Jennifer Waldman Gross is the Director of Bach to Rock Alpharetta! Jennifer has been involved in the performing arts world since she was a toddler! Ever since her debut performance in the school talent show at Woodland Elementary, where she timidly serenaded the crowd with “Over the Rainbow”, Jennifer has been hooked! Jennifer is a graduate of Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts, earning her bachelor's of music degree in Vocal Performance with a heavy concentration in theater. Not only is she a classically trained lyric soprano, Jennifer is a crossover with a high, clear, rich belt. Whatever the genre: musical theater, jazz, opera, pop, rock, etc. Jennifer can sing it! After working in the legal and banking world for about eight years, Jennifer decided to take the leap and transition into the world she loves most: music! Jennifer believes it was the best decision she has made for her career, as one of her philosophies in life is “do what you love”! Along with music, Jennifer is very active in the Atlanta theater scene; she almost always has a show or gig on her calendar. Some of her favorite credits include: Olga/Trimmerback in The Women, The Witching Hour at Onstage Atlanta, Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show, Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Maman/Chinese Teacup/Dragonfly in L’enfant et Les Sortileges, Opening Ceremonies (Canadian National Anthem) for Maccabi Games. Jennifer is elated to be opening the very first Bach to Rock in the great state of Georgia. She looks forward to spreading her love and passion of music to this wonderful community.
Staff & Music Teachers
Emily B. is a teacher of voice, piano, violin, and Early Childhood music classes. Her earliest and fondest memories are singing old show tunes with her grandmother, a love which she has carried throughout her studies. Currently, she is enrolled at Kennesaw State University with a primary focus in voice. Her time here has afforded her many opportunities, such as starring in opera such as The Three Hermits as Sister Miriam, an adaptation of Mozart’s Idomeneo as Idamante as well as Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte as the Third Lady, and Rossini’s Cenerentola in the title role. She has served as assistant to the director of Kennesaw State University’s Chamber Choir and continues to participate in this auditioned ensemble. Emily has studied and performed opera in Verona, Italy through the summer intensive OperaViva!, a premier opera program which accepts only twenty participants nationally. She has performed in Handel's Messiah with the Kennesaw Statue University Orchestra, and serves as a choral scholar in Norman MacKenzie’s Trinity Choral Scholar Program, where she has sung in Schubert’s Mass in C. She carries this love of music into the classroom and studio, understanding that a love of music comes from teachers who share this same passion.
Jason C. teaches piano, drums, and Rock Band at Bach to Rock. Originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin, Jason has played drums for 22 years and piano for 14 years. Jason got his start by playing music in his church. He started on the drums then transitioned to the piano, initially learning songs by ear. By his freshmen year in college Jason started experimenting with music production and recording his own music. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communications, Jason moved to Minneapolis to pursue an Associate's Degree in Audio Engineering and Production. Throughout his college and post-graduate schooling, Jason excelled in his music theory classes, combining his ear training with formal music theory. After graduating with an A.A.S. in Audio Engineering and Production, Jason continued producing his own music and teaching students piano and drums. In 2013, Jason moved to Long Island, NY and became the music director at his church for 2 years. Currently, Jason is living in Atlanta and playing keys and drums for his church’s worship team. Jason is excited to share his love and passion he has for music onto his students!
Josiah H. teaches guitar, piano, voice, rock band, and early education classes at B2R! He began playing for his church’s worship team at 14 years old and his passion has led him to pursue music ever since. After touring with his worship band in 2013, Josiah completed his BA in Music Performance at Visible Music College. Shortly after graduating, he married his wife, and the two traveled the country busking and living out of their van for three months before temporarily settling down in Dallas, Texas.
Recently, Josiah has taken a leap of faith, leaving his home church in North Carolina (and subsequently stepping down from his position as their worship director) to chase his dreams in an area of greater opportunity, here in Alpharetta. Outside of the classroom, he pursues his passion of film score composition with vigor and enjoys luthier work, both building and repairing an array of instruments (most recently restoring a nearly 400-year-old violin built by Antonio Stradivari’s apprentice). His greatest influences include Howard Shore, John Williams, and Leeland Mooring.
Nancy G. is one of our owners and teaches piano and Early Education at Bach to Rock. She took classical piano lessons for 11 years growing up, eventually studying with Mary Boyd, accompanist for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in New York. Nancy has her Masters in Elementary Education and taught 3rd and 4th graders for 20 years in the Central New York public school system. Nancy has always incorporated music into her curriculum and classroom lessons; whether it was Native American flute and Classical music for Writing, African Drum and Mariachi music for World Studies, or Rock N Roll and Dance music for recess! Nancy listens to music every day, loves to sing in her car and likes to make up new lyrics for familiar songs when singing around her house. Her favorite musical genres to listen to are New Age, World Music, and Chill. Nancy thinks "A day without Music is like a day without sunshine"!
