Instructors

photo Emily Brown - Junior Theatre Arts

Emily Brown earned her Bachelor of Music Degree at Eastern Oregon University in 2015 with a Minor in Theatre Arts. Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Emily has been performing since age eleven with community and collegiate companies, and has portrayed both operatic and musical theatre roles. Her most notable credits include the title role in Mary Poppins with Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre (2015),  Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme (Juneau Lyric Opera), and her debut with The Rude Mechanicals as Adriana in Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors (2016). Emily currently teaches private voice and piano lessons at the Magnolia Music Studio in Richland, and serves as Music Coordinator/Accompanist for St. Joseph Catholic Church in Kennewick. Emily has a great love for drama, and is beyond excited to share her passion. She believes theatre is fun, hard work, and so rewarding!

     
photo Lara Schab - Ballet

Lara Schab has been dancing ballet since she was two years old. She met Nicole Moscou when she was four and has been training under her at Trinity Dance Prosser ever since. She began assisting Nicole with classes at age ten and continued throughout high school. She loves Nicole’s unique teaching style and looks to embody it in each of her classes. She now enjoys coming back to Trinity Dance to take classes and substitute from time to time. Her love of dance has traveled with her and continues to grow each and every day.

Lara is currently pursuing a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education through an online degree program with Grand Canyon University. She has always enjoyed working with children and loves seeing them learn and grow. She is very excited to begin her life as an educator and looks forward to educating her own children someday.

     
photo Heather Hull Hart - Choir, Early Childhood Music

Heather Hull Hart is an accomplished music instructor, choral director, pianist, violinist, vocalist, musical theatre director, and church music director, with over 25 years of professional music experience.  She earned a Master of Music (MM) degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, and a BA in Music (Violin and Piano) from Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho, and was accepted into the doctoral program at U.W.’s School of Music.  She is the accompanist for the Mid-Columbia Boys' Choir and an import violinist for the Mid-Columbia Symphony.  She was the Artistic Director of "forte!" show choir for 3 1/2 years and is a private instructor of violin, piano, and voice at Ted Brown Music and Magnolia Music Studios (Richland).  She is thrilled to be an instructor for Familaris Fine Arts and finds great joy in inspiring children to love music and the experience of solid training and education.  (Her full bio can be found here: http://www.magnoliamusicstudio.com/heather-hull-hart )

     
photo Melanie Thompson- Intro to Drawing and Painting

Melanie Thompson is an artist from Richland, Washington, whose award winning paintings have been exhibited across the country. While in college she worked as a wildland firefighter, which sparked her passion for painting the wild landscapes of the Inland Northwest and beyond. She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Digital Technology and Culture and a minor in Fine Arts, learning the fundamentals of visual communication across a variety of media. Since graduating she has worked as a graphic designer and artist; with her most recent accomplishments being Best in Show at the American Impressionist Society 2018 Small Works Exhibition, and Artist Choice at the Sedona Plein Air Festival.  Her artwork can be seen at The American Art Company in Tacoma, Washington, and The Phinney Gallery of Fine Art in Joseph, Oregon. She is excited to share her lifelong love of drawing with her students.

     
photo Whitney Sorenson - Ballroom Dance

Whitney Sorensen earned a BA degree in Dance from Brigham Young University where she enjoyed participating on various college dance teams and was awarded several dance and academic scholarships. She is a United States Latin Formation Team Champion as well as a Blackpool Latin Formation Team Champion. She has performed and competed across the United States, England, and Scotland. She has enjoyed teaching multiple dance styles in college, high school, and dance studio settings. Whitney loves being a mom and spending time with her family. 

     
photo Hannah Vander Wilt - Orchestra

Hannah Vander Wilt has enjoyed music from an early age when her mom started her on her first instrument, the piano. She has been involved in string instruments since 4th grade, including playing 10 years with the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra. She graduated from Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA with a degree in K-12 Music Education. After that she has enjoyed teaching band and choir in school, choir and general music to homeschool groups, and violin, piano and flute private lessons. Hannah and her husband Nate also keep busy raising and homeschooling their 3 sons, who can often be seen helping haul music equipment around.

     
photo Lucy Frater - Student Ballet Instructor

Lucy Frater has been dancing ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary since she was 12 years old, training at the Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet and Music. She began assisting and teaching at Familiars Fine Arts 3 years ago, and hopes to continue as long as she can. She has a love for dancing that she will share with anyone who wants to learn. Her passion for helping kids grows in their love and experience for dance continues to develop each and every day

Lucy is currently in high school and hopes to one day join a ballet company and dance professionally. After this she wishes to open a studio of her own and share her passion and experience with everyone.