Leigh Anne Bolyard
Leigh Anne Bolyard of Fairmont, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education with an emphasis in vocal music from Fairmont State University. Ms. Bolyard began studying voice at age 11, and continued through to college where she studied with Dr. Jeffrey Poland.
Ms. Bolyard is the Director of the Fairmont State University Music Preparatory Department. Leigh Anne has been teaching voice and beginning piano with the department since January 2009. She is also the director of the Children's and Teen Show Choir through the Preparatory Department. Along with her work at Fairmont State, Ms. Bolyard is employed with the Marion County Board of Education as a substitute teacher. Her other activities include participation in local musical theatre productions at Fairmont State University, and worship leading at her church.
Marie Borillo received her DMA in Piano Performance from West Virginia University. A student of James Miltenberger, she has also studied with Penelope Cecchini, John Couch, James Douthat, Tim Shafer, and Christine Kefferstan. She currently teaches as a senior faculty member with the West Virginia University Community Music Program and is an assistant pianist with St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Morgantown, WV.
Christian is a local actor and director. He has been actively involved with various theatres in the Fairmont, Morgantown and Clarksburg area. He is a graduate of Fairmont State University and teaching certified in speech and theatre. Christian is also a local standup comedian and member of WV's only full time professional improv team 'The Fearless Fools'. He plans to implement his wealth of theatre experience and vast performance skills to teach classes for the FSU Academy.
I am a 2007 Graduate of West Liberty State College in West Liberty, WV. While there I performed with multiple ensembles, studied composition, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. I graduated with a B.A. in Music Education, PreK- Adult, with an emphasis in Choral Music.
I am also a 2003 Graduate of East Fairmont High School in Fairmont, WV. Currently, I am the Music Specialist at Rivesville Elementary/Middle School in Marion County, WV. I teach all music classes Kindergarden through 8th Grade, as well as Middle School Choir.
Previously I taught in Doddridge County, starting in January of 2008. I have helped raise their SSAC Band Adjudication score from a IV to a II. I have grown the choir from AB-2 part singing, into a 4 part-SATB a cappella singing ensemble. I have also been fortunate to help grow and expand our Marching Band program.
Courtney Grant is excited to be joining the staff at the Academy for the Arts at Fairmont State University. Currently she is pursuing her DMA at West Virginia University. Ms. Grant received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance from The Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Music degree in Music Performance from the University of Delaware. She has also studied at the Peabody Conservatory while pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma. Her teachers have included Dr. Timothy Deighton, Andrea Preister Houde, and Richard Field. As an orchestral musician Ms. Grant has performed with the Lancaster Symphony, Pottstown Symphony and has served as principal violist for the Trinity Chamber Orchestra for the past two years. In addition she has performed at the Endless Mountain Music Festival and the Masterworks Music Festival. As a chamber musician Ms. Grant has been a founding member of both the Graduate String Quartet at the University of Delaware and the Black Cat String Trio. She has played in master classes for many top chamber musicians including Peter Wiley, David Finckle, the Brooklyn Rider String Quartet and the Serafin String Quartet. Ms. Grant is also passionate about teaching and educating our next generation of musicians. She has held a private studio for the past 10 years in many locations including Pittsburgh, PA; State College, PA; Newark, DE; and Baltimore, MD.
Currently she lives in Morgantown, WV with her husband, who is also a DMA student at WVU in the percussion department and their cats.
Aaron Hostutler is a local musician that performs in various groups based in Fairmont. He holds a B.A. in Music from Fairmont State University and has eight years of experience in guitar performance, music composition and arrangement, as well as possessing the self-accompaniment skills needed to be a singer-songwriter. He is a versatile musician in that he is classically trained and plays various stringed instruments, piano, and percussion. Aaron is pleased to have this opportunity to share his love of music with others.
William Hostutler is a certified K-12 music instructor with experience in instrumental and vocal music at all levels of instruction. William is currently employed by Marion County Schools where he serves as choir director at West Fairmont Middle School. He is committed to providing quality music instruction to every student. Areas of specialization include: general music instruction, choral direction, vocal coaching, and private piano instruction. Special interests are vocal health, music psychology, and music intervention for student with learning disabilities.
As an instructor of piano and voice, he has always considered himself fortunate for the opportunity to work with talented and dedicated students. He has a passion for teaching applied music and believes the greatest joy is in seeing a student develop self-confidence, a sense of identity, a stronger relationship with peers and tapping into their greatest musical potential.
