Janet Allison: Piano


Janet Allison is a transplant native of Greenville having been in the area since 1994. She has played the piano and flute for over 20 years. She received her Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education from USC Upstate. When she isn't teaching music lessons, Janet teaches 4k at Lake Forest Elementary. This is her 15th year as a public educator and 9th year teaching in Greenville County. When Janet isn't teaching elementary school or music lessons, she enjoys performing in musical theatre and concert events. 



Chloe Arnold: Cello


Chloe Arnold is a cellist and composer born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, who has been playing cello ever since the age of eight. As a cellist, Chloe has earned spots in orchestras at the regional and state level and has performed as a soloist with various youth orchestras, including the GCYO in her junior year of high school. For the last two years of her public school education, she had the pleasure of participating in the strings chamber music program at the Fine Arts Center of Greenville and now considers herself a proud graduate of this institution.

Chole is currently attending Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio where she is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Composition while still maintaining an active career in cello performance. She is currently studying cello with Jonathan Dormand of the award-winning Verona Quartet and remains actively involved with ensembles both within and outside of the Oberlin community. It has always been her belief that a life with music is always a life filled with joy, and so she looks forward to sharing this joy with her students.

Zac Bolton: Guitar + Ukulele + Bass


Zac Bolton is a South Carolina native who has been teaching and playing for over 20 years. Zac attended Winthrop University where he attained his Bachelors of Arts in music. He is proficient in jazz, rock, country, blues, and has also studied classical guitar. While guitar is his primary instrument, Zac also teaches electric bass and ukulele as well.
Zac balances his teaching schedule at Pecknel with a busy performing calendar. He plays with various groups of contrasting styles throughout the Carolinas and is very active on the Greenville music scene.



Carlos Diaz:  Guitar + Banjo + Ukulele + Piano


Carlos has been playing and teaching music professionally for 15 years. He earned his Associates in Music from Broward College with an emphasis in Jazz Studies and studied Classical guitar at Florida International University. He is currently the Music Director at his church and enjoys sharing his passion for music and learning by teaching young and old alike. He loves playing Jazz, Classical, Rock, Folk, nerding out on music theory, and helping his students learn to play the music they love while also giving them the foundations of music theory to become solid musicians. 

Carlos teaches guitar to all levels and bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and piano to beginners.


Christina Frederick:  Piano


Classically trained in piano since the age of five, Christina Frederick also studied celtic harp in high school, and earned a Bachelor's degree in music from Pensacola, Florida. She has 12 years of music studio teaching experience and is 32-years-old. Christina is booking new students for both piano and harp lessons. She also does academic tutoring in English, Spanish, math and writing. She teaches music lessons online to students on the west coast, New Jersey, South Carolina and India.



Jonathan Freeman: Trumpet + Baritone/Euphonium


Jonathan Freeman is a North Carolina native and is pursuing a degree in Music Education with a focus in trumpet at Bob Jones University. With over 9 years of experience playing, he has studied with Dr. Jonathan Poquette of Elon University and currently studies with Dr. Bruce Cox at BJU. He has experience playing different band settings, from brass ensemble groups, to full wind band. He has also done extensive brass solo competition for the NCCSA Fine Arts Competition and also for the BJU Fine Arts Festival. Jonathan also has served in a church setting starting at Beacon Baptist Church in Burlington, North Carolina. Currently, he participates in the BJU Symphony Orchestra, BJU Symphonic Wind Band, the BJU Trumpet Choir, and also leads a brass chamber group at BJU.


Jacob Hammett: Brass


Jacob Hammett moved to Greenville from Anderson, SC after finishing his degree in Music Education this year from Anderson University. He has played trombone in multiple ensembles at AU including the trombone ensemble, jazz ensemble, and the Anderson University Wind Symphony. He has played the trombone for 12 years. He has had a lot of experience teaching young children in a middle school setting and has found his passion for teaching the next generation of musicians. He believes music is a joy to be shared with the world. 



Jonathan Harris: Violin + Viola


Jonathan is in his last year of study at Bob Jones University as a Music Education Major. He started violin in his late teens and understands the struggles of new concepts to older students. Coming from a multicultural background having grown up in Argentina, he can also teach Spanish-speaking students. His desire is to see students succeed and enjoy their instrument. He enjoys performing folk songs and discovering the lesser known composers so as to encourage a well-rounded view of music.




