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Performing Arts

As a result of a CHCA Fine Arts education, students recognize that music, theatre, and dance are gifts from God and, as such, should be used to glorify and serve Him. Students are encouraged to develop a lifelong love of the arts through participation in performance and study. We strive to nurture and encourage students of all ages to pursue performing opportunities with confidence. Audiences within and outside of the school provide opportunities for performing outreach. Our acclaimed programs provide countless opportunities for students in the musical, theatrical, and dance arenas. Students receive both challenge and support in pursuit of success in all those, and the outcome? Confident, well-rounded student performers.

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Dance

CHCA Dance Academy is not just an after-school program; it is a dance academy exclusively for our CHCA students.

We offer a variety of levels that include technique and competitive options. Our professional faculty features instructors who have danced and choreographed professionally throughout the United States and carry with them national and regional awards for choreography and performance.


Early Learning Program & Lower School

Extracurricular Offerings

CHCA Dance Academy (PK3-Gr 12)

Summer Offerings

Trolls Mini Dance Camp (Gr K-3)
Boys Hip Hop (Gr K-3)
Stay Strong Interim Dance (Gr 3-5)
Stay Strong Interim Dance (Gr 6-9)
Dance Academy Summer Intensive (Gr 4-9)

CHCA Dance Academy

Ms. Judy McCreary, Director

Judy McCreary

Judy McCreary

Titles: Director
Degrees: B.A., The Ohio State University
Email:
Biography:
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Judy has taught all ages, styles, and levels of dance for almost 25 years. Judy was formally trained in Russian Classical Ballet by Marguerite Duncan and Nancy Arcury, and danced for the Cleveland Civic Ballet / North Coast Ballet Theatre for several years. She danced in many original productions including Rhapsody in Blue and Merry Widow Waltz. Musical Theater credits include The King and I and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat among others. While attending The Ohio State University, she continued her training with instructors at BalletMet in Columbus. Judy has taught for Mason Dance Center, GymNation, and Hyde Park Gymnastics and Dance Center, where she was the Director of Dance and responsible for the training and performances of 200+ dance students. She has also taught preschool gymnastics, as well as basic tumbling through the competitive levels in the USAG system, and has specifically worked with competitive gymnasts on their dance elements on floor and beam. In addition, she has experience teaching rhythmic gymnastics. Her choreography for young dancers has been showcased in the Nutcracker, All Jazzed Up!, yearly dance showcases and recitals, and various church Christmas and Easter musicals. Judy lives in Mason with her husband and four children, and has three teenage daughters who are all high level competitive dancers. She is thrilled to be working with the dance families and students at CHCA!

Melissa Kidd

Melissa Kidd

Melissa Kidd

Titles: Dance Instructor
Email:
Biography:
Melissa Kidd has over 30 years of training in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary/lyrical, pom, hip hop, kick and acro as well as 15+ years of instruction/choreography experience. She was the Founding Director of CHCA's Dance Program and her choreography and routines have won CHCA several regional and national titles. Melissa's experience includes training under the Cincinnati Ballet and members of the New York City and Boston Ballets. She also received training under Finis Jhung and Michael Vernon (Royal Ballet/NYC Ballet), Savion & Abron Glover (tap-Broadway production of Bring in Da Noise), Bill Hoataling (jazz/contemporary/theater-STEPS and Broadway Dance Center in New York), Joe Lanteri (jazz- Julliard, NYCDA, MTV), Byron Carter (Hip Hop-Beyonce, Mary J Blige), Tre Holloway (Justin Bieber, NIcki Manaj, Black Eyed Peas), Mia Michaels (Contemporary-SYTYCD), and more. She also danced for and trained under the Manhattan Dance Project the first year of their tour. Melissa has choreographed and performed for multiple high-profile local and national shows. She owned and operated a competitive studio for 9 years, started dance programs in three Cincinnati Schools and led them to place in the top 10 in the nation at the NDTC in Orlando several years in a row. Melissa holds multiple certifications in choreography, technique, judging and early childhood dance education and is a U.S. All Star Federation certified judge. Dancers that have trained under Ms. Kidd have gone on to dance on cruise lines, Broadway and off Broadway productions, NBA dance teams, University of Cincinnati, CCM of UC, University of Kentucky, Florida State University, Exhale Dance tribe, Hallmark movie productions, music videos, and more. She currently tours the country teaching master classes, setting choreography, and judging for multiple competition circuits.

Elonzo Coppins

Anna Handelsman

Allie McCreary

Lizzy Moeller

Upper School

Curricular Offerings

Dance as a Fine Art (Gr 9-12)
Dance as PE (Gr 9-12)

Extracurricular Offerings

CHCA Dance Academy (PK3-Gr 12)

Summer Offerings

Stay Strong Interim Dance Classes (Gr 6-9)
Dance Academy Summer Intensive (Gr 4-9)

Dance Faculty

Sara Potts

Sara Potts

Titles: Classroom Teacher-Vocal and Dance
Degrees: M.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
B.A., Otterbein College
Email:
Biography:
Sara is a member of the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) and the Ohio Choral Directors Association (OCDA). She served for six years on the OCDA board as Summer Conference Co-Chair and Southwest Region Chair. She regularly attends OMEA and OCDA conferences. While at Otterbein, Sarah earned numerous honors, including the Grabill-Shackson Award, Presser Foundation Scholar, and the Thelma Zelner Choral Music Award. Outside CHCA, she serves as the adult Chancel Choir director at Sharonville United Methodist Church and Preschool Music teacher at Northminster Children's Co-op. Sara's husband Brian is also a choral director; they have three children.

