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Having earned a degree in their chosen discipline or demonstrated proven experience comparable to a degree, our Faculty members have invested themselves heavily in the Arts.
In addition to providing artistic and developmental instruction in your area of study, Faculty members of the Shandon Worship Arts Center are committed to creating a safe environment for learning and encouraging you spiritually as you use your talents to glorify God. To ensure your safety, all Faculty members must consent to and pass thorough background checks as part of their application process and continued employment. 

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Administrative Staff


Kathy Houston (Coordinator)

Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska Omaha, and a Master of Arts degree in Human Services Degree from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. She has performed for various colleges, churches, and community choirs and ensembles. She is also a current vocalist with Shandon’s Tapestry Women’s Ensemble and Shandon Worship Choir.
Kathy, a child of missionary parents, gave her life to Jesus Christ at a young age. She has learned to read music in church by following the notes in the hymnal. She has a great love for Worship Music and how it leads us into worship, healing and praise. She has a love of Missions in Africa to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost. Kathy is a current vocalist and active member of Shandon Baptist Church where she is teaching, singing in Shandon Worship Choir, ensembles, and missions.

Instructional Faculty

Piano

Betty Myers

Betty has been teaching music for thirty years and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Bands for the Midlands Homeschool Band. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where she was the drum major of the Carolina Band; there she also studied flute and piano. Betty has been an active participant in many other concert bands, orchestras and performing ensembles in South Carolina. She developed and directs Southern Bronze - a semi-professional auditioned handbell ensemble in Columbia. She also offers her talents as Principal Flutist for the Shandon Worship Orchestra each week and for special events like The Singing Christmas Tree. Betty is married to John Myers and has 2 grown children: her son Lee serves as a church Music Minister, and her daughter Betsy is a middle school band director in Anderson, South Carolina.

Eniko Balazs

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Instrumental Performance from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio with a major in Trumpet.  She has over 20 years of experience teaching trumpet, voice and piano, teaching full time since 2005.Eniko and her family moved from Ohio to Columbia, South Carolina in 2018. 

“My philosophy is to teach my students the foundations of their instruments so they have the full range of musical expression available to them, while also having fun.”

She offers private lessons for intermediate and advanced students, as well as, audition preparation: middle school/high school contests, professional youth orchestra auditions for trumpet and voice students, college audition prep for trumpet students, and tryouts for plays, musicals and TV competitions like The Voice and American Idol.

Students ages 4 and older, including adults, and/or special needs spectrum start with Bastien methods, then move to classical music, scales, Hannon, Czerny, Rubeinstein studies and popular music suited to his/her style.

Pat Long

guitar (Acoustic & Electric)/bass/Ukulele
Alan Knight

A New Orleans, LA native, Alan began performing on the guitar at age eleven.  His musical experience and interests reflect the variety of that musically rich city.  Alan currently heads the guitar program at the Carolina Music Academy and the Shandon Worship Arts Center.  Alan has always been amazed to see how the good news of Jesus Christ has impacted his teaching by offering godly principles and insights as they apply to the whole student and not just music.

Alan has over 25 years of experience teaching, including music appreciation classes, guitar classes and guitar ensemble at Columbia College locally and Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia.  His students have gone on to win top prizes in regional competitions and developed professional careers in music. Alan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music at the University of New Orleans.  During that time, he worked with Wynton and Branford Marsalis; he also played rhythm and blues guitar for such great entertainers as Percy Sledge and Jean Knight. Alan performed at numerous masterclasses for Lily Ashfar, William Kanengieser, Manuel Barrueco and Stephen Robinson.  He received his Master of Music degree in guitar performance from the University of South Carolina in 1992.

As a classical guitarist, Alan’s many recordings, concert performances, radio and television broadcasts have brought his unique artistry to a wide and varied public.  He is also a guitarist for Shandon Worship Orchestra. Alan Knight and Jeff Harris co-founded the Harris/Knight Duo in 1994.  Their first CD, Sound of Two, was released in 2001. Alan’s guitar playing is featured on the CD Made In America released by the Sandlapper Singers in 2000 and in 2002 on the SC Public Television documentary titled Land of Promise: The Jews of South Carolina. His article Teaching Classical Guitar: Doing it Right appeared in The South Carolina Musician Quarterly in fall 2003.

violin/viola

Brent Hooper

Brent Hooper is from Anderson, South Carolina. He began learning piano at the age of five, and then viola at age eleven. Brent says, “I always strive to make my lessons a positive and fun, yet educational environment that will leave students wanting to come back for more. My lessons are a judgement-free zone in which I only help the student achieve success to the best of their ability.” He was a violin and viola instructor at Sounds of Carolina Music Academy in Anderson from 2017-2018.

Brent received a Bachelor of Music from Anderson University in 2017. He is pursuing a Master of Music degree at the University of South Carolina. Brent has been a member of the Anderson Symphony Orchestra since 2010, and has also played in side-by-side concert with the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC) Chamber Orchestra from 2010-2015. Brent was a member of All-Region and All-State Orchestras from 8th grade through 12th grades, and earned Principal Viola in both. Brent was also Principal Viola in Anderson University String Ensemble and Violist of the Anderson University String Quartet for four years. He is a Violist of a self-formed group, the Upstate Strings Trio, since 2013. The Trio stays very busy playing for weddings, receptions, and parties all across the Upstate of SC. Brent grew up at Concord Baptist Church where he came to faith at the age of ten. Brent has been a member of Concord Baptist Church orchestra since 2009, and now plays in the Shandon Worship Orchestra at Shandon Baptist Church.

