Staff Departments

Erik Williams, Head of School, erik.williams@tafa.org

Erik has been working at TAFA since 2001 and Head of School for TAFA since 2002. After graduating from East Texas Baptist University with a Bachelor of Music he attended Southwestern Seminary where he received a Master of Divinity. His passion is to see students become 'sold out' to Christ using the gifts and talents God has given them in the "Arts", without any compromise in morals or beliefs. 

"God has called us to pursue excellence and not mediocrity, and TAFA is here to give students the tools and skills they need to claim the arts for Christ, because the "Arts" are His and are designed for His glory!"

Karen Cooper, Office Administrator, karen.cooper@tafa.org

I first came to TAFA in 1999 when I enrolled my two daughters in the program. As they attended classes I was able to volunteer in some of the classes, attend staff meetings as a liaison for the parents, and assist with administration and registration duties. Since then both daughters graduated from TAFA. In 2008 I was hired as the administrative assistant and I was thrilled to be able to stay and continue to work alongside our very talented and godly staff and teachers. I cannot imagine a job better suited for me. I am so very thankful to be a part of a ministry that is passionate about partnering with God to develop the talents of homeschoolers and it's a joy to see how God has grown and blessed this program.

Sherry Kroeger, Fundraising Accounting, sherry.kroeger@tafa.org

I began attending TAFA in its inaugural year, 1999.  Travis Avenue offered a wonderful facility and godly, talented teachers who were incredibly gifted in their fields. We were thrilled to place our three daughters at TAFA beginning with classes in ballet, choir, and art; and expanding as the program grew to include academic classes and graduation. Through the years I have enjoyed volunteering in the studios and choir room as a parent and now on staff in the administration office with fundraising.  I received my BA in Accounting from New Mexico State University and am enjoying using the talents and abilities God has given me to help TAFA and homeschoolers glorify His name through the Fine Arts.

John Lee, Executive Director, john.lee@tafa.org

Dr. John B. Lee has served as associate pastor of worship/music/fine arts at Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas from 1996-2015. Prior to that, he served churches in both Texas and Tennessee. He recently completed his Doctorate in Worship Studies (DWS) from the prestigious Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, Florida. John earned both a M.M. in music history and literature and a B.M.E. from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

He has taught classes in both worship studies and advanced songwriting at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Dallas Baptist University. He has represented many sacred music publishers as both clinician and composer. A prolific composer, arranger, producer and orchestrator, John has many published works.

Teddy Wasik, Administrative Assistant, teddy.wasik@tafa.org

Greetings! My name is Teddy Wasik and I have the privilege of teaching the high school level literature & history classes at TAFA and serving as an administrative assistant at TAFA. I have been blessed to be a part of this family since 2000 and was invited to teach when the core classes began. As an educator, it is my desire for the students to experience a different learning adventure every time they walk into the classroom. My class is known for book discussions and debates in a wholesome and Christ-centered environment. Each week we explore history, classic literature, and what the Bible says about issues and ideas that relate to our world as they gain a fuller understanding of the past. 

Music, Theater and Art Departments

Art & Drawing

Julie Mayfield, julie.mayfield@tafa.org

Art and design have been my passion for as long as I can remember. I have been "creating" my whole life. Years have been spent cutting, painting and selling holiday items through my company "From My House to Yours", and then years teaching art in the public schol system. The Lord led me to TAFA and I enjoy every second that I am nurturing creativity in the precious children who are in my classes! Now, when I am not at TAFA I am making and selling wool hooked rugs and dying wool at juliemayfieldhome.etsy.com.

Valerie Warner, valerie.warner@tafa.org

I am amazed every day at God’s extravagant creation.  In light of God’s example and all of us being His masterpiece, I feel compelled to impart this truth to young hearts and minds.  What a joy it is to foster their creative abilities while deepening their knowledge of visual arts.  My aim is to lay a solid foundation using the principles of art & design through instruction and practice in drawing.  I completed my undergraduate studies at Stephen F. Austin with an emphasis in design & art and graduate studies in education at Texas Women’s University.  I have taught in both public and private home-support schools and enjoy mentoring my private students.

