Jon Hynes, a graduate from Arkansas Baptist, is a prize-winning pianist of several competitions including the gold medal of the Nina Wideman Competition, the Eastman Concerto Competition, and the Young Keyboard Artists International Competition. Recent performances include the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) Convention in Novi Sad (Serbia), the Eglise International in Paris (France), the International Conference on the Arts and Humanities in Hawaii, at Boccarelli Auditorium in St. Paulo (Brazil), and alongside his wife at Steinway Hall in New York City. Hynes spent two years at the Paris Conservatory before completing his Doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He is a Little Rock native and is currently the Director of the School of Fine Arts in the Arkansas Baptist School System. Dr. Hynes is a frequent adjudicator, lecturer, and clinician throughout the United States. His piano students are equally successful having won over $275,000 in competition prizes and university scholarships.
A freelance artist for over 20 years, Chris Hynes has been commissioned to produce works of art by numerous individuals and organizations as well as national companies within the contiguous United States. His creations have appeared both on and off the screen in television and in several forward-thinking websites, in addition to magazines and local newspapers. After completing his bachelor's degree from Arkansas State University,
Mr. Hynes attended the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota (Florida) from 1996-1998 specializing in the studies of illustration and sculpture. He has worked on various projects with artists from Disney, Dreamworks, Sony Pictures, Reel Effects, and Hallmark. With their collaboration he has submitted animated concepts to both Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon that are currently under consideration for television production. Chris Hynes is a graduate from Arkansas Baptist High School.
Eloise Stowe holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with an emphasis in vocal music from Arkansas State University. Her professional career includes leading soprano roles with the Opera Theatre at Wildwood Park, as well as instruction in voice and piano, both privately and in public schools where she directed many choirs and ensembles across the state. She both organized and directed the sanctuary orchestra of Little Rock's First Baptist Church for over 25 years, and she served as organist for more than 30 years as well. Mrs. Stowe has several published piano arrangements and has written many vocal solos and anthems which have been loved and performed by other accomplished musicians. Additional interests include interior redesign, calligraphy, floral arranging, and cake decorating, all of which she has done professionally.
Jason Truby began his career in 1989 when he formed the highly influential band Living Sacrifice as its lead guitarist. In 2003, he joined P.O.D. (Payable on Death) recording the band's hit single, "Sleeping Awake." The band released its first album with Truby in November of the same year. It went on to sell over one million records worldwide. Truby wrote the title track to The Matrix Reloaded movie, which went platinum. He also wrote a song for The Passion of the Christ soundtrack which went on to win a Dove Award. His website released his second instrumental album, Waiting on the Wind, in 2007. The album was also recently released on iTunes. Truby's third solo acoustic album, Finding the Quiet, was released in 2008 and he completed his debut rock album ENTROPY in 2010. Jason Truby attended Arkansas Baptist High School in the late '80s.
Richard Manson has been a professional musician and music educator for over 30 years. For many of those years he served as Music Director, Chorus Director, or String Orchestra Director in several public schools in Florida’s central west coast region. He has also performed extensively throughout the United States and Canada as guitarist with Bobby Fuller and the Fuller Brothers. In 1977, Mr. Manson was the principal cellist for the Memphis Youth Symphony. In fact he is well diversified in a number of instruments: highland bagpipes, clarinet, saxophone, violin, cello, piano, mandolin, voice, and guitar. Consequentially he is in high demand as a performer for weddings, parties, and memorial services nationwide. In addition to teaching in the Arkansas Baptist School of Fine Arts, Mr. Manson maintains a vibrant studio of talented musicians at Central Arkansas Music Academy. Richard Manson holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Holly Tilley was born in Texas but has lived and worked in Arkansas most of her life. She loves being outdoors and this is reflected in her love of Arkansas landscapes including favorites like Lake Ouachita. Another favorite is cows! She paints lots of them. Holly has studied with many local and nationally recognized artists. “The artists I work with inspire me,” she says. “It’s so fun to do what you love.” Holly is a member of The Art Group of Maumelle.
Richard Scifres majored in Theatre Arts at Ouachita Baptist University where he performed in many dramatic productions with character and lead roles to his credit. He was featured in the movie “Top Cop” filmed in Arkansas, 1992. Richard has been a professional musician for many years specializing in piano, acoustic guitar, keyboards, electric bass guitar and vocals. He currently serves at Little Rock’s First Baptist Church where he is an active member of the music ministry and orchestra.