SAVANNAH, GA – May 11, 2021–Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) announced the appointment of two new upper and lower grades Strings Teachers for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. William Rhoden has been appointed to teach the 6th-12th grades and lead SCA’s Strings Program. Hannah Kendrick has been appointed to teach the 3rd-5th grades’ strings classes. The appointments of these two musicians and educators will bring excitement and enthusiasm to ensure that SCA’s prestigious Strings Conservatory Program will continue on an upward trajectory.
William Rhoden began playing violin when he was eight years old, and knew he wanted to be a strings teacher while in high school. For the last 11 years, Mr. Rhoden has taught strings and guitar to 5th-12th grade students in Mesquite, NV, during which time he helped to increase the orchestra program from approximately 70 students to nearly 200. Mr. Holden, his wife, Jennee, and 2-year-old son, Liam, are set to move to Savannah this summer. “I was very impressed with SCA in general and with every interaction I had with the Executive Director, Mr. Lollis, and the staff!” he enthused. “I’m very excited to give my best to the students!”
Mr. Rhoden looks forward to helping revitalize the strings program with a fresh, new approach designed to take SCA students as far as they want to go! “Starting with the fundamentals—I’ll work with the kids at all levels, listening and assessing where they are,” he explained. “The goal of course is to further develop their musical ability which, I believe, will attract other students to the program. I want to provide an environment where students not only grow with their instruments but also personally, so they can actually see the larger ensemble as something they can and want to be a part of!”
Mr. Rhoden greatly appreciates Mr. Lollis’s support for the school’s Humanities Programs which includes art and music. “SCA is very much on board with providing a great feast of opportunities for students to enjoy!” he shared. “Having that kind of support is very important.”
Hannah Kendrick grew up in Albany, GA, where she was the oldest of seven children. After graduating high school, Ms. Kendrick moved to Cleveland, TN to attend Lee University and is set to graduate with a degree in Music Education this spring. While at Lee, she played in several ensembles and sang in the college choir. Ms. Kendrick is excited to begin her teaching career at Savannah Classical Academy, and looks forward to relocating to Savannah this summer. “I’m very excited to explore Savannah, and be closer to my home town too,” she enthused. “I’m primarily a violinist and, while growing up, I played in the Dougherty County Youth Orchestra. During my two student teaching placements in Chattanooga, I taught 6th-12th grade orchestra and 5th grade general music education and orchestra, which I loved! There aren’t a lot of schools that offer a strings program for elementary students, so I’m very much looking forward to having that opportunity at SCA!”
Ms. Kendrick is enthusiastic about the growth she plans to see in both the students and the strings program at Savanah Classical Academy next year. “I’m so excited for the students to have the opportunity to perform in the community and at school, especially after Covid-19 precautions restricted so many live events this year,” she explained. “I look forward to helping them get ready to perform, and to seeing all they’re going to gain from those experiences. That’s what I’m most excited about!”
Ms. Kendrick interviewed with SCA Executive Director, Mr. Lollis, via Zoom. “Even virtually, I was very impressed with both the quality of education and the facilities,” she explained. “Now I’m looking forward to meeting everyone in person, actually seeing the school and to being a part of the SCA community. I honestly never expected my first job to be so exciting!
SCA is committed to offering students the opportunity to play a string instrument such as violin, viola, cello or bass and provide them with a tremendous opportunity to build confidence, explore new worlds and experience life with added meaning and beauty through the creation of music. SCA’s Strings Conservatory Program supports the creation of a positive youth culture by providing free instruments, supplies, music, and instruction to all participating students.
SCA is a tuition-free, public charter school serving Chatham County students in grades K-12. The charter school is funded by the public education system but retains a charter that allows it to operate autonomously under a board of parents and community members. It is the philosophy of SCA that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich, education program that develops academic potential and personal character. To learn more about SCA, please visit www.savannahclassicalacademy.org.
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