INSTRUCTORS
Brannon Littleton -- Director & Piano/Vocal Instructor

Brannon  was born and raised in Alabama.  He attended God's Bible School and College, University of Montevallo, and Amridge University and earned degrees in music, religion, and human development.  For the past 15 years he has served as vocalist, accompanist, composer and church music director. His music experience is comprised of classical, gospel, blues/swing, country and pop. When not teaching at his studio, Brannon enjoys cooking, hiking,  bowling, and reading on history and politics.  

Derek Carnley -- Guitar Instructor

Derek has been playing guitar for several years and holds a Bacherlors Degree Music Education in Guitar from Faulkner University.  He considers himself a fast learner who loves music and wants to inspire the next generation with the love of music.   Derek says, “Some of the most influential people have been my music teachers; they and the lessons they taught are what got me through hard times. Thus, I am very enthusiastic about the chance to teach.   His main instrument is guitar -- classical or jazz -- but he also plays saxophone and percussion and his actively involved in composition work.  People say of him that his biggest strength is being encouraging to others. 

Jenny Chong --  Piano Instructor 

Jenny was born in south Korea and moved to Alabama at a Young age. She started piano when she was 4 years old and has been performing in multiple recitals and competitions throughout her early years. She graduated from Auburn University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in piano performance. As much as she loves performing, she is also passionate about teaching students and willing to inspire them and expand their knowledge in music.

Randall Smith - Piano Instructor 

Randall Smith has lived a life revolving around music. He became a church pianist in his early teens, leading to a 40 year career as a musician. Along with a BS in Music from Troy University, he has accumulated over 25 years experience  teaching piano and music appreciation.  He works equally well with beginners and seasoned players.   It is his strong desire to inspire in others the same life-long passion for music that has motivated his entire life.  
Shoronda Charles -- Violin, Viola, & Cello Instructor

Born and raised in Montgomery, AL, Shoronda recalls always having a love for music. Her passion was truly ignited once she was introduced to the violin at the age of 10. Since then, Shoronda has completed a Bachelors of Arts in Music from Alabama State University and a Masters in Music Education from Jackson State University. No matter how far she traveled, her main goal was always to come back to Montgomery & teach strings in her hometown. "Playing the violin has afforded me with wonderful opportunities, an avenue for continued education and lifelong connections and friendships with so many amazing musicians. My goal is to introduce students to all of the places that music can take them, just as it was once done for me."

Esther Hart -- Violin Instructor
Esther has accumulated nearly 15 years experience studying and playing the violin. Beginning her violin studies at age 10, she quickly honed her skills to earn her membership with the  Montgomery Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Alabama All-State Orchestra and later the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, where she currently serves as the assistant concertmaster.  She has lent her violin skills to multiple productions, including Phantom of the Opera, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma, Annie, and many others.  She also serves as a wedding violinist and an accomplished church pianist.  She is currently studying under violinist Sven Stucke.
Jim Lambert -- Guitar Instructor
Jim developed a passion for guitar 16 years ago with electric guitar. When he was 19 he decided he wanted to take his passion for music to the next level and joined the Troy University music program with emphasis on Classical guitar. Here, he was involved in several programs including the Troy University Guitar Ensemble, Troy University Studio Rhythm section, and Troy University Collegiate Choir, as well as several solo recitals. While in college, Jim also decided to join The Park Band as lead guitarist and has been playing with them for the past 9 years. These experiences have helped Jim appreciate and expand his knowledge of all styles of music. Jim is eager to share what he has learned and help others on their musical journey.
Jonathan Young--  Piano, Bass Guitar, & Drum Instructor

Jonathan was raised in Athens, AL where he developed a passion for music at a very early age. He began to play at church at the age of 10 and formed his rock band at age 11. At Athens High School, he served as the drummer for the jazz band for four years and continued to play in numerous bands as a drummer and a bass player. After high school, Jonathan went to Troy University, where he studied piano and played bass in the studio rhythm section. In 2009, he joined the Park Band as the bass player, and after 6 years at that position, he switched to drums, where he serves now. He is currently continuing his music education at Huntingdon College.

Robert Hoit--  Clarinet & Saxophone Instructor
Robert is from Montgomery, AL.  He received his Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory and his Master of Music from Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. He has an extensive performance background having spent the last 14 years playing in a professional orchestra.  During this time he was the Associate professor of clarinet in a university as well.   In addition to his classical playing, Robert has also performed in big bands, combos, and traditional jazz settings.  He is equally at home playing both the classical and jazz.  He has performed with Il Divo, José Carreras, Placido Domingo, Miguel Bose, Alondra de la Parra and has recorded music for television shows. His former students have gone on to become professional musicians in their own right and he is looking forward to helping clarinet and saxophonist in Montgomery achieve the highest musical goals. 
Dr. Michael Huff  Trumpet Instructor

Dr. Michael Huff serves as Associate Professor of Music at Troy University where he teaches trumpet, brass methods and works with the band program.  Dr. Huff has earned degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the Eastman School of Music and the Catholic University of America. He has studied trumpet with Charles Daval, Langston Fitzgerald, Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer and Walter Chesnut.Prior to his appointment at Troy University, he taught in a similar capacity at Mississippi State University.  Dr. Huff performs as second trumpet with the Mobile Symphony, fourth trumpet with the Pensacola Symphony and third trumpet with the Meridian Symphony. 

Office Staff
Hannah Hendry  Administrative Assistant

Hannah was born in Biloxi, MS and has been raised in Alabama for most of her life.  The piano has become her passion and playing and teaching it has become her goal for her future.  She has studied piano for over ten years and she is serves as an accompanist at her church and has been apart of the MSoM staff since 2017.  She is currently working toward degrees in early child hood development and music.   When not working at MSOM, Hannah enjoys spending time with her family, studying and playing piano at her church.