PCCA Faculty and Staff
Our faculty of 14 full time and 14 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 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.Doricha Sales
Doricha Sales (B.S and M.S.), a Massachusetts native, joins the PCCA Dance Dept., after 15 years as a faculty member of Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. Ms. Sales trained at the Boston School of Ballet, School of American Ballet, and Walnut Hill School of the Performing Arts. Her performing career includes Boston Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet Theater, and Ballet Florida, where she danced a wealth of classical and neo-classical ballet repertoire. Upon retirement from performing, Ms. Sales has devoted her career to training youth in ballet and is a national advocate of equitable, quality arts’ education.
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.Matthew David ClearDirector of Choral ActivitiesMatthew David Clear is a conductor, teacher, and student of great choral music. He currently serves as the Director of Choral Activities at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Jonathan C. Gibbs High School where he directs the school’s choral ensembles and teaches classes in Vocal Techniques and Music Philosophy. When he is not teaching, Matt sings with local choirs and serves as a section leader and vocal soloist at First Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg, Florida. Before moving to Florida, Matthew was a choir director and church music director in Northeastern Ohio. He has been fortunate to sing in choirs conducted by James Bass, Tim Peter, Mack Wilberg, Lynne Gackle, Russell Robinson, Paul Head, and study under notable teachers including Kevin Fenton, Hugh Floyd, Judy Bowers, and David Donelson.
Mr. Clear received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Malone University in Canton, Ohio and is currently completing his Masters in Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Conducting at Florida State University. Matthew is a member of the Florida Music Education Association, Florida Vocal Association, American Choral Directors Association, and serves as Secretary for the Pinellas County Music Education Association. He lives in St. Petersburg where he enjoys going to the beach, sampling local cuisine, and spending time with his partner Jarryd, cat Brennan and dog Winnie.André DubasInstrumental Music; Department ChairRobert ThomasInstrumental 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.
Amy CollinsApplied 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.John DemasApplied GuitarPhillip DvoracsekApplied Voice
Dawne Wisner Eubanks
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 GrattaApplied Cello and BassJoyce LiuApplied Piano and VoiceJoyce 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.Kevin PrinaApplied Voice
A native of Cleveland, Jeff Ridgeway was fortunate to hear a world-class orchestra at a young age. He began his musical studies in Ohio at the age of 11. Upon moving to Florida, he studied privately with Laura Fischer - timpanist with the Florida Symphony Orchestra in Orlando. He was awarded a full scholarship to attend Stetson University in DeLand, Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance studying with Will Hudgins. After completing his work at Stetson, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he earned his Master of Music degree studying with Boston Symphony percussionist Will Hudgins. He has also studied with Philadelphia Orchestra percussionist Alan Abel and Pittsburg Symphony timpanist Timothy Adams. After completing his studies, Jeff was appointed to the position of principal percussionist with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. After moving to Florida, he began performing with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and moved to Naples where he performed as second percussionist in 1999. In 2003 Jeff began performing with the Sarasota Orchestra and soon departed from Naples to further his career. In addition, he 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, Jeff's outside interests also include the practice of ashtanga yoga.Dwight ThomasCollaborative Piano
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 WahlApplied Horn, TrumpetDale WilliamsCollaborative PianoTheatre
Design Technology, Chair
Siobhan Archard received her undergraduate degree from Randolph College in Lynchburg VA with a concentration in Visual Art and Technical Theatre. She was graduated from The University of Michigan Ann Arbor with an MFA in Theatre Design.
Upon completion of her degree, she moved to St. Petersburg Florida to teach at Eckerd College. During this time, she worked for the Pinellas County Arts Council as an advisor to High School theatre programs and she worked as a designer for various community theaters. Mrs. Archard has worked as a teacher for Juvenile Services Program and PACE Center for Girls. She has worked as a scenic painter for Design, a local TV station and HSN. She has designed and constructed over 200 productions over the past 40 years.
Mrs. Archard joined the PCCA family in 1988 and has never wanted to teach anywhere else. She stepped out of the classroom to be the school representative to the construction company during the last two years of the construction of the new Gibbs High School and was in charge of purchasing and moving both BETA and the old school in to the new location.
Mrs. Archard loves animals and has adopted 5 pets from the Gibbs campus. She enjoys fishing, boating of any kind, camping and reading. Her hobbies include making jewelry, painting, stained glass and tying flies.Thaddeus EngleTechnical 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.Dustin HinzmanMusical Theater Director
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.
