Vice Presidents

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Justin Muchoney Vice President of Creative & Production

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 beginning of the organization, 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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Terrance HunterVice President of Operations & Education

Terrance Hunter has worked with a variety of nonprofits, from the Orange County Regional History Center to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville to the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida. He serves on multiple boards including Hope CommUnity Center, Central Florida Vocal Arts, Central Florida Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals, National Alliance for Music in Vulnerable Communities and the Florida Association of Museums. Terrance, an Orlando native, has been involved in the arts since elementary school. He received his degree in education and brings his passion for the arts and his commitment to education to the Operations & Education department at CFCArts.

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Vicki LandonVice President of Development & Community Affairs

Vicki Landon has dedicated over fourteen years to the nonprofit arts and cultural sector, achieving success in fundraising, excelling in arts administration, and acting as a mentor, sounding board, and resource to peers.

For over a decade she served as Senior Director of Development for Orlando Repertory Theatre and oversaw all contributed income for the theatre, raising over $1.5M annually through special events, private donations, corporate sponsorships, and grant writing. In her time at Orlando REP, the organization saw great success, with the operating budget growing from $2.1M to $3.1M, receiving two Orlando Sentinel Top 100 Workplace awards, and with program reach growing to over 100,000 individuals annually.

Vicki also serves the Central Florida arts and culture community by guest lecturing on nonprofit management, participating in community-wide advocacy efforts, teaching grant writing workshops, writing grants for small and mid-size organizations, and participating in mentorship programs for emerging arts leaders. She is an instructor at the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Crummer/Rollins College, where she teaches fundraising best practices to dozens of nonprofit administrators each year. She has served on numerous grant panels, including the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs General Program Support, Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Cultural Facilities, and United Arts of Central Florida General Program Support.

Vicki previously served as Director of Development for the Orlando Opera Company, where she excelled in donor growth, donor retention, and special event planning. Vicki is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Kiwanis Club of Orlando, and Secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation.

Due to her community involvement and arts fundraising success, she was named one of Orlando Family Magazine’s “Super Women of Orlando,” an OBJ 40 Under 40 honoree, and an Association of Fundraising Professionals Emerging Leader. She holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida Theatre program focusing on Theatre History, Criticism, and Literature, a Certificate in Leadership Practice from the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College and is a member of Leadership Orlando Class 93.

Creative & Production Leadership

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Leah Porrata Director of Youth Programs

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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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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Juan TorresDirector of Production

Juan Torres is thankful to be a part of Central Florida Community Arts serving as their Production Manager for organizational wide programing including Choir, Orchestra, and Youth Programming. Juan is a Production Manager with Disney Parks Live Entertainment, responsible for projects at the Magic Kingdom Park. He was part of the Entertainment Team responsible for 2 Emmy Award-winning Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Productions on ABC. He has also stage managed for several years across the community for various community-driven organizations.

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Patrick LienemannTechnical Director

A Michigan native, Patrick received his BA in Stage Management from Wayne State University in 2015 after serving in the United States Army as a combat medic. His experience includes design and operation for lighting, audio, management, technical direction, special effects, pyrotechnics, scenic, labor, and various other roles over the years. Highlights include Walt Disney World special events, Universal Studios nighttime spectaculars, SeaWorld Christmas Celebration, founding The Underground (an “Emerging Artist Initiative” with Wayne State University), working with touring acts such as J. Cole, Lindsey Sterling, and Usher, and brewing a great cup of coffee whenever one is needed. Patrick has had a passion for the arts for as long as he can remember, performing and creating from a young age.  He is beyond thrilled to find a home at CFCArts and looks forward to every adventure that awaits.

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Sara MyersDirector of Artistic Operations

Sara has been highly active in music since elementary school. She was active in concert bands, orchestras, and marching bands throughout high school and college where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from UCF. She’s been heavily involved in Drum Corps International since 2006, both as a marching member of the Boston Crusaders and as a staff member of several other ensembles. She also had the opportunity to travel and perform all over Japan with the all-female stage show, Brass Angels: Odyssey in 2008. Sara has been an elementary music teacher for the past 10 years and joined CFCArts as a trumpet player in 2018 in both the Symphony Orchestra and Big Band.

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Tommy MendozaDirector of Patron Experience

Tommy is thrilled to be the part of the CFCArts team!  From being in symphonic band, choirs and later theater arts, performing has always been a part of his life in some way.  He found his true passion in working behind the scenes helping bring productions to life.  I am so happy to bring my passion for not only the arts but as an operator to help make the Patron experience the best it can be.

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Ethan LolleyDirector of Young Artists Orchestra
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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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!

