The Team 2017-08-28T18:58:51+00:00
Joshua Vickery
Joshua VickeryFounder/Executive Director
Joshua founded CFCArts to enrich our community’s quality of life by making the arts accessible and affordable for all.

Read Joshua’s full biography

Katherine Gray
Katherine GraySr. Director of Education and Youth Programs
Katherine has been directing children’s musical theater since 2002 when she founded a performing arts program for Orlando Christian Prep. Since then, she has directed over 75 shows for multiple schools, churches and theaters and has taught music and drama to all ages of students; she has also been a performer and training coordinator at Walt Disney World. Katherine currently is the director of education and all youth programs for CFCArts.
Sean D. Middlebrook
Sean D. MiddlebrookSr. Director of Creative Development & Production
Having been involved in the Arts since childhood, Sean relocated to Orlando in 2006 from Boston, Massachusetts. Sean spent the last eleven years working for the Walt Disney Company in many different roles including Entertainment Manager in the parks and aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships. In 2012, Sean became a part of Central Florida Community Arts as a Production Stage Manager for many productions over the years. Currently responsible for managing the Production Teams for the organization, Sean is thrilled to call Central Florida Home.
Matt Heim
Matt HeimSr. Director of Marketing & Communications
Matt earned his Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Central Florida and has worked in arts marketing in Central Florida since 2011. Originally from Oklahoma City, he has been surrounded by music his entire life and enjoys singing and playing the bass guitar. Matt’s passion for the arts has expanded to volunteering and serving on the board of directors for the Garden Choir.
Shauna Smith
Shauna SmithSr. Director of Administration
Shauna grew up in Utah where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Weber State University. After graduating, she moved to Orlando in 2008 where she started working in various leadership positions in the Central Florida area. Shauna has always had a passion for the arts and performing and is so excited that she has found a home with CFCArts.
Leah Porrata
Leah PorrataDirector of Education and Youth Programs
Leah is originally from Columbus, Ohio.  After receiving her Bachelor of Arts and teaching certification in Theatre Education from Ohio Wesleyan University, Leah relocated to Naples, Florida to take the position of Director of Education at the regional theatre Gulfshore Playhouse.  While in Naples, Leah and her husband Jason co-founded Ave Maria Children’s Theatre, where Leah served as Managing and Outreach Director.  Leah is thrilled to be a part of the Central Florida community and the CFCArts family!
Justin Muchoney
Justin MuchoneyMusical Director/ Conductor, Symphony Orchestra
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 Pittsburgh, PA, Justin currently works as an Entertainment Manager at Walt Disney World.
Donald Rupe
Donald RupeDirector of Theatre
Donald received his Master’s Degree in Applied Theatre from New York University and has enjoyed a career directing and teaching Theatre ever since. He was a celebrated High School Theatre teacher for 8 years, and he continues to teach Acting and Theatre at Valencia College and Stetson University today.
Russell Stephens
Russell StephensDevelopment Manager
Russell Stephens, originally from Huntsville, Alabama, earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre at the University of Alabama before permanently relocating to Orlando in 2014. In addition to his credits as a performer, he has organized fundraisers benefitting Beat Auburn/Beat Hunger food drive and disaster relief in Haiti, and volunteered with arts organizations in Alabama and Florida since 2000. He takes great pride in his passion for bringing people together, and strives always to enrich the lives of those around him through any means possible.
Marissa Lattanzio
Marissa LattanzioMarketing Associate
Marissa has been involved with the arts since she was given a pair of tap shoes when she was 3. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre from DeSales University in Pennsylvania where she got to experience theatre from all aspects: from the box office, to the scene shop, to the main stage. Marissa also spent 4 magical years working at Walt Disney World – her favorite role was being part of the training team at Disney University where she got to welcome and train new cast members!
Rob Lott
Rob LottCreative 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-Ts’ Entertainment, and a Featured Actor and Singer for Walt Disney World.
