Academy About Us

About Us

The South End Fine Arts Academy at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church was established in September 2014 to train students to use their talents and to provide a positive and wholesome environment in which they may learn. We also believe our ministry is to reach beyond the walls of this church and into our community. 

We want to provide a place of quality music and arts instruction where anyone who is interested and has a desire to learn may come to begin or advance in their growth.

Instructors

Melissa Wisor

Academy Director

Handbell Teacher and Kindermusik Instructor

Growing up in a musical family, Melissa has been exposed to all types of music from an early age. She began taking piano at age three in the Suzuki program at the University of Tennessee and after a few years, began to focus more on the flute. Melissa studied advanced flute lessons privately from 4th grade through high school where she was the Drum Major for her marching band. She has also taught private flute lessons. Melissa has a heart for children and music and is excited about sharing her talents with the South End Fine Arts Academy. She currently serves as the children's choir director and adult handbell director for Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church where she is also involved in the church orchestra and adult choir.  Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Arts and Imagining from Appalachian State University and a minor in art.

David Bailes

Voice Instructor

David has worked with voice students and singers throughout his career as a minister of music.  He holds degrees from the University of Tennessee (BS in Music Education) and Southwestern Seminary (MCM in Church Music) with emphases in vocal and choral music.  Recent experience includes serving as an adjunct faculty member at Charlotte’s New Life Seminary where he has taught classes in vocal pedagogy.  David currently serves as minister of music at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church.

Meagan Balsom

Piano Instructor

Meagan received a BA in piano performance from Wingate University in 2012and a MM in piano performance from the University of South Carolina in 2014. She studied piano with Dr. Charles Fugo at USC where she also accompanied vocalists and instrumentalists and taught private piano through the Community Music Program. In addition to her studies, Meagan was also an active church musician in Columbia, South Carolina. While at Wingate, Meagan studied piano privately with Dr. Judy Foreman Hutton and was selected four consecutive years to participate in the Wingate University Honors Recital. Meagan was a member of the University Singers from 2008-2012 and also sang with the Women’s Choir, which she accompanied for two years. In 2010, she accompanied the NCMEA Middle School Honors Chorus in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Katie Butler

Dance Coordinator and Instructor

Katie Butler is excited to join South End Arts Academy as the dance coordinator and teacher. She has been dancing for a total of 21 years and has been teaching dance in various capacities for the past 6 years. Katie is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, musical theatre, lyrical, modern, contemporary, pointe, and improvisation. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education from University of North Carolina at Charlotte in December of 2012. Currently, she also teaches Middle School Dance in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system during the school day. Katie hopes to share her love for dance with others, and inspire creativity in all of her dancers.

Steve Chastain

Trumpet Instructor

Steve currently serves as first chair trumpet with Pritchard’s orchestra and with the Pritchard Brass. He has decades of experience in trumpet ranging from marching bands to positions with multiple church orchestras, regional community orchestras and wind ensembles. He has often performed as a soloist at local and private events and has provided trumpet instruction in a private setting to students of all ages.

Barbara Koenig

Violin Instructor

Barbara Koenig has been playing violin for over 35 years. She still remembers her mother taking her to her first Suzuki lesson as a young girl. Barbara enjoyed playing in her school orchestra, youth orchestra, and later in the UNCG orchestra during college. Now she enjoys playing at her church and recently, in Dr. William Dailey's Tribes and Nations concerts. She loves sharing the joy of music and looks forward to teaching others to do the same. 

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Matthew Rogers

Piano Instructor

Matthew Rogers began playing piano when he was five years old.  Throughout his childhood he participated in festivals such as the NFMC Piano Festival, performances, and completed over ten years of the National Piano Guild Auditions.  Matthew studied piano at the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University. There he studied with Dr. Bair Shagdaron and was also given the opportunity to play and perform in various music settings, including jazz and ensembles, bands, orchestra, and as an accompanist.  Matthew has been the organist for Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church since 2012.  For videos of Matthew playing, please visit his youtube page.

Taylor Rogers

Voice Instructor

Taylor graduated from Wingate University in May 2014 with a BA in Music and emphasis in Vocal Performance.  She studied piano for 8 years but started to focus on her singing, which she had been doing since a young age.  While at Wingate, Taylor landed 4 lead roles in 4 different operas: "Orpheus in the Underworld" as Minerva, "La Cenerentola" as Dandini, "Pirates of Penzance" as Ruth, and "Regrets Only" as Mrs. Pereau. She also performed in 3 main recitals which showcased a variety of repertoire.  Taylor joined the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte in August, 2014.  Taylor enjoys teaching because it brings out the joy and passion in each student she teaches.  Her hope is for each students to love music and grow up with the experiences she was blessed to enjoy. For videos of Taylor singing, please visit her youtube page.

Lori Williams

Piano Instructor

Music has been a major part of Lori's life since she began piano lessons at the age of 7 in Mint Hill. Lori has been teaching piano privately for over 20 years. One can easily tell when speaking with Lori that she has a teacher’s heart! She enjoys customizing lessons to meet each child’s specific learning style and needs. She writes, “I love working with children and helping them learn to appreciate music!” A favorite part of Lori’s recitals has long been “Our Songs,” a collection of songs her students compose and perform themselves. Lori’s specialty is beginner through intermediate level piano students. Currently she serves as pianist at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church. Lori holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UNC Chapel Hill. She also holds a professional membership with the National Federation of Music Clubs