Pinellas County Center for the Arts

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Faculty & Staff

Our faculty of approximately 17 full time and 14 part time teachers are trained extensively in their individual fields

and are involved in a multitude of community and professional events.

Siobhan Archard
Technical Theater, Chair

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Siobhan Archard is teaching Technical Theatre courses, which includeStagecraft, CAD and Manual Drafting, Rendering, Design, Publicity and Graphic Design.  She has been a teacher at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts for 25 years and serves as the department Chair for the Magnet Program.

Siobhan received a BFA from Randolph-Macon College where she double majored in the visual arts as well as technical theatre.  She received her MFA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for Technical Theatre with an emphasis in scenic design.  From Michigan, she moved to St. Petersburg Florida to take on a teaching/technical director¹s position at Eckerd College where she worked for four years.  Siobhan worked with the Pinellas County Arts Counsel as an aid to High School Theatre programs across Pinellas County. She joined the Pinellas County Center for the Arts when it was a fledgling program in 1988 and established the technical theatre program. She was a construction consultant on the, then “new” experimental theatre space and years later, helped with construction and the move of the old Gibbs campus to the new.  She was responsible for the purchase of all of the equipment and furniture for the new school.

Siobhan has designed scenery for well over 150 theatrical productions for various community theaters and educational venues.  She has also designed and done scenic painting for T.V. set backdrops and trade shows including Home Shopping Network.  Some of her favorite designs include the set designs for Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Doctor Faustus, Rashomon, Waiting for Godot and Picnic.

Karen Bail
Musical Theater
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Karen Bail has been a teacher in Pinellas County since 1988.  Previously she worked at Osceola High School, Boca Ciega High School and John Hopkins Middle School. Ms. Bail has been at Pinellas County Center for the Arts since 2000. Her education includes both a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan.  Over the past 30 years Ms. Bail has been involved in both professional and community theatre productions all over the Tampa Bay Area in over 50 productions.  Besides being a classroom teacher, Karen has been a private vocal teacher as well as accompanist and musical director.  In the early nineties Ms. Bail had the honor of being the soprano soloist performing with Dave Brubeck in his work “La Fiesta De La Posada” at the Ruth Eckerd Hall 5th Anniversary!  Ms. Bail has been the Thespian Sponsor for the past 5 years at PCCA.  She travels regularly throughout the United States following the professional careers of former PCCA students.  Ms. Bail has two sons and three grandsons.

Kathleen Bawel

Instrumental Music

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Kathleen Bawel teaches Music Theory and Keyboard at the Pinellas County for the Arts. In addition to her instruction at PCCA, Ms. Bawel is active as conductor of the Ruth Eckerd Hall “Center Stage” and “Children’s Chorus”, serves as Minister of Music at Lutheran Church of the Palms in Palm Harbor, and maintains a private studio of voice, piano, and music theory students.

 Kathleen grew up in NY State, completing her undergraduate work in Biology and Music Theory/History at the State University of New York at Geneseo, as well her graduate work with two Masters degrees at Ithaca College, one in Music Theory and the second in Music Education. Additionally, she has completed extensive course work in Music Education at the University of South Florida. She has taught chorus, orchestra, music theory, and general music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Kathleen has had diverse experiences in the arts, serving as Education Coordinator for The Florida Orchestra, music librarian for the Flagstaff Festival of the Arts, adjudicator for the Florida Vocal Association, conductor of numerous All-County choirs throughout the state, and clinician for grants and associations.  She holds National Board Certification in teaching music and has maintained leadership roles as president of the Pinellas County Music Teachers and District Chair for the Florida Vocal Association.

Lothar Bergeest

Vocal Music, Adjunct

Lothar Bergeest’s broad interest in music of all kinds has brought him a diverse and rewarding professional career comprising over four dozen opera, oratorio, and musical theater roles. His strong, beautiful baritone voice, smooth delivery, natural stage presence and acting talents have afforded him the opportunity to appear with such stars as Robert Merrill, Roberta Peters, Jerome Hines, rosemary Clooney, Connie Haines, Dave Brubeck, Al Hirt, Mickey Rooney and Jamie Farr, to name a few.  He has performed under such celebrated conductors as Anton Coppola, Anton Guadagno, Alfredo Antonini and Robert Shaw.  His appearances with Skitch Henderson and the New York City Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and The National Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, led to numerous national tours performing music of Cole Porter and Richard Rodgers and other with orchestras in Dallas, Louisville, Jacksonville, Chautauqua, to name a few.

