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 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.
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)
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!
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: 30+ years performing, Teaching at WSOTA since 1994.
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)
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)
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)
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)
BIRTHPLACE: San Juan, Puerto Rico
EXPERIENCE: WSOTA employee since 2011
INTERESTING FACT: Was a whale and dolphin trainer at Sea World of Florida.
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.
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 grown sons and have been married for over 20 years. I love to cruise!
Laura Tawney (SUPPLY STORE MANAGER)
Faye Tarin (GUITAR / FIDDLE)
FAYE TARIN (Guitar/Fiddle)
BIRTHPLACE: Tifton, Georgia
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.
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 :)
LEXY THOMPSON (Dance) BIRTHPLACE:
Lauren Sellers (DANCE)
LAUREN SELLERS (Dance)
BIRTHPLACE: Orange Park, FL
EDUCATION: Fleming Island High School, c/o 2013
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.
Please see the "DANCE" page for in-depth bios about Laure and the rest of the WSOTA Dance Staff.