Teachers

Ballet

Sharon Donohue Tolczyk - Ballet InstructorSharon Donohue Tolczyk, Artistic Director and Co-founder of Crozet Arts, previously taught ballet on the faculties of the Boston Ballet School, Walnut Hill School for the arts (Natick, MA), Boston Ballet’s Children’s Summer Dance Workshop, Amherst Ballet Centre (MA), Schwarz School of Dance (Dayton, OH), Wright State University’s PRODANCE (Dayton, OH), Albemarle Ballet Theatre, and at the Greenwood Community Center. At Walnut Hill School, she was a member of the dance department’s ballet faculty, and Director of the Dance Extension Division and Summer Dance Workshop. Prior to her teaching career, Sharon danced with the Dayton Ballet Company and Peridance, a contemporary ballet company in New York City. While in Dayton, she also served as Ballet Mistress for the company and apprentice company, Dayton Ballet II. More Info…


Yoga

(Mary) Scott Neisser - Yoga Instructor(Mary) Scott Neisser:  She began studying and practicing yoga almost twenty-five years ago as a natural transition from a professional dancing career. She studied a variety of styles and teachers in Los Angeles, and intensively with Anna Delury, a senior Iyengar teacher. She continues to grow and learn from other teachers, and has attended many workshops and teacher trainings; including Kofi Busia, Max Strom, Rajiv and Swati Chanchani, and John Schumacher. “Scott” (as she prefers to be called) is drawn to the structure and alignment of Iyengar yoga but still explores and incorporates other styles as well. She sees every students strengths and loves helping them become more aware and comfortable in their body. She hopes to take any intimidation out of coming to a class and truly believes everyone can do yoga.

Scott is thrilled to be sharing her passion for yoga and its benefits of strength, flexibility, and a centered calmness.

Bharatanatyam

Madhavi Reddi has been learning Bharatanatyam for the past 18 years under the guidance of Mrs. Padmarani Rasiah Cantu (Fine Arts Society of Yogaville), and holds an ardent interest in Indian classical dance, music, and culture. Over the years, Madhavi has given over thirty performances at various schools/universities, Indian Assoc. of Charlottesville events, the Indian Embassy in Washington DC, museums, and festivals both in the United States and in India. In June of 2010, she gave her “arangetram” (solo graduation performance) and since then, has continued both performing and conducting workshops. In May of 2014, Madhavi graduated from American University with a degree in Film and Media Arts and hopes to one day create films that promote and preserve the arts and culture of India.


Art

After a lengthy career in museum exhibit development and design,   Charlene Cross decided to focus on her inner creative spirit for personal expression. Discovering metal jewelry design and fabrication was a joy that continues to this day. This medium allows her curiosity to flourish while exploring the many techniques available to jewelry artists. Adding to that was when she brought vitreous enamel into her design. Yet still, working with students of all ages, she finds that there’s nothing more exciting than teaching techniques to others and watching their faces light up with excitement as they develop their own work.

Charlene is a juried Resident Artist at the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville; a juried Associate Artist at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA; and a Member of The Enamelist Society.Web: https://charlenecross.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/charlene.cross/
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Catherine Konvalinka is from Virginia, went to highschool and college in Washington, D.C. and has lived in Charlottesville since 2017. She has been passionate about creative self-expression from a young age. She has developed her skills through many courses and workshops offered at Edmund Burke School, The Art League of Alexandria, and The Smithsonian. Catherine interned at The National Gallery of Art and taught art classes to elementary students. She received a B.A. in Elementary Education from American University and a Masters of Education from The University of Virginia. She is certified to teach Pre-K through 12th grade. Catherine is also a mixed media artist who layers paint, photographs, found images, and objects on paper.  Her goal as an art teacher is to encourage creative exploration and artistic risk-taking so students can grow, learn, and engage in a process that produces joy.

John A. Hancock has over 30 years’ experience teaching a broad range of painting, watercolor, drawing, and design to adults, college students, and teens. As an artist, he has exhibited his work in competitive exhibitions and solo shows around the country and in England. Seeing the here and now as layered realities—past/present, personal/natural history—my work is a complex and imperfect poesis. It is always a bit unstable and idiosyncratic, but ultimately it strives to be essential and intrinsically humane.  To see his art and read more, please visit his website:  Johnahancock.com.

Lexy McCallum earned her BA in psychology and art history at UC Santa Barbara and studied art at San Francisco Art Institute.  She received her Visual Arts Teaching Credential at St. Mary’s College of California.  Lexy recently moved to Charlottesville with her family and is thrilled to be an art teacher in the Albemarle County Public Schools.  She comes to Crozet Arts with over 15 years of teaching experience to various age groups, from kindergarten to high school.  Her goal as an art educator is to help students keep their innate connection to creativity and develop the skills they need to participate in the complex thinking process that goes into making works of art.

Past Art Teachers:
Laura Allen
Jessie Coles
Kacie-Linn Engle
Elizabeth Herlevsen
Nym Pedersen
Madeleine Rhondeau
Noaa Spiekermann

Theater

Theater InstructorBoomie Pedersen was born and raised in NYC. She has lived, taught, performed and studied in NY; Tokyo, Japan; Los Angeles, CA and now in Virginia.  She was a scholarship dance student with the Joffrey Ballet but gave up ballet to go to college.  Boomie holds a BA in English and Theater/Dance from Princeton University, and recently completed her MFA in Pedagogy and Performance at VCU.   She is Artistic Director of the Hamner Theater, which she co-founded in 2005; she runs the Hamner Improv Troupe and has taught Improv extensively to all ages as well as to businesses, caregivers and in other areas where Applied Improv is applicable.  She does Playback Theater, has acted, directed and produced in theaters in Charlottesville as well as Richmond.  She also founded the Central Virginia Theater Alliance and is active in the GCCA (Greater Crozet Arts Alliance).  Boomie is the Theater Advisor for Crozet Arts where she also teaches theater classes for children and adults and looks forward to introducing the Crozet Theater Workshop at Crozet Arts to the community.   Click here to read more about Boomie at the Hamner Theater website.

