Who We Are

michelleMichelle Murray started Selah Academy for the Arts in 2001.  She teaches English/Humanities, French, Drama, Flute and Musical Theater.

She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Music from Bob Jones University in 2001. She also studied enough credit hours for undeclared minors in French and Dramatic Productions. 

She studied the Language Arts four-year course A Word in Season with the founder, Pat McFarlane, during High School. She helped as a grader and assistant teacher for younger classes during her senior year. She enjoyed the experience and was excited to return to teach A Word in Season classes after college. 

Michelle has directed over 40 plays with Selah, and she enjoys working with students to develop and showcase their specific talents. 

She completed a summer ministry and language study in France and Quebec, Canada. And she leads a group of students to Slovakia to teach English Camps every summer. 

She has played the flute for 21 years  and performed with the Bob Jones University Concert Band and Flute Choir. And she plays regularly at her church. 

She loves the beauty of art and making history and the art of communication come alive for her students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stephanie eddy

Stephanie Eddy "I began pursuing beauty through the visual arts and through music in my childhood. Art classes, piano lessons, and chasing birds around my backyard with a 110mm camera all fed these passions and eventually led me to an Associate degree in music and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in the visual arts. While in college, I took courses in drawing, painting, color theory, sculpture, ceramics and photography.

During my college years, I also started going on missions trips led by Michelle Murray. Serving the people of other nations and bringing the name and love of Jesus to them has changed my life! I love that my jobs give me the freedom to take summers off of work for missions. 

Since graduating from college in 2014, I've started my own growing photography business, taken up watercolor as a medium, and more recently started teaching art lessons. I love capturing family moments and love sharing my love of beauty with my students" (Stephanie Eddy). 

 



 

 

 

 

 

hannah 3

Hannah Gronseth directs choral numbers and conducts the musical productions at Selah. She received a bachelors degree of Music from the University of Houston in 2007.

While at the university, she was a section leader in the University Chorale, an honors and award-winning show choir under the direction of Dr. Betsey Cook Weber. During this time, the chorale was invited to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association and the prestigious Eesteddfod in Wales, UK. Hannah also performed in many other choirs and small vocal ensembles.

Hannah performed in the operas Die Fleidermous and Eugene Onegin at the Moore's School of Music at UH.

She has taught piano for 9 years, and she is the worship coordinater at her church. She is a part of the BAMTA and GCMA professional organizations. She recently married and is enjoying the beauty of two voices in harmony in the song of life.  

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Villarreal is an assistant drama teacher for Selah Academy of the Arts. As a former drama student at juliaSelah, she performed the lead roles of Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Kathy in Singing in the Rain. She also carried supporting roles in Annie Get Your Gun, Hello Dolly and Hidden Valor and The Importance of Being Earnest.  She studied ballet and piano for four years and is an experienced singer. She has had many opportunities to work with kids, and loves sharing the joy of the dramatic arts with them. Julia is a full-time college student acquiring a degree in dietetics. It is her desire to use her degree and experiences to serve others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



heidiHeidi Early is an assistand director, technical director and choreographer for the musical productions at Selah. She trained with the Bay Area Christian Performing Arts Center and coached younger dancers there.

She has taught dance at Selah for eight years and choreographed Beauty and the Beast, Hello Dolly, Annie Get Your Gun, and Singin' in the Rain, Sound of Music, Malcolm, and Mary Poppins.