DOUG BROOME

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

abD, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1985


 



ROSS ANDRUS

Piano, Percussion, Woodwinds, & Brass Instructor

Music Theory Instructor


For over 5 years, Ross Andrus has had the pleasure of teaching, arranging, and performing as a Faculty Member with the Performance WorX Family. Ross takes immense pride in teaching wind instruments, piano, percussion, and music theory.  His Alma Mater is The University of Southern Mississippi, where he majored in Jazz Studies and Music Education.  During his college years, he played Tenor and Bass Trombone in many solo and ensemble settings.  Ross studied with Trombone Professor, Dr. Marta Hofacre, who taught him the importance of performing with the best sound in mind, no matter the level of technicality.  While learning to play music in the jazz idiom, Ross was assigned to study under Leland “Lee” Kornegay.  After a semester of playing in small groups and ensembles, Ross had an “A-Ha” moment. After listening to Lee’s instruction and demonstrations on his trumpet, Ross took on a new musical mentor.  He also acquired an affinity for writing and arranging for chamber groups, wind bands, rock bands, jazz combos, and jazz ensembles, to name a few.  Ross was a member of the USM Orchestra, Wind Bands, Jazz LAB Bands, Pride of Mississippi Marching Band, and Jazz Combos.  Before attending Southern Miss, Ross went to Acadiana High School in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he decided to pursue a career in music. While playing in an hour of band class, Dr. Hofacre decided to drop by after travelling through the area of recruitment for USM and taught an impromptu trombone master class.  Not only did she leave a lasting impression on him, but she unknowingly recruited a future student of hers.  Being born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, Ross was always around good music, whether it was listening to his dad play bass, grandfather on Cajun fiddle and accordion, or road trips to New Orleans. His influences range all the way from Paul Simon to Queen, and Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis, and JJ. Johnson.       

Go to Classes & Registration or call Performance WorX at 601.336.5313 to set up lessons with Ross Andrus today!


BM, The University of Southern Mississippi, Jazz Trombone

BME, The University of Southern Mississippi, K-12 Music Education

 



DANIEL BLYTHE

Piano Instructor


Performance WorX welcomes DANIEL BLYTHE to our Faculty as Piano Instructor.  At four years old, his mother noticed an unstoppable curiosity for the piano; he would play around and make up melodies that seemed to make musical sense.  So, at five she enrolled him in piano lessons and he never stopped all the way through grade school, high school, and on through college.   At The University of Southern Mississippi, Mr. Blythe studied Piano Performance under Dr. Mary Ann Stringer. He graduated with a Bachelor in Music Education in 1997 and began teaching general music in public schools.    Simultaneously he taught private lessons in his home and began an eighteen year run of performing and accompanying in local churches.     Two of the larger churches Daniel held the position of pianist in were First Baptist Natchez and Central Baptist Hattiesburg.

Over the years, Blythe developed a passionate style of performing religious music that flowed over into his teaching style.    He believes it is a gift to be able to help congregations have a worshipful experience and it is the job of the musicians in church to make sure the people leave with a change in their heart.  Music can help the people worship, and sometimes we can touch them in their soul in an important way.    

Not all students want to become church musicians or passionate performers, however, and Mr. Blythe believes it is equally important to teach them with as much energy.  His teaching philosophy is that learning music helps develop the mind, especially in younger students.   Putting together all the pieces and hearing a beautiful end result is awesome for students and opens up passages of thought in the brain that other subjects cannot do.   And then, the joy and pride in the success of the result… the PERFORMANCE… teaches students to set a goal and make a habit of accomplishing it.    In his public school experience, Mr. Blythe created large choirs of students and several instrumental ensembles and let the students get a taste of high-level performance.  These groups had high applause, cries for encore, and hundreds of friends and family calling out their names in public.    Then the schools made and sold professionally recorded CDs of these students and everyone Mr. Blythe taught got to feel what it was like to be famous.  Teaching music is fun and rewarding for the students, not just the teacher, and Mr. Blythe hopes to give his students and unforgettable experience and great success in learning.

To set up private lessons with Daniel Blythe, call Performance WorX at 601.336.5313 or go to Classes & Registration.


BM, Piano Performance/Music Education, The University of Southern Mississippi. 1997

Graduate Studies for MM, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2003

 



ANDREW GLOSE

Guitar Instructor


Andrew James Glose was born in Vicenza, Italy. After brief stays in Turkey and Washington state as a child, he settled in Diamondhead, MS, at the age of eight. Andrew began his music journey in the sixth grade, taking up the clarinet. Over the course of grade school he also played tenor saxophone and french horn for orchestral ensemble. During his four years in high school marching band, Andrew participated in marching and indoor percussion ensemble playing the tenor drums. It was in middle school that he took an interest in bass and electric guitar while playing in a neighborhood band. In 2005, he entered the Jazz Studies program playing bass at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. During college, Andrew gained experience performing in multiple major and small ensembles, including Jazz Lab Band, University Singers Choir, and multiple small jazz ensembles. Andrew graduated with a B.A. from USM in 2009 and began performing on bass guitar in local original and cover bands. In 2015, inspired by a buildup of original material and the sounds of the 80's, he recorded and produced an original album with band mate Jaime Jimenez as The 86 Olympics, where he wrote, arranged, programmed drums, sang, and played keyboards/synths. In 2016, Andrew began applying his studies to his newfound love of the electric guitar. Having grown up listening to the cassette tapes of Van Halen's "5150" and Def Leppard's "Hysteria," his earliest major musical influences, perhaps pursuing his passion for the electric guitar was only a matter of time. He continues to gig as a professional bassist and write, record, and perform with The 86 Olympics.  Go to Classes & Registration or call Performance WorX at 601.336.5313 to set up lessons with Andrew Glose today!


BA, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2009

 

 



 

MATTHEW HUFFMAN

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! Go to Classes & Registration or call Performance WorX at 601.336.5313 to set up lessons with Matthew Huffman today!

MFA, Theatre, The  University of Southern Mississippi, 2016