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.
Barbara, Administrative Assistant, grew up overseas in Japan and Thailand but currently resides in Roswell. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Georgetown University in Government/National Security Studies. She served in the United States Army for 20 years. Barbara loves music and has studied classical piano since the age of 4. She currently plays the piano with the Cross of Life Lutheran Church contemporary service band. She is very excited to assist Bach to Rock achieve its vision of engaging young people in music in transformative and innovative ways. Barbara’s favorite artists/composers include Beethoven, Bernstein, Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, Billy Joel, Elton John, Barbra Streisand, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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!
Ashlee V. is an accomplished singer/songwriter/pianist from New York. After 15 years in the music industry, Ashlee has performed at venues such as Madison Square Garden, CBS's Star Search, Showtime at the Apollo, Good Day New York, and many more. She is the songwriter/vocalist of the theme song for Zylie the Bear, with advertisements that have been broadcast on RadioDisney. Ashlee is also the co-owner of her company Bad Mood Cure Music LLC, and is residing in Atlanta, GA. She is pursuing her bachelor's degree in Audio Production at the Art Institute of Atlanta, graduating in June of 2018. As a music teacher, Ashlee wishes to translate her experience into well-developed skill sets for her students that wish to break into the music industry or just want to have fun learning about music!
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!
Miles W. teaches guitar, bass, piano, and ukulele at B2R Alpharetta. He studied guitar at Georgia Southern University but is originally from Roswell, Georgia. Miles began playing music in elementary school; after bass, he quickly picked up a guitar and then starting playing piano in college! While attending college, Miles is familiar with a wide variety of styles and genres (Rock, Jazz, Hip-hop, Funk, Pop, R&B, Blues, Classical, etc), but is most heavily influenced by The Beatles. Miles has played guitar/bass/piano in several touring bands over the past decade and has shared the stage with so many great up and coming local artists all over the Southeast. In addition to touring, he has recorded 2 full albums, and several EPs. Mile has also performed in multiple stage productions with the Averitt Center for the Arts: "The Rocky Horror Show," "Chicago," and "Jesus Christ Superstar" Miles looks forward to teaching his students the joys of playing and sharing music with the rest of the world.
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"!
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.