About Your Teachers

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Maggie Gill is the Center Director for Fiddlesticks Music and has been has been teaching with Fiddlesticks Music since 2013. Maggie is also Director of Music for All Saints' preschool and the Associate for Music and Children's Choirs at All Saints' Episcopal Church. Maggie holds a Master of Music in Church Music from Samford University and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Music History from the University of Memphis. She has performed locally as Buttercup in the Birmingham Music Club production of Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore, as a soloist in Opera Birmingham's Sounds of the Season concert, and as a chorister in the local ensemble, Sursum Corda. She has also performed as the soprano soloist in the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) Chorus performance of Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and with Opera Birmingham as the Lay Sister in Suor Angelica. With Samford Opera she performed the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors and Ruth in Pirates of Penzance. While in Memphis, she was the Associate for Music and Children’s Choirs at Grace St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and a teacher, performer, and director through many other church, education, and community music programs.

     
Jenny Damman

Jenny Damman holds a BA in music from Duke University in North Carolina, an MA in Teaching ESL from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College in NYC, and a certificate in musical theater from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. She has also completed the MTLLC Complete Teacher Training in early childhood music and movement. She is currently the Youth and Junior Choir Director at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Birmingham and has been a church choir member herself since the age of 6. As a student, she also studied and performed as an instrumentalist on both piano and clarinet. Additionally she has studied dance and formerly taught Zumba dance fitness classes. Jenny lives in Birmingham with husband Tom and is the proud parent of Alex, currently an undergraduate theater major. She also has three wonderful step-children who have blessed her family with seven beautiful grandchildren.  She looks forward to singing with you and your little ones soon!

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Summer Thompson is currently pursuing a vocal performance degree at Samford University. She has recently performed with Opera Birmingham in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, the Alabama Symphony in Faure’s Requiem, and the Birmingham Music Society in their Operetta Spectacular. She is a also a choral scholar at Ascension Episcopal church in Vestavia. While in Florida, Summer interned under the director of education and community outreach at Florida Grand Opera, and performed in their opera scenes programs for youth artists. Summer is passionate about making music of all kinds accessible to all ages, and is excited to sing with you and your kids!

     
Christy Vest

Christy Vest holds a degree in vocal performance from Samford University. She has served as a vocalist, accompanist, music director, and teacher at several local theatres, churches, and schools, including Red Mountain Theatre, Virginia Samford Theatre, Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Opera Birmingham, Samford University, Birmingham-Southern College, and All Saints’ Episcopal Church. 

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