Executive Leadership

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Joshua Vickery Founder & Executive Director

Joshua founded CFCArts to enrich our community’s quality of life by making the arts accessible and affordable for all.

Click here to read Joshua’s full biography

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Ethan LolleyExecutive Assistant
Ethan is an Alabama native and holds his Master’s of Music Education degree with a conducting emphasis from Auburn University. His love for the performing arts began with piano instruction in second grade. He has led music ensembles as a collegiate and drum corps drum major, youth orchestra conductor, and music director for children’s theatre. In 2015, he founded Drum Major Innovations, an educational institution that offers conducting clinics, camps, and competitions for aspiring drum majors. He currently serves as an instructor for the Macy’s Great American Marching Band. Ethan has performed with Disney Cruise Line, The Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort.

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Terrance HunterSenior Director of Programs
Terrance, an Orlando native, has been involved in the arts since elementary school. He received his degree in education and has worked with various cultural organizations throughout the state. Terrance has always had a passion for the arts and is excited to join the CFCArts family.

Artistic Leadership

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Brandon Fender Director of Choral Programs
Born and raised in Orlando, Brandon began taking lessons in voice and piano at age 6. His first choral experience was as a member of the Bach Festival Children’s Choir, and by age 15, he was directing his first choir. At the University of Central Florida, he studied vocal performance and music education, along with Hospitality Management, which lead to a career in Entertainment at the Walt Disney World Resort. In 2010, Brandon became a founding member of CFCArts and has served as a rehearsal director, senior team member, choral show director, and voice teacher for the organization. He currently serves as the Director of Choral programs, overseeing all aspects of the choral programs across the organization.

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Justin Muchoney Musical 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.

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John AlmeidaCo-Director of Big Band

John Almeida holds the BM in Performance from the Univ. of Alabama and an MA in Music from Appalachian State Univ. Mr. Almeida currently teaches Applied Trumpet at Eastern Florida State College and Seminole State College. He remains active as an adjudicator for the Florida Bandmasters Association. Mr. Almeida has been a guest artist/clinician in 14 U.S. states. His students have earned music degrees from numerous prominent universities and colleges across the U.S. John Almeida is a Yamaha Performing Artist. Mr. Almeida’s principal teachers include William Adam, Indiana Univ., and Thomas Wholwender, 2nd. Trumpet – The Cleveland Orchestra, and Joe F. Phelps, Appalachian State Univ.

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Daniel MaldonadoCo-Director of Big Band

Daniel received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Central Florida.  While at UCF, he participated in the Marching Knights, Jammin’ Knights, UCF Wind Ensemble, UCF Concert Band. He was an active member of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honorary service fraternity.  Daniel continued his education by enrolling in Summer Music Education Master’s program at Florida State University and graduated during the Summer of 2017.  He is currently the Band and Orchestra director at a local middle school in the Orlando area.

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Eric Yow Director of Dance
Born and raised in Wilmington, NC, Yow started formal training in dance at UNSCA in Winston-Salem, NC. After attending Juilliard he performed for The Martha Graham Ensemble, Dance Kaleidoscope, and Rioult. Yow was also seen on stages across Disney in shows such as Festival of the Lion King, Tarzan Rocks, Dream Along with Mickey, Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, and The Hoop Dee Doo Revue! In 2008 Eric formed Yow Dance, a modern dance initiative to bring accessible forms of dance to all. Yow is ecstatic to bring passion and commitment to inspire people to find their inner voice through dance!

Education Leadership

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Leah Porrata Director of Education, Youth Programs & Academy
Leah is originally from Columbus, Ohio. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts and teaching certification in Theatre Education from Ohio Wesleyan University, 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 served as Managing and Outreach Director. Leah is thrilled to be a part of the Central Florida community and the CFCArts family!

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Kaileigh Anne Tayek Director of Education, Program Development & Research
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.

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Rebekah Lugo-Melise Sr. Manager of Arts Equity & Access
Rebekah has been dabbling in the arts since second grade when she starred in Ponderosa Elementary’s rendition of The Little Red Hen. She became heavily involved in chorus opportunities throughout her schooling including and was able to participate in Florida’s All-State Chorus multiple times. In college, she studied language arts and received a Master’s Degree in Education. She is excited to have joined the team at CFCArts and looks forward to putting her personal experiences in the arts and education to use helping others.

