Meet our Staff

Instructors

Piano Instructors   •   Voice Instructors   •   Guitar Instructors   •   Woodwind Instructors  

Sarah A. Schmitt- Piano Instructor

Sarah A. Schmitt, B. Mus, MBA

Director, Founder & Piano Instructor
Sarah has been playing piano professionally for over 15 years, freelancing as a church accompanist, praise band member, wedding pianist, and as an entertainer for private parties and piano bars. Sarah first attended Valdosta State University on a piano scholarship but later graduated from Georgia State University studying piano performance under Dr. Geoffrey Haydon.

In 2004, Sarah began teaching private lessons and as her studio expanded, went on to start her own music school, SAS Music. Sarah is the creator of the American Maestro Awards , a comprehensive music curriculum designed to motivate and reward students for their achievements. She is founder and director of ChamPianos; a Georgia based piano competition with scholarships awarded to the most advanced levels. Sarah writes and arranges many of her student's music and established PorterHouse Publishing, LLC to publish SAS Music teaching aids, her own compositions and music written by her students.

In addition to directing SAS Music, Sarah is co-founder and president of BOLD, Inc. A non-profit dedicated to creating performing and leadership opportunities for performing arts students across the state of GA.

  • Training: Georgia State University
  • Focus: Piano Performance, General Business Administration
  • Notables: Founder, Director and Owner of SAS Music, PorterHouse Publishing, LLC.and ChamPianos. President of BOLD, Inc.
Kathryn Allen - Piano

Kathryn Allen, B. A.

Piano, Guitar, Voice

A musician, audio engineer, and local theatre professional, Kathryn has been a part of the Atlanta arts community since 2009. She has been playing the piano for more than 25 years, the guitar for more than 20, and has been in vocal groups her entire life. She works to be a well rounded musician, with the goal to inspire young minds to love music as she does. She has lead as well as performed in many musical groups, from choirs to theatrical music direction to local bands. In addition to her involvement in local theatre groups Kathryn also teaches piano, voice and guitar for SAS Music.

  • Training: Meredith College, UNC- Asheville
  • Focus: Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts, Minor in Music and Audio Engineering
  • Notables: Music Director: Bye, Bye Birdie, Jekyll & Hyde, Performed in the Electric Light Parade at DisneyWorld, Georgia Renaissance Festival, Staff at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Recorded/produced many local acts in Asheville, NC
Matthew Luce

Matthew Luce, B.A.

Piano and Voice Instructor
Versed in all things theatrical, Matthew Luce has been acting in plays and musicals throughout the Atlanta metro area for over 10 years. In addition to his theatrical pursuits, Matthew has been singing and playing the piano from a young age. He graduated from Reinhardt University in 2015 with a degree in Theatre after studying under experienced professors and musicians from around the country, including Broadway pianist Julie Bearden Carver, and professional Chicagoan actor David Nisbet. Matthew's experience with music started in middle school when he joined band as a trombonist, but after a while he felt he wanted to try something a bit more accessible. Matthew changed over to chorus, and his music education really took off. It wasn't long after that he auditioned for a musical on a whim, and realized he'd found his passion. Since then, Matthew has sung in school and local choirs including The Cherokee Chorale in Canton. Piano lessons soon followed, and his passion for music only increased. He's now been playing the piano for a decade, and singing non-stop even longer! Music is Matthew's passion, and sharing it with others has been an incredible journey that's really only just begun. Where words fail to express emotion, the music begins.

  • Training: Reinhardt University
  • Focus: Bachelor of Arts: Theatre Studies
  • Notables: Starring roles in over 15 musicals and theatrical productions in the Atlanta area including: The Drowsy Chaperone, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Jekyll & Hyde. Irene Ryan Acting Award (KCACTF) Nominee for Guys & Dolls. Member of the International Thespian Society. Experienced director and production designer for shows ranging from Shakespeare to Kander & Ebb.
Dexter Davison

Dexter Davison, B.A.

Flute, clarinet and piano instructor
An accomplished musician, Dexter started piano at the age of seven. In high school, he studied flute, trombone, French horn, and clarinet. He also won the opportunity to conduct the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. From there, he attended Florida State University, where he earned his Bachelors Degree in music, with a minor in Japanese. During his time there, he was a repeat soloist for their Prism Concert, section leader for the Marching Chiefs, and performed in various ensembles. Additional musical training included music theory, composition and arrangement, as well as world music experience in the Andean music ensemble and on the steel drums, where he was invited to perform at Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago. Before graduating, Dexter spent a semester as a choral assistant in a special education chorus for adults. Rounding out his education, Dexter also became proficient on the saxophone, trumpet, baritone, and guitar. Following graduation, Dexter performed with the Tokai Wind Ensemble in Japan, was a street musician at the Georgia Renaissance Festival, and has played locally with the Atlanta Freedom Band. He has been commissioned twice to write music for weddings, and has also written music for video games.

  • Training: Florida State University
  • Focus: Bachelor of Arts in Music: Flute
  • Notables: Conversant in Japanese, Spanish, and American Sign Language. Raised $1384.00 for Autism Awareness through the Children's Miracle Network. Conducted Jacksonville Symphony. Florida State University Concert Band. Florida State University Marching Chiefs.
Emmanuel Smith - Piano

Emmanuel "Chops" Smith

Piano Instructor
Emmanuel "Chops" Smith is a pianist and vocalist who has been performing professionally since he was 15 years old. He has been playing piano since age 3 and has been trained in classical, jazz, and contemporary music. Chops has performed at various events in music such as the Atlanta Jazz  Festival   Youth Workshop, the Upward Bound Leadership Conference, 21st Century Leader's Inauguration, and at venues all over the southeast and Atlanta,  including Phillips Arena, Spivey Hall, The Rialto Center of the Performing Arts, Dante's Down the Hatch, The Margaret Mitchell House, The Georgian Terrace Hotel, The Georgia Aquarium, Churchill Grounds, The Velvet Note and others. "Chops" Smith has had the pleasure and privilege to perform with many musical artists including Andrea Bocelli, Curtis Fields, Derryl Rivers, and Phil Davis to name a few. Currently, "Chops" is studying Jazz Studies at Georgia State University under the rigorous direction of Kevin Bales and Dr. Gordon Vernick. He currently performs with the Georgia State University Jazz Band and other bands based in Atlanta including his own band, CHOPS.

  • Training: Georgia State University
  • Focus: Bachelor of Music: Jazz Studies
  • Notables: Performed with Andrea Bocelli, Curtis Fields; performed in Atlanta Jazz Festival, Phillips Arena, Churchill Grounds
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