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Trinity Arts Center works hard, not only to create and support high-quality education and performance opportunities, but also, to serve parents, students, patrons, and our faculty well by being creative, organized, empathetic, and communicating well in order to serve, love, and support the creative people around us.

' Brooke Rathbun, Office Manager & Student Liason
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Brooke Rathbun Brooke Rathbun, the eldest daughter of Jamin & Tanya Rathbun, has been involved at Trinity Arts Center since it's inception, training in ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary dance for more than eleven years, and perfomring in more than thirty productions including her lead role as Mary in our 2011 production of God With us.

Brooke, a senior at ETSU majoring in Psychology, joins Trinity Arts Center in three roles: teaching our Early Childhood dance classes, greeting and encouraging students in our lobby, and assisting parents (and her dad) at the front desk and on the phone. Her natural gifts -- service, encouragement, and hard work -- serve us (her parents), her students, and everyone at Trinity Arts Center very well. If you or your students have had the pleasure of interacting with her, you know this to be true. She's amazing!

Since stepping away from dance due to a back injury, Brooke spends her free time doing yoga, studying, babysitting, walking, singing, cooking, and traveling. In fact, she hopes to visit every continent. If you have a good way to visit Antartica on mission trip (perhaps to a scientific research group or penguins), I'm sure she'd be interested.

Jamin Rathbun, Owner & Executive Director
jamin@trinityartscenter.com

Jamin Rathbun Jamin, a proud father of nine, directs the day to day business operations of Trinity Arts Center, the multi-disciplinary arts academy he founded in 2006 and the Trinity Arts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization focused on creating and supporting community-building arts and education programs.

Jamin studied Secondary Vocal Music Education at Northwest Missouri State University before leaving to write and tour with Hot Pink Turtle, the band he formed with friends in 1989, which was subsequently signed to REX Records in 1993, recording two albums for that label, and an additional two compilation and tribute albums through Word Distributing, their parent company.

In addition to his early career as a touring songwriter, performer, and worship leader, Jamin is also an experienced speaker, creative director, consultant and business strategist, having led departments and development teams for a variety of advertising, marketing, design, and development companies including: MasterCard International, GE, CitiGroup, Chase, Oracle, and Home Depot.

Above all of that, though, Jamin is a father, a worshipper, a creative, a problem solver, and an encourager who loves to walk in the woods and talk with friends over coffee and cheesecake.


Dance Program

The Dance Program at Trinity Arts Center includes Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, and Tap instruction for all ages and levels. In addition, we provide opportunities for our students, and the community at large, to particpate in professional dance intensives and workshops led by instructors from all over the country and world. Our dance faculty is listed below.

Mary Klug, Dance Instructor

Mary Klug Mary Klug, known to many of you for her lead role of the prodigal daughter in our 2013 production of "The Prodigal", is part of the first generation of Trinity students to make the transition from student to teacher. She has studied under Tanya since the conception of Trinity Arts Center, and has performed in every dance performance that we have produced,including our musical theatre productions of The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, and Annie Junior.

Her training also includes two summers in Kansas CIty at The Culture House and Störling Dance Theatre, participation in Project Dance Atlanta, and examination and certification in Cecchetti levels 1-4. Mary is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education, which she will put to good use as she works with our Pre-Ballet and Ballet Basics classes.

Mary is an amazing young woman, a beautiful dancer, and an encouraging teacher who we are thrilled to include as part of our early childhood dance program -- a very exciting and welcome part of the legacy that God is beginning at Trinity Arts Center.

Molly Baker-Crofts, Ballet Instructor

Molly Crofts Molly Baker Crofts received her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Hunter College, N.Y., and holds a master's degree in Speech Language Pathology at ETSU. Molly has been recipient of ballet scholarships in San Francisco and New York under Yehuda Maor and Igal Perry, respectively. When Molly moved to the area in 2005, she was thrilled to join Mountain Movers, and has since become increasingly interested in modern movement. Molly has been involved at ETSU and at Trinity Arts Center, as a performer, instructor, and choreographer. She lives in Johnson City with her husband, Thomas, and two boys, Rex and August.

