Learning to Love the Performing Arts
“It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”
–Steve Jobs, in introducing the iPad 2 in 2011
TOP CALIBER TEACHERS AND FACULTY
Performance WorX’s ultimate goal is for our students and our community in and around the Pine Belt area to develop a love of the performing arts. We want to make a cultural and aesthetic contribution to the creative life of this area and our world. Our conservatory approach inspires our students to become life-long and generational patrons of the arts as well as vital contributors to the artistic life of our community through excellent training, community service, and performance opportunities.
Performance WorX provides performing arts education, enhanced technology for artistic expression, and a creative environment for real, inspired expression. Our environment and culture promote a spirit of artistry through lessons, classes, concerts, recitals, showcases, workshops, and conferences on the amateur, semiprofessional, and professional levels.
The experienced and well-trained instructors at Performance WorX give highly individualized attention to their students. Our goal is to meet our students at the point of their need, discover their innermost hidden talents, and to draw them to their highest level of artistry, whether that be personal enjoyment, performance coaching, or professional endeavors. Our diverse faculty is experienced in working with artists at all levels, whether novices or professional performers, and all levels in between!
This is why Performance WorX truly is the place “Where the Arts Come to Life!”
Meet Our Faculty
Over the years, we have had the pleasure of nurturing countless brilliant students and bringing out their inherent talents for the entire world to see. Our commitment to producing world-class artists is evident through our high-caliber mentors, comprehensive artistic classes, and passion for the arts. Call us and start your journey towards artistic excellence today.
Music | Acting | Dance | Production
Owner & Dean of the Studios
Piano and Voice Instructor
Doug has over 35 years of experience teaching through college-level vocal performance classes and specializes in technique and development in the Old Italian Bel Canto style; beginning through advanced piano for children through adults of all ages, specializing in adult fast-track piano, and coaching amateur and professional performers. He also has, for over 40 years, performed in recitals, concerts, musicals, operas, television, and worship services as either a pianist or singer. Doug holds the Master of Arts in Opera & Theatre Performance from The University of Iowa, both the Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Library Science from The University of Southern Mississippi, and is abD in Church Music/Vocal Pedagogy from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Today, he manages our daily operations as the Company Owner & Dean of the Studios at Performance WorX, and also serves as one of our resident piano and voice instructors. Go to Classes & Registration or call Performance WorX at 601.336.5313 to set up lessons with Doug Broome today!
BM, The University of Southern Mississippi, 1979
MA, The University of Iowa, 1982
MLS, The University of Southern Mississippi, 1987
Performance WorX welcomes Casey Edwards as Instructor in VOICE. Casey is a Mississippi native who began his multi-faceted musical education at the age of the eleven playing trumpet throughout middle and high school and slowly transitioned to a vocal emphasis while attending Jones County Junior College, where he participated in a myriad of both instrumental and vocal ensembles. After graduating with his associate of arts degree in May of 2011, he continued his education at the University of Southern Mississippi where he completed a bachelor of arts degree emphasizing vocal music with minors in speech pathology/audiology, psychology, and French language in May of 2014.
After completing his bachelor’s degree, he relocated to Lubbock, Texas at the behest of a previous instructor, Dr. Rebecca Hays, to pursue a master’s degree of music in vocal performance at Texas Tech University under the direction of Dr. Quinn Patrick Ankrum. While attending Texas Tech, he began to perform more as a tenor in an opera and musical theater capacity, and he began this path with the role of the Notary in Gaetano Donizetti’s iconic opera Don Pasquale. As he developed as a musical and theatrical performer, he gained more confidence on stage and acquired opportunities to learn minor roles through various local musical theater companies, including the Courier in Edwards and Stone’s 1776 and the Orderly in the world premier of J. Todd Frazier’s opera Breath of Life in 2015. In 2016, he performed in his first title role as Lance Goodhart/Narrator in Garrity and Latina’s MY HERO! and continued performing in various capacities in Lubbock. Casey’s most recent operatic role was that of Little Bat in Carlisle Floyd’s 20th century opera Susannah in March of 2017.
