Our school employs professionals from all over the world.
Meet Our Staff
Kyle Wehner (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR; VIOLIN/VIOLA)
KYLE WEHNER (Executive Director)
BIRTHPLACE: Midland, Michigan
EDUCATION: BM in Viola Performance, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (2000); Suzuki Certified, Member of SAA EXPERIENCE: Performing since 1985, teachingsince 1994
INTERESTING FACT:I have performed with many artists including Trans Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, Adam Levine, Sting, Kelly Clarkson, Reuben Studdard, Keith Urban, Seal, David Foster, Neyo, Natalie Merchant, Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin, Michael W. Smith, Mannhein Steamrolloer and Trans Siberian Orchestra, as well as the Broadway tours of "Peter Pan," "The Producers," "Annie," "The Lion King," "Spamalot," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Chicago." and "Westside Story." I also own/run a wedding music business, Wehner Weddings, which provides live music to over 250 weddings per year. I enjoy collecting exotic salt-water fish and corals for my reef tanks.
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 10+ years
INTERESTING FACT: Biked down a volcano in Hawaii and swam with sharks and sting rays in Tahiti...all before having three beautiful little girls!
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.
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.
EDWIN RIVERA CARRASQUILLO (Piano/Voice) BIRTHPLACE: Colorado Springs, CO
EDUCATION: Studied for over 15 years with many noteable professionals in the music education industry.
EXPERIENCE: Performing since 2002, Teaching at WSOTA since 2012
INTERESTING FACT: I aspire to write music for movies. I have worked on several projects, both as an actor and film score composer through independent filming groups, even competing in the 48 Hour Film Festival right here in Jacksonville.
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: Plays Fiddle and is the lead vocal in "The Blue River Travellers," a bluegrass / gospel band, which has recorded one CD already. Also volunteers weekly to play for seniors and veterans.
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.
INTERESTING FACT: Led my high school Dance Team (FIHS) to two state championships and was invited to perform in NYC at the "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" twice. I am also the Dance Team Coach for St. John's Country Day School.