Jocelyn Simmermaker began taking piano lessons at age seven, following in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother, both talented pianists. She continued playing piano throughout college and was the pianist for a drama and music team in 2006. She graduated with her bachelor’s in Communication from Pensacola Christian College in 2008, followed by her master’s in Bible Exposition in 2010 from Pensacola Theological Seminary. After moving to the area, Jocelyn became a part of Victory Baptist Church in Thomasville, participating in the choir and helping with special music. In September 2011, she became the main pianist at the church, accompanying weekly for various soloists, small groups, teen and adult choirs, and the congregation. She also plays for community events, such as weddings and funerals, and has played for the Thomasville Rotary Club. Jocelyn began teaching private piano lessons in Thomasville in January 2013.
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Tom Whiddon has spent the past 35 years playing piano, conducting and musical directing Broadway tours throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. A native of Sparks, GA, Tom graduated magna cum laude with a B.Mus. degree in Piano Performance from Valdosta State College. Extremely active in various organizations, Tom received numerous awards, including Music Awards in his sophomore and senior years and the coveted Mac Award, given to the outstanding undergraduate throughout the college. He was nominated for a Danforth Scholarship and was listed in Who's Who in Colleges and Universities. After graduation, Tom completed 2 years of graduate work at Georgia State University and The University of Louisville. His major piano instructors were Dr. Ruth Anne Rich and concert and recording artists William Masselos, Lee Luvisi and Evelyne Crochet. Tom spent the next few years in New York City, coaching and playing for singers in studios at Julliard and Manhattan School of Music. During this period, Tom began to accompany auditions for musicals and made connections that eventually led to his theatre career. Since then he has worked with many of the best known directors, choreographers and conductors in New York. He has conducted shows for many stage performers, including Chita Rivera, Petula Clark, Richard Chamberlain, Jason Alexander, Martin Short and The Radio City Rockettes, not to mention hundreds of young, talented ensemble members and "stars-to-be". After a long career in the theatre world, Tom is happy to be back home in South Georgia and welcomes the opportunity to share his musical experience with the people of Thomasville.
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