CHCA Dance Academy

Ms. Judy McCreary, Director

Judy McCreary

Judy McCreary

Titles: Director
Degrees: B.A., The Ohio State University
Email:
Biography:
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Judy has taught all ages, styles, and levels of dance for almost 25 years. Judy was formally trained in Russian Classical Ballet by Marguerite Duncan and Nancy Arcury, and danced for the Cleveland Civic Ballet / North Coast Ballet Theatre for several years. She danced in many original productions including Rhapsody in Blue and Merry Widow Waltz. Musical Theater credits include The King and I and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat among others. While attending The Ohio State University, she continued her training with instructors at BalletMet in Columbus. Judy has taught for Mason Dance Center, GymNation, and Hyde Park Gymnastics and Dance Center, where she was the Director of Dance and responsible for the training and performances of 200+ dance students. She has also taught preschool gymnastics, as well as basic tumbling through the competitive levels in the USAG system, and has specifically worked with competitive gymnasts on their dance elements on floor and beam. In addition, she has experience teaching rhythmic gymnastics. Her choreography for young dancers has been showcased in the Nutcracker, All Jazzed Up!, yearly dance showcases and recitals, and various church Christmas and Easter musicals. Judy lives in Mason with her husband and four children, and has three teenage daughters who are all high level competitive dancers. She is thrilled to be working with the dance families and students at CHCA!

Melissa Kidd

Melissa Kidd

Melissa Kidd

Titles: Dance Instructor
Email:
Biography:
Melissa Kidd has over 30 years of training in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary/lyrical, pom, hip hop, kick and acro as well as 15+ years of instruction/choreography experience. She was the Founding Director of CHCA's Dance Program and her choreography and routines have won CHCA several regional and national titles. Melissa's experience includes training under the Cincinnati Ballet and members of the New York City and Boston Ballets. She also received training under Finis Jhung and Michael Vernon (Royal Ballet/NYC Ballet), Savion & Abron Glover (tap-Broadway production of Bring in Da Noise), Bill Hoataling (jazz/contemporary/theater-STEPS and Broadway Dance Center in New York), Joe Lanteri (jazz- Julliard, NYCDA, MTV), Byron Carter (Hip Hop-Beyonce, Mary J Blige), Tre Holloway (Justin Bieber, NIcki Manaj, Black Eyed Peas), Mia Michaels (Contemporary-SYTYCD), and more. She also danced for and trained under the Manhattan Dance Project the first year of their tour. Melissa has choreographed and performed for multiple high-profile local and national shows. She owned and operated a competitive studio for 9 years, started dance programs in three Cincinnati Schools and led them to place in the top 10 in the nation at the NDTC in Orlando several years in a row. Melissa holds multiple certifications in choreography, technique, judging and early childhood dance education and is a U.S. All Star Federation certified judge. Dancers that have trained under Ms. Kidd have gone on to dance on cruise lines, Broadway and off Broadway productions, NBA dance teams, University of Cincinnati, CCM of UC, University of Kentucky, Florida State University, Exhale Dance tribe, Hallmark movie productions, music videos, and more. She currently tours the country teaching master classes, setting choreography, and judging for multiple competition circuits.

Elonzo Coppins

Armleder School

Extracurricular Offerings

FaithWalkers Dance Team (Gr 1-6)
CHCA Dance Academy (PK3-Gr 12)

Summer Offerings

Trolls Mini Dance Camp (Gr K-3)
Stay Strong Interim Dance Classes (Gr 3-5)
Stay Strong Interim Dance Classes (Gr 6-9)
Dance Academy Summer Intensive (Gr 4-9)


Faithwalkers Dance Team

LaGina Burton

LaGina Burton

Titles: 2nd Grade Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Fisk University
Email:

CHCA Dance Academy

Ms. Judy McCreary, Director

Judy McCreary

Judy McCreary

Titles: Director
Degrees: B.A., The Ohio State University
Email:
Biography:
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Judy has taught all ages, styles, and levels of dance for almost 25 years. Judy was formally trained in Russian Classical Ballet by Marguerite Duncan and Nancy Arcury, and danced for the Cleveland Civic Ballet / North Coast Ballet Theatre for several years. She danced in many original productions including Rhapsody in Blue and Merry Widow Waltz. Musical Theater credits include The King and I and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat among others. While attending The Ohio State University, she continued her training with instructors at BalletMet in Columbus. Judy has taught for Mason Dance Center, GymNation, and Hyde Park Gymnastics and Dance Center, where she was the Director of Dance and responsible for the training and performances of 200+ dance students. She has also taught preschool gymnastics, as well as basic tumbling through the competitive levels in the USAG system, and has specifically worked with competitive gymnasts on their dance elements on floor and beam. In addition, she has experience teaching rhythmic gymnastics. Her choreography for young dancers has been showcased in the Nutcracker, All Jazzed Up!, yearly dance showcases and recitals, and various church Christmas and Easter musicals. Judy lives in Mason with her husband and four children, and has three teenage daughters who are all high level competitive dancers. She is thrilled to be working with the dance families and students at CHCA!

