Summer Festival Faculty


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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 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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Zane Biddle

Horn Faculty

From his musical excellence to his experimentation in homophonic musical techniques and even to his “no-shoes” policy, Zane Biddle exudes an exceptional sense of creativity and eccentric charm. In addition to maintaining a career as an outstanding horn player and instructor, Zane also has experience in teaching improvisation and extended Dalcroze eurhythmics instruction. His other interests include watching hockey, being a Steelers fan, listening to heavy metal music, and playing ultimate frisbee. Truly, Coda would not be the same without him.

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Daley Biddle

Violin Faculty

To know Daley Biddle is to know a warm smile, genuine care, and deep thoughtfulness. Recently married to Zane Biddle, who is also on Faculty at the Summer Music Festival, Daley has blessed Coda immensely with her diverse musical skills, not only in violin, but also in piano and voice. In addition, Daley has experience on both the administrative and performance side of an orchestral career as well as an interest in early period music. And this is all topped off by her extraordinary sensitivity and passion in caring for today’s youth, which is a perfect match with Coda’s mission.

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Mckenzie Camp

Percussion Faculty

Mckenzie Camp joins the faculty this summer as our first ever percussion instructor. She is excited to work with the students and faculty, and can’t wait to experience her first summer at the music festival.

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Dakota Fountain

Bluegrass Faculty, Bass

We are excited to have bassist Dakota Fountain returning to Coda for his second summer!

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Alex Hettinga

Violin / Viola Faculty

We are excited to welcome Alex Hettinga to the Summer Music Festival faculty this year! Alex is from Pittsburgh, PA, and will be teaching violin and viola at Coda.


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Anna Luce

Violin Faculty

Robert McDonald

Piano Faculty

Pianist, Robert McDonald, is joining us for a second time this summer. An avid performer and thoughtful teacher, Robert is looking forward to working with excellent colleagues and wonderful students at Coda!

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Colton Powers

Bluegrass Faculty, Banjo

Colton joined us last year and blew everyone away with his lightning-fast banjo playing, soulful Bluegrass vocals, and light-hearted wit! It will be a total joy to have him back again in 2017 as one of our outstanding Bluegrass faculty members!

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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!

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Benjamin Thorburn

Choir Director

It’s a treat to welcome bass-baritone Benjamin Thorburn to our faculty team! He will be directing our brand new Coda Festival Choir as well as offering secondary vocal instruction.

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Colleen Thorburn

Harp Faculty

Colleen joined the Coda faculty in summer 2014, teaching harp, coaching chamber ensembles, and introducing Coda to the wonders of harp ensemble. With experience teaching musicianship courses in addition to harp at the college level, Colleen uniquely and personally challenges her students to more fully engage with the music they perform. Whether learning a solo piece by J.S. Bach or themes from Pirates of the Caribbean in harp ensemble, Colleen’s Coda harp students explore creativity, technique, and having fun at the harp in multiple musical genres.

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Colleen Trenwith

Bluegrass Faculty, Violin

With years of experience both in New Zealand and at East Tennessee State University, we are so excited to bring Colleen Trenwith  on board as one of our new Bluegrass instructors!

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Lindsey Goodman

Flute Guest Artist

As a previous faculty of the Summer Music Festival, we are pleased to once again have Lindsey Goodman back on staff. She specializes in new music and electroacoustic performances and will be presenting a few very special classes at the Festival. We are looking forward to an incredible summer indeed!

Read Lindsey’s Bio