Kaileigh Anne Buckley
Kaileigh Anne BuckleyEducation Manager
With a degree in Music Education, Kaileigh Anne has had diverse experiences working with musicians, performers, and students of all ages. She has over 16 years experience in vocal performance, in addition to credits in directing, pit conducting, and stage-managing. Her past experiences include teaching music and theater courses to young performers, in addition to teaching workshops regarding the techniques of Creative Drama to peers at the collegiate level. Additionally, she works for the Walt Disney Company in a variety of different capacities.
Bia Siva
Bia SivaMarketing & Development Associate
Bia is currently enrolled at the University of Central Florida and is working on her Bachelor of Arts in advertising and public relations, with a minor in marketing. She has been a flautist for over 10 years – having played in several bands and orchestras across Florida – and is now in the CFCArts Symphony Orchestra. Her passion for the performing arts extends to her volunteering experiences, years of playing the piano, and her main hobby: swing dancing. She hopes to further her involvement with the arts in tandem with her career path.
Scott Kinkead
Scott KinkeadCommunity Events & Artist Booking Administrator
Scott’s formal training comes from Kirkwood College and Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Ia. with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and Education but it’s the school of life through performing, directing, teaching and business management that he feels is what has given him the ability to coach students and achieve their personal goals. Scott has also been a Music Minister to Adults, Children and Youth for the past 20 years directing Choirs, developing arts programs for children, youth rock bands for middle and high school students and choirs. Currently, Scott works as a voice and piano teacher for CFCArts School of Performing Arts as well as directs children’s out reach choirs, special music projects, rehearsal director for the CFCArts Community Choir and is a member of Legacy.
Brandon Fender
Brandon FenderLead Show 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.
Sara Brady
Sara BradyChair of Board
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.
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.
Carlos Barrios
Carlos Barrios
For more than three decades, Carlos Barrios has dedicated his career to creating architecture that exemplifies excellence, innovation and the utmost attention to detail. He oversees Quality Control and Assurance on major projects and is responsible for the development of innovative delivery systems, staff development and mentoring. Barrios sits on the Corporate Board of Directors and serves on multiple committees.
Jim Bowden
Jim Bowden
Jim Bowden is the Director of Employee Relations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Jim began his career at Walt Disney World Resort in 1988. He has held a variety of leadership roles in hotels, park operations and human resources. Jim’s community involvement includes a grants program panelist for United Arts (2013-2015) and recently served as a board member for Center for Independent Living. He holds a B.A. in business management.
Mary Recchia Brown
Mary Recchia Brown
Mary is Founder & Chief Learning Officer at Possibilities YOU, an essential success skills training hub for small business owners & independent entrepreneurs. She is also a principal with Recchia Brown & Associates, a strategic-think-partner consulting practice facilitating nonprofit board retreats focused on strategic planning, visioning & executive transition.
Brenda Cole
Brenda Cole
A northern transplant, Brenda works as a residential sales agent with Keller Williams Winter Park. She and her native-Floridian husband have two very musical sons, and they have been supporters of CFCArts since its inception. Her son, Jonathan, just might have something to do with that!
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.
Scott Evans
Scott Evans
Scott Evans is the Visual and Performing Arts Administrator for Orange County Public Schools. He is proud to support over 600 amazing arts educators who provide arts learning opportunities to over 180,000 students. Previously, he served as an elementary music teacher and secondary choral director for the Orange County Public School system.
Vicki Fuller
Vicki Fuller
Vicki Fuller is the CFCArts Community Liaison for VITAS Healthcare, a hospice provider that cares for patients facing life-limiting illnesses. Vicki is a member of the Advisory Council for Senior Resource Alliance, and earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work from UCF. She is Stanford University-certified as a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Leader, and this year earned her certification as an Alzheimer’s Association Support Group Facilitator. A recent appointee to the CFCArts Board, Vicki indulges her creative side by singing with Musical Minds, and supporting her daughter in the CFArts Children’s Choir.