Mr. Bergeest attended Wittenberg University in Ohio, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Vocal Performance from Florida State University, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Opera Fellowship. He also taught voice and diction at the University of Mississippi, but he and his wife had family obligations that brought them home to Florida’s beautiful Suncoast.  His repertoire includes the title roles in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Figaro in The Barber of Seville by Rossini, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, as well as Marcello in La Boheme, the Count in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, and many others.

His busy schedule includes duties as an adjunct voice instructor at PCCA since 2001, soloist at First Church of Christ, Scientist, Tampa and he maintains a private voice studio.  He also continues to honor contracts to perform with professional arts organization throughout the Southeastern United States. His countless performances of the National Anthem over the last dozen years for the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Lighting have made him a favorite with the fans.

Andrew Bohn

Instrumental Music

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Steve Beverage
isual Art
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Steve Beverage is a painter and sculptor.  His recent work has been sculpted portrait busts inspired by Christian faith.  He received his MFA in studio art from USF in 2000 and has been making art and teaching in the Tampa Bay area for the past 12 years. Steve lives in Palm Harbor, FL with his son Kyle. He was a full-time faculty member at the Art Institute of Tampa and has taught at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota and the Art Center in St. Petersburg.
Joe Braccio
Instrumental Music, Adjunct      

Joe Braccio, guitarist and steel drummer, teaches at Eckerd College, St. Petersburg College, Pinellas County Center for the Arts, John Hopkins Communicatons Magnet and also briefly at Clearwater Christian college. Mr. Braccio started the curriculum for both guitar and steel drums at Perkins Elementary, John Hopkins Middle, PCCA and co-started steel drums with John Shaw at SPC. His background includes courses at Cresciani Guitar School in Rome, Siena master classes (Italy) and private study with Adam Holzman, Frank Mullins (First guitar major at Spjc), Sandy DeVito, Mike Sullivan (Eckerd College) Charlie Byrd, Professore San Felice and Jeff Linsky. He has performed with all of the above as well as Gene Bertocini-Herb Ellis-Jeff Narell-Charlie Byrd, Dave Lapio-John Shaw (Pan Magic steel drum duo) and the former Maurice Leysens (concert master for Florida Gulf coast symphony).
      Mr. Braccio has over 40 years’ experience with various styles of music including Rock, Classical, world music, Top 40, Jazz, R&B, Blues, Latin and chamber music. He has taught over 10,000 private students, many of whom have won awards and competitions in both the classical, jazz and rock idioms as well as being signed by major music labels including: Virgin Records, Atlantic Records, Sony and MCA. Currently he is a member of the Tampa Bay Steel Orchestra and has played in a flute-guitar duo with Barbara Prescott for 30 years. Many of his students are instructors in the Tampa bay area--as well as performers. Some of his former students include Joe Barresi (producer Tool and other famous bands), Michael Lynche (American idol finalist) Kris Hawkins ( Emmy award winning Producer -studio musician for many Pop artists), Larue Nickelson (Guitar instructor USF), John Harris( Guitar instructor -Clearwater Christian college), Kyle Sokol (Rude Squad), Brandon Dyke (Guitarist) John Middleton (Bassist for Savatage and Trans-Siberian Orchestra),Joe Porter (Bassist for Maynard Ferguson/Kenny Drew),Matt Laporte (Savatage),Dave Arazmo,David James,David Whiteside (,Chris Wallace (guitarist Suite Caroline/Karoline Kohl/Reba McIntyre and many numerous others involved currently in the music industry. On the steel drum side he has played with Kirby Rambert,Keith Hercules, Roy Marshall (Mashee),Ray Holman, Shelley Irvine, Michael Gabriel, Loris Caines, Tampa Bay Steel Orchestra, Jeff Narell and Dave Lapio. Many of his students have gone on to careers on steel drums that include Panakolada, Mello Vibes, Bickely Rivera, Lightnin Jack, Danto, Ricardo and the duo of Jessica Renaud / Brian Scott.. Today he continues a busy and active performing career on both guitar and steel drums with his wife Lori.

