Lucy Gross is Director of Operations and Senior Music Educator at Bach to Rock Alpharetta. Lucy is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre. Lucy has been involved in the performing arts since the age of 3. As a child, Lucy studied voice, dance and acting at the Suwanee Academy of The Arts and eventually transitioned to private voice lessons. Lucy performed in every one of her school’s choral and theater productions throughout high school and college. She was also an active participant of several choirs and served as Vice President and President of the Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honors society. In Atlanta, Lucy has volunteered with the Atlanta Children's Theater's summer camps and completed a year-long internship at Actors Express. Lucy has played multiple roles in her theatre career, including Paulette in Legally Blonde, The Evil Stepmother in Into the Woods, BeBe in A Chorus Line, and Carrie in Carrie. In addition to her duties as Director, Lucy specializes in voice instruction, maintaining an invitation-only voice studio, and leads our Early Education Department at the school.
Staff & Music Teachers
Haley Skipper is Director of Sales and Marketing and Senior Music Educator at Bach to Rock Alpharetta. Haley attended the Boston Conservatory and University of Montevallo, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre. A seasoned teacher, performer and director, Haley has worked with many schools and theatre companies in the Southeast, including Tony Award-winning Red Mountain Theatre Company, The Cultural Alliance, and UAB's ArtPlay. Haley has studied under multiple esteemed educators, has won many awards including Best Female Soloist at National Showstoppers and Best Female Soloist for Musical Theatre at Walter Trumbauer Theatre Competition, and was nominated for the prestigious national Irene Ryan award for her work as Cathy in The Last Five Years. Haley specializes in voice instruction, maintaining an invitation-only voice studio of promising young vocalists in addition to her position as Director.
Austin Dykes is Facilities Manager, Assistant Director and Senior Music Educator at Bach to Rock Alpharetta. Having listened to classic rock for the majority of his life, Austin decided to pick up a guitar one day in middle school and hasn’t put it down since! Today, Austin plays at churches in the Atlanta/Athens area and writes music for his own rock/metal projects. Aside from playing the guitar, bass and drums, Austin has developed a love for music production, attending the Art Institute of Atlanta for Audio Production where he honed his production skills. Austin has been recording, mixing, and mastering for artists in the Athens/Atlanta area for over 5 years, and manages the B2R Alpharetta Recording Studio, where he records and produces local musicians and student performances. His Pro Tools summer camp program is in High Demand! The bands that have influenced Austin include Alter Bridge, AC/DC and Tesseract. Austin specializes in guitar, bass and drum instruction at B2R Alpharetta.
Josh Rosenkranz is a Senior Music Educator at Bach to Rock Alpharetta. Josh started his musical journey in middle school with the saxophone, and today he specializes in playing and teaching guitar and bass. Josh has performed extensively in symphonic bands, jazz bands, and rock/metal bands throughout the Atlanta area. Josh also tours the country with his church as worship leader on mission trips and manages his church’s facilities and praise bands. Josh's influences include Alter Bridge, Tremonti, Periphery, and Elevation. Josh specializes in guitar, bass and saxophone instruction at the school.
Brianna S., Music Educator, specializes in strings, piano and Early Education instruction at Bach to Rock Alpharetta. She has been playing the violin and viola for 10 years and is a senior at Kennesaw State University School of Music. She is pursuing her Bachelors of Arts degree with a concentration in music composition. When not attending class or teaching at B2R, Brianna supports the KSU Music Lab as Lead Assistant. Brianna started playing violin in sixth grade after being inspired by a violinist duo called “Nutin But Stringz” who were competing on the TV show America’s Got Talent and has completely fallen in love with all things strings. Brianna loves introducing young students to the magic of stringed instruments and how these classical instruments can be at home in today’s contemporary music.
Mary K. is a music educator at Bach to Rock Alpharetta, specializing in keyboard and wind instruments. Mary was born and raised in northern Indiana, receiving a Bachelors of Music Education from Butler University in Indianapolis. Mary was classically trained as a pianist, along with studying trombone under the instruction of John Bart, bass trombonist of the Indianapolis Symphony. Her life in music began at the age of 6 on piano and in 5th grade on trombone. She loves all things jazz and progressive rock and to discover new music. Mary is new to the Atlanta area (and Georgia in general) and looks forward to connecting with more musicians and educators of all levels as she begins her chapter of teaching and performing here.
