MEET OUR DIRECTOR
LYNN MOON MCALLISTER
As Director of the Performance Academy, Lynn Moon McAllister will oversee the planning and instruction of all activities and will take an active part in the daily teaching process. She will also serve as producer/director of each live production.
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.
For those of you who do not yet know me, below is a brief overview of my musical experience over the past 4 decades. 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 . . . 🙂
ELVIS PRESLEY MUSEUM
Pigeon Forge, TN
Pigeon Forge, TN
MCHS PERFORMANCE ACADEMY
Buena Vista, GA
GRAND MAJESTIC THEATER
Pigeon Forge, TN
RISE ‘N SHINE WLTZ
Live TV Broadcast
VERN GOSDIN ROAD SHOW
MISS PHENIX CITY, 1979
Phenix City, AL
MISS CVCC, 1978
Phenix City, AL
MASTER OF SCIENCE
University of Tennessee
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION
Columbus State University
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS
Physical Education & Music Theory
Chattahoochee Valley Community College
MEET OUR COACHES
MARY NAN PILCHER
Mrs. Pilcher took piano lessons at an early age from a very strict teacher, Mrs. Rena Stevens. She has served as church pianist for more than 50 years and music director for more than 40. Mrs. Pilcher has a passion for music and hopes to help preserve the art of playing piano through her instruction.
Saxophone - Clarinet - Flute
Trumpet - Trombone
Kathy received her Bachelor of Music Education from Troy State University and her Masters of Music Education from Columbus State University. She also added Middle Grades certification from Georgia Southwestern University.
Kathy retired from the Marion County School System in 2013, after 37 years of service. Beginning in 1976, she taught elementary general music and middle school band and chorus for 10 years.
From 1986 through 2002, she moved into the regular classroom and taught Middle School Language Arts, Reading and Math, as well as Remedial Math and Reading. Beginning in 2001, she also served as Student Support Team Coordinator for Marion Middle School. This was a program designed to assist students with special needs.
Beginning in 2001, Kathy returned to the music field to finish her career as Marion Middle School's band director and also the assistant director at Tri-County High School. Beginning in 2010, she became full time band director at Tri-County and also taught one year at Marion County High School before retiring in 2013. Kathy lives in Tazewell, Georgia, with her husband, Mike. She also has two sons who live in Marion County with their families: Stephen and Becky Christopher, Rowan and Scout; and, Kenneth and Tiffany Christopher, Landon and Kason.
Rhythms - Percussion
John is seventeen years old and has been active in Performance Academy since he was in Elementary School. He is currently a senior at Marion County High School, where he has been a member of the Marching Eagle Band for five years. His time in band coupled with his seven years of percussive experience has given John an enormous passion for music . . . a passion which he wishes to pass on to the next generation of bright and upcoming musicians.
Lead Guitar - Electric Guitar
Bio coming soon . . .:)
Sunni is a former instrumentalist for the MCMHS Performance Academy. Although she was not a regular member of the program, Sunni made numerous guest appearances in Performance Academy shows as a featured saxophonist and as a production assistant. As a returning student instructor, Sunni was awarded the Performance Academy Alumni Cash Scholarship. In her 15 years of experience, Sunni has performed as a vocalist and instrumentalist in the Elvis Presley Museum & TCB Theatre's production of "Good Rockin' Tonight" and the Grand Majestic Theatre's production of "America's Hit Parade", both in Pigeon Forge, TN. A pageant veteran, Sunni was named Cinderella's Tennessee State Teen; Miss Pre-Teen Tennessee; Miss National Pre-Teen Talent; and, Miss National Commonwealth Supreme. As a junior at Columbus State University, Sunni is a Marketing major with a minor in Music.
Anastasia is a former member of the MCMHS Performance Academy. She was in the Elite Program for 4 years and performed as a vocalist and featured violinist. Anastasia served as PAC President, was Section Leader of the PA Choir, and was crowned Performance Academy Queen in the MCHSPA Pageant. She was also awarded the F emale Vocalist of the Year Award.
As alto vocalist for the MCMHS Girls Trio, Anastasia won a region title and placed 3rd at the state GHSA Literary Competition. She also won a region title in Girls Solo. Anastasia is a a 6 year veteran violinist of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus.
As a junior at Columbus State University, Anastasia is a Communications major.
Percussion & Keyboard
Jordan is a former member of the MCMHS Performance Academy. He was in the Elite Program for four years and performed as a vocalist and featured percussionist and pianist. Jordan also served on the PAC Council and was awarded the Male Vocalist of the Year Award. As the lead vocalist for the MCMHS State Champion Quartet, Jordan won back-to-back region and state titles at the GHSA Literary Competition, and he was also crowned Boys State Solo Champion.
As a junior at Columbus State University, Jordan is a Nursing major.
Joe is a former member of the MCMHS Performance Academy. He was in the Elite Program for four years and served as a production tech, specializing in audio editing. Joe was named Production Crew Member of the Year. He also performed as an actor and was awarded Actor of the Year. Joe served on the PAC Council as Chaplain and he was the inaugural recipient of the prestigious Eagle Award.
As a Junior at Georgia Southern, Joe is a Multi-Media Film & Production Major.
Choreography - Keyboard
Melanie is a former member of the MCMHS Performance Academy. She was in the Elite Program for 4 years and performed as a vocalist, dancer and actress. Melanie also served on the PAC Council and was the Student Director of Choreography and the Student Director of Drama. She was awarded the coveted Eagle Award for Leadership, and was named Actress of the Year and Choreographer of the Year.
As soprano vocalist for the MCMHS Girls Trio, Melanie won a region title and placed 3rd at the state GHSA Literary Competition. After graduation from MCMHS and the Performance Academy, Melanie returned as a student instructor and was awarded the Performance Academy Alumni Cash Scholarship.
A National Merit Scholar, Melanie is currently a senior at Mercer University, and upon graduation will pursue a teaching certificate in Chemistry.