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 and Suzuki Piano

About Christine Whelchel

Megan Franz

Ballet, En Pointe Instructor

About Megan Franz

Nicole Vaughen

Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Acro/Tumble, Hip Hop

About Nicole Vaughen

Madison Hopkins

Modern Dance Instructor

About Madison Hopkins

Alicia Dawn

Aerial Silks/Apparatus, Stretch/Contortion, Tumble

Leroy Hyter Jr.

Piano and Saxophone Instructor

About Leroy Hyter Jr

Caitlin Burrell

Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary Instructor

About Caitlin Burrell
Brian Cornish

Brian Cornish

Jazz Music, Piano, Drums, Saxophone

About Brian Cornish

Lauren D' Amato

Voice, Piano and Flute

About Lauren D’Amato

Lori Brown

Tap 1, Musical Theatre, Minis Tap/Tumble

About Lori Brown

John D'Amato

Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Bass, Banjo

About John D’Amato

Cresta Shawver

Homeschool Tutorial Director, IEW, Literature Instructor

About Cresta Shawver

Tommy Kratzert

Guitar and Mandolin

About Tommy Kratzert

Christophe Colalillo

Piano, Cello, Guitar, Brass, Woodwinds


Elizabeth Eisenga

Ballet, Jazz Instructor

About Elizabeth

Zach Green


About Zach Green

Shannon Smyth

About Shannon

Katerina Klein

Guest Teacher: Ballet, En Pointe

About Katerina

Gabrielle Lorenc

Suzuki Violin

About Gabrielle