Instructional Music Faculty at AFTA

AFTA offers an impressive instructional faculty covering a diverse range of musical disciplines with an abundance of professional experience and accomplishments.

From piano lessons for beginners through advanced voice training, our music instructors have rich and diverse backgrounds in performance and teaching.

Organ, Piano, and Percussion Lessons

Tate Addis – Piano and Organ

Tate received a Bachelor of Music (piano) degree from Wichita State University, and a Master of Music and Artist’s Certificate (piano) from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance under Robert Weirich. While in Kansas City, Tate served as organist at Second Presbyterian Church from 2008-2013. He graduated from Yale University’s School of Sacred Music in May of 2015 with a Master’s in Organ Performance. >>MORE

David Bruce – Percussion

Instructional Faculty, David Bruce, percussion instructorDavid Bruce is a percussion/drum set instructor at Montreat College. Additionally, he has taught private concert percussion lessons and drum set lessons to over 100 students, many of whom have received honors in All-County, All-District, and All-State competitions. He is a percussionist with the Asheville Lyric Opera, the Asheville Community Theater and the Haywood Arts Regional Theater. >>MORE

Clark Sorrells – Piano and Voice

Clark Sorrells holds a Bachelor of Music from Carson Newman University, Jefferson City, Tennessee and a Master of Music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. Clark has taught private piano lessons and voice lessons for over 30 years. He is an accomplished performer in both disciplines, and a published composer of solo piano and choral works. Besides teaching music lessons at AFTA, Clark is Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Asheville. >>MORE

Karen Sorrells – Piano

Karen Sorrells is Director of AFTA as well as Associate Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Asheville where she leads and works with various choirs, as well as playing piano for worship. For several years, Karen has taught at the Fine Arts Summer Academy with the Annie Moses Band in Nashville, TN. Karen spends a lot of time working with children’s choir, but has also taught at the college level. She has taught private piano lessons for over 30 years. >>MORE

String Lessons

Michael DiTrolio – String Bass

Michael DiTrolio is a member of Asheville Symphony, Roanoke Symphony and Opera, and Western Piedmont Symphony.  He has held the positions of Principal Bass with Paradise Symphony (CA) and Associate Principal Bass with the Fayetteville Symphony (NC).  He regularly appears with other orchestras throughout the Southeastern United States. His chamber music activities have included performances with Charleston Symphony and Asheville Symphony’s educational outreach string quintet. In 2008 Michael was invited to play as Guest Principal Bass with the Amman Symphony in Jordan. >>MORE

Nick Dauphinais – Banjo, Guitar, and Mandolin

Beginning at a young age, Nicholas Dauphinais began his musical journey both in the bluegrass, and classical world. First picking up the mandolin, and then the guitar, he joined his father’s bluegrass band by the age of seven where they performed all over New England. Eventually, Nick would go on to study classical and jazz trombone, studying with greats such as Max Culpepper, Nic Orovich, Ron Barron, and many others. After studying classically, he refocused on his bluegrass studies and moved to Asheville, NC where he has performed and recorded with the Larry Stephenson Band, Grammy award-winning Jim Lauderdale, Grammy award-winning Bobby Hicks, Roland White, the Mountain Faith Band, the Dauphinais Brothers, and many local bands as well. >>MORE

Frances Duff – Cello

Frances Duff, cello teacherWith her professional experience, a Master of Music degree, and certification in the Suzuki teaching method, Frances is certainly a talented cello teacher. She began her cello studies in junior high school and moved on to the prestigious Conservatoire de musique de Quebec in Montreal and then McGill University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music. She is currently principal cello and assistant principal cello with local Symphony orchestras. >>MORE

Joseph Falconer – Cello

Joseph Falconer is a professional cellist and stringed instrument teacher. He currently plays in the Johnson City Symphony and teaches cello. Previously, he worked at Kingsport City Schools, the Bill Jones Music School, and the University of Tennessee’s “Strings in our Schools” Initiative. Joseph holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Middle Tennessee State University and a master’s in music education from the University of Tennessee. >>MORE

Josh Goforth – Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar, and Banjo

Josh Goforth, fiddle and banjo lessonsJosh is an award-winning Master Fiddler whose passion is encouraging a love of traditional music through teaching fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass and banjo lessons. Goforth is already much in demand as a music teacher and performs full time as well. He has performed all over the world and received a Grammy nomination in a collaboration with David Holt. One of his goals is to increase youth interest in traditional music. >>MORE

