Artists Directory

The Fine Arts Association, Your Center for Arts Education AND Performance, has proudly housed all the arts under one roof since 1957. Our mission and our passion are to enhance lives through arts education, performance and advocacy. Through our Offsite Education Program, this Artist Directory makes the talent and performance experience of our faculty available to the community. Our faculty members are all accredited, professional teaching artists who pride themselves on their high standards of excellence. Please contact them directly at the phone numbers listed.

The Artist Directory is printed as a resource for the community. The Fine Arts Association is not responsible for programming negotiated between artists and the community at large.

In addition to the Artist Directory, The Education Department collaborates throughout the year with many schools and organizations to create customized educational art experiences in music, theatre, dance and the visual arts. Current partner organizations include The Andrews School, St. Mary's School in Painesville, Peaceful Children Montessori School, Painesville City Schools, Willoughby-Eastlake Schools, Wickliffe City Schools, Lake Erie College, Lakeland Community College, Lake MetroParks, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School and Hawken School. Please contact Jeannie Fleming-Gifford, Education Director, at 440-951-7500 X118 for more information on developing a program for your school or organization.


Jonathan (Skip) Edwards

216-291-4498

Music for weddings, private parties and clubs

Skip Edwards Trio or Duo, Freelance musician, bassist performing Jazz, Big Band, and Musical Theatre throughout northeast Ohio. Mr. Edwards has performed with Count Basie as well as in Dream Girls. He holds a B.A. in Humanities and Music.

Fee to be determined at time of contact.


Judith Elias

440-655-1098 | jelias2284@sbcglobal.net

Flute, Flute & Harp Duo or Flute, Violin & Cello Trio
Music for weddings, receptions and parties.

Ms. Elias holds a B.M.E. from Youngstown State University and completed graduate study at Kent State University.  Extensive flute study with Maurice Sharp,

Fee negotiable


Fine Arts Woodwind Quintet

440-953-9647

Jelias84@sbcglobal.net

Music for weddings and background music for special occasions

Judith Elias - Flute, Lisa Wilson - Oboe, Charles S. Baker - Clarinet, Christopher Rapier - French horn, Marjorie Rutherford - Bassoon. This ensemble performs for many events at The Fine Arts Association as well as area churches and various local events.

Fee negotiable.


Denny Carleton

216-392-8749 | dennycarleton@sbcglobal.net

Guitarist, singer, songwriter, entertainer

Weddings, special events, parties

Denny has played in legendary Cleveland 1960's bands and continues to play covers and original material.  More information at www.dennycarleton.com 

1-hr performance: $75; 3-hr performance: $200; weddings: $150


Feroza LaBonne

440-478-9811 | flabonne1@aol.com

Pianist
Special occasions: parties, receptions, weddings and holidays.

Feroza Labonne holds a Masters Degree in Music from CWRU-CIM. Her repertoire includes light classical, Spanish, Italian, popular, movie music, the oldies, show tunes... whatever fits the occasion.

Fee Negotiable

Doreen Mattson

440-946-5043

Vocal soloist
Weddings, funerals, parties and events

Ms. Mattson is a professionally trained musician and music educator from Wittenberg University and Cleveland State University. She has sung in the Lakeland Civic Chorus as a soloist and chorus member for 16 years.

Fee determined by event


Maryann R. Messina

440-975-8255 | messinamusic1@gmail.com

Piano or Keyboard Music
Receptions, parties, holiday celebrations & wedding ceremonies

Professional pianist with college training in classical and jazz styles.  Music to suit your needs.  Over twenty-five years of experience as a soloist and in ensembles.

Fee determined by the hour.


Kip Volan

440-749-2816

kip_volan@att.net

Good Drum Tracks

Kip has forty years experience performing in many sessions, on TV, radio and artist dates.

Fee varies per event.


Heidi Skok

440-290-8893 | 917-974-0258

skokstudio@gmail.com

Mezzo-Soprano

Ms. Skok is a Fine Arts Association alum and Metropolitan Opera artist, having sung many operas under the baton of James Levine.  She has sung concerts on four different continents and on such stages as Carnegie Hall and The 92nd Street Y. 

Fee negotiable.


Lisa Wilson

440-255-4718

Oboe Music
Quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon)

Lisa Wilson is a classically trained oboist who holds a Music Education degree from Cleveland State University and currently plays with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra and The Fine Arts Association Woodwind Quintet.

Fee negotiable