Tracy Diamond Allen was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa.  She recently relocated from South Africa and has been living in western Albemarle for two years with her husband, Mark Allen (squash director for UVA and Boars Head), and her two young sons, Daniel and Jayden.  Tracy studied at The Cape Academy Of Dramatic Art (CADA) and received her ATCL (Associate) and LTCL (Licentiate Practical) Diplomas in Dramatic Arts from Trinity College London.  She has over 15 years of prior experience teaching theatre in private and public schools in South Africa and Albemarle County.  Tracy was co – owner of the Cape Town Theatre School, Dynamics Drama, where her students participated in Oral Communication examinations as well as Drama festivals.  Tracy’s aim is to support children through challenges, stimulate imagination and creativity, and develop self-confidence. Tracy also has experience teaching Creative Movement, having studied tap, jazz and modern dance as a child, and was Training Manager for a reputable Call Centre in South Africa, where she developed and taught workshops in Professional Communication Skills, Leadership, and Sales & Customer Care.

Music

Chamber Strings: Cellist Andrew Gabbert performs  in  the  Crozet‐based  chamber  duo  Terra  Voce  with  his  wife,  flutist  Elizabeth  Brightbill.  In  addition  to  their  numerous  performances  on  college campuses, Terra Voce has appeared on  the  Millennium  Stage  at  the  Kennedy  Center,  in  the  Christ  Chapel  Chamber  Series  at  New  York City’s Riverside Church, and as finalists in  the  National  Flute  Association’s  2008  Chamber  Music  Competition  in  Kansas  City.  Prior to moving to Crozet, Mr.  Gabbert held titled full-­‐time  positions  with  the  Tulsa  Philharmonic  and  Opera  orchestras  for eleven  years  and  regularly  presented  educational concerts as a member of the Tulsa Philharmonic  String  Quartet/Quintet.  He  graduated  with  high  distinction  from  Indiana  University’s School of Music, and also has a M.M. from Louisiana State University. He has taught as  a Visiting Instructor at the University of Oklahoma, and as a graduate assistant at Louisiana State  University.  He  currently  teaches  at  Randolph  College and Lynchburg College and  maintains  a  private  studio in Crozet, VA.  TerraVoce.com

Suzuki Flute & Flute Ensemble:

Award-winning flutist, Elizabeth Brightbill, performs in the Crozet-based duo Terra Voce. Prior to moving to Crozet, she held the position of Principal Flute with the Tulsa Philharmonic and Opera orchestras for ten years. She holds the D.M. degree from Indiana University. Elizabeth currently teaches at Longwood University and in her home studio in Crozet.  Contact Elizabeth at info@terravoce.com

Guitar/Ukulele:  Performer, composer and recording artist Greg C. Brown has released over 25 CDs either under his own name, his band Age of Fire or various projects. He has performed in Europe, across the United States and Canada. Brown is a member of the Guitar Foundation of America, the Charlottesville Classical Guitar Society, the College Music Society, Chamber Music America and the Society of Composers, Inc. He taught guitar at Mary Baldwin College from 2004-2006, and other private institutions for 10 years and is currently teaching privately in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, where he resides. He is a graduate of the Music, Video and Business program at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and has a Bachelor’s in Business from City University in Bellevue, Washington with a specialty in Music Industry. He is currently working towards his Master’s Degree in Music Composition at the Vermont College for Fine Arts. His music can be been heard on TV, Film, Video Games and radio stations around the world. His music has even been transcribed into Braille. Mr. Brown’s recordings are distributed globally through The Orchard, and purchased and streamed wherever music can be downloaded or streamed. His compositions are available through Les Productions D’Oz and J.W. Pepper.

Brown received formal instruction from various teachers, performers and composers, including Pepe Romero (California State University, San Diego), Benjamin Verdery (Yale), Douglas James (Appalachian State University), Keith Stevens (James Madison University), Christopher Berg (University of South Carolina), Thomas Patterson (Arizona State University), Martha Masters (Loyola and President of the Guitar Foundation of America), Eden and Stell Duo (UK) and Anthony Glise, who was nominated for a Pulitzer-prize for composition. His musical interests move beyond the borders of the US, across Europe and into Asia; Brown cites such diverse influences as Beethoven, Eddie Van Halen, Paganini, and the countless composers of traditional Spanish, Flamenco, and Eastern music.

Suzuki Cello:

Dr. Elizabeth Cantrell, “Dr. Beth,” teaches cellists of all ages throughout the US and the UK.  She is very active with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, which reaches from Alaska to Patagonia, as a Registered Teacher Trainer, and as Chair of its governing board.  She has taught children and adults at Suzuki Institutes and workshops throughout the United States for over 30 years.

Locally, Dr. Beth maintains an active private studio at Crozet Arts. She performs  as principal cellist of the Waynesboro Symphony, is a member of the Afton String Quartet, and plays regularly with groups throughout the region. She was, for many years, principal cellist for the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, and was on the faculty of Kennesaw State University and Mary Baldwin University.

Dr. Cantrell earned degrees in cello performance and music history from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Florida State University, and the University of Georgia.  Prior to moving to Virginia with her family in 2001, she was principal cellist for the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, and was on the faculty of Kennesaw State University.  She was active in the Atlanta area for 18 years as a teacher, chamber and orchestral performer, adjudicator, and recording studio musician.

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