Kellie Hudson, kellie.hudson@tafa.org

I'm a Christian, a wife, a mother, a homeschool mom, and artist, and a graduate from the University of North Texas School of Art with a bachelor's in fine art. John 1:3 says that all things were made by the Word of God, nothing was made without Him. This shows that God is the ultimate artist who created color, design, and function. My job is to help students learn how these elements work together so that they can in turn make beautiful art that glorifies God. Art is everywhere you look, I just want my students to be able to recognize it and use it when they see it, even when it is im unconventional places.

Scout Walker, scout.walker@tafa.org

I am an installation artist, spatial designer, and curator based in Fort Worth, Texas. My work has been featured across the globe from DFW to Paris, France. I have participated in galleries, shows, and public works of art, including Fort Worth’s local ArtLuck Shows and Fort Works Art Gallery. 

I was selected as Artist In Residence with the Seattle-based Artist Reformation program. While living in the PNW, I received a full scholarship and studied with Pottery Northwest. Post-residency, I returned to Texas to teach art at Travis Academy of Fine Arts in Fort Worth. I am active with the Riverside Arts District and curated two different pop-up galleries in conjunction with the 2016 and 2017 Spring/Fall Gallery Nights in Fort Worth. Additionally, the City of Fort Worth chose my design to be featured in the cobblestone at the Six Points intersection (set to be complete late 2018). To learn more about me and to view my projects, check out www.scoutharrell.com

Ballet

Melinda Russell, melinda.russell@tafa.org

Graduated TCU (B.S. in Ed and M.Ed)
My love of ballet began at an early age while studying classical ballet with Clarice Duffy, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance. During that time, I also danced with the University of Evansville Ballet Company and participated in a summer dance intensive with the Ohio Ballet. After studying ballet and modern at TCU, I pursued a degree in elementary and special education. Teaching has been my calling and I love working with kids of all ages...even the ones who are young at heart! I have been teaching ballet at TAFA since it began and homeschooled all four of my children up until college. My goal each year is to point my students to Christ...His love, His majesty, His glory, and His holiness while dancing for his praise and glory.

Amanda Stephens, amanda.stephens@tafa.org

Amanda has loved and studied dance in its many forms since she was five years old. She was a student at Amanda's Dance Express in Grand Pririe, TX for twelve years and spent most of those years performing and competing at elite, regional and national levels. She has been sought out to choreograph and critique for several individuals and dance groups. Since Amanda came to know God's good and saving grace in 2003, she has prayed the Lord would help her to use her love of Jesus, dance, and teaching to honor him and serve others. Now a homeschool mom, she can often be found leading family tap breaks in her kitchen or using her counter as a ballet barre. She is thrilled to be joining the TAFA staff family. Her hope is that young dancers would delight in bringing God glory through their art.

Amanda Stephens, amanda.stephens@tafa.org

The past thirteen years Liberty has been spent pursuing instruction in Ballet and Irish Dance an everything in between. Dance has enriched her life both physically and spiritually. She loves encouraging children to step out and try something new, and to not let fear keep them from doing something that is significant to God, when they dance. Liberty attends TCC where she plans to earn a degree in Pediatric Speech Therapy.

Choral

Sarah Shannon, sarah.shannon@tafa.org

Sarah is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance/Pedagogy.  She began her teaching career in Mesquite ISD. She has been the Director of Choral Studies at TAFA since 1999 and became Director of Praise & Worship Ministry last year. Sarah has performed in the FW Opera Chorus for five seasons, been a vocal coach for 20 years, harpist for 13 years and volunteered or has been on staff as a worship leader for a combined 20 years. Her desire is to equip young people to use their God-given gifts to bring Him glory. "He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord." Psalm 40:3

Ondrea Schenck, ondrea.schenck@tafa.org

After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin in 1999, I went on to become a choir director in Mansfield ISD, while performing with the Ft. Worth Opera, my church, and professional groups. I heard about TAFA and knew that it would be a wonderful opportunity to teach students how to sing and glorify Christ at the same time. I have been the Vocal Techniques teacher and one of the upper level choir directors since 2005, and have loved every minue spent at TAFA, and am so thankful to be part of such a wonderful school! It is a true blessing from the Lord.

