Central Florida Community Arts is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Musical Arts organization that believes every artist of every age should have a cultural platform to connectserve, & perform!

Mission
CFCArts exists to enrich our community’s quality of life by making the arts accessible and affordable for all. We provide an inclusive and welcoming creative platform where individuals can connect by joining an artistic family, perform for audiences across the socioeconomic spectrum, and use their talents to serve the community.
Core Values

Our Core Values and guiding principles

We value integrity

therefore we are transparent in all that we do and conduct ourselves ethically, responsibly and honestly at all times.

We value quality

therefore we adhere to the highest professional standards in all our work, strive for excellence at all times, and consistently hold ourselves accountable for living up to those expectations.

We value creativity

therefore we celebrate new ideas, challenge our imaginations, and take responsible risks to broaden our impact and test the limits of our artistic horizons.

We value community service

therefore we collaborate with other artistic organizations when possible and we partner freely with local nonprofit service organizations to help them achieve their goals.

We value inclusiveness

therefore we do not tolerate discrimination of any kind, we welcome everyone into our artistic family, and we actively strive to reflect and fairly serve the rich social and cultural diversity of our community.

We value wholesome entertainment

therefore we offer a broad variety of artistic programs and learning experiences for children, families and grown-ups.  Most offerings are appropriate for a general audience, but if not, we are committed to communication to our patrons.

Connect, Serve, & Perform

We strive to tie everything we do into one or more of our three main purposes: connecting, serving, and performing.

Connect - Connecting is about building relationships. We aim to create a family that allows people to use their talents and abilities – to be able to sing, play instruments and perform together, all while building lasting connections.

Serve - Our heartbeat is serve and to give back to the community. To do this, we partner with local non profits and charities and perform at their fundraisers or for the clients they serve, at no cost.

Perform - Members of our Choir, Orchestra and Children & Youth Arts programs all have the opportunity to perform in seasonal productions. We also offer music lessons, workshops and classes at our School of Performing Arts, and thereby equip local artists to do what they do, even better!

History
After years of music making, the founders of Central Florida Community Arts (CFCArts), Joshua Vickery and Jonathan Cole, came to the realization that Central Florida does not offer many cultural platforms for EVERY musician to use his or her talent. Therefore, in September of 2010, they decided to begin the journey of creating an incredible community arts program. They began reaching out to influential people in the Central Florida area and every one of them responded with overwhelming support – thus, Central Florida Community Arts was born. Since then, many people have been working hard to make this dream become a reality – the organization was molded into a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity and a Board of Directors and a team of staff members were both developed.

Success in the new venture came early – after a successful kick off in February 2011, CFCArts performed their inaugural concert to over 1,200 people in May of 2011, with a choir of over 130 singers and an orchestra of over 35 players. That choir has since grown into 3 separately-themed choirs with over 400 members total and their last concert reached over 5,300 patrons. CFCArts now also has a 130-piece community orchestra, 100 children and youth registered in their program for school-age performers, and a top notch vocal ensemble called Legacy!, that acts as the organization’s vocal ambassadors to the community. CFCarts gives back to the community by performing for other non-profit organizations for free, as well as hosts an annual performance summer camp program, at which underprivileged youths are enrolled for free, in order to introduce them to the arts. Most recently, CFCArts has opened a School for Performing Arts in order to offer affordable lessons and workshops in applied arts to Central Floridians of all ages.

CFCArts’ success continues, they are confident about their vision and look forward to the future.

