Instructors

Center For The Arts Instructor

Cathy Beachy

Offering Instruction In Piano

Instructor Bio

Cathy began studying music at 5 years old and has 30 years experience with private piano lessons. She studied piano, voice, flute and violin, performed in award winning Marching Bands and Choirs, and performed in fun ensembles like Wire Choir throughout her childhood and teen years. Cathy received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Tabor College and a Master’s Degree in Music Education – Choral Conducting from Arizona State University. During her time at Tabor College Cathy was a soloist for Tabor’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, a member of Tabor’s traveling summer music group, sang with and accompanied a variety of choirs and ensembles, performed a standing-room-only senior voice recital and was the piano accompanist for five other vocal and instrumental senior recitals. She played flute and percussion in the Tabor College Band and performed the role of Gracie Shinn in The Music Man. In addition, Cathy was a Resident Assistant, held various leadership roles in student-led organizations, and was a student representative on faculty committees, including a Presidential Search Committee.

Cathy served as the Director of Music & Worship at First Mennonite Brethren Church in Wichita, Kansas where she led a large, multi-generational and multi-faceted worship ministry including a 60-voice adult choir, 120-voice children’s choir, worship band, seasonal orchestra, drama teams, and large production teams. Cathy conducted the combined choirs and orchestras of Tabor College and First Mennonite Brethren Church in a performance of Handel’s Messiah. She led the efforts of the full arts ministry for many productions and performances. In addition, Cathy led workshops for Worship Teams and Worship Leaders in Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, California, South Dakota and Minnesota. Cathy also recruited and organized teams to lead worship for national conferences in California and Kansas. Over the last 20 years, Cathy served a variety of leadership roles at Copper Hills Church, including serving as Worship Leader, Children’s Pastor, Elder, and Life Group Leader. She currently serves as a keyboard player in the Copper Hills worship band. Cathy also accompanies several school choirs, and plays piano for weddings and various events. Cathy and her husband Brian were small business owners, where Cathy’s primary responsibilities included HR for 70 employees. Cathy and Brian have two boys, Zach & Ben. They live in Peoria with their desert tortoise, Franklin, and their dog, Bailey. Cathy loves to travel, is an avid sports fan and hostess. When she’s not performing or leading you can find her on her patio with a backyard full of family and friends.

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Jake Bombaci

Offering Instruction In Guitar

Instructor Bio

Jake Bombaci is a Phoenix native with a love for teaching. Jake took this love to the high school classroom where he taught history for 7 years, followed by adjunct work at ASU. During this time, Jake also led as one of CCV's music directors and is now on staff as the Students’ Lead Music Director for all nine of their campuses. Jake is also the bass player and a song writer for CCV's original music. He can be heard on their three live albums and three studio albums. Jake wrote the title track for the 2017 album Regenerate. Jake also plays bass guitar and travels with Christian artist Brad and Rebekah and records for and plays with RNW Music. Jake attributes his musical growth to his mentors Ben Gowell and Steve Goold, masters in the music industry as players and producers.

Jake also has deep interest and love for analog synth bass. He both plays synth bass live and works with analog gear in the studio to create original content. Highly proficient in using digital work stations (like Ableton), Jake regularly builds backing tracks for artists he plays with and for the weekend experiences at his church.

Jake has his BAE in Education and his MEd in Teacher Leadership. He is passionate about education and loves teaching in any capacity that he can. When he’s not teaching or leading music, you can find Jake hanging out with his wife and 2 kids.

Discography:

Light and Shadow - CCV Music (2019)

When it Comes to You- RNW Music (2019)

Desert Sessions - CCV Music (2018) Regenerate - CCV Music (2017) (wrote the title track) M.I.A (Single) - Josh Caballes (2016) Rising Up - CCV Music (2015) You Have Done Great Things -Rockford First Worship (2015) New Day Rising - Rick Butor (2014)

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Katie Brown

Offering Instruction In Voice, Piano,

Instructor Bio

Katie Brown is a Phoenix native who is passionate about music and people. She joins the Copper Hills Center of the Arts as an Instructor in Piano and Contemporary Voice. Katy has taught piano and voice for 7 years, guiding over 60 students in the Valley. Her biggest joy is watching young minds become aware of the beauty of art, and giving them tools to create it.

Katie grew up playing piano and performing in recitals. She started piano as a young child and continued lessons through her time at Grand Canyon University. Katie graduated with a degree in Worship Arts and now serves as a Music Director in a local church.

