Meet The Team Behind OMMA 

Carolyn Carlson

Carolyn Carlson


Dr. Carolyn L. Carlson joined Ozark Mountain Music in 2017 as a parent of two musicians and became the director in 2019. She holds two doctorates (a Ph.D. in Literacy Education and a J.D. (Law)), a M.S. in Literacy Education, and a B.A. in Japanese. As a university professor, she teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in literacy education, research, and education law. She is the author of numerous journal articles, has spoken at numerous national and international conferences, and has been awarded grants for both community projects and research projects. Dr. Carlson is the winner of the 2013 A. Roy Myers Excellence in Research Award, the 2013 Kansas Reading Association Research Award, the 2009 Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association Research Award, the 2009 Kansas Reading Association Research Award, as well as other awards recognizing her research.

Randy Garoutte.jpg

Randy Garoutte


Randy has been involved with OMMA since 2017.  His daughter, Emily, is part of the OMMA music troupe.  He has seen first-hand how music can influence a young person's life.  He understands the importance of preserving the musical heritage of the Ozarks by passing it along to future generations of young musicians.  He holds a degree in veterinary medicine from Oklahoma State University College of Medicine and is a practicing veterinarian in Springfield, MO.  He is married to his wonderful wife, Teresa, and has two daughters.

Jeff Michel.jpg

Jeff Michel

Vice President

Jeff is a long time native of the Ozarks.  He serves as President of the Board of the Mountain Grove School House Jam.  His expertise in Old Time fiddle music has been passed down from the previous generation of Ozark fiddle players. His is known to be an expert in Taney County history and also serves on the Board for the Society of Ozarkian Hillcrofters.  He is the owner and operator of Michel Electric. He is married to Heather Michel and they have 3 daughters.  


Wendy Wright

Secretary & Treasurer

Wendy has been involved with OMMA since 2011.  Her daughter, Sophia, was part of the OMMA music troupe as a child, and she is now an instructor for the summer camp.  Wendy and her husband, Eric, have been dedicated to immersing their children in the culture of Traditional Ozark Music and Bluegrass. She is committed to preserving OMMA so that future generations may have the unique experiences that playing this style of music can bring as well as helping to preserve Old Time Music of the Ozarks.  She is the Development Director for Gloria Deo Academy in Springfield, MO.  She holds a Master of Science in Communication from Missouri State University.

Larry Sifford.jpg

Larry Sifford

Board Member

Larry is a native to the Ozarks. He began playing banjo when he was 21. He performed on the Mississippi River Boats, Huck Finn & Becky Thatcher, playing Dixieland music. He played in several country music groups throughout the years and was a founding member of the Missouri Boatride Bluegrass Band. His instrument of choice is the upright bass.


Nathan McAlister

Board Member

Nathan has spent the last 25 years studying traditional fiddle and banjo styles and is on the leading edge of old-time square dance music in the Ozarks. He blends a repertory of traditional Ozark fiddle tunes with an energetic raw approach to southern American fiddle and banjo music. He currently teaches fiddle and banjo at the Acoustic Shoppe in Springfield, MO.

Curtis Copeland

Curtis Copeland

Board Member

Curtis was raised in Springfield, Missouri, and spent the majority of his summers and weekends at his grandparents place in Branson, Missouri.  He developed a passion for Ozarks history and culture at a young age, and continued to pursue that same interest into his adult life.  Curtis received his degree in Cartographic Sciences from Missouri State University in 1997.  He has been the Geographic Information Systems Coordinator and mapper for the City of Branson for over 20 years.  Curtis enjoys hiking, camping, and floating in the Ozarks with his wife Crystal, and their 3 children, Olivia, Sebastian and Coulter.  Curtis was a founder of the bluegrass independent record label, Mudstomp Records.  He was also a screenwriter, producer, and actor in Baldknobber, the movie. (A feature film about the Ozarks vigilante group from the 1880's, set to be released on DVD worldwide on April 2nd).  In 2017, Curtis Copeland helped to revive the 80-year old, organization, The Society of Ozarkian Hillcrofters- an organization dedicated to the preservation of Ozarks history, culture and environment.

Tony Hinkle.jpg

Tony Hinkle

Board Member

Tony has over 30 years of experience in the music industry as an entertainer, event management and production. He has developed educational programs for mid-18th century and Civil War era music. He has toured with several area bands and plays at festivals in the 4-state area with his current band, the Flyin Buzzards. He is a utility player for Nashville recording artist Shawn Campbell. Tony serves on the Board for Ozark Mountain Music, Greater Ozarks Bluegrass Association and McDowell Gold Jubilee.

Amanda Murphy-Roberts.jpg

Amanda Murphy-Roberts

Board Member

Amanda is an Alumni of Ozark Mountain Music and camp. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from MSU and is currently working on a Master of Music Performance. She has played music much of her life, playing classical violin and fiddle music for 19 years. She has performed for “Play His Praises Orchestra” for 10 years, where she also teaches violin and music theory. She has been an instructor for Ozark Mountain Music Camp since 2011.

Wayne Massengale.jpg

Wayne Massengale

Board Member

Wayne Massengale was the Arkansas State Fiddle Champion at age 17, as well as a founding charter member of the Arkansas Fiddlers Convention and host to many fiddle contests. He has been a legendary fiddle player in the Branson show industry for 37 years including the Roy Clark, Country Tonite and has been with Grand Country since 2005.

Mike Micham.jpg

Michael Micham

Board Member

Mike has been performing with his wife for over 30 years. He is proficient in guitar, fiddle, banjo as well as comedy and dance. His emphasis is folk and Irish music. His specialty at camp is teaching kids a love of music, stage presence and to have fun! He will also help to organize the final show at the end of camp.

Bethel University

Honorary Board Member

Follow Us On Facebook!



  • Facebook Social Icon

Contact Us



Phone: 417-631-2442