Jen Kintner, Modern Instructor

Jen Kintner Jen Kintner studies Modern, Jazz, Aerial and African dance techniques as well as Vinyasa Yoga. She performed professionally with Movita Dance Company in Kingston, NY, and Motion Collective Improvisational dance group in Bar Harbor, ME. She worked with choreographers Ford Evans, Keith Johnson, Andrea Pastorella, Judith Woodruff, Erin Law, Danah Bella, Cinnamon Halbert- Smith, and others. Jen has been a guest teacher at the Tennessee Association of Dance, Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Central Ballet Studio in Greenville, TN, Grinnell College, and is the new director of Mountain Movers, the resident modern dance company at ETSU.

Jen holds a Masters degree in Pharmacology, and works as a Laboratory Coordinator in the Microbiology Department at Quillen College of Medicine. She teaches both academic and technique dance classes at ETSU, as well as weekly Vinyasa yoga classes at InnerSea Yoga studio in Johnson City. She is delighted to further her involvement with Trinity Arts Center by offering Modern Dance on Fridays this Fall. Come to class to laugh, learn, dig deep, and find new ways to defy gravity!

Pat Holden, Ballet Instructor

Mary Klug Pat is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Cananda under the direction of Betty Oliphant and Celia Franka and continues her professional studies through frequent summer teacher's courses at the National Ballet. Ms. Holden has been a soloist with the Memphis Ballet, Tennessee Ballet, and the Memphis State Dance Company.

She has served as Ballet Mistress for Memphis Ballet and Ballet South. She has taught ballet at Memphis State University, The University of Memphis, St. Mary's Episcopal School, Lausanne Collegiate School, St. Agnus Academy and Hutchinson School in Memphis and developed after-school dance programs for Memphis City Schools. She was the owner of Ballet Workshop, also in Memphis. She has taught in East Tennessee for 11 years and was Childrens' Director for The Moscow Ballet production of "The Great Russian Nutcracker" in 1999 and 2000. She received the Governors Award for Teaching Excellence in 2002.

Eden Huhn, Dance Instructor

Mary Klug After training at Trinity Arts Center for 12 years, Eden Huhn returned to teach ballet, pointe, variations, and jazz at all levels. She has trained at prestigious summer intensives including Storling Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, and Charleston Ballet Theatre.

Eden was accepted to the year round pre-professional training program at Gelsey Kirkland Academy in New York City at age 14, and has been Cecchetti certified in levels 1-5. She has a passion for teaching and instilling a love of dance into the hearts of her students and has choreographed for various performances at Trinity Arts Center, including God With Us and David. She also has choreography experience in musical theatre, as assistant choreographer for a local performance of The Music Man.

Eden's favorite part about dance is its worshipful spirit and expressiveness, and she loves to share this form of worship with her students.

Katie Rathbun, Early Childhood Dance Instructor

Mary Klug Katie studied ballet at Trinity Arts Center for twelve years before joining our early childhood dance program as an instructor. She is the sixth sibling in a family of nine, and loves caring for children of all ages, but especially young ones.

Katie does an amazing job with our young dancers, which is no surprise since she has been babysitting and helping backstage from a young age. She is often referred to as the "baby whisperer" by her family and friends, due to her natural giftedness with younger children, and especially her love of babies.

In addition to her work at Trinity, Katie works as a volunteer caregiver in the children's program at her home church (Grace Fellowship), and spends her free time finishing school, spending time with freinds, or babysitting. She intends to pursue a career in pediatrics or obstetrics after completing high school, and sees her role at Trinity as great preparation for her future career.

Colin Jeffress, Dance Instructor

Mary Klug Colin Jeffress has always considered music one of the most important parts of his life. Starting by studying piano at young age and adding drumming to his repertoire at age nine, he continued to pick up whatever instruments he could get his hands on, including the electric and upright bass, acoustic guitar, and cello. He’s enjoyed many great opportunities playing for churches, theatre groups, and performing and recording with local artists in the area.

He’s also spent a majority of his life studying dance, with a serious focus the past few years on classical ballet. In addition to nine years of training at Trinity Arts Center, he's had the pleasuring of studying with some amazing schools and companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Next Generation Ballet, and the Richmond Ballet.
br/> After growing up in the Arts Center as a student, he is extremely excited to be returning as a teacher.