Katie is also a successful singer and song writer. She released her first solo album in 2016, and has songs featured on each album recorded at GCU during her time at the university. Katie has also been featured in Peoria Times highlighting her many recordings, songwriting and faith. She continues to perform around Phoenix and opens many concerts, including Colton Dixon, Jonny Diaz, Justin Unger, Mark Schultz, David Dunn, Stars Go Dim, and more. Her many musical highlights include studio recordings with Rend Collective as well as Aaron Shust when she was in Nashville recording at Dark Horse Studios.

When Katie is not doing something artistic, she loves game nights and enjoys spending time with her family, including her cute nephews and niece. Katie looks forward to new generations participating in the arts and is thankful for the chance to teach.

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Kim Camping

Offering Instruction In Photography

Instructor Bio

Kim Camping is a professional photographer and has a BA in Arts Education from GCU. She has taught all ages and all mediums of art in public school, homeschool groups, and private schools. Her main areas of study and teaching have been in Photography and Ceramics. While teaching at a local private school, she started a digital photography class that quickly outgrew the computers and classroom capacity. She is a native Phoenician with three great kids and one amazing grandson. Kim loves to create any way she can, from interior design to crochet. She looks forward to helping us catch the photo bug.

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Jennifer Cox

Offering Instruction In Cello

Instructor Bio

After graduating in music performance from the University of Colorado, cellist Jennifer Cox completed her master’s degree in performance from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH, studying with world-renowned cellist, Yehuda Hanani. During this time, she was awarded by international audition the Time Warner Orchestral String Fellowship for three summers at the Aspen Music Festival, one of the country’s premier summer training centers for young musicians. After a year as a teaching assistant at Ohio University, she won the position of Co-Principal Cello with the West Virginia Symphony, a post she held for seven years before winning the Co-Principal Cello with the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic, in Durban, South Africa (one of two full-time orchestras on the continent). She frequently performed as principal cello for outreach concerts, playing solo demos as well as orchestral repertoire. Ms. Cox made her debut as soloist with the orchestra in Spring 2009, performing Haydn’s D Major Cello Concerto with the orchestra as part of the Sunday Sinfonia series. While there, she was adjunct faculty for cello at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, and taught at the Durban School of Music, with students ranging from eight to adult--preparing students for exams for the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal School of Music) and school recitals. She was also active as a chamber musician, performing with Christopher Duigan, a Steinway Artist, in his Music Revival series; in the UKZN Concert Series and the Friends of Music Series. In 2012, she returned to the US to accept an artist-residency at Carnegie Mellon University, studying with Anne Williams, Principal Cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony. She returned to her home state of Colorado to found and direct The Salida Strings Program, develop and maintain a private cello studio and play as soloist and collaborator with local musicians at diverse locales from the state penitentiary to private house concerts. Her aim was to bring classical music to an area where it is seen as elitist and present it as music to be claimed as a human treasure for all to enjoy. She relocated to Phoenix in 2017 to teach instrumental music at Glendale Preparatory Academy. Ms. Cox is also active in the valley as a freelance musician, having played with the AZ Broadway Theater, the West Valley Symphony, Musica Nova and the Mill Ave Chamber players. She has also taught large string groups, such as coaching cello groups at Blue Lake Center for the Arts in Michigan and coaching strings for the SANYO (South African National Youth Orchestra). In her free time, she enjoys sleeping, exploring the cities coffee shops, and practicing.

Teaching Philosophy: I am passionate about sparking a love of music in students, engendering the joy of discovery and learning, promoting independence and creative problem-solving, and preparing students for the unique experience of performing. In the beginning, all students learn to produce a beautiful sound with the bow and then incorporating the left hand to develop tension-free agility. I believe in developing the expressive power of music from the very beginning, tailoring my approach to the needs and goals of each individual student.

