PCCA Faculty and Staff

  • Our faculty of full time and adjunct instructors are trained extensively in their individual fields and are involved in a multitude of community and professional events.  They bring a variety of professional experience to their classrooms and serve as practicing artists.


    Patricia Paige Patricia Paige
    Dance, chair

    Veronica King

    Patricia McNally Patricia McNally

    Patricia McNally owns the Patricia Ann Dance Studios in Dunedin, Florida with her mother Elaine Forestier. Patricia was trained in ballet, lyrical, jazz  and tap, then continued her education in the BFA program for dance at Southern Methodist University. Additionally, throughout her dance education, Patricia also trained vocally in preparation for a career in musical theater. Patricia has performed extensively in shows like Hello Dolly, Guys and Dolls, Can Can, the Boyfriend, Sophisticated Ladies and Cats to name a few. Upon returning to Florida, she created a musical theater youth performance troupe and a competitive dance team for the dance studios. Patricia has adjudicated for Ruth Eckerd Hall scholarships, taught for the Florida Dance Festival, choreographed for Dunedin and Tarpon Springs high school musicals, as well as speaking at many local venues promoting arts in education. Ms. McNally is proud to have students who have appeared in “America’s Best Dance Crew”, the revivals of “A Chorus Line”  and “West Side Story” on Broadway, “Jubilee” in Las Vegas as well as Busch Gardens, Holland America and tours throughout the world! Patricia currently continues her teaching at Patricia Ann Dance Studios and at Pinellas County Center for the Arts/Gibbs High school where she teaches Musical Theatre dance. Ms. McNally also oversees the facilitation of dance classes offered to before/after care and summer camps throughout Pinellas County through Coordinated Child Care services. Ms. McNally is an American Ballet Theatre certified teacher in the National Training  Curriculum for Levels Pre-Primary, Primary, I, II and III.



    Adair Ann Adair
    Director of Instrumental Studies; Music Theory

    Ann Adair, music theory faculty, holds both the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of South Florida where she studied bassoon performance, music theory, composition, and history. She has been a professional musician in many difference capacities over the last 30 years playing the bassoon, contrabassoon, and piano, as well as composing, arranging, and music directing. In addition to active music making, her teaching credentials include graduate- and undergraduate-level music theory at USF, high school music, many homeschool cooperative classes (including music history/appreciation, literature, novel writing, and strategic board gaming,) and a private bassoon studio in Tampa.

    She has performed on bassoon or contrabassoon with The Florida Orchestra, Imperial Symphony, Tampa Bay Symphony, Mississippi Symphony, Mississippi Opera, Meridian Symphony, Tupelo Symphony, Pensacola Symphony, International Ballet Competition Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, BONK Festival of New Music, Newmusic Tampa, as well as music icons Ray Charles and Harry Connick, Jr., among others. One of her most interesting music jobs was as proofreader of Béla Bartók’s works, comparing original manuscripts to new editions for accuracy and fidelity.

    Ann lives in Tampa with her husband of 25 years, Jonathan, and their two amazing children, Elizabeth and William. She is also president of Thinkamingo Inc, a mobile app company she co-founded with her husband in 2011. During that time, she has worked closely with lawmakers and the Federal Trade Commission on the clarification and enforcement of the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA.) In her precious down time, Ann enjoys spending time with her family, opera, the Tampa Hackerspace, and strategic board gaming.


    Mr ClearMatthew David Clear
    Director of Choral Activities

    Matthew David Clear is the Director of Choral Activities at Pinellas County Center for the Arts where he directs the school’s choral ensembles, sponsors the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and teaches classes in vocal techniques.  He also serves as Director of Traditional Worship Music and the Arts at First Presbyterian Church, St. Petersburg where he directs the choir program and coordinates the annual concert series. 