Lori Hammel – Violin

Lori Hammel began playing the violin at age three. She came from a musical family and has  enjoyed sharing the gift of music with others through her teaching and performing experiences. Lori earned her Bachelors degree in violin performance and music education at Ithaca College and earned her Master’s degree in performance and Suzuki pedagogy at East Carolina University (ECU). While at ECU, she had the privilege of holding the position of Concert Master, winning the Concerto Competition and performing The Khachaturian Violin Concerto with the ECU symphony orchestra. >>MORE

Lelia Lattimore – Harp

Lelia Lattimore, teaches how to play the harpMrs. Lattimore is happy teaching harp to students of all ages, from those needing to select their first instrument, to those preparing for auditions and recitals. Lelia has been a professional harpist for 30 years. She is the principal harpist with the Asheville Symphony, the Hendersonville Symphony, the Brevard Philharmonic and the Johnson City Symphony. As a freelance musician, Mrs. Lattimore has shared the stage with musical greats such as Ray Charles, Robert Goulet, CeCe Winans and more. >>MORE

Adam Masters – Fiddle

Adam Masters studied the art of bluegrass fiddle with local legend Arvil Freeman, learning the tunes and melodies and style that defines the WNC style. He later formed a close friendship with Bobby Hicks, one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of all time, and has learned as much as possible from him over the past fifteen years through countless jam sessions and performances. Adam taught with Bobby Hicks at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Washington as well as Steve Kaufman’s camp, Flatpik, in Maryville, TN. He is one of the founding fiddlers of the Zuma Jam in Madison county. >>MORE

Tim McWilliams – Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, and Ukulele

Tim McWilliams is an accomplished musician embodying the diverse roots music traditions of Western North Carolina.  Upon receiving his M.A. in Appalachian Music: Roots & Influences from Appalachian State University in 2014, Tim launched his professional music career with a three-month cross-country tour.  Since then, he has performed full-time as the leader of his group, The Tim McWilliams Band, as well as a solo artist. >>MORE

Andrea Pettigrew – Violin

Andrea Pettigrew began studying the violin at the age of 10 and makes her living as an orchestral and chamber musician throughout the Southeast. She is a member of the Asheville Symphony, the Savannah Philharmonic, and the Greenville Symphony. Andrea maintains a thriving private teaching studio in Asheville and Hendersonville made up of students of all ages. She has 25 years of teaching experience and is also recently certified in Suzuki Pre-Twinkle and Book 1 training. >>MORE

Hannah Sorrells Tyler – Violin

Hannah Sorrells TylerHannah Sorrells Tyler, currently a resident of Nashville TN, grew up in Asheville. She began her violin studies with Mary Daniels, former concertmaster of the Asheville Symphony. In 2014 she received her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. During her collegiate years she performed in the American Prize winning ensemble, St. Olaf Orchestra under esteemed conductor, Steven Amundson. In May of 2017, she graduated from Belmont University with a Master’s degree in Classical Violin Performance, serving as concertmaster of the Belmont Symphony for both years of her study. >>MORE

Jerry Sutton – Guitar, Banjo, and Ukulele

Jerry Sutton brings to AFTA a life-time of playing experience and uniquely personal teaching style for students of the 6-string guitar and the 5-string banjo. Family and friends alike cite him as an important musical mentor. He can be heard on recordings with his father, Grover Sutton, with the Hominy Valley String Band and the Pisgah Pickers, as well as with his son Bryan on Sugar Hill Records. >>MORE

Katie Waldren – Hammered Dulcimer and Lap Dulcimer

KatieWaldrenKatie found her musical voice on the lap dulcimer in 1971. Swept up by the dulcimer’s uniqueness, Katie began integrating its sound with other instruments at churches & coffee houses from Southern California to the Pacific Northwest. In 1979, she relocated to NC, immersing herself in the musical culture of Madison County. She founded The Western North Carolina Dulcimer Collective in 1981 and began her series of Mountain Dulcimer Companion books. >>MORE

Natalya Weinstein – Fiddle

Natalya Weinstein is an accomplished fiddler, singer, and teacher in a variety of styles including bluegrass, old-time, and klezmer. While classically trained in her home state of Massachusetts, Natalya has made Asheville her home since 2004. She currently performs with her husband, John Cloyd Miller, in the duo Zoe & Cloyd, and the Americana trio Red June. Natalya comes from a musical family: her father is a master jazz pianist and her grandfather, originally from Russia, was a professional klezmer musician. >>MORE