Cody L. Clark, Ed. D.

PCCA Counselor

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Dr. Cody L. “Spec” Clark, has had a long standing career of over 27 years with the renowned arts magnet program at Gibbs High School as the program counselor of the Pinellas County Center for the Arts.  Educated in Georgia, he completed his Bachelor’s degree (1980) in music & psychology at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia. He completed both his Master’s degree (1986) and his Specialist degree (1996) in counseling education at the University of South Florida in Tampa. In 2003, he finished his Doctoral degree in children, youth and family counseling services at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  He specialized in African American youth in the visual and performing arts education. In the fall of 2006, Dr. Clark joined the adjunct faculty at Argosy University in Tampa where he teaches graduate students enrolled in school guidance and counseling program.  He has experience and education in both music and theatre. Dr. Clark is best known in the community as the premiere director of the Gibbs Gladiator Gospel Choir featuring such productions as “4 Little Girls, “Escorting Elizabeth: The Little Rock 9”, “The Murder Ring: Emmett Till Remembered”, “Sheba: The Queen of Legend”, “Simon: The Kingdom of Cyrene”, Satin Dolls: “Remembering MLK, Jr.” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. A stage director and a music and stage performer himself, he is the recipient of many community awards and honors. He is both the district and the state winner for the ‘Counselor of the Year 2012’  for the state of Florida.  Born in Detroit, Michigan but raised in Titusville, Florida, he is the father of 17 years old, Zachary.

Amy Collins

Instrumental Music, Adjunct

Amy Collins, oboist, is presently a member of the artistic faculty at The University of South Florida and principal oboist with Opera Tampa under the direction of Maestro Anton Copolla.  Ms. Collins is on the faculty of The InterHarmony International Summer Music Festival in Europe,  second oboist with The Classical Summer Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria and was honored in the Fall of 2007 to perform for  Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in Rome Italy where she made history as being the first instrumentalist to perform in the Basilica of St. Peters since Pope John Paul I.  In addition to The University of South Florida, Ms. Collins is also on faculty at Florida College, Hillsborough Community College, and she has an active private studio.  She was English hornist with The West Coast Symphony for six years,  second oboe/English hornist with The West Coast Symphony for five years, and principal oboist of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra in Ft. Myers for six years prior.  Ms. Collins has played with The New York City Opera Company, Miami City Ballet Company, Joffrey Ballet, The Moisiev Ballet, Mannheim Steamroller, and with such greats as Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Tony Bennett, and Diana Ross, to name a few.  Ms. Collins released her first solo oboe recording in 1995 entitled “Amy and Friends” and her second oboe recording in 1998 entitled “Amy and Friends at Christmas”.  Ms. Collins has given clinics throughout the United States.  She has received two grants from The Pinellas County Arts Council and has served on the grant committee for The Pinellas County Arts Council.  She has also been an Allstate oboe adjudicator.    Ms. Collins is president of her own business; The Stellar Corporation, Inc. dba Stellar Oboe Products.

Andre Dubas

Instrumental Music

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Dawne Wisner Eubanks
Vocal Music, Adjunct

Dawne Wisner Eubanks holds a BA Degree in Vocal Music from Florida State University, and currently teaches voice at Eckerd College, as well as the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School. Her solo career has led her to the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Meyerson Symphony Center, the Mahaffey Theatre, Ruth Eckerd Hall, and the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Other singing highlights include performances with the Florida Opera Co., Florida Opera West, Inc., The Florida Orchestra, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Florida Orchestra Master Chorale, and the Turtle Creek Chorale, working with renowned conductors such as Robert Summer, Robert Shaw, Daniel Moe, Julius Rudel, Sir David Wilcox, andTimothy Seelig. Dawne has received outstanding reviews for her roles in local productions of Pirates of Penzance, Two By Two, and Little Mary Sunshine, to name some favorites. Recent performances include the soprano solos in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Creation, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, and Handel’s Messiah with members of The Florida Orchestra, as well as musical directing an Eckerd College student production of Into the Woods. Dawne is the assistant music director at the First Baptist Church of St. Pete, maintains a private vocalstudio, and is a sought after vocal coach and adjudicator for competitions and festivals in voice, choral music, musical theatre, and piano.