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Ashley Lewis, MM, MT-BC, NICU MT Music Therapy Program Coordinator
Ashley comes to CFCArts as part of a partnership with AdventHealth, with degrees in psychology from the University of Central Florida, vocal performance from Florida International University and a masters in music therapy from Florida State University. Ashley’s extensive experience in performance and teaching stems from living in New York City for several years working as a professional performer and music teacher at School of Rock. She is thrilled to be in Orlando building her music therapy program in a performing arts setting especially as Ashley’s thesis topic examined stressors for performing artists and the use of music therapy to increase balanced mental health and wellbeing

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Erin Wolfe Education Coordinator

Erin 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. As a private voice and piano teacher, Miss Stillson has worked for Central Florida Community Arts and the School of Arts at the Doctor Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. She currently performs at Capone’s Dinner Show 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.

Marketing & Development Leadership

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Bia Silva Sr. Manager of Marketing & Development
Bia graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in advertising and public relations, with a specialization in journalism and social media. 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 interest in the performing arts extend 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 passions for language and culture.

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Sara BreitfelderMarketing & Development Coordinator

Sara graduated from Valencia College in May 2019 with an A.S. degree in Entertainment Design and Technology, with a specialization in Live Show. While at Valencia, she started an internship with the CFCArts Theatre, and continued to work on shows after graduating. Sara has always loved the arts, starting with dance as a young child to performing in Tarpon Springs High School Outdoor and Indoor Performance Ensembles (Color Guard & Winter Guard) during high school. Sara is so thankful to find a place at CFCArts.

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Bethany Dickens Grant Manager
Bethany Dickens has an MA in History from UCF and over ten years of experience in university and nonprofit administration, particularly in the areas of development and program management. She is so excited to bring her experience to the education team at CFCArts! In addition to her full-time role, she is a teaching artist, stage manager, and grant writer with CFCArts, the Literary Manager for MadLab Theatre of Columbus, and an Artistic Director with Playwrights’ Round Table. In her (clearly plentiful) spare time, she writes plays, reads everything, and goes on long hikes with her border collie, Apollo.

Administrative Leadership

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Shauna SmithDirector 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.

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Loretta Fredrich Choral Programs Administrator
Loretta is a retired educator who spent many years teaching music, math, and English to elementary and secondary students primarily in Missouri and Illinois. After a 15-year stint as Assistant Director of an Early Childhood Center at SIU Edwardsville, she has held several retail and administrative positions in San Diego and Orlando. Loretta has been involved with CFCArts since the 2011 fall season. She now happily calls CFCArts her focus as the arts and service are where she wants to spend her retirement years.

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Priscilla Greenough Orchestra Personnel Administrator

Priscilla has been involved with music since she started playing the flute in 4th grade. She was a member of an award-winning high school marching band and symphonic band and capped her instrumental career with four years in the Big Brown Music Machine at CSU Long Beach. Since relocating to Florida from California in 2004, she has been involved with several area choirs and has participated in the Candlelight Processional at Epcot as a member of the Walt Disney World Cast Choir for the last 8 years. Priscilla has been a member of the CFCArts Community Choir since its inception and works for the Walt Disney Company as a Guest Information Coordinator.

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Melissa Brown Symphony Orchestra Administrator
Coming soon…

Board of Directors

Carlos Barrios

BakerBarrios Architects, Inc.

Elisabeth Hurckes

Walt Disney World Resort

Dean Bosco

Clifton Larson Allen
Treasurer

Sisaundra Lewis

Professional Performer

Mary Recchia Brown

The Recchia Group

Rob A. Lott

Walt Disney World

Barbara Caldwell

Community Advocate

Jeffrey Moore

University of Central Florida

Nayte Carrick

KenMed Supply

Gary Moss

Retired/Simon Malls

Brenda Cole

Keller Williams Realty Winter Park

Dr. Mary Palmer

Mary Palmer and Associates

Jonathan Cole

Co-Founder, Board Emeritus

Katie Stocz-Miller

Orlando Magic

Scott Evans

Orange County Public Schools

Dr. Stephen Summers

Seminole State College
Chair

Steve Fessler

Community Advocate

Joshua Vickery

Founder & Executive Director

Kris Gault-Lewis

Embark Safety
Secretary

David Wheeler

Better Business Bureau

Jessica Guthrie

One Compass Consulting
Vice-Chair

Glen Winsor

Hilton Bonnet Creek

School of the Arts

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Anamaria Romero AcostaTeaching Artist: Outreach (art, creative writing)