Meet the Team

Joshua Vickery
Joshua VickeryFounder/Executive Director
Joshua earned a B.A. Degree in General Education/Music at Palm Beach Atlantic University and has been a Worship Pastor, Fine Arts Director, and Executive Director of Central Florida Christmas Celebration. He has lead adult and youth choirs and orchestras with memberships exceeding 250 and has been a producer, director, and vocal coach in many of his ministry and educational roles. He is a member of the Young Nonprofit Professional Network and a Member Partner of Visit Orlando. He is currently employed as an Entertainment Manager at Disney.
Amy Martin Cole
Amy Martin ColeArtist in Residence
With 30 years at working and performing at Walt Disney World, Amy now enjoys teaching choral groups, vocal clinics and private coaching sessions. She holds a Music Education degree and can frequently be found either in the recording studio or performing.
Brandon Fender
Brandon FenderMusic and Office Manager
A Native Floridian, Brandon began singing and playing piano at a young age. He was a member of the Bach Festival Children’s Choir. He directed his first choir at age 15 and has continued to direct choirs and ensembles since. He was an All-State Musician in 2003 and graduated from Seminole State College, where he studied Music. He currently works in Entertainment at Walt Disney World.
Katherine Gray
Katherine GraySenior Director of Education & Families
Katherine received her degree in elementary education and taught music and theater at The First Academy and began a upper school theater program at Orlando Christian Prep. She has directed over 40 shows including Oklahoma, Annie, Aladdin and Cinderella. Katherine has also been a performer and trainer coordinator at Walt Disney World.
Lesley Greenslade
Lesley GreensladeSenior Director of Finance/Accounting
Lesley has 15 years background in executive management.  She is President of Greenslade Group, serving nonprofit organizations with business development and fundraising. Lesley attended Moorhead State University for Business Administration and has a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business.
Sharon Hegedus
Sharon HegedusSenior Director of Community Relations & Communications
Sharon holds a B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy and was an OT for 23 years, primarily as a Staff Therapist in Home Health and Psychiatry, as well as a Rehab Manager in an Outpatient Rehabilitation setting. The skills she gleaned from that career include interpersonal human relations, structure & organization, creative writing and problem solving, all of which have served her well during her tenure at CFCArts.
Rob Lott
Rob LottSenior Creative Catalyst
Rob has been a member of the professional artist community of Central Florida for over 10 years, during which time he has performed, created, and directed intimate atmosphere shows for local theme parks, as well as spectacle stage productions for large audiences. Rob is currently a performer and creative consultant for Odd-O-T’s Entertainment, and an Entertainment Show Quality Specialist for Walt Disney World.
Melyssa Marshall
Melyssa MarshallMember Services
Melyssa is a Licensed Massage Therapist, a Birth Doula and a lover of the arts. She contributes to the arts community by working tech, singing alto and administrating. Having worked for several organizations as an admin, her focus with CFCArts is membership.
Justin Muchoney
Justin MuchoneyCentral Florida Community Orchestra Director/Conductor
With a degree in Music Education and a focus on Instrumental Conducting, Justin has taught music at all levels, directed marching bands, conducted choirs and orchestras, and served as the Director of Music and Fine Arts for a large United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania. Originally from Pittsburg, PA, Justin currently works as an Entertainment Manager at Walt Disney World.
Nathan Poe
Nathan PoeSenior Director of Production
Nathan works in Walt Disney World entertainment, where he is a stage manager at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. He spent the previous 6 years at Magic Kingdom, where he managed a variety of entertainment offerings from parades to shows to special events.  He also works as a Lead Entertainment Manager with Walt Disney Creative Entertainment on many special events.
Nikki Alvarez
Nikki AlvarezRehearsal Director
Nikki graduated with Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees and then taught Middle and High School choirs for 8 years. She currently works at Walt Disney World as a casting director at the American Idol Experience and by teaching choral workshops, and performs with the Frog Choir at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Nikki is also the worship leader at Renew, a church in Ocoee FL.
Jana Cotta
Jana CottaAccompanist
Jana began playing piano at age 3 and was tested for perfect pitch when she was 5. She studied piano and theory at MacPhail Conservatory. The child of a Minister, Jana grew up playing and singing in churches, and as an adult served for many years as Music Minister in several churches in Florida. Jana currently works full time for a consulting company, and enjoys music as a sideline.
