Roger Bunch (Artistic Director)
Roger Bunch has taught music in the public school system for a total of 40 years as a band and choral director. In 2000, his band at Greenbrier High School was the first Robertson County recipient of the Tennessee Band Masters Association Sweepstakes Award. This is given to bands whose membership received straight superior ratings in marching, solo and ensemble, and wind ensemble festivals. Two of his Mississippi choral groups were invited to perform at Carnegie Hall under the world-renowned composer/director John Rutter. Dr. Raphael Bundage, Director of Choral Activities at Middle Tennessee State University, requested Mr. Bunch’s chamber choir to sing with the university’s Schola Cantorum at their Carnegie Hall debut in 1993. More recently, he conducted the Robertson County Honors Band in May 2010. Approximately 20 of his students have been accepted into the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. More than 60 of his students were members of Tennessee’s All-State Bands and Choirs. Mr. Bunch served as band and choral director at Jo Byrns High School, Greenbrier High School, and Springfield Middle School. Mr. Bunch’s students have graduated from The Juilliard School of Drama and the American Music and Drama Academy in New York City. One of his graduates, after being selected as principal soloist with the top U.S. Navy choral ensemble, the Sea Chanters, is now the official voice and soloist of the U.S. Navy Band. Equally at home in the Broadway genre, Mr. Bunch has directed numerous musical productions including Camelot, Oklahoma!, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver, Li’l Abner, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Annie, Music Man, The Wizard of Oz, Bye, Bye, Birdie! for school and community theatre. Mr. Bunch was music director for the Robertson County Players’ production of Music Man in June 2011. Mr. Bunch currently serves as Artistic Director of Willow Oak Center for Arts & Learning, and directed Willow Oak’s highly successful A Night of Broadway, December 2011. He founded the Willow Oak Boys Choir in 2011 which boys in grades 5-12 participate. This choir will sing at Carnegie Hall in November 2013 under the direction of world-renowned composer John Rutter in his Mass for the Children. The Willow Oak Chorale which Mr. Bunch also formed in spring 2012 performed John Rutter’s Requiem on April 22 at First United Methodist Church in Springfield. Members of the Curb Youth Symphony at Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University comprised the chamber orchestra. In addition to directing the Willow Oak Chorale and the Willow Oak Boys Choir, Mr. Bunch teaches private music lessons, classes in music, art, drama, French, cooking, and interior design, and oversees the programming for the arts center. Mr. Bunch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Austin Peay State University where he was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity.
Amy Frederick received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and is currently pursuing a Master of Music Education degree at Belmont University. She is a member of Liberation, a band she has performed with for 15 years. She currently teaches private piano and is Choir Director/Organist at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield.
Denise Haley has been raising sheep and spinning fibers since 1992. In addition to many skills being self-taught, she has taken classes and learned from other fiber artists sharing their skills. These include caring for a small flock of sheep, spinning, weaving, processing wool, felting, knitting, natural and synthetic dying, papermaking, making soap, lip balm, and lotion, and creating rose petal beads for jewelry.
Terry Price is a Springfield, Tennessee based writer and photographer, with an MFA in writing from Spalding University in Louisville and is Program Director and a mentor in The Writer’s Loft creative writing program at Middle Tennessee State University. His work has appeared in CCM magazine, Writer’s Notes magazine, Bloodlotus, The Trunk, The Tennessee Writer and a piece on jazz saxophonist, Rahsaan Barber, appeared in the online magazine NewSourtherner.com and in their print anthology, Best of New Southerner. The short story Eminent Domain appeared in the Timber Creek Review and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Carol’s entrepreneurial spirit took her out of the K-12 art classroom to offer personalized lettering services through her business, Calligraphy For Life’s Celebrations! Part of her focus is on the wedding and event industry, but a wide range of clients bring all sorts of unique lettering projects. She has experience teaching many art media in private schools, non-for-profit centers, homeschoolers and individual instruction. Her favorite media include clay, photography, painting, printmaking, sewing and fibers. A board member in the Nashville and Saint Louis Calligraphy Guilds, Carol continues to develop her skills learning from nationally recognized calligraphic artists in workshops (some in Nashville.) She has been happily married to Bruce for thirty-five years. They raised 4 adult children in Saint Louis before moving to Springfield in 2012.
Muzetta Swann received a Master of Music Degree in Voice Performance from Belmont University in December 2006. She earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance with a minor in piano from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ in 1982. She performed as a member of the world-renown Westminster Choir 1981-82. As recitalist, she has performed in New York, New Jersey, Kentucky and Tennessee. As an arts administrator, she was employed by the New York City Opera under General Manager Beverly Sills, and most recently with the Nashville Symphony. From 1989-1999, she studied, taught, and served on the Board of Directors at Sound Health Alternativesä, Nashville, a school for the awareness and healing of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual parts of ourselves. Ms. Swann has maintained a full-time voice and piano studio in Springfield since 1989. In addition to classical music instruction, she offers classes in the expressive arts in which the arts are used as tools for self-awareness, growth and expression. Ms. Swann is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Volunteer State Community College where she teaches voice and music appreciation. In June 2007, Ms. Swann founded Willow Oak Center for Arts & Learning at Robertson County, where she is president and acting Executive Director.