Melissa Kidd

Melissa Kidd

Melissa Kidd

Titles: Dance Instructor
Email:
Biography:
Melissa Kidd has over 30 years of training in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary/lyrical, pom, hip hop, kick and acro as well as 15+ years of instruction/choreography experience. She was the Founding Director of CHCA's Dance Program and her choreography and routines have won CHCA several regional and national titles. Melissa's experience includes training under the Cincinnati Ballet and members of the New York City and Boston Ballets. She also received training under Finis Jhung and Michael Vernon (Royal Ballet/NYC Ballet), Savion & Abron Glover (tap-Broadway production of Bring in Da Noise), Bill Hoataling (jazz/contemporary/theater-STEPS and Broadway Dance Center in New York), Joe Lanteri (jazz- Julliard, NYCDA, MTV), Byron Carter (Hip Hop-Beyonce, Mary J Blige), Tre Holloway (Justin Bieber, NIcki Manaj, Black Eyed Peas), Mia Michaels (Contemporary-SYTYCD), and more. She also danced for and trained under the Manhattan Dance Project the first year of their tour. Melissa has choreographed and performed for multiple high-profile local and national shows. She owned and operated a competitive studio for 9 years, started dance programs in three Cincinnati Schools and led them to place in the top 10 in the nation at the NDTC in Orlando several years in a row. Melissa holds multiple certifications in choreography, technique, judging and early childhood dance education and is a U.S. All Star Federation certified judge. Dancers that have trained under Ms. Kidd have gone on to dance on cruise lines, Broadway and off Broadway productions, NBA dance teams, University of Cincinnati, CCM of UC, University of Kentucky, Florida State University, Exhale Dance tribe, Hallmark movie productions, music videos, and more. She currently tours the country teaching master classes, setting choreography, and judging for multiple competition circuits.

Elonzo Coppins

General Music

General Music provides fundamental music processes and opportunities for our students to learn, create and perform. Our students learn by doing as they sing, play instruments, move to music as well as read and notate music. This exploration is done independently and with others and provides the building blocks of their music education through a comprehensive and sequential program. With the skills learned in General Music, our students are well prepared to continue on to our Instrumental and Vocal Music programs.

Early Learning Program

Curricular Offerings

Music (Ages 2-4)

Performance Opportunities

Gr PK Christmas Program

Extracurricular Offerings

Private Music Lesson Program (PK3 - Gr 8)

General Music Faculty

Carolyn Hill

Carolyn Hill

Titles: Music Lesson Provider, Classroom Teacher
Degrees: B.M., Wright State University
B.Ed., Kentucky Chrisitian College
Email:
Biography:
Carolyn is a member of the May Festival Chorus and Ensemble. Outside of CHCA, she serves as children's minister at Connections Christian Church, and also is the wife of a minister.

Private Music Lesson Program

Lydia Woodin

Lydia Woodin

Titles: Music Lesson Director
Degrees: D.M.A., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
M.M., University of Cincinnati
B.M., University of Alabama
Email:
Biography:
Lydia is a member of the American String Teachers Association and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She has training in both the Suzuki and Sassmannshaus Tradition methods. Additionally, Dr. Woodin attended the American String Teachers Association Conference in 2009 and the Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies at the Juilliard School in 2011 & 2013. She is a member of the Violin Faculty for the Preparatory Department at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She is also an active performer and has played countless solo and chamber music recitals in the US, Italy, and China. She has extensive experience playing with professional orchestra, opera, and ballet companies throughout the United States, and has performed under notable conductors Yoel Levi, Louis Lane, Benjamin Zander, Mark Gibson, Awadagin Pratt, Hugh Wolfe, and Paavo Järvi.
Robin Albus

Robin Albus

Titles: Music Lesson Provider
Degrees: B.S., James Madison University
Email:
Biography:
Robin has taught piano for 17 years and has been a private piano teacher at CHCA since 2003. She also earned the National Guild of Piano Teachers High School diploma. Most recently, she launched the Wunderkeys program at CHCA, which offers a musical experience on the keyboard for 3-5 year olds.
Jane Brumbaugh

Jane Brumbaugh

Titles: Music Lesson Provider
Degrees: M.Ed., Villanova University
B.A., Ursinus College
B.A., Ursinus College
Email:
Biography:
Jane has a certificate in Piano Pedagogy from Northern Kentucky University and has taught piano at CHCA for more than 15 years.

Lower School

Curricular Offerings

Music (Gr KPrep - 5)

Performance Opportunities

Gr K-1 Christmas Program
Gr 2-3 Christmas Musical
Gr 4-6 Christmas Concert
Gr 4-6 Spring Choral Concert

Extracurricular Offerings

ArtBeat Festival Choir (Gr K-1)
ArtBeat Festival Choir (Gr 2-3)
Melody Makers (Gr 3)
Private Music Lesson Program (PK3 - Gr 8)
Private Music Lessons (Gr 7-12)
String Group Ensemble (Gr K-8)
Vocal Ensemble (Gr 2-3)

Private Music Lesson Program

Dr. Lydia Woodin, Director

Lydia Woodin

Lydia Woodin

Titles: Music Lesson Director
Degrees: D.M.A., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
M.M., University of Cincinnati
B.M., University of Alabama
Email:
Biography:
Lydia is a member of the American String Teachers Association and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She has training in both the Suzuki and Sassmannshaus Tradition methods. Additionally, Dr. Woodin attended the American String Teachers Association Conference in 2009 and the Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies at the Juilliard School in 2011 & 2013. She is a member of the Violin Faculty for the Preparatory Department at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She is also an active performer and has played countless solo and chamber music recitals in the US, Italy, and China. She has extensive experience playing with professional orchestra, opera, and ballet companies throughout the United States, and has performed under notable conductors Yoel Levi, Louis Lane, Benjamin Zander, Mark Gibson, Awadagin Pratt, Hugh Wolfe, and Paavo Järvi.