Eunice Culhane
Eunice CulhaneOrchestra Manager
Eunice discovered her love of music in children’s choir, which later progressed to local theater. However she fell in love with the violin in her early teens and has since had the privilege of playing with various orchestras and ensembles in two continents. She is a techie, a blessed wife, and the mother of three energetic children.
Brandon Fender
Brandon FenderRehearsal Director
A Native Floridian, Brandon began singing and playing piano at a young age. He was a member of the Bach Festival Children’s Choir. He directed his first choir at age 15 and has continued to direct choirs and ensembles since. He was an All-State Musician in 2003 and graduated from Seminole State College, where he studied Music. He currently works in Entertainment at Walt Disney World.
Gale Green
Gale GreenAccompanist
Playing since age 6, Gale studied piano for 11 years from private teachers and at Cadek Conservatory Chattanooga.  She started accompanying high schools choirs and ensembles when she was in ninth grade and has served as church accompanist at South Seminole Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN, and First Baptist Oviedo, FL. Gale works full time at Siemens Energy, Inc.
Jacob Haines
Jacob HainesRehearsal Director
Jacob has been a professional actor/singer/dancer for over 15 years, and teaches voice and conducts locally in his spare time. He has worked as a singer/actor with some of Central Florida’s best ensembles and theaters, including the Orlando Philharmonic. Jacob was the assistant director for Mad Cow Theatre’s production of MACBETH, assistant director for THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the Garden Theatre, and holds a degree in instrumental music education from Auburn University with a concentration in wind band conducting.
Kevin Harris
Kevin HarrisDirector, Gospel and Classical Choir
A graduate of UMKC Conservatory of Music, Kevin has led choirs and orchestras, music camps and conferences all over the nation. His company, Harrisland Studios, provides voice coaching and training, song writing, arranging and production. He is the Music Minister for Windermere Union Church and a sub for Voices of Liberty at Walt Disney World. His philosophy is that music is a special gift that binds us together, touches our soul and helps us become one family.
Daniel Lovelette
Daniel LoveletteAccompanist
Daniel received his B.M. in Music Education from Shenandoah University in 2002. He has worked as a music teacher in Orlando for the past twelve years. In addition, he has spent many years accompanying for vocal studios, churches, and various theaters.
John Mason
John MasonAccompanist
John is a current Graduate Student at UCF, earning his Master of Arts in Choral Conducting. John earned his Bachelor of Music in Pipe Organ Performance from the Florida State University.  He is the current Music Director at Atonement Lutheran Church in Orlando and was recently hired as an accompanist for the Theater Department at UCF.
Kyle Mattingly
Kyle MattinglyAccompanist
Kyle Mattingly graduated from UCF with a B.A. in music performance and then worked with the UCF Conservatory Theatre as a staff accompanist. He was a director of music for a church for several years – writing, arranging and directing amateur and professional musicians and singers. He currently works as a musician at Walt Disney World and as a freelance performer, arranger and director.
Glenn Osbourne
Glenn OsbourneRehearsal Director/Accompanist
Wm. Glenn Osborne earned degrees in organ performance from Westminster Choir College, the University of Notre Dame, and the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud in Aix-en-Provence, France. He regularly serves as accompanist, director, and/or composer for numerous choral groups.
Katherine Gray
Katherine GraySr. Director of Education and Families/Bugz Show Director
Katherine received her degree in elementary education and taught music and theater at The First Academy and began a upper school theater program at Orlando Christian Prep. She has directed over 40 shows including Oklahoma, Annie, Aladdin and Cinderella. Katherine has also been a performer and trainer coordinator at Walt Disney World.
Melanie Aguirre
Melanie AguirreParent Liaison & Communications Director
Melanie has been singing in church and school choirs for many years. She has extensive knowledge and experience in childhood education through her involvement in summer camps and work in a day care center. Melanie believes in encouraging children to explore the arts so they can develop and obtain the tools and confidence needed to succeed in any area they love.
Kimberly Allen
Kimberly AllenYouth Production Assistant - Show Me Some Glee
Kimberly auditioned for her first solo in Kindergarten and has been hooked on singing ever since. She has performed in several choirs and enjoys sharing her love for music with the children and youth in CFCArts.
Julia Barnett
Julia BarnettBeginner Music Director - Bugz
Julia earned a B. S. Degree in Elementary Education at the UCF and is an experienced classroom teacher
and fine arts director. She currently is musical director of the Beginner’s programming at CFCArts.
Michelle Carroll