Paul Lartonoix
Paul Lartonoix
Paul Lartonoix is currently the Assistant Vice President at the University of Central Florida. As AVP, he has been charged with the organization of many high level projects. In recent years, Mr. Lartonoix co-produced the UCF Celebrates the Arts headed up the UCF International recruitment project titled, Global UCF. Mr. Lartonoix had previous UCF appointments as the Asst. Dean of the UCF College of Arts and Humanities. He served three years as the Director of the School of Visual Arts and Design, and five years as the Executive Director of the Orlando Repertory Theatre. Currently, Mr. Lartonoix serves on Boards for the United Arts of Central Florida, Orlando Repertory Theatre, and the UCF Theatre Professional Advisory Board.
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!
Jeff Moore
Jeff Moore
Jeffrey M. Moore is the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and a Professor of Music (Percussion) at the University of Central Florida. Prior to his role as Dean, he served as the founding Director of the School of Performing Arts and Chair of the Music Department. Active in all facets of percussion, he has performed with several major symphony orchestras and is a frequent performer of chamber music. He also performs on drum set, and is an international clinician, lecturer, and soloist. He served as an Associate Editor of Percussive Notes and is currently on the Board of Advisors for the Percussive Arts Society. In addition, he currently serves on the Boards of the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, the Orlando Repertory Theatre, the Orlando Philharmonic and A Gift for Music.
Mary Palmer
Mary Palmer
Mary Palmer, University of Central Florida Professor Emerita and former College of Education Dean, has taught in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve schools, as well as colleges, universities, and community settings throughout the world. As president of Mary Palmer & Associates, LLC, a consulting group in education and the arts, Mary assists schools and community organizations in transforming their practices through the arts. As founder of the Florida Alliance for Arts Education and a board member for numerous local, state and national organizations, she is a tireless advocate for arts education in schools and communities. She is Past-President of the Florida Music Educators Association, the Music Educators National Conference Southern Division, the Florida Alliance for Arts Education and is a member of numerous national, state, and community arts Boards of Directors. Palmer hold’s Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois.
Joe Saunders
Joe Saunders
Joe Saunders currently serves as the Southern Regional Field Director for the Human Rights Campaign, the largest advocacy organization in the U.S. working to end discrimination again the LGBT community, where he manages the organizations legislative and electoral programs in the Southern US. A former member of the Florida House of Representatives, Joe has been a leading advocate for the arts in Central Florida. Joe is a former board member of the Osceola Center for the Arts and currently serves on the Board of Directors for MadCow Theatre and Central Florida Community Arts.
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.
Dan Yee
Dan Yee
Daniel J. Yee completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts, Classics from Loyola University at Chicago, followed by a Bachelor’s of Science of Pharmacy from Midwestern University. He then completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree the following year, also from Midwestern. After completion of his PharmD, Dan completed Pharmacy Practice residency at Edward Hines VA Hospital in Chicago.Out of residency, Dan joined Dr. P. Phillips Hospital as a Clinical Coordinator. Dan decided to return to Orlando Health in March of 2011 to ORMC as a Pharmacy Supervisor and was promoted to his role as Pharmacy Manager of APMC in December of 2012. Dan currently plays violin for Central Florida Community Arts Adult orchestra. He joined Central Florida Community Arts in September 2012.
Jessica Guthrie
Jessica Guthrie
Jessica Guthrie is the President of One Compass Consulting, a management consulting company she founded in 2014. She specializes in guiding businesses and individuals in their right direction by developing strategic plans, driving operational plans and projects, and facilitating communications and organizational change. Jessica has always loved music and grew up playing flute and piano with various organizations. She enjoys the camaraderie of creating music together and connecting with others through the arts. She has been performing with the CFCArts choir since 2013. Jessica is actively involved in the community and participates in Toastmasters and Orlando Science Center events. Jessica and her husband, Vance, reside in their native Orlando, Florida and enjoy every opportunity to explore and travel the world.
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.
Kaileigh Anne Buckley
Kaileigh Anne BuckleyEducation Manager
With a degree in Music Education, Kaileigh Anne has had diverse experiences working with musicians, performers, and students of all ages. She has over 16 years experience in vocal performance, in addition to credits in directing, pit conducting, and stage-managing. Her past experiences include teaching music and theater courses to young performers, in addition to teaching workshops regarding the techniques of Creative Drama to peers at the collegiate level. Additionally, she works for the Walt Disney Company in a variety of different capacities.