Anamaria received a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts degree from the University of Central Florida as a multimedia artist. Her art practice involves inciting meditative moments of reflection from her audience through interactive installations. Her favorite art classes to teach are founded on highlighting student’s innate creativity and using unconventional materials. She currently teaches visual art and mindfulness/SEL classes for grades k-8. Her goal as an educator is to foster confident, mindful citizens, and life-long learners.    

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Angelyn Traylor Teaching Artist: Academy (piano)

Angelyn Traylor is a pianist and music educator in the Orlando area. At CFCArts, she teaches piano to students of all ages and ability levels and serves as an accompanist for various choirs and ensembles. Angelyn is also an active freelancer in the Orlando area, performing chamber music with other musicians, accompanying school groups, and playing for the Orlando Ballet. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education from Auburn University and a master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.

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Beth Hall Teaching Artist: Outreach (early childhood arts)
Beth Hall is a Florida native who lives a life of music. This is her fourth year with Central Florida Community Arts.  She has been a part of Legacy, the choir, summer camps and she also teaches the Bach and Babies program.  When she’s not teaching, she’s performing on stage. She was most recently seen as Madame Defarge in A Tale of Two Cities with Central Florida Vocal Arts.  She also created her own music program, which she teaches to infants through pre-k at a preschool in downtown Orlando. Her dream is to bring music to as many children as she can.

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Bethany Dickens Teaching Artist: Academy (playwriting)

Bethany Dickens is a University of Central Florida graduate, with over a decade of experience working as an actor, playwright, stage manager, fundraiser, and grant writer. She recently moved back to Florida after a stint in Columbus, Ohio, where she worked with MadLab Theatre, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and Actors’ Theatre of Columbus. She is excited to be back in her hometown and to be working with CFCArts’ education team. She also currently serves as a national mentor with MadLab’s Young Writers initiative and stage manages for local high school productions.

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Brandon SchneiderTeaching Artist: Academy & Outreach (voice, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, piano)

Brandon Schneider is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in music education. He recently moved to Orlando to begin working for Universal Studios Orlando as a seasonal performer for their holiday parade last November and continued to work there through the Mardi Gras Event. Before moving to Florida, he had spent most of his teaching time at Carmel Catholic High School where he coached students in the drama program for their productions, as well teaching private lessons at Steps Performing Academy.

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Cami MillerTeaching Artist: Academy (acting, voice)

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Carrell AndrewsTeaching Artist: Academy & Outreach (voice, piano, songwriting)

Carrell is a graduate of Southeastern University where he received a B.A. in Vocal Performance and a B.S. in Church Music. He’s a Worship Pastor with extensive knowledge and understanding of church music and worship leading. His studies during his time of education included, vocal pedagogy, solo performance, music education with a choir emphasis and songwriting.  Through his professional experience  he has gained knowledge of all styles of church music, solo classical, choral, and vocal jazz repertoire. Some of his strengths are musical leadership, forming and building worship teams, providing the fundamentals to developing one’s musicianship, and the ability to teach and demonstrate the proper vocal models for his students. Lastly, Carrell is also a gospel contemporary artist and singer-songwriter, he released a debut album entitled ”Out of My Lonely Place” in 2015 which is available on all digital music outlets. Carrell is very passionate about teaching music and serving others through his gifts. A fun music fact about Carrell is that he loves music theory and singing in his falsetto. 

