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
Randi A., Assistant Director, 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.
Austin D. picked up a guitar one day in middle school and could not put it down after listening to classic rock for the majority of his young life. Since then, he has been playing at churches and writing music for his own rock/metal projects. Aside from playing the guitar, Austin also developed a love for music production. He attended the Art Institute of Atlanta for Audio Production where he honed his production skills. From here, Austin began recording, mixing, and mastering for artists in the Athens/Atlanta area. Some of his favorite bands include Alter Bridge, AC/DC, Tesseract and Periphery. Austin teaches guitar, bass, drums, and rockband at Bach to Rock!
Ben teaches saxophone, clarinet, trombone, trumpet guitar, piano, and flute. At the age of 11, he was introduced to the saxophone in band and has since fallen in love with performing and teaching music to students of all ages. A certified music educator, he received two bachelor degrees from Appalachian State University: in music performance and music education. While at Appalachian State, he performed solo and in a wide range of ensembles from wind ensemble, saxophone quartet, woodwind choirs, orchestra, jazz band, a pit musician for various musicals, and performed in funk and jazz combos. He has taught 6-12 band, has counseled at App’s Cannon Music Camp, and continues to perform as a clarinetist for Tara Winds here in Atlanta, Georgia.
Lucy G. teaches voice and Early Education classes at Bach To Rock! 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 she was 3 years old! As a child, Lucy took voice, dance, and acting classes with the Suwannee Academy of The Arts and eventually transition to private voice lessons. Throughout high school and college, Lucy performed in all of her schools' choral and theater productions. In college, Lucy was an active participant of the Concert Choir and Hilltop Singers and was Vice President and President of the Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honors society. Since her college graduation, Lucy has volunteered with the Atlanta Children's Theater's summer camps and completed a year-long internship at Actors Express as an acting Intern for their 29th season. Some of Lucy's favorite roles/credits have been: Martha in Spring Awakening, Paulette in Legally Blonde, Little Stone in Eurydice, The Evil Stepmother/Jack's Mother in Into the Woods, Betty in The Crucible, BeBe in A Chorus Line, and Carrie in Carrie. She is super excited to join the team at B2R and share her love and passion for music with her students!
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"!
Tommy S. teaches Saxophone, Recorder, Cello, Early Education, and Drums at B2R Alpharetta. Since his music debut on the recorder in the 4th grade, he’s expanded the grasp of his passion to Cello and Drums in the 6th grade, Saxophone in the 7th grade, and even to singing in musical theater in the 10th grade. As a recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and Semper Fidelis of Music, he is currently studying Jazz Woodwinds at Kennesaw State University. Tommy loves all genres of music, but is most passionate about funk bebop Jazz.
- 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.