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Traci Hamilton, Selah Director, Piano

My name is Traci Hamilton. My family has been members of First Baptist Woodstock since 2006. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in piano performance in 1997. Since then I have been giving private lessons from my home and at different music stores. I have now found my teaching home with the Selah program. I have recently begun to accompany the student choir with Scott White here at First Baptist. My goal for my students would be to see them grow in their abilities and to be able to use them in their churches and schools.

Dee Thelen, Piano - Class and Private

To get acquainted you will want to know that I am a wife to Ken for 50 years, a mother of 3, a grandmother of 11, and GiGi (great grandmother of 7). I earned my BA in Piano Pedagogy from Illinois Wesleyan University and my Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Maranatha Baptist University. My teaching experience has been 50 years in my private piano studio coinciding with 20 years in the classroom. It has been my privilege to teach class piano as well. I am looking forward to meeting many new friends at Selah via the gift of music. Please come and join us. You will be glad you did!!

Heather Richardson, Voice & Piano

Heather Richardson has been playing the piano and singing for most of her life. At the age of 12 she surrendered to God's call to minister through music. Heather graduated from Samford University with a BA in Music Education. Heather focused on mastering both her voice and piano skills while attending Samford University. It was there that God confirmed her calling as she was able to travel and sing with many different Christian singing groups. She currently travels with the Christian singing group called "Overflow" and sings at her home church FBC Woodstock.

For the past 20 years Heather has taught both private voice and piano lessons in various music studios as well as in her #home. She is passionate about using her gifts for the Lord and helping others discover their talents as well.

Heather and her husband, Scott, live in Woodstock, Georgia where they are raising their three daughters and one son. They are foster parents and have a desire to embrace each foster child with the love of Christ so that they will be forever changed.

Heather's life verse is II Corinthians 12:9, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." This verse encourages her to remember it is the power of God that is at work in us to glorify His name!

Lianne Corbin, Voice & Piano

Larry Bulla, Guitar

Larry has been blessed with a vibrant musical background beginning at the age of eight years old, studying piano, organ and guitar, growing these skills. While pursuing his college education in music and pastoral studies in the southeast, he acquired proficiency also in the banjo and mandolin. His passion and love for music further directed his journey to become a proficient singer and road team leader with a national revival/singing group for three years. His calling then led him into full-time ministry, serving as youth, music and associate pastor; undertaking conducting, arranging, teaching and producing recording projects through the years. Larry has played guitar as a session studio player in college film projects and for various country, bluegrass, CCM and gospel artists. He has played extensively in various venues throughout the Southeast and Western United States. He teaches acoustic, electric and classical guitar, bluegrass banjo and mandolin, including all styles and musical forms, giving him a well-rounded platform as an eclectic player. As a musical educator, Larry has taught in two conservatories in Northern Georgia. He is a rhythm acoustic guitar player in the First Baptist Woodstock orchestra on Sundays, and on occasion in secular venues and weddings. Larry'€™s desire is to teach his students to be skilled players of excellence, to accomplish their greatest musical potential in their calling. Several of his students have gone on into performance, playing in bands, are worship team leaders and song-writers.

Linda Ratchford, Violin

Linda Ratchford, a Massachusetts native, has been playing the violin for over 30 years. She studied under a Boston Symphony Orchestra violinist and was a member of the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and the All-State Orchestra. For over 16 years, she has been teaching private violin lessons and has been an instructor with the Timothy Ministry since 1999. She is also an active member of the First Baptist Church orchestra. For over 10 years, she has been a member of the string trio, "We Three Strings". The group performs for weddings, receptions, church and social gatherings, and most notably, at the Governor's Mansion in Georgia. Holding a BSN degree from Emory University, Mrs. Ratchford currently resides in metro Atlanta.