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Charles Stevens Teaching Artist: Academy (voice, acting)

Charles Stevens is excited to be performing, albeit virtually, with CFCArts once more. He was last seen at the Feast of Fools with CFCArts production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Since then, he was in Punslingers the Musical at Fringe Festival, Once the Musical at Mad Cow, and Qualia at the Be Original New Works Festival; and if you’re lucky, you might see him swimming with Bruce the shark in Finding Nemo the Musical or hanging around a train in Hogsmeade. As well as being on stage, he was able to be behind the scenes for many youth productions at CFCArts as music director, notably The Little Mermaid and Dreams Come True, a Disney music revue. Every performance is dedicated to his wife, Lana, and his children, Lincoln and Finneas, but this one in particular is dedicated to all those who are on the front lines making life continue during the quarantine (doctors, nurses, those in the food industry) and also all the teachers who continue to educate our children virtually, and find new and creative ways to do so.

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Chris HicksTeaching Artist: Arts in Action (acting)

Chris relocated to Orlando from the Chicago area, where she headed up a highly recognized high school theatre program and taught Honors and Advanced Placement English classes. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Speech/ Theatre from Northern Illinois University and a Masters Degree in Teaching from National Louis University. Chris’ involvement with CFCArts includes teaching the Narrators! class as well as costuming and performing with the theatre, most notably as Ethyl in On Golden Pond and Mae Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, where she was recognized by the Orlando Sentinel as one of Orlando Theatre’s ‘Best of 2019’ Performers.

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David BernardTeaching Artist: Academy & Outreach (guitar, songwriting)

David Bernard is an alternative Soul Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist from Orlando FL.  He mainly performs throughout Florida and in Nashville, TN. He has released two EP albums, the latest “Now we are one” is now available on Spotify, iTunes and other Digital stores. David specializes in songwriting, singing, and guitar in all genres from Christian & Pop to Soul, R&B, and jazz.

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David VanegasTeaching Artist: Academy & Outreach (guitar, ukulele, multidisciplinary arts)

After pursuing his B.A. in Music Performance at Rollins College, David spent most of his time performing with a variety of ensembles in Orlando as a bassist and percussionist and teaching elementary music. His musical history is deeply rooted in jazz, funk, rock ‘n’ roll and the music of Latin America. He spent six years touring nationally with The Groove Orient and earned his M.A. in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has enjoyed working with CFCArts teaching a variety of music based workshops to audiences of all ages and abilities.

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Deborah Venezia Teaching Artist: Academy (violin, flute, viola)

Deborah 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.  While in New Jersey she performed with the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony NY, the Ridgewood Concert Band, Tea for Three Trio as well as many solo performances in the NY metropolitan area. She is a founding member of Éclectique and has performed with Disney’s Encore & Strings and Things Entertainment. She also performs with Peacock Winds and of course Éclectique. Her principle teachers were Paige Brook and James C. Scott. She also studied with Michael Parloff, and MaryAnn Archer. Deborah is a teacher with Central Florida Community Arts Academy and has an active studio in Central Florida. She was a facilitator with The Walt Disney Company Youth Programs and the College Edition and was a member of the creative team for the college programs.

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Dion DiDonna Teaching Artist: Outreach & Arts in Action (dance)

Professionally Dion is a Certified Pilates/Barre instructor, dancer & dance teacher; working both regionally & nationally. Performing with multiple professional ballet companies throughout the U.S., and currently performs as principal dancer “Lady Cimorene”/additional choreographer/fire dancer/aerialist for the original Victorian troupe “Phantasmagoria Orlando”, & choreographing for professional groups, high schools, & colleges throughout Central Florida.

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Dominique MarmolejoTeaching Artist: Outreach & Arts in Action (creative writing)

Dominique Marmolejo is an Orlando-based writer who has written live entertainment scripts, treatments, concepts, and lyrics that can be found in some of Central Florida’s biggest theme park destinations. In addition, Dominique is a poet and spoken word artist with a background in jazz vocals. Her work explores the nature of belonging and the intersection of improvisation across form. She is passionate about representation and the idea that everyone can see their narrative in the story of the world. 

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Erica HaglundTeaching Artist: Outreach (arts & literacy)
Erica Haglund is originally from the Midwest but relocated to sunny Florida in 2017 in search of warmer weather. She presently teaches high school in the Central Florida area. Erica holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Bachelor of Science in English Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in English. Erica is incredibly excited to work with the learners at CFCArts and work towards learning excellence.