William is a graduate of Fairmont State University in Music Education and holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from West Virginia University. Additional qualifications include: post-graduate work in Otolaryngology and Speech Pathology from The Ohio State University, studies in opera theatre from professors from Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University and The Julliard School. Mr. Hostutler was also honored as a mentor teacher at West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts and named 2013 Teacher of the Year for Wetzel County Schools.
Nick received his Masters of Fine Arts in Arts and Design with a concentration in Intermedia from West Virginia University in 2011. Since 2010, he has been working as an instructor in Electronic Art at the School of Fine Arts at Fairmont State. In this capacity, he has also been assisting in the development of curriculum in the Department of Art’s Studio Art track that focuses on Crossmedia. He finds it fascinating that his installation art pieces sometimes conclude in mathematical patterns that contain the elements of fractal image.
Josh Lucas has been an active part of West Virginia’s music community for over ten years, first taking guitar lessons at age eleven from John Vaughan at Fairmont State’s then-active Community Music Program. As he grew into adolescence as an aspiring guitarist his musical tastes and interests diversified. In college he earned his undergrad in English, and continued exploring the guitar by taking classical guitar studies under Dr. Patrick Joyce whilst rounding out his musicianship as a music minor.
Benjamin Male is a native of Lumberport, WV. He graduated from Lincoln High School in the spring of 2011. After competition of high school, he decided to continue his musical growth and education at Fairmont State University. Benjamin’s journey as a music major began in the fall of 2011. As of spring 2014, he has nearly completed his bachelors in art and has decided add an additional degree in business administration.
Cheryl Melfi has served as principal clarinetist in the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the Catalina Chamber Orchestra, and the Michigan Pops Orchestra. She is a past member of Quadrivium, the Crosswinds Ensemble, the Arizona-based wind quintet Fünf, and the contemporary music quartet THUD. She has also performed with contemporary music groups including the Contemporary Directions Ensemble, the Prime Directive, and the Nova Chamber Players, and has collaborated with numerous composers on new works for the clarinet. She is a frequent collaborator with the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance. With Quadrivium, she was a featured artist at the 2010 Electro-Acoustic Juke Joint and the 2011 Thailand International Composition Festival. Dr. Melfi has appeared as a guest artist and clinician at the University of Central Oklahoma and the Music/Arts Institute, and her performance at the 2008 International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest was called “excellent” and “exotic.” Other festival performances include Electronic Music Midwest, SEAMUS, the KMTA/MMTA Joint Conference, and the University of Central Missouri’s new music festival.
From 2008–2011 Dr. Melfi was Assistant Director and Instructor of Clarinet at the Community Music and Dance Academy at UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City, Missouri. In that capacity she expanded the Academy’s clarinet studio, founded a faculty recital series, and collaborated with outstanding artists and educators on the creation of new and innovative arts programs.
Dr. Melfi holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona, the Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and the Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music. Her clarinet teachers include Jerry Kirkbride, E. Fred Ormand, and David Bell.
John Morrison is an instructor of piano and strings to all ages in the Preparatory Department of Fairmont State University and has taught for seven years in the program. John has also worked as adjunct faculty in the School of Fine Arts of FSU since Fall of 2006, accompanying the Collegiate Singers, accompanying departmental and senior recitals, instructing string class and private lessons, and has instructed music major piano classes. In collaboration with the FSU theater department John has music directed You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Annie Get Your Gun. John is the music director and organist at First Presbyterian Church of Fairmont leading both the Chancel and Handbell Choirs. John is also sought out as an accompanist throughout the area for recital and competition performances. John received a double Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance and French and Masters Degree in Piano Performance from WVU.
Jason Noland is a native of Parkersburg, WV. He is a 2009 graduate of Fairmont State University with a degree in Music Education. He is currently a Music teacher in Harrison County. He is the 2009 recipient of the Fairmont State University MENC (now NAFME) Outstanding Music Educator Award, as well as the 2010 recipient of the Southern Division American Choral Directors Association Colleen Kirk Award.
Briana Pudsell is currently an undergraduate student at Fairmont State University studying music education with a specialization in voice. She performed Carmina Burana alongside the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and other University choirs, and was a featured solo performer at Fairmont State University’s 2013 Department of Music Spring Gala, the music department’s Fête de Nöel concert, and a concert at Noteworthy Sweets in Fairmont. She is also a singer at the Christ Episcopal Church and was named Outstanding Freshman at the Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts Annual Awards Ceremony in 2013 and Outstanding Performer in 2014.
