Changing the World, One Child at a Time

Coda Mountain Academy is a non profit organization dedicated to the equipping and developing of talented young students through unique and outstanding educational opportunities. All of Coda’s outlets, including summer music camps and after-school programs in the arts and robotics, not only train students in their particular craft but promote invaluable life skills such as team building, integrity, positive self-image, and outstanding character.


All Things, ‘Wild and Wonderful’

Nestled deep in Appalachian country, Coda’s home is right in the middle of the dazzling New River Gorge in Fayetteville, West Virginia, the high adventure capital of the country. Hikes through the Gorge, Zip lines, ropes courses, and of course, breath-taking scenery  are all ‘par for the course’ with Coda. Students not only receive the education of a lifetime, but will undoubtedly fall in love with and  soon lose themselves to the ‘Wild and Wonderful’ West Virginia.

our programs

Summer Music Festival

Aspiring young musicians ages 12-23 embark on one of the most unforgettable musical excursions of their lives at Coda Mountain Academy’s Summer Music Festival. Over the course of two weeks, students learn the art of true music-making by exploring  a diverse set of musical genres, tackling challenging exercises and disciplines, and further honing their instrumental skills. Led by an outstanding faculty holding degrees from conservatories around the country, students receive top professional instruction both in private lessons and in group ensemble collaboration.

Coda Kidz

Coda Mountain Academy Kidz is a multi-track summer day camp option for young musicians, ages 5 – 12. Half-day classes and group activities culminate with a concert at the end of the week. Students who have never played a musical instrument will have an opportunity to study ukulele, guitar, singing, or rhythm instruments. Those who play stringed instruments will learn to "fiddle."  More advanced string players experience small chamber groups with faculty coachings. Music theory games, Eurhythmics, and mini-concerts are exciting components of the Coda Kidz program.

After School Program

Coda Mountain Academy’s Coda Inspire is an after school program that serves 5th – 8th grade students in Fayette County. Students enrolled in Coda Inspire can choose to be in the Music and Art track or the Lego Robotics track. Coda Inspire is provided through collaboration with Fayette County Schools and Coda Mountain Academy.

Our Directors

Esther Morey

Executive Director

Esther Morey is the vision, the momentum, and the very heart behind Coda. Her contagious love and passion for serving children and providing a bright future for the new generation of youth has inspired not just the founding of Coda Mountain Academy but many other organizations and the strengthening of countless individuals towards the same goal. Everything from her smile, to her gentleness, even to the frequent bottle of kombucha or carrot juice in her hand, exudes an atmosphere so often absent from our educational system today – one of love, acceptance, and joy.

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Julian Taylor

Program Director - Summer Music Festival

Since 2010, Julian Taylor has been a part of the Coda community as a resident violin faculty member at the Summer Music Festival. His creative outlets in music help bring about the fresh and unique musical atmosphere that Coda represents: the exploration of many musical genres and a pioneering spirit, always searching for innovation. This year, inspired to continue reaching out to West Virginia’s talented youth and broaden the scope of Coda’s impact, he and his wife Marilyn Taylor, have taken on the role of Program Director over the Summer Music Festival.

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Marilyn Taylor

Program Director - Summer Music Festival

A recent addition to the Coda family, Marilyn Taylor joined the faculty for the Coda Mountain Academy Music Internship in the summer of 2015 and immediately fell in love with the mission of Coda and the youth it serves. Her down-to-earth nature and buoyant spirit, compounded with her organizational skills and broad musical talents, makes her a perfect fit, along with her husband, Julian Taylor, as Program Director of the Summer Music Festival.

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