Gracie Overbay, Dance Instructor

Gracie Overbay Coming soon.

Kevin "Kasper" Glasper, Hip-Hop Instructor

Kevin Glasper Kevin Michael Joseph “Kasper” Glasper is a nationally known dancer and teacher, who has been dancing, teaching, and setting choreography for more than twenty years. He has performed with Will "Willdabeast" Adams, Cedric Gardner, Twitch, Cyris Glitch Spencer, and Chris Blue; working alongside local, regional, and national artists like Eva Hunter, Tom Blessing, BJ Goliday, Kevin Martin, and Ben Blevins.

Kevin has trained in several urban styles of dance including popping, locking, and hip-hop, and is a founding member of #UCFreestylers (Universally Complicated Freestylers) which was formed in 2009. Kevin has also trained in ballet under Miss Susan Pace White (one of his early mentors) in dance, and in contemporary with Brielle Rathbun.

In addition to teaching hip-hop at Trinity Arts Center, Kasper is a regional ambassador for the Buildabeast Experience in Los Angeles, and spends time teaching at several local studios. Kasper is a true devotee of hip-hop as an art form, and his classes always include a foundation in dance and music history, with a nod to the founders of the art form. He's an active member of the new generation, building dancers and community that maintains a strong connection to the old souls of the form.

Lindsey Davis, Dance Instructor

Lindsey Davis Coming soon.

Millicent Runnels, Dance & Violin Instructor

Millicent Runnels Millicent Runnels has danced and played violin almost her entire life. She trained as a student at Trinity Arts Center for 13 years, and took violin lessons from Laura Harrington for 10 years. She has been a part of all the Trinity Arts performances, including God With Us, Genesis, The Story of Ruth, Ever After, The Prodigal, The Story of Joseph, The Story of David, and The Wemmicks. She has also been part of the TAC musical theatre shows of Fiddler on the Roof and the Music Man. She attended and trained at numerous summer intensives including the Atlanta Ballet Theatre, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Next Generation Ballet, Michigan Ballet, Greenville Ballet, and the University of Indiana Ballet. In addition, she has studied Cecchetti ballet, and is certified in levels 1-6.

After graduating from high school, Millicent attended Belhaven University, where she received a scholarship in both dance and music. She trained at Belhaven for one year, and then decided to pursue a teaching career in the arts, while studying alongside to earn a degree in Nutrition from ETSU. Millicent’s passion is to become a registered dietician for a dance studio, where she can help young dancers stay healthy while in the process of training. She also desires to teach music and dance lessons to students and share her passion for both of these arts. She is particularly passionate about modern dance, as she loves the way that raw emotion and true praise can come from this style of dance.

Elizabeth Clapp, Early Childhood Dance Instructor

Mary Klug Elizabeth Clapp was one of the very first ballet students at Trinity Arts Center and has always been one of our favorites! In addition to training in dance for more than 11 years, Elizabeth attends Providence Academy and is currently serving as Miss Kingsport's Outstanding Teen 2019, Miss Johnson City's Outstanding Teen 2018, and was recently named the Teen Miss Hemisphere for 2019, serving as an international ambassador for that organization on a platform of adoption and community service.

Elizabeth is a talented and hard working student, dancer, and teacher who is excited about the opportunity to work with young dancers. She says the best advice she has ever received came from the Bible: "I can do ALL things through CHRIST which strengtheneth me." - Philippians 4:13

Ballet Program

Our Ballet Program, although having its roots in several popular schools of instruction (Bourneville, Cecchetti, Vaganova, Royal Academy of Ballet), is based on an American style of ballet that combines the best of these classical forms with the beauty, passion, and fluid freedom of motion in modern American ballet. The result is a versatile style of ballet that offers a high level of training to students with a variety of body types, professional aspirations, and natural skill levels.

Traditional ballet schools offer the highest level of training to only the elite few whose body type or natural ability fit within their predetermined "style" of dance. In contrast, our program focuses on the potential of the individual dancer, allowing any participant, at any level, to rise to excellence in the art of ballet.

As with any art form, the true beauty is in the expression of the unique perspective of the individual.

