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Artist 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.

Dave Black

440-622-0586 |

Band - Lola's Gypsy Soul

Dave Black is a percussion instructor at The Fine Arts Association. His band, Lola's Gypsy Soul, is comprised of a group of musicians with over 150 years of combined music experience between them. Lola's Gypsy Soul performs good soul and R&B music for wedding receptions and parties.

Weddings - $1,000
Parties - $600

Elizabeth Crowe

440-944-0709 |

Quartet or Trio 2Cs ↦ D (Cellists for all Occasions)
Musical entertainment for all occasions

Liz has a cello performance degree from the European Conservatory in Paris, France . She is a regular entertainer at the Cleveland Zoo and is active in several musical groups in the Cleveland area.

Fee negotiable

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.

Judith Elias

440-655-1098 |

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.

Fee negotiable

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.

Fee negotiable.

 Julia Kerr

804-651-6104 |


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.

Fee negotiable

Feroza LaBonne

440-478-9811 |

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


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 |

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


Jazz duo, jazz trio, jazz quartet, female singer may be added

Mr. Michaels is a graduate of Duquesne University and Northwestern University with a Masters degree in performance. He has extensive performance experience.

$50 per hour per musician preferred, Fee negotiable

Chris Rapier


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

Heidi Skok

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.

Lisa Wilson


Oboe Music
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.

Fee negotiable


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