Elizabeth Hames, elizabeth.hames@tafa.org

Elizabeth Hames graduated from TAFA in 2006 and is thrilled to be back at TAFA directing the younger students and teaching Music Theory for college preparation. After graduating from TAFA, Elizabeth went on to study at Texas Christian Univeristy's School of Music. She received a Bachelor's and Master's of Music from TCU, both in Theory and Composition and also studied piano, harp, voice, and organ. In addition to teaching at TAFA, Elizabeth teaches private lessons in piano, voice, and composition out of her home, regularly accompanies instrumentalists and singers, and plays for special events on the harp and piano. Recently, she and a colleague have started an independent music publishing firm, EM Music Publishing, which focuses on providing pedagogical materials for music teachers and students.

Tammie Phillips, tammie.phillips@tafa.org

Tammie studied vocal music and special education at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. She has three adult sons, one young son and has homeschooled since 1987. Her family has been actively involved with TAFA since 2004. Over the years, she has enjoed serving the Lord with her music and artistic gifts through a variety of church music ministries, homeschool associations and community theaters. She daily strives to use the gifts the Lord has granted her to sing for an serve an audience of ONE.

Kate Whale, kate.whaley@tafa.org

Kate graduated with the TAFA seniors in May of 2007 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Music Degree with High Distinction in Applied Clarinet from the Eastman School of Music in May of 2011. She loves teaching private clarinet lessons, Primary Music, Music Appreciation, and Concert Band. Her goal is to seek the Lord Jesus and to be His instrument, teaching children to understand that, “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the human spirit.” -J.S. Bach  Mrs. Whaley also teaches clarinet for the Aledo and Burleson ISDs and organizes and directs Clarinet Camp every year during the summer.

Drama & Acting

Taffy Geisel, taffy.geisel@tafa.org

When I was in Kindergarten, I was cast as Tigerlily, the mean ugly stepflower in 'Cinderella in Flowerland.' Playing the antagonist - plus getting to wear a crepe paper tutu - began a lifelong love of theater. I earned both my Bachelors and Masters degrees from Baylor University. After teaching theater in public schools for six years, I've been truly blessed to teach theater at TAFA since fall, 2007. I have worked professionally as a voice over actress, performed on area stages, and currently work as director and playwright for several DFW theaters. Jesus was a storyteller, which tells us that He believes there is great power in sharing truth through stores. My desire is to see theater redeemed - to see stories worth telling told with excellence, and to see students' hearts captured for the Lord and His service. 

Cheryl King, cheryl.king@tafa.org

Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of Texas , where she majored in Vocal Performance. She taught elementary music and theatre arts for many years before 'redirecting' in 2008 when she began teaching at Kids Who Care  and CATS (Creative Arts Theatre and School.)  Cheryl has presented workshops at the TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) Convention, TETA (Texas Educators of Theatre Association) Convention, TEPSA (Texas Elementary Principals & Supervisors Association), as well as for the BISD and Aledo ISD. She was also named campus Teacher of the Year on 3 occasions.

Whitney Fowler, whitney.fowler@tafa.org

I began my journey with TAFA as a student in 1999 and had the honor of graduating with the first TAFA graduating class in 2006.  After graduating, I pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Dallas Baptist University, followed by a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing. In 2015 I began serving as a TAFA Board member and now I am a proud TAFA mom of two little boys.  I have a passion and desire to serve the Lord through the fine arts while investing in the lives of homeschool students.  I love TAFA and am grateful for the impact TAFA has had on my life and the lives of many other families and students.

Paula Sterrett, paula.sterrett@tafa.org

Paula studied Music Performance at Wayland Baptist University with principal study in Vocal Performance and Music and Theater at Texas Tech. University, with principal studies in Secondary Music Education and Musical Theater. In 1995, Paula and her husband founded "By All Means Productions" a non-profit cross denominational Theater Arts Production Corporation, to continue and further ministry to churches and educational institutions. "I believe Music and Theater Arts are vital tools in connecting the intellect and heart, giving young students and adults a wonderful understanding of the vastness of God's creative power and beauty."

Tammie Phillips, tammie.phillips@tafa.org

Tammie studied vocal music and special education at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. She has three adult sons, one young son and has homeschooled since 1987. Her family has been actively involved with TAFA since 2004. Over the years, she has enjoed serving the Lord with her music and artistic gifts through a variety of church music ministries, homeschool associations and community theaters. She daily strives to use the gifts the Lord has granted her to sing for an serve an audience of ONE.

