Our school employs professionals from all over the world.
Meet Our Staff
Kyle and Holly Wehner (OWNERS)
HOLLY WEHNER (Owner)
BIRTHPLACE: Stuttgart, Arkansas EDUCATION: BS in Communications w/ track in Advertising, University of North Florida (2001) EXPERIENCE: JTA Communications & Marketing (1999 - 2002); Martinez Communications (2002 - 2004); WSOTA Advertising (2000 - present); Playing piano for 20+ years; Dance administration 15+ years
INTERESTING FACT: Biked down a volcano in Hawaii and swam with sharks and sting rays in Tahiti...all before having three beautiful daughters!
EDUCATION: BM in Viola Performance, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (2000); Suzuki Certified
EXPERIENCE: Performing violin/viola since 1985, teaching since 1994
INTERESTING FACT: I have performed with many artists including Trans Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, Josh Groban, Adam Levine, Sting, Kelly Clarkson, Reuben Studdard, Keith Urban, Seal, David Foster, Neyo, Natalie Merchant, Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin and Michael W. Smith, as well as the Broadway tours of "Peter Pan," "The Producers," "Annie," "The Lion King," "Spamalot," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Chicago," "Phantom of the Opera," and "Westside Story." I also own/run a wedding music business, Wehner Weddings, which provides live music to over 300 weddings per year.
I enjoy collecting exotic salt-water fish and corals for my reef tanks.
EDUCATION: Bachelor Degree in Secondary Education, Armidale University
EXPERIENCE: Front office manager at WSOTA since 2000
INTERESTING FACT: Plays well with kangaroos and dingos!
Ashley McNair (DANCE - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR)
ASHLEY MCNAIR (Dance - Artistic Director) BIRTHPLACE: Fort Wayne, Indiana
EXPERIENCE: Performing since 1990, Teaching at WSOTA since 2004
Barbara Broach (PIANO / KEYBOARD)
BARBARA BROACH (Piano/Keyboard) BIRTHPLACE: Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Home town - New Madrid, Missouri (famous for New Madrid earthquake fault)
EDUCATION: BA in English, University of Mississippi; MAT in English, Brown University
EXPERIENCE: TeachingPiano since 1989; Has also taught English in high school, community colleges, and as a second language in Japan. INTERESTING FACT: I married Robert Broach in 1968. We've lived in MS, VA, RI, Spain, Japan and now here. We have two grown children, Adrianne in Atlanta and David in the Virgin Islands. I'm an avid tennis player, reader and traveler. I also love to cook, especially dishes picked up on trips.
Pete Winders (GUITAR)
PETE WINDERS (Guitar)
BIRTHPLACE: Tampa, Florida
EDUCATION: BA in Psychology, UNF; BA in Music, UNF
EXPERIENCE: 30+ years performing, Teaching at WSOTA since 1994.
INTERESTING FACT: I have performed on The David Letterman Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Lauren Sellers (DANCE)
LAUREN SELLERS (Dance)
BIRTHPLACE: Orange Park, FL
EDUCATION: FIHS (2013), SJR State, currently studying FL Dancemasters
EXPERIENCE: Performing since 1997, Teaching since 2013. Certified Dance & Gym USA as well as American Sports & Fitness Association.
INTERESTING FACT: I am also a preschool teacher.
Violeta Zebeau (PIANO / KEYBOARD)
VIOLETA RADLOVSKA ZEBEAU (Piano/Voice)
BIRTHPLACE: Sumy, Ukraine
EDUCATION:BM in Piano, University of Culture (Kieve Ukraine); BM in Piano, Musical College (Sumy, Ukraine)
EXPERIENCE: 40+ years playing, 25+ years teaching INTERESTING FACT: First performance was at the age of 4 1/2 as a soloist with a chorus.
Rob Eccles (PIANO / KEYBOARD)
ROB ECCLES (Piano / Keyboard)
BIRTHPLACE: Boca Raton, FL
EDUCATION: Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (2009) ; AA in Arts, FSCJ ; Currently working towards a Bachelors degree in Business Management, FSCJ.
