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
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 wellas Dream Girls. He holds a B.A. in Humanities and Music.
Fee to be determined at time of contact.
440-655-1098 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Flute, Flute & Harp or Flute, Violin & Cello Trio
Music for weddings, receptions and parties.
Ms. Elias holds a B.M.E. from Youngstown State University, completed graduate study at Kent State University while studying with Raymond DeMattia. She completed extensive study with Maurice Sharp, principal flutist with the Lakeland Civic Orchestra. She is also a soloist at area churches and chamber ensembles.
Fine Arts Woodwind Quintet
Music for weddings and background music for special occasions
Judith Elias - Flute, Lisa Wilson - Oboe, Charles S. Baker - Clarinet, Christopher Rapier - horn, Marjorie Rutherford - Bassoon This ensemble performs for many events at The Fine Arts Association as well as area churches and various local events.
804-651-6104 | email@example.com
Weddings, special events, parties
Julia has a B.A. in Music with emphasis in harp performance from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Julia began her training at 13 years old as a harpist under Anastasia Jellison in Richmond, VA. She continued her studies under Gina Neupert at Rhodes College where she also performed and helped lead the Rhodes Harp Ensemble and the High Strung Harpist Group in Memphis. Julia has been playing at special events and weddings for the past 5 years.
440-478-9811 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 | email@example.com
Piano or Keyboard Music
Receptions, parties, holiday celebrations & wedding ceremonies
Ms. Messina is a classically trained pianist with a Bachelor of Music degree from Cleveland State University. She is currently pursuing graduate study at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Maryann has also studied with several local Jazz performers. She has been performing in groups and as a soloist in nightclubs, restaurants and private engagements for over 20 years.
Fee determined by engagement
Ed Michaels & Marty Witczak
Jazz-style saxophone & piano duo. Perfect for concerts, parties & receptions.
A trained musician & teacher, Ed has a college degree from Duquesne University and Northwestern University. He has performed throughout NE Ohio.
Brass or Woodwind Quintet
French horn & Harp
Mr. Rapier holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst . He is principal horn with Erie Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra. Chris toured New England with the Metropolitan Brass Quartet. He has recorded with Edinboro Woodwind Quintet and the Heritage Brass Quintet.
$350 and up depending on instrumentation and location
212-724-6109 | 917-974-0258
Classical Mezzo Soprano
Ms. Skok is a Fine Arts Association alum who was with the Metropolitan Opera form 1991-2003. She holds a B.F.A. in voice from Carnegie Mellon University as well as an Artist Diploma form Duquesne University and has performed with multiple faculties including Fine Arts.
Fee to be determined and negotiable.
Quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon)
Classically trained oboist Lisa Wilson, has a Music Education degree from Cleveland State University and currently plays with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra and The Fine Arts Association Woodwind Quintet.