    Matthew earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Malone University and completed his Master of Music Education degree with an emphasis in choral conducting at Florida State University.  Mr. Clear was the 2020 Secondary Pinellas County Music Education Association Teacher of the Year and 2021 Pinellas All-County Mixed Chorus Clinician.


    Robert Thomas Robert Thomas
    Instrumental Music

    Mr. Robert Thomas, a native of Miami, FL, and a graduate of Florida A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education has performed across the United States with various bands including the Richard Strachen Jazz Orchestra to the President’s Own Army Concert Band under the leadership of Colonel Gabriel Arnold. He has taught in the Florida’s Public-school system for over 10 years. His continued demand for excellence and dedication makes him one of the top band leaders in the in the music realm through-out the state of Florida. He is a member of the Upsilon Psi Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity Incorporated.  He is currently working on his Master of Arts in Music Education at University of South Florida.


    Applied Music

    Amy Collins Amy Collins

    Applied Oboe and Bassoon

    Amy Collins, oboist, is presently a member of the artistic faculty at The University of South Florida and principal oboist with Opera Tampa under the direction of Maestro Anton Copolla.  Ms. Collins is on the faculty of The InterHarmony International Summer Music Festival in Europe,  second oboist with The Classical Summer Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria and was honored in the Fall of 2007 to perform for  Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in Rome Italy where she made history as being the first instrumentalist to perform in the Basilica of St. Peters since Pope John Paul I.  In addition to The University of South Florida, Ms. Collins is also on faculty at Florida College, Hillsborough Community College, and she has an active private studio.  She was English hornist with The West Coast Symphony for six years,  second oboe/English hornist with The West Coast Symphony for five years, and principal oboist of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra in Ft. Myers for six years prior.  Ms. Collins has played with The New York City Opera Company, Miami City Ballet Company, Joffrey Ballet, The Moisiev Ballet, Mannheim Steamroller, and with such greats as Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Tony Bennett, and Diana Ross, to name a few.  Ms. Collins released her first solo oboe recording in 1995 entitled “Amy and Friends” and her second oboe recording in 1998 entitled “Amy and Friends at Christmas”.  Ms. Collins has given clinics throughout the United States.  She has received two grants from The Pinellas County Arts Council and has served on the grant committee for The Pinellas County Arts Council.  She has also been an Allstate oboe adjudicator.    Ms. Collins is president of her own business; The Stellar Corporation, Inc. dba Stellar Oboe Products.



    Dawne Wisner Eubanks Dawne Wisner Eubanks
    Applied Voice

    Dawne Wisner Eubanks holds a BA Degree in Vocal Music from Florida State University, and currently teaches voice at Eckerd College, as well as the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School. Her solo career has led her to the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Meyerson Symphony Center, the Mahaffey Theatre, Ruth Eckerd Hall, and the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. Other singing highlights include performances with the Florida Opera Co., Florida Opera West, Inc., The Florida Orchestra, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the Florida Orchestra Master Chorale, and the Turtle Creek Chorale, working with renowned conductors such as Robert Summer, Robert Shaw, Daniel Moe, Julius Rudel, Sir David Wilcox, and Timothy Seelig. Dawne has received outstanding reviews for her roles in local productions of Pirates of Penzance, Two By Two, and Little Mary Sunshine, to name some favorites. Recent performances include the soprano solos in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Creation, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, and Handel’s Messiah with members of The Florida Orchestra, as well as musical directing an Eckerd College student production of Into the Woods. Dawne is the assistant music director at the First Baptist Church of St. Pete, maintains a private vocalstudio, and is a sought after vocal coach and adjudicator for competitions and festivals in voice, choral music, musical theatre, and piano. 


