Academy of Arts

Rhonda Armstrong, Voice

Katherine Crivello, Violin

Katherine Crivello is a senior violin performance major at Belhaven University studying under professor Song Xie. Prior to attending Belhaven University, Katherine studied under Joy Brown Wiener, concertmaster of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra from 1956-1992. Katherine, who has been playing violin for over 17 years, served in the Germantown Youth Symphony Orchestra from 2013-2015 and as co-concertmaster in 2015. Katherine has further enhanced her training at classical music festivals, including MasterWorks Festival and Prizm International Chamber Music Festival, where she studied under violinist Paul Roby, associate principal second violin of the Philadelphia Orchestra. During her college career, Katherine has served with the Belhaven University Orchestra and First Baptist Jackson Orchestra. Katherine teaches in the Academy of Arts and group violin in the Studio of Sarah Walker.

As the daughter of an elementary school teacher, Katherine has captured a love for training young minds and souls, and she is excited for this opportunity to ignite joy and a love for music in her students. She believes that as a Christian, it is her privilege to share her God-given talent with others and desires to share Christ’s love through the gift of music.

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!” –Psalm 95:1

Allison Forst, Clarinetist

With 15+ years of playing experience, clarinetist, Allison Forst, began teaching clarinet lessons during her studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2017. From providing individual private lessons and working with small groups of young, beginner clarinetists to coaching a college clarinet quartet group, Ms. Forst has worked with clarinetists in both individual and group settings.When not playing her clarinet, Ms. Forst teaches music to special needs children, preschool through high school, in the Madison County Public School District. She also has a certification in clarinet repair and has been performing minor and overhaul clarinet repairs since 2016.

While studying music, Ms. Forst was a member of the Mississippi College Jazz Band, the Southern Miss Wind Ensemble, and the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra. She was the clarinet section leader for the Mississippi College Wind Ensemble and performed in clarinet choirs and chamber groups. For the past 6 years, Ms. Forst has been performing with the Mississippi Community Band and the Mississippi Wind Symphony. She has also enjoyed performing in pit orchestras such as Mississippi College’s “Into the Woods,” and St. Joseph Catholic School’s “Wizard of Oz.”

Ms. Forst received her education from Mississippi College in 2015, earning a bachelor’s degree in music education. Throughout her education, Ms. Forst has studied with clarinet teachers such as Judy Dodson, Jackie McIlwain - the applied clarinet professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, and Kenneth Graves - the principal clarinetist for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.

Meagan Gautier, Guitar

Meagan Gautier, an experienced acoustic and electric guitar player, has led worship music bands since the age of 12. Meagan frequently plays the guitar in both solo and band settings. She has played lead guitar for Jackson Academy’s show choir band, Showtime, as well as Jackson Academy’s chapel band. 

Meagan is a long-time student of Dan Confait and has studied under professional contemporary Christian artists during the summers at Camp Electric in Nashville, Tennessee. As a frequent vocalist at First Baptist Jackson, Meagan often accompanies herself on guitar. Most recently, Meagan shared her love for the acoustic guitar while teaching guitar lessons in Haiti as part of a First Baptist Jackson mission team. Meagan is also an accomplished vocalist and plays the piano. Currently, she is a student at Jackson Academy. She plans to pursue a degree in worship music and children’s ministry.

Eva Hart, Voice

Eva Aultman Hart holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education from Mississippi College and a Master of Music degree from the University of Mississippi, as well as, having additional post Masters degree work from there.

She has worked extensively with the Southern Baptist Convention serving as soloist, ensemble member, pianist for MANY convocations, television productions, and crusades. Mrs. Hart has done professional summer stock in Fort Worth, Texas, and at theaters in Cape Cod. 

She has been on the music staff at First Baptist Church of Jackson since 1974 serving as pianist. She currently assists with the direction of the Sanctuary Choir, directs The Reflections Senior Adult Choir, directs the Student Worship Arts Choir, and teaches private voice. 


Ambrielle Harris - Percussion, Piano

Ambrielle Harris is currently in her fourth year of college studies. She attended Millsaps College for her freshman and part of her sophomore year, studying Studio Art, Theatre, and Music before transferring to Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in an online program to focus more specifically on her art studies. She works part time as a graphic designer for Gator Grafix in Gluckstadt, Mississippi.

She has studied piano under Betty Jean Patterson for eleven years. In high school, she studied percussion intensely under the direction of Michael Baker and Justin Harvison, acting as the marimba captain all four years she was in the Championship winning band. Developing a strong love for percussion, she continued her studies independently after graduating high school, totaling eight years of percussion experience.

To continue in her love of music, she has accepted many opportunities to play and teach in the Jackson area. She joined the First Baptist Jackson Orchestra during her freshman year of college, and during her time there, she has played flute and percussion for Carols by Candlelight, as well as piano during Keyboards at Christmas. The last three years, she has played keyboard for Jackson Academy Middle School’s Show Choir and flute for Jackson Academy High School’s Theatre. In 2017, she had the privilege of working with the St. Joe High School Marching band, writing the drumline music for their show and teaching at their summer band camp. Her time in these organizations has only worked to reinforce her love for music and teaching.

Tammy Luke - Violin, Viola, Fiddle

Tammy Mason Luke received her early training in the Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra as a student of Mickey Davis and Robert McNally. After graduating from Wingfield High School, she attended Arizona State University where she was awarded a bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education and went on to receive a master’s degree in viola performance with an emphasis on Suzuki violin at Northern Arizona University.

