School of Performing Arts Instructors 2018-01-14T19:55:59+00:00

Hannah McDowell has lived in Chattanooga, TN all her life. She is blessed with an amazing husband and two beautiful girls. Ms. McDowell has taught at Bayside SPA for 5 years, and before that, was a student of SPA! She has taught students of all levels and ages, and her passion is teaching piano and voice lessons.

She also assists in leading worship at Orchard Church, and is blessed to use her talents to glorify God. She currently has an album deal with Tate Music Group, and plans are set to record the album in the near future.

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Chris Coats began playing trumpet at the age of 10 and played in various orchestras, pep bands and marching bands throughout Middle and High School.  He graduated from Tennessee Temple University, being first trumpet in the University Band.   He has played in a touring brass ensemble in college, toured with a brass ensemble called the “German Brass”, and been a weekly performer for 3 years in upstate New York at a conference center.  He has taught private trumpet lessons for more than 10 years, and is the lead trumpeter and orchestra director at Bayside Baptist Church.

Loretta Dickson is in her third year at the School of Performing Arts and teaches theatre and communications for elementary, middle, and high school students. Before becoming a homeschool mom in 2012, Loretta was a full time substitute teacher for six years. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Cedarville University in 1998 with multiple minors including elementary and secondary education and Bible and has worked on and off stage for more than 30 years. Loretta has written, directed, and produced several full scale plays for a variety of ages and has performed in over 40 productions. It is her heart’s desire to teach children and teens to effectively communicate not just to entertain, but to draw others into the message of the Gospel.

Jami Killian is from Texas and has studied music at Tyler Junior College and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has made teaching others the value of music a passion and purpose. Jami has earned credits for teaching children with results through Moody Bible Institute. She has been a piano teacher at Bayside Baptist Church for 2 years.

Kevin Wnuk is the manager of the Computer Department at Baptist International Missions, Inc. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education at Tennessee Temple University in December 1993 and Masters Course in Microcomputers and Microprocessors the same year. He has taught music for 36 years in both Brazil and United States. Kevin has also performed in churches across North and South America. He worked four years in warranty repair for consumer electronic equipment. He enjoys collecting elements for the periodic table, astronomy, RC helicopters, and shooting. He lives with his wife and four daughters in Harrison, TN.

Sally Chandler has taught private voice and piano lessons over a span of 43 years, beginning in college to the present.  Her music degree is from Western Kentucky University where she participated in various vocal and instrumental groups.  She won awards for her vocal solos in regional and international contests.  Her career as a teacher continued as an elementary music teacher as well as private teacher. Her instrumental and vocal groups again were selected for state awards.  Presently, she is performing in the Chattanooga Senior Symphony, co-sponsor of the Junior Mozart Music Group, Member of the National Music Federation of Music Teachers, and Alpha Delta Kappa.

Ana Correa Garcia earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from La Salle University, subsequently working as a full-time elementary school teacher in Colombia. In 2001, she moved to the United States, where she took two years of English classes at UTC.

Ana married her husband, Andres, in 2003, and they have two beautiful boys, Adam (7) and Alejandro (3). They have lived in the Ooltewah area for the past 10 years, and are active members of the Chattanooga Triathlon Club. They attend Collegedale Community Church where she has been one of the leaders of the Kingdom Kids children’s program, as well as a member of the church choir.

She has worked at the Ford Center for Pain Management since 2003, where she has held various positions, just recently becoming part-time in order to spend more time with her family.

Flutist, Cindy Solfest-Wallis is blessed to be the director of Bayside SPA. She is on the music faculty at Lee University, Chattanooga State Community College, and Covenant College. She has also taught at Southern Adventist University, Tennessee Temple and Cadek Conservatory of Music. As a performer, she has worked with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, the Bach Choir Orchestra, Knoxville Opera and as a chamber musician in the Chattanooga area. Cindy also maintains a large private flute studio. From July of 2011 through August of 2015, she directed an informal chamber music series at the well-known Camp House in downtown Chattanooga, called Southside Casual Classics. This featured local musicians/ensembles in a casual setting where discussion of composers/pieces was encouraged.

While living in Wisconsin, Cindy was on the faculty of three universities as flute instructor and resident artist, performed as principal flute with Skylight Opera Theatre and Wisconsin Wind Orchestra, and performed frequently with the Milwaukee Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, and Bel Canto Choir and Orchestra, as well as other orchestras in southeastern Wisconsin. As a member of the WWO and others, she toured Europe (the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia) and can be heard on several recordings on the Marc Label. She was also founder and director of a chamber music school for several summers.