Michael S. is a music educator specializing in drums and band. After piano lessons as a child, he began learning percussion through middle school band and private lessons. He developed a love for musical excellence as a member of the National Champion Lassiter High School Band. At Georgia Tech, he was drumline section leader for the marching band, and performed rock, pop, and funk standards on drum set with the basketball pep band. He has performed with the Falcons Band, Fabrefaction Theater Company, and played drums in several churches in gospel, contemporary, and Latin styles. He also enjoys playing the folk harp. Michael began teaching private drum lessons in 2006. He later completed the post-graduate Transition to Teaching Program at Appalachian State University in Middle Grades Education.
Sam G. is a music educator specializing in drum instruction. He started taking lessons at the age of 12, and he has studied under drum specialists such as Bill Bachman (world renowned specialist in hand technique), Steven Walker (percussion instructor at the University of North Georgia), and Tony Royster, Jr. (drummer for Katy Perry). Sam also has touring experience playing over 100 shows a year since the age of 19 with Athens based band, The Orange Constant. He has experience playing a range of genres such as Rock, Funk, Hip hop, Latin, Reggae, Jazz and Pop. Sam is passionate about passing on the knowledge he has learned from his teachers and experiences drumming.
Shelby B. is a music educator who specializes in voice. Shelby was born and raised in Central Illinois where she attended Illinois College to get her degree in Music Education. She fell in love with music from a young age and has been involved in choirs since age 11, voice studies since 15, and musical theatre since age 16. During college, Shelby was president of Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity and served as secretary for her college choirs. She has also participated in over 20 musicals through school and community theatre. Being an educator is a passion for Shelby, and she is excited to begin to work with students at Bach to Rock.
Zach A. is a music educator that specializes in guitar instruction. He began learning guitar at age 13 after hearing Led Zeppelin for the first time and subsequently became obsessed with the instrument, spending countless hours exploring scales, writing songs, and studying other compositions. Zach later branched into the world of classical and jazz music, drawing most of his inspiration and influence from those genres in his current mode of musical development. After attending Young Harris College and earning degrees in Religious Studies and Philosophy, Zach embarked on a solo acoustic performing career by playing in churches, restaurants, and several other types of venues. He typically maintains a busy weekend performance schedule traveling to different parts of Georgia to provide live musical entertainment. Zach is especially excited to share the depth of his passion for music with a generation of younger students. He believes that learning a musical instrument has a unique capacity to instill a sense of discipline, gratitude, consistency, dedication, and creativity that can palpably change the course of a student’s life for the better.
Cameron D., Music Educator, specializes in drums, piano, ukulele, guitar, and band at Bach to Rock Alpharetta! He received a Bachelors degree in Music Performance (Percussion) at Schwob School of Music as well as a minor in Audio Technology and a Composition Certificate. Having grown up surrounded by music, he has performed with church bands, acoustic bands, rock bands, concert bands, and orchestras. He has experience working at 5 high schools and middle schools as a percussion instructor and is eager to share musical knowledge and have fun!
Nancy Guinto is Owner and Senior Music Educator at Bach to Rock Alpharetta. Nancy is a classically trained pianist, studying with Mary Boyd, accompanist for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in New York. A lifetime educator, Nancy has a Masters in Elementary Education and taught elementary education for over 20 years in the New York State public school system. Today Nancy teaches early education classes at the school and maintains a small but select studio of promising young piano students. Nancy also helps our young teaching staff become better teachers by conducting regular training sessions throughout the year. As an educator, Nancy has always incorporated music into her curriculum and classroom teaching approach, whether it was Native American flute music for writing, African drum and mariachi music for World Studies, or rock n’ roll and dance music for recess! 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"!
Carmen Guinto is Executive Director/Owner of B2R Alpharetta. An entrepreneur at heart, Carmen is also a CPA, IT professional, and holds degrees in accounting, computer science and finance from the University of Georgia. He recently completed a 25-year career in IT and looks forward to spending more time at the school. Carmen has been inspired by music his entire life and plays bass guitar and sings at an amateur level. He hopes that some of the fabulous talent of the teachers and students at the school rubs off on him – just a little! Carmen’s musical influences run across multiple genres but centers on classic rock. Tom Petty, Genesis, Pat Metheny, Massive Attack and Gotan Project are some of his favorites.
- 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.