Jason Bailey
Jason BaileyVocal and Saxophone Instructor
Jason has enjoyed singing and being on stage since the tender age of 5 and music, singing, and performing has been his passion. He graduated with a B.A. in Vocal and Instrumental Education with an emphasis in Jazz Studies from Spring Arbor University. Since graduating, Jason has been an actor, a teacher, and worship leader. His acting and singing career has included tours with Missoula Children’s Theater, American Family Theater, Rocky Mountain Repertory, and his all-time favorite, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre where he played Sparky in “Forever Plaid” for two years. He has taught choir and band to 5th graders through high school students in public and private school and has been a teaching artist for Oregon Children’s Theatre, Salem Keizer Inspirational Teen Theater, and will be teaching with Orlando Rep this summer. In terms of his instrumental experience, Jason has been playing the saxophone for nearly 27 years and has played in a number of jazz bands and ensembles, including performing with jazz great Dan Lanphere. Jason is also an accomplished vocalist and performer and is excited to bring all his musical knowledge to help students reach their potential.
Phoebe Blume
Phoebe BlumeString Instructor
Phoebe is a graduate of Hartwick College in upstate New York with a degree in Music Education.  As a student there, she played in the Hartwick College Orchestra and String Quartet, as well as the Catskill Symphony Orchestra.  Phoebe worked with music students in New York and Connecticut before moving to Orlando.  She now teaches middle and high school orchestra in Apopka.  Phoebe also plays violin in the CFCArts Orchestra and helps direct the CFCArts Young Artists Orchestra, including the new String Ensemble.
Jessica Van Dyke
Jessica Van DykeClarinet Instructor
Jessica started playing clarinet when she was twelve years old and hasn’t stopped since! She participated in Marching Band, Concert Band and Symphonic Band throughout high school and college. She attended the University of Central Florida where she majored in Music Education and graduated in 2009. essica is an elementary music teacher in Orange County. In her free time, she is a member of the CFCArts Adult Community Choir and the Symphony Orchestra, as well as one of the CFCArts Young Artist Orchestra Administrators.
Brandon Fender
Brandon FenderVocal Instructor
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.
Heather Horton
Heather HortonSaxophone Instructor
A native of North Carolina, Heather began playing saxophone at a very young age.  She directed her first music ensemble at 16 years old, which was the experience that made her decide to pursue music further.  She has performed in wind ensembles, jazz bands, quartets and with solo work.  These ensembles carried her to perform all throughout the southeastern region of the states, and even to Madrid, Spain, where her marching band performed in La Cabalgata de Los Reyes Magos Parade.  Her performance experience really hit a forte when her quartet was invited to perform for the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference in Tennessee.  Heather graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Appalachian State University.  Since relocating to Orlando, Heather stays active in the music community by performing in a local wind ensemble and the Candlelight Processional Choir at Walt Disney World during the holiday season.  She is thrilled to be able to share her love of music by teaching through CFCArts.
Mary Thompson Hunt
Mary Thompson HuntArtist In Residence and Audition Coach
Mary Thompson Hunt has performed as a professional actor and comedic improviser for over 30 years. For 18 of those years, she improvised at Pleasure Island’s Comedy Warehouse at Walt Disney World. She has also appeared on numerous TV series on UPN, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, HBO, and Showtime. In addition to many television and film appearances, Mary is a voice over artist and has been heard in many places including Disney World’s Epcot and Sea World Orlando. She also has been a host and co-host on various talk shows and has had the opportunity to interview many different celebrities. Mary holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership and has been teaching and coaching for over 20 years in numerous locations including The Walt Disney Company and The American International School of Yaounde in Cameroon, Africa.
