People

Christy Todd, Director

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Christy Todd is in her seventh year teaching at RSMS, and previously worked as the Associate Director of Choral Activities at Starr’s Mill High School, where she taught beginning chorus, intro to drama, and served as music director for the school’s annual musical productions.  During her first year at Rising Starr, the choral program grew from 85 to over 300 students.   She has conducted honor choir events for GMEA District XI (2014, 2018), District XIII (2016), District XIV (2017), and the Coweta County All Men’s Honor Chorus (2014).

Passionate about creating opportunities for students with disabilities in the music classroom, Christy presents annually to state and national conferences, district professional developments, and college music education classes on topics of choral inclusion, music technology for ensemble classes, and program recruitment strategies. She has authored articles and research available through the following publications: Music Educators Journal; Proceedings of the 20th International Seminar of the Commission on Music in Special Education (ISME); National Association for Middle Level Education; Georgia Music News; and Kansas Music Review.  In 2016 she was named the Georgia Middle School Association’s Teacher of the Year, and was also selected as a national semi-finalist for the 2013 Grammy Music Teacher of the Year Award. Prior to teaching, Christy worked in consulting and business development in the nonprofit sector. She holds degrees in music education from Florida State University and Shorter College, and resides in Griffin, GA with her husband Drew and son Carter.

Christy Shockley, Accompanist

2017 - Rising Star Middle School - Bonnie Moret Photography - 1028Christy Shockley is a graduate of Samford University and currently works as an accompanist for Rising Starr Middle and McIntosh High Schools, both in Fayette County. She accompanies choral groups in churches in the Fayette County area and enjoys playing for concerts,  weddings, receptions, and helping high school students prepare for vocal auditions. She has taught piano in her home for ten years, primarily to homeschool students, and enjoys helping them earn credit for their music curriculum requirements.  She fell in love with accompanying as a middle school student herself, working with children’s, youth, and Sanctuary choirs at her church, and carried her love of music to Samford University, where she worked in the School of Music accompanying freshmen and sophomore voice classes. She lives in Peachtree City with her husband Kenny, and their three children.

Brad Confer, Rock Friday Program Collaborator, The Stage Academy of Music

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Brad Confer began playing guitar freshman year of college at the behest of his roommate, who needed a bassist for jam sessions. A year and a half later, he was accepted into the University of Georgia’s music program. Shortly thereafter he began his first private lesson gig and also graduated with a marketing degree, leaving behind his accumulated music credits. In 2002, after a brief pursuit of a songwriting career, Brad began teaching private lessons. He taught at his home, Music and Arts, Kedron Aquatic Center, Eagle’s Nest Co-op, and Woodward Academy. In 2007 he opened The Stage Academy of Music and has been teaching and developing curriculum ever since. Learn more about the Stage Academy of Music and the RockFriday Program curriculum at www.TheStageAcademyofMusic.com.