The Worship Arts Academy at First Baptist Lafayette exists to glorify God by training musicians of all ages to play skillfully on their chosen instruments to magnify the greatness of the Lord (Psalm 33). The Academy specifically combines a well-rounded musical education with various opportunities to share music in worship and missional situations.
Fall 2019 Dates to Remember:
August 19 – December 13 (16 weeks) – Regular Semester Lessons
November 24 – 29 – Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Sunday, December 15, 2019, 5:15 p.m. – Students will perform a Christmas or religious piece as a prelude to the 6:00 p.m. evening service at First Baptist Lafayette. Additional outreach performances may be added.
Although many things in life allow us instant gratification, we strongly believe that students need time, discipline, and consistent exposure to be able to grasp the benefits of a music education. The Worship Arts Academy offers private lessons on a semester basis only. In addition to their chosen instrument, all students follow an Academy-wide music theory and sightsinging curriculum, which helps them better understand and communicate about the music they hear and play.
Dr. Joshua Carver – Guitar, Bass Guitar, Composition
Dr. Josh began playing guitar at age 13. He earned a degree in guitar performance at Louisiana Tech and graduate degrees in music theory and composition from UL-Lafayette and LSU. Dr. Josh has composed music that has been performed across America and Europe and has played guitar with bands and orchestras of all kinds. He is currently the Associate Minister of Music at First Baptist Lafayette and administrator of the Worship Arts Academy.
Lana Carver – Voice
Lana Carver earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Lana has taught students private voice for 10 years, and currently is the Children’s Choir Coordinator at First Baptist Lafayette and the High School Music Teacher at First Baptist Christian School. As a worship leader, Lana is passionate about helping others to realize their potential to worship and equipping them with skills necessary to lead others in worship.
John Frank Reeve – Voice
John Frank is the Minister of Music at First Baptist Lafayette, as well as Artistic Co-Director or Chorale Acadienne. He holds degrees in Vocal Performance from Louisiana College and the University of New Orleans and did postgraduate study at LSU with Martina Arroyo and Dr. Steven Austin. He is an active performer, having been heard on the stages of the New Orleans Opera Theatre, Baton Rouge Opera, Mississippi Opera, and numerous other performing venues. He has held vocal teaching positions at the University of New Orleans and Louisiana College and was the Fine Arts Director at Lake Country Christian School in Ft. Worth, TX. John Frank co-founded Another Child Foundation in 2009 to support ministry to at-risk and orphaned children in Romania.
Sharon Ringo — Piano, Organ
Sharon has been teaching piano and organ for 30 years. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. She was the staff pianist for First Baptist Lafayette from 1977 - 2006 and has been the church’s staff organist since 2014.
Craig Fossier — Guitar
Craig has enjoyed the guitar and music since middle school. That love brought him to the University of New Orleans where he studied music theory and composition. Craig has had original songs performed by choir and orchestra, as well as by praise and worship bands with a lead vocal.
Matthew Cobb – Drums, Saxophone, Bassoon
Matthew has been a music educator for over 4 years. He studied music at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he earned a bachelor’s degree. Matthew has played in a wide variety of styles and productions with several regional orchestras and ensembles, and he continues to practice and sharpen his teaching and performance skills.
**If you are interested in an instrument not listed, we can help you find an instructor. Please contact Dr. Carver here.
Recital and Performance Opportunities:
Each semester at Worship Arts Academy ends with a school-wide recital. Students may also have solo or group worship opportunities in church services or area mission outlets.