Jay Weiss
Voice

Jay holds a Masters degree in Music Education.  He retired as director of vocal music and drama from Northridge schools.  Jay also teaches as Associate Faculty at Wright State and Sinclair College.  He has directed over 50 theatre productions and was a 20 year member of "Coventry Green" choral group.  
April Bennett
Voice

Soprano April Bennett is an active soloist and chamber musician. She has performed with Choral Arts of Springfield, the Dayton Opera Chorus, the Kettering Civic Band, the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
​Performance highlights include Messiah (Handel),  Missa in Angustiis (Haydn), Exultate Jubilate (Mozart) and Stabat Mater (Pergolesi). 
Mrs. Bennett is an alumna of Wright State University’s School of Music; as a teacher, she helps students of all ages find their voices and gain confidence in using their unique instruments. She is a member of the National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS) and Dayton Music Club and attends workshops, seminars, ​and lessons in order to hone her craft as musician and teache​r.​

Sheila Gardner
Voice


Audrey Williamson
Voice

Audrey achieved a Bachelor of Music degree at Wright State University performing with the Collegiate Chorale at the National Cathedral, Carnegie Hall, the 2012 World Choir Games, and more. She also had the opportunity to form a pop acappella group, Frequency. Singing is her passion, but she believes learning how to sing beautifully without understanding music will not promote success for students. Based on that simple truth, Audrey focuses on developing a true understanding of music and music theory early on to promote success for students. She individualizes voice and piano lessons by incorporating a variety of music and utilizing technology.


Penny Grimes
Piano/Voice
Penny holds a Bachelor of Music degree. She has over 20 years of experience as a church pianist and as a piano and voice teacher.  She has played in the pit orchestra for several musicals and has accompanied numerous performers.  Penny is very familiar with a variety of styles of music so can help students find the style that suits them best.  Many of her students have gone on to prestigious music colleges and have careers as musicians or teachers.


Tifton Graves
Voice
Tifton Graves, tenor, is a native of Steubenville, Ohio. He earned his Master’s in Vocal Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from Youngstown State University. Mr. Graves taught voice and directed the opera program at Wilberforce University from 2006 – 2014.  He has performed a number of operatic roles such as Federico in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz, Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, Monostatos in The Magic Flute, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, The Chaplain in Dialogues des Carmelites, Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, the Podesta in La Finta Giardeniera, the Defendant in Trial by Jury, Pedrillio in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, Lindoro in the Italian Girl in Algiers, and Captain Fitzbattleaze in Utopia Unlimited. He has performed with the Dayton Opera as Parpignol in La Boheme, Nelson/Crabman in Porgi and Bess, and Emperor Altoum in Turandot.