival, and a 4th prize in the ECU International Guitar Competition in 2007, which is quite a feat as it featured performers from all around the world. He has performed with artists such as Love Tractor, Harp Unstrung, Levi Lowrey, The Law Band, Crooked Toms, STU, The Sweety Blue Quartet. Kevin is currently a member of the Grassland String Band.

Brian Smith

Guitar

Brian began playing guitar at 11 & quickly fell in love with the instrument. He began studying classical guitar under George Westafer. Throughout Middle & High School Brian studied classical guitar as well as percussion and bass, studying numerous styles of music, including jazz, rock, blues, and metal. He also began composing and arranging for a wide variety of ensembles. He continued this path through college, earning a BA in music performance from the UGA under John Sutherland. Brian won various awards during this time, including the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition and the state level of the MTNA Concerto Competition. At UGA, Brian met the members of the Georgia Guitar Quartet. His original pieces and arrangements are staples of GQQ performances and have been met with acclaim by both critics and fans alike. In addition to the GQQ, Brian performs in many different types of ensembles, including musical theater troupes, jazz ensembles, rock groups, art ensembles, and heavy metal groups. His compositions have covered a wide spectrum of musical styles, including his industrial heavy metal band Dilated Summit, break-beat electronic musical group DS: Public Domain, flute/guitar duet The Musicsmiths, the Odd Trio, which blends jazz with rock, metal, funk, and classical music, and various classical instrumental ensembles.

Van Shepherd

Guitar/Voice

Van grew up in a musical family and has been playing and singing since he was in elementary school. He has sung in choral groups, played and sung in rock bands and currently plays and sings with his church's worship band. He has studied music privately and at UGA. Van also writes music and can be heard at facebook and on his website at www.vanshepherd.com.

Mitchell Powers

Guitar

Patty Moeling

 

Before moving to Athens, Georgia, in February 2019, Patty Moeling taught private flute and piccolo lessons for 19 years in the Houston and Katy, Texas school districts. She also served as the flute coach for the Houston Youth Symphony.
 

Patty received her BFA from UW-Milwaukee and MM from Wichita State, Wichita, Kansas. She also completed course work toward her DMA at University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. She has performed as a soloist and in small chamber ensembles, musical theater, touring ensembles, and summer and winter festivals in Park City, Utah and Sitka, Alaska, to name a few.

Patty is a founding member of Arts Intersect Athens, a musician's collective that will soon collaborate with the Lyndon House Arts Center in children's programming.

Braxton Thompson

Piano/Clarinet

Braxton began piano at age 12. He enjoys teaching and playing many styles of music. He graduated from UGA with a degree in clarinet performance in 2011. He has studied piano under Jane Lester and Jason Bennett. He has also been an organ student of Dr. David Burton-Brown.

Barbara McEachin

Piano

Barbara has been teaching, tutoring and performing for over 20 years. Steeped in private instruction in her youth in South Georgia, Barbara became a church pianist at the age of 9. Barbara has furthered her training as an adult through private tutelage from professors trained at Julliard and Princeton.

Kenny Head

Piano

Kenny's love of music began very early. By age 13, he began playing in local bands, and within a year, he had a duo gig at a popular restaurant four nights a week. Kenny received a scholarship to Chattahoochee Valley Community College and earned an Associate of Arts degree. Teaching Music Theory while at CVCC was his first experience teaching music. Kenny has performed with a long list of artists, bands and record labels including; John Berry, The Georgia Satellites, Collin Raye, the Tony Pritchett Band, and Capitol Records. Performing has taken him touring and playing all over the Southeast, including the S.S. Emerald Seas out of Miami, the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, TN, and several extensive tours of Europe. Currently, Kenny plays regularly in local churches with his wife, as well as continuing to play countless gigs throughout the Southeast. His teaching places a strong emphasis on piano improvisation and ear training.

