Hayes Barton Baptist Church School of Music actively seeks out instructors who are committed to equipping church musicians for life. Our instructors are a cohesive team of skilled, experienced musicians who look forward to ministering to each student in the unique way that music instruction provides. All of our instructors have completed an application process and have passed a background check in order to be approved.
If you are interested in becoming an instructor for the Hayes Barton Baptist Church School of music, email Lisa Moxley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
School of Music Director
Lisa Moxley, an Arkansas native, studied music at Ouachita Baptist University. She graduated magna cum laude from the university earning her Bachelor degrees in Music Education and Church Music. She received her Master of Church Music degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Lisa has gained experience serving at a wide variety of churches throughout Arkansas, Kentucky, Kansas, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. She is also a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music and has taught piano in private studio, Fine Arts Academies, and college undergraduate settings. Prior to joining the staff at Hayes Barton Baptist Church, she taught at Music Academy South in Wake Forest. She also has experience in higher education at Bluefield College in Virginia as an Adjunct Instructor, Choral Director, and staff accompanist.
Kimberly Potter graduated from the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music after earning her high school diploma from the NC School of the Arts. From there she earned an MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with the world-renowned John Mack. Her first orchestral post was with the Filarmónica de Querétaro in Mexico for several years, followed by principal oboe for Arizona Opera and first sub for the Tucson Symphony. Since her move back to Raleigh, Kimberly has been a favored sub with the Durham Symphony, NC Symphony, Charlotte Symphony and the Winston-Salem Symphony. Her talents are not only in music as she will earn her bachelors degree in nursing in May 2016.
Erin Munnelly earned her Master of Music degree in flute performance from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and her Bachelor of Music degree in flute performance from East Carolina University. She is a freelance flutist in Raleigh, NC, performing as Principal Flute with the Durham Symphony Orchestra, substitute with the North Carolina Symphony on both flute and piccolo, playing for church services, and teaching privately.
Christina Thompson is an active musician in the Raleigh, NC area. She has been playing trombone for 15 years and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from East Carolina University and a Master of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Christina has toured Europe and the East Coast of the U.S. and has spent the past five years freelancing with ensembles of various styles around North Carolina and serving as director of the Wake Forest Elementary Band. She currently performs with a number of groups including the Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra and maintains an active freelancing and teaching career.
Grace Beacham obtained her Associate of Fine Arts in Music from Coastal Carolina Community College. After graduating, she transferred to Campbell University. During her time there, she was taught and supervised by Dr. Richard McKee. Her main concentrations of study were piano performance, piano pedagogy, and music theory. Since obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Pedagogy, Grace continues to pursue several paths of music involvement. Grace has over thirteen years of experience playing piano. Having been the pianist for several churches in North Carolina, she has provided music for special events, musicals, and weddings.
Grace’s passion for music has been with her since she was young. Grace is also a Christian who believes her talents are a gift from God. She feels that music should be used to glorify God and it should also touch the hearts of those who experience it.
Mrs. Sue Crocker holds a Bachelors of Music in piano performance and pedagogy and a Masters of Arts in Education from Meredith College with certification in K-12 Music Education. She has also pursued graduate studies in the organ. Most recently, Mrs. Crocker was employed as Associate Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Henderson, where she directed choirs, handbells and served as organist.
Mary Beth Petersen
Mary Beth Petersen, a North Carolina native, received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance from Meredith College. She has taught piano to all ages in her private studio for 30 years. Continuing Education opportunities have been an important part of her summers for many years. Mary Beth was most recently Organist and Keyboard Coordinator for 19 years at United Church of Chapel Hill.
Sarah Carson Cox
Sarah Carson Cox is scheduled to receive her MA in History from NC State University in the Summer of 2019. Currently she is completing her thesis entitled “John of Salisbury, Chrétien de Troyes, and the Platonic-Ciceronian Nexus.” In the Spring of 2018, she received the university’s “Outstanding Achievement in Advanced Latin Award.”
Sarah graduated summa cum laude from East Carolina University in 2016 with a BM in Violin Performance and a BA in Comparative Humanities. While there, Sarah performed as a soloist in Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto with the Raleigh Symphony (2013), and in the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the ECU Symphony Orchestra (2015). From 2013 to 2016, Sarah served as a concertmaster for the ECU Symphony. A student of Ara Gregorian, Sarah participated during her undergraduate years in East Carolina University’s Four Seasons Next Generation Chamber Music Series and attended the Madeline Island Chamber Music Camp in Wisconsin during the summers of 2012 through 2015.
Currently, Sarah is a member of the Carolina Philharmonic and Raleigh Symphony and holds a collegiate fellowship with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, which has included performances with the Carolina Ballet. During the 2017-18 season, Sarah was a member of the Fayetteville Symphony.
As a violin instructor, Sarah employs both traditional and Suzuki methods. Her professional credentials include teaching certification for Suzuki books I through 10.
Meghan Causey has loved singing and performing since childhood. She has trained in classical and theatrical repertoire and is currently singing with a jazz quartet out of Raleigh. She has performed in the Sandhills Community College production of Pirates of Penzance and spent 2 years performing with the Campbell University Opera Theater. In 2016 she graduated from Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, NC, with her Associates in Fine Arts and Music Education and in December of 2019 will receive her Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in vocal performance and pedagogy from Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC.
- Proper technique in both classical and theatrical singing
- Vocal exercises to strengthen and build vocal range and flexibility
- Learn how to sing in chest and head voice
- Learn proper breath support, body alignment, and how to release tension throughout your body to produce a better sound and gain ease in singing
- Preparation for recitals, competition, and strategies to help in overcoming stage fright and build confidence on stage.
Ellen Powell is a licensed Musikgarten instructor and has taught classes in Raleigh, NC, since 2016. In addition to teaching Musikgarten’s “God’s Children Sing” curriculum, Ellen serves as the music teacher at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church preschool. Ellen is a member of Edenton Street United Methodist Church and enjoys singing in the Chancel Choir, as well as serving as the volunteer coordinator of the children’s music and worship arts program. In addition to serving as program coordinator, Ellen co-directs the K-2 choir and K-2 handbell choir. In July of 2019, Ellen graduated from the Chorister’s Guild Institute, having completed a three-year certification process to earn a “Certificate of Director of Young Singers”. Ellen graduated from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Arts in English, where she also sang in the University Choir, Schola Cantorum Chamber Choir, as well as the all-female a cappella group, The Sirens. Ellen is married with three young daughters.