Servant Academy Staff

We are excited about our continued growth and being housed in a Christian atmosphere here at Servant! We offer some of the finest instructors in the area. Our instructors are all vetted and provide the very best in reasonably priced private instruction. We are currently offering private classes in: Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Organ, Trumpet, Saxophone, Composition, Ballroom Dance, Voice,and now Beginning Guitar. Register for classes at the link provided here. Below is a list and bio of the instructors.

  • CRYSTAL JOHNSON, 

    COORDINATOR, SERVANT ACADEMY OF THE ARTS  | 

    Ballroom Dance instructor  

    Crystal brings experience in Performance Arts from many years of training in Oklahoma and in New York City. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Theatre Performance and Vocal Music Performance from East Central University. We are excited to see where she will lead the Servant Academy of the Arts program. Servant Academy of the Arts offers classes in Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Organ, Trumpet, Saxophone, Music Composition, Ballroom Dance (Crystal is the teacher), Voice, and Guitar. 

  • Danielle Petersen, Violin/Viola Instructor

    Danielle Petersen is currently pursuing her MM degree in Violin performance after graduating from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor’s in Music. At Oklahoma City University, she has performed as concertmaster for several concert sets and is currently in the graduate string quartet. In addition to violin, Danielle is an accomplished vocalist and uses her wide range of musical technique and knowledge to teach to all ages. With a strong belief that any child can learn to play a musical instrument and a background in Suzuki educational methods, Danielle is dedicated to serving Oklahoma through teaching music and building the character of each of her students.

  • Austin Rice, Violin Instructor

    Hailing musically from Kansas City, Austin Rice began his studies on the violin at the age of 11. As a notable performer in the Oklahoma City area, he is performing regularly in distinguished ensembles such as the Oklahoma City University Cyan Graduate String Quartet, the Oklahoma Composer’s Orchestra, the Oklahoma Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and the Painted Sky Opera Company Pit Orchestra. Currently, Mr. Rice is studying as a Master’s candidate at Oklahoma City University where he also completed his Bachelor’s degree in performance cum laude. While at OCU, Mr. Rice has served in many leadership positions such as Concertmaster, Assistant Concert Master, and Principal Second Violinist in the OCU Symphony Orchestra and the OCU Opera/Musical Theater Company Pit Orchestra. As well as being a passionate performer, Mr. Rice is also a dedicated educator and believes that anyone can has the potential of enjoying the performance medium and become a successful violinist at any level. Mr. Rice is currently a violin teacher at El Sistema Oklahoma and maintains a small private studio of his own. 

  • Danielle Kilhoffer, Piano Instructor

    As a graduate of Oklahoma City University, Danielle majored in music composition with piano as her main instrument. She also holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma. To date, Danielle has had forty public performances of her works. With 21 years of experience, Danielle has performed solo at various concerts in Oklahoma City and has accompanied choirs, singers, and instrumentalists. In the summer of 2014, she traveled as a musical ambassador to Costa Rica with Friendship Force of Oklahoma. She also traveled to Italy as a soloist with Church of the Servant’s Celebration Choir in the summer of 2015. Teaching composition and piano since 2007, she has a passion for sharing her knowledge and experience with her students, who regularly compete in area competitions. As a teacher, performer, and composer Danielle strives to use her talents to create a better artistic community for her home state of Oklahoma.  

  • Evelyn Talbot, Brass Instructor

    Evelyn Talbot, MM, is a local from Deer Creek Edmond, Oklahoma. Her journey on the trumpet took flight when she began studying the William Adam method under the guidance of Dr. Karl Sievers at the age of 15. Her studies with Dr. Sievers continued at the University of Oklahoma where she received a Bachelor’s of Music in 2015. After earning her BM, Evelyn decided to pursue a Master’s Degree with Greg Wing at Morehead State University, which allowed her to stay within the Adam pedagogy. After the completion of her Master’s Degree in 2017, Evelyn returned home joining the staff at the Academy of the Arts and the Rosenbalm Academy of Music. Evelyn frequently gigs in the area and is regularly involved with the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band and the Masopust Polka Band. Recently she was a part of Painted Sky Opera’s production of La Tragedie de Carmen and will be returning in the fall for the production of The Barber of Seville. As a second generation Adam student, she believes the trumpet is a therapeutic tool that anyone can use to develop and grow as an individual. Evelyn is excited to continue onward with her journey while helping others with their own.

  • Jenni Rose, Voice Instructor

    Jenni Rose has been singing since she was six years old and recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Music from Oklahoma City University. She taught students in Oklahoma and in her hometown of Houston throughout her undergraduate career, and fell in love with the practice. She is excited to be partnering with Church of the Servant to begin her professional music studio and spread the love of music to children and adults of all ages. 

  • Don Cole, Guitar Instructor

    Don Cole started playing guitar at age 12 and developed his style from many years of being self-taught. He wishes there had been a program like this for him when he was learning just the basics. Many of you know Don as the founding member of the “Gospel Guitar Guys” (G3) Band who have performed almost 600 times around 3 states, including 8 times in 3 different venues at Branson Missouri, or even further back in the Wind River Trio folk group, and in the Cotton Patch Bluegrass band which performed the Cotton Patch Gospel Musical, 23 times around the state; including 16 shows at the OKC Civic Center! The love of music keeps him motivated to share his knowledge and to now be an instructor in the Servant Arts Academy. And, if you already know Don, you know you will have FUN learning to play guitar.  

  • Katie Barrick, Fiddle/Violin Instructor

    Katie Barrick is a fiddler/violinist, based in the OKC area. She has a range of experience in solo and ensemble performance, composition, studio work, private instruction, and a colorful variety of gigs around the state. Her works for string quartet have been featured on nationally released albums, highlighted in the Chickasaw Nation’s “Profiles of a Nation,” and most recently performed in Seattle by the Spokane String Quartet and in Chicago by the Crossing Borders Music initiative. She is a graduate of Oklahoma City University’s Wanda L. Bass School of Music with a bachelor’s degree in Music Business and served as Education Coordinator for the OKC Philharmonic & Oklahoma City Orchestra League for three years. Katie maintains both a private teaching studio and serves as a Staff Violin Teacher at Servant Academy of the Arts.  She performs and records locally with the Kent Fauss Trio, and currently serves as Program Manager/Violinist for the Oklahoma Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.