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Roberta EmersonArtistic Producing Consultant

Emerson is the theatre director at Montverde Academy and has been an affiliate director with CFCArts. Roberta received her BFA from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie and her MFA from New York University She brings a wealth of experience from regional theaters around the country, extensive voice over and film work, and has been a teaching artist both in the U.S. and Europe. 

Operations & Education 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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Kaileigh Anne Tayek Director of School of Arts & Health

With a degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, Kaileigh Anne has had diverse experiences working with students of all ages. She has over 13 years experience in music education, in addition to credits in directing, pit conducting, stage-managing, and multi-disciplinary curriculum design. Her passion for the arts began at 2 years old and has translated to a professional career committing to arts equity for all. She is most passionate about writing arts curriculum for students with varying abilities. She is the designer of CFCArts’ UpBeat! Program which was just awarded the 2020 International Hamilton Arts & Innovation Award through the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH). Kaileigh Anne is a proud advocate on the topic of Arts Accessibility presenting at conferences across the nation.

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Serena AhmedArts Access Manager

Serena Ahmed comes to CFCArts with a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Houston, where she received the Mahatma Gandhi 2018 Peace Award, and a BA in Anthropology from Reed College. She was President of the Policy Insider’s Advisory Committee where she planned and moderated panel discussions with Houston leaders in the realms of criminal justice, homelessness, and immigrants’ rights. At UH, Serena trained as a community organizer with the Texas Organizing Project, building policy advocacy power with Black and Latino communities. She was also a trauma-informed caseworker with the Tahirih Justice Center, providing social services to immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. In 2017, Serena served as a policy analyst for the Texas State Legislature. Her analyses included reports on major bills for the dignity of immigrant and LGBT+ communities. Most recently she led exhibition curation, community events, volunteer management, patron experience, and community relationships with survivors and their descendants at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida. She is passionate about the evidence-based power of arts education and improving arts access as a vehicle for social change and is thrilled to serve with CFCArts.

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Erin Wolfe Academy Manager

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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Melody RiveroAdministrative Operations Manager

Melody grew up in Florida and has been active in the arts since a very young age. She was classically trained on the piano for 13 years and began singing in vocal ensembles at the age of six. While her husband was in the United States Marine Corps, they were stationed in North Carolina for seven years. During that time, she was invited to join the American Military Spouses Choir and has performed with them since 2012. After moving back to Kissimmee, she joined the CFCArts Community Choir, and her son is very active with the CFCArts Children and Youth Arts Programs. In her spare time, Melody loves to read and is a huge fan of whitewater rafting. She is very thankful to be a part of the CFCArts team!

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Megan StillsonBox Office Manager
A Florida native, Megan Victoria Stillson is a professional actor and children’s theatre director in the Orlando area. Megan was trained in musical theatre at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and the University of Central Florida. Equity performance credits include Showboat, Annie, Sister Act, Fiddler On The Roof, and The Wizard Of Oz, and previous directorial credits include Disney’s Moana Jr. and Meet Me In St. Louis. A cat mom, Disney freak, and happy Hufflepuff, Megan is also currently a teaching artist and director with the Children & Youth Arts Programs at CFCArts and plays a mean game of “Tetris.”
“She leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes.” – Kate Spade

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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

Development & Community Affairs Leadership

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Brian SikorskiDirector of Marketing

Brian Sikorski grew up in the Central Florida theatre scene, mostly performing on and working backstage at the Osceola Center for the Arts and a number of the other great stages in the area. An entrepreneur at an early age, he became a child magician and performed throughout Central Florida. Brian holds two B.F.A. degrees from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he majored in Video/Film Production, focusing on advertising and Computer Design. Brian attended the first Orlando Fringe Festival in 1992. Twenty-three years later, he joined the Orlando Fringe Board of Directors and was honored to be the Vice-President of the Fringe board for the 25th anniversary in 2016. In 2017, Brian became the first-ever full-time Marketing Director for Orlando Fringe. He has also served as Vice-President of Central Florida Vocal Arts and Opera del Sol. He is currently on the Audubon Park Garden District Board of Directors. In his spare time, he can be found riding his bike around town, savoring the flavors of Orlando’s great restaurants, attending various performances, and assisting non-profit organizations. Brian is so excited to be part of the CFCArts team and wants everyone to know about all of the incredible programs offered, making our community a better place to live.

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Olivia KnightMarketing & Media Manager

Olivia graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Journalism and English, with an award in data journalism. She moved to Orlando with her husband in 2019, and finding the CFCArts orchestra made Florida feel like home. The arts have always been a part of her life, whether through French horn, ballet, or writing. Olivia’s passion for story led her to complete several short novels in high school, which she is still rewriting. She’s most comfortable with a good book and mug of tea — or on the back of a horse (but has yet to combine the three).