Instrumental (Strings, Band)

Lori Rooke, lori.rooke@tafa.org

Lori has been the Director of Bands at TAFA since 2000 and has been a part of TAFA since its beginning.  With a Music Education degree from the University of Texas she began her teaching career in the Bastrop ISD.  Her passion is teaching Excellence as unto Christ as God reclaims His creation of the arts and she desires to instill a love of the arts from a Godly perspective in every student. Lori also teaches private flute lessons, is a member of the Christ Chapel Bible Church orchestra. Lori also teaches private flute lessons and has been teaching privately for over thirty years.

Kate Whaley, kate.whaley@tafa.org

Kate graduated with the TAFA seniors in May of 2007 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Music Degree with High Distinction in Applied Clarinet from the Eastman School of Music in May of 2011. She loves teaching private clarinet lessons, Primary Music, Music Appreciation, and Concert Band. Her goal is to seek the Lord Jesus and to be His instrument, teaching children to understand that, “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the human spirit.” -J.S. Bach  Mrs. Whaley also teaches clarinet for the Aledo and Burleson ISDs and organizes and directs Clarinet Camp every year during the summer.

Kathy Berry, kathy.berry@tafa.org

Coming from a very musical family, I decided to begin my violin journey when I was in 5th grade. I have enjoyed playing various styles of music ever since. I was introduced to the Suzuki method when my children decided to begin playing and was so taken with the approach, I went through several levels of Suzuki teacher training. My favorite genre is Celtic fiddle and I have been privileged to study with several fantastic teachers from Scotland, Ireland, Galicia, Denmark, Finland and of course, the United States. I feel very blessed to have these God-given talents and love to share these with students of all ages. May God be praised through the joy of music!

Media & Graphics

Cheryl Niederhauser, cheryl.niederhauser@tafa.org

Cheryl attended college at Biola University in Southern California. After moving to Texas she began working as a substitute teacher in the public school system and was a computer graphics and yearbook production consultant for the public school system. She taught computer graphics at a Christian Academy as well as private photography and photoshop classes. Her three children all graduated from TAFA. "I love TAFA, I love teaching, I love digital photography and photoshop and I love my students and I am blessed to be able to do what I love at TAFA. My goal is to teach technical skills through creativity. Every classroom assignment teaches tools and techinques and the student produces a technically skilled piece of digital art or photography. 

Dewayne Washington, dewayne.washington@tafa.org

Joey Geisel, joey.geisel@tafa.org

I have B.S. in Radio/TV & Film from Texas Christian University, and was blessed to start working at TAFA right after graduating in 2009. The Father of Lights (James 1:19) has allowed me to be a multi-instrumentalist; composer for stage and screen; actor, designer, and music director for DFW theater. I am also a studio vocalist/musician/engineer and DJ and occasionally I sleep. Glory to God!

Speech

Cathy Lloyd, cathy.lloyd@tafa.org

Cathy spends most of her time as a full-time voice, piano and music theory teacher in her home studio in Fort Worth, Texas.  She went to college on vocal scholarships, first at Weatherford College and then at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she received her music degree with emphasis on voice and musical theatre.  For a number of years, she sang with bands in Germany, has sung and danced in a wide variety of roles in musicals, and is a soloist at her church, Birchman Baptist.  She first began teaching speech as a volunteer, while still an active member of Toastmasters International (Speaking Organization).  Her life’s goal is to give young people and adults the tools they need to speak in public and make music all to the glory of God.

Academics Departments

Biblical Studies & Government

Chandra Manasco, chandra.manasco@tafa.org

God called me to serve Him through teaching at the age of 15, and I have been doing "just that" ever since! I received a BS in Bible and Education from Arlington Baptist College and went on to teach at Park Springs Christian Academy for 5 years. I then began homeschooling my son and we joined the TAFA family 9 years ago. Although I am not as gifted in the arts as so many of our students and teachers, I have found myself assisting in band and choir for 5 years. And now... they have finally found a class I can teach!!! Christian Worldview! I am so excited to be back in the classroom and I am looking forward to seeing how God works in the lives of the students as they study God's Word and this world.

Melinda Russell, melinda.russell@tafa.org

Graduated TCU (B.S. in Ed and M.Ed)
My love of ballet began at an early age while studying classical ballet with Clarice Duffy, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance. During that time, I also danced with the University of Evansville Ballet Company and participated in a summer dance intensive with the Ohio Ballet. After studying ballet and modern at TCU, I pursued a degree in elementary and special education. Teaching has been my calling and I love working with kids of all ages...even the ones who are young at heart! I have been teaching ballet at TAFA since it began and homeschooled all four of my children up until college. My goal each year is to point my students to Christ...His love, His majesty, His glory, and His holiness while dancing for his praise and glory.

