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.
Casey Whaley Childers, Instructor of Clarinet
Education: BM - Clarinet Performance - Appalachian State University
MM - Sacred Music with performance in organ - East Carolina University
Clarinetist Casey Whaley Childers is a very talented musician with expertise in clarinet and organ. She is currently Director of Music at First Christian Church in Wilson. Casey also currently serves as an active board member and secretary for the East Carolina Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the Wilson Church Musicians Guild and the East Carolina Musical Arts Education Foundation. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR) and the Association of Disciple Musicians (ADM). In Wilson she maintains the Abendmusik Concert Series at First Christian Church, regularly performs and serves as accompanist for Fike High School.
Vernon Ewan, Instructor of Percussion
: BM - The Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mr. Ewan is an exceptional percussionist who's career has taken him around the world performing with various orchestras and world-renown conductors. He served as percussionist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for 35 years before retiring. We are pleased to have Mr. Ewan here and willing to impart his vast musical knowledge to our young (or any age) students.
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 and conducting 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.