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Faculty Biographies


Instructors in the Academy of the Arts are professional musicians. Some are graduates of UAFS and many have advanced degrees. Academy faculty members have trained with professional musicians from around the world. They perform regularly as soloists, accompanists, or with ensembles. Most are active members of professional music organizations at the local, state, and national levels.


  • Jennifer Woodside Anderson, Dance/Choreographer

  • Mollie Armour, Drama, Children's Choir

  • Connie Bailey, Accompanist

  • Rebekah Bateman, Drama and Theatre

  • Brooke Bates, Children's Choir

  • Matthew Farrar, Violin

  • Lori Fay, Strings, Youth Honor Symphony Orchestra, Strings

  • Josh Floyd, Brass, Music Theory, Composition, Music History, Conducting

  • Barbara Godette, Youth Honor Symphony Orchestra, Strings

  • Lindsay Hobbs, Musikgarten, Piano, Accompanist

  • David Holland, Guitar

  • Gini Law, Piano, Children's Choir & Show Choir Kidz , Accompanist

  • Instructor, Art

  • Gretchen Maertens, Children's Choir

  • Sheila Mann, Academy Playerz and Children's Choir

  • Dan MaysOrchestra Conductor, Strings

  • Krista MaysStrings, Piano

  • Amy Medlock, Xtreme Teens, Woodwinds, Voice, Children's Choir

  • Evan Mino, Brass, Youth Honor Symphony Orchestra

  • William Reyes, Guitar

  • Alice Sanders, Piano, Musikgarten

  • Amy Simmons, Percussion, World Drum Circle

  • Shannon Stoddard, Theatre Director, Musical Theatre Dance

  • Dr. Rosilee Walker Russell, Executive Director

  • Tim Yarbrough,  Guitar

  • Hillary Yerton, Dance/Choreographer