Lisa Kay Fletcher (LK Fletcher) is the consummate performer. A critically acclaimed singer, pianist and conductor she has an international reputation as a master teacher and clinician, opera singer and stage director. LK is an actress, a published playwright and composer, and a national drama critic, More importantly, she is a mentor, an educator and encourager to thousands of performers. She has served as a music professor at several institutions including Colorado Christian University and taught in summer opera programs in Europe and throughout the U.S. Her students are active music educators, performers, recording artists and outstanding musicians in multiple venues. Current and former students are represented on Broadway as well as the rosters of numerous European and American opera houses including The Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and more.
Ms. Fletcher currently serves as the CEO of The Mona Lisa Life LLC where she actively promotes, encourages and trains singers and actors. She is also a proud Honor Choir Director of 120 young singers who perform great music and random acts of kindness www.HonorChoir.com .
With the exception of her husband, her family, and her cats nothing brings her more joy than promoting, educating and training performers.
Read more about LK Fletcher at www.lisakayfletcher.com
Merrill West-Hardy is a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Her choreographic work at Casa Manana includes Madagascar, Fiddler on the Roof Jr and the recent, Once Upon a Mattress. She also serves as Assistant Director/Choreographer to award-winning Director/Choreographer, Karma Camp, at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. She is currently Adjunct Faculty in the TCU Theatre Department and has taught master classes for CCM, NYU, Towson University, ACU, OCU and The Radio City Rockettes. As a performer, Merrill had the pleasure of being one of the world-famous Radio City Rockettes for eight seasons and appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning revival of 42nd Street. She was also seen in the national tour of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. She has appeared on the Today Show, The David Letterman Show, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Tony Awards Broadcast. She is a featured performer on Broadway’s Lost Treasures DVD from PBS. Her regional theatre credits are numerous and include a Helen Hayes Award for her appearance in the ensemble of Hello Dolly! at Ford’s Theatre in DC. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from New York University and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.
I am married to a Fort Worth native, Tim, and have two daughters, Katherine (15) & Kristine (11). K & K were both in Honor Choir and the youngest one is on her second year in Honor Choir this coming school year 2019-2020. It has been a privilege to teach our Sycamore Superstars music education at Sycamore Elementary School since December 2014. I started helping Ms. Kathy Chiles as being Honor Choir rehearsal assistant since October 2018.
I was born and raised in the Philippines. I studied music education in college and received a master’s degree in church music with emphasis in conducting and minor in voice performance. I came to Fort Worth, Texas in the fall of 2002 to study and was planning to go back to the Philippines and continued teaching when I met a Texan! I was able to finish my second master’s degree in music with emphases in voice pedagogy and music education in 2007.
We have two dogs, Zeppelin, a chocolate labrador, and Mickey, a Maltese poodle and six chickens! Yes, we do have fresh eggs everyday! I love singing solos and in choir, especially in church choirs, and equally enjoy conducting choirs.
Dr. Jerry Aultman
Jerry Aultman was born and reared in Mississippi, where his father was a Baptist minister. He recently served as Distinguished Professor of Music Theory at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he occupied the Dick Baker Chair of Music Missions and Evangelism. Since 1996 he has also served as organist at the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas.
Advanced musical studies include the Bachelor of Music from Mississippi College (1976). In 1978 he received the Master of Church Music from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, with emphasis in piano performance. In 1983 he received the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from Louisiana State University. Additional studies include seminars in piano pedagogy with Robert Pace at Teachers College, Columbia University, and organ studies with John Schuder of the Interchurch Center, New York. Recently he has studied organ with Gerre Hancock of the University of Texas.
Jerry is a Fellow in the American Guild of Organists and is active in the Fort Worth AGO chapter. Throughout his career, he has served often as adjudicator, performer, and teacher in conferences related to church music and is a published arranger for organ and piano. Jerry and his wife, soprano Carol Aultman, have often presented sacred concerts in churches throughout the south and southwest. They are the proud parents of two adult sons.