Michelle CarrollIntermediate Show Director - Willie Wonka Jr.
Michelle received her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from University of Florida and has worked as a public school (Fifth Grade) and private school (Fine Arts) teacher. A few of her favorite credits include The Sound of Music (Maria), West Side Story (Maria), and The Secret Garden (Mary Lennox).
Erin Nygard
Erin NygardIntermediate Musical Director - Willie Wonka Jr.
Erin graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is presently teaching voice at CFCArts to students of all ages in classical, pop or Broadway styles.  Erin’s desire in teaching is to help each student find his/her own unique voice and to encourage a love for music and fine arts for a lifetime.
Rachael Rutherford
Rachael RutherfordYouth Musical Director - Show Me Some Glee
Rachael has loved music ever since she can remember. She has received both a Bachelors and Masters in Music Education and has been teaching music at various levels over the past 7 years. Integrating music into every aspect of life is a passion of hers.
Savannah Simerly
Savannah SimerlyYouth Show Director - Show Me Some Glee
Savannah is a working actor and photographer in Orlando and has her BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of West Florida. She couldn’t be more thrilled about working for CFCArts.
Benjamin Smith
Benjamin SmithYouth Show Director - Show Me Some Glee
Benjamin is ecstatic to be a part of the CFCArts family. He went to the University of Central Florida for BFA Musical Theatre. He performs with many entertainment companies in the area, including Universal Studios and Disney World.
Whitney Thornberry
Whitney ThornberryAssistant Director of Children and Youth Arts
After receiving a BFA in Theatre from Auburn University, Whitney worked with WDW Entertainment for seven years and numerous children’s programs including The Master Class Academy and The Lost Colony. She joined CFCArts onstage last season in Oklahoma and What Christmas Means to Me.
Nathan Poe
Nathan PoeSenior Director of Production
Nathan works in Walt Disney World entertainment, where he is a stage manager at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. He spent the previous 6 years at Magic Kingdom, where he managed a variety of entertainment offerings from parades to shows to special events.  He also works as a Lead Entertainment Manager with Walt Disney Creative Entertainment on many special events.
Nikki Alvarez
Nikki AlvarezTalent Casting Director
Nikki graduated with Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees and then taught Middle and High School choirs for 8 years. She currently works at Walt Disney World as a casting director at the American Idol Experience and by teaching choral workshops, and performs with the Frog Choir at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Nikki is also the worship leader at Renew, a church in Ocoee FL.
Mark Catlett
Mark CatlettTalent Casting Director
Mark is currently a Producer for the American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Prior to Disney, he was the Assistant Artistic Director for Seaside Music Theater. Mark holds a BA in Speech Communication and an MFA degree in Musical Theater, and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.
Matthew Hughes
Matthew HughesStage Manager
Matthew is a Florida native and a graduate of the UCF’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. He spends his days working with the talented team over at The American Idol Experience at Walt Disney World. CFCArts has brought Matthew back to his love of being “behind the scenes,” both as a stage manager and a technician.
Rob Lott
Rob LottSenior Creative Catalyst
Rob has been a member of the professional artist community of Central Florida for over 10 years, during which time he has performed, created, and directed intimate atmosphere shows for local theme parks, as well as spectacle stage productions for large audiences. Rob is currently a performer and creative consultant for Odd-O-T’s Entertainment, and an Entertainment Show Quality Specialist for Walt Disney World.
Sean Middlebrook
Sean MiddlebrookProduction Stage Manager
A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2006 (B.A. Theater), Sean pursued his career goals with the Walt Disney Company immediately thereafter. Today, as an Entertainment Manager at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, CFCArts provides Sean the opportunity to continue his passion for the stage outside of work.
Kate O'Neal
Kate O'NealTalent Casting Director
Kate has over 30 years experience as a professional singer & actress & has experience in entertainment, management & training in business & social service organizations. She received vocal training at Indiana University and Berklee College of Music & Improv Training through SAK Comedy Lab. She is presently a Casting Director for The American Idol Experience.
Chad Faulkenberry
Chad FaulkenberryChairman of the Board
Chad is a Certified Financial Planner, and partner of Integrated Wealth Solutions of Raymond James in Orlando. His passion for music began at the age of 10 when he took his first drum lesson, and has been playing ever since. He enjoys playing drums for his church, as well as drums and percussion for the performances of the Central Florida Community Choir.