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Eric Gagnier

Offering Instruction In Creative Engineering

Instructor Bio

Eric Gagnier is a multi-talented artist who loves Creative Engineering and Design. Over the last 12 years his professional titles included Creative Director, Graphic Designer, Director of Visual Communication and even Front-end Developer. In those positions some of his responsibilities included interface design, branding and art direction and app development. If you were to ask him, he would simplify his abilities with one word: Designer. His interest in design started in middle school when he started to become interested in product design, specifically the artistic aesthetics with form and the required components of function. He quickly became obsessed with learning the processes used to design, print and manufacture the things he wore and used on a day to day basis which would eventually launch his career in the design industry. Eric’s ability to merge concept and design has allowed him to work with a wide range of clients and industries from technology to fashion. Some of his past clients include ASU, Pepsi, Speck, Honeywell, and Apple. Even though Eric believes the best way to learn anything is through hands on experience and trial/error, his education includes certificates in Basic Graphic Design, Color Theory, Advanced Graphic Design and Computer Design/Desktop Web Publishing from Scottsdale Community College. Eric’s professional accomplishments include an Honorable Mention for Up and Coming Designer of the Year, and Speck Award for Product Analysis and Design both at the Brand Impact Awards hosted by Computer Arts magazine. He has had multiple interviews and recognitions in Design and Art Magazine and was hired by G by Guess to undertake the design of interactive point of sale structures that were placed in 30 stores country wide.

After a few years of design and development contract work, Eric received an invitation to move to San Diego and work as the Creative Lead on a team with a renowned architect, engineer and fashion designer to design and open a Supper Club in the Gaslamp district. This work opened his eyes to how four creative professionals with completely different skill sets needed to learn one another's language as well as the limits of their capabilities. This experience led to a a turning point in his career: leading a creative team to develop tutorial curriculums for Adobe and Microsoft while also producing marketing videos for those curriculums where he once again saw a disconnect between creative professionals. In this case it was software engineers, app developers and graphic designers. After witnessing the importance of communication between all contributors in the multimedia industry, an idea was developed. Eric felt inspired to lead the next generation of out of the box thinkers to grasp the basic concepts of both Engineering and Design.

Using his background in design and love for technology Eric created Craft and Code, a creative studio he developed to close the gap between engineering and technology with design and creative classes that cover a range of interests and skills such as painting, illustration, photography and a new type of robotics. Taking initiative to lead by example and always enthusiastic about the concept being worked on, Eric is passionate about creating both rich, immersive experiences and beautifully designed projects.

The last 3 years as a Creative Director has introduced him to the world of app development and different aspects of computer science education. He wants to apply his knowledge to spark ingenuity in his community's youth. Eric now lives in Peoria, AZ with his wife and 2 young children. He enjoys coaching high school hockey and his son’s youth lacrosse team while also still finding time for late night Lego builds -- Forever a kid at heart.

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Jonathan Lawson

Offering Instruction In Violin Fiddle Mandolin Banjo, Guitar, Song Writing, Online Classes,
Violin, Fiddle, Mandolin & Banjo - Wednesdays: NOW ONLINE Violin, Fiddle, Mandolin & Banjo - Thursdays: NOW ONLINE Violin, Fiddle, Mandolin & Banjo - Tuesdays: NOW ONLINE Violin, Fiddle, Mandolin & Banjo - HOUR LESSONS Acoustic & Electric Guitar - Thursdays w/Jonathan: NOW ONLINE Acoustic & Electric Guitar - Wednesday w/Jonathan: NOW ONLINE Guitar Lessons - Hour Lessons Violin, Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar - Thursdays Violin, Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar - Tuesdays Violin, Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar - Wednesdays

Instructor Bio

Having spent 17 years in Nashville, TN, as an artist, musician, and songwriter, Jonathan Lawson has had the fortune of bringing music to hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.

His professional music career began at 20-years-old when he began touring with country diva Lorrie Morgan as a member of her road band. Sharing the stage with her and her incredibly talented veteran musicians prepared Jonathan for his next position playing fiddle, acoustic guitar, and mandolin for country superstar Sara Evans. His tenure with Sara included national television performances (Good Morning America, The View, CMT), collaborations with superstars like Maroon 5, and stadium tours including Kenny Chesney and CMAfest (65,000 people).

Sara Evans kick-started the career of Jonathan’s own band, The Railers, offering them their first support slot on a national tour - which ultimately led to a recording contract with Warner Brothers Nashville and two top-50 singles on hit country radio. The Railers were featured as support acts on national tours with Hunter Hayes, Brett Eldredge, Corey Smith, as well as performances with Dwight Yoakam, Eli Young Band, and Josh Abbott Band. The Railers also enjoyed having several featured appearances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

A native of Arizona, Jonathan is a two-time winner of his division at the Arizona State Old-Time Fiddle Championship, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Violin Performance from Northern Arizona University.

