Our Staff

Gary Hallquist

GARY HALLQUIST: Director, Carolina School of Music

In addition to being the director of Carolina School of Music, Gary is the music pastor at Colonial Baptist Church, Gary holds a Doctor of Worship Studies degree from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, Florida, a Master of Theological Studies from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, a Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from North Texas State University in Denton, Texas; and a Bachelor of Music Education from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gary was Assistant Professor of Worship Ministries at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary for four-and-a-half years. He has served as Minister of Music and Music Associate at a number of churches in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana. He is a widely published composer of church choral music, an arranger, orchestrator, engraver, and recording artist who plays the saxophone, clarinet, and flute. In addition to his musical endeavors, Gary enjoys playing golf and fishing.


Nancy Siedschlag: Ministry Assistant

Nancy is now the supervisor and facilitator of the Carolina School of Music in addition to serving weekly in the church orchestra at Colonial Baptist with her skills playing the french horn. She also plays in the CBC brass quintet.




CHERYL COLEMAN holds a Master of Music Degree in Voice from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Tampa.  She has sung professionally including musical theater, opera and choral works, most notably with The Tampa Bay Pops Orchestra, the Dallas Opera and the Duke Chapel Evensong singers.  She has also won various vocal competitions over the years.  She has been teaching voice for more than 20 years and has inspired several of her students to pursue music and singing at the next level.  She is passionate about helping her students learn proper singing technique, breath control, musicality and stage presence.  She teaches voice from beginners to advanced students, as well as beginner piano.  


MARY FULLER  holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Clarks Summit University where she was a member of the concert choir, a small vocal ensemble, a traveling octet, and participated in the college orchestra for several oratorios. She has taught clarinet, voice, and piano at the Carolina School of Music since 2004 and has since added saxophone to her teaching schedule. Mary plays alto saxophone in the CSofM’s jazz ensemble, and assists in leading the small band ensemble. Mary seeks to guide each student to their best level of performance through good technique and knowledge of music theory.

Winifred Marecheau

WINIFRED MARECHEAU holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Winston-Salem State University and a master’s degree in Music Education from Jackson State University. He has also earned a certificate in Academically Gifted Education from UNC-Charlotte. Winifred has served as strings instructor in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and is currently a strings teacher in the Wake County Public Schools. He instructs students primarily in violin but also cello and viola.

PAUL SCHIRMER holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Colorado. He began playing percussion and piano at a young age, continuing formal education in these through high school. He went on to study classical guitar in college, and has been playing drums and leading worship in churches for over ten years. He is passionate about a diversity of musical styles, and loves to encourage creativity and joy in the learning process.He teaches drums and guitar.

Nancy Siedschlag

NANCY SIEDSCHLAG holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She played french horn in various school bands and orchestras as well as the two community orchestras. She completed a six month internship at Dorthea Dix Hospital in Raleigh and was employed there as a music therapist for three years. Her music involvement included the orchestra at Mid-Way Baptist church for 15 years, as well as a woodwind quintet at NC State for 2 hears. Nancy has been an instructor at Carolina School of Music for over fourteen years. She has taught special needs students in a semi-private setting and continues to work with special needs students at the school. Her principle instrument is the French horn which she plays in Colonial’s orchestra. Nancy primarily teaches french horn, trumpet, guitar, and piano.


MARK STARLIN began studying guitar as a teen under the instruction of Robert Richter, a jazz guitarist and musician in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has been playing in churches for the past 30 years; and, he writes and arranges music for the jazz groups.   He has developed his own guitar instructional series of books titled The Better Guitar Method. Watching his students grow as musicians and individuals motivates Mark’s teaching.


ELIZABETH TAYLOR has been a band director in Wake County Schools, working at Fred J. Carnage GT Magnet Middle School and West Cary Middle School. She has been with Wake County for 28+ years. Her primary instruments are oboe and flute, but teaches all band instruments at beginning and intermediate levels. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mars Hill College, and a Master’s of Music Education degree from Meredith College.

LISA ZINNECKER holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Baylor University.  She taught Elementary Music for 14 years in Houston, Texas and many years of private lessons in piano,  trumpet and french horn. Lisa plays french horn in the Colonial Orchestra and enjoys playing piano whenever she has the opportunity. Seeing students grow in their enjoyment and mastery of music is her primary goal!