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J.D. Frizzell
Director of Fine Arts
Director of Vocal Music


J.D. Frizzell, a composer, conductor, and baritone, is the Director of Fine Arts and Director of Vocal Music at Briarcrest. He earned the double Master's in Music Theory/Composition and Conducting from The University of Southern Mississippi, where he also earned the Bachelor's degree in Music History and Literature.  He is currently a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting at The University of Kentucky.

As the Director of the Fine Arts department, Mr. Frizzell is responsible for coordinating all Fine Arts programs (K2-12th grade).  He also serves as an advocate and school liaison for all of our outstanding visual, musical and dramatic arts at Briarcrest.  As the Director of Vocal Music, he teaches the Concert Choir, Honors Chamber Singers, and OneVoice. In addition, he teaches private voice lessons through the Briarcrest Conservatory and is the musical director for the high school musicals.

Mr. Frizzell, winner of the 2007 Intégrales Composition Contest, writes music for choir, orchestra, symphonic band, voice, handbells, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments.  With music published by many major companies, he has had best-sellers throughout the world.   In 2011, the board of the Tennessee Music Educators Association named him the Outstanding Young Music Educator of the Year.  He was also awarded the Dr. Clair E. Cox Award for Teacher Excellence.  In 2013, he was named one of Memphis' Finest Young Professionals by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for his philanthropic efforts.  He also volunteers as the President of the A Cappella Education Association.

His music can be found at www.cadenzaone.com and www.jdfrizzell.com


Jenna Fergus has been teaching High School Art at Briarcrest Christian School since fall 1999. She went back to college at the University of Memphis to earn a BFA in art education graduating Magna Cum Laude. 

 In the fall of 2011, Jenna received her Master's of Intercultural Studies from Union University. She is an active member of the National Art Educator’s Association. To her art is a not merely a subject to be studied, but a language to use to communicate deeply. She enjoys showing her mixed media works within her community and beyond. See her work on the Instructor's page.


Jenna Fergus
High School Visual Arts


Melody Weintraub
Middle School Visual Arts/Drama


Melody Weintraub is returning to Briarcrest Middle School where she formerly taught art and drama. She received her Master's of Art Teaching in Secondary Art Education with plans to complete her doctorate in education. Currently she is also an adjunct instructor in Art Education at The University of Memphis.  She has a decade of K-12 classroom art instruction experience in both private and public schools, over 20 years experience in community art instruction and has presented at National Art Education Association and Tennessee Art Education Conferences.

Weintraub has been published in several issues of School Arts Magazine and is the author/illustrator of the children’s book The Little Bluebird (2001) and illustrator of ABC’s for Teachers by Billie McDonald Jeffries (1993). Besides art, Melody’s hobbies also include acting. She can be seen in several television commercials and also appeared as the history teacher in the film, “The Blind Side.” Mrs. Weintraub’s favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 2:10 and she attends First Evangelical Church with her husband, Jeff.   See her work on the Instructor's page.


Elizabeth Parsons serves as the Vocal Music Assistant Director and the Assistant to the Fine Arts Director. Liz received her Bachelor's degree in piano performance from the University of Memphis. After graduating in 2002, Liz then served as the staff accompanist for the choral department at the University of Memphis until 2012. She has a strong background in collaborative piano and has accompanied many vocalists and instrumentalists in various performances on the collegiate level and also professional level, as well as accompanying numerous choirs throughout the city. Currently, Liz is the accompanist for the Memphis Symphony Chorus, playing for all rehearsals and assisting in leading rehearsals.

Prior to coming to Briarcrest, Liz served for eight years as the Director of Worship and Liturgy at All Saints Presbyterian Church, in midtown Memphis. She crafted the liturgy for each Sunday, as well as working with talented musicians from the congregation to lead God’s people in worship each week.

In addition to her responsibilities with the choirs at Briarcrest, Liz teaches private lessons through the conservatory. As a collaborative pianist and teacher, Liz’s passion is accompanying and enabling other musicians to make music to the best of his/her ability.


Liz Parsons 
Vocal Assistant Director and Assistant to the Fine Arts Director


Skip Quinn
Middle School Director of Bands 


Henry “Skip” Quinn has been a band director in the Memphis area for 33 years, the past 19 years at White Station Middle School. He feels very blessed to be joining the Briarcrest faculty.  He began his musical career as the Principal Tubist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra while attending Jacksonville University working on his Bachelor's of Music Education degree. He earned a Master's of Music Education degree from the University of Memphis. Skip’s bands have consistently received superior ratings at concert festivals all over the United States. They have been heard by some of the finest musicians and performed in some of the best venues in the country.  He is the author of the Memphis City Schools middle school band curriculum.

At Briarcrest, Skip directs the middle school bands and teaches AP Music Theory at the high school.  He keeps the band room open every school day until 4:00 p.m. to provide additional instruction and practice time for all middle school band students and in the summer, he offers individual and group lessons as well as a summer band camp.


