2016/17 School of the Arts Instructors
Inspiring Artists To Discover And Share Their Passion
Erin Anderson loves to sing and inspire that passion for singing to all her students. From kindergarten into adulthood, Erin has been involved in choirs, from jazz and classical, to a capella and church music. Her fondest memories growing up were performing with her high school choir and singing solos in choral competitions. Seeing students grow in their skill as a singer brings such joy as a teacher. Erin has a Bachelors Degree in Music from Northwest University and has been teaching private voice and piano for the past 9 years. Erin’s favorite type of music is Broadway showtunes and her current favorite a capella group is Pentatonix. Erin is teaching Teen Chorus this session.
Melinda Brein has been sewing for 30+ years, starting with Barbie clothes and dance costumes for school. Sewing is in her blood, following in the footsteps of her grandmother and father! Over the years this passion for creating with fabrics has led her to work with the Evergreen Playhouse, Centralia Ballet Academy, Ballet Northwest and Ballet Theatre of Washington as a costumer and designer. Sharing her knowledge and love for creating is one of her passions. Melinda is teaching Mixed Media, Sewing & Hand Embroidery this session.
Susan Clark started her art journey at an early age. Think 4 years old coloring on the walls. She studied illustration in college, and has been working/enjoying that field. She has taught private art lessons for 7 years, public high school art for 3 years, and has been doing her own work since 2005. Her favorite mediums are watercolor, acrylic paint, pencil and most recently henna. She is a wife, mama, and artist usually found outdoors, who would love to walk you through creating something fun and beautiful. Susan is teaching Pencil & Acrylic class this session. She also leads our Art Workshops.
Tim Dyeson has been playing drums on worship teams since 1998. His teaching emphasis is on steady rhythm and creativity. He is a versatile instructor and can work with a wide variety of learning styles. Tim is teaching Drum & Drumset classes this session.
Michael Green is a music teacher for Centralia School District, a position he has served in since 2012. His experience working with youth has spanned over 15 years. Michael's time in classroom settings has included both public and private schools, teacher and teacher's aide, and full-time positions and substituting. Michael has a blast enjoying the various types of music and people in his elementary classes, and looks forward to the same variety and joy at School of the Arts! Michael is teaching Guitar 1 this session. He is also available for recorder lessons.
Stacy Ridgley loves teaching drama and directing shows. She has 30 years of experience - ten of which were with a full-time drama ministry. She particularly loves working with kids (of all ages). Stacy is teaching Acting for kids & teens this session.
Caleb Rogers has been teaching ukulele for the past three years. He considers it the friendliest of all instruments and never goes on an adventure without taking one along. He has performed, and taught, in countries all over the world. He is able to teach in English, Spanish and French. Caleb is moving to Seattle this Fall, however he will lead Ukulele Workshops and attend Jam Sessions this session.
Kathrynn Dunn Saari has a love for art and loves to share her passion with others. She has made costumes for stage and events for over 35 years. She has been involved with WFWEST high school theater since 2006 making costumes, painting stage sets, and applying makeup. She has also taught arts and crafts classes for Longview Parks & Rec. Kathrynn will be our special guest instructor for Sewing and assist with costumes for our actors this year.
Jack Travares has been playing music and been on multiple worship teams since he was in 7th grade. He started playing drums and naturally grew into leading from the guitar. His love of guitar started when he was a junior in high school and hasn't stopped since. He has been leading worship bands for 15 years and currently leads worship at Bethel Chehalis. Jack is teaching Guitar 2 this session.
Lilja Voetberg has played both piano and fiddle since she was 6. She is a three-time state fiddle champion, a nine-time regional fiddle champion and has been a top five finisher at the national fiddle competition twice. Lilja studies classical piano, competes at fiddle competitions throughout the year, and travels and performs with her family band “The Voetberg Family Band.” Lilja is a Mark O'Connor certified teacher and has spent the last two years teaching private music lessons to kids of all ages and spreading her love and passion for music all over the country. Lilja is teaching Fiddle & Piano and will lead our Jam Sessions this session.