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Fine Arts Hall of Fame

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Honoring those whose artistic prowess and dedication to the Arts have made our program thrive

 

CHCA’s Fine Arts Hall of Fame celebrates alumni, volunteers, and faculty and staff whose talents and accomplishments reflect the ethos of the Arts. During this inaugural event, be part of welcoming our first inductees into the Hall of Fame and hear how CHCA’s strategic plan and vision are reinforcing the program’s mission.
CHCA’s Inaugural Fine Arts Hall of Fame
Friday, February 2, 2024
Reception & Networking at 6:30 p.m.
Program Begins at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lindner Theater at Martha S. Lindner Campus
11525 Snider Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249
RSVP required by Monday, 01/29/24

Join us for CHCA’s inaugural Fine Arts Hall of Fame, where we will celebrate alumni, volunteers, and faculty and staff whose talents and accomplishments reflect the ethos of the Arts.

2024 Inductees

Lyndsay Trucksis Combs
Alumni '09

Lyndsay Trucksis Combs

A Nashville-based singer-songwriter, Lindsay has written and recorded three EPs as well as co-written with several notable Nashville producers and artists, and her music has been downloaded globally.

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Della Enns
Faculty & Staff

Della Enns

Della was a beloved CHCA educator, pianist, and mentor to many. Her infectious joy and overwhelmingly kind spirit are still with us today and will remain her legacy forever.

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Michael Kuremsky
Volunteer

Michael Kuremsky

Michael’s extensive marketing and branding background has significantly impacted the development of CHCA’s Arts over his more than two decades of volunteering with the program.

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Megan Terlau Powers
Alumni, '12

Megan Terlau Powers

With more than 18 CHCA theater productions, numerous choir concerts, and a performance at Carnegie Hall on her resume, Megan has shared her vocal talents with local and national audiences.

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Cyndi Smith
Volunteer

Cyndi Smith

A co-founder of the Arts program as we know it today, Cyndi is a champion of arts education and has used her gifts to help grow our community.

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Charlie Wagers
Alumni

Charlie Wagers:

A graphic artist and designer raised in rural Kentucky, Charlie has perfected a signature “Chillbilly” aesthetic, leading to collaborations with the likes of Disney, Apple, and The Rolling Stones.

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Charlie Wagers

Raised on a cattle farm in rural Kentucky, Charlie forged a deep connection with nature, and today he still spends much of his time outdoors, traveling the world in search of new colors and contrasts.
 
At CHCA, he cultivated a lasting passion for drawing that would accompany him throughout his life. Initially guided by Don Stocker and later under the tutelage of Tim Hildebrand, he developed a preference for graphite and charcoal illustrations. Completing two semesters of AP Studio Art, achieving the highest score of 5 on both occasions. To this day, he holds the distinction of being the sole CHCA student to win the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Overture Awards in the Visual Art category.
 
Humorist and bestselling author David Sedaris has described Charlie’s unique style as “Chillbilly,” a term the designer proudly wears on his sleeve. With an impressive clientele ranging from well-known brands to Grammy-winning musicians, Charlie has collaborated with industry giants such as Apple, ABC, ESPN, Disney, Gordon Ramsay, National Geographic, the NFL, Sesame Street, and Coca Cola. In addition to catering to a vast array of musical talents, including Dave Matthews Band, Kelly Clarkson, The Fray, and The Rolling Stones. Charlie currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he divides his time between frequent travel, producing collectible enamel pins, and co-owning a cactus store with his girlfriend

Della Enns

Della was a beloved educator, pianist, and mentor to many. During her more than 20 years at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, she oversaw the expansion of Armleder’s music program and led choirs, ensembles, worship teams, theater productions, and more across every campus. An accomplished worship leader, performer, and composer, Della invested in the broader Cincinnati community as a company pianist for the Cincinnati Ballet, pianist for the Middletown Symphony Orchestra, and private instructor and collaborative pianist at The Musical Arts Center.
 
Her spirit, both earthly and heavenly, embodies CHCA’s core values. The Della Enns Private Music Lesson Scholarship reflects her vibrant sense of community, helping students in grades 5–12 pursue vocal or instrumental lessons in CHCA’s Private Music Lesson Program. Her infectious joy and overwhelmingly kind spirit are still with us today and will remain her legacy forever.

Lindsay Trucksis Combs:

Lindsay’s love of music began in the fourth grade, when she was cast for the lead in a Christmas musical at CHCA. Since then, she’s crafted a career steeped in singing, songwriting, and performing, writing and recording three EPs (Grow Wild, Teenage Lullaby, and Little Tiny Ocean) as well as co-writing with several notable Nashville producers and artists. Her music has been downloaded globally, played on Starbucks radio, and written about in HuffPost.
 
Following her time at CHCA—which included a part in the first-ever Melody Makers chorus, private voice lessons with Kim Cassity, annual ArtBeat performances, and several leading roles and Cappies wins—Lindsay studied Classical Voice and Worship Ministry at Lipscomb University, where she performed in various concerts, recitals, and operatic productions. She and her husband have two young children and reside in Nashville, TN, where Lindsay teaches private music lessons at Covenant Conservatory and serves as Deacon of Worship and Liturgy at King’s Cross Church.

Megan Terlau Powers

With more than 18 CHCA theater productions, numerous choir concerts, and countless ArtBeat performances on her resume, Megan shared her vocal talents with the CHCA community throughout her time on campus. She sang with the Electric Jazz Orchestra, starred in Seussical the Musical and Guys and Dolls, and developed her knowledge in AP Music Theory with Sarah Potts. The early support of Kim Cassity inspired her pursuit of music as she joined opera, theater, and choral performances across Cincinnati.
 
She continued her vocal studies at Miami University, where she sang with the Miami University Chamber Singers and Miami Misfitz, an all-female a capella group, as well as performed at Carnegie Hall. Today Megan lives in West Chester, OH, with her husband and works as a Sales Director at The Monastery Event Center.

Michael Kuremsky

Michael has volunteered with the Arts program for more than two decades, having served as President of the Friends of Fine Arts Board from 2005–06, ArtBeat Chair in 2002 and 2003, and ArtBeat Performing Arts Director since 2004. He has also produced and directed six all-school variety shows and has been the assistant choreographer to Susan Jung for West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
 
A father to two CHCA alums, Michael remains heavily involved in the Arts program. In addition to his volunteerism, he is a Professor of Branding at Xavier University. His extensive marketing background and corporate experience, including a 23-year career at Procter & Gamble, have significantly impacted the development of CHCA’s Arts.

Cyndi Smith

A co-founder of the Arts program as we know it today, Cyndi’s passion for the arts—and CHCA—saw her involved in multiple facets of the school. She helped ideate and initiate ArtBeat and Friends of Fine Arts (FOFA), serving as FOFA’s first-ever president and later as a board member for several years. Her talents spread beyond the Arts, as Cyndi co-chaired larger CHCA events including Celebration and Fall Festival.
 
Her legacy lives on as the Arts program continues to grow and impact generations of students who find their place in the Arts.