This focus allows each dancer to achieve the highest level of success, both personally and professionally. In some cases, that is simply a lifelong enjoyment of dance. In others, as with several of Tanya's students, that means going on to respected ballet programs around the country, achieving the highest levels of commercial success.

Early Childhood
Pre Ballet & Ballet Basics

Our early childhood ballet program is specifically designed for children ages 3-6 years old. Although the basic class structure for both levels is essentially the same, the content for each class includes appropriate developmental skills for that specific age group.

Students will learn the basics of ballet class behavior. Boys and girls will be expected to take turns, follow and lead others, wait patiently, work well with fellow students, and have a joyful attitude. They will be trained in basic French terminology, balance and weight transfer, sequential movement, spatial relationships, and a variety of creative, expression, and energy exercises.

The early childhood ballet program will form a strong foundation that will help children excel in the higher levels of ballet instruction, as well as, in their other life and educational development and activities.

Materials: Pink tights with a black leotard (black skirt optional) and basic ballet shoes or socks.

Classical
Ballet 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & Pointe

Our full ballet program is designed for students age 7 to adult and includes a minimum of two class hours per week. Students progress through a program designed to develop strong ballet technique, discipline, and personal character.

Each class consists of 60-90 minutes of barre, conditioning, center work, combinations, and across the floor movement, including pointe work for advanced students. French ballet terminology is emphasized throughout

New students will be placed pending an evaluation of their current ability. For a complete class syllabus, please contact Miss Tanya in person.

Materials: Pink tights with a black leotard. All classes require technique shoes. Pointe shoes will be required for classes that include pointe.

Jazz & Lyrical Program

The Jazz program at Trinity Arts Center is designed as a supplement to the classical ballet program. Class instruction consists of warm-ups, across the floor movement, combinations, and traditional patterns of sharp, smooth, free, and controlled movement.

All of our jazz classes are taught to "clean" contemporary music and emphasize modesty in attire, behavior, and movement.

As with ballet, the jazz program emphasizes healthy and creative individual expression through dance in a safe environment that supports a healthy and Biblical standard of modesty.

Jazz
Jazz 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6

The Jazz Program is designed for students age 7 to adult and includes one class hour per week. Each class consists of 45-60 minutes of group instruction designed to engage the students in the enjoyment of dance, while benefitting from the discipline, muscle control, and physical health of the activity.

Materials: Black jazz paints and leotard with black, split-sole jazz shoes.

Hip-Hop

Our hip-hop program is competitive with (and we think better than) any hip-hop program in our region, spanning five levels of instruction for all ages, without sacrificing our mission to honor God with our our bodies, movement, and attire in both the classroom and on stage.

Hip-Hop
Hip-Hop 1, 2 3, 4, 5, & 6

Our hip-hop classes are designed for ages 10 to adult and includes one class per week (usually complemented by core ballet and jazz classes). Each class consists of 45-60 minutes of group instruction with a high level of physicial activity. Students learn a variety of standard hip-hop movement and high-energy choreography set to an always current music playlist.

Materials: Baggy sweatpants, hip-hop shoes, t-shirts, hoodies, beanies, and any other swag that is appropriate.

Tap

Tap, being introduced to our students at two levels (elementary and teen), adds an energetic and rhythmic component to our dance repertoire, emphasizing good rhythm and overall musicality, both of which play an important role in all forms of dance.

Tap
Our tap classes are designed for ages 7 to adult and include one class per week (usually complemented by core ballet and jazz classes). Each class consists of 45-60 minutes of group instruction, learning a variety of standard tap steps and fun, energetic choreography.

Materials: Fitted dance pants (any color), and fitted t-shirts with black tap shoes (and style).

Modern

Modern Dance is a broad-reaching style of dance that uses grounding and catch-and-release movements (often tied to the floor and emphasized through breathing), to center oneself and one's movements. Most modern styles include a strong rhythmic, theatrical, and artistic component, that require a strong classical ballet background, while intentionally rejecting "classical" rules of dance, favoring freedom of movement and expression instead.

Modern
Our modern class is designed to introduce our younger teen dancers to a freedom of movement that they may not experience in early classical ballet training and teach them to be move comfortable loosening up and expressing themselves through dance. Our current class is designed for our level five and six students, and meets once per week (complemented by our core ballet and jazz classes). Classes run 45-60 minutes.

