Program Staff

J. Snowden Sr. : CEO and Music Supervisor

J. Snowden Sr.

CEO and Music Supervisor

J. Snowden, CEO and Music Supervisor, from Ocala Florida, part owner of Seven Arts Center and owner of Pioneer Towing Service ensures all goes smoothly from tutorial services, performances and workshops. He is also the audio engineer mixing up the sounds at every event. He enjoys working with sound reinforcement and recording systems since 2009. J. Snowden has been in the music business for over 5 years. J. continues to thrive in the music industry through the Seven Arts Center working in the Seven Arts Radio studio. He is an important asset to the Seven Arts Center Team!
music@sevenartsradio.com
O. Makeba : Founder / Program Director / Art & Computer Instructor

O. Makeba

Founder / Program Director / Art & Computer Instructor

With over twenty years dedicated to art but discovering it at 5 years old, Makeba has created a design company that satisfies the artistic pretention related to graphics, illustrations and everything the web needs. Owner and Operator of O.Makeba Designs, LLC, Makeba builds an educational perspective to technological art by providing tutorial sessions and classes for the Seven Arts Center. Makeba has also designed graphics, murals and painting for her small and large enterprises clients.
Certificates : American Intercontinental University BFA , University of Phoenix Atlanta MIS, Toon Boon Animation Certification, Shaw Academy Digital Marketing Diploma/
Awards: Woman of the Year from the GA Clergy 2010, St. Patrick Day Honoree in Illustration, SCAD Master Scholarship program in Illustration, National Association of Professional Women (NAPW)
Designed words: Painting for Singles & Couples, plus the Kids Club at Seven Arts Center  Illustrated books: I am Princess, Zuri the Fairy, Jean Head Music Box, African American Crosswords, Sacred Symbols of Life Coloring book and more;
To view more work, go to omakeba.com. Join Me!

sevenartscenter@gmail.com
Art Yake : Market Director / SACR Manager

Art Yake

Market Director / SACR Manager

Art Yake came to SAC with a strong background in marketing, market research, and web development. He oversees production  of SACR,  all website content for SAC and SACR - site usability, search engine optimization, print collateral, online advertising, as well as all marketing campaigns.

Also, Art Yake  is General Manager  of SACR, America's healing voice internet radio company. He oversees all aspects of the company's operations and delivers minimum commercial free music to over 10,000 subscribers.

 

Nicholas Wynn : Violin / Viola/ Cello /Guitar/Music Comp

Nicholas Wynn

Violin / Viola/ Cello /Guitar/Music Comp

Nicholas started playing the viola at age 11 in his six grade year. Since then, he has received numerous awards for his dedication, performance and playing ability. As a student of  Georgia State University Perimeter Campus, he was a double major in music education and performance. Nicholas is currently the associate principal violist of the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra and has served this position for three consecutive seasons. He was accepted into the Atlanta Symphony Orchestras Talent Deployment program as a sophomore in high school. In addition, he was also a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra for the 2011-2012 season. He has performed in many ensembles and chamber groups and is an exceptional musician. Wynn is currently the strings and music composition instructor at the Seven Arts Center.

Lance Thorton : Piano

Lance Thorton

Piano

Piano & Music Theory instructor with over 25 years experience in Classical, Jazz,
Pop, and composing. He received his BA Degree in Music Education from NY University
School of Music in 1970. He later received a Master Degree in Music Education from the
Manhattan School of Music in 1984. Certifications: New York State Teaching Certification,
Teacher Certification in Trenton State College, State of GA Teacher Certification

Jordan Manley : Drum Instructor

Jordan Manley

Drum Instructor

Jordan has been playing  for over 15 years and professional drums within rock, jazz, gospel as well as other genres. 
Jordan's early years were spent playing in churches and traveling with his uncle's gospel group. In high school he played in the marching band and in the years after, he joined the Columbus-based rock-hip-hop band Stereomonster. The band has recorded three full length albums and has toured the southeast extensively including an appearance at SXSW. They've also preformed at several Atlanta venues including Smith's Olde Bar and the Masquerade.

Between stints on the road, Jordan taught drum lessons at the Columbus School of Music. He was a three-time senior project mentor and also helped instruct the School of Rock--a program that trained student bands in performance and self-promotion.

As a sideman, Jordan is a lighthearted guy who listens exceptionally well and blends with any genre of music. He's influenced by drummers like Dave Grohl and John Blackwell as well as musicians like Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix and several hip hop producers.

As a teacher, he's a fun-loving music historian with a wealth of knowledge and on-the-gig experience to share. He specializes in teaching rudiments, reading and various styles of playing drum set including rock, hip hop, country, and gospel. Parents and students appreciate his patience and his ability to meet their personal goals.

Joy Fredricks : Vocal / Musical Theater

Joy Fredricks

Vocal / Musical Theater

Joy F. graduated a year early from James Hubert Blake High School, a school for the fine arts and humanities, with a concentration in Musical Theatre. She is also a graduate of Atlanta Christian College with a Bachelors in Music. She has also been blessed to sing before and alongside some of the today’s greatest vocalists including Kierra Sheard, Lance Williams, Tonex, Helen Baylor, Charles and Taylor, Marvin Sapp, Troy Sneed, and William McDowell to name a few. She currently works as Street Team Marketing Coordinator for artist Monica Lisa Stevenson.

She has toured with several stage performances as both singer and actress. She had her first screen debut in the film Stomp the Yard: 2 and filmed for the FOX television show, Past Life, which aired in January 2010. Recently, Joy booked her first supporting role in the film, “The Best Thing,” which will be released in 2017, and is currently shooting another film in the Atlanta area.

She serves in the Worship and Arts ministry and is also dance ministry leader for the Word of Faith Student Ministry. Joy prides herself in working diligently to perfect.

Tammy Lopez : Spanish Instructor

Tammy Lopez

Spanish Instructor

Mickey :  Flute Instructor

Mickey

Flute Instructor

Mickey has a multi-faceted career, performing as a classical and jazz musician, solo and is active in the freelance community. Mickey believes in a holistic approach to teaching, involving music appreciation, theory, improvisation and ear training. Mickey does not teach only flute, but teaches  students to be artists and passionate in all that they do. Mickey studied at Florida University as well as principal flute in the Flute Choir.