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.
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.
Registration for Coda Community is now open! Apply today!
Esther MoreyExecutive 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.
Julian TaylorProgram 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.
Marilyn TaylorProgram 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.
Robert NicholsonAssistant 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.
Sarah LeeAssociate 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.
Laura RandallAssociate 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.
Zack StantonComposition 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.