Materials: Black jazz pants or leggings with a black leotard and bare feet.

Expectations & Etiquette For All Dancers

  1. Be in class (or for little ones, in the lobby), in uniform, hair done, shoes on, on time, and ready to go. We have a large lobby and waiting area where you can get ready. Let's not waste class time waiting for late arrivals or unprepared dancers. Check out our sample ballet bun videos if you need some help with those.
  2. Always be attentive and quiet in class. If you have a question, wait until an appropriate time and raise your hand.
  3. The teacher is always right, even when they are wrong. I promise, we're trying very hard to teach you everything we know in a loving and humble way, and some of us are old. Show us some grace when we make a mistake or forget. We'll figure it out eventually. Learning to show teachers (and elders) respect is part of what you're learning.
  4. If something does go wrong, it's probably Mr. Jamin's fault. If you have a complaint, comment, or question, send it here or shoot us a message on Facebook. We'll response asap.
  5. We do not allow parents to visit the classroom. It's just too disruptive, especially for the little ones (imagine trying to do what you do with two people sitting in chairs watching you the entire time). We produce two shows a year. You'll have lots of opportutnies to see their progress. If you have questions about what we're doing in class, we're glad to schedule a quick meetup before or after class, of you can contact us at the front desk. Thanks!
  6. Be humble, creative, patient, kind, encouraging, and work hard. Our motto is "art that looks like praise." We want to embody that in all that we do, and we hope you will too.
  7. Finally... Be yourself. We're not one of those studios that only accepts people who are a certain height, weight, or body type. You bring a love for dance and be willing to work, and we will give you the best training we can, and lots of opportunities to use that gift for good.
Hopefully that helps set expectations and answers questions, especially for those who are new. As always, give us a shout if there's anything we can do. We're generally pretty responsive on Facebook as well.


Music Program

The Music Program at Trinity Arts Center is designed to provide the highest quality instruction to students of any level.

As with all of our programs, we desire to build up and encourage the natural gifts and talents of each student, in order to find their own unique "place" in their family, church, community, and life.

Every instructor at Trinity Arts Center is committed to teach and model a Godly example of the arts to each student, and to help them develop a love of music and understand its role in expressing ourselves to each other and to God.

Jamin Rathbun, Owner & Executive Director
jamin@trinityartscenter.com

Jamin Rathbun Jamin, a proud husband of one and father of nine, directs the day to day business operations of Trinity Arts Center, the multi-disciplinary arts academy he founded in 2006; the Trinity Arts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization focused on creating and supporting community-building arts and education programs; and his own marketing, design, and development consultant firm, which he has operated for the past 15 years.

Jamin studied Secondary Vocal Music Education at Northwest Missouri State University before leaving to write and tour with Hot Pink Turtle, the band he formed in 1989, which was subsequently signed to REX Records in 1993, recording two albums for that label, and an additional two compilation and tribute albums through Word Distributing, their parent company.

In addition to his early career as a touring songwriter, performer, and worship leader, Jamin is also an experienced speaker, creative director, consultant and business strategist, having led departments and development teams for a variety of advertising, marketing, design, and development companies including: MasterCard International, GE, CitiGroup, Chase, Oracle, Hagar, Icon Medialab, and Home Depot.

Above all of that, though, Jamin is a husband, a father, a worshipper, a creative, a problem solver, and an encourager who loves to walk in the woods, listen to water run, and look up into the sky.

Patty Booher, Piano Instructor

Patty Booher Patty Booher, a native of the Tri-Cities, lives in Johnson City, TN with her husband, Phil, and daughter, Jenna Marie. They are members of Avoca Christian Church in Bristol, TN, where Patty serves as an accompanist and the leader of their drama team.

Patty has played piano since third grade, adding the organ in her teens, when she began accompanying voice students at East Tennessee State University. She's also accompanied full orchestras and theatre productions such as The Sound of Music at the Eastman Employee Center and Virginia Intermont College.

Miss Patty's theatre credits include the role of Poison Ivy in Beauty & The Beast and as Eleanor in Four Tickets To Christmas at the Paramount Theatre. She has also appeared in The Music Man and the Bristol Passion Play in Viking Hall.