Robin Albus

Robin Albus

Robin Albus

Titles: Music Lesson Provider
Degrees: B.S., James Madison University
Email:
Biography:
Robin has taught piano for 17 years and has been a private piano teacher at CHCA since 2003. She also earned the National Guild of Piano Teachers High School diploma. Most recently, she launched the Wunderkeys program at CHCA, which offers a musical experience on the keyboard for 3-5 year olds.

Wayne Anderson

Jane Brumbaugh

Jane Brumbaugh

Jane Brumbaugh

Titles: Music Lesson Provider
Degrees: M.Ed., Villanova University
B.A., Ursinus College
B.A., Ursinus College
Email:
Biography:
Jane has a certificate in Piano Pedagogy from Northern Kentucky University and has taught piano at CHCA for more than 15 years.

Takako Frautschi

Takako Frautschi

Takako Frautschi

Titles: Music Lesson Provider
Degrees: M.M., Eastman School of Music
D.M.A., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
B.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Email:
Biography:
Takako has taught precollege level students since 1992 throughout the United States and Canada. Her childhood musical training was completed through Toho Music School Preparatory division, one of the most prestigious precollege music programs in Japan. Her mentors and the experiences that she remembers from childhood inspired her to find true joy in working with precollege level students. Takako has performed in Banff, Paris, Prague, and Amalfi Coast. Takako's performance highlights include an appearance at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall, New York City in 1998 and 2010. Her most recent recital was broadcasted over WECI 91.5FM, in Richmond, Indiana. Takako holds additional certificates in Suzuki Method and MTNA Professional NCTM Certification Program. Outside of CHCA, Takako serves on the faculty of the piano department at the Preparatory Division of University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and the College of Examiner of Royal Conservatory in Canada. She also enjoys presenting lectures on pedagogical topics to share her teaching tips to other educators. She and her husband, David have two children and a Sheltie.

Michaela Hibbard

Michaela Hibbard

Michaela Hibbard

Titles: Music Lesson Provider
Degrees: M.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
B.M., DePaul University
Email:
Biography:
Michaela is a freelance cellist in Greater Cincinnati, teaching private cello lessons and group classes in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati since 2008. In addition to keeping a busy teaching schedule, Michaela enjoys performing with area orchestras, including the Blue Ash Montgomery Symphony and the Dayton Philharmonic. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University with Stephen Baldserton and a Master of Music degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati with Lee Fiser. Aside from music, Michaela loves the Cincinnati Reds and would someday like to visit all 30 Ballparks and has been to 9 parks so far! Her favorites so far are GABP, AT&T Park and Comercia Park.

Carolyn Hill

Carolyn Hill

Carolyn Hill

Titles: Music Lesson Provider, Classroom Teacher
Degrees: B.M., Wright State University
B.Ed., Kentucky Chrisitian College
Email:
Biography:
Carolyn is a member of the May Festival Chorus and Ensemble. Outside of CHCA, she serves as children's minister at Connections Christian Church, and also is the wife of a minister.

Jose Mangual

Jose Mangual

Jose Mangual

Titles: Classroom Teacher-Instrumental, Music Lesson Provider
Degrees: B.A., Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico
Email:
Biography:
José has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, May Festival, Cincinnati Pops, Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Philharmonic, Louisville Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, and Blue Ash Symphony, among others. In the summer, he was part of the premier performance of the Seven Hills Brass Ensemble, a Cincinnati-based group of talented brass players. He is also a founding member of Son del Caribe, one of Cincinnati's premier salsa bands, and is a member of the American Federation of Musicians. In his current position at CHCA, José is a founding member of the Electric Jazz Orchestra and has an active Trombone Studio at CHCA. He had his conducting debut at CHCA for the production of the musical Anything Goes, for which the orchestra was awarded a Cappie for best orchestra in a musical, and since, he has earned multiple Cappie Awards for Best Orchestra in a Musical. José was born and raised in Carolina, Puerto Rico, and in his free time he enjoys playing dominos with friends and eating good Puerto Rican food.

Siryung Park

Siryung Park

Siryung Park

Titles: Music Lesson Provider
Degrees: D.M.A., University of Cincinnati
M.M., University of Cincinnati
Email:
Biography:
Siryung Park is a member of American String Teachers Association, and has training in Sassmannshaus Tradition methods. Park has been teaching violin for a wide rage of age groups and education levels since 2000. Her teaching experience extends through a chamber music coaching and music theory class at Starling Project Foundation Preparatory, Sassmannshaus Tradition Preparatory Division, and CCM Preparatory Department. She is an accomplished performer as a soloist, orchestra member and chamber musician in South Korea, China, Cuba, Israel and the United States. She is actively performing as a principal violin in JS Chamber Orchestra, Con fuoco Piano Trio, and a substitute violin in Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Joel Rhodes

General Music Faculty

Della Enns

Della Enns

Titles: Classroom Teacher-Vocal
Degrees: M.M., University of Cincinnati
B.M., Bob Jones University
Email:
Biography:
Della is a member of OMEA (Ohio Music Educators Association), National Fine Arts Festival of Assemblies of God, and the National Guild of Piano Teachers. She also earned Nashville Independent Musicians Instrumental Artist of the Year, Best in Show-Art and Soul on Vine Choir-Cincinnati Reds Parade and First Prize- Composition Competition- University Press. She served as a judge in the Piano Division and Songwriting Division in the National Fine Arts Festival, a pianist for the Middletown Symphony and the Cincinnati Ballet, and studio instructor and coach at the Musical Arts Center. She is a regular performer at the Live at Lunch series at Christ Cathedral. Della has composed three albums: After His Own Heart, Origins, and Beautiful Still.

