Dr. Gayla Turk, Executive Director, Conductor and Instructor of Voice and Piano
Education: B.M. Westminster Choir College
M.M. in Voice Performance University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Ph.D. in Music Education University of Kansas
Dr. Turk began her career in music touring as a soloist with the Westminster Choir traveling across the U.S. and performing in the Spoleto Music Festival in Spoleto, Italy. Over the years her work has included teaching all levels from preschool to college. For twelve years, she served as Director of Music Education at Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina. She has served numerous churches as organist/director and has been active in state and national music education associations. While teaching, she has continued to perform as a guest soloist, art song recitalist and a choral/orchestral conductor. Dr. Turk is the founder and Executive Director of the ProMusic Conservatory.
Eugene Holmes, Instructor of Brass
: BM - Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma
Additional study at Fayetteville State University and East Carolina University
Mr. Holmes served in the military for 20 years playing the tuba in the 392nd army band. Since that time, he has taught special education in public school systems in eastern North Carolina and also worked in security. He is committed to building a brass studio offering lessons on all brass instruments.
Geremy Howwell, Instructor of Drums/Percussion and Artist Management Consultant
: BA - Music Business Management - Berklee School of Music, Boston, Massachusetts.
Mr. Howell is an experienced drummer having performed and toured with various bands in the US and Canada. He has taught privately and worked with youth in church and community settings teaching percussion and music theory. He has also assisted with song production and music business management for local artists in the Boston area. He is looking forward to building a percussion studio and working with local artists.
Dr. Milen Parashkevov, Instructor of Guitar
Education: BMA - Guitar Performance - Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria
MMA and DMA - Guitar Performance - Texas Tech University
Guitarist Milen Parashkevov has won national and international recognition including: 2005 - Winner of the Falletta International Guitar Composition Competition; 2003 - First Prize at the Tezas International Guitar Performance Competition; 2002 - Second Prize at the Appalachian Guitar Competition (Boone, NC); Second Prize at the Lachine Guitar Competition (Montreal, Canada); 1996 - Fellowship for student honors at the Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria); 1995 - Second Prize at Plovdiv International Guitar Concerto Competition (Plovdiv, Bulgaria). His goal is to “broaden the scope of guitar students by encouraging them to improvise, compose, arrange for guitar and work with other musicians.” Dr. Parashkevov would like to build a significant guitar program and organize a guitar festival. He currently is an Instructor of Guitar at Campbell University and is an active performer.
Todd Wells, Instructor of Piano
BM - Berklee School of Music, Boston, Massachusetts
Mr. Wells is an accomplished concert, gospel and jazz pianist and a composer and arranger. He began his professional career at the age of 14 when he began touring as accompanist with various nationally known gospel groups. After graduation from the Berklee School of Music, he was employed by the Norwegian Cruise Line to perform classical and jazz piano music concerts on the cruise ships. Mr. Wells served as pianist, keyboardist and orchestrator for the house band at the Roanoke Rapids Theater in Roanoke Rapids, NC playing for The Platters and sharing the stage with performers such as Ronnie Milsap, Charlie Daniels, The Oak Ridge Boys and Lorrie Morgan among many others. He continues to perform as a solo artist performing music of the masters as well as his own arrangements and improvisations of gospel and other popular music.
Instructors of Woodwinds and Strings to be announced.