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Jan Peterson Ewen

Jan is the founder and Artistic Director of Western Washington Center for the Arts in Port Orchard. She has directed over 60 musical theater productions and worked as an Equity actress for 8 years in Los Angeles. Jan has been a professional singer and taught voice lessons for over 35 years for all levels and ages. She has received her vocal training from Bill and Irene Chapman in L.A. as well as numerous vocal coaches such as the legendary Harper MacKay. Jan has extensive training in both classical music and musical theater. Jan's positve approach to vocal instruction features the development of the natural singing voice, wiith emphasis on the health and strength of each individaul's unique instrument.


Bruce Ewen

It was a dark and stormy night… After eight years of classical piano and theory lessons, and inspired by the vocal harmonies of The Four FreshmenI, I began writing vocal charts for my college glee club (Ohio Wesleyan University), and then formed an a cappella quartet after I found a classmate that could sing as high as Bob Flanigan To pay for law school at the University of Toledo, I founded and played piano and wrote all the charts for vocal groups that featured lots of harmony. After passing the Ohio Bar and practicing with a law ?rm for about six months, I eschewed the law for music, did some vocal arranging for Leiber and Stoller in New York, played keyboards and wrote vocal charts at studios in Nashville, Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Houston where I was pianist and arranger for Freddy Fender's ?rst four albums. (Several of his songs were in the Billboard Top Ten). In 1975 I moved to Los Angeles where I was music director at various theaters, which involved re-writes of vocal charts, wrote vocal charts for clients of recording studios, did transcription (tape to paper) for orchestrates, and sang bass and wrote a lot of the a cappella vocal charts for a group of professional singers called the Caroling Company. In 1983, my wife and I moved to the northwest to raise our family away from LA. She is currently the artistic director at a community theater which she founded in Port Orchard, WA, I am the music director at a church in Port Orchard and also at the theater. For the past several years I've been working on a volunteer basis with Wayne Lackman playing piano and writing vocal charts for the Gig Harbor HS


Taylor Gonzales

Taylor is a piano teacher who has played piano since the age of 6. He studies Music Education and Piano Performance at the University of Puget Sound with Dr. Tanya Stambuk. Taylor was a winner of the Puget Sound Concerto/Aria Contest in 2016, and will perform Shostakovich's 2nd Piano Concerto with the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra in April 2017. Taylor spent several months studying piano in Vienna, Austria, which inspired him to become a music teacher. In lessons, he emphasizes musical growth and making the process an enjoyable experience. In addition to music, Taylor enjoys lively discussions about European history and befriending the neighborhood dogs.


Cari Lynn York

Cari Lynn has enjoyed teaching piano and voice to all ages, in a multiple of genres for over 30 years. She attended BYU for 4 years, studying piano and voice majoring in Piano Pedagogy. She lived in Nashville for 11 years, where she enjoyed studying songwriting, recording, and the music business, receiving a Bachelors of Science degree in Recording Industry Management and Music Industry at Middle Tennessee State University. She teaches private voice, piano, and songwriting, and enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge of these subjects with her students. She has been a member of BMI, NSAI, SongsAilive, SongU, Taxi A&R, Inspirational Country Music Association, and enjoys writing with a variety of hit songwriters, recording and performing in her spare time. "I love to see how music can uplift and inspire students. Music is not only physically, emotionally, and spiritually stimulating, but it can bring self confidence, peace, and contentment to one's soul, and add spice to life. It's a thrill for me to see students making honorable efforts to learn and progress, making music a priority in their lives, and then see them reap the benefits and rewards of their hard work. That's the greatest satisfaction for me as a teacher." Look forward to working with you!

Carol Holst

I began piano lessons when I was ten years old and started accompanying other musicians when I was fifteen or so. I graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas in 1986 with a degree in Piano Performance. Since then I've accompanied many musicians, several choirs, taught many piano students, and played for at least twenty Texas musical theater productions in Alvin, Galveston, and Houston. I moved to Gig Harbor July, 2016, and since then I've performed on piano and harp as a soloist, half of a duo (Two for the Show) and as a member of The Diamond Experience (Neil Diamond tribute band). I look forward to jamming with students and other teachers at All Star Music Academy. Looks like fun!


Jillian Vernarsky

Jillian has played piano since the age of six. Admiring her grandfather who was also a pianist, she always knew she wanted to have music as part of her life. While playing in various groups during high school, she solidified her love for music. Inspired by her piano teacher, Ann Tappan, Jillian decided to share her love for piano by also becoming a teacher. She recently graduated from University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor of Arts in music. During lessons, she focuses on developing an appreciation for the music itself as well as developing vital skills for musician development.


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