Suzanne D. Grant, Choral Director
Northwestern Middle School
Ms. Grant came to Northwestern in 2012 from New York City where she lived and worked as a freelance musician and music teacher. Prior to her time in New York, Ms. Grant taught Choral Music at Haynes Bridge Middle School, Centennial High School and The Peggy Still School of Music. She has also taught in Fayette County and Lawton, Oklahoma.
Ms. Grant holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia where she also finished her undergraduate work after attending Shorter College for 2 years. In addition to teaching choral music, Ms. Grant gives solo performances, accompanies, teaches private voice and piano, and serves as a guest clinician for honor choirs around the Southeast. She is a former member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. She has also served as the Georgia Music Educators’ Association, District V Choral Chair.
Charles Baugh, Choral And General Music Teacher
Elkins Pointe Middle School
Charles Baugh, a native Atlantan, is a cum laude graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory and an Associate of Science in Commercial Music/Recording. Currently Choral and General Music Teacher at Elkins Pointe Middle School, he taught Choral and General music at Haynes Bridge Middle School from 1993-2005 and taught Choral and General Music in Dekalb County 1992-1993. Mr. Baugh was one of three teachers in the state to write the Georgia Performance Standards for Middle School General Music. He has served on both Curriculum Writing and Textbook Adoption Committees for Fulton County Schools and was a contributing author to Strategies for Teaching Music: General Music 6-8 published by MENC. He wrote curriculum materials for Atlanta Opera’s first school matinee. Mr. Baugh has presented clinics at GMEA In-Service Conferences and the National Middle School Association Conference. In March 2000 he conducted the world premier of Mary McAuliff’s The Wave at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall as a part of Fulton County Schools Music in Our Schools Month Celebration.
Mr. Baugh has been the Study Guide coordinator for Atlanta Opera’s student matinees, served on Atlanta Opera’s Education Advisory Committee and on the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammies) Atlanta Chapter and the Grammy in the Schools Committee. He served four years as the General Music Division Chair for the Georgia Music Educators Association.
As a performer, Mr. Baugh has been a featured tenor soloist with such ensembles as Atlanta Musica Antiqua, Choral Guild of Atlanta, Sessione Senese per Musica e L’Arte in Sienna, Italy, the Tallis Scholars Summer School in Uppingham, England, and performed two solo concerts at London’s renowned Saint Martin-in-the-Fields. In his 13th season with the Atlanta Opera Chorus, other ensemble credits include the Michael O’Neal Chamber Singers, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He has been a regular performer with the Georgia Renaissance Festival and Stone Mountain’s Crossroads village and has appeared as a guest performer at the Alabama and Carolina Renaissance Festivals.
Also an actor, Mr. Baugh has been featured in Atlanta area productions such as Titanic: In Concert (Henry Etches), A Christmas Carol (Bob Crachit, Fred), Fallen Angels (Willie), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theseus), Hamlet (Polonius), The Taming of the Shrew (the Pedant) and Amahl and the Night Visitors (Kaspar).
Donna Fallis, Choral Director
Hopewell Middle School
Mrs. Fallis is in her nineteenth year of teaching music, with fifteen of those years in Fulton County schools.
A graduate of Georgia State University with a masters degree in Music Education, Mrs. Fallis performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus for over ten years, including two solo roles, and participated in numerous recordings and performances of masterworks under the direction of the late Robert Shaw. She has also been a presenter and panelist at the Southern division of Music Educators National Conference. In addition, she has been the Director of Music Ministries at North Springs United Methodist Church for the last fourteen years.
Mrs. Fallis is happily married and the mother of three sons – one at UGA and two at Milton High School. When she is not working, Mrs. Fallis enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and reading.