615-302-8667 | Address: 4615 Thompson's Ridge Rd. Thompson's Station, TN 37179 office@concordiaartsacademy.com

About Our Staff

Concordia Arts Academy is blessed to have qualified and caring instructors for all levels of students in the arts.  Our instructors hail from all over the United States and many have studied abroad.  All of our teachers have years of professional and pre-professional performance experience.  Each staff member is hand selected by our Creative Director after carefully combing through numerous applications and resumes.  References and background checks are a part of the hiring process at Concordia.  To join our amazing teaching staff you must have a college degree or performance/experience equivalent, excellent references and a true heart for children and arts education.

Kate Taylor Butler

Founder/Creative Director, Musical Theatre Director, Vocal Instructor

About Kate Butler

Christine Whelchel

Music Director, Suzuki Strings, Suzuki Piano Instructor

About Christine Whelchel

Megan Franz

Ballet, En Pointe Instructor

About Megan Franz

Nicole Vaughen

Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical and Acro Instructor

About Nicole Vaughen

Caitlin Burrell

Hip Hop and Minis Theatre Instructor

About Caitlin Burrell

Madison Hopkins

Modern Dance Instructor

About Madison Hopkins

Leroy Hyter Jr.

Piano and Saxophone Instructor

About Leroy Hyter Jr

Alicia Dawn

Aerial Silks/Apparatus, Stretch/Contortion, Tumble

About Alicia
Brian Cornish

Brian Cornish

Jazz Music/Piano/Drums/Saxophone Instructor

About Brian Cornish

Lori Brown

Tap 1A, Homeschool Musical Theatre, Minis Tap/Tumble Instructor

About Lori Brown

Lauren D' Amato

Voice, Piano and Flute Instructor

About Lauren D’Amato

Christophe Colalillo

Piano/Cello/Guitar/Brass/Woodwinds and Chamber Instructor

About Christophe

John D'Amato

Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Bass, Banjo

About John D’Amato

Tommy Kratzert

Guitar and Mandolin

About Tommy Kratzert


Office Manager

Zach Green

Piano Instructor

About Zach Green

Elizabeth Eisenga

Ballet and Jazz Instructor

About Elizabeth

Jodi Marcum

Musical Theatre 3/Voice/Piano Instructor

About Jodi

Shannon Smyth

Tap 2, Kid's Hip Hop and Minis Dance Instructor

About Shannon

Gabrielle Lorenc

Suzuki Violin Instructor

About Gabrielle

Ashley Yelton

Art Instructor

About Ashley

Haley Wilder

Tap 1B / Ballet 1B Instructor

About Haley

Kinsey Vaughen

Assistant Dance Instructor

About Kinsey

Tamara Strom

Piano/Voice Instructor

About Tamara

Katerina Klein

Guest Teacher: Ballet, En Pointe

About Katerina

Jennifer Shand

Piano and Vocal Ensemble Instructor

About Jennifer

Melanie Joy Alvey

Violin Instructor

About Melanie