Patty's goal is for her students to love music for life, gaining self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment along the way.

Rob Meier, Voice Instructor

Rob Meier Rob recently returned to Johnson City after eight years of living in sunny Melbourne, Florida with his wife Lori (a professor at ETSU) and their furry, feline children -- Millie & Indiana.

Rob grew up in southern Indiana and studied music at Milligan College. He has spent most of his professional life as a worship minister at Eau Gallie Christian Church in Florida and has led many choirs and worship bands. In addition, Rob has also taught voice and worship leadership at Florida Christian College.

These days, you'll find Rob serving in ministry at a Morristown congregation and enjoying teaching voice to all ages here at Trinity Arts Center. Rob loves to bake cookies, travel, and play in the snow.

Aaron Jackson, Guitar & Mandolin Instructor

Aaron Jackson Aaron Jackson has been playing guitar and mandolin for close to twenty-five years, and has been teaching for more than ten. He has deep roots in Appachian music, having toured and played all over the world with his bluegrass band, Mountain Empire, with equally deep roots in his Southern Rock projects over the years -- The Twang Bangers, A Great Disaster, and the Aaron Jaxon Band.

Aaron is one of those rare players who is equally comfortable sitting in with a worship band, a bluegrass outfit, a jazz ensemble, or a hard rock show. Although guitar was his first love, his skills on the mandolin are well known, and have earned him spots with more music artists than we can name here. He sings as well, and is an accomplished songwriter -- one of our automatic go-tos for our teen songwriting workshops and studio sessions.

In addition to his lessons at Trinity, Aaron is an active coach and instructor with the Bluegrass program at ETSU -- one of the only of its kind in the world, and with the worship team at his home church in Gray, TN.

Barb Jeffress, Piano & Guitar Instructor

Barb Jeffress Barb and her family moved to East Tennessee in 2007 after many years of touring the world courtesy of the U.S. Army. She studied Education and French at Dartmouth College but for as long as she can remember, she has always spent her free time on creative and musical pursuits.

Barb began playing piano at the age of five, added the guitar as a teen, and later studied voice and violin as an adult. She has enjoyed singing and playing with worship teams and choirs, teaching kindergarten and French, leading drama workshops, and directing youth productions when she finds time.

One of her greatest joys in life has been helping her children and students discover the rewards of musical and artistic expression. Barb live in Johnson City with her husband Scott, and is active in the music ministry at Wesley Memorial Methodist Church in Johnson City.

Zach Ross, Guitar, Piano, Drums, & Voice Instructor

Zach Ross Zach attained his B.M. in vocal performance from ETSU in May 2014. At university, he was a member of the ETSU chorale, 10 Bucsworth and Greyscale vocal ensembles, and studied composition and piano with Dr. Maria Niederberger and Dr. Chih-Long Hu. He also was the pianist in the ETSU jazz ensemble and played guitar in the classical guitar ensemble.

Zach continues his work as a freelance composer, leads worship at Highlands Fellowship Church, and performs his original music throughout the region. In his instruction, Zach specializes in voice, guitar, piano, and percussion, teaching a variety of styles including jazz, classical, country, pop, and rock.

Dalton Hall, Drum & Guitar Instructor

Dalton Hall Bio coming soon.

Erin Dalton, Piano, Guitar, & Voice Instructor

Dalton Hall Born in the Appalachians of northeastern Tennessee, Erin Dalton grew up surrounded by music: her father is an Appalachian storyteller-songwriter, and her mother is a classically trained pianist and organist. Beginner her study in piano at the age of five, Erin is now a singer, writer, teacher, pianist, composer, and arranger.

Erin spent four years at Gardner-Webb University training in piano, voice, and composition. She created a one-act musical for her senior thesis. The performance, “Work, In Progress,” enlisted the talent of screenplay writer Michael Mitteer and the university’s theater department. The two-night run was met with a packed house and huge support. Erin graduated with a B.M. in Music Composition in 2008.

