Instructors, Director, and Board Members

Our instructors and directors pride themselves in providing performance, learning, and artistically expressive opportunities for residents of central Oklahoma in a safe, nurturing environment.

Background checks are performed on every faculty member to insure that our Academy is a safe environment for all students.

Amber Mash

VOICE

Amber is excited to join the St. Paul’s Fine Arts Academy staff as a voice instructor. A 20-year veteran of teaching middle school and high school choirs in Oklahoma, she is currently teaching vocal music for 5th through 12th grades at Crossings Christian School in OKC. In addition to preparing choral performances, Amber has enjoyed helping hundreds of students prepare for success in individual opportunities, such as honor choir auditions and solo competitions.
Amber holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Southern Nazarene University. She is an experienced adjudicator for All-State Choirs, OSSAA Contests, and Fine Arts competitions. She is currently serving as Vice President of the Vocal Division for the Oklahoma Music Educators Association, and is a member of Oklahoma Music Adjudicators Association, American Choral Directors Association, Oklahoma Choral Directors Association, and the National Association for Music Education.
In addition to professional activities, she is active in Music, Teen, and Children’s Ministries at Calvary Church of the Nazarene, and enjoys spending time at home with her husband and two boys.

Anna Adams

PIANO

Anna has been playing piano since age six and has taught private lessons for over 10 years. She grew up in Rochester, NY and studied piano at several different music schools including Eastman School of Music and The Hochstein School. She also studied violin and clarinet. Anna went on to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Roberts Wesleyan College. She has experience teaching all ages pre-school to adult. She worked in a middle/high school vocal program for 6 years, music directed and/or accompanied over 50 musicals throughout the Rochester area, music directed a show choir performance team, and taught several group music lessons. When she moved to Oklahoma, she started her path to a new career in nursing and received her Bachelor’s of Nursing from the University of Oklahoma. Currently, she is a RN Pediatric Case Manager at a local clinic. Anna is grateful to still be able to share her love of music by being the Accompanist/Choir Director at the First Presbyterian Church in Duncan, teaching private lessons, and most recently being able to get back into musical theater by directing Lawton Interactive Theater’s performance of Annie Jr in the summer of 2021.

Jeannie Tyler

PIANO

Jeannie has been teaching piano for many years. She is a member and adjudicator for the National Piano Guild and also serves as the Chairman of Bethany Guild Auditions. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) and holds memberships in Music Teacher’s National Association and Central Oklahoma Music Teachers Association as well as Central Oklahoma Music Teachers Association. While teaching, Jeannie has had several winners at Junior Competitions, Senior Competitions and also in the Composition Competitions. Numerous students have presented National (10 piece) programs at the Guild as well.
Jeannie received a Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor (UMHB) in Belton, Texas where she also served as a faculty member at the UMHB Conservatory of Music. Following relocations to Oklahoma, she received a Master’s in Music History with additional graduate hours in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma (OU). While attending OU she served as a graduate assistant. Following graduation, she taught at Oklahoma Baptist University as an adjunct piano instructor until 2016. She currently operates a studio out of her home.
In addition to teaching, Jeannie serves as a freelance accompanist with many years of experience in instrumental and vocal accompaniment. She has been involved at the high school and collegiate level for solo and ensemble as well as accompanying in church in all capacities.

Raylin Couts

STRINGS – Cello

Raylin Couts received both her Bachelors and Masters in Cello Performance at Oklahoma City University. In her time at OCU she was the Graduate Assistant Cellist and a member of the graduate quartet. She has played in numerous pit orchestras and chamber ensembles, is a member of the Oklahoma City University Early Music Ensemble, and has performed with Oklahoma Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Oklahoma Composers Orchestra. She was also a finalist in the Ladies Music Club Competition and the Oklahoma City University Concerto Competition. In high school, she was an all state bassist/cellist for three years and all region for 6 years, and has led many sectionals for middle and high school students working with competition and state music. Raylin has experience teaching cello sectionals and private lessons for music camps and high schools, works with El Sistema Orchestra, and performs in various ensembles, and for churches, weddings, and business events across Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Corbin Mace

STRINGS – Violin

Corbin is an avid performer in the community with considerable experience, having performed with the Dallas Millennial Choir & Orchestra, the Southern Nazarene University Choral Society & Professional Orchestra, the Painted Sky Opera, West Coast Music, amongst others, and is currently a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Oklahoma Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and the orchestra at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City.
Originally from Dallas, TX, Corbin placed in the Dallas Symphonic Festival Senior Concerto Competition in 2012 and 2013, as well as the Hubbard Chamber Music Young Artist Competition in 2010. He performed with the Texas All-State Symphony Orchestra consecutively for three years, and served as the Associate Concertmaster of the Symphony in 2012.
Corbin studied under the tutelage of Dr. Sophia Ro on a full scholarship at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. In 2017, he was named winner of the OCU Concerto Competition, and performed the opening movement of Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47 as a soloist with the OCU symphony orchestra in the final concert of the 2017-18 season. While at OCU, he also served as the concertmaster of the OCU Symphony Orchestra multiple times.
Additionally, he has performed privately and in master class for distinguished artists such as Chee-Yun Kim, Jan Mark Sloman, Hye-Jin Kim, Grigory Kalinovsky, Jassen Todorov, and Ko Iwasaki, to name a few.