Tamika Howard: Woodwinds + Brass + Beginning to Intermediate Piano


Dr. Tamika Sterrs-Howard is an adjunct professor in Music Appreciation and Music Theory at Lanier Technical College and the University of North Georgia. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Theory from the University of Georgia, her Master’s degree in Music Theory from Georgia State University, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Flute Performance from Spelman College. 




Jenith Mark Isreal: Piano


A 25-year-old from Mumbai, India, Jenith Mark Isreal is a professional music instructor who finds the greatest reward and solace in music. Raised in a Christian family, Jenith enjoys playing church hymns, having performed the same back in his native home in India.

With his vast four years of teaching experience, Jenith is a qualified trainer and has previously managed three different international schools training Grade 3 to Grade 10 learners. He is conversant with the various recitations and has been a competent host for diverse recital shows where his experience has been well appreciated. He has trained students on four-part harmony with exclusive classical and contemporary piano skills accompanied by private practicals to sharpen and fortify their capability. 

Jenith has a rich educational background, having pursued a Bachelor of Music with his expected graduation set for December 2023 from Anderson University. His prospects to serve a larger audience have seen him learn different languages. Jenith is a multilingual and has a good grasp on English, Hindi, Marathi, and Tamil. He is also a beginner in the Spanish language and will soon widen his audience to ensure his skills can be felt and appreciated across several cultures.

Brenda Keen: Piano + Voice


Dr. Brenda B. Keen received her training under the faculty at Bob Jones University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, with a piano proficiency, in 1981, a Master of Arts in Elementary Education in 1991, and a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction within the fields of Choral Music and Theology in 1998. She studied piano with Dr. Mark Parker. She studied choral conducting with Dr. Dwight Gustafson, Roger Buchanan, Fred Coleman, and Dr. Warren Cook. She has also studied vocal technique with Myrna Reynolds, Susan Mardinly, and Chai Lin Yuah of the Hartt School of Music. She has sung for seven years with the Hartford Chorale, including solos roles, under the direction of Henley Denmead, and the Hartt Chamber Singers under Dr. Gerald Mack. In 2007, Dr. Keen founded the New England Girls' Choir. Under her direction, NEGC performed in such notable venues as Notre Dame Cathedral and La Madeline in Paris, France, St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland, and Bruton Parish in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. In the summer of 2010, she taught Choral Directing and Voice Production classes while touring with the Majesty Music College in Chicago and Philadelphia. In the spring of 2013, she was selected to be the choral director for the Treble Choir participating in the Northern Region Music Festival. Dr. Keen has had 37 years of teaching experience including leading choirs, ensembles, and soloists to first place finished in national contests. She is currently teaching voice and piano at The Academy of Majesty Music and is on faculty at Bob Jones University teaching voice.


Ashley Leihy: Voice


Ashley is a classically trained vocalist and holds a degree in music from Furman University. She studies Eastern classical music and traditional vocal music from different regions. She is a student of the rabab, an ancient instrument from Afghanistan with Qais Essar. Her first EP, Walled Garden, is a collection of folk songs produced by Essar, an award-winning Afghan composer and instrumentalist. It will be released later this year. 

In early 2020, she joined Maverick City Music as a choir member for the live album recording of Maverick City Vol. 3. It was released as the world was going into lockdown and went on to win a Billboard Music Award for Top Gospel Album. 

As a singer and teacher, she is passionate about freedom and overcoming limitations. 

Rebecca Payne: Voice


Becca Payne is a Greenville, SC native who has been singing as long as she can remember. A graduate of the Fine Arts Center of Greenville, she was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Memphis where she earned her Bachelor’s of Music in Voice Performance. After college, Becca began one on one vocal coaching and performing locally. She has particiated in productions with several companies in the upstate including Centre Stage, The Younts Center for Performing Arts, GLOW Lyric Theater, and The Market Theatre. With over 10 years of experience, Becca is looking forward to helping singers of all ages develop their voices and singing technique.


Wilson Stokes: Electric Bass


Wilson Stokes has been a resident of Greenville, South Carolina his entire life, and has been playing electric bass for four years. He is an up-and-coming musician, currently attending the Fine Arts Center of Greenville.





Tom Wheat: Woodwinds


Tom Wheat moved to the Upstate from Nottingham, England in 2011. He studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, and gained his teaching degree from Nottingham Trent University.
Tom has been teaching for 22 years in schools, colleges and private studios. He joined Pecknel Music in 2017.
Tom combines his teaching with a busy performing schedule, playing in many difference venues across the U.S. and beyond.

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