Michael Parsons serves as the Director of Bands at Briarcrest Christian School. His responsibilities include directing an overseeing all instrumental music programs at BCHS including  HS Concert and Marching Bands, HS Indoor Drum Line, SoundScape, and the MS and HS Praise Bands. Michael holds a Master's of Music Degree in orchestral conducting along with a Bachelor's of Music Degree in percussion performance, both from the University of Memphis.

In addition to classical music, Michael has had a very active career in commercial music, performing with artist such as Keith Urban, Booker T and the M.G’s, and with the national/ international touring band, Sound Fuzion. Michael has performed in China, Germany, Venezuela, Scotland and throughout the U.S., including a performance at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York.

Michael has been an instrumental music teacher for 7 years and is also the founding music director & conductor of the Memphis Summer Music Festival hosted by the University of Memphis.


Michael Parsons
Director of Instrumental Music


Justin Pepper
Middle School Vocal Music
Conservatory Director


Justin Pepper joined the staff of Briarcrest Christian School in 2002 as a Vocal Music Instructor. He has been involved with both the middle school and high school, but now all of his time is specifically devoted to the Briarcrest Middle School Chorale and acts as the director of the Briarcrest Fine Arts Conservatory.

He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Education from The University of Mississippi. Justin continued his work at the University to complete his Master's degree in Music with emphasis in conducting and music education. Since moving to Memphis Justin has been involved with the Memphis Symphony Chorus, Second Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir, and is the co-director of the Memphis Children's Choir.

He is a member of MENC, American Choral Directors Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, and West Tennessee Vocal Music Educators Association.


Tonya Loyd has been at Briarcrest for four years teaching Elementary Art for PreK – 5th grade at her alma mater. Tonya discovered early on in her life that she had a God–given gift and a passion for art.

She is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art and worked as a graphic designer at an international chemical company for six years. Tonya has also taught children’s Sunday school at Whitten Memorial Baptist Church and served as Children’s Director and VBS director.

Tonya has done a variety of art in all kinds of media such as oil, acrylic, pastel, clay, paper mache, and pen & ink, but her most recent work is mainly personalized watercolor paintings. She publishes her own work and has several limited edition prints. She has been commissioned by several individuals, Mississippi State University’s Alumni Association, and Briarcrest Christian School.  See her work on the Instructor's page.


Tonya Loyd
Elementary Visual Arts


Cindy Thompson
East Memphis Art Teacher


Cindy Thompson is an elementary technology specialist for second through fifth grades at Briarcrest Houston Levee and East Memphis Elementary Schools. She also teaches Art at the East Memphis campus. Cindy graduated from University of Memphis, with a Bachelor of Science in Education K-8. She has been at Briarcrest off and on since 1974 as a student, teacher and a parent


Tamatha Holt was formerly the Orff Music Specialist, String Orchestra Director, and CAPA Chorus Director at Rozelle Creative and Performing Arts Elementary School.  Mrs. Holt received formal training in music starting at the age of 5 on violin, eventually added viola and piano. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University, and a Master of Music from Rutgers University.  She is currently a professional musician and performs regularly in the Memphis community and surrounding regions.

Mrs. Holt has performed with the Jackson, Tupelo, Paducah and Corinth Symphonies, and appears frequently in the orchestra for musicals at Playhouse on the Square and Circuit Playhouse. She has been an instructor and musical director for New Day Children’s Theater in Collierville, and the Summer Youth Conservatory through Pl.




Tamatha Holt
Elementary Music


Angela Norton
East Memphis Music Teacher


Angela Norton is the East Memphis Elementary Guidance Counselor and K2 - 4th grade Music teacher.  Mrs. Norton received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Tennessee. She is currently working on a Doctorate in Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research at the University of Memphis.




Ginger Statom received the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Mississippi in Music Education with piano and vocal emphasis. As a soprano soloist she has sung many oratorios and chamber works: Mozart's Requiem, Exsultate Jubilate, and Great Mass in C minor, several Haydn masses, Rutter's Requiem and Mass of the Children, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Handel's Messiah, Brahms’ German Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach’s St. John Passion and numerous Bach cantatas.  

On the stage, she has sung the roles of the Baroness in The Sound of Music, the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, as well as performing in other operetta and musical theatre roles. In addition to Ginger’s vocal career she has taught high school chorus in both Tallahassee and Winter Haven, FL, with choruses receiving superior ratings at district and state level competitions.  In 2003 she led the Lake Region High School Chorus to perform Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” in New York’s Carnegie Hall.  She was the Assistant Director and accompanist of the Lake Wales Chorale (Florida). Ginger currently directs the Second Presbyterian Church Youth Choir and teaches private voice and piano lessons while being a full-time mother to Margaret, Jennie, Sarah and Ellen.





Ginger Statom
High School Choir Teacher




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