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.
Michele was born in San Angelo, Texas but shortly thereafter her family relocated to Florida where she was raised. They first lived in Tampa and then moved to the Pace area. But like most things from Texas, Michele had BIG dreams and a passion for art. When art lessons were not available through her schooling, she sought out private lessons as a child, hungry and eager to learn all she could. Michele graduated from Pace High and went on to the University of West Florida to receive her Bachelors in Studio Arts. Her specialties were working with ceramics and drawing; however, she was trained in a wide range of principles using a variety of materials. She then entered the education field in Santa Rosa County, following her passion and eventually landing her current position as the Art teacher for Thomas L. Sim’s Middle School. She is excited and eager to share her love for the arts with all her students, especially at Time to Shine!
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!
Clara brings a wealth of expertise into the art of teaching music. Her passion and love for music enthusiastically inspire her students in their musical journey. She has developed a systematic approach to teaching music, ensuring her students understand musicianship, musical theory and history, artistry development, stage etiquette, and performance techniques. Her vocal pedagogy emphasizes proper breathing, voice production, sight-singing and ear training. Piano lessons also include ear training and sight-reading, as well as piano technique, and musical theory.
Clara earned a B.A. in Vocal and Piano Performance from Christoper Newport University and completed certification in Contemporary Commercial Vocal Pedagogy from Shenandoah Conservatory. She studied graduate-level choral conducting and music courses at the University of Southern Mississippi, piano studies at Great Falls University, and vocal techniques at the University of South Alabama. In addition, Clara earned her Master’s in Leadership and Strategic Communication from the University of West Florida. She is also associated with the Pensacola, Florida State, and National Music Teachers Associations.
As a pianist and vocalist, Clara has performed with many professional musicians. As a recording artist, she was privileged to lead worship in many locations across the United States and internationally while she debuted her album, “Ever Awesome One.” She is passionate about helping others recognize their personal and musical potential and use their gifts for the glory of God.
Dylan Williams has been playing guitar for over 12 years and been a performing musician for 8. As a professional musician, he has performed extensively from Denver to Atlanta, including two years of performing in the Big Easy of New Orleans in several jazz groups. A native Pensacolian, Dylan holds a degree in Music and Classical Guitar from Pensacola State College. Mr. Dylan currently plays in a local bluegrass band named The Gator Boys. Dylan is excited to be a part of the staff of Time to Shine!