Elise Jimenez
Elise JimenezCello Instructor
Cellist Elise Jimenez first began her studies at the age of 11 with the late cellist Susan Goldmann. She Jimenez currently performs with a variety of groups and companies, including the Orlando Philharmonic and the Gainesville Orchestra, and is the cello teacher at Central Florida Arts Community School. Her passion for chamber music led her to found the Apollo Quartet at the University of Central Florida, the Waldstein Piano trio at Stetson University and allowed her to win a chamber music assistantship at the University of Florida. Ms. Jimenez received a Masters of Music degree in Cello Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Steven Thomas, and completed her Bachelor’s in Music Performance at Stetson University under the instruction of David Bjella. In October 2011, she was named winner of Stetson University’s Concerto Competition, was awarded a William E. Duckwitz Talent Scholar and Roepke Endowment Scholar while at Stetson, and was a recipient of the Florida Bright Futures Medallion Scholarship. While at Stetson, Ms. Jimenez also served as the cello teacher in the Community School of the Arts and volunteered within Volusia County as a sectional leader to high school and middle school cellists preparing for All-State and All-County auditions.
Scott Kinkead
Scott KinkeadVocal and Piano Instructor
Scott’s formal training comes from Kirkwood College and Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and Education but it’s the school of life through performing, directing, teaching and business management that he feels is what has given him the ability to coach students and achieve their personal goals. Scott has also been a Music Minister to adults, children and youth for the past 20 years directing Choirs, developing arts programs for children, youth rock bands for middle and high school students and choirs. Currently, Scott also directs special music projects, rehearsal director for the CFCArts Community Choir and is a member of Legacy.
Lisa Leitl
Lisa LeitlInstructor
Lisa has spent her life as a successful fine artist.  In her early career she worked full-time as a highly successful vocalist, actor and voice over artist. With over 20 years of professional experience, Lisa knows firsthand the pressure of performing in arenas with 18,000 people and the unique challenges of creating an intimate show for an audience of 8. Today, Lisa’s music has evolved to include guitar and flute studies, as well as continuing her academic studies in Music Theory.  She is deeply devoted to helping young artists develop their craft by teaching performing arts classes including guitar, songwriting and acting classes. Lisa’s instincts and creativity are what set her work apart, as she is able to draw upon her deep history as a performing artist.
Shannon Lynn Vocal Instructor
Soprano, Shannon Lynn, holds a Bachelor of Music Education, with a focus on Voice, from Stetson University. While teaching chorus and musical theatre in Orange County, her choirs received numerous superior ratings. She has performed in community theatre throughout Central Florida. Favorite roles include Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Marian (The Music Man), Rosa Bud (…Edwin Drood), and Eve (Children of Eden). Shannon has been involved in CFCArts for four years. Within the organization, she is a member of Legacy!, a rehearsal director for the Community Choir, and a show director for the Children Youth Arts Program. Last season, she directed the High School Company’s production of Seussical the Musical. She is so excited to be back for another season as the show director for the High School Company’s Realms of Possibility: A Trilogy this fall!
Jamielee Page
Jamielee PageVocal Instructor
Jamielee Page received both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Purchase College Conservatory of Music. She has performed supporting and leading operatic roles in the greater New York City area. During her graduate studies at Purchase College, she was asked to teach non­music majors voice lessons. An active voice and piano teacher, Jamielee has taught at the prestigious Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Connecticut as well as the Rye Arts Center in Rye, NY and as a Headstart Pre­school teacher in Port Chester, NY. Jamielee is delighted to return to Central Florida and begin teaching with Central Florida Community Arts.
Madison Roach
Madison RoachFrench Horn and Beginner Piano Instructor
Madison graduated from University of Central Florida with a Bachelors degree in Music Education. She is originally from Texas and has played french horn for over 14 years. Madison is currently an elementary music teacher and works with students kindergarten through fifth grade. She is involved with the CFCArts Orchestra as well as the mass choir.
Rachael Rutherford
Rachael RutherfordVocal and Piano Instructor
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from University of Mississippi and a Masters of Music Education from William Carey University specializing in vocal development for all ages. Rachael can’t remember a time in her life where she wasn’t singing. She participated in any activity that would bring her closer to music; piano lessons, community musicals, state choirs, and private voice lessons. Rachael has spent the last six years teaching elementary students in Mississippi and Florida and loves to help students of all ages build a strong foundation in music.
