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People who support local artists are simply amazing. Even more so amazing are people who also support youth who are just beginning to develop their musical talent. When you cheer us on by coming to our shows and singing along, tapping your toes and dancing to the music it encourages us to work even harder to make good music for you and for the community. Thank you to all who supported Big Dreams 2015. We hope to keep you singing and dancing in the new year to come as well!

Cheers~

American Idol Talent Loren Lott Supports Big Dreams

The Big Dreams Concert will be held at The Red Clay Theater 3116 Main Street, Duluth, Georgia 30096 at 6pm on Sunday Dec. 20th! Avoid the lines and get your tickets in advance for $10 and $15 at the door. 

Dreams Do Come True!

Last weekend a group of students and I had the opportunity to see the new group Serendip perform live in Atlanta. If you are a fan of America’s Got Talent you will remember this musical group of four friends who use cello, harp, voice and piano to excite listening ears. Their story is one of how destiny sometimes lines things up to make dreams you didn’t even know you had come true. When you read their story on www.SonsOfSerendip.com you will find these words, “Music was a hobby, not the intended goal.”

What dream is inside you that you haven’t discovered yet?

National Gospel Music Educator To Present Award At Big Dreams 2015

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Rev. Glorious J. McCall is a sought after clinician, composer, writer, teacher, preacher. She taught in the Tucson Public School System for 15 years as a Choral Director, and in the Christian School Sector for 5 years as Music Teacher as well as an Elementary class room teacher for 4 years. Minister McCall has served as Min. of Music in several churches and various congregations ,in Arizona, New Mexico and Georgia and has supervised children’s ministry for more than 20 years. She is currently serving as Minister to Children at the Ray of Hope Christian Church Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale Sr. Pastor, in Decatur, GA.

She is a tenured faculty member of the internationally acclaimed Gospel Music Workshop

of America, Inc. (Rev. James Cleveland, Founder) and has published several books and manuals on music ministry. She is an instructor and writer with the Ohio based Children’s Music Ministry Workers Conference. Min McCall was licensed to preach the word in 2002, since then she has brought the spoken Word, to hundreds in revivals, seminars and conferences.

She is the founder of “The Children’s Music Explosion” the only known national

Workshop conference designed for children and children’s workers with nationally acclaimed clinicians in music, dance, and drama She is an entrepreneur, operating Glory Institute School of Music, for 12 years.

A woman of God, serving another generation with the WORD through music and preaching. Click here to purchase tickets to the Big Dreams Concert. 

Just Announced: Myra Brown at Big Dreams Concert 2015

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We are happy to announce that Actress, writer and director Myra Brown will be gracing the Big Dreams stage on Sunday, Dec. 20th! She will be co-presenting the Hollis Award which is given by Dana Rice Music to an inspiring school music teacher for outstanding service in helping students in pursuit of their Big Dreams.

Ms. Myra as she is affectionately called by many from around the globe. Myra currently serves as Artistic Director of Allen Entrepreneurial Institute at Camp Exposure, a leadership and entrepreneurial Institute for youth from around the globe located in Lithonia, GA., She has worked with young people in grades 5th-12th using theatre skills to promote leadership and entrepreneurship. Ms. Brown has written and directed over one hundred plays with entrepreneurial and leadership skills. In addition to her work at Camp Exposure, she has worked with various collegiate students using performing arts to enhance entrepreneurship and leadership. She is proud of the work she has done with The Yali Mandela Fellows, part of President Obama’s leadership initiative aimed at various young leaders of Africa Nations. Ms. Myra also works with the Allen Productions, in T.V. and Films.
Recently she travelled to Texas to help implement an Edutainment Project for Youth.

A graduate of The Legendary Morris Brown College. A former College Queen and Miss Black Atlanta most talented winner is no stranger to Stage, T.V., and Film. Myra is a sought out Acting Coach and is The Founder of Act-N-Up Youth Theatre. An active member of Atlanta Business Women’s Association, Golden Dome Chapter. Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc., Theta Alpha Phi National Honorary Theatrical Society.

Ms. Myra is an active member of Salem Bible Church, where she works in various Ministry capacities. Ms. Myra is the mother of one beautiful daughter, Ali’Yah Arnold-Martin and Glam Ma to grandson baby Myles’

Ms. Myra, “The Theatre Lady,” Loves God, Family, People and Theatre

We salute Myra Brown for her commitment to supporting the development of young artists! Click here to purchase tickets for the Big Dreams Concert on Sunday Dec. 20th at 6pm.

Who Inspires YOU?

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Every year students in the Dana Rice Music Studio are encouraged to do something special for their school music teacher. Whenever I mention this to them their initial reaction is usually something like, “Why would I do that when I have you? YOU should be the music teacher of the year!” Wow. That really makes me feel good as a music teacher- especially since there are very few (if any) awards designed for private music teachers to receive public recognition for the work they do. However, I also want my students to make connections with what they are learning at school and what they do after school. It is these connections that will help deepen their learning and increase their levels of success. So, I remind them that I am not a SCHOOL music teacher and that there are many things their school music teacher shows them that helps with their piano learning.

This year I decided to give an award and present it at the Big Dreams Concert. Each student was given the opportunity to nominate a school music teacher they have had to receive the award. The great thing about kids is they are very honest. They don’t want to give somebody an award who they think does not deserve it. I am pleased to say that the students have chosen 4 teachers to nominate. These are people they feel inspire them and believe in their dreams. I can remember one particularly inspiring arts teacher of my own, Mr. Hollis Pippin. He went above and beyond his classroom duties to help me follow my dream of being a performing artist. He took a personal interest in my life. As a private music educator this type of relationship comes naturally because we work with students one on one. Music classroom teachers don’t automatically get to have this type of relationship with students because there are so many of them. That is why I believe in recognizing the few music classroom teachers who do manage to build this type of relationship with students.

So, for the very first time at The Big Dreams Concert we will be presenting the Hollis Award (named in honor of the arts teacher I mentioned before) to one of the 4 teachers the students have nominated. The nomination letters have all been delivered and we can’t wait to honor these fantastic teachers at The Big Dreams Concert on Sunday, Dec. 20th at 6pm in Duluth, GA!

Who inspires YOU and how will you honor THEM?