Emaline Allen

Titles: Classroom Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Northern Kentucky University
Email:
Biography:

Emaline Allen has a Bachelor's degree in vocal music education from NKU and has been teaching private voice and piano lessons for eight years. She is a member of NAfME (National Association for Music Education), one of the world's largest arts education organizations. Outside of CHCA, she is an active member in her church's Praise Band. Ms. Allen is excited to share her passion for music with the students at CHCA.

Armleder School

Curricular Offerings

Music (Gr PK-6)
Steel Pans (Gr 4-6)

Performance Opportunities

Christmas Concert
Spring Concert

Extracurricular Offerings

Celebration Choir (Gr 3-6)


General Music Faculty

Instrumental Music

In grade 5 our students begin Instrumental Music and have the option to choose either band or strings. As they progress through the Instrumental Program, they have expanded opportunities to study, experience, and perform different music genres and styles, being exposed to a varied repertoire of instrumental literature. Our students are taught the importance of both technique and expression by our experienced faculty, many who are also professional musicians who perform regularly individually and with many different groups.




Lower School

Curricular Offerings

Gr 5-6:

Band
Strings

Performance Opportunities

Gr 5-6 Christmas Concert
Gr 5-6 Spring Band Concert
Gr 5-6 Spring String Fling

Extracurricular Offerings

Genesis Jazz (Gr 6-8)
Premier Pops (Gr 6-8)
Private Music Lesson Program (PK3 - Gr 8)
Private Music Lessons (onsite, independent instructors) (Gr 7-12)
Strings Club (Gr 5-8)

Summer Offerings

Beginning Band Workshop (Gr 5-6)
Intermediate-Advanced Band Workshop (Gr 6-8)
Summer Strings Camp - Beginner & Advanced (Gr 5-8)

Instrumental Music Faculty

Andrew Hartman

Andrew Hartman

Titles: Classroom Teacher-Instrumental
Degrees: B.A., The Ohio State University
B.A., The Ohio State University
Email:
Biography:
Andrew is a member of the Ohio Music Education Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the Percussive Arts Society. He teaches drumline for marching band during summer band camps. He has served as a church musician for 14 years, providing drums and percussion for Forest Chapel United Methodist Church, Northminster Presbyterian Church, and All Saints Catholic Church. In 2014, Andrew won the Ohio State University James Moore Percussion, and he performed with the Ohio Military Band and was a featured soloist in 2010 and 2015.
Amy Macy

Amy Macy

Titles: Classroom Teacher-Strings
Degrees: M.M., Temple University
B.M., The New School
Email:
Biography:
Amy came to CHCA from Zimbabwe, where she had lived for four years teaching strings and coaching chamber music. Amy is a member of the American String Teachers Association, the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and the National Association for Music Education. In 2016 Amy launched a European Suzuki Association Teacher Training Program in Zimbabwe. She also performed at the Harare International Arts Festival. She has been a cellist in the West Virginia Symphony and is a registered Suzuki Violin (Books 1-4) and Cello (Books 1-5) teacher through the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Upper School

Curricular Offerings

Gr 7-8:

Band
Strings

Gr 9-12:

Concert Band
Steel Drum Band /
Percussion Ensemble

Symphony Orchestra
Cintered Electric Strings
Pep Band
Lab Band
Electric Jazz Orchestra
AP Music Theory


Performance Opportunities

Homecoming Tailgate (Gr 9-12)
Cintered Electric Strings & Steel Drum Band Concert (Gr 9-12)
Sacred Music Concert (Gr 9-12)
Christmas Concert (Gr 7-8)
Electric Jazz Orchestra Winter Concert (Gr 9-12)
ArtBeat (Gr 7-12)
Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert (Gr 9-12)
Band Concert (Gr 7-8)
Spring String Fling (Gr 7-8)
Genesis Jazz/Steel Drum Band/Lab Band/Electric Jazz Orchestra Concert (Gr 7-12)
Electric Jazz Orchestra Spring Concert (Gr 9-12)

Extracurricular Offerings

Chapel Band (Gr 7-8)
Chapel Band (Gr 9-12)
Genesis Jazz (Gr 6-8)
Pit Orchestra (Gr 9-12)
Premier Pops (Gr 6-8)
Strings Club (Gr 6-8)
Private Music Lesson Program (PK3 - Gr 8)
Private Music Lessons (onsite, independent instructors) (Gr 7-12)

Summer Offerings

Intermediate-Advanced Band Workshop (Gr 6-8)
Summer Strings Camp - Beginner & Advanced (Gr 5-8)