    Fred Gratta
    Applied Cello and Bass
    Christopher Holloway
    Applied Voice
    Ms. Lui 2018
    Joyce Liu
    Applied Piano and Voice
    Joyce S. Liu received her Bachelors degree in piana and voice performance from Mills College. Ms. Liu has appeared on public radio and can be heard fa-la-la-ing on Barry Banilow's Because It's Christmas album. She co-founded the soprano duo, Vocalisa, and has performend in many settings singing early music, classical arias and folk songs in the U.S. and in Iceland.
    An active member of both the Music Teaches National Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Ms. Liu's students have won prizes in the Tampa Bay NATS Student Auditions, Florida Suncoast Opera Guild High School Competition, Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition, the Grady-Rayam Negro Spiritual Scholoarship Competition, Pinellas Education Foundation's Walkers Rising Stars Competition, and also the Emeric Lazar, Erma Coleman and Frederic Chopin Piano Competitions sponsored by the Greater Pinellas MTA.
    Recognized as a Top Music Teacher in 2016 by Steinway & Sons, Ms. Liu maintains a lively private studio in the Historic Kenwood area of St. Petersburg and teaches at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School. She also serves as the part-time cantor at her synagogue. She loves teaching and enjoys promoting arts advocacy and music literacy, especially for young artists.


    Michael Martin
    Applied Guitar
    Kevin Prina
    Applied Voice

    Jess Ridgeway
    Applied Percussion

    A native of Cleveland, Jeff Ridgeway was fortunate to hear a world-class orchestra at a young age.  She began her musical studies in Ohio at the age of 11.  Upon moving to Florida, she studied privately with Laura Fischer - timpanist with the Florida Symphony Orchestra in Orlando.  She was awarded a full scholarship to attend Stetson University in DeLand, Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance studying with Will Hudgins.  After completing her work at Stetson, she was awarded a scholarship to study at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she earned her Master of Music degree studying with Boston Symphony percussionist Will Hudgins.  She has also studied with Philadelphia Orchestra percussionist Alan Abel and Pittsburg Symphony timpanist Timothy Adams.  After completing her studies, Jess was appointed to the position of principal percussionist with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.  After moving to Florida, she began performing with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and moved to Naples where she performed as second percussionist in 1999.  In 2003 Jess began performing with the Sarasota Orchestra and soon departed from Naples to further her career.  In addition, she has performed as timpanist, percussionist, and on drum set with the Florida Orchestra in Tampa, Opera Tampa Orchestra, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New World Symphony.  Various recordings include two national PBS recordings with Erich Kunzel conducting and for the Telarc record label with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.  An avid chess player, Jess' outside interests also include the practice of ashtanga yoga.


    Dwight Thomas Dwight Thomas
    Collaborative Piano

    Harold Van Schaik Harold Van Schaik
    Applied Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba

    Harold Van Schaik has been the Bass Trombonist with The Florida Orchestra since 1993. He has also performed with many orchestras throughout the United States including the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic.

    Outside the Symphony, Harold is an active chamber musician performing and recording with the Nay Palm Bones trombone quartet and Sovereign Brass Union large brass ensemble. He also works regularly as a studio musician recording for film, TV, radio and commercial artists. Working in the jazz and show fields, Harold has performed with the big bands of Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and Les Brown as well as touring with Frank Sinatra Jr., Steve & Eydie, Natalie Cole, Tommy Tune, Wayne Newton, Burt Bacharach and Ray Charles.

    Harold brings to PCCA over 25 years experience as a private trombone teacher. Several of his student have won the high school divisions of The National Trombone Solo Competition and International Trombone Association Competition. Many of his other students were accepted at prestigious music school such as Juilliard, Curtis, Eastman, New England Conservatory, Nothwestern University, Indiana University and Cleveland Institute of Music. Several of his former students are currently working as symphonic musicians or active freelance performers in the U.S. and Europe.

    Harold has performed recitals and masterclasses at colleges and universities throughout the U.S., has been a featured artist at the Eastern Trombone Workshop and International Trombone Festival and has taught at the Interlochen National Music Camp.

    Harold is a performing artist for S.E. Shires Trombones.


