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Samuel Metzger: Organ

 Samuel studied as an undergraduate at Arizona State University and then under esteemed professors in Germany and France following his Fulbright Scholarship awards. While in Germany he was organist at the Lutherkirche in Stuttgart-Feuerbach as well as accompanist for the Ludwigsburg Cathedral choir. Most recently, he served as Senior Organist at The New Presbyterian Church in Pompano Beach, Florida. Previously, he was part of the music staff at Florida’s Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church for six years. Samuel has published two volumes of hymn arrangements with MorningStar Music, arranged organ transcriptions, and recorded several CDs.

Christy Young: Voice

Christy graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance. Christy began her music career teaching Jr. High music in Plano, TX. After a few years, she moved back to her home town of Memphis, joined Second Presbyterian Church, and took the Interim Chancel Choir Director position. Following this, she continued as the Director of Children’s Music and Memphis Christian Youth Choir at 2PC for about five years. In addition to this job, Christy began teaching at Westminster Academy as the High School Choral Director. Her students have been selected for the TN All-Southwest and TN All-State choirs, and her choirs have won honors in various national and regional competitions. 

Dee Walker: Flute

DeeDee Walker completed her BM and MM degrees in Flute Performance and Music Theory from Rice University in Houston, Texas where she taught and performed in the area until moving to Memphis in 1990. She continued a full-time career in music, teaching and playing in the Tri-state area until coming on staff at Second Presbyterian Church in September, 1998. Currently Dee assists the Pastoral Division and continues to play principle flute with the Germantown Symphony and chamber music with several local musicians. 

 

Molly Johnson: Piano/Organ

Molly Johnson is a recent graduate of the University of Memphis. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance and Choral Music Education. Molly has more than 15 years of piano experience and 9 years of organ experience. She began teaching piano in high school. Some of her major teachers include Julia Pilgrim, Jennifer Velazquez, John David Peterson, and Kristin Lensch. She also studied piano pedagogy with Samuel Viviano while at the University of Memphis. In addition to teaching piano, Molly loves to work with children's choirs and has done so at several local churches.

 

Daniel Pollorena: Piano

Daniel Pollorena is originally from Cabo, Mexico and attended college in Merida, Mexico. He served as the 2PC Music Intern from 2015-2016 and will begin his Master’s degree at University of Memphis in Piano Performance in the fall of 2016. Daniel has his undergraduate degree in classical piano.

 

Beth Luscombe: Viola/Violin

Beth Luscombe for ConservatoryBeth Luscombe is a member of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music with a degree in viola performance. An active free-lancer in the Mid-South; she formed the Beth Luscombe Strings and performs for many special music occasions. She has performed and recorded for many well recognized commercial artists. She also plays with the IRIS Orchestra, the Jackson Symphony (TN), the Eroica Orchestra, the Orpheum Theater Orchestra, and many area churches. Prior to coming to Memphis, Beth was a member of the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico (asst. princ.), the Ohio Chamber Orchestra (asst. princ.), the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and was active in the theater and studio work in Cleveland, Ohio. While in Cleveland, Beth had an active private teaching studio. She was a faculty member of the preparatory department at the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as on her own.

Greg Luscombe: Trombone

Greg LuscombeGreg Luscombe has been the principal trombonist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra since the 1989-90 season. He also was the low brass teacher at The University of Mississippi from 2005-2012 . Other teaching experience has included adjunct faculty positions at the University of Memphis, Murray State University(Murray, Kentucky), Union University(Jackson,Tn.) and Southwest Tennessee Community College. Mr. Luscombe has  been an active private teacher of low brass instruments in the Memphis area for over 23 years.He enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities. 

Mr. Luscombe is active as a soloist and recitalist. He is married to Beth Luscombe and they have two daughters.

 

Hannah Crowley: Voice/Piano

Hannah has a Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education from the University of Memphis and has spent the past several years as the elementary Orff music teacher at Snowden School and teaching private voice and piano lessons. She has 15 years of vocal experience, studying under Lisa Barksdale at Furman University and Evan Jones at the University of Memphis, and 20 years of piano experience, studying under Cindy Massingill. In addition to teaching lessons, Hannah enjoys volunteering with the Children’s Choir at Second Presbyterian Church.

 

Patricia Rippe: Piano

Patricia RippePatricia Rippe has a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Memphis. While an undergraduate student, she served for three years as the Junior Choir director at Second Presbyterian, under the guidance of Thomas Ashcraft. At the graduate level, she studied harpsichord and piano pedagogy, and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching. In recent years, Patricia has extend her teaching interest to include teaching geography and history at the middle and high school levels. She has extended her musical interest to include dancing the street forms of Argentine tango, salsa and various swing era techniques.