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Erin Wolfe Teaching Artist: Academy (voice, piano, dance)

Erin 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. As a private voice and piano teacher, Miss Stillson has worked for Central Florida Community Arts and the School of Arts at the Doctor Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. She currently performs at Capone’s Dinner Show 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.

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Grace SellersTeaching Artist: Outreach (visual art)

Central Florida based artist, Grace Sellers has been painting since 2011. Her work is inspired by the natural world around her and features motifs like landscapes, animals, and botanicals. Besides her personal art practice, she has been teaching beginner art classes since 2017. She has enjoyed working with CFCArts teaching a variety of art workshops to audiences of all ages and abilities. Follow her on Instagram: @gracesellerss or visit her website https://gracesellersart.wixsite.com/home

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Jae JangTeaching Artist: Academy (piano)

Jae Jang is an accomplished pianist and highly experienced piano teacher. She has over 13 years of successful teaching experience with children and adults, and over 30 years of performing experience in classical music. Her performances include a series of solo, concerto, and chamber music concerts in South Korea and the United States. She has also collaborated with many other instrumentalists and singers throughout her many years of performing and teaching.

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Jessica FernandoTeaching Artist: Academy & Outreach (acting)

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Jessica relocated to the United States in 2014 and hasn’t looked back! Prior to joining CFCArts in 2019, Jessica worked with students between the ages of 3 to 12  immersing them in performing arts through imagination and play. In addition, she was also part of the East Coast tour of the “Power of One,” an anti-bullying show equipping elementary and high school students with invaluable resources for dealing with bullying situations. Jessica recently directed the CFCArts Company show, Heroes and Villains and continues to work as a Teaching Artist for Arts in Action programs. 

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Jessica Van Dyke Teaching Artist: Academy (clarinet)

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. She taught music for three years in Pasco County and currently teaches at Ocoee Elementary in Orange County.

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Jill DautzenbergTeaching Artist: Academy (voice, piano)

JILL is a graduate of the Millikin University School of Music in Decatur, Illinois, with a degree in applied voice/vocal performance. She also holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Jill is an experienced voice and piano teacher. She is accomplished in performing and teaching many types and styles of music such as opera, musical theatre, pop, classic rock, standards, jazz and blues. She has also directed praise and worship in Illinois and Florida. Recently, she has performed with several local jazz bands, toured with some of the best world touring Elvis Tribute Artists, and you can find her working with many Florida projects singing cabaret, R & B, country, jazz and blues. In addition, Jill can also be found playing piano at local piano bars and performing at local retirement communities. She is currently Music Director at United Church of Sebastian.

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Heather DiStefanoTeaching Artist: Academy & Outreach (voice, piano, multidisciplinary arts

With an MA in Music Education from Lindenwood University, Missouri native Heather Di Stefano moved to Florida in 2019 after an extensive music teaching career. She has taught music piano & voice privately for 20 years, was a music educator in public schools for 6 years and taught Kindermusik. Since joining the CFCArts Teaching Artist Team, she has enjoyed giving private voice and piano lessons and facilitating a variety of music & arts based workshops to audiences of all ages and abilities.

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Lori CrockerTeaching Artist: Academy (violin, viola, cello)

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Madison Roach Teaching Artist: Academy (french horn)
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.

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Michael O'Malley Teaching Artist: Academy (piano)

Michael O’Malley received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He has taught general and choral music in schools in Pennsylvania and he has served as musical director and/or accompanist for numerous professional and community associations including the Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association (PMEA), the American Choral Directors’ Association (ACDA), Marywood University’s Vivace Institute, Act Out Theatre, KISS (Kids Innovating Stage and Sound) Theatre Company, and AdventHealth School of the Arts at Dr. Phillips Center. In addition, he has worked with students of all ages in music programs and theatrical productions in schools throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania and Central Florida.

Michael has served as a full-time music minister and liturgist at church communities in Scranton, Pennsylvania; Naperville, Illinois; and Orlando, Florida. He is currently the Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Patrick’s Church in Mount Dora.

