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Taylor Hickey


Taylor Hickey is a lyric soprano and music teacher in the Sandhills of North Carolina. She is a private voice teacher as well as a middle school choral teacher at New Century Middle School in Moore County, where she teaches chorus and musical theatre classes. Taylor is also a vocal soloist and handbell choir director at Hay Street United Methodist Church in downtown Fayetteville. Taylor studied voice with Steve Sanders and choral music under Dr. Z. Randall Stroope at Oklahoma State University before relocating to UNC-Pembroke where she studied under Dr. Jaeyoon Kim. Taylor graduated from UNCP with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a concentration in voice. Taylor offers expertise in audition preparation, classical and broadway repertoire, and teaching voices of all ages.


Amy Yarnell


A Missouri native, Amy Yarnell developed a love of piano at an early age. She began taking lessons at the age of six and grew up singing and playing in her church. At age fifteen, she became the piano player at her church and served as the music director for ten years. It was while serving in this role that she realized her passion for making music with children and helping young musicians develop their talents. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Music Education from Evangel University and a Masters Degree in Gifted Education from Drury University. She taught K-12 vocal music in Missouri for two years and middle school gifted education in Tennessee for two and a half prior to moving to North Carolina. Amy is looking forward to the opportunity to work with students to develop their musical gifts and appreciation for the arts. 


Ann Cockman


Ann grew up in Huntersville, NC which is near Charlotte and began violin study at age nine. She studied with Dr Linda Whitesitt, Jane Brendle, member of Charlotte Symphony and violin instructor at Davidson College and Wei Cai. She was a member of Charlotte Symphony and a violin instructor at Wingate University. She graduated Wingate University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree with specialty in violin and string performance. 
Ann has been a private violin instructor since 1997 and been a conductor for orchestra's all over NC. She is so excited to be bringing her love of strings to Thr Encore Center!

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Ernesto Rivas


Based out of North Carolina, Ernesto has vast performance experience working with numerous musicians and performance groups over the years.  A multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger, Ernesto has been featured on a number of recordings, from his self-released EP to performance tracks on other releases.  He has also interned with multi-award winning engineers & producers.


Ernesto received a B.S. in Music Industry Studies from Appalachian State University in 2009, and an M.M. in Music Business and Entertainment Industry from the University of Miami in 2017.  Rivas has studied under many esteemed musicians; as well as performed with both UNC Pembroke and App State Jazz ensembles, receiving an award for outstanding musicianship at the University of Northern Colorado at Greely’s International Jazz Festival in 2005.   


Mr. Rivas is currently an independent music instructor at Cape Fear Music Center in Fayetteville, NC, and at Carolina Performing Arts Studio in Cameron, NC.  Current performing groups include Dead City Symphony, The Several Devils, and Irrational Handshake, as well as other "for hire" work.

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Hannah Mebane


Hannah Mebane is a violinist and native to Pinehurst, NC. She started playing violin in the 4th grade through Moore County schools and received a Bachelors in Music Education from Meredith College in 2012. During her time at Meredith College, she studied with NC Symphony member, Carol Chung, and performed with the Meredith College Sinfonietta and the Onyx Trio. After graduation, she moved back to Moore County and taught at Highfalls K-8 School for 5 years, Eastover Central School of the Arts (Cumberland County) for one year, and is now currently the orchestra director at New Century Middle School. Hannah has a passion for spreading the love of music through string instruments and has 12 plus years of private instruction experience.


Jung Ju Cha Kops


JJ has a dual degree from Silla University, Busan South Korea; Music Education; First major – Piano; Second major – Percussion and Violin Physical Education. Having worked at Community Education Center for Bryan County Schools for 11 year, she has over 20 years of experience playing and teaching piano. Teaching piano to children and adults from the ages 5+, JJ can play and teach various types of music which include pop, jazz, and classical.