In its second year the Fountain Inn Arts Academy has faculty from all over the country who are passionate in their field. Here is a sampling of who you will learn from at our academy:
Zac Bolton: Zac graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. He studied jazz guitar with L.H. Dickert. He is proficient in jazz, rock, country, blues, and has also studied classical guitar. He can teach beginner to advanced theory included. This is his first year on staff.
Chris Earle: Chris Earle has been playing percussion for 23 years and teaching for 18 years. Chris has spent time in many places around the Southeast as an instructor, performer, and clinician working with Middle School, High School and College programs. Chris is the house percussionist and Pit coordinator for FIRE and performs with area rock bands, The Barley Boyz and The Hibrydz as well as the Jazz Fusion Project, INNFusion. This is his third year on staff.
Brittany Hogan: Originally from High Point, North Carolina, Brittany holds a Masters degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and a BM in Vocal Performance from Furman University. Her favorite opera and theatre credits include: Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, The Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen, The Title Role in Evita, Nellie in South Pacific, Laurey in Oklahoma!, Anna in The King and I, and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. This is her second year on staff.
Michelle Hyer: Michelle came to South Carolina in 1996 and opened The Art Haven, School of Art in Simpsonville in 1997. She is now a free-lance Artist and Teacher serving the greater Greenville community. She has a wealth of expertise spanning over a 25 years and a true passion for teaching art. Experienced in all mediums: graphite, pastels, oils, acrylics, watercolors, ink, hand-built clay and the potter’s wheel she provides a variety of instruction in an open classroom setting for children, teens and adults. This is her second year on staff.
Diana Jensen: Diana has a love for playing and teaching music. She recently relocated from California where she taught piano and flute in her home. She is active in the Fountain Inn Orchestra. This is her second year on staff.
Simone Little: Simone is passionate about the violin; she has played for 14 years, and enjoys many different styles of playing. She studied most recently under Nancy Molleson, retired of the Greenville Symphony. Simone enjoys playing with FIRE, and is concertmaster of the Fountain Inn Orchestra. She has been concertmaster of Greenville County Youth Orchestra’s Philharmonic. This is her second year on staff.
Ruth McDaniel: As an active educator and artist Ruth holds a Master’s Degree, Vocal Performance from Winthrop University, Rock Hill S.C., Bachelor’s Degree, Music Education, Vocal Performance from Converse College, Spartanburg, S.C., and Completion of Kodály Certificate in 1991at Converse College, Spartanburg S.C. She has Memberships in NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and Life member of Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity. Ruth serves at the Conductor of the Fountain Inn Chorale, Music Director for FIRE’s production of My Son Pinocchio, and Music Director for IGNITE. This is her second year on staff.
Cindy Overfield: After over 20 years teaching singing, piano, show choir, group classes and conducting church choir in Nashville, Tennessee, Cindy Overfield has moved to Greenville, South Carolina and will be teaching at Fountain Inn Visual and Performing Arts Academy. Cindy holds her Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Mars Hill College and moved from her hometown of Asheville, North Carolina to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue teaching, singing and songwriting. Cindy has worked with professional vocalists from locations across the US and Canada including recording artists, Kenny Chesney, Jeff Carson, Jump 5, PurNRG, Rick Heil of Sonic Flood, Miss Indiana and many other professional singers and songwriters. As a teacher, Cindy's goal is to enhance your talent by first assessing your voice and then creating the proper techniques and skills to enhance your singing ability. Also, she wants to encourage you to learn to sing with the songs and styles that you like. She also teaches group classes, workshops and show choirs to improve harmonizing skills, stage presence, overall singing techniques, songwriting and preparing for auditions. In addition, Cindy has studied various teaching methods to enhance her teaching skills. She started out working in artist management and worked with the artists on their stage performance, singing live and in the studio and maintaining their voices while on tour. Cindy performs regularly in bands and in the studio and has received several publishing deals as a songwriter. She has also coached artists and songwriters in the recording studio and been a backup singer in bands and in the studio. Cindy feels that all of these experiences make her a better teacher!
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Zac Pelicano: Zac is a graduate of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and of the Stella Adler School of Acting. His acting credits at F.I.R.E include The Wedding Singer, Annie and A Wonderful Life. His directing credits include Grey Gardens, The Odd Couple female version, and this year’s Miracle on 34th Street, Gypsy, and FIREside radio productions. This is his third year on staff.
Susan Wilson: Susan acame to South Carolina in 1996 and opened The Art Haven, School of Art in Simpsonville in 1997. She is now a free-lance Artist and Teacher serving the greater Greenville community. She has a wealth of expertise spanning over a 25 years and a true passion for teaching art. Experienced in all mediums: graphite, pastels, oils, acrylics, watercolors, ink, and hand-built clay she provides a variety of instruction in an open classroom setting for children, teens and adults. This is her second year on staff.