Kathryn Elizabeth Allison, Lead Vocal Instructor, Owner
Miss Kathryn Allison is a 2015 graduate of Buffalo State College where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music with concentration in vocal studies. Miss Allison studied in the studio of Dr. Holly Bewlay.
Miss Allison has performed in several ensembles including Amherst Bel Canto, Conference All-State Vocal Jazz, Buffalo State Choral ensembles, Buffalo Master Chorale, and Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus. She is currently a member of Buffalo Choral Arts Society. Kathryn has also appeared in several musical productions including Guys and Dolls, Pajama Game, Hello Dolly, Wonderful Town, and was Fantine in Les Miserables.
Miss Allison is a frequent soprano soloist in the Buffalo area. She has appeared in Viva Verdi (Buffalo Opera Unlimited), participated in the Buffalo Cadenza Workshop for young artists, and was the featured soloist for Buffalo State’s Presidential inauguration. She recently performed a solo recital for the St. Francis (Tonawanda) concert series and was the soprano soloist for Schubert’s Mass and the Dubois Seven Last Words of Christ. Most recently, she was the soprano soloist for Olivet to Calvary at Clarence Presbyterian Church.
In addition to a very active performance schedule, Miss Allison has taught private voice lessons for the past 7 years, which prompted her to open the Williamsville Performing Arts Studio!
Constance A. Allison, Piano Instructor/ Accompanist
Mrs. Constance Allison received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College and a Masters in Music degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has taught music at all levels and recently retired as director of vocal music from Lockport High School. During her tenure at LHS, Mrs. Allison directed the concert choir, vocal jazz ensemble, symphonic chorale, co-directed the annual musicals and formed the madrigal singers. Mrs. Allison has served as guest conductor and accompanist for several music festivals throughout New York State. She has also directed the Lockport Chorale, served as assistant conductor for Amherst Bel Canto Choir, and vocal director at Lancaster Opera House.
Mrs. Allison has performed with the Artpark Opera Chorus, Western New York Opera, Greater Buffalo Opera, Freudig Singers of Western New York, Buffalo Master Chorale, Opera Sacra and is currently a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus.
Mrs. Allison is active as a certified voice adjudicator for the New York State School Music Association, a member of ACDA and NafME. She has been named to Who’s Who Among American Educators, and was selected Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars.
Jesse Bonaventura, Piano Instructor
Jesse Bonaventura is a 2018 graduate of the SUNY Fredonia School of Music, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance with a concentration in Pedagogy, as well as a Performer’s Certificate under the tutelage of Fr. Seán Duggan, OSB. In addition to numerous appearances alongside the many musical groups in Fredonia, including the College Symphony Orchestra, the Fredonia Chamber Orchestra, the Fredonia Wind Ensemble, Jesse appeared as one of the School of Music’s Concerto Competition winning soloists with the College Symphony in the fall of 2017, performing the first movement of George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. Jesse has given solo concerts, performed with several chamber ensembles, collaborated with a multitude of soloists, and premiered new compositions, including the solo piano accompaniment for the original musical “Dollhouse” by composer Rachael Smith.
During the summer of 2017, Jesse attended the Golandsky Institute Summer Symposium held at Princeton University, where he was exposed to the Dorothy Taubman approach to piano playing. He plans to use this experience to form a strong, healthy technique in the students at WPAS, as well as a broad understanding of music theory and solid navigation of the vast repertoire for the piano.
Nolyn Brunner, Vocal Instructor
Nolyn Brunner is a 2018 graduate of Buffalo State College, where she received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. While at Buffalo State she sang in the school’s ensembles, including Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz. She also taught Early Childhood Music Classes for children from Birth up to age 4. In her student teaching placements, she worked in a General Elementary Music setting at Windermere Boulevard Elementary, as well as directed choirs at Charter Middle School for Applied Technologies.
Christina Santa Maria, Vocal/Piano Instructor
Christina Santa Maria, mezzo-soprano, completed a Master of Music degree in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance and Linguistics from SUNY Binghamton University, graduating summa cum laude. She has an extensive performance background in classical and contemporary music. Operatic roles include Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Charlotte in Werther, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Meg Page in Falstaff, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel. As a professional youth and collegiate chorister, she has performed with the world’s top orchestras and conductors and has appeared as a background vocalist for Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Lou Reed, Natasha Bedingfield and John Legend as a member of the Grammy-award winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus.
As a voice teacher, music educator, and choral conductor, Ms. Santa Maria has experience with students of all ages, musical styles, and languages (specializing in Italian, German, and French diction). She is a member of PAVA (Pan-American Vocology Association) and NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). She is excited to take her students on a unique musical journey to discover their voices and gain confidence along the way.
Miriah Reyes, Vocal Instructor
Mrs. Miriah Reyes is a 2011 graduate of Buffalo State College where she received a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Spanish Language and Literature degree.