Woodwind and Brass Lessons

Rosalind Buda – Bassoon

Bassoonist Rosalind Buda, is an active chamber musician, orchestral musician, and teacher in Asheville, NC. In addition to teaching at Academy for the Arts, Rosalind is adjunct professor of bassoon at Brevard College, Mars Hill University, Gardner-Webb University, and has been a guest teacher at Eastern Tennessee State University. As a teacher, she helps students gain confidence, develop good practice techniques, form personal goals, and seek out performance experiences. >>MORE

Michael Hosford – Euphonium, Trombone, and Tuba

Michael Hosford, trombone instructorMichael Hosford studied at Oberlin Conservatory and completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Trombone Performance at the Juilliard School, studying with Per Brevig (Metropolitan Opera) and Michael Powell (American Brass Quintet) respectively. He performed with such world-class ensembles as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, and for the Broadway productions of The King and I, 1776, Candide, Les Miserables, The Music Man, Parade, and The Lion King. >>MORE

Bryan Kraak –  Trumpet

Bryan Kraak grew up in Black Mountain, NC. In 2012 Bryan moved to Chicago, where he later obtained his Bachelors of Music from DePaul University, studying with members of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. After his time at DePaul, Bryan attended the Eastman School of Music where he graduated with a Masters of Music in Performance and Literature.  >>MORE

Taylor Massey – Clarinet

Taylor Massey is in demand in the southeast region as principal clarinet with Symphony Orchestra Augusta and performances with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic, and Savannah Philharmonic. Outside of the southeast, he has served as principal clarinet of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta and New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. In addition to orchestral performances, he has been a featured soloist with Symphony Orchestra Augusta on multiple occasions and other reputable ensembles. >>MORE

Frank Southecorvo – Saxophone

Frank Southecorvo, saxophone teacherFrank Southecorvo teaches alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone. He brings his saxophone expertise to groups large and small. Currently he plays and writes for the sax/bass duo, Color Of Sound; the jazz big band, Asheville Jazz Orchestra; the jazz trio, Up Jumped Three; the saxophone quartet, Saxasaurus; and a new 8 piece horn ensemble, A Little Mischief. Frank has played many festivals in the Southeast and records regularly. In addition to teaching saxophone techniques, Frank enjoys teaching improvisation for beginners as well as advanced students. >>MORE

Kate Steinbeck – Flute

Kate Steinbeck is recognized across the US and abroad as a passionate teacher, unique interpreter and innovative music producer with repertoire that ranges from Bach to Balinese. She loves teaching and revels in guiding students of all ages to discover the joy of making music and to achieve new levels of accomplishment and self-awareness. Her flute has taken her on many adventures and remarkable journeys. >>MORE

Voice Lessons

Randall Outland – Voice and Opera Workshop

Tenor Randall Outland’s talents as a singer/actor led to his engagements in leading roles in major opera houses in Europe, in Scandinavia, Israel, and in North and South America. His operatic repertoire spans the history of opera, from the works of Monteverdi, Handel and Mozart to the twentieth century works of Richard Strauss, Hans Werner Henze, Leos Janácêk, and Benjamin Britten. Mr. Outland has sung twenty-six roles in thirty-four different productions. He has collaborated with world–renowned conductors, and his stage experience has included work with the most notable stage directors of his time. >>MORE

Clark Sorrells – Voice and Piano

Clark Sorrells holds a Bachelor of Music from Carson Newman University, Jefferson City, Tennessee and a Master of Music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. Clark has taught private piano lessons and voice lessons for over 30 years. He is an accomplished performer in both disciplines, and a published composer of solo piano and choral works. Besides teaching music lessons at AFTA, Clark is Minister of Music at First Baptist Church of Asheville. >>MORE

Simone Vigilante – Voice

Simone Vigilante, voice instructorSimone Vigilante began her studies at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY in piano but furthered her studies in Vocal Performance, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts. Ms. Vigilante immediately continued her studies at America’s largest operatic training ground, Indiana University of Bloomington, from which she received a Masters in Music degree and completed some doctoral studies. >>MORE


Vance Reese – Faculty Accompanist

Vance Reese, organ and bass instructorDr. Reese has a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from Southern Methodist University, a Masters of Music degree in sacred music from Scarritt College (Nashville), and a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University (DM in ’97) in the areas of organ, sacred music, and music history. Since that time he has performed in the Asheville area as an organist, bassist, and soloist. Recently, Dr. Reese wrote a children’s opera which was produced in 2014. >>MORE