Dean Bosco
Dean Bosco
Dean currently serves as a Wealth Advisor for BB&T. He serves on several local Boards including the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. He is an active member of Grace Fellowship Church and has sung with the Central Florida Community Arts Choir for three seasons.
Sara Brady
Sara Brady
Sara Brady Public Relations, Inc., specializes in crisis management and strategic communications. She has been named PR Professional of the Year by FPRA and one of Orlando Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful People. Sara also serves on the board for the Orlando Science Center.
Julie Castañer
Julie Castañer
Julie Castañer is the co-owner of Castañer Insurance Agency with her husband, Carlos. She has worked in the insurance industry for over 25 years. This experience is what she brings to the board at Central Florida Community Arts, but her passion of singing and love of the arts is what drives her to get involved.
Mark Catlett
Mark Catlett
Mark is currently a Producer for the American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Prior to Disney, he was the Assistant Artistic Director for Seaside Music Theater. Mark holds a BA in Speech Communication and an MFA degree in Musical Theater, and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.
Jonathan Cole
Jonathan ColeCo-Founder & Board Emeritus
Jonathan grew up in the Central Florida area with a passion and love for the arts that started at a young age, while learning to play the piano. After initially co-founding and then being on the Board of Directors of CFCArts, he graduated with his Master’s Degree in Worship Arts – Leadership from Liberty University in 2013 and is now the pastor of music and worship at Westview Baptist Church in Belleville, Illinois. He is extremely grateful to have been able to serve an incredible organization such as CFCArts.
DeAnne Curto
DeAnne Curto
DeAnne has a background in purchasing, telecommunications, and project management as a defense contractor.  She has been an educator for traditional and honors students and currently works as an educational therapist for The Master’s Academy. DeAnne has a B.A. in English from Florida Atlantic University and a M.A. in Human Resources from Rollins College.
Rob Lott
Rob Lott
Rob has been a member of the professional artist community of Central Florida for over 10 years, during which time he has performed, created, and directed intimate atmosphere shows for local theme parks, as well as spectacle stage productions for large audiences. Rob is currently a performer and creative consultant for Odd-O-T’s Entertainment, and an Entertainment Show Quality Specialist for Walt Disney World.
Kristen Magana
Kristen Magana
Kristen’s involvement in the arts began more than 20 years ago with her introduction to her “first love,” the viola, which she played through the collegiate level. Now an attorney with a husband & daughter, Kristen has rediscovered her love for playing in a community setting and has performed in many CFCArts productions and outreach events.
Sarah Mattingly
Sarah Mattingly
Sarah Mattingly has been on staff at Northland, A Church Distributed since 1998 and among many hats she wears there, she serves as their Director of Events. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Organizational Communication.  A native Central Floridian, Sarah has a love for this community and is excited to watch the arts flourish!
Mary Recchia Brown
Mary Recchia Brown
Mary is President of The Recchia Group, a strategic marketing consulting practice. She previously held marketing leadership roles with The Walt Disney Company, RKO Broadcasting & the March of Dimes. She has held volunteer roles at Heart of Florida United Way, Adult Literacy League, & has been Past Chair of Orlando Regional Small Business Chamber of Commerce & of the Orange County Board of Zoning Adjustment.
Stephen Summers
Stephen Summers
Dr. Stephen Summers joined CFCArts in Summer 2011, and continues to perform in the community choir, classical choir, and orchestra. He holds a doctorate in chemistry and currently serves as Dean of Arts & Sciences at Seminole State College.
Patrick Thompson
Patrick Thompson
Patrick is an attorney for the State of Florida and the Federal Middle District of Florida. A graduate of Seton Hall Law, he concentrated in the field of intellectual property and has been very involved in copyright, trademark, and entertainment law – his work in these fields in particular have prepared him for work with Central Florida Community Arts.   
Joshua Vickery
Joshua VickeryFounder/Executive Director
Joshua earned a B.A. Degree in General Education/Music at Palm Beach Atlantic University and has been a Worship Pastor, Fine Arts Director, and Executive Director of Central Florida Christmas Celebration. He has lead adult and youth choirs and orchestras with memberships exceeding 250 and has been a producer, director, and vocal coach in many of his ministry and educational roles. He is a member of the Young Nonprofit Professional Network and a Member Partner of Visit Orlando. He is currently employed as an Entertainment Manager at Disney.