EXPERIENCE: Performing since 2003, teaching piano and voice since 2009. INTERESTING FACT: I am an avid surfer. I also enjoy composing music for short films, documentaries, commercials and independant artsists.
Ariadna Perez (CELLO)
ARIADNA PEREZ (Cello) BIRTHPLACE: Matanzas, Cuba
EDUCATION: BM Cello Performance, UNF
EXPERIENCE: Performing and teaching since 1995. Teaching at WSOTA since 2013.
INTERESTING FACT: I have performed on stage with Adam Levine and Sting at the same time!
Suzanne Tudor (DANCE)
SUZANNE TUDOR (Dance)
EXPERIENCE: INTERESTING FACT:
Penny Cunningham (PIANO / KEYBOARD)
Penny Cunningham (Piano)
BIRTHPLACE: Shanghai, China
EDUCATION: Master in Piano Pedagogy, University if Illinois
EXPERIENCE: 30+ yearsPerforming, 15+ years teaching
INTERESTING FACT: I love travel, fine dining, fashion and cooking.
Dayna Osan (VIOLIN / VIOLA)
DAYNA OSAN (Violin/Viola) BIRTHPLACE: Sarasota, FL
EDUCATION: BM Violin Performance, UNF
EXPERIENCE: Performing since 1996, Teaching since 2010. Teaching at WSOTA since 2013.
INTERESTING FACT: I have performed violin in Austria and France!
Anna Cristodero (WOODWINDS / PIANO)
ANNA CRISTODERO (Woodwinds) BIRTHPLACE: Long Branch, NJ EDUCATION: AA in Music, UNF; BA in Music Education, UNF EXPERIENCE: Performing since 1978, Teaching since 1987 INTERESTING FACT: Started with WSOTA (then Suzuki Talent) as a student in 1986. I have known Kyle Wehner since he was eight years old.
Karen Booth (OFFICE STAFF)
KAREN BOOTH (Office Staff)
BIRTHPLACE: San Juan, Puerto Rico
EXPERIENCE: WSOTA employee since 2011
INTERESTING FACT: Was a whale and dolphin trainer at Sea World of Florida.
Kourtney Woodruff (OFFICE STAFF)
KOURTNEY WOODRUFF (Office Staff)
BIRTHPLACE: Jacksonville, FL
EXPERIENCE: WSOTA employee since 2008
INTERESTING FACT: I love the outdoors. My hobbies include hunting, riding motorcycles and swimming. I've also been skydiving...scary, but exciting!
Laura Tawney (STORE MANAGER)
LAURA TAWNEY (Store Manager) BIRTHPLACE: St. Paul, MN EXPERIENCE: Wehner's Music & Dance Supply, Store Manager since 2008. INTERESTING FACT: I have two grown sons and have been married for over 20 years. I love to cruise!
EDUCATION: Studied with professionals in the industry, 1995-1999
EXPERIENCE: Performing Since 1998, Teaching Since 2003
INTERESTING FACT: Played Fiddle and was the lead vocal in "The Blue River Travellers," a bluegrass / gospel band. Also volunteers weekly to play for seniors and veterans.
Laura Ingalls (VIOLIN / VIOLA)
Laura Ingalls (Violin) BIRTHPLACE: Jacksonville, FL EDUCATION: Master of Church Music, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; BA Music Education, UNF EXPERIENCE: Performing since 1985, Teaching since 1997 INTERESTING FACT: I enjoy playing tennis (poorly) and needlecrafts, especially tatting and knitting.
Rudie Gillet (OFFICE STAFF)
RUDIE GILLETT (Office Staff)
BIRTHPLACE: Los Angeles, CA
EXPERIENCE: WSOTA employee since 2012
INTERESTING FACT: My father and I share the same first name, just different spellings :)
Carly Moore (DANCE)
CARLY MOORE (Dance)
BIRTHPLACE: Fort Myers, FL
EDUCATION: AA, Florida School of the Arts
EXPERIENCE: Performing since 1999, Teaching since 2013.
INTERESTING FACT: I have a collection of old books!