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.
Director, Acting WorX
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.
BFA, THe University of Southern Mississippi, expected 2017
Mississippi Strings 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!
Mississippi Strings 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!
Mississippi 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 and solo performing and teaching. He has served as a Double Bass performer with Philharmonic of Ecuador, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, and The University of Southern Mississippi Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Throughout his career, Mr. Valencia has performed on the Double Bass as a soloist 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 2017 he will serve as Director of Festival Musica Guaranda in Ecuador, leading the Festival, conducting master classes and improvisation workshops. Mr. Valencia holds the Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica and is a candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance 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!