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.

Dena Chitwood

PIANO

Dena has shared her love of music with Oklahoma City in her profession as well as in her social life. She began taking piano at the age of seven and by twenty she started her private studio sharing with children the joy playing the piano can bring. Earning a BME and MME in vocal music education from the University of Central Oklahoma, she played the piano to win the judges hearts becoming Miss UCO 1991. From there, she has taught vocal music at Wiley Post Elementary, Cooper Middle School, and James L. Dennis Elementary. For fifteen years, she led worship and was the pianist at Northwest Christian Center. She coached the youth of the church for Fine Arts competition and directed children’s choirs, adult choirs, and hand bell choirs for special programs throughout the year.
After staying home for fifteen years to raise her children, Dena decided she was ready to get back into the elementary classroom. She is in her fourth year teaching at Will Rogers Elementary and her twelfth year overall teaching in the public school system. Dena also maintains a private studio in northwest Oklahoma City.

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.

Kathryne Pham

PIANO

Kathryne is a Vocal/Piano Performance Major at Oklahoma City University. She went to Classen School of Advanced Studies as a piano major. Originally from Oklahoma City Oklahoma, she was heavily involved in organizations such as Oklahoma Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association. She is studying under the tutelage of Dr. Sergio Monteiro and Dr. William Christensen on a full scholarship at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. In 2018, she was named OMTA Senior Auditions winner for the Piano and Voice division. Kathryne was also heavily involved with choral organizations such as Oklahoma Choral Directors Association and Oklahoma Music Educators Association to name a few.

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. 

Andrew Pham

STRINGS – Guitar

Classical guitarist Andrew Pham began playing at the age of eight in his hometown of Oklahoma City. His passion for the instrument flourished under the guidance of Jeff Hicks, who became his teacher and mentor during his later years of adolescence. While attending Harding Fine Arts Academy, he was the first student in school history to place 3rd in the state at the Oklahoma Haire Solo Guitar Competition held at Oklahoma City University. During his early studies of classical guitar, he studied privately with Celino Romero and performed alongside Los Angeles Guitar Quartet member, William Kanengaiser, and the highly acclaimed Romero Guitar Quartet: Pepe, Celin, Celino, and Lito.

After the completion of his secondary schooling, Andrew went on to further his talent at The University of Central Oklahoma where he studied under Colin Deibert and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education. He developed his passion for music by drawing inspiration from his teachers, classmates, and peers. Andrew strives to pass that same inspiration and passion onto his future students, hoping to make a positive change in their life.

Andrew Carrillo

BRASS – Trombone

Andrew recently completed his Masters degree in Trombone Performance. During his college studies, he played in a variety of ensembles that expanded his repertoire for both performing and teaching. Andrew played in the top graduate brass group “Blackwelder Brass” for 3 years and has performed with the OKC Philharmonic and the Symphony of NW Arkansas.

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.


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.