In recent years, Jonathan taught Violin, Fiddle, Mandolin, Acoustic/Electric Guitar, and Banjo in Hendersonville, TN at Cedarstone School of Music - an academy devoted to the intersection of modern teaching techniques with student goal actuation - in both commercial and classical genres. In addition to teaching his specialized instruments, Jonathan also has a passion for songwriting and modern recording techniques - crafts he honed as a writer for Sony/ATV Publishing, and working as a session musician in such iconic studios as Ocean Way, Blackbird, Sound Emporium, The Castle, Sony Studios, and Warner Studios, with A-list producers Marshall Altman, Justin Niebank, Paul Worley, Ross Copperman, and Jay Joyce.

Ready for a new creative challenge, Jonathan and his wife Cassandra (also of The Railers) have returned to Arizona and begun a new duo called Ivy & the Wall, blending immersive cinematography with a musical tapestry to create a new kind of multimedia event.

When he doesn’t have an instrument or a microphone in his hands, Jonathan loves to spend his pastime Backpacking, Fly Fishing, Disc Golfing, traveling overseas, or kayaking.

Center For The Arts Instructor

Kathlyn Leblang

Offering Instruction In Dance

Instructor Bio

Kathlyn Leblang has loved dancing since she was a little girl, growing her skill and passion through classes and competitions. In 2015 she won 3rd place at Nationals in her Latin Ballroom division. This passion led her to Grand Canyon University where she graduated with a BFA in Dance Education. After working in various Dance Studios in the valley, Kathlyn started Black Mountain Elementary School's dance program, including creating the curriculum for their elementary dance program, which quickly grew in popularity to include students of all ages and abilities as an extra-curricular program. Her contributions at Black Mountain also included collaborating with the drama program to choreograph, James and the Giant Peach, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast, as well as directing and producing six dance shows of her own. In 2017 she was awarded Rookie of The Year Award by CCUSD for outstanding first year teacher. While Kathlyn loves many dance disciplines she specializes in Ballet, Jazz, African, Hip Hop, Modern, Ballroom and cultural dance forms. Kathlyn also freelances as a choreographer, most recently leading the amazing choreography in CYT-Phoenix’s production of The Adam’s Family.

When Kathlyn is not teaching or dancing she loves entertaining and traveling. She is eager to join the wonderful dance instructors at Copper Hills Center for the Arts and can't wait to meet all of her new students.

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Sandy Lutz

Offering Instruction In Sewing

Instructor Bio

Sandy Lutz has her B.A. in Home Economics Education and M.A. in Clothing and Textiles. She is a Palmer and Pletsch Certified Fit Instructor. Her teaching experience includes 4 years at Shoreline High School, 2 years at Washington State University, 8 years at Shoreline Community College, and 17 years at Phoenix College where she currently serves on the faculty of the Fashion Design program. In addition, Sandy has taught sewing classes for Pacific Fabrics, Joann Fabrics and Hancock Fabrics and has tutored students one on one in private lessons. Sandy enjoys sharing her love for textiles and sewing and looks forward to learning to know you.

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Genevieve Morris

Offering Instruction In Dance

Instructor Bio

Genevieve Morris graduated from Eastern University with a BA in Dance in 2006. She started her Cecchetti ballet training at age 5 with the Johnstown Concert Ballet Company. She has had solos in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Coppelia, and Les Sylphides. She won several solo choreography awards from competitions during her time there as well. At Eastern, she studied more forms of dance including Modern, Ballroom, Jazz, and African. She has been teaching all levels of classes throughout Pennsylvania from 2001-2018. For the last couple of years in PA, she directed an annual Nutcracker Performance with her ballet students. She was the Dance Director at the Agnes Irwin School 2007-2017 where she ran classes for Middle and Upper School students with their an annual performance entitled "Dance Motion." She was a member of Indigenous Pitch Dance Collective which teaches and performs for children affected by natural and/or socio-economic disasters. With IPDC, she has taught dance camps in North Philly, NOLA, and Haiti. After college, she danced professionally with local Philadelphia companies such as Ballet 180, New Street Dance Group, and Swerve Dance Company. Genevieve, her husband Jed and 3 children moved from Philadelphia to Phoenix in July 2018. Though her studies have paused, she was studying for her Masters at Eastern University for Urban Studies: Arts for Transformation and has a heart for using the arts to minister and bring healing to those in need.