Mark Sherlock
Mark Sherlock Theater Instructor
Mark Sherlock is excited for the chance to teach with Central Florida Community Arts. A Philadelphia area native, Mark holds an MFA in theater from Purdue University and a BA in theater from Temple University. As an actor, he has worked with Odd-O-T’s Entertainment, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Enchantment Theatre Company, Roxy Regional Theater, the Delaware Shakespeare Festival, and the Harrisburg Shakespeare Company. As a theater teacher, he has taught every age group in a variety of areas of the country. He believes that any student who is open and willing to learn has the ability to do theater – whether they are young or old, experienced or not. There are many ways to help students become connected and engaged with performing, and finding the way that works for each student is what Mark enjoys most about teaching theater.
Damien Simon
Damien SimonGuitar Instructor
Damien Simon is a composer and performer in Orlando. Damien, a graduate of the Purchase Conservatory and University College of Dublin, has been scoring and performing music for dance, theater, and film/television companies all over the country. Damien has spent years touring throughout the country and overseas as a concert guitarist and has garnered a unique style of contemporary and classical music. Damien teaches guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele, piano, music theory, and composition and has taught students of all ages through his own personal style of education in music.
Robby Stamper
Robby StamperTheater Instructor
Robby Stamper is an award-winning composer and alum of the Tony award-winning BMI Musical Theater Workshop. His musicals include The Order of Things (Eugene O’Neill NMTC Semi-finalist), Mother of the Year (The York Theater), It’s About Time (The Duplex; Off-Broadway Alliance Mentorship Project), and Helen on 86th St., as well as six children’s musicals, all with lyricist/librettist Nicole Kempskie. Helen on 86th St. (www.helenon86th.com), adapted from Wendi Kaufman’s celebrated New Yorker short story, premiered in New York in 2011. The school edition is published and licensed by Playscripts, Inc. and has been performed across the country and internationally. In addition, he has written the short musicals Picture Perfect and Dream Teen with lyricist/librettist Arianna Rose for the York Theater Company. Their song, “He’s On His Way” won the 2012 MAC Award for best song. He was a 2009-2010 Dramatist Guild Fellow with lyricist/librettist Andrea Frierson, with whom he has written Wild Roses and Sister Aimee: Live at the Capitol Theatre. He received the NEO (New, Emerging and Outstanding) Award from the York Theater Company for his outstanding work as a composer. As a teaching artist, he works with Tada!, Arts Connection, Camp Broadway and City Center’s Encores! In School programs, teaching Musical Theater performance and songwriting skills to kids throughout New York City.
Robby also teaches private piano and voice to all levels of experience, beginner to Broadway.
Erin Elizabeth Stillson
Erin Elizabeth StillsonVoice and Piano Instructor
Erin Elizabeth Stillson, mezzo soprano, is a professional singer, actress and chorister. Originally from Florida, she has performed in Chicago, New York, and abroad. She holds a Masters of Music in Voice Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a dance minor from the University of Central Florida. Roles include Kathy Selden (Singin’ in the Rain), Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Flora/Annina (La Traviata), Zaneeta (The Music Man), the title role in “The Diary of Anne Frank”, and a young Jackie Bouvier in “Grey Gardens” with the Sundance Theatre Laboratory Project at White Oak. She was last seen as Gretchen in Orlando Light Opera’s inaugural production of “The Student Prince”. While also cultivating her private studio, Miss Stillson teaches voice and musical theatre with the School of Arts at the Doctor Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and is a professional chorister with St. James Catholic Cathedral, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Queen of the Universe, and the Diocese of Orlando.
