Guitar, Drums, Ukulele, Bass Guitar, Rhythm Class
Originally from Florida, Jesse Atkinson now lives in Tennessee. He has played guitar since age 7, and counts as mentors Mitchell Stevens, Alan Brandell, Mario DaSilva, and James DaSilva. His skills have been shaped by influences ranging from Led Zeppelin to his home church worship pastor, David Grimm. He has played at illustrious venues such as the Grand Ole' Opry and the Bluebird Cafe. He has attended various music camps including performing in and working at the Annie Moses Summer Music Festival, often performing original music.
Voice, Musical Theater, Handbells, Music Classes
Olivia Atkinson is a homeschool graduate and is blessed to have been teaching at Peachtree for 8 years, She is a certified Family Herbalist through Vintage Remedies, has formally studied photography, and has a professional photography business. She has studied piano, theater, and voice over the last 10 years with the Annie Moses Conservatory, and has furthered her classical vocal career with Melissa Shippen Burrows. Olivia has participated in a number of shows through the Annie Moses Summer Music Festival and Conservatory, taking her to Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole’ Opry, and a roles in the premieres of “Merry Christmas, Uncle Scrooge!” and "Tom Sawyer", as well as a drama masterclass with acting legend John Rhys-Davies. Olivia was a member of Peachtree’s bell and vocal choirs from their beginning through her graduation. She loves working with young children and helping develop their creativity, and is thankful for the opportunity to share her interests with children while encouraging them to develop their talents to use for God’s glory.
Music Classes, Ear Training, Songwriting, and Charting
Lucy is a 2018 homeschool graduate of Daniel 1 Academy. She first came to Peachtree as a student over 10 years ago and has been a part of the handbells program since its inception. Since then she has taught Handbells, Music 1 and 2, Ear Training, Music Theory, Songwriting, and private piano.
Lucy is a classically and commercially trained pianist, having studied over 15 years. She is a national member of the Piano Guild Auditions, scoring Superior Plus for three consecutive years until she completed the program in 2018. She is currently studying for her certification in piano tuning and repair from Piano Technician Academy.
Lucy is a prolific composer, songwriter, and arranger. She has composed scores for short films, underscores for live shows, and in 2021 she was selected as a finalist in the Christian Worldview Film Festival scoring competition. She has written several Broadway-style musicals and often arranges music for her classes and Peachtree shows.
Lucy has a passion for musical excellence and the development of disciplined skill. Since music is a gift we carry into eternity, she believes it is crucial to cultivate it to the glory of God. She is excited to share this vision with Peachtree families.
Violin, Mandolin, Strings
Sarah is a violinist and mandolinist. She has been classically trained at the Conservatory of Annie Moses, where she is now a faculty member. Alongside her classical repertoire and skills on both instruments she has studied fiddle and folk music extensively. She regularly writes her own music, often collaborating with her singer-songwriter sister, Olivia.
As a student of the Annie Moses Summer Music Festival, she has performed on the stages of the Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall, and the Bluegrass Underground. She was in the orchestra for the Annie Moses Band’s PBS show “The Art of the Love Song." She has recorded with local orchestras/groups, published a solo EP of Appalachian music in 2016, and came out with a classical music video in 2019 which can be found on her FaceBook page @SarahMerrittMusic.
Sarah has taught at Peachtree Learning Center since 2012, and was excited to formally help organize Peachtree’s strings program in 2017. She is certified in the Annie Moses Method and in the Suzuki Method through level 2. She believes that the pursuit of excellence in music is a powerful tool in the Kingdom of God that can give the young and old alike a platform for spreading the Gospel of Christ. Her favorite part of teaching is to see the potential in a child and partner with their family to help train and bring out the most in them, garnering musical and life skills.
Voice, Choir, Classical Guitar
Jennifer Poore recently graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a dual B.M. in Guitar Performance and Vocal/General Music Education. She has played classical guitar for nine years and has sung for over six, and she is thrilled to be offering private instruction in both guitar and voice. Jennifer believes that music is a gift of God to be cultivated, enjoyed, and used to serve those around us. She believes that through seeking to excel in our musical pursuits, we not only worship God but learn more about what it means to be His creatures, created in His image.
Olivia is a recent graduate of Lee University with a degree in Music Business with a vocal emphasis. She has extensive training in voice, piano, and dance. While at Lee, Olivia trained in classical voice with a taste of musical theater and worship music in the mix. Olivia combined her training in voice and dance to be part of an ensemble called Opera Theater where she performed in operas and musical theater scenes. Her favorite role she portrayed was Gretel in the opera Hansel and Gretel. Olivia loves using music and the arts to tell stories and bring joy into people’s lives. Most importantly though, Olivia finds herself feeling the closest to her Savior when she is involved in music making, dancing and glorifying Him through the gifts He’s given her. She feels so blessed to be joining Peachtree and having the opportunity to shape
students’ lives and help them see God’s blessings and character through music.
Cathy Wilson is a singer/songwriter from Cookeville, TN. She and her husband have raised 5 children and now have 4 grandchildren. She has performed her music for many years since her early teens for ministry groups, at music venues, led worship in churches, shared her music overseas in Nepal and Uganda as a part of ministry teams, for orphanages, posted 28+ plus of her songs are online on sites such as Spotify, YouTube, hostbaby.com, itunes, Amazon music. Her inspiration for songwriting from her youth was significantly inspired through the Psalms. She has also periodically taught guitar to children as well as shared her tips for songwriting and inspiration. Her heart is to bring a message through music that will encourage and bring a sense of purpose through a greater awareness of the God’s unconditional love and mercy.