About Us

Our Mission

Central Florida Community Arts exists to serve and build community through the arts

Connect

Connecting is about building relationships. We aim to create an artistic family that celebrates our natural abilities and allows people to use their talents to sing, dance, play instruments, explore new art forms, and perform together, all while building lasting connections.

Serve

We serve the community in several ways partnering with local nonprofits to perform at their fundraisers, celebrating hospital staff at shift changes, or gathering groups for service projects – we believe giving back strengthens our community.

Perform

We believe every stage in this community should be accessible to every member of our community. We provide opportunities for members of our choir, orchestra, youth programs, and beyond to showcase their talents through performances that are truly a celebration of community. Additionally, we also offer music lessons, workshops and classes through our School of Arts & Health, ensuring everyone can learn from talented teaching artists or try something new!

Our Core Values

Central Florida Community Arts exists to serve and build community through the arts.

Integrity

Integrity

We conduct ourselves ethically, responsibly, and honestly, and commit to financial transparency.

Inclusivity

Inclusivity

We actively seek diversity in our programming, audiences, and members in order to reflect, serve, and authentically celebrate the rich social and cultural diversity of our community. We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. Everyone who shares these values is welcome in our artistic family.

Creativity

Creativity

We celebrate new ideas, challenge our imaginations, are flexible in responding to the ever-changing landscape of our community, and take responsible risks to broaden our impact and test the limits of our artistic horizons.

Community

Community

Along with our community of members and patrons, we collaborate with artistic organizations and community partners who share our values to achieve common goals in connection, service, and volunteerism.

Accessibility

Accessibility

We offer a broad variety of affordable and developmentally-appropriate artistic programs and learning experiences for people of all ages and abilities in the pursuit of holistic arts experiences, which we define as arts for wellbeing, arts and wellness, and arts for under-resourced populations.

Quality

Quality

We set high standards for our work and strive for excellence without compromising our mission. We are driven by passion, generosity, and beauty, and we push ourselves to our artistic limits.

Our Story

In September 2010, a group of friends gathered in a garage to hear an inspirational vision. Led by Founders Joshua Vickery and Jonathan Cole, that night, the group incorporated what would become Central Florida Community Arts. These friends, who shared a passion for music making and service to the community, envisioned an organization that celebrated the talents of all, putting the people at the center of the art.

After a successful kickoff in February 2011, CFCArts performed its inaugural concert to over 1,200 people in May of 2011, with a choir of over 130 singers and an orchestra of more than 35 players. Since then, the community choir has grown to more than 300 – the largest in the country, and the symphony orchestra has grown to more than 200 – also the largest in the country. They added programs for children and youth, theatrical experiences for adults in subsequent years, and a dance company in 2018. The School of Arts & Health was formed in 2018 to house programs that provide a continuum of arts experiences for all ages and abilities, furthering CFCArts’ mission of arts accessibility for all ages and developmental abilities. In addition to its multigenerational, multidisciplinary nature, CFCArts is unique because it does not require auditions to join any of its ensembles.

Our organization thrives in our many partnerships and collaborations that reach thousands of artists of all ages and abilities across our region. With the vision to allow everyone in Central Florida to connect, serve, and perform, we create a safe place where ALL artists are celebrated, the arts are affordable and accessible – and no one is left behind.

About Our Founders

Joshua Vickery

Joshua Vickery

Founder, Founding Director, Community Choir, & Founding Executive Director

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Joshua grew up with a passion for music ministry and service and served on several large church teams as music and worship director, leading vocal praise teams, orchestras, youth choirs, drama, and pageants. He helped direct the Palm Beach Singing Christmas Trees, which was televised to thousands in South Florida, and founded and served as the Executive Producer of the Central Florida Christmas Celebration, in which he coached youth and adult vocal performers, developed shows and scripts and managed hundreds of volunteers.