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Amy Nichols

Offering Instruction In Flute, Creative Writing, Online Classes,
Flute Lessons

Instructor Bio

Amy K. Nichols teaches Creative Writing Classes and Private Flute Lessons.

Amy is the author of the young adult science fiction novels Now That You’re Here and While You Were Gone, published the Knopf/Penguin Random House. She has taught with the Your Novel Year program at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU, been on the faculty of the Desert Nights Rising Stars and SCBWI conferences, and served as the Writer in Residence for the Glendale Public Library. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of writing and publishing with others, particularly when it involves passing along the wisdom she gained from her mentor, the award-winning crime novelist James Sallis.

Amy has played the flute for 37 years and has taught private lessons for 17 years. A number of her students have placed in Regional and All-State competitions and have gone on to obtain music scholarships. In college, Amy earned a minor in Music and studied under the principal flutist of the Phoenix Symphony. She performs around the valley in seasonal orchestras and musical theater productions, and does occasional session work with recording artists. She enjoys sharing her love of music with others and passing on the technical and musical skills her teachers taught her.

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Cat Ohbayashi

Offering Instruction In Handlettering

Instructor Bio

Cat Ohbayashi is a handlettering specialist and lover of handmade, slow-crafted art. As owner and creator of Dearest Words, a handlettering design business, she has created custom handlettered and calligraphy pieces professionally for four years. Cat regularly uses her craft for inspirational quotes in her 3rd grade classroom, is pursued for wedding calligraphy, and regularly designs custom signs for gifts. She started an afterschool handlettering club for students, and offers workshops at local coffee shops and bookstores. Cat has a deep appreciation for language and loves to combine meaningful text with beautiful art. Cat views handlettering as a true art form and believes each person has their own unique creative journey and style, She is excited to share what she has learned about and through handlettering with the Center for the Arts community.

Cat hails from NJ where she enjoys her summers with extended family. She met her husband at King’s College in NYC, and currently lives in Peoria where she and her husband teach 3rd Grade and Middle School Science in the Great Hearts school district. When not teaching, you can find Cat spending time with her family and volunteering with the youth group at her church. Check out more of Cat’s work on Instagram, Etsy, or Facebook under Dearest Words.

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Amanda Ratkovich

Offering Instruction In Watercolor

Instructor Bio

Amanda Ratkovich has loved all things creative since she was very young. She spent most of her childhood painting and sketching fashion illustrations. She fell in love with sewing and decided to combine her love for drawing and sewing. Amanda studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and graduated with honors in 2013.

Upon graduation Amanda and a colleague started Shop Elda, a mission-based clothing company based in Haiti. She led and taught 30 women how to sew to support their families with this sustainable skill. Shop Elda partnered with a feeding program and a local church to provide VBS for the kids while the mothers attended the workshops. With every purchase at Shop Elda, they employed 30+ women and hosted VBS for 100+ children. Through partnership with the feeding program, Shop Elda was able to support 230+ children to receive daily meals at school as well. Creating with her hands has always been a passion, and when she moved back to her home state of Arizona, Amanda wanted to continue her education in the arts, specifically watercolors. Her mother and grandmother are very talented oil and watercolor painters, so she believed she might have the knack for it. The only way to discover if this was something she was good at was to take lessons and give it a shot. She began taking watercolor classes and immediately fell in love with the medium – Amanda realized she had a natural gift and talent for watercolor. Amanda has won multiple awards for her watercolor paintings and has made a career as an Illustrator. She owns Lily & Threads, a digital and watercolor design company, and loves working with her clients. Amanda has a passion for the exploration of the arts and a passion for connecting with people through art. She loves teaching and equipping others to discover and unlock their natural talents to unlimited potential.

When not doing watercolor, Amanda loves sewing, textile design, and film photography. She was born and raised in Arizona, loves her desert home, and exploring the state with her husband Justin. Amanda and Justin are excited to meet their first baby girl in July.

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Katy Rosinbum

Offering Instruction In Dance

Instructor Bio

Katy Rosinbum's love for dance began when she was a young girl dancing for fun with her elementary school friends. That passion grew into a desire to learn technique and further her formal dance training. Katy was part of her high school's dance program as well as danced at The Dance Shoppe. Because of the deep impact her high school dance teacher made, she set a goal to become a dance teacher herself. Katy continued her dance journey at Arizona State University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Education and earned an Arizona Teaching License in Dance Education for age K-12. Katy has taught students from elementary school to high school at Leap of Faith Dance Studio and Mountain Ridge High School.