Supporting Team

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Sara BreitfelderSchool of Arts & Health Administrator

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 worked closely with Donald Rupe. Since then, Sara has worked as a Stage Manager, Costumer, House Manager, and Lighting and Sound Board Operator, among other theatre duties within CFCArts – she’s done everything but acting and directing. Sara officially joined the CFCArts team in September 2019 as the Box Office Associate, joined the Development team in 2020, and as of December 2021, is the School of Arts and Health Administrator. In her free time, Sara enjoys sewing for herself, a skill her mom taught her while making flags for her high school’s Color and Winter Guards.

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Hayden PattersonYouth Programs Administrator

Originally from Cary, NC, Hayden graduated from East Carolina University in 2018 with her BFA in Theatre Arts Education, BFA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Theatre For Youth, and a minor in vocal music studies. While in college, Hayden was the recipient of an Undergraduate Research in Creative Activities grant and the Outstanding Senior in Theatre Education award. Hayden was also the head drama, musical theatre dance, and acapella counselor for four summers at Keystone Camp for girls in Brevard, NC. Upon her college graduation, she moved down to Florida to participate in the Disney College Program. During her four years of making magic as a cast member, her favorite role was being part of the Animal Science Education team at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She’s thankful that she decided to stay in the sunshine state because, otherwise, she wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity to become a part of the amazing CFCArts family!

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Priscilla Greenough Orchestral Programs 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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Melody RiveroChoral Programs Administrator

Melody grew up in Florida and has been active in the arts since a very young age. She was classically trained on the piano for 13 years and began singing in vocal ensembles at the age of six. While her husband was in the United States Marine Corps, they were stationed in North Carolina for seven years. During that time, she was invited to join the American Military Spouses Choir and has performed with them since 2012. After moving back to Kissimmee, she joined the CFCArts Community Choir, and her son is very active with the CFCArts Children and Youth Arts Programs. In her spare time, Melody loves to read and is a huge fan of whitewater rafting. She is very thankful to be a part of the CFCArts team!

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Bethany Dickens Grants Administrator
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.

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Landon St. GordonGraphic Designer

Landon St. Gordon is an Orlando native who works with progressive candidates in getting elected throughout Florida and the US. He has been a part of over 100 successful campaigns, winning 6 national awards for direct mail design. Landon also works with art organizations throughout Central Florida for a variety of programming needs — a true passion of his. He holds an MBA from Rollins College and was recognized by Orlando Business Journal’s 40 under 40 in 2021.

Board of Directors

Carlos Barrios

BakerBarrios Architects, Inc.

Dean Bosco

Clifton Larson Allen
Treasurer

Mary Recchia Brown

The Recchia Group

Dr. Meghan Budvarson

AdventHeatlh

Barbara Caldwell

Community Advocate

Nayte Carrick

KenMed Supply

Jennifer Dixon

Lowndes Law

Scott Evans

Orange County Public Schools

Jack Feivou

Enchant Christmas

Steve Fessler

Community Advocate
Secretary

Kris Gault

Embark Safety
Vice-Chair

Jessica Guthrie

One Compass Consulting
Chair

Elisabeth Hurckes

Community Advocate

Rob A. Lott

Blue Trumpet Creative

Jeffrey Moore

University of Central Florida

Gary Moss

Retired/Simon Malls

Dr. Mary Palmer

Mary Palmer and Associates

Katie Stocz-Miller

Orlando Magic

Cherisse Stover

Tupperware

Dr. Stephen Summers

Seminole State College
Immediate Past Chair

CeCe Teneal

Performer, Producer, Artistic Mentor

David Wheeler

Better Business Bureau

School of Arts & Health

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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 the choir and 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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Caroline Del ReyMusic Therapist: Music Therapy, Academy, School of Arts & Health, UpBeat! Theatre Troupe

Caroline is a board certified music therapist with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music therapy from Florida State University. She has been practicing music therapy for over six years. An Orlando native, she is excited to be back in her hometown practicing music therapy after working in Boston, MA for several years. Caroline has experience working with infants and toddlers in Early Intervention programs and with students of all ages in the public school system. In addition to her music therapy endeavors, Caroline has performed all over the east coast as a vocalist, both as a soloist and in choral and a cappella groups. Caroline could not be more thrilled to be part of the CFCArts music therapy team, SOAH, and the Academy.