    Carolyn Wahl
    Applied Horn, Trumpet
    Thaddeus Engle
    Technical Director

    Thaddeus has been taking things apart and building/rebuilding things since he was a small child.  An interest in theatre landed him building scenery and technical directing in high School, and it has been a passion ever since.  Thad has worked in almost every capacity in technical theater including master carpenter, master electrician, light designer, set designer, sound designer and operator, assistant technical director, technical director, stage manager and /or IATSE over hire at Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Charleston Stage Company, Enchanted Hills Playhouse, Morris Civic Auditorium, Round Barn Theatre, Riverside Theatre, American Stage, Florida School of the Arts, freeFall Theatre Company, St. Petersburg Opera Company, Stageworks Theatre, The Space @ 2106, HSN, St. Petersburg College, DePaul University’s Theatre School, and The Goodman Theatre.  He shines on specialty pieces with his unique problem-solving skills.


    Hinzman Dustin Hinzman
    Musical Theatre
    Theatre Department Chair

    Dustin Hinzman (MME, Florida State University) has taught voice and musical theatre in Pinellas County Schools since 2007. His students consistently earn superior ratings and are selected for critic’s choice showcases at music and theatre performance assessments, both at the local and state level. His students have performed with a variety of industry professionals in concert such as Kristin Chenoweth (B’way: Wicked), and have trained in acting workshops in New York City with Broadway professionals such as Olivia Phillip (B’way: Waitress and Frozen) and Etai Benson (B’way: The Band’s Visit). Mr. Hinzman’s students have received a variety of industry and collegiate awards including countless musical theatre intensives at Texas State University and LIU Post, and most recently, nominations to participate in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (“The Jimmys”) in New York. Mr. Hinzman is the current sponsor of PCCA’s Troupe 3756 of the International Thespian Society, as well as the Community Partner Liaison for the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and its educational arm, the Patel Conservatory.


    Trish Kelley Trish Kelley
    Design Technology, Costume Design

    Trish Kelley is a member of the Technical Theatre department at PCCA and serves at the Costume and Stage Makeup Designer for the program.  The classes she teaches include Stage Makeup I, Costume Design, Stagecraft I and freshman through senior level costume construction.  She began her teaching career with Pinellas County Schools in 1996 as a visual arts/costume design instructor at John Hopkins Middle School.  An opportunity to become the costume designer for PCCA became available in 1999 and that is when she became part of the PCCA program. Since that time she has coordinated and overseen the costuming, hair and makeup needs of many, many PCCA productions.  The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, and Les Miserables and The Man Who Came to Dinner are a few of her favorite designs.

     Mrs. Kelley received her Associate of Arts from Florida State University and went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL.  At Arrowmount School of Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, Trish completed advanced classes in Fiber Arts.  She has also completed classes in Stage, TV, Film and Historic Makeup Design at the London College of Fashion in London, England as the result of receiving a Surdna Arts Teacher Fellowship Grant.

     In addition to teaching at PCCA, Trish has taught and worked in many of the performing arts and visual art venues in the Tampa Bay area. She has been a visual arts instructor for the education departments of The Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Dunedin Fine Arts Center, and the Beach Art Center in Indian Rocks Beach.  She taught and designed for the education department of The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center from 1999-2004. In addition she has also designed for the education departments of The Palladium, and The Hoffman Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

     Trish continues to work professionally as a costume designer. Locally, she has designed for productions at the Studio at 620 and the American Stage Theatre Company. Most recently she designed for productions of The Foreigner and The Rocky Horror Show at the American Stage Theatre. She was awarded the 2012 Jeff Norton Outstanding Costume Design for her Rocky Horror Show design.

