A Non-Profit School of Music Dedicated to Excellence in Music Education

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Jacquie Mitchell

Executive Director and Principal Instructor of Voice, Children’s Choirs and Kindermusik ® Educator, Instructor of Piano

Mrs. Jacquie Mitchell is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Vocal Performance where she studied voice with Richard Anderson, Carol Webber; organ and piano. She is a certified Kindermusik® Educator since 1998. She has sung with the Knoxville Opera Chorus and is an accomplished pianist specializing in accompanying. She has often been the guest pianist, vocalist and organist for area churches. Mrs. Mitchell has been teaching privately for the past twenty years and is a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing, and American Guild of Organists. Founder of The Music Academy in Crossville, TN August 1998 – a non-profit school of music. She attended the Vocal Institute Summer Study at Oberlin with Richard Miller studying the mechanics of vocal production and vocal health. She is presently on staff at Central Baptist Church as Media Director and volunteers as organist/pianist. Mrs. Mitchell is Past President of the Tennessee Ladies Chorus, the performing ladies chorus of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Her vocal students have been awarded vocal scholarships to private high schools, colleges and the Tennessee Governor's School of the Arts. During the summer months, Mrs. Mitchell has served on staff at the Annie Moses Band Fine Arts Summer Academy held at Lipscomb University and was nominated for a Regional Emmy Award in 2015 for Assistant Director of Video for the Fine Arts Summer Academy filming by High End TV.

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Francis Elliott

Principal Instructor of Violin, Viola

Mr. Francis Elliott is instructor of violin and viola at the Academy. He holds a Master's Degree from Colorado University and has been active for over four decades as a performer and teacher. He retired as the violin professor from Tennessee Tech University and was given the title of Professor Emeritus from the state of Tennessee for that institution. Before coming to Tennessee Tech in 1971, he was teaching at New Mexico Highlands University. He has been active as a performer and string educator throughout his career. He served on the administrative staff at the Aspen Music Festival 1971-1978. Besides teaching at the Academy, Mr. Elliott conducts string clinics in the schools of Tennessee and is scheduled to do a clinic and performance in Montreal, Canada and Boston in June of this year. His work has taken him to Canada, Mexico, and throughout the United States from North Dakota and throughout Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. He has given presentations in New York, Indiana and Michigan. Mr. Elliott has served three terms as President of the Tennessee Chapter of the American String Teacher Association where he received a Certificate for Outstanding Service for the State of Tennessee for 50 years of string education. Mr. Elliott often adjudicates orchestra competitions and festivals in Tennessee and surrounding states and is a frequent clinician at String workshops for both students and faculty. The Music Academy is very fortunate to have Mr. Elliott on faculty with his vast teaching background, experience and a lifelong dedication to young people. See the Milestone Article about Mr. Elliott on the TNTSTA website here.

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Barbara Daugherty

Principal Instructor of Cello

Mrs. Barbara Daugherty graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in physical education and dance. She has been a performing member of the cello section of the San Diego University Symphony and the Bryan Symphony and Tennessee Tech University Orchestra in Cookeville. Mrs. Daugherty is a frequent guest cellist at area churches as both soloist and orchestra member. She is a former board member of the Academy and has taught privately in Cumberland County for the past six years.

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David Odegaard

Principal Instructor of Double Bass, Jazz Bass, Electric Bass

Mr. David Odegaard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from The University of Central Florida and a Master’s degree in Music Theory from Southern Methodist University. Mr. Odegaard studied double bass with Lee Eubank, principle of the Florida Symphony and Tom Lederer, co-principle of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and is a lifetime member of the International Society of Bassists.
Mr. Odegaard offers instrumental training on classical double bass, jazz bass, electric bass in all styles, and instruction in music theory for ages 9 to adult. Lessons are tailored to foster success with all learning styles and to continually challenge each student to reach beyond their current ability using motivating repertoire. Mr. Odegaard has proven student success with numerous winners in the Texas All State competitions and high ranking placements in Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra where he served several seasons as bass section coach.
Mr. Odegaard performed as principle bassist with the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving and has also performed with the Dallas Wind Symphony, Plano Symphony, Plano Civic Chorus, Arlington Master Chorale, numerous church orchestras and contemporary Christian productions, and most recently at the Cumberland County Playhouse, and is currently the Principle bassist of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra. Highlights also include performances with the national tours of Chicago, Titanic, Ragtime, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and countless professional theater and special event productions.
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A non-profit School of Music dedicated to Excellence in Musical Education
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Telephone: (931) 484-6676
2819 Hwy 70N ~ Crossville, TN 38571