Faculty

Barbara Wolfman

Piano & Composition Instructor
“It’s such a wonderful gift to discover new things about one’s self in the process of making music and to soar on the ability to express one’s self through that music – both alone and in collaboration with and support of others!“

Charity Schmitz

Piano Instructor
“ I want my students to take their knowledge of music and use it even after their time with me in the studio. I want them to be lifelong learners, musicians, problem-solvers, and critical-thinkers!”

DaSean Stokes

Voice Instructor
“I believe that singing is a learned skill. There are various levels of natural ‘talent’ that one can possess, but I believe that each person can work to achieve singing in a joyful, fulfilling, and breath fed manner.”

Kari Walton Engleson

Executive Director/Founder/Piano Instructor
“Everyone has an ability and a right to experience the arts. Learning moments should be a collaborative process and guide students to their own unique creative path.”

Katy Byrd

Violin and Viola Instructor
“Studying, playing, and teaching music are journeys unique to each individual but universal in the joy that they bring all of us.”
Kyle Rightley

Kyle Rightley

Guitar, Euphonium, Trombone, Jazz Instructor
“I want to foster individual expression, collaboration, and communication through music.”

Larissa Lederman

Art Instructor
“Art education teaches us more than we realize. From communication, learning about other cultures, trying new things, problem-solving and so much more. My goal is to help bring out those skills and help students grow not only as an artist, but as a person as well.”

Madison Deyo

Art Instructor, Administrative Assistant, & Media Specialist
Working with the arts allows people to express themselves and their creativity through a visual outlet, letting them better understand who they are as well as the world around them. The arts are the most evident sign of what it means to be a human, and participating in any form of art gives people the opportunity to foster their own creativity and individualism.”
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Peter Baggenstoss

Piano & Jazz Studies Instructor
“Music education can teach us things like creativity, discipline, flexibility, and the ability to cooperate with others, but most importantly it can simply make life more enjoyable.”

Ying Wang

Piano Instructor
My job as a teacher is to help students cast me aside so that they eventually become their own teacher.”