From this point on, Erin traveled and taught everything from private piano lessons to hip hop songwriter/performance courses for nonprofits and organizations, hopping from North Carolina to Pennsylvania to northern India. She spent four years in Charlotte, NC, where she began performing original work, playing for weddings/events, string arranging for various artists and spent a year of study in jazz theory/piano with renown pianist and composer, Chad Lawson.

Erin currently lives in Bristol, Tennessee where she continues to arrange for artists in the region and across the country. She teaches piano and voice for Trinity Arts Center, performs with/creates string arrangements for artists, and is the director for Pick Along Summer Music Camps in Bristol, Virginia, working for The Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

Kalia Yeagle, Violin Instructor

Dalton Hall Kalia Yeagle performs and teaches across North America with her band Bill and the Belles, and is an adjunct professor of Old Time Fiddle at East Tennessee State University.

She is a certified Suzuki Method instructor, and pulls from classical, bluegrass, old time, and Celtic resources in her classrooms. She also takes inspiration from her upbringing in Alaska, where long winters and strong, diverse communities have produced a music scene unlike any other.

Her music is undeniably of the mountains, both the Chugach and the Blue Ridge. As a scholar of Appalachian Studies, she had the privilege of studying the rich musical heritage of the region with special interest in early country music’s pioneering female artists.

Rachel Strand, Guitar, Piano, Violin, & Voice Instructor

Rachel Strand Bio coming soon.

Colin Jeffress, Dance Instructor

Mary Klug Colin Jeffress has always considered music one of the most important parts of his life. Starting by studying piano at young age and adding drumming to his repertoire at age nine, he continued to pick up whatever instruments he could get his hands on, including the electric and upright bass, acoustic guitar, and cello. He’s enjoyed many great opportunities playing for churches, theatre groups, and performing and recording with local artists in the area.

He’s also spent a majority of his life studying dance, with a serious focus the past few years on classical ballet. In addition to nine years of training at Trinity Arts Center, he's had the pleasuring of studying with some amazing schools and companies such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Next Generation Ballet, and the Richmond Ballet.
br/> After growing up in the Arts Center as a student, he is extremely excited to be returning as a teacher.

Sarah Lester, Voice & Piano Instructor

Sarah Lester Sarah began her musical education at the age of four with classical piano instruction using the Suzuki method. At age nine, she was accepted into the MECCA East Tennessee Children’s Choir, where she participated until age fouteen, when she was chosen to form a classical acapella ensemble with a select group of students.

Through middle and high school, Sarah auditioned and was accepted into the American Kodaly Educator’s National Honors Choir four times. She continued to study voice and piano until age sixteen, when she began teaching her own piano students in her home studio. After graduation, Sarah joined Big Band Theory, a local jazz and swing band, as thei lead singer. Sarah joined Trinity Arts Center in 2011, teaching piano and voice lessons. She uses a variety of musical education styles including classical, traditional, jazz, pop, modern, and contemporary Christian.

Laurie Dlugos, Piano Instructor

Sarah Lester Laurie plays piano for the joy of it. “Playing piano is a never ending adventure, discovering beautiful chords and patterns that can be fit together to make something new,” she says. She absolutely feels most alive playing improv and inventing new phrases to worship with on the keyboard.

Laurie studied music education and piano at Nyack College in New York and earned her BS in education from Milligan College, but was inspired the most by her high school music director which was her piano teacher who was full of passion. She has been teaching piano for over 17 years, mostly at Central Baptist Church Arts Academy. Joining us again at Trinity Arts, Laurie has learned to customize her lessons for the unique interests and abilities of her student. It is her goal to teach students how to read music well and play with the freedom improv provides. But she mostly wants to pass on the passion that inspired her! She knows inspiring lessons are gift that will last a lifetime.

Studying with her, students learn skills and confidence as they continue to have opportunities to earn medals and trophies, play for each other and have positive experiences to perform yearly at assisted living centers, nursing homes and a “family and friends” recital!

Anna Konstantopoulos, Piano Instructor

Anna Konstantopoulos Coming soon.

Sam Konstantopoulos, Guitar Instructor

Sam Konstantopoulos Coming soon.