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.Christina LoCastroTheater
Christina received her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Central Florida. She has worked in film, television, and theatre since graduating from UCF. One of her favorite jobs was working on the Sopranos which led her to be cast in a variety of staged readings for the public at Studio
Dante, Michael Imperioli's theater. There she was cast alongside many members of the cast of the Sopranos and learned so much from the experience. She began her teaching career at Sally Johnson Studios in NYC, where she taught and coached actors for film and television acting. She mentored under Sally Johnson and Brad Calcaterra (NYC) and Jennifer Krater of Krater Studios (LA) She is also a two year Mesiner graduate of the Bonney Studio (NYC) and an alumni of Art's Sake studio where she studied under Yvonne Suhor. She is a proud member of the Screen Actor's Guild. One of her favorite theatre experiences was playing Ana in Ana 311 in the NYC International Fringe Festival. She taught theatre for five years in South Florida and also taught film acting at various studios there before relocating to the West Coast. She is thrilled to be teaching at PCCA and excited to be in pre production for the 2nd annual PCCA Short Film Festival.Keven Renken
Keven Renken was born and raised in Illinois. He attended Illinois State University and received his bachelor's degree in performance theatre. He also attended graduate school at New York University before going to the University of South Florida to receive his teaching certificate in English and Drama. He began his teaching career at Chamberlain High School in Tampa before coming to the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, where he has taught for the past 23 years. For the last eleven years he has been the chairman of the theatre department. In 2010 he was named an Outstanding Educator by the Department of Education in Washington D.C. Keven is also an award-winning actor and director in the Tampa Bay area. His most recent productions were "Hairspray" and "A Streetcar Named Desire," for which he won the coveted Michael Award for Best Director. He lives in Tampa with his partner Bill.Visual ArtSteve Beverage
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.Brian McAllisterVisual ArtRoxanne McGlashanVisual Art
Roxanne McGlashan has been teaching art in Pinellas County for twenty years. She began teaching jewelry making classes at local art centers before becoming a full time art teacher in Pinellas County Schools in. She earned a BFA in Jewelry making and Metalsmithing from Maine College of Art, and later earned National Board Certification. Roxanne was awarded Florida Secondary Art Teacher of the Year in 2013, she served on the Pinellas Art Education Association Board for five years and has taught workshops at the Florida Art Education Association Conference as well as National Art Education Association Conference. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Southeast, she maintains a studio part time in her St Petersburg home.
Visual Art, Chair
Yoko Nogami is a visual arts faculty and serves as the chair for the Visual Art Department at PCCA. She was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, received her BFA from Boston University and received a MFA from University of South Florida. She apprenticed with a Mexican-American muralist Judy Baca in Los Angeles, assisted in the production of World Wall and Guadalupe Mural Project.
Though possessing a strong background in painting, she also incorporates video, installation and performance as an interdisciplinary artist. Her work is conceptually driven on issues of cultural displacement, gender, parenthood and identity. Many of her works incorporate a fictional character named "Toko" who is a hybrid of herself and her daughter, Tora. Toko explores, reflects and portrays how the artist views the environment she is situated in. Nogami’s projects include “Toko is a Born-again Cracker: The Florida Cracker Series”, “Soseki Series”, “Camp Series” and “The Ghetto Series”. Her works explore Florida old time culture juxtaposed with her Japanese identity, through drawings, paintings and installations. She has an extensive exhibition record, nationally and internationally as a professional exhibiting artist. Her works are shown and collected in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Tampa, Tokyo, Berlin & Helsinki. She is represented by Clayton Galleries in Tampa.
Her teaching experiences range as adjunct professor of art at the University of South Florida, University of Tampa, Hillsborough Community College and the Art Institute of Tampa, also as an interdisciplinary artist resident at the Creative Clay (teaching Developmentally Disabled Adults through the Pinellas County School Extended Transitions Program) and Youth Arts Corps with at-risk youth and Interlochen Arts Camp visual art faculty from 2008-2011. She is a board member to Pinellas Art Education Association, member of Florida Art Education Association, College Art Association and a registered Advanced Placement instructor of AP 2D & 3D Design and Drawing Portfolio and advisor to the National Art Honor Society.
Cody L. Clark, Ed. D.
Dr. Cody L. “Spec” Clark, has had a long standing career of over 27 years with the renowned arts magnet program at Gibbs High School as the program counselor of the Pinellas County Center for the Arts. Educated in Georgia, he completed his Bachelor’s degree (1980) in music & psychology at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia. He completed both his Master’s degree (1986) and his Specialist degree (1996) in counseling education at the University of South Florida in Tampa. In 2003, he finished his Doctoral degree in children, youth and family counseling services at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He specialized in African American youth in the visual and performing arts education. In the fall of 2006, Dr. Clark joined the adjunct faculty at Argosy University in Tampa where he teaches graduate students enrolled in school guidance and counseling program. He has experience and education in both music and theatre. Dr. Clark is best known in the community as the premiere director of the Gibbs Gladiator Gospel Choir featuring such productions as “4 Little Girls, “Escorting Elizabeth: The Little Rock 9”, “The Murder Ring: Emmett Till Remembered”, “Sheba: The Queen of Legend”, “Simon: The Kingdom of Cyrene”, Satin Dolls: “Remembering MLK, Jr.” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”. A stage director and a music and stage performer himself, he is the recipient of many community awards and honors. He is both the district and the state winner for the ‘Counselor of the Year 2012’ for the state of Florida. Born in Detroit, Michigan but raised in Titusville, Florida, he is the father of 17 years old, Zachary.
Cassandra Ventura BETA/PCCA Magnet Clerk joined the Gibbs family in 2016. Mrs. Ventura currently works on all magnet fairs, shadowing, attendance and scheduling. She is an alumni of USF where she received her BA in Creative Writing and Literature and of Pinellas County School where she attended Boca Ciega High School. She resides in St. Petersburg with her Husband and four sons.
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. 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.