Trish Kelley

Design Technology, Costume Design

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Trish Kelley is a member of the Technical Theatre department at PCCA and serves at the Costume and Stage Makeup Designer for the program.  The classes she teaches include Stage Makeup I, Costume Design, Stagecraft I and freshman through senior level costume construction.  She began her teaching career with Pinellas County Schools in 1996 as a visual arts/costume design instructor at John Hopkins Middle School.  An opportunity to become the costume designer for PCCA became available in 1999 and that is when she became part of the PCCA program. Since that time she has coordinated and overseen the costuming, hair and makeup needs of many, many PCCA productions.  The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, and Les Miserables and The Man Who Came to Dinner are a few of her favorite designs.

 Mrs. Kelley received her Associate of Arts from Florida State University and went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL.  At Arrowmount School of Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, Trish completed advanced classes in Fiber Arts.  She has also completed classes in Stage, TV, Film and Historic Makeup Design at the London College of Fashion in London, England as the result of receiving a Surdna Arts Teacher Fellowship Grant.

 In addition to teaching at PCCA, Trish has taught and worked in many of the performing arts and visual art venues in the Tampa Bay area. She has been a visual arts instructor for the education departments of The Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Dunedin Fine Arts Center, and the Beach Art Center in Indian Rocks Beach.  She taught and designed for the education department of The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center from 1999-2004. In addition she has also designed for the education departments of The Palladium, and The Hoffman Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

 Trish continues to work professionally as a costume designer. Locally, she has designed for productions at the Studio at 620 and the American Stage Theatre Company. Most recently she designed for productions of The Foreigner and The Rocky Horror Show at the American Stage Theatre. She was awarded the 2012 Jeff Norton Outstanding Costume Design for her Rocky Horror Show design.

Marty Loftus

Visual Art, chair 2014-15

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Marty Loftus has been teaching art education for sixteen years, the last six of which have been with Pinellas County Schools.  Mr. Loftus graduated with a BA in fine art and Masters of Arts in Teaching from Beloit College.  Mr. Loftus is currently teaching sculpture, fine art craft and advanced placement 2D and 3D design at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School. 

Joyce S. Liu
Vocal and Instrumental Music, Adjunct

Joyce S. Liu received her Bachelors degree in piano and voice performance from Mills College.  Ms. Liu has appeared on public radio and can be heard fa-la-la-ing on Barry Manilow’s Because It’s Christmas album.  She co-founded the soprano duo, Vocalisa, and concertizes in many settings performing early music, opera, classical and contemporary/avant-garde music in the U.S. and in Iceland, often premiering works by both emerging and established composers.  An active member of both the Music Teachers National Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Ms. Liu has been teaching for over twenty years and is the recipient of the 2010 Independent Teacher Fellowship Award for the Southeast Region of NATS.  Her students have been awarded prizes in the Tampa Bay NATS Student Auditions, Florida Suncoast Opera Guild High School Competition, Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition, the Grady-Rayam Negro Spiritual Scholarship Competition, Pinellas Education Foundation’s Walkers Rising Stars Competition, and also the Emeric Lazar and Chopin Piano Competitions sponsored by the Greater Pinellas MTA.  
In addition to teaching piano and voice at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, Ms. Liu maintains a lively private studio in St. Pete and serves as the Music Director for the Clearwater Chinese School.  She loves teaching and enjoys promoting arts advocacy and music literacy, especially for young artists.   

Roxanne McGlashan

Visual Art

Roxanne McGlashan has been teaching art in Pinellas County for twenty years. She began teaching jewelry making classes at local art centers before becoming a full time art teacher in Pinellas County Schools in. She earned a BFA in Jewelry making and Metalsmithing from Maine College of Art, and later earned National Board Certification. Roxanne was awarded Florida Secondary Art Teacher of the Year in 2013, she served on the Pinellas Art Education Association Board for five years and has taught workshops at the Florida Art Education Association Conference as well as National Art Education Association Conference. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Southeast, she maintains a studio part time in her St Petersburg home.