Instrumental Music Faculty

Dan Grantham

Dan Grantham

Titles: Instrumental Music Director, Classroom Teacher-Instrumental
Degrees: D.M.A., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
M.M., University of Cincinnati
B.A., Evangel University
B.A., Evangel University
Email:
Biography:
Dan is a member of the Ohio Music Educators Association, the International Trumpet Guild, the College of Music Society, and the American Federation of Musicians. He is also a member of the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, Middletown Symphony, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and the Canterbury Brass. Dan serves as music director of the Seven Hills Brass and has performed regularly with the Dayton Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. In addition to teaching at CHCA, Dan was trumpet professor at the University of Dayton, where he taught applied lessons, conducted the trumpet ensemble, and performed with the Faculty Brass Quintet. He toured Europe multiple times with the American Sinfonietta and Euro Brass. In 2012, Dan also performed in the World Choir Games. Dan has earned numerous national and international awards and honors over the years for both his solo work as well as ensemble.
Jose Mangual

Jose Mangual

Titles: Classroom Teacher-Instrumental, Music Lesson Provider
Degrees: B.A., Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico
Email:
Biography:
José has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, May Festival, Cincinnati Pops, Cincinnati Opera, Dayton Philharmonic, Louisville Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, and Blue Ash Symphony, among others. In the summer, he was part of the premier performance of the Seven Hills Brass Ensemble, a Cincinnati-based group of talented brass players. He is also a founding member of Son del Caribe, one of Cincinnati's premier salsa bands, and is a member of the American Federation of Musicians. In his current position at CHCA, José is a founding member of the Electric Jazz Orchestra and has an active Trombone Studio at CHCA. He had his conducting debut at CHCA for the production of the musical Anything Goes, for which the orchestra was awarded a Cappie for best orchestra in a musical, and since, he has earned multiple Cappie Awards for Best Orchestra in a Musical. José was born and raised in Carolina, Puerto Rico, and in his free time he enjoys playing dominos with friends and eating good Puerto Rican food.
Amy Macy

Amy Macy

Titles: Classroom Teacher-Strings
Degrees: M.M., Temple University
B.M., The New School
Email:
Biography:
Amy came to CHCA from Zimbabwe, where she had lived for four years teaching strings and coaching chamber music. Amy is a member of the American String Teachers Association, the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and the National Association for Music Education. In 2016 Amy launched a European Suzuki Association Teacher Training Program in Zimbabwe. She also performed at the Harare International Arts Festival. She has been a cellist in the West Virginia Symphony and is a registered Suzuki Violin (Books 1-4) and Cello (Books 1-5) teacher through the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
Andrew Hartman

Andrew Hartman

Titles: Classroom Teacher-Instrumental
Degrees: B.A., The Ohio State University
B.A., The Ohio State University
Email:
Biography:
Andrew is a member of the Ohio Music Education Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the Percussive Arts Society. He teaches drumline for marching band during summer band camps. He has served as a church musician for 14 years, providing drums and percussion for Forest Chapel United Methodist Church, Northminster Presbyterian Church, and All Saints Catholic Church. In 2014, Andrew won the Ohio State University James Moore Percussion, and he performed with the Ohio Military Band and was a featured soloist in 2010 and 2015.

Vocal Music

Vocal Music is an important element of our Music program that is available to even our youngest of students. In grade 6, students move from General to Vocal Music where they develop their vocal skills to sing alone and with a group. Students are taught how to read music and how to sing with expression and technical accuracy, while performing a varied repertoire of vocal literature representing diverse genres and cultures. Our seasoned and experienced Vocal Music faculty are skilled at developing our vocal musicians.

Lower School

Curricular Offerings

Choir (Gr 6)

Performance Opportunities

Gr 5-6 Christmas Concert
Gr 5-6 Spring Choral Concert

Extracurricular Offerings

Musical Theater Production (Gr 5-8)
Private Music Lesson Program (PK3 - Gr 8)
Private Music Lessons (onsite, independent instructors) (Gr 7-12)

Vocal Music Faculty

Della Enns

Della Enns

Titles: Classroom Teacher-Vocal
Degrees: M.M., University of Cincinnati
B.M., Bob Jones University
Email:
Biography:
Della is a member of OMEA (Ohio Music Educators Association), National Fine Arts Festival of Assemblies of God, and the National Guild of Piano Teachers. She also earned Nashville Independent Musicians Instrumental Artist of the Year, Best in Show-Art and Soul on Vine Choir-Cincinnati Reds Parade and First Prize- Composition Competition- University Press. She served as a judge in the Piano Division and Songwriting Division in the National Fine Arts Festival, a pianist for the Middletown Symphony and the Cincinnati Ballet, and studio instructor and coach at the Musical Arts Center. She is a regular performer at the Live at Lunch series at Christ Cathedral. Della has composed three albums: After His Own Heart, Origins, and Beautiful Still.

