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Sarah Lankford
Chris Bost
Owner/Violin/Piano/Musical Theater

As a native of Charlotte, NC, Sarah grew up in a culturally rich environment and attended The Northwest School of the Arts from the time she was 11. Since that age, she intensively studied Tap, Jazz, Modern and Ballet, as well as private study in violin, piano, and voice. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Gardner-Webb University. She currently provides private instruction in violin, piano, voice and guitar and recently taught at Cape Fear Regional Theater and Temple Theater as the music director for their educational programs. Sarah is excited to be able to offer more opportunities for families within our community.

Chris Bost has a twenty-year music history. This includes 18 years of performing and 10 years experience instructing. Chris started learning at a young age and knows how important each students goals, taste and learning style are to keeping music exciting for them. He personalizes each students lessons helping them succeed with their music ideas.

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Talia Cieri

Talia Cieri is a flutist in the Sanford, NC area. She started playing the flute when she was 10 years old and was self-taught until she began serious musical study in college. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Arts Management from Methodist University where she was involved in almost every vocal/instrumental ensemble, including marching band (flute/piccolo and drum major), jazz band, and concert band. Since college, she has played with the Fayetteville Symphonic Band, the Lee County Community Orchestra, and many different churches, regularly at Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Southern Pines, NC. Ever since she began teaching private lessons in college, she has always been delighted to share her love of music with her students. Talia is looking forward to the opportunity to do so at CPAS!

Emma Burkart

Emma Burkart was raised in a very musical family in Godwin, NC. She began taking piano lessons at age 14 and has been in love with the piano ever since. She received a Bachelor's of Arts in Music from Methodist University where she played with both the marching band and concert band. She continues to play with the Fayetteville Symphonic Band playing both the piano and the trombone. She has had a lot of experience playing piano for several different churches across North Carolina. She also has a lot of experience and enjoys working with children. She taught for over a year at St. Pauls Elementary School in Robeson County. She looks forward to helping students achieve their dreams and instill a love for music!

Amy Claryst

Amy Broadbent Clary is a versatile pianist and teacher. She has taught beginners to adults at the WIU Community Music School and the University of South Carolina Center for Piano Studies. She received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Western Illinois University. She was the harpsichordist for the WIU Chamber Orchestra (2013-2016) and as an accompanying assistant she played for the WIU Wind Ensemble, and Concert Choir. Her solo orchestral debut was with the WIU Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Richard Hughey. Amy Clary is completing a
Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina. Her current piano and piano pedagogy instructors include Charles Fugo, Scott Price, and Sara Ernst. Her previous instructors include Tammie Walker, and Jeffrey Brown.

Ernesto Rivas

Based out of North Carolina, Ernesto has vast performance experience working with numerous musicians and performance groups over the years.  

A multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger, Ernesto has been featured on a number of recordings, from his self-released EP to performance tracks on other releases.  He has also interned with multi-award winning engineers & producers.

Ernesto received a B.S. in Music Industry Studies from Appalachian State University in 2009, and an M.M. in Music Business and Entertainment Industry from the University of Miami in 2017.  Rivas has studied under many esteemed musicians; as well as performed with both UNC Pembroke and App State Jazz ensembles, receiving an award for outstanding musicianship at the University of Northern Colorado at Greely’s International Jazz Festival in 2005. 

Mr. Rivas is currently an independent music instructor at Cape Fear Music Center in Fayetteville, NC, and at Carolina Performing Arts Studio in Cameron, NC.  

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Sarah McKinney

Sarah is a fully engaged homeschool mom, writer, speaker, and worship leader. She brings over 30 years of vocal crafting and performance to the table and LOVES to pour out her heart through music and teaching others to do the same. She is dedicated to teaching other musicians and vocalists to use their gifts expertly, as well as helping each person appreciate the value of communicating well through music and vocal expression.

Sarah began training at a young age through the University of Kansas, as well as Kansas State University, growing in her expertise of opera, theater, improvisation, and vocal technique. She has sung professionally for over 20 years, including leading worship for various women’s events around the country. Sarah currently leads worship at the Linden Oaks Fellowship Service.

She and her beloved husband, Jeff (a US Army Chaplain), have been married for 24 years and have 4 amazing children.

Nichali Ffrench

Nichali Ffrench’s love of music started at the age of 5, when he began playing drums for local churches in Jamaica. At the age of 18, Nick moved to Connecticut and became an integral part of the music team of the Living Word Ministries. Within just a few years, he had become the Music Director for the Teen Music Ministry. During this same time period, Nick immersed himself in the northeastern music scene – performing R&B, Jazz & Blues, Gospel, Pop, Reggae and Soul. In 2015, he enlisted into the military, which brought him to North Carolina. As an established drum instructor, he is now a coach and performer at Manna Church and an instructor at Carolina Performing Arts Studio.

Shelby Shafer

Shelby Shafer has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Jacksonville State University. Her love for music started with singing in a bluegrass band with her dad at the age of 7. While in grade school, she had 8 years of professional voice lessons and gained experience singing classical, country, pop, jazz, and musical theater. She has also been in Show choir, Acappella choir, musical theater productions, operas, and a Christian Contemporary band. Shelby taught voice for 3 years at Jamison Taylor School of Music. She gained experience teaching students of all ages and abilities and really enjoyed getting to know her students while helping them improve and gain confidence. Shelby truly loves teaching students how to use their gifts and helping them grow as musicians. She hopes to share her knowledge, experiences, and love for music with her students at the Carolina Performing Art Studio. 

Petra Jeffords

Petra Jeffords is a classically trained Baroque violinist and Early Childhod Educator with a passion for teaching music. Petra was born and raised in Hungary, she started learning music at the age of 7 and has been playing the violin for over 30 years now.

After completing her studies in Budapest, Hungary, she got accepted to the Royal Academy of Music in London and moved to England, where she studied under Mr. Simon Standage for two years, while also achieving an NVQ level 3 certificate in Early years Education at City and Islington College. Petra has been teaching violin both overseas and in the US since 1999 as a private instructor and a music   school teacher with a solo and  orchestra performance  background in a variety of settings. After her husband’s retirement from the US Air Force, she is looking forward to settling down in Fayetteville and continuing to mentor and teach students of all ages.