Brent’s notable performances include being a featured soloist with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra in 2013, 2015, and 2017, playing the Bach/Casadesus Viola Concerto, the Forsyth Viola Concerto, and the Walton Viola Concerto respectively. He was a featured soloist with the Anderson University String Ensemble in 2014, performing the Stamitz Viola Concerto. Brent performed The Swan by Saint-Saëns in the 2016 Small Ensembles Concert at Anderson University.

He believes music is a gift God has given us all and that there is a strong spiritual connection in playing or listening to it. He is a strong believer in having a talent, that you should strive to do your best in bringing glory to the One who gave it.

voice
Hannah Thompson

Hannah is thrilled to be on staff as a Voice Instructor with the Shandon Worship Arts Center. She recently received her Master of Arts degree in Voice Performance at the University of South Carolina and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. She grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina where she found her love of music and singing in her middle school choir. Since then, she has been a choir member for eighteen years and has studied voice for seven years.

Hannah has been a part of operatic productions for the past five years through Belmont University’s Opera Theatre productions of Hansel and Gretel, Cendrillon, and A Hand of Bridge. She recently performed as one of the Street Singers in USC’s production of Bernstein’s MASS and will be appearing as The Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen in February 2019 with the USC Opera. Hannah’s educational background in a liberal arts university gives her an appreciation for a well-rounded education among her future students. Her passion for teaching continues to grow as she pursues further degrees of vocal study. Her goals are to encourage and equip students through their musical careers, as well as help them gain confidence and strengthen their abilities to reach their personal vocal goals.

Hannah grew up in a home where her faith in Christ was taught by her parents. While on a mission trip in Rock Hill, South Carolina she came to know Jesus Christ. She went to Friendly Hills Church (PCA) for the majority of her upbringing; growing up watching her mom sing and direct the church choir and praise team. This is what encourage her to sing and also a love for music to grow into a passion that she chose to pursue as a career. Music has helped open her heart to receive more of God’s grace and to give others the ability to sing; a gift for enjoyment and worship for His glory, and to improve the craft in it. “In singing in the church specifically, it reminds us of what God has done in our lives and to have a truer connection with God,” says Hannah.

Eniko Balazs

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Instrumental Performance from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio with a major in Trumpet.  She has over 20 years of experience teaching trumpet, voice and piano, teaching full time since 2005.Eniko and her family moved from Ohio to Columbia, South Carolina in 2018. 

“My philosophy is to teach my students the foundations of their instruments so they have the full range of musical expression available to them, while also having fun.”

She offers private lessons for intermediate and advanced students, as well as, audition preparation: middle school/high school contests, professional youth orchestra auditions for trumpet and voice students, college audition prep for trumpet students, and tryouts for plays, musicals and TV competitions like The Voice and American Idol.

Students ages 10 and older experience lessons that start with careful vocal warm-ups to stretch the vocal range, then move to solos suited for his/her individual voice.

cello/String bass
Zachary Patton

Zachary Patton grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Music Education and Performance. He has taught at String Project for 4 out of his 5 years of teaching. He has participated in many competitions around South Carolina having received first place at the Columbia College Concerto Competition, being one of two winners of the South Carolina Youth Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, and a winner of the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. He has performed in master classes and clinics held at USC-Columbia and at Furman University-Greenville with the Parker Quartet, Zuill Bailey, Terry King, Sarah Kim, and others. He has and continues to perform as a cellist solistically, in a quartet, or in orchestras around South Carolina. He studied under Dr. Robert Jesselson at the University of South Carolina in here in Columbia.

Zach is a member of Shandon Baptist Church where he also plays for the Shandon Baptist Orchestra every week and for the special events like the Singing Christmas Tree. He became a Christian at the age of thirteen, and desires to show the Gospel through the music he teaches.

Trumpet
Eniko Balazs

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Instrumental Performance from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio with a major in Trumpet.  She has over 20 years of experience teaching trumpet, voice and piano, teaching full time since 2005.Eniko and her family moved from Ohio to Columbia, South Carolina in 2018. 

“My philosophy is to teach my students the foundations of their instruments so they have the full range of musical expression available to them, while also having fun.”

She offers private lessons for intermediate and advanced students, as well as, audition preparation: middle school/high school contests, professional youth orchestra auditions for trumpet and voice students, college audition prep for trumpet students, and tryouts for plays, musicals and TV competitions like The Voice and American Idol

Students ages 10 and older enjoy dynamic lessons in trumpet starting with the Rubank beginner method, followed by Clark, Irons, Arbans, Schlossberg, and solos according to interest.

Faculty Standards

In order to provide Students and Families at Shandon Worship Arts Center with the highest quality musical instruction available in a safe, Christian environment that is encouraging to their faith, we have established standards for our Instructors. All Instructors hired by Shandon Worship Arts Center must meet these criteria: 

Faculty of the Worship Arts Center must profess Christ as Lord.
 
Faculty of the Worship Arts Center must actively serve as member of an evangelical, Bible-believing church.

Faculty of the Worship Arts Center must be highly qualified in their specialty area.

Faculty members of the Worship Arts Center are committed to the safety of their students.

Faculty members of the Worship Arts Center are to conduct themselves ethically and as professionals.

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