In addition, Mrs. Luke is a core member of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and teaches strings in the MSO string program. She also serves as all city co-coordinator and conductor of the Jackson Public School District’s String Orchestra Program and a long time member of the First Baptist Jackson Sanctuary Orchestra.  Mrs. Luke is the director of Kidd Fiddler’s Suzuki Strings group that performs in various venues:  First Baptist Church of Jackson Thankful Christmas, St. Dominic’s Hospital, various assisted living facilities and nursing homes, and 2018 Jackson Airport Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.  Mrs. Luke was a conductor of the Mississippi Youth Symphony Cadet Orchestra for several years.

Mrs. Luke is a certified Suzuki violin and Mark O’Connor American Music system instructor in the Vicksburg Holy Trinity of Fine Arts program, First Baptist Church Academy of Arts, and Mississippi Talent Education Association.  Mrs. Luke has served as a clinician in several Suzuki institutes including the 2006 Greater New Orleans Suzuki Summer Institute. She conducted in the 2018 Mississippi Symphony Premier String Orchestra Camp, has taught Jackson Prep summer strings program and has adjudicated at the prestigious MMTA festival at Blue Mountain College. She continues to explore educational avenues by attending clinics and conferences: 2018 American String Teachers conference, 2014 Charleston Mark O’Connor Camp, 2012 40th Suzuki of Americas Conference, 2012 New Orleans Suzuki Clinic, 2011 CICA Suzuki Clinic, 2011 to 2008 American String Teachers Association Conference, and 2010 Greater Washington Suzuki Institute.  She is an alum of Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, Sewanee Music Camp in Tennessee, and Meadowmount School of Music in New York.

Rebekah Miller - Cello

Rebekah Grace Miller, graduated with a degree in cello performance major from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi in May 2019.  Rebekah's love for cello and classical music is exhibited through solo and string quartet work, ensembles, orchestral engagement as principal chair with the Belhaven University Orchestra and the First Baptist Jackson Sanctuary Orchestra.  She also plays regularly with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Rebekah is the cellist for the Belhaven String Quartet which won the Mississippi State MTNA competition and went on to win third place in the Southestern Division MTNA competition held in Lynchburg, Virginia in January 2018. 

During her years at Belhaven University, Rebekah twice soloed with the Mississippi All-State String Orchestra, and awarded an Exemplary String award. Most recently, she was recognized as the Exemplary Musician and Performer at Belhaven University. This award acknowledges both her skill and her work as a performer, as well as her Christian character and influence both inside and outside the classroom. In February 2019, Rebekah received the Kingdom Transformation Award during the 2019 Belhaven University Honors Convocation and won the 2019 Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs competition. Twice she participated in the Premier Orchestral Institute and was in 2019 a participant in the MasterWorks Festival and was selected to perform in the Honors Recital.

A long time student of Nancy Bateman,  Rebekah has studied and played the cello for over thirteen years with true passion and zeal to hone this craft in her own playing as well as the playing of her students.  Rebekah's training has included numerous master classes, competitions, participation in the Premier Orchestral Institute, as well as, in the Mississippi All State Orchestra.

Noelani Perry - Violin

Noelani Perry is a junior Violin Performance major at Belhaven University. Beginning her violin adventure at the age of 4, Noelani has since then accumulated a wide variety of experience from the 15th+ years spent as both a performer and professional musician while having simultaneously cultivated a growing passion as a violinist and to use her gift to minister to others.  
Before coming to Belhaven, Noelani had served in the Hendersonville Youth Symphony (HSYO) from 2015-2017, serving as concert mistress from 2016-2018. There she participated in an exclusive ensemble group named, "CODA" which gained her the privilege of not only playing alongside the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra (HSO) but also together hold solo performances at numerous HSO galas, fundraisers, and community events. In 2017, Noelani had the distinct pleasure of performing the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto with the HYSO, afterward being given the "Most Outstanding Musician" award. This award acknowledged both her skill and her dedication in her striving for musical excellence. The same year she also soloed with the Piedmont Chamber Orchestra (PCO) in a performance of the Vivaldi Concerto in D major alongside Mary Irwin, concertmistress of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra and Noelani's tutor from 2010-2018.  
Since graduating from her homeschool studies at 16 years old, Noelani has pursued a career as a professional musician by becoming a member of the Belhaven University Orchestra and the First Baptist Jackson Orchestra. She has also been playing regularly with the Mississippi Symphony since she was 17. Noelani has further enhanced her training with masterclasses, competitions, and classical music festivals including the Premier Orchestral Institute (POI) and also the MasterWorks Festival (MWF) wherein 2018 and '19 she was chosen to perform in their esteemed Honors Recital.  
Over the years, Noelani has been given the privilege of studying under an array of skillful and distinguished musicians such as Nicholas Tavani, Gert Kumi, and Brandon Ironside. With her varied musical accomplishments, Noelani desires to be a role model for other young people of color who desire to become a classical musician. Her love and passion for the violin propel her to not only reach her personal professional goal as a violinist but to be an advocate for the importance of diversity in this field of expertise.
Noelani currently studies with Mr. Song Xie at Belhaven University.

Cristan Trexler - Violin, Viola

Cristan is a rising junior violin performance major at Belhaven University studying under Orofessor Song Xie. Prior to entering Belhaven University, Cristan studied under Sveltlana Kaltchenko and Katie Gilbert in Tupelo, Mississippi. She has been playing violin for over 10 years and viola for 2 years. She was concertmaster for her orchestra in Tupelo and participated in Belhaven's All-State Orchestra for 3 years. I

During her time at Belhaven, Cristan has played in both the Belhaven Symphony Orchestra and the First Baptist Jackson Orchestra. In addition to the Academy of Arts, Cristan also teaches with Nancy Bateman in her studio at First Presbyterian Day School. 

Cristan has always enjoyed teaching, spreading the love of God through music. 

"Music is the one thing from Heaven we have in Earth, and the one thing from Earh we take to Heaven" - Landor