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Children’s Chorus


We are providing a unique class for the greater Richmond Community – spring Children’s Chorus for boys and girls in 1st-5th grades on Mondays from 5:30-6:30, starting April 3.  The Chorus will focus on singing skills, proper vocal development, and individualized attention.

Children’s Chorus (1st – 5th grades) Boys & Girls
All level of singers and beginners welcome. img_1008

Director: Carrie Haacke-Golden

Starts Monday, April 3
Mondays 5:30-6:30 pm, Room 200, Choir Suite
Registration : $25 per singer
Please Click Here to Register

End of the year Presentation will be held (date TBA)

Fall Registration Open!!

img_0991We are offering,

  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Guitar
  • Drums


  • $30 for 30 minute lesson
  • $60 for 60 minute lesson

The lessons will start on September 11.

We are adding more lessons in various instruments, so please let us know if you are looking for other instrument lessons that are now showing on our list.

Please contact or (804)237-7883 (Voice Mail) to inquire and register.

Looking forward to start making joyful sounds with you!!!

Valerie Pignato – Dance

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Valerie Pignato – Dance Instructor

Valerie Pignato is a Junior at James Madison University, studying Dance and Elementary Education.

She began dancing at the age of two and continued to take lessons at Jessica Morgan’s School of Dance – and later Marianne Kelley’s School of Dance.

Throughout her school years, she was a member of the studio’s competition team that performed locally and even nationally along the East Coast.

She danced in the annual Christmas parade in downtown Richmond, and performed for many community service events and fundraisers, such as the Virginia Dance Festival.

In addition to her training at her local studio, Valerie attended Chesterfield County’s Specialty Center for the Performing Arts at Thomas Dale High School.

She was part of the Specialty Center Dance Company all through her high school career. There she took weekly technique classes in ballet and modern dance and took part in weekly repertory rehearsals.

She was able to learn multiple dances from her teachers, as well as her peers, and she choreographed her own works.

During holidays breaks from school, Valerie took intensive programs through the School of the Richmond Ballet, and classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, NY, and the Governor’s School for the Arts at Radford University.

Valerie was a Teacher’s Assistant at her dance school for 5 years, before heading off to college. She enjoyed working with children of ages 3 to 13 in styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop.

At JMU, Valerie continues to train and further her study of dance. She is happy to have the opportunity to work with [insert program name] and looks forward to many exciting new experiences!

Shawnee Baird – Acting Coach


Shawnee Baird is originally from a small town in Southern Pennsylvania and is a professional singer/actor/dancer.

She holds a BFA in Musical theatre with a minor in Arts Management from Shenandoah University.

Shawnee has performed in a variety of theatre including theme park entertainment, murder mystery dinner shows, and children’s theatre.

Shawnee has been attending Bon Air Baptist church since 2014 when she moved to Richmond to tour with Theatre IV (now Virginia Rep on Tour).  She enjoys visiting home bound church members, volunteering at Wonderful Wednesday dinners, and running the Lemonade Stand – Get Plugged In center after the Gathering services with her Fiancé Stephen.

She has co-directed The Three Trees and The Last Supper along with Becky Hopkins for Bon Air Baptist Church.  She plans to begin auditioning again for local theatre productions later this year.  Shawnee also portrays Show Bear, the Virginia Rep mascot, at special events around Richmond and is a freelance video captioner for Rev.

Shawnee looks forward to using her experience and talents to help others interested in theatre prepare for the audition process.

Tim Bakker

Tim Bakker

TIM BAKKER published his first song at the age of twelve, demonstrating to those around him that his promising career in the music industry was imminent. From the age of 10 he was tutored at a prestigious private music school in Cape Town, South Africa while continuing his formal education at a public school and winning numerous music awards along the way. His final year of high school saw the crumbling of the apartheid regime in South Africa, and for the first time in 40 years, South Africans were allowed into international competition. It was during a school music tour to Europe, where he represented South Africa at a youth music competition and beat the rest of the world to win first prize, where he realized that music is his passion and cemented Tim’s determination to make music his career.

After graduating in 1997 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Performing Arts from Stellenbosch University, one of Africa’s elite music institutions, Tim enjoyed success in various performances around the country, ranging from studio session work as an instrumentalist, singer and producer, to classical performances, including freelance performances with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, playing in ballets, operas, symphony concerts, and musicals.

In 1998, while completing his postgraduate studies, Tim became the Music Director for a prominent church in South Africa and served there in various roles until 2004.

After traveling back and forth to Israel for 7 years, serving in various capacities with the ICEJ (International Christian Embassy Jerusalem) in Israel, Tim temporarily relocated to Jerusalem for 7 months, where he served as the Assistant Music Director for a large worldwide christian worship festival and also produced a LIVE album which was distributed internationally that same year. This led to Tim working with world-class musicians from around the globe and it became the catalyst for his eventual move to the USA.

By invitation, Tim moved to the United States to serve as the Music Director at a church in Boston, Massachusetts. He spent 3 years training and directing multiple music teams, while being involved in various music projects throughout the United States and abroad, including Central Asia, Africa, and Israel.

Tim returned to South Africa in July 2008 to spend a season with his family, but continued to travel.

In August 2009, he moved back to the USA where he took up a position as the Music Director at Journey Christian Church in Midlothian, Virginia. He served there for 3 years, after which he was invited to help plant a church in the same city. During this time he met his wife-to-be and they eventually served alongside each other to build a team from the ground up for a period of 18 months.

In January 2014, Tim shifted direction in his career and moved into music education and commercial music. He started teaching at School of Rock, America’s largest performance based education program with 160 schools around the world. He was promoted to the Music Director of two schools in the Richmond, VA area in January 2015. There he spends his time teaching keys, vocals, directing multiple season shows as well as the house band, and overseeing all the music programs of the school.

His passion for worship and the church remains as he participates in events and projects from time to time. Tim is also the founder of The Worship Space, an organization dedicated to equipping and inspiring churches, worship leaders and music directors through blogs, articles, shared resources and personal experiences.

He has traveled extensively throughout Southern Africa, Europe, Australia, Asia, Middle East, United Kingdom, United States and Canada. He has a heart for the nations and desires to play a part in reaching people and places through music.

He lives with his wife, Kate, in Richmond, Virginia.

Emily Hettervig – Musical Theater

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Emily Hettervig


Emily Hettervig is from a small town in North Dakota. Emily moved to New York and studied Musical Theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

She was recently seen off-Broadway in the Yankee Peddler as Elizabeth/Olga and touring around the country with Cornerstone Chorale and Brass.

Her favorite NY roles include Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Belle in A Christmas Carol, and Wendy in Peter Pan.

Elijah! God’s Faithful Prophet – Musical

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Join us Sunday, March 19 at 5:00 pm in the Sanctuary to see our children present this musical program.  Based on the First Book of Kings, this musical has it all: a wicked queen, miraculous pyrotechnics!

The story of Elijah, is relevant for today, with its themes of environmental consequences to human actions, human visions, and values conflicting with God’s desire for humanity, and the constant question of what “gods” and values we truly follow.

Musical You ®

Musical You® classes will be running from 3/15 to 4/5 at Bon Air Baptist Week Day School (BABWDS) from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, on Wednesdays by Mrs. Carrie Haacke-Golden.

Mrs. Haacke-Golden has been teaching weekly music classes in BABWDS this year.       Now your little musicians will have an opportunity to make their own music and create joyful sounds at your own homes.

If you are interested in future Musical You®  classes,                                                                      Please email for more information.