Lead Vocal Coach
Cheryl Palmour has performed throughout the United States and Canada. She has sung from New York to Texas. She currently lives in Columbus, Georgia. She taught theatre at Chattahoochee Valley Community College and has her own private music studio. She is also currently an adjunct professor at Georgia Military College where she teaches Theatre Appreciation. She is the Artistic Director for Family Theatre in Columbus. She directs plays and is an accomplished actress. She is a playwright and has had two plays produced at Family Theatre for the Columbus Public Library’s Big Read program.
She is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Theatre Educations at Columbus State University. She has a Master’s Degree in Television and Film from Indiana University and a BFA in Theatre from The University of Georgia. Cheryl has worked in television and film as a director, editor, producer and actor. She is a member of the Cultural Arts Alliance in Columbus, Georgia. She is married to Mark, a computer programmer, and they have one daughter, Michelle, who currently works in Arts Administration at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
John is a freelance musician and teacher with over 10 years of experience as a public school music educator. He has taught band, chorus, orchestra, guitar, keyboard and general music classes at the elementary and secondary school levels in both Georgia and Florida. His ensembles consistently achieved high ratings at both concert and marching band evaluations and competitions, and students under his direction have participated in district and all-county honor bands.
John received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Columbus State University, where he studied clarinet under Dr. Lisa Oberlander and conducting under Dr. Robert Rumbelow. While attending CSU, he performed with the CSU Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, University Singers, and jazz combo. He also performed with the 10th & Broadway Clarinet Quartet, winning first place at the state and regional MTNA chamber music competitions. John received his master’s degree in music education from the University of South Florida.
Originally born in New Jersey, John grew up in Conyers, GA, where he graduated from Salem High School. He currently resides with his wife Sarah, who is a local band director, and son Matthew in Ellaville, GA.
LARRY BRYANT, JR.
“As a child, I can remember a day that changed my life. I was gifted all along. I can remember it like it was just yesterday. My brothers, my sister and I were outside in the yard playing. We decided to have church. We were brought up in the church. We then started gathering up things to make music like buckets, sticks, tree limbs, tin pans, etc. We came up with microphones (no amplifiers), but we were singing. My sister, Katrina, started singing one of our favorite church songs, ‘I Found Joy in the Lord.’”
That day, at age five, was the beginning of Larry’s journey playing drums. Since then, his passion for music has only grown stronger. He has played for numerous churches and still finds joy doing that today. Larry teaches a percussion class which he calls Drumline Music Lessons. The name came from playing for Cool Springs Baptist Church, where the pastor mentioned that he sounded like an entire drumline, and the name stuck.
Larry is active in his community, Buena Vista, Georgia, where he previously volunteered as a coach for recreational football and basketball. He recently accepted the Director of Recreation position for the city’s recreation department. He is thrilled to have the continued opportunity to give back to the community by doing the things he loves and investing himself into the youth of the coming generations.
PORTFOLIO FOR GOLD STAR
COACH LYNN MOON MCALLISTER
A Marion County native, I have spent many years in Tennessee, and have been involved in a variety of music related businesses. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as Director of the Performance Academy and look forward to sharing my passion for music with the upcoming talent of our community!
It is my goal to identify the talent(s) of each student enrolled in the program and to develop those talents to the absolute fullest. In the process, it is also my mission to instill a love of music which will last a lifetime.
I pledge to use every ounce of knowledge and experience I have gained in my own musical accomplishments to help young talent begin to realize his/her own . . . ?
MOVEMENT FOR PERFORMERS
COACH KATY HAMRICK