Deborah Venezia
Deborah VeneziaFlute Instructor
Deborah Venezia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ; a Master of Music in Flute Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, NJ and a Master of Divinity from Drew Theological Seminary, Drew University, Madison NJ. She currently performs with Canticle, Central Florida Sunshine Flutes, and Central Florida Community Arts Orchestra. She has performed Central Florida Winds and the Orlando Concert Band. Deborah was the principle flute with the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra in NJ. Her principle teachers were Paige Brook, Michael Parloff, MaryAnn Archer and James C. Scott. Deborah teaches privately and for the Walt Disney Company as part of the Youth Education Series. She resides in Kissimmee with her husband Ralph and her two dogs Maggie and Caddie.
Amy Easter-Warne
Amy Easter-WarneVocal Instructor
Amy Easter-Warne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies from the University of South Florida with an emphasis on Vocal Performance. She specializes in Classical, Opera, and Musical Theatre. Some of her favorite Roles include Mary Magdalene (Jesus Christ Superstar), Sister Robert Anne (Nuncrackers), Edwin Drood (Mystery of Edwin Drood), and Cassie (A Chorus Line). Additionally, she has performed with the Opera on Tap (Tampa), Central Florida Vocal Arts, Central Florida Community Arts Choir, and Legacy!. Amy recently served as Music Director for the Middle School Cast of Elf Jr. and Mulan Jr. and looks forward to working with them again in Realms of Possibility: A Trilogy. Amy recently began teaching Vocal Lessons with the CFCArts School of Performing Arts.
Tom White
Tom WhitePercussion Instructor
Tom started playing drums when he was in high school. Tom went on to study music at Seminole Community College and then continued his education at Rollins College, where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Percussion Performance. Along with teaching private lessons, Tom has also taught at Tajiri Performing Arts School and Olympia High School. Tom has a great passion for teaching. He enjoys sharing his knowledge, and experience of music with everyone. Interested in all styles of music, he encourages his students to have an open mind; to make them well-rounded musicians. Tom’s playing credits include playing for the Bach Festival Youth Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra of Winter Park. Tom currently is the drummer for the Pop-Rock band Chaddy Boom, which performs in venues all over the state of Florida.
Melanie Galiardo
Melanie GaliardoArtist in Residence
Melanie Galiardo has been a private vocal coach for over fifteen years and is Central Florida’s only certified Speech Level Singing Instructor. She has a Master’s in Music in Vocal Pedagogy from Belmont University and her Bachelor’s in Music from Stetson University.
David Kiyak
David KiyakArtist in Residence
David joined Orlando Ballet in 2010, and in the summer of 2011, he was invited by prima ballerina, Maniya Barredo, to perform in the Philippines as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. He also had the opportunity to perform as an on-call artist for Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba in Orlando throughout the year of 2014. David just completed his fifth season with Orlando Ballet where he performed numerous principle roles. He is now working as a guest artist, teacher and choreographer. David gives all glory to God for his gift of dance.
Scott Kinkead
Scott KinkeadArtist in Residence
Scott’s formal training comes from Kirkwood College and Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Ia. with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance and Education but it’s the school of life through performing, directing, teaching and business management that he feels is what has given him the ability to coach students and achieve their personal goals. Scott has also been a Music Minister to Adults, Children and Youth for the past 20 years directing Choirs, developing arts programs for children, youth rock bands for middle and high school students and choirs.
Mary Thompson Hunt
Mary Thompson HuntArtist in Residence
Mary been professionally improvising and teaching for over 30 years and has interviewed and worked with numerous celebrities, executives, and politicians from all around the world. In addition to television and film work, Mary is also a voice over artist. She is married to graphic artist, Jason Hunt.
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.
Jason Bailey
Jason BaileyArtist in Residence
Jason graduated with a B.A. in Vocal and Instrumental Education with an emphasis in Jazz Studies from Spring Arbor University. Since graduating, Jason has been an actor, a teacher, and worship leader. His acting and singing career has included tours with Missoula Children’s Theater, American Family Theater, Rocky Mountain Repertory, and his all-time favorite, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. Jason has also been playing the saxophone for nearly 27 years and has played in a number of jazz bands and ensembles, including performing with jazz great Dan Lanphere.
Kevin Harris
Kevin HarrisArtist in Residence
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.