This year marks Katy's 8th year teaching dance at Mountain Ridge High School where she has grown the program and outgrown the space. MRHS renovated and expanded to create a new dance studio. Ridge’s multiple dance shows sell out early and often. Katy teaches all skill levels, from those who have never danced before to extremely experienced dancers. Katy loves instructing a variety of dance styles including jazz, ballet, tap and modern dance. In addition to the daily rigors of teaching technique and investing in the growing skills of her students, Katy personally choreographs anywhere between 14-20 dances for her shows each year.

While she has worked with kids for over 15 years, her most important role is being mom to her 3 kids Micah, Lilliana and Josiah. When she is not teaching or dancing, you can find Katy singing in her church’s worship’s band, hosting parties, and hanging out with her kids. Katy is so excited to be a part of Copper Hills Center for the Arts and looks forward to sharing her gift and love of dance with the next generation of dancers!

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Hillorie Schrock

Offering Instruction In Sign Language, Online Classes,

Instructor Bio

Hillorie Schrock graduated from California State University Fresno with a Bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. She currently teaches American Sign Language at Northwest Christian High School and has nearly 20 years of signing experience. Hillorie has worked with the Deaf directly, teaching Deaf children at Deaf schools for 7 years. She also started and expanded ASL programs teaching hearing students about Deaf Culture and how to sign for 5 years. She has a deep love of American Sign Language and the Deaf people, and it is her great joy to share that love with others.

When she's not teaching you might find her designing costumes, hair, and make-up for local stage productions or doing almost anything crafty with friends. Hillorie is a California girl living in Arizona with her husband and 2 awesome daughters.

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Michele Trent

Offering Instruction In Improv

Instructor Bio

Michele Trent and her husband, Bob, were founding players in SCRAPS Improv, Spontaneous Creations Requiring Audience Participation. This Washington based comedy ensemble regularly provided entertainment at local coffee shops, festivals, events, and corporate parties. After moving to the Valley, she joined ComedySportz and spent a year “competing” in live comedy shows. Most recently, Michele participated in a Second City Workshop. In addition to improv, Michele has also acted in community theatre, dinner theatre, on television as a commercial spokesperson for Hertz Car Sales, and regularly does voiceover work. Today, she maintains her wit as a frequent public speaker and radio show host. When Michele is not on stage or behind a microphone, she loves helping people tell their life stories through spoken word.

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Bob Trent

Offering Instruction In Improv

Instructor Bio

Bob Trent is excited to return to improv comedy after being a founding member of SCRAPS Improv and performing with ComedySportz. Bob is more than just an occasionally funny guy who excels in creating awkward situations. He has performed on stage, television, and film. His on-stage credits include Music Man, Much Ado About Nothing, The Foreigner, and Lips Together, Teeth Apart, and on television in Ballad of the Sad Café, Is It Real?, Amazing Discoveries and various roles on Earthquakes sketch comedy. He also originated roles onstage in Cowboy and Filling the Cavity and in the film One Hit From Home. Bob completed acting and improv coursework with Arizona State University, Columbia Basin College, PlayWrights Theater, Second City, and ComedySportz Chicago. When he is not on stage, Bob loves to travel and workout. He’s a two time Ironman and envisions other endurance races in his future.

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Tracy Williams

Offering Instruction In Guitar

Instructor Bio

Tracy Williams has been a professional musician since the age of fourteen. He has worked with many of the major names in the music industry including Ray Charles, Jay Leno, Bernadette Peters, Al Green, Regis Philbin, Debbie Reynolds, Merv Griffin, Alan Thicke, Carole Lawrence, Rich Little, George Burns, Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, The 5th Dimension., Frankie Avalon, Mickey Dolenz, Robert Goulet, Roger Williams, Janis Siegel, Tommy Tune, Eva Gabor, Allan King, Joel Grey, Phyllis Diller, Carole Channing, Al Martino, Martha and the Vandellas and many others. Tracy was also a musician for the National Touring Company of New York and performed for such shows as Evita, Big, 42nd Street, Will Rogers Follies, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Chorus Line, City of Angels, Jolson, Hello Dolly, Bye, Bye Birdie and Meet Me in St Louis. Tracy has had numerous night club appearances including the Las Vegas Hilton, Scottsdale’s La Posada, The Phoenician and Sante Fe’s Club Cielo.

