Feryal Qudourah – Voice/Piano
Feryal is a Lyric-coloratura Soprano who started learning voice and piano at the age of 7. By the age of 16, upon graduating from a Canadian International high school based in Trinidad, Feryal completed her piano and voice examinations from the Royal School of Music with distinction. She then moved back to Florida in pursuit of her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Stetson University. A year later, she continued to pursue a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Florida State University, under the tutelage of Wagnerian soprano, Shirley Close.
Feryal was the recipient of the Metropolitan Opera Encouragement Award in 2013 and 2014, and made her Florida Opera debut performing the lead role of Lucy, in their 2012-2013 season production of Menotti’s Opera, The Telephone. Her musical theater roles include Cunegonde (Candide) and Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady). Feryal has also performed as a Soprano soloist for Trinidad and Tobago’s Marionettes Chorale, Italy’s Music Fest Perugia, Florida State University’s Chamber Chorus, and Stetson University’s Choral Union and Concert Choir.
She has previously served as Voice Faculty through her graduate assistantship at Florida State University and as an assistant conductor and voice teacher at Deland High School. Most recently, Feryal served as Adjunct Voice Faculty/Interim Choral Conductor at Valencia Community College and as voice/piano faculty for ASM studios in Orlando. She now resides in Tallahassee where she is pursuing her Doctorate of Music at Florida State University.
Andrew Allen – Piano
Andrew is an educator, pianist, and composer living in Tallahassee. He graduated from the University of South Florida in 2011 with his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies. Andrew spent 4 years after graduating to focus on education and composition. In 2015, Andrew Returned to the University of South Florida for a Master’s Degree in Jazz Piano Performance. He completed his studies at USF in 2017 and moved to Tallahassee soon after. Andrew has been teaching for 12 years – he’s been a high school band director, private instructor, clinician, curriculum design consultant, and ensemble director. Andrew has taught students at every age, skill, and school level. HIs most recent work with the University of South Florida included an ensemble director position as the head of the USF Honors College Jazz Band.
Andrew has been a professional pianist for over a decade, and is currently signed with Coverville Records. Andrew has 5 major releases with Coverville, including his most recent album JazzNESs: A NES Classic Jazz Tribute. His music is a mixture of pop/geek culture mixed with straight-ahead jazz. Andrew has officially licensed music with Star Wars, Nintendo, Star Trek, and MARVEL. Andrew has also performed around the world, including performances at the Dusseldorf Jazz Festival, Utah Comic-Con, Jewel of the Ridge Jazz Festival, Denver Comic-Con, Atlanta Dragon-Con, Comic-Con Florida, and Star Trek: Las Vegas.
Andrew is also currently a syndicated composer with Clear Channel Communications, CBSi, and Discovery. His music has been featured on NPR and many FM Jazz Radio stations around the country. Andrew has had the pleasure to write music for many different mediums, including compositions for film, television, advertising, podcasting, and video games.
Andrew’s teaching philosophy is simple: educate students to love and appreciate music. Andrew’s area of expertise in composition and curriculum design will help him gauge student’s interest and develop a unique lesson plan to better serve the student’s goals. He will also utilize technology and theory to help students better understand how music is created. Andrew’s goal is to help students realize their full potential as pianists, composers, and young musicians.
Morgan Stuart – Guitar
Morgan has been teaching guitar in Tallahassee since 2009. He has his Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from Stetson University. He then received his Master of Music in Guitar Performance at Florida State University where he continues to pursue his doctorate degree. Morgan has a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at FSU and has performed at Stetson University, FSU, and Advent Christian Village.
Pianist Christina Lai, from Plantation, FL, began her musical training at the age of five. She was one of four chosen as a William R. Kenan Jr. Music Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music and a Chemistry minor.
Among several achievements, Christina was a soloist performing with the FSU University Philharmonia and the UNC Symphony Orchestra. In the past she has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School as a Thomas S. Kenan Fellow. She has placed in various competitions including the National Association of Negro Musicians Piano Competition, Florida MTNA Competition, Rosen-Schaffel Competition, and Young Artists Piano Competition of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association. Christina competed in the Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists in Ettlingen, Germany, was one of nine national recipients of the Chopin Foundation of the United States’ scholarship awards, and was chosen to receive the Marilyn Caldwell Piano Solo Award from the National Federation of Music Clubs. Additionally, she has also performed in master classes for Nelita True, John Perry, Phillipe Entremont, Gerard Schwarz, Ian Hobson, Winston Choi, and Molly Morkoski.
Complementing to her musical ventures, Christina was an avid volunteer in the music therapy department of the North Carolina Memorial Hospital. She also thoroughly enjoys teaching and has given lessons for UNC’s Musical Empowerment, a non-profit organization designed to provide free lessons to underprivileged children, and Aspen Music Festival and School’s Passes and Lessons Scholarship Program. In the summer of 2014, she and a fellow Kenan Scholar, travelled to France to work with student composer Yuying Weng on a collaborative piece synthesizing Chinese and Western Classical music elements.
Christina is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Music in piano performance under the guidance of Professor Read Gainsford and is a teaching assistant at Florida State University.
Kathy Lincoln teaches violin, viola, and piano Her education includes a Bachelor of Music degree from Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas in Music Literature, Master of Arts degree from Texas Woman’s University in Violin Pedagogy, studying with violinist Norma Davidson, known for her performance and research of music by Woman composers. At Florida State she completed a Master of Music degree in Strings with an emphasis on Violin Performance. She studied with Willa Dean Howells, member of the Dallas Symphony in Dallas Texas. She also has training on cello, and teacher training in Suzuki Violin.
She was a participant in The National Opera Orchestra summer workshop with conductor Eve Queler. She attended The American Institute of Musical Studies opera and orchestra program in Graz Austria and Dallas Texas. Other orchestra experience includes the Dallas Civic Orchestra, Irving Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Valdosta State Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. She performed as the gypsy violinist with Theatre Three in Dallas Texas for the play Strider, and toured with Bill Fegan attractions. In the Musical “Texas” at Palo Dura Canyon she played the part of Caroline Connors, fiddler for three summers.
She taught in the program Multiple Arts for Children, Garland Texas, Music on the Move, Dallas/ Ft Worth, Florida High, Thomasville Road Academy of the Arts, Center for the Arts, Thomasville Cultural Center, Bainbridge College, North Florida String Institute, Favor Christian Academy, and worked in the summer program for Tallahassee Parks and Recreation for three summers.
Kathy took ballet classes for seven years in the Dallas area, enjoys swimming laps, and has worked as a hotline crises counselor.