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



Piano, Percussion, Woodwinds, & Brass Instructor

Music Theory Instructor

Ross Andrus has over 20 years of experience in trombone performance in Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Jazz Combo, Big Band, Trombone Choir, and Drum Corps Marching. His music influences include Jazz greats: Duke Ellington, J.J. Johnson and Wynton Marsalis. Ross graduated with both a Bachelor of Music for Jazz Studies and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi.  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



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



Voice Instructor

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 premiere 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 GioachinoRossini, Jean-Philippe Rameau, George Frideric Handel, Henry Purcell, and Gaetano Donizetti.

            After completing his master’s degree of music, he returned to Hattiesburg and began a master’s degree of library of information science and graduate certificate in archives and special collections at the University of Southern Mississippi with the long-term goal of becoming a music archivist.  He has continued performing and most recently performed the role of Phil Davis in a Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas in December of 2017. Go to Classes & Registration or call Performance WorX at 601.336.5313 to set up lessons with Ross Andrus today!

AA, Jones County Junior College, 2011

BA, University of Southern Mississippi, 2014

MM, Texas Tech University, 2017

MLIS, University of Southern Mississippi, expected 2019



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!

BFA, The University of Southern Mississippi, expected 2017



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






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!