In addition to performing, Tracy has thirteen years teaching experience in higher education. He has been an adjudicator for the NAU Jazz Festival, Phoenix Union High School Jazz Festival, and Arizona All State Jazz Festival. He was in charge of guitar editing for North American Liturgical Resources and a member of The Arizona Commission for the Arts. His conducting experiences include Grand Canyon University’s production of The Sound of Music and an international tour of Europe with the Grand Canyon University Jazz Band. Performances were held in such venues as the Paris Museum of Modern Art, Mozarteum (Salzburg) Austria, The United Nations Center Geneva, and numerous jazz clubs. Tracy’s guitar work can be found on many recordings and countless commercials including tracks for the Survivor series. Most recently, he directed both guitar and jazz studies at Arizona Christian University. Tracy has also been involved in music ministry for several years. He is a graduate of Grand Canyon University.

In addition to the above, Tracy enjoys arranging music and mentoring students. He resides in Glendale along with his wife Nancy.

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Cara Wilson

Offering Instruction In PreK Art Lab

Instructor Bio

Cara Wilson is a creative artist with over 14 years of experience working in a variety of artistic disciplines (from film to mixed media and design). Cara possesses an AA in Museum and Gallery Operations and a BA in Creative Arts from San Jose State University. She has worked as an Art Director on award winning short films, as a producer on professional video ad campaigns that have graced the social media pages of Target and Wal-Mart, designed collaborative work spaces for students and faculty at Huntington University, designed interactive and immersive spaces for the Copper Hills Easter Walk-Thru, and led presentations for young learners at the Washington State History Museum.

As a mother of three young children, she is passionate about facilitating positive and explorative learning experiences through the Arts and forming supportive communities for parents. While in Washington State, she created and produced "Sprouts," a literacy based playgroup for Newborns thru Kindergarteners at her church. She is thrilled to be working alongside the other amazing instructors at Copper Hills Center for the Arts, and cannot wait to provide an opportunity for child and parents/caregivers to connect, discover, and grow through the creative process.

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Jonathan Withem

Offering Instruction In Drums/Percussion

Instructor Bio

Jonathan Withem started drumming at the age of five. His professional drumming career began as a teenager performing with orchestras, jazz groups, and rock bands throughout California. In 2012, he received his BA in Music from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. His expertise in and passion for drumming is the result of many dedicated drummers and percussionists including Jason Lingle and Ross Sears, who studied under Percussive Arts Society hall of famers William Kraft, Geaorge Gaber, and Anthony Cirone. Jonathan feels blessed to be part of the teaching lineage of these legendary musicians.

Performing throughout the United States, Central America, South Korea, Puerto Rico, and India, Jonathan is pursued as a featured soloist, band member and clinician. He has appeared with Taylor Eigsti, Don Byron, Red Holloway, Charlie Shoemake, Bill Watrous, DJ Logic, Lincoln Brewster, American Idol’s Chris Sligh, Chris McClarney, Jason Ingram, Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA), Justin Unger, and Arizona Broadway Theatre. Jonathan’s discography (30+ records) continues to grow as a session drummer and percussionist.

Jonathan has over 15 years teaching experience. He taught 50+ students at The Drum Lab in Rocklin, CA, and Music Lab in Sacramento, CA. He was the Music Lab’s Director of Operations & Education overseeing 3 music schools, 15 instructors, and over 300 students. He also directed a drumline and percussion ensemble at Jesuit High School in Carmichael, CA, and was an Applied Faculty Member at William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA, where he taught orchestral / auxiliary percussion and drum set studies. Jonathan has appeared twice as a guest instructor on Mike Johnston’s mikeslessons.com and is an active clinician with the Likewise Worship Collective.

Jonathan and his wife recently moved to Arizona from California. When he’s not behind a drumset Jonathan enjoys a good cup of coffee, being outdoors, anything sports related, and quality time with family and friends.

Jonathan’s Teaching Philosophy: "As musicians, drummers have a crucial role that is often overlooked. We are called to maintain time and lead dynamically while facilitating musical conversation that holds a group together. I consider myself to be a percussionist first, drummer second and apply this mentality to every performance or lesson taught. An unfortunate perception of the difference between drummers and percussionists is that drummers are not musically intelligent. I seek to educate a generation of drummers who forever bury this stereotype and develop the tools necessary to function in any musical setting."