Patricia McNally

Musical Theater, Dance Adjunct

Patricia McNally owns the Patricia Ann Dance Studios in Dunedin, Florida with her mother Elaine Forestier. Patricia was trained in ballet, lyrical, jazz  and tap, then continued her education in the BFA program for dance at Southern Methodist University. Additionally, throughout her dance education, Patricia also trained vocally in preparation for a career in musical theater. Patricia has performed extensively in shows like Hello Dolly, Guys and Dolls, Can Can, the Boyfriend, Sophisticated Ladies and Cats to name a few. Upon returning to Florida, she created a musical theater youth performance troupe and a competitive dance team for the dance studios. Patricia has adjudicated for Ruth Eckerd Hall scholarships, taught for the Florida Dance Festival, choreographed for Dunedin and Tarpon Springs high school musicals, as well as speaking at many local venues promoting arts in education. Ms. McNally is proud to have students who have appeared in “America’s Best Dance Crew”, the revivals of “A Chorus Line”  and “West Side Story” on Broadway, “Jubilee” in Las Vegas as well as Busch Gardens, Holland America and tours throughout the world! Patricia currently continues her teaching at Patricia Ann Dance Studios and at Pinellas County Center for the Arts/Gibbs High school where she teaches Musical Theatre dance. Ms. McNally also oversees the facilitation of dance classes offered to before/after care and summer camps throughout Pinellas County through Coordinated Child Care services. Ms. McNally is an American Ballet Theatre certified teacher in the National Training  Curriculum for Levels Pre-Primary, Primary, I, II and III.

Yoko Nogami

Visual Art, Chair 2012-14, 2015~present

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Yoko Nogami is a visual arts faculty and served the 2 year term (2012-14) as the chair for the Visual Art Department chair at PCCA. She was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, received her BFA from Boston University and received a MFA from University of South Florida.  She apprenticed with a Mexican-American muralist Judy Baca in Los Angeles, assisted in the production of World Wall and Guadalupe Mural Project. 

Though possessing a strong background in painting, she also incorporates video, installation and performance as an interdisciplinary artist. Her work is conceptually driven on issues of cultural displacement, gender, parenthood and identity.  Many of her works incorporate a fictional character named "Toko" who is a hybrid of herself and her daughter, Tora.  Toko explores, reflects and portrays how the artist views the environment she is situated in. Nogami’s projects include “Toko is a Born-again Cracker: The Florida Cracker Series”, “Soseki Series”, “Camp Series” and “The Ghetto Series”. Her works explore Florida old time culture juxtaposed with her Japanese identity, through drawings, paintings and installations. She has an extensive exhibition record, nationally and internationally as a professional exhibiting artist. Her works are shown and collected in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Tampa, Tokyo, Berlin & Helsinki.  She is represented by Clayton Galleries in Tampa.

Her teaching experiences range as adjunct professor of art at the University of South Florida, University of Tampa, Hillsborough Community College and the Art Institute of Tampa, also as an interdisciplinary artist resident at the Creative Clay (teaching Developmentally Disabled Adults through the Pinellas County School Extended Transitions Program) and Youth Arts Corps with at-risk youth and Interlochen Arts Camp visual art faculty from 2008-2011. She is a board member to Pinellas Art Education Association, member of Florida Art Education Association, College Art Association and a registered Advanced Placement instructor of AP 2D & 3D Design and Drawing Portfolio and advisor to the National Art Honor Society.

Patricia Paige

Dance, chair

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Wes Reid
Design Technology
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Wes Reid is starting his 6th year at PCCA as one of the technical theatre teachers.  He teaches Comp. Theatre (I,II,III,and IV), Stagecraft 1, and Stagecraft IV (Lighting and Sound Design).  He earned his B.A. in Technical Theatre and Design from University of North Carolina at Wilmington and finished two years of a masters degree at UNC-Greensboro.  He has been a done theatre in some capacity for the majority of his life in various locations from North Carolina to New Hampshire and California. Theatre has always been in his blood and always will be his first love.  Wes and his wife Erin moved to St. Petersburg in August of 2007 and love it here.  The new love in his life is his adorable 1 year old son, Landon Jamison Reid. Wes is looking forward to a successful, fun, and safe season of theatre with PCCA and everyone involved. 
Keven Renken
Theater, Chair
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Keven Renken was born and raised in Illinois.  He attended Illinois State University and received his bachelor's degree in performance theatre.  He also attended graduate school at New York University before going to the University of South Florida to receive his teaching certificate in English and Drama.  He began his teaching career at Chamberlain High School in Tampa before coming to the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, where he has taught for the past 23 years.  For the last eleven years he has been the chairman of the theatre department.  In 2010 he was named an Outstanding Educator by the Department of Education in Washington D.C.  Keven is also an award-winning actor and director in the Tampa Bay area.  His most recent productions were "Hairspray" and "A Streetcar Named Desire," for which he won the coveted Michael Award for Best Director.  He lives in Tampa with his partner Bill.
Jeff Ridgeway
nstrumental Music, Adjunct