Casey has also, through rigorous study, established himself as a performer of art song and has completed various recital projects covering numerous time periods. In 2016, he organized a recital focusing on the influential Baroque elements of Henry Purcell on the 20th century composer Benjamin Britten, in which he performed all nine pieces in Britten’s cycle The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35 as well as several of Britten’s arrangements of Thomas Moore’s Irish Melodies and several Purcell pieces with harpsichord to offer a historically-informed performance to his audience. His other recitals have included a similar emphasis on the tenorino/haute-contre repertoire of composers such as Gioachino Rossini, Jean-Philippe Rameau, George Frideric Handel, Henry Purcell, and Gaetano Donizetti.
After completing his master’s degree, he returned to the Hattiesburg area hoping to soon begin a master’s degree of library and information science to eventually pursue work as a music archivist. He has also accepted an opportunity to play the role of Phil Davis in an upcoming Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.
AA, Jones County Junior College, 2011
BA, University of Southern Mississippi, 2014
MM, Texas Tech University, 2017
Voice & Acting Instructor
Katie Glydewell is a trained dancer, singer, and actress. She is a current Music Education major at USM in Hattiesburg where she studies voice under Dr. Jonathan Yarrington. Katie has been involved in musical theatre for several years. She has starred in several productions along the Gulf Coast, some of which include Shrek the Musical as Princess Fiona (WINGS), The Little Mermaid Jr. as Ariel (GLT), Legally Blonde the Musical as Paulette (WINGS), and Les Miserables at BLT. Her most recent production was Mary Poppins at USM here in Hattiesburg, where she also debuted in her first opera theatre production The Merry Widow. Katie is also a member of the Southern Chorale and Southern Belletones (a capella) ensembles at USM. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she plans on continuing to teach for a few years before getting her Masters in Choral Conducting. Go to Classes & Registration or call Performance WorX at 601.336.5313 to set up lessons with Katie Glydewell today!
DIRECTOR, Acting WorX
Performance WorX welcomes Matthew D. Huffman as Director of Acting WorX. Matthew relocated from Northeast Tennessee to Hattiesburg in 2013, where he was a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Theatre at The University of Southern Mississippi from 2013 – 2016. While at USM, he taught Theatre Appreciation, Beginning Acting, and Acting for the Camera, along with serving as the Theatre's Box-Office Manager and Public Relations Coordinator.
Mr. Huffman holds his Bachelors in Performance Theatre from East Tennessee State University. Prior to his Bachelor's work, he received his Associates in Theatre degree at Northeast State Community College. Mr. Huffman has performed live on stage in over 30 plays and musicals. Some of his favorite roles include, Pyotr Sorin in The Seagull, George H. Jones in Machinal, Nick Bottom in Robin Goodfellow, Tom Snout in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Dr. Chumley in Harvey, Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Max Detweiler in The Sound of Music, Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray, Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof, and Charlie Clench in One man, Two Guvnors. Matthew has also performed dramatic readings for The Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, TN, along with live radio voice acting for USM's live broadcast of On the Radio with Edgar Allan Poe for WUSM (88.5). He also has over 15 years of experience in performing with various church choirs, college and high school choruses, show choirs, and bands. Mr. Huffman has served as a substitute teacher for the past year in several local and regional schools, including Lamar County, Forrest County, and Hattiesburg School systems. He was the Drama Teacher for the entire fall 2016 semester at Lakeshore H.S. in Mandeville, LA, during the maternity leave of the fulltime teacher. At Lakeshore High School, he taught all levels of students in performance and general theatre. Matthew also has taught Theatre Appreciation as an Adjunct Professor at USM's Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach, MS. Mr. Huffman is trained in multiple acting techniques, including Voice and Movement. Mr. Huffman's students can look forward to excellent acting training and coaching. He specializes in preparing High School students in acting auditions for collegiate theatre programs. Call 601.336.5313 today to study with Matthew Huffman either privately of in one of our new Acting WorX classes beginning in October in the Studios of X-Finity Dance Academy!