Millicent Runnels, Dance & Violin Instructor

Millicent Runnels Millicent Runnels has danced and played violin almost her entire life. She trained as a student at Trinity Arts Center for 13 years, and took violin lessons from Laura Harrington for 10 years. She has been a part of all the Trinity Arts performances, including God With Us, Genesis, The Story of Ruth, Ever After, The Prodigal, The Story of Joseph, The Story of David, and The Wemmicks. She has also been part of the TAC musical theatre shows of Fiddler on the Roof and the Music Man. She attended and trained at numerous summer intensives including the Atlanta Ballet Theatre, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Next Generation Ballet, Michigan Ballet, Greenville Ballet, and the University of Indiana Ballet. In addition, she has studied Cecchetti ballet, and is certified in levels 1-6.

After graduating from high school, Millicent attended Belhaven University, where she received a scholarship in both dance and music. She trained at Belhaven for one year, and then decided to pursue a teaching career in the arts, while studying alongside to earn a degree in Nutrition from ETSU. Millicent’s passion is to become a registered dietician for a dance studio, where she can help young dancers stay healthy while in the process of training. She also desires to teach music and dance lessons to students and share her passion for both of these arts. She is particularly passionate about modern dance, as she loves the way that raw emotion and true praise can come from this style of dance.


Art Program

The art program at Trinity Arts Center is designed to instruct students in the correct technique and methods for each individual medium using a variety of subject matter and materials.

At the same time, one of the unique strengths of our art instructors is their passion to strengthen the individual talents of and build self-confidence in each student.

As with all of our programs, we strive to balance excellent instruction and individual attention with the goal of using our talents and gifts to the glory of God.

Christopher Allen Boyd, Art & Pottery Instructor

Christopher Allen Boyd Bio coming soon.


Theater Program

The Theater Program at Trinity Arts Center is designed to mature students, not only in their understanding of the art of theater, but also in their understanding of the role that expression, communication, and passion should play in their own life.

Initially, this is facilitated using games, exercises, improvisation, and interaction between students to develop both a comfort level with expressing themselves and an understanding of how that expression may be received by the listener.

Students, especially teens, can benefit a great deal from the non-verbal communication learned in Theater Class. It is a great way to build self-confidence and understand the important role that body position, voice inflection, and eye contact play in both private conversation and public speaking.

Eventually, students will participate in the Theater Company as they learn, rehearse, and perform for audiences in the Tri-Cities and Eastern Tennessee areas including topical skits for use in churches and youth camps in the area.

Annemarie Dugan, Theatrical Director

Annemarie Dugan Annemarie has broad experience performing and directing dramatic arts, holding a BFA in Musical Theater from Shorter College, and having served as Performing Arts Director at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly.

Her acting repertoire includes principal roles in The Sound of Music (Maria), Once Upon a Mattress (Winifred), Fiddler on the Roof, Quilters, The Crucible, Man of LaMancha, Under Milkwood, The Good Doctor, Cotton Patch Gospel and Godspell, among others. She has also performed operatic roles in The Telephone, Mendelssohn s Elijah, and Beethoven s Choral Fantasia. In 1989, Annemarie was honored to sing the National Anthem at the American Consulate in Jerusalem, Israel, where she served as an ambassador to the Jerusalem International YMCA.

Annemarie is also well seasoned in media, having held the position of Media and Public Relations Coordinator for the Christian Medical and Dental Associations in Bristol, Tennessee, and as an anchor/reporter for WKPT-TV in Kingsport, Tennessee. Annemarie also hosted television programs for TCI-Cable, ACN and CAT-TV. Annemarie currently manages media and events for Art to Heart Ministries, an organization that helps people encounter God through the world's great art.

She adores her husband Jeff, and their two young children, Laura and Brit. They are active members of Central Baptist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee, where Annemarie serves as a preschool worship leader.

Steve Davis, Musical Director

Steve Davis Steve Davis is a retired church music minister who has been training groups and individuals through classes and private lessons for forty-six years. He has produced many live shows including: The Bristol Passion Play, Four Tickets To Christmas, Annie, The Sound Of Music, Fiddler on The Roof, and The Music Man (the last four with Trinity Arts Center).

In addition to teaching and directing, Steve also sings, acts, dances, plays piano, conducts, and believes strongly in the benefits of spiritual and physical health (nutrition, sleep, massage) working together to produce quality in every area of people's lives.