The School of Performing Arts is a division of the Music Ministry of Olive Baptist Church. The goal of the School of Performing Arts is to provide quality instruction with a well-rounded curriculum in areas of the performing arts using a highly qualified Christian faculty and teaching in a Christian environment. Lessons are available to individuals, ages five and older, who desire to begin or continue music or performing arts instruction. The instruction is adapted to the student's age and experience. Enrollment is year round.
If you are interested, call the School of Performing Arts at 850.474.3645.
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Tom Savage was born and raised in Salisbury, Maryland. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Salisbury State University in 1988. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Music Performance from Pensacola Christian College. Tom is an active member of the International Trumpet Guild, Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Orchestra Association, Florida Music Teachers Association and The National Association for Music Education. He also performs regularly with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra and the Northwest Florida Symphony in Okaloosa County, Florida.
Mr. Savage was a former Band Director/Music Teacher for over 14 years in Maryland and Florida teaching General Music, Elementary, Middle School and High School Band. In the summers of 2005 and 2006 respectively, he directed the Florida Baptist All- State Student Orchestras/Choirs that toured throughout the Southeastern and Southwestern United States. In 2007, he conducted the OBC Handbell Choir and traveled to Kazakhstan, Central Asia, as well as traveled with a small jazz combo to the Dominican Republic in 2009.
Since 2003, Tom serves on the staff of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola as the Director of Instrumental Music Ministries and the School of Performing Arts. At Olive, he conducts the Celebration Orchestra, the Ma-jazz-tics Big Band, and many small instrumental ensembles throughout the year. He also serves as the Administrator for Olive's School of Performing Arts and teaches private music lessons.
Rebekah grew up at Olive and has been a member of the music ministry for most of her life; starting as a member of children’s choir and then as one of the founding members of the orchestra in 1981. She received a BA degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of West Florida. Rebekah plays both piano and flute and she is still an active member of the Celebration Orchestra at Olive as well as a member of the Pensacola Civic Band. She and her husband, Scott, have four sons: Stephen, Mark, Luke and Andrew.
Kaitlin Mattox instructs voice and music appreciation through singing here at the School of Performing arts. Her degrees are in Voice Performance and Music Education from the Florida State University College of Music. She has been teaching private lessons for the last 6 years and was the Assistant Choral Director at H.B. Plant High School in Tampa, Florida for four years before moving here to Pensacola.
Kaitlin is currently a member of the Celebration Choir and Praise Team at Olive. She now resides in Pace with her husband and daughter, with another baby due in April of 2014.
Strings and Guitar
A graduate of the University of West Florida, Calvin has over 20 years of playing experience (including 10+ years as a professional/studio musician).
As well as being a strings/guitar teacher at the School of Performing Arts, Calvin is the Worship Leader and Head of the Music Ministry at Calvary Chapel of Pensacola, as well as the "Composer in Residence" for the Emmaus Art Collective.
Piano and Woodwinds
Mrs. Andzulis graduated with honors from Pensacola Christian College with a B.A. in Flute Performance and a M.S. in Music Education.
In addition to teaching at SPA, Mrs. Andzulis is on the faculty at the Gulf Breeze School of Music where she teaches piano, woodwinds, and is a licensed Kindermusik educator.
She also serves as guest faculty at various summer music camps nationally and internationally. Mrs. Andzulis currently serves as the principal flutist for the Pensacola Civic Band and enjoys performing and accompanying in various recitals and concerts.
Piano and Strings
Victor Andzulis teaches at Olive's School of Performing Arts and Trinitas Christian School and has served on faculty at several international music camps. He keeps an active performing schedule by playing in the Northwest Florida and Pensacola Symphony Orchestras, local chamber groups, and solo recitals. He received his B.A. in Church Music and his M.A. in Music from Pensacola Christian College.
Olesya Kasianov was raised in a Christian family in Voronezh, Russia. She graduated from the Voronezh College of Music and the Pedagogical University of Voronezh. Olesya and her husband moved to America in 2002. She has been active in the Russian congregation at Olive as the music leader since moving to Pensacola from Maine in 2012. Olesya and her husband have three children.
Eileen Cook is a graduate of Union University in Jackson, TN (BM) and the University of Memphis (MM). She is a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, MTNA, FSMTA, and is active in the Pensacola Music Teachers Association. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Cook is a church musician, accompanist, performer, Pensacola area Guild Chairman, and has served throughout the Southeast as adjudicator for Piano Guild, Federation and other events.
Having seen music education through the eyes of a student, teacher, parent, performer, judge and administrator she sees what each student requires to succeed in their musical endeavors.
Darryl began trumpet studies in 1953 under Dr. George Foss, Washington National Symphony. He did his collegiate studies at several schools: Mississippi College, LSU, University of Kansas, Music Conservatory of KC, and the University of Southern Mississippi. Darryl performed with the Mississippi Symphony and Overland Park (Kansas City) Symphony. He has spent thirty years in U.S. Army bands and also taught music in public school and college.
Shirley Gilley is a former student of Olive's School of Performing Arts, having taken piano lessons for years from Eileen Cook. She went on to attend Pensacola Junior College and the University of West Florida, majoring in Elementary Education/Reading/ESOL while also completing a Music Minor. She is now a middle school reading/integrated curriculum teacher and enjoys giving piano lessons at SPA as well.
Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Pensacola Christian College, followed by a Master of Science degree in Music Education. She loves to teach and has enjoyed performing in many recitals, musicals, and choral groups. Elizabeth and her husband, Sergio, have a son, Noah.