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

Coda Inspire

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.

Coda Community

Coda Community offers evening classes in Legos robotics, music and art for young people and their parents each Thursday night.  The classes are reasonably priced with parents able to take the classes with their children if they wish for half price.  An Open House to meet the teachers and look over the different classes will be September 12.  Parents can sign up at the Open House or online.

Family Living Workshops

Coda is pleased to offer daytime and evening classes for adults called Family Living Workshops. This is a fantastic way to get some YOU time, make new friends, and learn new skills! These 5 – 8 week workshops are FREE! Currently, Coda is offering “Sewing with Ellen”. The upcoming Fall and Spring will have workshops such as canning, crochet, music, financial success and budgeting and some preschool/parent classes.  

Robotics Boot Camp

The Coda Robotics/Technology Boot Camp is a day camp option for students in grades 4-12 from June 26-30, 2017. Half-day classes and group activities culminate with an open house for parents and friends at the end of the week. Students who have never used Lego robotics before will have a chance to learn Wedo robotics, as well as other mechanical engineering projects. Those who have experience can learn more advanced Wedo robotics or Mindstorm robotics.

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

  The Coda Kidz track is a multi-track 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 have an opportunity to study ukulele, guitar, choir or rhythm instruments. Those who play violin or cello can continue their studies at camp. This year drama and art are also offered! The Coda Kidz camp will be held on July 10 – 14, 2017, 8:15am – 2pm.

Registration for Coda Community is now open! Apply today!

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.

Read Julian’s bio.

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Marilyn Taylor

Program Director - Summer Music Festival

Marilyn Taylor joined the Coda faculty 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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Robert Nicholson

Assistant Director, Cello Faculty

Robert Nicholson is the epitome of a true artist through and through. His musical outlets are many and he is well established in each one. He is not only a member of the avant-garde trio Time Canvas, an ensemble exploring the genres of early music, new music, and improvisation, but he is also the cellist of the recently formed, Brahms Ghost Trio. He also performs with many Cleveland-area orchestras and maintains an avid private teaching studio. He loves Baroque music, classic novels, and a dark, rich cup of coffee, bringing a high level of sophistication, quality, and depth to the Coda experience.

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Sarah Lee

Associate Director, Bassoon Faculty

Sarah Lee joined the faculty of the Summer Music Festival in 2016. She will be returning to the Summer Music Festival as an Associate Director and Head of Enrollment.

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Laura Randall

Associate Director, Flute Faculty

Flutist, Laura Randall, became a faculty member at Coda in the summer of 2016. She is returning to the Summer Music Festival as an Associate Director.

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Zack Stanton

Zack Stanton

Composition Faculty

Composer, Zack Stanton, joined the Coda faculty in 2017 as head of the Composition Department and Orchestra Director. Zack returns to Coda this summer as an Associate Director.

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