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 Aretha Franklin, Michael W. Smith, Trans Siberian Orchestra, the Broadway tours of "Peter Pan," "The Producers," "Annie," "The Lion King," "Spamalot," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Chicago." 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.
HOLLY WEHNER (Director of Operations)
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!
Holly Wehner (DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS)
Peg Gillick (OFFICE MANAGER)
PEG GILLICK (Office Manager)
BIRTHPLACE: Nowra, Australia
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 CARR MCNAIR (Artistic Director)
BIRTHPLACE: Fort Wayne, Indiana INTERESTING FACT: Took classes from judges on the show, "So You Think You Can Dance"
Please see the "DANCE" page for in-depth bios about Ashley and the rest of the WSOTA Dance Staff.
Ashley Carr McNair (Artistic Director - DANCE)
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.
Barbara Broach (PIANO / KEYBOARD)
Pete Winders GUITAR
PETE WINDERS (Guitar)
BIRTHPLACE: Tampa, Florida
EDUCATION: BA in Psychology, UNF; BA in Music, UNF
EXPERIENCE: 20+ years playing, 10+ years teaching
INTERESTING FACT: Pete plays guitar in a band called "3" and is currently touring with Donovan Frankenreiter, where he as appeared on shows such as David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
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.
Violeta Radlovska Zebeau (PIANO / VOICE)
Meagan Curtis (DANCE)
MEAGAN CURTIS (Dance)
BIRTHPLACE: Waldorf, MD
INTERESTING FACT: I was a member for the NFL - Washington Redskins Junior All Star Dance Team.
Please see the "DANCE" page for in-depth bios about Meagan and the rest of the WSOTA Dance Staff.
DANAE CAREY (Dance)
BIRTHPLACE: Jacksonville, FL
INTERESTING FACT: I was home-schooled Kindergarten through 12th Grade.
Please see the "DANCE" page for in-depth bios about Danae and the rest of the WSOTA Dance Staff.
Danae Carey (DANCE)
Penny Cunningham (PIANO)
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.
ROBERTA SUMNER (Voice/Piano/Woodwinds) BIRTHPLACE: EDUCATION: Armed Forces School of Music - N.E.C. Clarinet, Saxophone and Voice.
EXPERIENCE: Performing since 1993, Teaching since 2003. 15+ years of recording experience as well.
INTERESTING FACT: I have performed in 32 countries! Norway was my favorite :)
Roberta "Robbie" Sumner (VOICE/PIANO/WOODWINDS)
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.
Anna Cristodero (WOODWINDS)
Karen Booth (Office Staff)
KAREN BOOTH (Office Staff)
EXPERIENCE: WSOTA employee since 2011
INTERESTING FACT: Was a whale and dolphin trainer at Sea World of Florida.
EDWIN RIVERA CARRASQUILLO (Piano) BIRTHPLACE:
Kourtney Taylor (FRONT 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)
BIRTHPLACE: St. Paul, MN
EXPERIENCE: Wehner's Music & Dance Supply, Store Manager since 2008.
INTERESTING FACT: I have two teenage boys and have been married for 16 years. My boys are both in the school band, one on Saxophone and the other on Baritone.
Laura Tawney (SUPPLY STORE MANAGER)
Faye Tarin (GUITAR / FIDDLE)
FAYE TARIN (Guitar/Fiddle)
BIRTHPLACE: Tifton, Georgia
EDUCATION: WSOTA, 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.
Laura Ingalls (VIOLIN)
Rudie Gillett (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 :)
Lauren Sellers (DANCE)
LAUREN SELLERS (Dance)
BIRTHPLACE: Orange Park, FL
INTERESTING FACT: Led my high school Dance Team to two state championships and was invited to perform in NYC at the "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" twice.
Please see the "DANCE" page for in-depth bios about Laure and the rest of the WSOTA Dance Staff.