MEET THE MUSIC FACULTY
Ronald Davis Tolar, Discipline Chair & Music Instructor
began his professional music studies at The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. He earned the BM and MM degrees in MUSIC HISTORY and PIANO PERFORMANCE (1972, 1975). He was awarded several scholarships during the Bachelor Degree programs and was elected to the Music Honorary Society, Pi Kappa Lambda. While in Graduate School at FSU, Ronald received two Assistantships during the first year of his Master's Program where he played the piano for the Men’s Glee Club and also served as an assistant to the Piano Pedagogy Program. During the second year of graduate study he was awarded a prestigious Fellowship, the only student from the Music School to receive such an honor. In addition he was elected to the National Honorary Society, Phi Kappa Phi for a GPA of 3.8 or above. Mr. Tolar also plays the organ and was accepted into the Master's Program in Organ Performance at Florida State. He served as Organist for the First Baptist Church in Dothan from 1978 to 1992. During this time, a $6 million dollar expansion project was undertaken by the Church which included the selection and purchase of a newly built 52 rank Moller Organ, designed expressly for the sanctuary by Mr. Tolar. Today, he continues to be one of the two organists who plays for the worship services and special musical programs at First Baptist, alternating on a monthly basis with Dr. Angela Glover, also from Dothan, Alabama. Ron serves as Music Discipline Chair and also teaches Music Appreciation, Music Theory and Piano.
Phone: 334 - 556-2387
Rosemary Herlong Hunter, Fine Arts Division Director
Ms. Hunter earned a Bachelor’s of Music and Masters of Music in piano performance from The Florida State University in1980. She joined The Wallace Community College Faculty as a Music Instructor in 1999 and became part of a Duo-Piano Performing Team with Dr. Angela Glover, professor At Florida Baptist College in 2005.
Claudia Bryan, Director of Choral Programs
Claudia Bryan is the Director of Choral Programs at Wallace Community College in Dothan, where she directs The Wallace Sound, a show choir, and The Wallace Chorus. She received her Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of South Carolina, where she studied with Dr. Larry Wyatt, and her bachelors from Birmingham Southern College, under the direction of Dr. Lester Seigel. Prior to her tenure at Wallace, she served as the Director of Music at Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville.
Mrs. Bryan has conducted a variety of ensembles including concert choirs, community choruses, church choirs, vocal jazz ensembles, show choirs and madrigal ensembles. A mezzo-soprano soloist, she has performed with various church, community and collegiate ensembles. As a member of the American Choral Directors Association, she currently serves as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Show Choirs in Alabama. She is married to Russell Bryan. They have two-year old twin boys, William Oliver and Russell Conner.