A native of Cleveland, Jeff Ridgeway was fortunate to hear a world-class orchestra at a young age.  He began his musical studies in Ohio at the age of 11.  Upon moving to Florida, he studied privately with Laura Fischer - timpanist with the Florida Symphony Orchestra in Orlando.  He was awarded a full scholarship to attend Stetson University in DeLand, Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance studying with Will Hudgins.  After completing his work at Stetson, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he earned his Master of Music degree studying with Boston Symphony percussionist Will Hudgins.  He has also studied with Philadelphia Orchestra percussionist Alan Abel and Pittsburg Symphony timpanist Timothy Adams.  After completing his studies, Jeff was appointed to the position of principal percussionist with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.  After moving to Florida, he began performing with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and moved to Naples where he performed as second percussionist in 1999.  In 2003 Jeff began performing with the Sarasota Orchestra and soon departed from Naples to further his career.  In addition, he has performed as timpanist, percussionist, and on drum set with the Florida Orchestra in Tampa, Opera Tampa Orchestra, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New World Symphony.  Various recordings include two national PBS recordings with Erich Kunzel conducting and for the Telarc record label with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.  An avid chess player, Jeff's outside interests also include the practice of ashtanga yoga.

Doricha Sales


Doricha Sales (B.S and M.S.), a Massachusetts native, joins the PCCA Dance Dept., after 15 years as a faculty member of Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.  Ms. Sales trained at the Boston School of Ballet, School of American Ballet, and Walnut Hill School of the Performing Arts.  Her performing career includes Boston Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet Theater, and Ballet Florida, where she danced a wealth of classical and neo-classical ballet repertoire.  Upon retirement from performing, Ms. Sales has devoted her career to training youth in ballet and is a national advocate of equitable, quality arts’ education.  

Harold Van Schaik
Instrumental Music, Adjunct

Harold Van Schaik has been the Bass Trombonist with The Florida Orchestra since 1993. He has also performed with many orchestras throughout the United States including the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic.

Outside the Symphony, Harold is an active chamber musician performing and recording with the Nay Palm Bones trombone quartet and Sovereign Brass Union large brass ensemble. He also works regularly as a studio musician recording for film, TV, radio and commercial artists. Working in the jazz and show fields, Harold has performed with the big bands of Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and Les Brown as well as touring with Frank Sinatra Jr., Steve & Eydie, Natalie Cole, Tommy Tune, Wayne Newton, Burt Bacharach and Ray Charles.

Harold brings to PCCA over 25 years experience as a private trombone teacher. Several of his student have won the high school divisions of The National Trombone Solo Competition and International Trombone Association Competition. Many of his other students were accepted at prestigious music school such as Juilliard, Curtis, Eastman, New England Conservatory, Nothwestern University, Indiana University and Cleveland Institute of Music. Several of his former students are currently working as symphonic musicians or active freelance performers in the U.S. and Europe.

Harold has performed recitals and masterclasses at colleges and universities throughout the U.S., has been a featured artist at the Eastern Trombone Workshop and International Trombone Festival and has taught at the Interlochen National Music Camp.

Harold is a performing artist for S.E. Shires Trombones.

Natalie Schulthess

Instrumental Music, Adjunct

A Registered Suzuki Teacher and recipient of a Master of Music in Cello Performance and Pedagogy from the University of South Florida, Natalie is in high demand as a teacher and a performer in the Tampa Bay area.   Miss Schulthess has a growing studio of students ranging from, 6 years old to adult and beginners to advanced/college prep level.   Her students have placed in All-County and All-State orchestras and have also received the highest rating, "Superior," at County and State Solo and Ensemble competitions.

Natalie recently completed a Master of Music in Cello Performance and Pedagogy at the University of South Florida.  While at USF she studied with and was a Teaching Assistant to Scott Kluksdahl and Helga Winold.  Miss Schulthess currently teaches at Harrison School for the Arts in Lakeland and Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg.

