WPAS Instructors

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!

 

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Constance A. Allison, Piano Instructor/ Accompanist/ Music Together Instructor

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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. 

 

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Breana Walker, Dance Instructor

Breana is originally from Staten Island, NY where she has been dancing at the age of 5. She took foundational classes(tap, jazz, and ballet) with Mrs. Rosemary’s Dance Studio, and later received a scholarship to attend the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for 3 years.  In 2009 she moved from Mrs. Rosemary’s to Fierce Dance Company where she competed in multiple competitions and was lucky to receive many awards!  In 2010, Breana was accepted into the “Fame School” Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, for Dance where she continued her study in Ballet, Modern, Tap, and Jazz. After graduating High School, she was accepted into Buffalo State College, where she is currently a senior. In 2016 Breana became the Choreographer and Captain of the Buffalo State Pom Dance Team. Next year, she will continue to Coach her dance team as well as join the WPAS team!

 

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Lauren Etu, Kids Yoga Instructor

Lauren is a school psychologist who is also a trained yoga instructor. She has been working with kids for many years and has come to understand the importance of yoga in a child’s life. Lauren’s goal is to teach kids how to ease their stress and anxiety through exercise, meditation and mindfulness as she plays games, sings songs and stretches!

 

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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!

 

 

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