This passion for music and service spurred the idea for the Central Florida Community Choir, the predecessor of Central Florida Community Arts. As its Founding Executive Director, Joshua led the organization through explosive growth, a multi-county expansion, the creation of major strategic partnerships, and the receipt of major grants from funders like the Collaborative Community Council at AdventHealth Foundation, Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, and Walt Disney World. During his 11 years as Executive Director, he gained prominence, receiving awards such as “40 Under 40,” “50 Most Powerful,” “Arts Education Professional of the Year,” and more.

Kat Gray

Kat Gray

Founder, Children & Youth Arts Programs

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Kat decided at a very young age that her life’s career, no matter what direction it took, would benefit children. After graduating college, she began teaching middle and high school English while directing musical theatre for children and discovered the amazing impact the arts can have on young lives. When the Central Florida Community Choir began in 2010, Kat was the show director for the adult choir, but once the organization’s trajectory was determined, Kat was given the opportunity to create a children’s program under the umbrella of CFCArts!

One of the most beautiful and powerful parts of CFCArts is the “serve” portion of CONNECT, SERVE, PERFORM. Through our youth programs, Kat created a scholarship fund where we could offer full scholarships to children who were sent to us from local children’s organizations: the Children’s Home Society of Central Florida, the Boys and Girls Club, and other foster care and youth empowerment organizations. Through this scholarship fund, we’ve been able to support the members of our adult choir and orchestra, who also generously gave, and over the years, CFCArts was able to offer full scholarships to hundreds of young people who otherwise would not have been able to participate.

Once the programs were established, Kat was ready to move on to a career where she could work more closely with children individually. She relocated to Seattle, Washington, where she began a career as a private caretaker for children on the autism spectrum, and Kat is currently working to create opportunities for autistic children in the Washington, DC, area.

Kat is so proud of the work that CFCArts continues to do to provide the arts to young people and will cherish her memories of her time with the children and families of CFCArts.

Donald Rupe

Donald Rupe

Founder, Community Theatre

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Donald Rupe founded CFCArts Theatre and ran the program for six successful seasons in a church space he converted alongside his colleague Jake Teixeira. Together, they created a functional 100-seat blackbox theatre in a space that was never meant to be a conventional Theatre space. Donald and his team pushed the limits of what community theatre companies traditionally produce in Orlando, with successful productions of several original productions written by Donald (Once I Laughed, From Here) and also high-concept productions of favorite shows (everything from The Crucible to South Pacific).

Donald was born and raised in Central Florida and, for seven years, was a high school theatre teacher at Gateway High School in Kissimmee while also serving on the part-time faculty at Valencia College. He was a beloved teacher (Teacher of the Year, Arts Teacher of the Year for the County, etc.), and many of his students are pursuing successful careers in the Arts, while many others enjoy a love for Theatre to this day. Donald received his degrees from Florida State University (BA) and New York University (MA).

While working at CFCArts, Donald discovered his passion for writing and producing new work and also his desire to change the way people do theatre and the way audiences view theatre. He left to create Renaissance Theatre Company (rentheatre.com) with his co-founder Chris Kampmeier. The new company focuses on building a new audience for Theatre by creating and producing new and engaging experiences. Donald and his team are passionate about paying artists a living wage, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability.

Justin Muchoney

Justin Muchoney

Founder, CFCArts Symphony Orchestra

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Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Justin Muchoney has felt at home on the stage as a musician, educator, actor, director, and conductor for as long as he can remember.

After winning a job as the Chief Magic Official, a spokesperson for Disney Parks during “The Year of a Million Dreams,” he relocated to Central Florida to begin a 12-year adventure working for Walt Disney World. During his tenure, Justin was a Stage Manager for some of the most popular shows, was a part of christening two new cruise ships, was an Entertainment Proprietor during the opening of two new lands at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, led the entertainment teams for Epcot’s many festivals, developed tours and team building programs for Disney Institute, and helped relaunch live concerts and nightly fireworks during the past year.

He has been with CFCArts as a music director and conductor since the organization’s beginning, designing programming and conducting the 160-member Symphony Orchestra, leading the Big Band, and creating and supporting numerous smaller ensembles. Justin expands his current artistic role at CFCArts to lead the overall creative direction and production.

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