Meet our Teachers
Janine Roberts, Piano
Janine Roberts is a piano instructor specializing in teaching young children. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate in each session. She received a Bachelor of Music Ed and BS in Music Therapy from Indiana University. After spending 31 years in the music classroom, she teaches young children using the Suzuki philosophy believing every child has ability to make beautiful music. She is also gifted endorsed extending her experience with the many facets of the emotional and intellectual growth of children.
David Savage, Piano
David has been teaching piano at DSA since 2001. He is from California, growing up in Los Angeles, and then living, going to school, and working as a musician in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1980-2000. His experience in California includes work as a performing musician in various venues and clubs (playing jazz and blues), as a church organist and choir director at Christ Lutheran Church and other churches, and as accompanist with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Berkeley Community Chorus, and Chorus at the Orientation Center for the Blind in Albany.
Since moving to Georgia in 2000, David has worked as an elementary school music teacher in Cherokee and Cobb counties. He just finished his 12th year at Timber Ridge ES, a National Blue Ribbon School in Cobb County. He also continues working around town as a jazz/blues musician, and occasionally plays here at Dunwoody Baptist in both the traditional and contemporary worship services.
David especially enjoys teaching children and beginners, as well as other levels, and has experience introducing piano players of all ages to jazz, blues, harmony, and improvisation.
Heather Frost, Piano
In addition to teaching piano at DSA, Heather is also the pianist for both services at Dunwoody Baptist Church. She received her BM in Piano Performance from UNC-Greensboro. After graduating, she enjoyed playing at various venues such as West Palm Beach Musicana Dinner Theater, Nantucket Harbor House Inn, Winter Park Dinner Theater, The Crown Uptown Dinner Theater in Wichita and The Georgia Room at Callaway Gardens where she remained for a couple of years. The highlight of her musical adventures was traveling with the Continental Singers & Brass across the US, ending the tour in the Fiji Islands and Australia. She eventually moved to Dallas, TX where she met and married the love of her life, Tom Frost. They are the proud parents of 4 busy boys between the ages of 11 and 18. Due to her busy schedule, Heather is only available to teach a limited amount of students at this time. Although her passion has always been accompanying others and playing in orchestras and bands, she has found a real joy in sharing what she knows with others that want to learn. She loves teaching motivated students, young and old, that have a real desire to make music on the piano.
Jane Hendrix, Voice
Jane Hendrix, Director of Dunwoody School for the Arts at Dunwoody Baptist Church, has been a voice teacher for over 30 years. She received a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from Converse College and a Master’s of Music from Winthrop University. Having performed regionally in opera and musical theater productions, Jane has shared her love of singing and many of her students have gone on to have careers on stage and in film.
Jane began teaching preschool music programs in 1986. She became a licensed Kindermusik Educator in 1993 and has run a successful early childhood music program at Dunwoody School for the Arts for 18 years. Jane is the Children’s Choir Coordinator at Dunwoody Baptist and develops annual summer music camps for children ages 4-16.
Jane served on the Board of Kindermusik Educators Association for 4 years and then three more years as the Chairman and Liaison for the Partnership of Kindermusik Educators. She is a member of the Kindermusik Speaker’s Bureau which consists of 6 presenters who travel throughout the United States and Canada to conduct training sessions. Her favorite training trip so far was to South Africa in the summer of 2007. Jane is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Jane shares her Duluth home with her husband, David (an artist) and their dogs, Dickie and Midget. Her son, Travis, graduated from Oglethorpe University and the Law School at Mercer University in Macon, GA.
Polly Short, Voice
Having grown up in Atlanta, Polly Short studied at the Dunwoody School for the Arts as Jane Hendrix’s first child student. Throughout her childhood she participated in many community theatre opportunities including The Sound of Music, Oliver and Annie. She competed in NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), where she placed first in her division, and also participated in Solo and Ensemble competitions and Southeastern Theater Conference. Upon graduation from Dunwoody High School, Polly was accepted into the University of Montevallo with the top vocal scholarship and studied under the tutelage of Dr. Benjamin Middaugh. Polly graduated with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance in 2000. During her college years she was awarded an additional scholarship representing her University as a top 10 finalist and talent winner in the Miss Alabama Pageant. After graduating, Polly immediately started traveling the country, having landed the lead understudy role (Emma) and chorus member in the National tour of Jekyll and Hyde. Singing and traveling around the world on cruise ships was Polly’s next adventure. She was the lead female soprano on the Queen Mary 2, The Queen Elizabeth 2, The Prinsendam, The Radison Navigator and The Disney Magic. Polly then moved to Japan for a contract at Tokyo Disney Sea where she focused on classical Broadway songs in a show called “ENCORE.” These opportunities armed Polly with the tools to excel in many musical genres and styles. During her travels she became the vocal warm-up coach for the cast and taught a few students on the side. Settling back here in Atlanta, Polly now works full time for KEF MEDIA, booking TV and radio interviews across the country as a media specialist, and actively does voiceover work. She is humbled by the opportunity to sink her teeth back into her passion for music and is looking forward to her next step - TEACHING YOU!
Jerry Fields, Percussion
Known as a total percussionist, Jerry Fields performs regularly in Atlanta and throughout the southeast on drum set, timpani, marimba and various world percussion instruments. A Summit Jazz recording artist (Ted Howe Trio), Mr. Fields is featured on the group’s critically acclaimed recording Ellington as well as Elton Exposed. A passion for Latin jazz led to the formation of Vecinos del Mundo (Neighbors of The World) with Fields serving as music director.
A world percussionist at heart, Jerry has performed with a growing number of international flamenco artist while actively performing with Greek, Kleezmer, Arabic and African ensembles throughout the US. He currently studies tabla with Prithwiraj Bhattacharjee.
