Summer Festival Faculty

Program Directors

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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.

Read Marilyn’s bio.

Robert Nicholson Head

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 will be returning to the Summer Music Festival as an Associate Director and Head of Enrollment. She will be directing the Festival’s new Intensive Study Program (ISP).

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Laura Randall

Associate Director, Flute Faculty

Flutist, Laura Randall, is returning to Coda this summer, this time as Associate Director of Academic Development. She has developed many of the various tracks of the Festival, and, being an avid early music enthusiast, will also be teaching the “Intro t0 Baroque Music” elective!

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Zack Stanton

Zack Stanton

Composition Faculty

We are excited to welcome  Zack Stanton, composer from Iowa, who will be working with Josh Rodriguez on our brand new composition department. Zack will also be the Coda Chamber Orchestra conductor!

Read Zack’s bio