Fred Colglazier

Drums

Fred has been teaching drums in the Athens area for over 20 years. His specialty is in snare drum and drumset studies including double bass work. He offers lessons in many styles, including Jazz, Latin, Rock, Blues, Metal and Art/Improvisation. Fred studied under David Boardman, Leslie Rucker, Dr. Tony McCutchen, and Chester Thompson.

Adam Poulin

Violin/Fiddle

Adam Poulin began playing violin at age 9.  He attended Fulton County schools and traveled to Germany and Austria with the High School orchestra.  At 14 he taught himself to play guitar and went on to attend Young Harris College as a classical guitar major.  Adam has been teaching violin, fiddle and guitar for 7 years.  He is currently in 7 bands, and has performed on 20 albums.  He won the Flagpole 2012 Best Session Player category and is proficient in jazz, classical, Klezmer, rock & roll, country and bluegrass styles. Adam has toured with Caroline Akien, done session work with Grammy nominated John Keane and he also opened for Lucinda Williams. He currently plays with Grassland String Band.

Karen Bergmann

Cello

Dr. Karen Michelle Bergmann is a native of central Maryland, where she started on violin at 3 years old and then switched to cello at the age of 8.  She attended high school at the Baltimore School for the Arts, then went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree Magna cum Laude with a double major in Music and Religious Studies at Ithaca College in upstate New York.  Karen subsequently won a full scholarship to complete her Master’s studies at the Irish World Music Centre at the University of Limerick, Ireland.  In June of 2002 she relocated to Tuscany, Italy, where she studied at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory and developed her career as a soloist and chamber musician, highlighted by a series of concerts at the historic Orsanmichele church in Florence’s city center.  Karen returned to the U.S. in February of 2007. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Georgia in May of 2012, subsequently returning to UGA to complete additional coursework toward a PhD in Musicology. She is now a full-time freelance musician and Suzuki-certified cello teacher.

Pete Lawless

Trumpet

Pete received his BA degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, with studies in trumpet performance, music composition and theory. He received a Masters in Music Performance on trumpet, under the direction of the late W. Fred Mills, founding member of the Canadian Brass, and Dr. Edward Sandor. Pete is currently completing his Ph.D. in musicology under the direction of Dr. Stephen Valdez.

Nick Wagener

Low Brass

Nick has over 40 years experience as both a performer and a teacher.  Nick received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Eastman School of Music and his teaching certification from Georgia Southwestern.  After college, Nick played in the US Army band "Pershing's Own" in Washington, DC. He spent 16 years in the DC Area playing in such groups as the National Symphony & the Baltimore Symphony, as well as numerous jazz groups. Nick also taught at St. Mary's College in Maryland, North Virginia Community College, and numerous Catholic High Schools. For the last 20 years, Nick has been working as a freelance musician in the Atlanta area.

Stan Flanders

Saxophone

Stan Flanders is a freelance musician and teacher. With a music scene as dynamic as the Classic City's, he has performed and tought several genres including classical, jazz, rock, pop, and world music. His performances range from premiering new compositions to recently performing with Big Star Third in their reunion tour along side Mike Mills of REM. He received his BA in Music from Columbus State, where he studied with Amy Griffiths, and his Master’s from UGA under the instruction of Kenneth Fischer, Stephen Fischer, Eugene Rousseau, and Joseph Wytko. He is a current DMA student and former TA (2011-2014) at UGA under the instruction of Connie Frigo.

Mr. Flanders is passionate about sharing his experience with aspiring young musicians. He has taught master classes in middle and high schools throughout North Georgia, focusing on specific needs such as  marching band, Disctrict/All-State preparation, and LGPE. Mr. Flanders is active in ethnomusicological research with his primary interest in Hindustani and Carnatic music. On the subject, he has given lectures at UGA, the Navy Saxophone Symposium, James Houlik’s WildAcres saxophone retreat, and the 2014 NASA Biennial conference, along with performing and studying with N. Muralikrishnan and Ustad Nizami.

 

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