Guitar, Voice, Acting Instructor
Performance WorX welcomes CALEB LANDRUM as Instructor in VOICE & GUITAR. Caleb Landrum is a native of Meridian, Mississippi, having been active in school and community music and musical theatre events, as a church musician & choir director, and Boy Scouts, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He is joining the Music WorX faculty as voice/singing instructor and guitar instructor. Mr. Landrum comes to us with over 12 years of experience performing in and leading various ensembles in school, church, and college. He also served as a Production Intern in Summer, 2016 with Meridian’s Stage2 (MPAC) and in Summer, 2017 will work as a Music Education Intern with the Meridian Symphony. Mr. Landrum holds the Associate of Music Education Degree from Meridian Community College and is a candidate for the Bachelor of Music Education degree at The University of Southern Mississippi. Mr. Landrum’s students can look forward to excellent vocal instruction and modern guitar instruction with solid musicianship skills emphasizing solo playing, chord accompaniment, and chord-melody style. Go to Classes & Registration or call Performance WorX at 601.336.5313 to set up lessons with Caleb Landrum today!
Production WorX Director
Performance WorX proudly announces our association with Kage Laney and his company Kage Laney Productions! Mr. Laney will be teaching our Production WorX classes and Mentoring Program and supervising all of the Performance WorX Recital and Showcase events. "Kage Laney is a Gulf Coast native and has worked for multiple production companies in the Pine Belt. He has worked as an audio engineer for musical concerts, choirs, and theatrical productions. He finished the Recording Industry Production program at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2017. He began recording his friends in his bedroom at 14, and now works as both a freelance sound engineer and as a member of multiple production companies in various backstage and audio-related positions for everything from musical theatre to rock concerts to public speaking events. His most recent projects include the recording, mixing, and mastering of The Floridamen’s debut EP “Four;” sound designing for Center Stage Theatre’s production of “All Shook Up;” and working as a tech team member for a live performance by the Oak Ridge Boys.”
Kage Laney Productions specializes in Recording, Mixing, Mastering, and Live Sound. Mr. Laney will be offering classes in Production through the Production WorX division of Performance WorX and offering our Students the opportunity to Mentor with him both in the Studio as well as in live events, giving them experience in action on the stage. Kage Laney Productions will also collaborate with Performance WorX in recording our performers and producing our live events. You can check out Kage’s website at www.kagelaney.wixsite.com. Go to Classes & Registration or call Performance WorX at 601.336.5313 to set up classes, apprenticeship, or a recording session with Kage Laney today!
Piano, Guitar, Voice, & Acting Instructor
Music Theory & Composition Instructor
Performance WorX welcomes Jack Marshall as Instructor in PIANO, VOICE, & GUITAR . Jack Marshall has just moved to Hattiesburg, where he is a University of Southern Mississippi graduate student working on his Masters in Choral Conducting. He also serves as a Graduate Assistant for choral department. Mr. Marshall holds his Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from Mississippi University for Women where he was the Recipient of, The Chaminade Club Scholarship and The Poindexter Music Scholarship. While there, he took Composition lessons with Dr. Valentin Bogdan. Prior to his Bachelors’ work, he worked on his Associates in Music degree at Arizona Western College where he was the recipient of Music Performance Scholarship and Choral Performance Scholarship. While there, he also tutored incoming students in music theory. Mr. Marshall has extensive experience in Church Music and Worship Leadership, as well as music composition, editing, and arranging. He has over seven years experience as a private instructor in Piano, Voice, and Guitar, where he also instructs students in music theory and fundamentals, arranges music for students, and facilitates performance opportunities in and around town. Mr. Marshall’s students can look forward to excellent vocal instruction, graded beginning piano through advanced Composer studies in Piano, and modern guitar instruction with solid musicianship skills emphasizing solo playing, chord accompaniment, and chord-melody style. Go to Classes & Registration or call Performance WorX at 601.336.5313 to set up lessons with Jack Marshall today!
Voice & Piano Instructor
Performance WorX welcomes Helene Tavormina as Instructor in VOICE & PIANO. Helene derives from the culturally influential city of New Orleans. Having taken vocal and piano lessons since age five, Helene wrote her first song during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 (nine years old). Since then, Helene has aspired to grow musically, with the help of multiple coaches and teachers. Helene's musical journey includes releasing an original album, selling multiple songs, getting accepted to Berklee School of Music, and even having meetings with the former Beatles manager, as well as the management of Cody Simpson and Justin Bieber. Aside from music, Helene also has much experience in the modeling and acting industries. She also maintains a 4.0 GPA at the University of Southern Mississippi, studying Recording Production with a Music Minor. When Helene takes a break from her daily schedule, you will find her writing new songs on the piano, finding any little experience she had that day to ignite her creative songwriting skills. With a kind heart, an intellectual mind, and a uniquely-creative songwriting style, Helene aspires to influence and inspire people through music. Go to Classes & Registration or call Performance WorX at 601.336.5313 to set up lessons with Helene Tavormina today!