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Cami MillerTeaching Artist: Academy (acting, voice)

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Carrell AndrewsTeaching Artist: Outreach

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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Charlie StevensTeaching Artist: Outreach

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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Damien SimonTeaching Artist: Academy (guitar, banjo, piano, bass, ukulele, bodhran, music theory, music composition)

Damien Simon is a private music teacher for guitar, banjo, piano, bass, ukulele, bodhran, music theory, and composition as well as an internationally known music composer for Ballet/Contemporary Dance Companies, TV/Film, orchestras and ensembles around the world. Damien has taught hundreds of students around North America for over 15 years. He has a personal website at DamienSimon.net.

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David BernardTeaching Artist: Outreach

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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Desiree Montes (Perez)Teaching Artist: Outreach

Desiree has 18+ years of performing experience. She works as a principal singer, actress, and dancer for a few major theme parks & resorts here in Florida as well as from her home as a Voice-over artist. She has been seen frequently on the stages of local professional theatres, such as Theater West End. She recently made her Off-Broadway debut at the 2019 New York Musical Festival. She is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. She has a personal website at DesireeMontes.com.

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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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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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Harry RiosTeaching Artist: Academy & Musical Minds (piano)

At the age of seven, when playing his first notes on the piano, Harry quickly learned that he wanted to be a pianist performing in the styles of Jazz and Latin music. Growing up in New Orleans, he was exposed to a wide array of jazz forms ranging from Ragtime to bebop, ballads and fast swing. His Puerto Rican heritage influenced him to blend the styles of salsa and jazz into Latin jazz. Since 2006, Obtaining a BA in music performance from Stetson University, Harry implemented the techniques and technical proficiency he learned into his performances to wow audiences from around the world. With his arranging, teaching and performing, Harry maintained an active schedule collaborating with musicians throughout Central Florida and has served as a Musical Director, arranger, composer and performer for corporate events, universities and Cruise Lines. Most recently Harry joined Royal Caribbean Cruises in Europe, Canada, Alaska and Southeast Asia as a resident Guest Entertainer and arranged/produced his first Headliner act with a full band behind him where he honed his skills for audience engagement, charming them with his smile and high energy. Still growing, learning and with loads of experience at a young age, Harry has played for international audiences and has developed 100’s of engaging shows at the piano bar of classic tunes for all to enjoy. Come see Harry give an engaging performance that audiences have enjoyed around the world.

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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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JJ Gonzalez AcostaTeaching Artist: Outreach (visual art)

Originally from Valencia, Venezuela, JJ started his artistic journey back in 1990, when he was just 5 years old! He was always learning beautiful techniques from his mother and aunts who are also artists. As he grew up he decided to pursue a career in arts graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Education and a Master’s in Business Management in Valencia, Venezuela. He decided to pursue his American Dream and arrived in the City of Orlando in 2017 where he has worked as an artist teaching different art techniques and origami to adults and children of all ages in order to promote their talents and help them discover their artist within. You can check out JJ’s work on his website: https://www.jjartanddesign.com/

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

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Olivia LaBargeTeaching Artist: Academy (voice, piano)

Olivia is a professional singer and actor in the Orlando area. She possesses a bachelors in Vocal Performance and Musical Theatre from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Over the last 5 years she has performed principal roles both regionally and internationally- notable credits include Winter Park Playhouse, Utah Festival Opera, and Hong Kong Disneyland. Another passion of hers is teaching. She has given dozens of youth workshops and specializes in both classical voice and pop/musical theatre. Olivia’s teaching philosophy focuses on building confidence, musicality, and technical fundamentals that will help each student reach their full potential.

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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 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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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.

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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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Caroline Del Rey, MM, MT-BCMusic Therapist: Music Therapy, Academy, School of Arts & Health, UpBeat! Theatre Troupe

Caroline is a board certified music therapist with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music therapy from Florida State University. She has been practicing music therapy for over six years. An Orlando native, she is excited to be back in her hometown practicing music therapy after working in Boston, MA for several years. Caroline has experience working with infants and toddlers in Early Intervention programs and with students of all ages in the public school system. In addition to her music therapy endeavors, Caroline has performed all over the east coast as a vocalist, both as a soloist and in choral and a cappella groups. Caroline could not be more thrilled to be part of the CFCArts music therapy team, SOAH, and the Academy.

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Kristin Thomas, MT-BCMusic Therapist: Music Therapy
Kristin grew up in Orlando, Florida where she was an active participant in all thing’s music and arts throughout her life. Kristin graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy. Kristin has worked as a music therapist in the Orlando area for over 2 years, primarily with students and adults with disabilities. Kristin also had the opportunity to complete her Neurologic Music Therapy certificate at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the summer of 2018. In her free time, Kristin enjoys reading and practicing the horn. Kristin is excited to continue to share her passion for music within the Central Florida community that has given so much to her.