Scotty Scott

STRINGS – Viola

Scotty, originally from Fort Smith Arkansas, sits as principal viola at Oklahoma City University. While studying under Donna Cain, he also performs with the Painted Sky Opera as principal. He has been in the Oklahoma City University’s Graduate String Quartet since 2016. Scotty has been playing viola since 2008, and has since received a distinguished musician award from University of Arkansas Fort Smith’s Young Artists Program and a full tuition scholarship from Oklahoma City University, among others. 

Jeff Israel

STRINGS – Guitar

Jeff is a native of Oklahoma City. He began playing the guitar at the age of twelve, taking private lessons in punk and rock. Jeff turned to classical music while attending a magnet school for the arts where he majored in music. After high school, Jeff studied guitar at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Following Hurricane Katrina, Jeff continued coursework in music at Oklahoma City University then transferred to the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating from the Peabody Institute in 2010, Jeff relocated to Argentina where he learned to speak Spanish and worked as a teacher and translator. In 2016, Jeff entered a master’s program in guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the direction of David Tanenbaum. Most recently, Jeff has served as an adjunct instructor of guitar at Hollins University and as a private instructor in the OKC area.

Lauren Fletcher

BRASS – Trumpet

Lauren is a local trumpet performer and instructor in the Oklahoma City area. She is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and from Oklahoma City University where she earned her Master of Music in Trumpet Performance. She has studied trumpet privately with Dean Haist and Michael Anderson. During her time at Oklahoma City University she had the honor of performing in the semi-finals of the National Trumpet Competition and playing in masterclasses for world class trumpet players including Thomas Hooten and Ryan Anthony. Lauren currently enjoys sharing her passion for music with beginning to advanced trumpet students.

Kevin Newsome

Percussion

Kevin  is a second-year graduate Composition and Performance at Oklahoma City University. He earned his Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Performance at the University of South Alabama in 2020. As a composer, Kevin primarily focuses on collaborative projects with artists in a variety of fields. While at OCU he has worked with students from the Wanda Bass School of Music, the School of Theatre’s Lighting Department, the Ann Lacey school of Dance and Entertainment, and most recently, the School of Visual Arts Film Department to create all original music for concerts, events, and capstone films. He is a member of Project 21, a student composer’s organization on campus, where he serves as an audio and video producer. Kevin has performed nationally with various ensembles and artists including Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Frontier Brass Band, Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra where he performed with Violinist Chee-Yun and the Harlem String Quartet, Third Coast Percussion, and solo percussionists Michael Burritt, Andy Harnsberger, and Andy Kruspe.


Nancy Krause

Academy Director

Nancy has been the Academy Director for the last 11 years. She recruits and supervises teaching faculty, pairs students with instructors, and facilitates studio scheduling. Nancy has been a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church since 1981 where she currently serves as the Director of Music Ministry, a position she has held since 1993. Even before joining the church staff, she has been providing music education to the teenagers at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church through singing and ringing for more than 30 years. She also currently directs the church’s adult choir and hand bell ensembles.
A proponent of collaborative events, Nancy has served as chairman of the Lutheran Musicians of Central Oklahoma, past president of CORD (Central OK Ringers and Directors) and the chairman of a committee that planned a commemoration service for the 20th anniversary of the OKC Bombing, We Rise to Bless You Still, sponsored by Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy and the Arts (OALA). Her Adult Choir members have sung in Lincoln Center in NYC as well as on tour in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.

Barbara Bonham

Board of Directors

Barbara grew up playing the piano, playing the violin, and singing in choirs at school and church. She also played keyboard and bass drum in the Oklahoma Territorial Band of Guthrie. Over the years, she has taught piano lessons in Norman and Guthrie. Currently, Barbara enjoys playing the piano for her own pleasure and relaxation. As an adult, she began playing the harp and currently plays monthly in the Red Bud Harp Circle. She has both directed and rung in handbell choirs in recent years. While her first love will always be instrumental performance, She has enjoyed singing in church choirs throughout the years. She loves listening to and performing all types of music. You can often overhear Nancy saying: “A home without a piano is like a day without sunshine.”

Carolyn Behrens

Board of Directors

Carolyn taught Speech and Drama at Hefner Middle School in the Putnam City District for 20, and at Crossings Christian School for 5 years. She has been a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church since 1978 and sings in the Adult Choir, ensembles and solos. She directed The Carpenter’s Kids Children’s Choir for 18 years and serves on the Lay Ministry Board writing and directing many church dramas and skits. Carolyn graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Communication Arts and Sciences. She has been married to Gene for over 40 years and is blessed to have her married children and 5 grandchildren live nearby.

Rondal Wallace

Board of Directors

Ron is a professional accompanist who has played concerts and performed recitals throughout the United States and Europe. He has also performed extensively and recorded professionally with flutist John L. Edwards. In the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, he has blessed many congregations with music over forty years of church musicianship.
Ron holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and is nationally certified with Music Teachers National Association. With a devout passion for music education, he has taught at the secondary and collegiate levels. Currently, he is the staff organist at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the vocal music director at Edmond North High School. Other choral activities include being the Artistic Director for the Edmond Community Chorale and the President for the Oklahoma Choral Director’s Association. Ron is a member of American Choral Directors Association, Oklahoma Choral Directors Association, Oklahoma Music Educators Association.