Upper School

Curricular Offerings

Gr 7-8:

Eagle Ensemble (Gr 7-8)

Gr 9-12:

Concert Choir (Gr 9-12)
Encore Choir (Gr 10-12)
Musical Theatre
AP Music Theory

Performance Opportunities

Choral Fall Concert (Gr 9-12)
Christmas Concert (Gr 7-8)
Sacred Music Concert (Gr 9-12)
Choral Spring Concert (Gr 7-12)

Extracurricular Offerings

Chapel Band (Gr 7-8)
Chapel Band (Gr 9-12)
Fall Musical (Gr 7-12)
Musical Theatre Production (Gr 5-8)
Private Music Lessons (Gr 7-12)
Spring Musical (Gr 7-12)
"The One Act" (Gr 7-9)

Summer Offerings

StageStruck Musical Theatre Camp (Gr 5-9)


Vocal Music Faculty

Sara Potts

Sara Potts

Titles: Classroom Teacher-Vocal and Dance
Degrees: M.M., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
B.A., Otterbein College
Email:
Biography:
Sara is a member of the Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) and the Ohio Choral Directors Association (OCDA). She served for six years on the OCDA board as Summer Conference Co-Chair and Southwest Region Chair. She regularly attends OMEA and OCDA conferences. While at Otterbein, Sarah earned numerous honors, including the Grabill-Shackson Award, Presser Foundation Scholar, and the Thelma Zelner Choral Music Award. Outside CHCA, she serves as the adult Chancel Choir director at Sharonville United Methodist Church and Preschool Music teacher at Northminster Children's Co-op. Sara's husband Brian is also a choral director; they have three children.
Della Enns

Della Enns

Titles: Classroom Teacher-Vocal
Degrees: M.M., University of Cincinnati
B.M., Bob Jones University
Email:
Biography:
Della is a member of OMEA (Ohio Music Educators Association), National Fine Arts Festival of Assemblies of God, and the National Guild of Piano Teachers. She also earned Nashville Independent Musicians Instrumental Artist of the Year, Best in Show-Art and Soul on Vine Choir-Cincinnati Reds Parade and First Prize- Composition Competition- University Press. She served as a judge in the Piano Division and Songwriting Division in the National Fine Arts Festival, a pianist for the Middletown Symphony and the Cincinnati Ballet, and studio instructor and coach at the Musical Arts Center. She is a regular performer at the Live at Lunch series at Christ Cathedral. Della has composed three albums: After His Own Heart, Origins, and Beautiful Still.

Theatre

Theatre provides students an opportunity to bring stories to life. They learn the skills to tell these stories through characterizations and developing scenery, properties, lighting, sound, costumes, and makeup in order to create complete visual and aural experiences. Students learn how to develop characters, use their imaginations, and improvise. Through our robust program, students are provided with numerous opportunities to participate in dramatic plays, musicals, and improv. Our Upper School students are offered the experience of collaborating with our director on creation of the annual Academy Night Live show, writing skits and producing videos.

Additionally, CHCA is home to the International Thespian Society Troupe #5611, with 24 recent inductees.



Early Learning Program & Lower School

Performance Opportunities

Gr 2-3 Christmas Musical

Extracurricular Offerings

Curtains Up Afterschool Acting Program (Gr 3-8)
Musical Theatre Production (Gr 5-8)

Summer Offerings

StageStruck New Faces (Gr 3-4)
StageStruck Musical Theatre Camp (Gr 5-9)

Drama/Musical Theatre Faculty (Grades K-3)

Musical Theatre Directors (Gr 5-6)

John Jung

John Jung

Titles: Theater Director
Degrees: M.Ed., Liberty University
B.A., Mount Saint Joseph University
Email:
Biography:
John directed over 25 other middle school productions prior to his 2017 debut at CHCA. He is a music teacher in Cincinnati Public Schools for kindergarten through sixth grade students and also serves as the Curriculum Council Chair for the Fine Arts for the entire district. He taught strings, band, steel drum, and general music at all levels, and arts appreciation and public speaking to high schoolers. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Mount Saint Joseph University, his Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees in Educational Leadership from Liberty University, and is currently working on his Educational Doctorate. He studied theatre in New York City with iTheatrics and the Broadway Teachers Group and received honors in technical theater and choreography at the Junior Theater Festival and the "Freddie G" Director's award of excellence, which included an intensive weekend of study with Broadway professionals through Music Theatre International. John plays percussion professionally for local musical theatre productions.
Kristie Jung

Kristie Jung

Titles: Theater Director
Degrees: M.Ed., Liberty University
B.A., Mount Saint Joseph University
Email:
Biography:
Kristie is delighted to return to CHCA having served as Music Director for Honk Jr. (2005) and Dear Edwina Jr. (2006). She has directed over 25 middle school musicals since 2005 and is a music and theatre educator teaching general music, concert band, steel drum band and theatre. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Mount Saint Joseph University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Liberty University. Kristie also studied music at Lee University for two years, where she recorded two albums and performed nationally and internationally with the renowned Lee Singers. She studied theatre instruction with iTheatrics and the Broadway Teachers Group in New York. Kristie and husband John have taken award winning music and drama groups to Christian Talent Competitions at the state and international levels. A student group under their direction was awarded honors in technical theater, best female and male performers, and choreography at the International Junior Theater Festival competition in Atlanta. Kristie presented professional development talks at the Ohio Music Education State Convention about the benefits of musical theatre for middle school students. She continues to perform locally playing saxophone and singing.

