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. 

Elizabeth Clements --  Piano Instructor for Beginners
Elizabeth Clements, piano teacher
Having taught for several years in the Montgomery area, Elizabeth joined the MSoM team in spring 2015. She studied piano since age 8 and has enjoyed singing in choirs and playing for her church.  She recently completed her BA studies in psychology and music.  She  loves working with children and shares a deep passion for helping beginner students build solid piano skills that can last a life time. 

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.  

John Howard -Vocal & Drum Instructor

John Howard, voice/drum instructor

John is recently relocated from New Jersey to Montgomery and comes from a family of singers and musicians. He has a degree from Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ) in Classical Percussion and is currently the Choral Director at Lee High School here in Montgomery.  His musical roots and foundation in Gospel Music has allowed him to perform in several venues and also allowed him to expand musically to other musical genres. John loves to help bring the best out of people musically.

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."

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.
Hannah Hendry (student teacher)  Piano Instructor for Beginners
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.   
Austin Foster  Voice Teacher
Austin Foster (Tenor) is a native of Columbiana, Alabama, and a graduate of Samford University. He started singing at the age of 4, and continued to sing Southern Gospel music throughout the state of Alabama and the Southeast on into his teenage years, traveling with his dad and performing in venues that ranged from small country churches to large auditoriums. Austin took an interest in classical and choral music when he first attended Alabama All-State choir at Samford University his senior year of High School. He went on to attend Samford for the majority of his undergraduate career. During his time at Samford, Austin had the opportunity to sing roles such as Basilio in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and Prince Tamino from Die Zauberflöte. He is also well-versed in the art of the German song cycle, having sung works such as Die Schöne Müllerin and Dichterliebe. Austin plans to continue his studies in music as well as go on to receive a Master's degree in Speech Pathology. Austin believes that technique is the basic building block of all styles of music, and desires to share this belief and all he has learned with others.
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.

Melanie Richardson -- PianoInstructor

Her love of music began as a child.  At a very young age, she played piano, sang in her family Gospel group and played a little guitar. In fact, she comes from a family of great musicians and vocalist.  It seemed natural that she would major in music while in college.  She received her B.S. degree in Music from the University of Montevallo and has taught private piano lessons for a number of years. She also has had the pleasure of teaching public and private school secondary education for 32 years.    She is so happy to be a part of the Montgomery School of Music Family, and participating in her first love — teaching music. She says, “I hope you or your children will meet me here at MSOM as we take this delightful journey of music together.  I look forward to seeing you soon.”
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. 
Rachel Nozny  Flute Instructor
Rachel Nozny began playing flute at age 10 in her father’s instrument repair shop. Being part of a very musical family, she was exposed to the lifestyle of a professional musician early on and chose to pursue music as a career. Rachel started playing with the Mobile Symphony in 2015. She also performs with the Pensacola Symphony, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Symphonia Gulf Coast, Macon Symphony and Albany Symphony. Rachel holds a Bachelors of Music degree in Flute Performance from Mercer University and a Masters of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Kentucky. She studied with flutists Kathy Farmer, Kelly Via, Gordon Cole, and most recently with world-renowned soloist Carol Wincenc. Prior to moving to Alabama, Rachel served as Principal Flutist of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra from 2009-2012, with whom she was a featured soloist in 2012. While at the University of Kentucky she also performed on recordings with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Michael Colgrass and folk-music legend Arlo Guthrie. Rachel lives in Troy, AL where she is an adjunct instructor with an office next door to her husband, Brian. They have two cats and play way too many video games.
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
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Crystal Deforest  Office Manager

Crystal DeForest considers Montgomery, Alabama her hometown since she has lived in the city most of her life. She has over 15 years of working experience in a variety of administrative functions.  Her desire, however, is sharing values and mentoring others for achieving goals. She received her Bachelors in Management and Masters in Administrative Leadership. Her passion is helping others in the community of Montgomery, through her willingness to be apart of others and encouraging them to stay focused. Her hope is to continually be part of this community and help provide a service of integrity for people. When not working at MSOM, Crystal enjoys spending time with her family and serving others at her church. 

Hannah Hendry  Administrative Assistant