    Visual Art
    Beverage Steve Beverage
    Visual Art Department Chair

    Steve Beverage is a painter and sculptor.  His recent work has been sculpted portrait busts inspired by Christian faith.  He received his MFA in studio art from USF in 2000 and has been making art and teaching in the Tampa Bay area for the past 12 years. Steve lives in Palm Harbor, FL with his son Kyle. He was a full-time faculty member at the Art Institute of Tampa and has taught at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota and the Art Center in St. Petersburg.
    McAllister Brian McAllister
    Visual Art

    Brian McAllister is an illustrator, muralist, and visual arts instructor.  After graduating from Ringling College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration, Mr. McAllister worked as a freelance artist across the county, and eventually landing him on the tiny Island of Saipan before returning to the St. Petersburg area. Upon arrival, he founded a community outreach mural program with students from the Pinellas County Center for the Arts called Gibbs Mural Club. Since then, the team has collaborated with local artists, several businesses, and schools, to contribute to the blossoming Art Community of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida.

    McKee  Stephanie McKee
    Visual Art

    Stephanie McKee graduated from PCCA in 2007 and The Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010, receiving a BFA in Painting with a Minor in Culture and Politics. McKee studied with the School for International Training in Durban, South Africa in 2010.   She began working with a restorative justice organization to facilitate art in South African prisons, and returned to South Africa in 2012 to continue this work. McKee began her 6th year as a Pinellas County Schools art teacher in Fall of 2019.  She is thrilled to be teaching at her alma mater of PCCA.  She maintains a painting practice in her home studio and exhibits artwork around the Tampa Bay area.

    Amber Quimby Amber Quimby
    Visual Art
    Amber Quimby is a life-long artist who earned her MFA degree in Printmaking from the University of South Florida and BFA degree from Ringling College of Art and Design in Printmaking and Painting. With nearly a decade of teaching and management experience, she was a full-time faculty member at the AutoNation Academy of Art + Design at the NSU Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale from 2011-2014 before being named its Director of Education and Programming in July 2014.  In 2015, Amber returned to the Ringling College of Art and Design as an adjunct Faculty Member.  Her teaching experience includes St. Petersburg College and Osceola Fundamental High School. Amber has taught courses printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture and art history.  Her courses emphasize creativity as a key to engaging and empowering students.  She is a winner of the Janet Turner Print Museum annual competition, and her paper sculpture works have been exhibited at Florida Craft Art, Morean Art Center, Galley 2014 and at other venues throughout Florida. She is a second-generation Floridian and a native of St. Petersburg.

    Administrative Staff



    GIlbert LaTasha Gilbert
    PCCA Secretary





    Derek Weston Derek Edward Weston
    Program Director and Assistant Principal

    Derek Edward Weston, Program Director and Assistant Principal, served as Director of Choral Studies and Chairman of the Music Department for 13 years prior to his present appointment.  Derek taught courses in choral and instrumental conducting and conducted five choruses.  The PCCA Symphonic Chorus frequently performed masterworks with the PCCA Orchestra under his baton.  His reputation as a choral conductor earned Derek the honor of serving as the Visiting Director of Choral Activities for Eckerd College during the spring of 2006.  In addition to his duties at PCCA, he serves as the Director of Traditional Music and Worship at First United Methodist Church of St. Petersburg, and has served as Conductor of the Richey Community Orchestra, and as Artistic Director of Diversity: Voices of Sarasota and Una Voce: The Florida Men's Chorale.  

    A native of Illinois, Derek earned his Master’s Degree in Orchestral and Choral Conducting and his Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Eastern Illinois University, where he was privileged to conduct a number of choral and orchestral masterworks in performance.  He also holds a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Leo University. Derek has conducted orchestras and choruses in Florida, Illinois, South Carolina, Colorado, and New York, including serving as Assistant Conductor for a performance in Carnegie Hall.  Derek made his international conducting debut in 2003 with the Rosario Symphony Orchestra in Rosario, Argentina, one of South America’s premier orchestras.  He is active as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for festivals, both choral and instrumental.  Derek, his wife Gwenn, son Gregory, and daughter Grace live in St. Petersburg, Florida.