Upper School

Curricular Offerings

Drama I (Gr 9-12)
Musical Theatre (Gr 9-12)

Extracurricular Offerings

Curtains Up Afterschool Acting Program (Gr 5-8)
Early Fall Play (Gr 9-12)
Fall Musical (Gr 7-12)
Improv Troup "Off the Cuff" (Gr 9-12)
Late Spring Variety Show (Gr 9-12)
Musical Theatre Production (Gr 5-8)
Spring Musical (Gr 9-12)
Student Production Team (Gr 9-12)
"The One Act" (Gr 7-9)

Summer Offerings

Improv Camp (Gr 7-9)
StageStruck Musical Theatre Camp (Gr 5-9)

Drama/Musical Theatre Faculty

Susan Jung

Susan Jung

Titles: Theater Director, Classroom Teacher
Degrees: B.A., Northern Kentucky University
Email:
Biography:
Susan has taught musical theater, dance, and acting at the University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music in the preparatory department. She has also led or taught at more than 19 musical theater camps, and is one of the stage directors for Crossroads' Christmas theatrical event, Awaited. Susan won an Acclaim Award for Theatre Education as well as several local acting and choreography nominations and awards. She maintains her professional acting career with several regional and national commercials, print ads, and voice-overs. She is a member of Friends of the Groom, a professional Christian Acting Company. Susan has also performed professionally with Cincinnati Children's Theatre and Showboat Majestic. She and her husband, Jim, have three sons. CHCA is blessed to have Susan as the Director of CHCA Theatre, resident choreographer for the CHCA Theatre Department and director of the CHCA improv team, Off the Cuff.

Musical Theatre Directors (Gr 7-8)

John Jung

John Jung

Titles: Theater Director
Degrees: M.Ed., Liberty University
B.A., Mount Saint Joseph University
Email:
Biography:
John directed over 25 other middle school productions prior to his 2017 debut at CHCA. He is a music teacher in Cincinnati Public Schools for kindergarten through sixth grade students and also serves as the Curriculum Council Chair for the Fine Arts for the entire district. He taught strings, band, steel drum, and general music at all levels, and arts appreciation and public speaking to high schoolers. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Mount Saint Joseph University, his Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees in Educational Leadership from Liberty University, and is currently working on his Educational Doctorate. He studied theatre in New York City with iTheatrics and the Broadway Teachers Group and received honors in technical theater and choreography at the Junior Theater Festival and the "Freddie G" Director's award of excellence, which included an intensive weekend of study with Broadway professionals through Music Theatre International. John plays percussion professionally for local musical theatre productions.
Kristie Jung

Kristie Jung

Titles: Theater Director
Degrees: M.Ed., Liberty University
B.A., Mount Saint Joseph University
Email:
Biography:
Kristie is delighted to return to CHCA having served as Music Director for Honk Jr. (2005) and Dear Edwina Jr. (2006). She has directed over 25 middle school musicals since 2005 and is a music and theatre educator teaching general music, concert band, steel drum band and theatre. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Mount Saint Joseph University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Liberty University. Kristie also studied music at Lee University for two years, where she recorded two albums and performed nationally and internationally with the renowned Lee Singers. She studied theatre instruction with iTheatrics and the Broadway Teachers Group in New York. Kristie and husband John have taken award winning music and drama groups to Christian Talent Competitions at the state and international levels. A student group under their direction was awarded honors in technical theater, best female and male performers, and choreography at the International Junior Theater Festival competition in Atlanta. Kristie presented professional development talks at the Ohio Music Education State Convention about the benefits of musical theatre for middle school students. She continues to perform locally playing saxophone and singing.

Armleder School

Performance Opportunities

Christmas Concert
Spring Concert

Extracurricular Offerings

Musical Theatre Production (Gr 5-8)

Summer Offerings

StageStruck New Faces (Gr 3-4)
StageStruck Musical Theatre Camp (Gr 5-9)

Musical Theatre Directors (Gr 5-6)

John Jung

John Jung

Titles: Theater Director
Degrees: M.Ed., Liberty University
B.A., Mount Saint Joseph University
Email:
Biography:
John directed over 25 other middle school productions prior to his 2017 debut at CHCA. He is a music teacher in Cincinnati Public Schools for kindergarten through sixth grade students and also serves as the Curriculum Council Chair for the Fine Arts for the entire district. He taught strings, band, steel drum, and general music at all levels, and arts appreciation and public speaking to high schoolers. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Mount Saint Joseph University, his Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees in Educational Leadership from Liberty University, and is currently working on his Educational Doctorate. He studied theatre in New York City with iTheatrics and the Broadway Teachers Group and received honors in technical theater and choreography at the Junior Theater Festival and the "Freddie G" Director's award of excellence, which included an intensive weekend of study with Broadway professionals through Music Theatre International. John plays percussion professionally for local musical theatre productions.
Kristie Jung

Kristie Jung

Titles: Theater Director
Degrees: M.Ed., Liberty University
B.A., Mount Saint Joseph University
Email:
Biography:
Kristie is delighted to return to CHCA having served as Music Director for Honk Jr. (2005) and Dear Edwina Jr. (2006). She has directed over 25 middle school musicals since 2005 and is a music and theatre educator teaching general music, concert band, steel drum band and theatre. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Mount Saint Joseph University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Liberty University. Kristie also studied music at Lee University for two years, where she recorded two albums and performed nationally and internationally with the renowned Lee Singers. She studied theatre instruction with iTheatrics and the Broadway Teachers Group in New York. Kristie and husband John have taken award winning music and drama groups to Christian Talent Competitions at the state and international levels. A student group under their direction was awarded honors in technical theater, best female and male performers, and choreography at the International Junior Theater Festival competition in Atlanta. Kristie presented professional development talks at the Ohio Music Education State Convention about the benefits of musical theatre for middle school students. She continues to perform locally playing saxophone and singing.