Carol has a B.S. in Music Education from Minot State University in North Dakota. She has taught band, elementary music and general music in public schools in North Dakota, Texas and Kansas, but prefers to teach private lessons. Even when she has had full-time positions in the corporate world, she has always given piano lessons on the side. In 1998 she began teaching piano on a full-time basis. Many students who have started piano in kindergarten with Miss Carol stopped only when they graduated high school! Many of her students have placed high in various festivals and competitions throughout the years.
Madelyn began playing the violin at a very young age. She enjoys playing a variety of musical genres, including Celtic, bluegrass, rock, classical and many more. She has played in front of many different audiences, from the Pensacola Saenger Theatre to Universal Studios Orlando. Madelyn also spent her last three years of high school as a member of the Emerald Coast Honors Orchestra. She is a graduate from Central High School and is currently enrolled at PSC to finish her A.A., after which she plans to transfer to University of West Florida to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. Madelyn has a passion for music and is very grateful for the opportunity to share her knowledge with others
Stacy Grice was born in Tacoma, Washington. Shortly after she was born her father enlisted in the Air Force and the family began the journey of moving to a new place every three years. She lived in California and Germany until her father was stationed at Eglin Air Force Base and the family moved to Niceville, FL., where she graduated high school She went to college at Troy University on an athletic scholarship despite never playing a sport in her life. Eventually landing a position at the Panama City News Herald was what led Stacy to learn and love graphic design. However, the call and desire to be a teacher never died, and when the opportunity came to become a teacher she jumped at it. Eventually God worked His magic and Stacy now gets to teach and stretch her graphic design skills by advising one of the top-ranked middle school yearbooks in the country at Sims Middle School. God has also blessed her with two wonderful children, Trey and Emileigh. Emileigh’s love of dance is what led Stacy to our family here at Time to Shine! where she now lends her graphic eye to enhance all of our printed materials and our image in the community and instructs our youngest aspiring artists.
Katie Hilliard comes to Time to Shine with a wealth of arts experience and training and music has always been a part of her life. Not only was she a charter member of Time to Shine as a dancer and company member receiving training here for many years, she is an accomplished musician on many levels. She is a graduate of Pace High School and a student at UWF, pursuing a degree in Music Instruction. While at Pace High School, she was the Drum Major for their award-winning marching band, and also performed with their wind ensemble, symphonic band and concert choir. She also obtained numerous honors including all-state choir, honor band, among others, and was also named Homecoming Queen! She has trained in piano since the age of five under the tutelage of Edward Varela and has had five consecutive years of superior ratings. The summer before senior year, she led classes to prepare students for all.state auditions, helping the Pace High Choir double the number of students who made it. Katie loves helping people become better musicians while sharing her love and passion for music. She is delighted to be sharing her expertise and love of the arts at her home studio.
Soprano Lisa Hilliard has performed and recorded with legendary conductor Robert Shaw throughout Europe and at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and Atlanta Symphony Hall. She has also performed with the New York Philharmonic and the New York Choral Society and has been a featured soloist in concerts at the Washington National Cathedral and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. Lisa has enjoyed the unique opportunity of singing the soprano solos in the world premiere of two newly-commissioned Requiems performed in Atlanta. A native of Atlanta now living in Santa Rosa County, Miss Lisa was honored to sing the National Anthem for President Bush’s first appearance at the Pensacola Civic Center. Locally, she has performed with Pensacola Opera and as a soloist with the Pensacola Choral Society and the Gulf Coast Chorale. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, where she attended on voice and piano scholarships.
Veronica has been performing in the Pace/Pensacola area for well over half her life and has loved every minute of it. She found her passion for musical theater in the 8th grade when she joined the Pensacola Children’s Chorus. Veronica has been a featured performer and soloist in many shows including Sophie in Mamma Mia, and Morticia in The Addams Family among many others and is sought out for her performing abilities. While earning her A.A. in Theater at Pensacola State College, she earned a merit scholarship, and is pursuing her B.F.A. in Musical Theater. Her teaching experience includes spending three seasons as an intern for young choirs, teaching her students to perform to the best of their abilities as well as directing numerous productions with ages of actors ranging from 4 to 25 years old. She loves bringing her expertise and experience to the students of Time to Shine!
Skyler McLeod is a junior music education major at the University of West Florida. She has been playing flute for nearly a decade, consistently sitting in the top of the section in every school ensemble. A Pensacola native, Skyler graduated from Escambia High School in 2018. She has participated in eight All-County performances, sitting first chair for two. Other honor bands include Florida Nine Star, JSU, and FSU. Over her flute career, she has earned eight Superior medals for Solo and Ensemble. Skyler has gained leadership experience by serving two years as flute section leader in Escambia’s marching band, and currently holds that position in UWF’s Argo Athletic Band. She has also been principal flute every semester in the UWF Symphonic band. After completing her degree, Skyler plans to continue flute lessons while pursuing a career as a band director.
Currently a member of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra since 1986, Miss Frances brings us a wealth of experience. She holds a B.M. in Music Education & Music Therapy from Loyola University, as well as her M.A. in Psychology from University of West Florida. She is originally from Miami and has been teaching violin for a number of years in Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida, including being the Thibodaux, Louisiana middle schools string class director and director of the Brownsville Arts & Sciences Academy orchestra. She recorded her own CD of music, including several of her own original compositions. In addition to classical violin, she is proficient at fiddling and brings great versatility to her teaching. She received Suzuki method teacher training from Doris Hansen, who trained directly with Suzuki himself in Japan.
Tanya Westerkom’s love of art began at an early age. Born into an artistic family (grandmother and mother are painters), she developed her talents during her formative years with a autodidactic approach. Tanya attended Florida State University where she minored in Art, and has worked as a freelance designer for four years. She has her sister, Lidia, were co-owners of Tee and Lee Designs, which specialized in a variety of artistic activities, from designing, painting and printing artwork and stationery to face painting at local events like Mardi Gras and the Sertoma July 4th celebrations. Tanya is excited to bring her love of all things Art to the classroom, and encourage a passion for Art in the children of Pace and surrounding areas.
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