Orchestral Strings Instructor
Performance WorX welcomes WILLIAM VALENCIA as Instructor in ORCHESTRAL STRINGS. William Valencia is a native of Ecuador, having been active in school, community, college, and professional performing and teaching the Double Bass. He is joining the Music WorX faculty as Orchestral Strings instructor. Mr. Valencia comes to us with over 11 years of experience in orchestral, solo performing and teaching. He has served as a Double Bass performer with Philharmonic of Ecuador, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, The University of Southern Mississippi Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Throughout his career, Mr. Valencia has performed on the Double Bass with orchestras and independent groups in the United States, Ecuador, Argentina, and Brazil. He has served on the stage staff of Festival South in Hattiesburg and in Summer 2015 and 2016. He will serve as Director of Festival Musica Guaranda in Ecuador, leading the Festival, conducting master classes and improvisation workshops. He is a candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education at The University of Southern Mississippi. Mr. Valencia’s students can look forward to excellent strings instruction emphasizing technical skills, rhythmic understanding, and quality musical experiences, covering many of the National Standards for Music Education.. Call Performance WorX at 601.336.5313 or go to Classes & Registration to set up lessons with William Valencia today!
Guitar, Bass Instructor
Performance WorX welcomes ALEX WINDSOR as Instructor in GUITAR. Alex Windsor is a native of Norton, Kansas and attended High School in Abliene High in Abliene, Kansas. After finishing high school, he signed up for the military. Mr. Windsor did a couple tours overseas from 2006-2012 in the US Army and also did tours in Iraq and Egypt. Interestingly, Mr. Norton spent time in Russia working as a Russian translator for the US government. He is now joining the Music WorX faculty as guitar instructor. Mr. Windsor comes to us having played the guitar since he was 15 years old. Windsor played guitar in Jazz Band in high school. Listening to Bob Seger, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and other guitar greats influenced him when he was young and starting out. Mr. Windsor attended college at Kansas State University for 2 years 2010-2012, majoring in music and composition. He began his music career in a band originating in Kansas and spent much time learning music along the way while touring around the Midwest. SInce arriving in Mississippi in 2016, he has pursued song writing, and has been recording his own original music. Mr. Windsor’s students can look forward to excellent modern guitar instruction with solid musicianship skills emphasizing solo playing, chord accompaniment, and chord-melody style. Go to Classes & Registration or call Performance WorX at 601.336.5313 to set up lessons with Alex Windsor today!
DANCE INSTRUCTION AT
X-FINITY DANCE ACADEMY!
E. Jae James
X-Finity Dance Academy
Our Partners for Dance Instruction
Performance WorX proudly announces our association with Xfinity Dance Academy of Hattiesburg and its owner E. Jae James! X-Finity Dance Academy is a unique dance studio by offering more than just dance classes in it's state-of-the-art studios. X-Finity Dance Academy provides a family environment that creates positive lifetime memories for EVERYONE who visits us - the dancers, their families, and their staff. E. Jae and his faculty offer dance classes for all ages and abilities, variety of class styles, positive and caring instructors, top-notch dance education, multiple dance class times to fit family schedules, flexible enrollment options and more!
E.Jae James (Choreographer, Artistic Director, Dance Educator), originally from Wiggins, Mississippi, began early training from dance studios in the Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana areas. E.Jae continued training on scholarship at The University of Southern Mississippi of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He started studio training at the age of 15 and has continued to dance and choreograph since then. Dancing has been his long life dream and gift. Graduating with honors he received his BFA in Dance Education/Performance and Choreography.
Call Performance WorX at 601.336.5313 or go to www.xfinitydance.com to set up lessons and classes with X-Finity Dance Academy today!