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Ralph Venezia Teaching Artist: Academy & Outreach (trumpet, percussion)

Ralph Venezia has been active in the Pageantry Arts and Music Festivals for over 40 years. Active as a performer,teacher, designer and clinician he has performed with the Ridgewood  Concert Band, Village Band, Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra and Orlando Concert Band.He was the Brass instructor for the World Campion Hawthorne Caballeros. His other ventures include being the principal designer for the Pequannock  High School band and Color Guard and numerous high school bands in the tri-state area including Randolph, West Milford, Wayne Hills and the Norwich Free Academy. His original composition, Three Coins In The Floutain,was recently premiered by the Central Florida Sunshine Flutes and he is the principal arranger/ composer for Canticle Flute Ensemble of Orlando Florida. A graduate of Oklahoma City University he studied trumpet with Roger Stewart and composition with Frank Lynn Paine and Ray Luke. Mr. Venezia is a facilitator for Disney Youth Programs and Adventures by Disney in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. He resides in Kissimmee with his wife The Reverend Deborah Venezia and Princess Margaret, The Kountess of Kissimmee, a Basset Hound and Brother Cadfael, the Prince of Wails, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi.

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Rick Lucchesi Teaching Artist: Academy & Arts in Action (ukulele)

Rick’s musical journey started with trumpet in elementary and junior high school, moving to guitar in high school, and then hitting the road with bands soon after. His musical travels brought him to clubs, hotels, and stages across the country including everything from the ‘Strip’ in Las Vegas to the Grand Ol’ Opry in Nashville. Along the way, Rick also had the great experiences of opening for groups such as Diamond Rio, Lonestar, Wade Hayes, Kenny Rogers, and many others. Rick performs rock, country, smooth jazz, classical, experimental, etc., on guitar, bass, mandolin, keyboards, dulcimer, harmonica, tenor banjo, Irish whistle, and baroque recorder. Rick’s education includes Composition/Theory and Guitar Performance at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and also private instruction. Rick is a member of The Registry of Guitar Tutors at London College of Music, and continues to write music for all of the instruments and musical genres he performs and enjoys. Visit his website at ricklucchesi.com.

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Sally LeslieTeaching Artist: Arts in Action (acting, storytelling)

Sally Leslie hit the ground running in 1997, teaching drama and English in two of South East London’s most-challenged middle schools. In 2001, her love for finding creative ways to connect students with their passions and abilities led her to New York City. In two urban colleges, she used creative methods to work with non-traditional students, igniting their passion for discovery, writing and much-needed expression. Now at Valencia College in Florida, Sally facilitates and writes courses on mindfulness, leadership training and Creative Problem Solving, among other topics. 

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Scott Kinkead Director: Musical Minds. Teaching Artist: Academy (voice, piano, guitar)

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.

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Victoria Godfrey-Chan Teaching Artist: Academy (cello)

Victoria Godfrey-Chan received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Instrumental Performance from Palm Beach Atlantic University and Masters in Counseling from Stetson University. She began her teaching career at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camps. She’s performed with Betty Buckley, Shirley Jones, the Palm Beach Opera, Treasure Coast String Quartet, Tribute to the Beatles Tour, and Imperial Symphony. Victoria founded the Davenport School of the Art’s strings program while there for 7 years as Guidance Counselor. She’s state certified in Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, Counseling PK-12th grades and eligible for licensure as a Marriage and Family Counselor. Teaching cello is the delightful way Victoria stays in touch with her roots.

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Wendy Lamoreaux Teaching Artist: Academy & Outreach (acting)

B.A., Theatre, Florida Southern College and  M.A. Theatre, University of South Carolina; private voice lessons for 7 years and studied for 2 ½ years at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, UK in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England.  She has taught Theatre History I and II, History of the American Musical, and American Playwrights at the college level and creative dramatics workshops for Kindergarten up to High School. At CFCArts she is an outreach teacher, directs outreach summer camps and OMG (Orlando Musical Generation) children’s choirs. Wendy has worked professionally as a Stage Manager for Walt Disney World and Company Manager for the Asolo Touring Theatre in Sarasota, FL. Wendy spent a year working with the Educational Shakespeare Company in Belfast, Northern Ireland, using Shakespeare and film to work with ex-prisoners and the marginalized community. She specializes in Shakespeare, audition prep, acting, as well as foreign accent training. Her favorite role played: Katisha in the Mikado.