Biology, Anatomy & Physiology

Marilyn Mitchell, marilyn.mitchell@tafa.org

I am a graduate of East Texas State in Commerce, Texas and taught Junior High English before becoming a mom.  After homeschooling my boys until graduation from TAFA, I was thrilled to join the staff here at one of my favorite places as the Biology and Advanced Biology teacher.  I love the Lord and love teaching students to appreciate the wonder and majesty of His creation.  I hope they will be inspired to serve God in the field of science and to "ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name!" (Psalm 29)

Chemistry & Physics

Greg Wasik, greg.wasik@tafa.org

Hello, I am Greg Wasik. I have a Bachelor of Bible degree from Louisiana Baptist University in Pastoral Theology. I have also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in the Physical Sciences and Religion. My family and I have been a part of the TAFA program for years, as all three of my daughters have graduated through TAFA and my wife has been a long time teacher. I have worked with youth through my church for more than 25 years and have been employed by Alcon Laboratories for more than 30 years as a Compounder.

English, Literature & History

Teddy Wasik, teddy.wasik@tafa.org

IGreetings! My name is Teddy Wasik and i have the privilege of teaching the high school level literature & history classes at TAFA and serving as an administrative assistant at TAFA. I have been blessed to be a part of this family since 2000 and was invited to teach when the core classes began. As an educator, it is my desire for the students to experience a different learning adventure every time they walk into the classroom. My class is known for book discussions and debates in a wholesome and Christ-centered environment. Each week we explore history, classic literature, and what the Bible says about issues and ideas that relate to our world as they gain a fuller understanding of the past. 

Math

Cynthia Dena, cynthia.dena@tafa.org

Cynthia is a graduate of Midwestern State University with a BA in psychology and a minor in math. She also has a MA from New Mexico State University in curriculum and instruction. She began her teaching career in 1995, teaching math and science to elementary students in FWISD. She has continued teaching her five children at home and teaching math and science in a co-op setting for ten years. She loves math and enjoys helping students to appreciate it also. She believers all students can learn and that math is something everyone needs and can be accomplished with great success. Her favorite verse is Deuteronomy 6:7. She seeks to helps students apply Collossians 3:23 to their school work and future endeavors.

Spanish

Judy Medina, judy.medina@tafa.org

Judy was born and raised in Ft. Worth, Texas and Spanish was the primary language spoken at her home growing up. After highschool she began working at a counseling center for teenagers. Within a year she was employed by a Spanish radio station called KESS 94-FM. Her duties began as a receptionisht and ended as a disc jockey. After eight years of radio, she developed a love for the Spanish language. Other careers include being a Spanish translator/interpreter for a law firm, pharmacy, mental health department, and a church congregation. She has been working at TAFA since 2009 as the Spanish teacher. Judy gives God glory and honor for what He has done and will continue to do with and through her.

Private Lessons

Shelby McPherson, Piano, shelby.mcpherson@tafa.org

I have been teaching piano for 24 years. By the time I was four years old I had a strong desire to play the piano and began my music training at the age of five. That desire never changed and I continued my music education at the University of Hawaii and then at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where I began teaching piano. After moving to Fort Worth I began to teach piano at Travis Academy of Fine Arts where I have been teaching for the last twelve years. I enjoy working with all ages and skill levels including students with special needs. It is a joy and pleasure to watch students grow and become successful in the gift God has given them.

Paul Tullis, Violin, paul.tullis@tafa.org

Paul has been teaching private violin and viola lessons at TAFA since 2005, showing kids how to make a nice sound and play in tune while learning to read music. Trained at Boston University and Boston Conservatory of Music and a longtime member of the Dallas Opera Orchestra, he plays everything from opera, symphony, and church music, to Broadway shows, backup strings for praise bands, strolling violin - and he even does a little fiddle on occasion. He's had so much fun playing the violin and viola over the years that he'd like to let everyone else in on it. He believes music is a gift from God, and sharing that gift with others is for him a source of great joy..