As a teacher, Jerry serves as director of percussion at the Dunwoody School for the Arts. His expertise in a myriad of musical genres has made Jerry a popular clinician at local and regional high schools and colleges. Classes and individual coaching in Absolute Flamenco Rhythm are currently offered in Marietta and Dunwoody. These empowering classes are quite beneficial for dancers and instrumentalists alike.
Jennifer Arnhold, B.S., M.A., Voice & Piano
Prior to moving to Atlanta in 2009 and instructing in the Academy of Performing Arts, First Baptist Atlanta, Jennifer was a member of the Virginia chapter of the Music Teachers National Association, privately teaching piano and voice for many years. She was a part-time, primary grade music teacher for Orange Elementary in Orange, Virginia, and also directed a number of church based children's, youth, and adult choirs. Having obtained a Master's degree in Art Therapy from the College of Notre Dame, California, she has also used her music skills therapeutically in a variety of milieus, and continues to be involved with this unique ministry every Saturday at a local Arbor Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care facility.
As a member of First Baptist Atlanta, she served four years with a former women's ensemble, "His Image." She steadily serves in the Atlanta Worship Choir, as well as The Worship Singers, a worship team formed in 2013. She is a pianist for the Adult Meridians almost every Sunday, and frequently ministers through the Member Care Ministry as a pianist and vocal soloist for funeral / memorial service needs that arise.
The Lord has laid on Jennifer's heart the desire to encourage all of her students to entrust their gifts to Him, and He will always be faithful to help them grow in the musical abilities He has given them.
Felix Farrar, Violin
Felix E. Farrar - violinist, is section leader with the First Baptist Atlanta (FBA) Worship Orchestra, concertmaster of the Harlem Festival Orchestra, and performs regularly with the Greenville, Chattanooga, and Augusta Symphonies. He is a core member of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and has numerous credits for recordings, movies, and motion picture soundtracks. He attended the Manhattan School of Music and has been instructor of violin and strings at BRAVO Summer Music Camp in Savannah, GA since 2002. Past positions as instructor of strings and violin have been at the Atlanta University Center, the Atlanta Girls' School, the Waldorf School of Atlanta, Sutton Middle School, and Dekalb School of the Arts. Other performance experiences include the Tulsa, Macon, and Columbus Symphonies, and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. He has been a part of the Music Ministry at FBA since 1997 playing for special services, as member and concertmaster of the Atlanta Passion Play orchestra and APA instructor. He has performed and toured nationally and internationally with Stevie Wonder, Shirley Bassey, Israel Lopez, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Mannheim Steamroller, Barry White, Lou Rawls, Melissa Manchester, Maureen McGovern, Diana Ross and many others. As a music contractor he has commissioned musicians for IN TOUCH Ministries, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Will Downing, noted jazz vocalist Shirley Horn, and for 105 Voices at the Kennedy Center, OPERA EBONY, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Hampton University, Delaware State University, and Salisbury University. Mr. Farrar is the Personnel Manager of the Colour of Music Festival and Orchestra in Charleston, SC. He resides in Ellenwood, GA with his wife Joan and daughter Danielle.
Scott Plato, Guitar
Scott received his Bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance from Georgia State University under the instruction of John Sutherland, a protege of Andres Segovia. In 1995 Scott founded the guitar department at Gainesville College in Gainesville Georgia and was the Head of Guitar Studies there until 2000. His book on guitar improvisation, "Creating Guitar Solos," is now being sold worldwide on www.lulu.com. Previous collaborations have included performances with members of the Atlanta Symphony and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Scott currently maintains a busy schedule as a performer and teacher in the Atlanta area and is Head of Guitar Studies at Gordon State College and Brenau University. Scott is a voting member of the Grammy Recording Academy. Each year he is an active voter in the Grammy Awards.
Natalie Filmore, Voice & Piano
Natalie McGee Filmore grew up in the Dunwoody School for the Arts program and began studying voice at the age of 7 with Jane Hendrix. She was also enrolled in piano, acting classes, import groups, and was a music camp counselor on many an occasion here at DSA and at other locations around Atlanta.
Natalie's experiences performing in Atlanta throughout her childhood and young adulthood led to life-long friendships, personal development, and a love and appreciation for the simple beauty of a melody line. The study of music also enabled Natalie to become Georgia Tech's first vocal music scholar (Opera). Natalie is truly honored to be on staff at DSA to share her knowledge of and love for music with others. Natalie has a talent for connecting with and encouraging children and truly loves to teach!
Jeff Frazier, Piano & Clarinet
Jeff has been teaching piano students since 1998— starting with the Academy of Performing Arts at First Baptist Atlanta before joining Dunwoody School for the Arts. During high school and college he was the pianist for the church he attended. He has also filled in as rehearsal pianist for the various musicals performed by the First Baptist Atlanta and the Agape Players. Jeff also has played principle clarinet in the Atlanta Passion Play and has been in the clarinet section of the First Baptist Atlanta Worship Orchestra for a total of 10 years.
Music has always played a big part in Jeff’s life. Over the years he has performed in several musicals produced by First Baptist Atlanta and recently, Agape Players. Some of his favorite roles have been: George Bailey in a musical adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life; Judas in the Atlanta Passion Play; Fred in Here’s Love (a musical based on Miracle on 34th Street); The Rabbi’s son and bottle dancer in Fiddler on the Roof; Ambrose Kemper in Hello, Dolly!; Tommy Djilas in The Music Man; Pawnee Bill and Tommy Keeler in Annie Get Your Gun; Bob Crotchet in Scrooge; and Linus in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.