Erica C. Sutherlin

Performance Theater

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Erica C. Sutherlin is an actress, director (film/stage), producer, screenwriter and teacher who has performed and taught nationally and internationally. She received her B.A. in Theater Performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and has performed in the Arts & Entertainment field for over thirteen years. As an actress she has held leading roles and created notable characters in numerous productions. Ms. Sutherlin has directed a variety of productions, namely, Macbeth, A Streetcar Named Desire, FAME!, The Wiz, Annie, The Musical, The Colored Museum, Blue Scarf Collective, For Colored Girls Who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf, and many more. She has also assisted direction in numerous productions. As a writer, Erica has written screen and stage plays and poetry. With a history of over 25 years of national acclaim, the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School employed its first African American performance arts teacher, Ms. Erica C. Sutherlin.

Ms. Sutherlin has been teaching- acting, writing, directing (stage/film) for the last 10 years throughout the United States and abroad. For the past 2 years, she has worked as a consultant for arts education infusion programs and curricula. She has been recognized with the NHS Noble Educator of Distinction Award and featured in the St. Petersburg Times newspaper, St. Louis American newspaper, Flipside magazine, The Riverfront Times magazine, KDHX Radio, dhTV, and the St. Louis Post Dispatch newspaper for her performance, writing and directing. As an emerging filmmaker and producer, Erica has 1st assistant directed in Los Angeles, California, directed short films and assistant produced film and pilots in the Tampa Bay area. She currently works as the assistant producer and/or director for Media & Management Global Production Company developing and producing multi-cultural programming and film.

Michael Vasallo

Magnet Coordinator, PCCA

Assistant Principal, Gibbs High School  
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Michael Vasallo attained a Master of Educational Leadership degree from the University of South Florida and has served Pinellas County Schools in various capacities since 2000.   Michael taught Drama and English at Northeast High School for one year, before moving on to teach IB Theatre Arts at St. Petersburg High School from 2001-2008.  During his teaching career, Michael served as the SPHS Fine Arts Department Chair, the Treasurer for the Florida Association for Theatre Education, the Chairman of District IV Thespians, as well as on the Board of Directors of Florida State Thespians.  Michael became an assistant principal at Gibbs High School in 2008, then moved on to John Hopkins Middle School for three years, where he was 6th grade assistant principal and magnet coordinator for the school’s Center for the Arts, Journalism, and Multimedia.  He was named the Florida Association for Theatre Education (FATE) Administrator of the Year for 2011 and the Pinellas Music Educators Association (PMEA) Administrator of the Year for 2012.  He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for FATE and on the State’s Steering Task Force for the creation of End-of-Course Exams in the Performing Arts.  Michael is a proud Gibbs High School alumnus and is excited to be back at Gibbs.

Derek Weston
Choral Studies, Vocal Music, Music Department Chair
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Derek Edward Weston, Director of Choral Studies and Chairman of the Music Department, is a leading choral and orchestral conductor in Tampa Bay.  Derek teaches courses in choral and instrumental conducting and conducts five choruses.  The PCCA Symphonic Chorus frequently performs masterworks with the PCCA Orchestra under his baton.  His reputation as a choral conductor earned Derek the honor of serving as the Visiting Director of Choral Activities for Eckerd College during the spring of 2006.  In addition to his duties at PCCA, he serves as the Director of Traditional Music and Worship at First United Methodist Church of St. Petersburg, Conductor of the Richey Community Orchestra, and Artistic Director of Diversity: Voices of Sarasota. 

A native of Illinois, Derek earned his Master’s Degree in Orchestral and Choral Conducting and his Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Eastern Illinois University, where he was privileged to conduct a number of choral and orchestral masterworks in performance.  Derek has conducted ensembles in Florida, Illinois, South Carolina, Colorado, and New York, including serving as Assistant Conductor for a performance in Carnegie Hall.  Derek made his international conducting debut in 2003 with the Rosario Symphony Orchestra in Rosario, Argentina, one of South America’s premier orchestras.  He is active as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for festivals, both choral and instrumental.  Derek, his wife Gwenn, son Gregory, and daughter Grace live in St. Petersburg, Florida.