Mrs. Miriah Reyes started singing in musicals at 9 years old, and since then, has gone on to participate in many vocal festivals and ensembles including Conference All-State, the Brigham Young University Women’s and Chamber Choirs, and the Buffalo State choirs, where she was the featured soprano soloist in Bach’s Magnificat. She also has a passion for musical theater and has enjoyed lead roles in Anything Goes, The Leader of the Pack, Damn Yankees, Fiddler on the Roof, and Hello Dolly! She taught music and voice at Immaculata Academy and most recently at Sacred Heart Academy while also teaching in her private studio. She also enjoys conducting the Regional Choir for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Mrs. Miriah Reyes has been singing with collegiate and professional choirs for the last 10 years, and currently sings professionally with the Vocalis Chamber Choir and the newly founded Buffalo Women’s Choir. She has participated in masterclasses, workshops and concerts with the renowned choral composers Ola Gjeilo and Bob Chilcott. In 2014, along with Vocalis, she went on tour to London, England and enjoyed singing at the incredible Ely Cathedral and the Cambridge Summer Music Festival. She also has toured to New York City in 2015 to sing with Ola Gjeilo. She is a frequent soprano soloist in the Buffalo area and currently sings at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, St. Gregory the Great, and enjoys performing solo recitals.
Shayne Jones, Vocal/Piano/Dance Instructor
Shayne Jones is a teacher of voice, piano, strings, and music theory in Western New York. Shayne graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from SUNY Buffalo State, where he studied in the voice studio of Dr. Holly Bewlay and the viola studio of Mr. Janz Castelo. He is the recipient of the 2019 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Music. Previously, Shayne studied theatre and music (with a piano minor) at Shenandoah Conservatory, and dance at Jacksonville University. A lifelong musician, actor, and dancer, Shayne has taught, directed, and choreographed throughout New York State, and performed in various productions and concerts throughout the eastern US.
Shayne has appeared in over 35 plays and musicals, most recently as the Emcee in Buffalo State’s production of Cabaret. Other favorite roles include Robert in Company, both Dr. Frank N. Furter and Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, Frederick Egerman in A Little Night Music, t he title character in Sweeney Todd, a nd Matt Huckabee in The Fantasticks. W hile in the Buffalo State Chamber Choir, Shayne was the baritone soloist in Faure’s Requiem a nd Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols; he was also a regular vocal jazz soloist, and played violin and viola in the Buffalo State String Ensemble (most recently in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas). Shayne has been a professional singer in the tenor section of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus for three seasons, collaborating with such groups as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Lehrer Dance Company, and Irish Classical Theatre Company.
Shayne is excited to join the instructors of WPAS! Students can look forward to exploring their unique voice and musical style through versatile but sustainable technique, authentic performance qualities, and a lot of fun! Students are encouraged to express other individual interests to be pursued in their lessons, such as character development, songwriting, or audition preparation.
Nicole Pavlovich, Dance & Acting Instructor
Nicole Pavlovich comes to us with a variety of experience. A special education teacher by day, Nicole has over 16 years experience teaching elementary age students. She began her dance training at the age of 2 and a half years old and continued to dance competitively with the David DeMarie Dance studio through the age of 15. She also studied with the Royal Academy of Ballet under the direction of Ginger Burke and Elizabeth DiStasio. Nicole transitioned from competitive dancing to musical theater performance in high school and continued working in that venue. She was the choreographer of the St Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Swing Choir for six years, as well as choreographing Children of Eden, Music Man, Oklahoma, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Guys and Dollsthere. She has also choreographed No, No Nanette, Into the Woods, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Anything Goes at Williamsville South High School, and Hair and Leader of the Pack at Canisius College. No stranger to the stage, her favorite roles include The Hunyak in Chicago, Sr Leo in Nunsense 2: The Second Coming, By My Side Apostle in Godspell, and Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie all with Cosmopolitan productions, and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof and Anita inWest Side Story at KTMTW. Nicole is thrilled to join the Williamsville Performing Arts Studio to bring together her love of theater, creation and teaching.
Bobby Cooke, Dance Instructor
Bobby is a professional and Artie Award winning performer/director/choreographer in Buffalo. He has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory. He has been teaching movement and Musical Theatre classes for many, many years. He is currently director/choreographer of the musicals at Williamsville South High School, Sweet Home High School and Starpoint Middle. He does not believe in the word CAN’T and strives to help all students believe in their own special abilities.
Holli Schrantz, Yoga Instructor
Holli has been practicing the art of yoga for about 5 years and completed her 250hr yoga teacher training at Evolation Yoga Buffalo. She has been teaching for almost a year now and enjoys every second of it! Her style of teaching focuses of breath and movement therapy! Her favorite thing about teaching is having new students in class so that she can share her love for yoga and show how much it can help with our daily lives!