Faculty & Staff

Alison Branham

Middle & High School Music Teacher

Teaches: Middle School Choir, Music Appreciation, Dual Credit Music Appreciation, Chorus

Joined Ben Lippen Team: 2016

Education: Columbia College, B.M. – Church Music & Vocal Performance with a Minor in Vocal Pedagogy;  University of South Carolina, M.M. in Opera Performance; Concordia University – Ed. D. Candidate in Higher Education Administration & Transformational Leadership


Mrs. Branham received a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Columbia College followed by a Master of Music degree from the University of South Carolina. She is currently working on a Doctorate of Education with an emphasis in Teacher Leadership Using Music in the Academic Classroom. Mrs. Branham has been coached locally by Dr. Lillian Quackenbush, Lanny Palmer, Dr. Donald Gray, Gene Ferguson, and Dr. Tina Stallard. Through the years, Mrs. Branham has performed several operatic roles both nationally and internationally, including Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Donna Anna in Gazzaniga’s Don Giovanni, Sister Angelica in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Despina in Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte. Currently, she is on the music faculty at Columbia International University and teaches in the pre-college at Columbia College. She has been married to her husband, Rusty, for 16 years and has two children. Mrs. Branham has worked extensively with special needs students of all ages and revels in their ability to share the glory of God with others through their musical gifts. Working with students of all ages is her passion and she hopes that her students leave her studio equipped to serve and share with the song that is in their hearts. “Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine.” [Beethoven]

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