About our Director Dr. Deborah Herring:
Dr. Deborah Herring received her B.M.M. from Ozark Christian College, her M.M. from Pittsburg State and her D.A. from Ball State in vocal performance. In addition to being the director of Emmanuel Arts Academy, she teaches full time in the EC music department, stays active as a soprano soloist and member of the Lamplight Trio, and is the part-time Minister of Music for Royston Baptist Church. A member of NATS, CMS, MENC, and Phi Kappa Phi, she feels her purpose is to mentor, and train musicians into a life of service and excellence. In the Arts Academy, she teaches, voice, musical theatre, and sacred dance as well as teaching and leading in the annual summer fine arts camp.
Dr. Leslie Boucher earned the Bachelor of Music Education from Indiana University, the Master of Arts (Ethnomusicology) from Long Island University in New York, and the Ph. D. in Music History and Theory from the University of Georgia. Dr. Boucher has performed with various oratorio, opera, and symphonic organizations in Charlotte, Indianapolis, New York, Sioux City, and Spoleto. She has also performed as a soloist in the National Composers Conference, and has published a CD of twentieth-century art music while at the University of Georgia. Boucher taught public school music and performed as a freelance musician before coming to Emmanuel College in 1998. She is currently Chair of the Music Department and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Her areas of teaching are music history, theory, world music, art/music appreciation, and applied violin. Boucher is Music Director of Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in Belton, South Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Walter. The Bouchers have one grown daughter, Andrea, who is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in counseling and working at Anderson County Mental Health Department as a counselor for troubled youth. Dr. Boucher is currently working on a composition project of contemporary Christian music. She also teaches various courses in the Emmanuel College Academy.
Beth Chitwood is an instructor of music and accompanist in the music department. She teaches class piano for music majors and non-majors, and accompanies vocal and instrumental students. Beth received her M.M. in Piano Pedagogy in 2008 from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, and B.A. in Music in 2006 from Emmanuel College. Beth has operated a private piano studio for the past 11 years in Hull, GA. From 2006-2008, Beth was a member of the piano faculty at the Community Music School at the University of Georgia, where she taught applied piano and group piano for beginning students. She is also a piano instructor with the Emmanuel Fine Arts Academy, a position she has held since 2007. Beth is currently the pianist at Joy Baptist Church in Hull, GA. Beth is an active member of three music teacher associations: the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the Georgia Music Teachers Association (GMTA), and the Athens Music Teachers Association (AMTA). In 2008, Beth was chosen by the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music faculty to receive the STAR award from MTNA and the Directors Award from the School of Music. Beth lives in Hull, GA with her family.
Mickey Rowell holds a B.A. from Lee College and M.M. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in church music and vocal performance. He has done additional studies at UTC and Florida State University. He joined the EC faculty in 2003. At Emmanuel he teaches music education and music ministry classes and gives private voice lessons. Mr. Rowell previously taught in both private and public schools in Tennessee and Florida, where his bands and choral groups consistently received superior ratings. He has also been active in church music ministry for over 20 years. He has won National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions and has been active in opera, oratorio and musical theater performance as well as an adjudicator and clinician.
Bethany Waldick is a senior at Emmanuel College, working to toward her B.A. in Vocal Performance. She teaches beginner and early intermediate level piano lessons and beginner to advanced voice lessons. Bethany is an active performer and president of Emmanuel ACTS and a music tutor in the Academic Resource Center (ARC). She and her husband, Matthew live in Royston with their kitty, June Bug.
Paisley Whitaker is a Senior at Emmanuel College, working to toward her B.A. in General Music with emphasis in piano. She teaches all levels of piano lessons for the Academy. Paisley is also a competitive swimmer, serving as Captain of the women’s swim team and is a student Chaplain.
Josh Bryan holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with emphasis in guitar performance from Emmanuel College and is currently working toward his master’s degree at UGA. He is the Director of Choral Activities at Hart County High School and has taught guitar through Emmanuel Arts Academy since 2011. He and his wife, Saron are expecting their first child and reside in Royston, GA.
Daniel Kreft holds a BA in Church Music from Emmanuel College and serves as the Music Minister for Bethany Baptist Church in Canon, GA. He has been playing music for 20 years and has a great passion not only to play music, but to play it for God’s glory. Daniel currently teaches students from 5 years old and up and specializes in beginner to intermediate students. He teaches privately and has been with the Arts Academy since 2013. He and his wife, Beth, have two daughters, Amy and Chloe.