Pedro Peraza, Trumpet, pedro.peraza@tafa.org

Pedro was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and has been surrounded and influenced by music since my early stages of life, because of his father, a percussionist. In 2002, he enrolled in the Escuela Libre de Música de San Juan Ernesto Ramos Antonini.
In May 2013 Pedro graduated from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico with a B.A. degree in Music Education (Concentration in Instrumental Music) and in 2014 was accepted into the M.M. Wind and Percussion Performance program at TCU, being awarded with a Graduate Assistantship.  He recently completed his Master’s degree and is planning to pursue a Ph.D. in either music education or performance. Pedro currently serve at Travis Avenue Baptist church where he uses his is able to use his trumpet for God's glory.

Jeannie Miller, Voice, jeannie.miller@tafa.org

Hello! My name is Jeannie Miller, and I am a young classical, operatic soprano. My dream is to inspire audiences with my music and to encourage other young vocalists to find joy in glorifying God through the art of singing. Although I have been singing my whole life, I developed a love for music after my parents enrolled me in TAFA when I was 10 years old. After competing in several national voice competitions including the Classical Singer Competition and the National Young Arts Foundation, I was honored to receive TCU’s prestigious Chancellor’s Scholarship, which led me to pursue my vocal performance degree at TCU's School of Music.  This fall, I was blessed to return and join the music faculty at TAFA and now serve as a private voice teacher and an Elementary Singer’s Choir instructor. In addition to teaching and performing on stage and for special events, I enjoy studying vocal pedagogy, playing piano, composing, swing dancing, writing, and spending time with my friends and family.

Natalie Young, French Horn, natalie.young@tafa.org

Natalie Young received a Bachelor's degree in Music from the University of Iowa, a Master's degree in Music from the University of Michigan, and a Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Before moving to DFW in 2015 she was professor of horn at the University of Talca in Talca, Chile. As a freelance musician she performs with many orchestras and chamber groups including the Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Plano Symphony, and the Dallas Winds. In addition to performing, she has a studio of 50-60 private students.

Lee Harbaugh, Low Brass, lee.harbaugh@tafa.org

Lee is a renowned Film, Band, and Orchestral Composer as well as Pianist and Trombonist with over 25 years of projessional experience. As a brass player, Lee has performed with the Texas Wind Symphony, the Dallas Winds, Panther City Brass, Legends Brass, and many other professional groups. He currently performs regularly with the Mansfield Wind Symphony where he also serves as President. Lee also plays piano regularly at the Dallas Arboretum as well as various weddings, parties, etc., and he has also played piano extensively in churches. 

In addition to composing and performing, Lee has regularly taught music lessons for over 25 years. As a young trombone and euphonium player, Lee learned quickly the value of studying one on one with skilled musicians. He credits the invidividual attention he received in middle school and high school as the key to propelling him to the Texas all-state band on two instruments (trombone and euphonium) as well as for laying the essential foundation on which the rest of his musical career has been built. As a teacher, Lee believes in tailoring the education to each individual student. Some students advance quickly, some not so quickly. Either way, Lee believes in reaching the student where they are and allowing them to grow at a pace that is beneficial to them. At times, Lee will push students, and at times he will encourage students to hold back. Lee's underlying goal is to get students to connect with the music in such a way that the music flows as effortlessly as possible through them.

Alvin Eclavea, alvin.eclavea@tafa.org

Alvin is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin University with his Bachelors and Masters Degree in Education and Music Performance. During his time at SFASU, Alvin performed in the top ensembles including Wind Ensemble. The Swingin' Axes, Saxophone Quartets, and Orchestra of the Pines. He was section leader with the Lumberjack Marching Band and Drum Major. Alvin currently resides in Bedford, TX where he is an active performer, educator, and clinician. He has 10+ years of private lesson experience all around Texas including schools in east Texas, Killen-Harker Heights, and the DFW area; where he's had several All-State Qualifiers, soloists, and ensembles. Alvin is also a photographer, husband and father.

Tim Cone, Guitar, tim.cone@tafa.org

Lori Rooke, Flute, lori.rooke@tafa.org

Kate Whaley, Clarinet, kate.whaley@tafa.org

Kathy Berry, Violin & Viola, kathy.berry@tafa.org

Alvin Eclavea, Saxophone, alvin.eclavea@tafa.org

Richard Shafer, Percussion, richard.shafer@tafa.org

Derek Hoel, Saxophone, derek.hoel@tafa.org

Sam Jones, Drums, sam.jones@tafa.org