Rayme Pullen is a 2012 graduate of Liberty University. She was an active member of the music department and performed in the marching band, wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, brass quintet, and she also accompanied voice and instrumental students during all four years of undergraduate study. She obtained her B.M. in piano performance and studied under the tutelage of Mr. David Ehrman.
Rayme is currently in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Fairmont State University. She hopes to eventually teach beginning band and beginning choir after she receives her Master’s Degree. Her other activities include participating in the Simpson Creek Baptist Church choir, directing music for the MCAC theater productions in Doddridge County, and accompanying fellow musicians whenever she has the opportunity.
Michael Robinson is a native of Fairmont, WV. He attended Fairmont Senior High School and graduated in 2009. Since 2005, he has been studying under Morgantown based percussionist John James. In 2009 he began studying under Matthew Schoonmaker at Fairmont State University, where he is a Music Education major, with a specialization in percussion. In 2010, he tried out for the Bluecoats Drum Corps and really refined his knowledge. He has been teaching for the Music Preparatory Department for a year, and has really learned a lot about teaching. Michael has a vast knowledge of percussion, from Afro-Cuban to swing on drum set, to marimba, timpani, and marching and orchestral snare drum. He has a true passion for percussion, and wishes to impart a fun, beautiful, encouraging learning environment for the young percussionist in all of us.
Sarah Rowan is from Morgantown, WV and has spent the last six years working as a producer, administrator, director and actor with many nationally recognized theatre companies including Imagination Stage (Washington, DC), Aurora Theatre (Lawrenceville, GA), Plays for Presidents Festival (national), and The Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta, GA). She also worked for the Tony Award winning theatre companies Actors Theatre of Louisville (Louisville, KY) and The Lost Colony (Manteo, NC). She recently produced a show in Edinburgh, Scotland that went on to have a West End run in London at the St. James Theatre and an Off-Broadway run in New York City at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Her theatre work is focused on civic service, social justice, and arts education. Locally she has worked with West Virginia Public Theatre Company, The Vintage Theatre Company, The Metropolitan Theatre, and Fairmont State University.
Upon returning to West Virginia, Sarah has signed on with West Virginia Radio Corporation where she produces and hosts various shows, commercials, and special programming. You can catch the “Magic Midday Show with Sarah Rowan” every weekday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Magic 106.5. Locally, Sarah also works with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations including the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Morgantown, The Hoss Foundation, CreateWV, Special Olympics WV, and many more; for which the Governor awarded her a Commendation for Volunteer Service to the State of West Virginia.
Sarah is very excited to be bringing her professional theatre experience and passion for teaching to the students at Fairmont State University’s Academy for the Arts.
John Schneider, of Fairmont, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Fairmont State University. While at FSU he was a member of the Marching Band and the Jazz, Wind, Percussion, and African Drum and Dance Ensembles. He has played lead trumpet in FSU productions of Fiddler on the Roof, Seussical the Musical, Scrooge! The Musical, and Once upon a Mattress. Mr. Schneider has been teaching through the Music Preparatory Department since June 2009. John is currently the Band Director at Barrackville and Fairview Middle Schools.
Liz Urse graduated from Fairmont State University in 2006 with a Bachelor in Art Education. During her time at Fairmont State she focused her artistic abilities into ceramics and pottery. She worked in the ceramic shop as an assistant where she learned how to mix glazes, clay, and fire the kilns. Currently she works for the Marion County Board of Education. She has been teaching art at East Dale Elementary to 1st-6th graders for the past seven years. During that time she has worked two years to specialize her study in art education through the National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards. While working to achieve National Boards she has hosted an Art and Science night at her school, had an Art Auction to raise funds to purchase a kiln, and worked to self evaluate her teaching strategies to improve her students' learning and skills in art and across the curriculum. Currently she is producing watercolors that combine black and white portraiture with color backgrounds. She also enjoys creating collaborative art with her 5 year old daughter.
Emily Watkins, a native of Philippi, WV, began playing the flute at the age of ten and immediately fell in love with it. She is currently pursuing a BM in Music Performance from West Virginia University where she studies with Nina Assimakopoulos. Watkins is currently the principal flute in the WVU Wind Symphony and participates in the flute choir. She has also performed as a member of the pit orchestra for Laurel Highlands High School’s production of Beauty and the Beast. Her other activities include being the treasurer and photographer for the WVU Flute Club.
Master classes include Paula Robison, Nicole Riner, Lindsey Goodman, Michelle Cheramy, David Fedderly, and Nicole Esposito.