Preston S. teaches guitar, bass, and piano at Bach to Rock. As a native of Roswell, GA, Preston attended Roswell North, Crabapple Middle, and Roswell High School. Preston is a graduate of both Auburn University (War Eagle!) and the Atlanta Institute of Music. Since graduating from Atlanta Institute of Music in 2011, Preston has been teaching guitar, bass, and piano full time to students of ALL ages! When not teaching music, Preston loves to study music, including harmonic theory, composition, improvisational techniques, and songwriting. In addition to guitar, bass, and piano, Preston loves to play banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and the drums. Preston is inspired and influenced by just about style of music, including but not limited to Rock n Roll, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Bluegrass/Country, and R&B.
Randi S. teaches Voice and Early Childhood classes at Bach to Rock. She grew up in Lakewood, Colorado but currently resides in Lawrenceville. Randi has received a Bachelors in Vocal Performance from Columbus State University and recently earned her Masters in Vocal Performance from Mercer University. During her studies, she was given many opportunities to teach voice, aural training, and music theory while serving as a Graduate Assistant for Music Theory and Musicianship at Mercer University. Randi was also fortunate enough to be chosen to participate in the Future Music Educators Colloquium at the GMEA Conference where she was able to take classes with some of the best music educators in the state. Randi has participated in a number of both opera and musical theater productions. Some of her personal favorites are L’Elisir d’Amore (Donizetti), The Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert and Sullivan), and Oklahoma! (Rodgers and Hammerstein). Currently, Randi is writing her own music and volunteering her skills at her church. Randi is so excited for the opportunity to expose young minds to the power of music and ignite a passion for this beautiful art. Randi’s favorite artists/composers include Alban Berg, Queen, Imagine Dragons, Alan Menken, Adele, and Elīna Garança.
Shawn J. has been involved in the performing arts since he was ten, when he accidentally stumbled into a leading role in a class play. After seeing the film Tommy when he was 15, he picked up the guitar and never looked back. Now 31, he has spent the last sixteen years broadening his musical scope to include bass, drums, piano, and a host of other instruments. He has a BA in Guitar Performance from North Georgia College & State University, and prides himself in his experience playing most genres of popular (and not-so-popular) music. His favorites are prog rock and jazz, but he also has a healthy love for classic rock, soul/R&B, and hip-hop.
Zac L. teaches guitar, bass, cello, piano, drums, mandolin, banjo, voice, ensemble performance, and recording at Bach to Rock. He is an Alpharetta native but holds degrees in film scoring and music composition from New York University and the University of Michigan, respectively. His compositions have won national awards including the ASTA Merle J. Isaac prize, Abundant Silence Publishing, and ASCAP. His film music has been heard at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, New York News Doc Festival, Cannes, and Tribeca Film Festivals. His concert music has been played around the world and by different ensembles including the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Latitude 49, and the New York Composers Ensemble, and members of the Yale School of Music. He has been a featured composer at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Fresh Inc. Festival in Chicago. As a producer, Zac has recently completed works for clients in New York and Los Angeles including Alethea’s debut album “Light At The End of The Road.” He is classically trained in cello and voice having attended both GMEA All State Choir and Governors Honors Program, although he began playing guitar self-taught at the age of five. Some of his biggest musical influences include Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, W. A. Mozart, Steely Dan, Fiona Apple, Stevie Wonder, Esperanza Spaulding, Thelonious Monk, Maurice Ravel, Guiilame De Machaut, and Igor Stravinsky. Zac Lavender is currently published through Abundant Silence Publishing and Bird Castle Music Group.
- Individual instruction with proprietary curriculum
- Students are motivated by playing with others in a band
- A band builds teamwork, develops social skills, fosters self-esteem and leads to lasting friendships.
- Everyone learns faster playing music they like
- Students are motivated to learn when they see early results
- Introducing very young children to music supports cognitive development and motor skills.
- A well-balanced music education consists of Music Theory, Technique and Repertoire.
- Students learn faster playing music they like.
- Simplified versions of modern songs allow students to see results more quickly.
- Audio recordings of each simplified arrangement are available to students. This allows them to hear how their part should sound.
- Lessons are catered to the needs of each student's learning style.