Dance Faculty

feliciaFelicia received a B.A. in Dance from Loyola Marymount University, and an M.A. in Dance/Movement Therapy from Antioch N/E Graduate School.  After years of experience as a dance/movement educator, Felicia’s passion for an ever-deepening understanding of kinesiology led her to obtain her STOTT Pilates Certification.

Felicia began teaching for Musical Arts of Exeter when her youngest daughter was in kindergarten.  Now in her 11th year being among the Musical Arts dance faculty, she is proud to have two more dancers in the family who started dancing at Musical Arts!

When not teaching dance, Felicia can be found training people in the art of Pilates, or taking classes to continue her own practice of Ballet, as well as tap.  She recently became a member of the National Dance Education Organization in order to enhance her professional development as a dance educator.

Felicia enjoys spending time in nature, being with her family, studying French, walking/running/cycling with her dog, kayaking on the river, and doing Tai Chi.

Olivia Allen (Kunst) received her MFA in Ballet with an emphasis in Teaching and choreography, May of 2010, and her BFA in Ballet with an emphasis in Performance, May of 2008. at the University of Utah.

During her time as an undergraduate she performed with Utah Ballet for three years, and participated in the cultural exchange with Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea. She has had valuable experience working with guest choreographers through the University of Utah as well American Ballet Theater’s Summer Intensive and Ballet Regent Summer Intensive.

In the past she has had the honor of performing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra Christmas show in Salt Lake City, Utah, with East West Dance Theater in Maryland, a benefit for the Chinese Embassy, and performances at the Baltimore Museum of Art in Maryland.

At the University of Utah Mrs. Allen taught several courses including ballet technique for non-majors at the beginning level, freshman ballet technique for modern majors, and advanced ballet technique for modern majors.

Mrs. Allen has choreographed for several performances in the Department of Ballet including Ballet Showcase and the Graduate Student Concert. During the summer of 2010 Mrs. Allen enjoyed a summer at Long Lake Camp for the Arts where she spent time choreographing for the dance performances and musicals including Ruthless, Dear Edwina and Once on this Island.

Currently Mrs. Allen is a Teaching Artist at Colby College in Waterville, ME. She also enjoys teaching at Dance Unlimited in Augusta, ME and MusicalArts in Exeter, NH. Mrs. Allen is Les Mills Certified in BodyStep, Sh’Bam, CXWORX and BodyFlow and currently teaches group fitness at The Sweatshop in North Hampton, NH.

Mrs. Allen is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization, and pursues her own continuing education completing classes through the Online Professional Development Institute.

Alexis has taught and performed both locally and internationally. Originally from the Greater Boston area, she received her early training at the Centre for Performing Arts in Acton, MA and the International Dance Project in Concord, MA studying ballet, modern, and jazz. At Marlboro College in Vermont she focused her education on Cultural History and Dance Education expanding her pedagogical, anatomical, historical, and philosophical training as well as technique. After college she performed for many years with the internationally diverse Bermuda Civic Ballet, BalletRox in Boston (now Tony Williams Ballet), and Ballet New England (formerly of Portsmouth, NH), as well as in various community theatre and concert performances throughout the Boston area. Her teaching returned her to Bermuda where she taught at the Bermuda School of Russian Ballet, as well as at the International Dance Project, Deborah Mason School of Dance in Cambridge, Brattleboro School of Dance in Vermont, Ballet New England, Alexander Children’s Theatre in Concord, MA, and numerous independent lessons throughout New England.
Emily picEmily is currently a student at the University of New Hampshire, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders and minoring in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies and Dance.

Emily has been dancing since the ago of eleven, studying many styles, such as ballet, modern, and jazz.

A teachers assistant in UNH’s dance program, Emily helps college aged students who are first time dancers make it through beginner level dance classes.

When not dancing, Emily has her head in a book—Communication Sciences and Disorders is a major that requires a lot of studying! She hopes to one day work with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and that use American Sign Language.

When not dancing or focusing on academics, Emily enjoys being back at home on the Cape, hanging out with her best friend/ little brother Josh, or snuggled up with her cat, Mo.

Sara Kaufman is an acrobatic clown who inspires delight in audiences of all ages through her joy in play and sharing experiences. She studied aerial acrobatics and circus arts at UNH, the New England Center for Circus Arts, and Esh Circus Arts where she continues to train her skills focusing on fixed trapeze and clowning. Her love for circus arts comes from the transformative power of play and performance when set in a safe and supportive artistic community.
Burns FamilyTaryn has been dancing since the age of three, and teaching and choreographing to people of all ages and skill levels for well over a decade.

With a BA in Musical Theatre Performance from Columbia College Chicago, and an Associates in Early Childhood Education through Pace University, teaching in an arts setting allows Taryn to serve in both of her passions—arts and working with young people.

Along with dance education, Taryn also finds herself directing and choreographing for theatre, most recently working at Weathervane Theatre in Whitefield, NH.

Music Faculty

Duncan Stuart is a classical guitarist teaching at Musical Arts. He will be graduated in May 2015 with a B.A. in Music from Gordon College. He has been playing guitar for 11 years, studying under David James Stuart and at Gordon under David Patterson(M.M., B.M. The New England Conservatory), and Robert Bekkers (PhD candidate, the New England Conservatory). Duncan specializes in classical guitar, but also plays other styles. He is offering beginner to advanced lessons in classical guitar, beginner to intermediate lessons in other styles, and beginner piano lessons.

Jessi is a vocalist studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, M.A. She is from Kensington, N.H. and started her first music lessons here at MusicalArts when she was six years old. Jessi went on to join the Honors Choir at Exeter High School, and is currently one of three lead vocalists in a Joseph cover band at Berklee. Jessi has performed with different choirs and bands, as a soloist, and currently is the lead vocalist in an acoustic duo called Jess & Mitch Music. Currently, she is pursuing a Bachelors degree in Music Business Management to be completed by May 2019, while acting as the Production Assistant for Prescott Parks Arts Festival, and as Event Staff at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom. Jessi found her love for music here at MusicalArts and it has shaped her entire education and career path. She would not be where she was today without the help of her mentors from MusicalArts, and strives to be that for her students as well.

KatieKatie starting singing before she could even speak.  Hailing from New Hampshire, she started performing as early as kindergarten and has continued ever since in a wide variety of genres.  Katie received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Steinhardt School at New York University in Vocal Performance as well as a post-Master’s degree in Vocal Pedagogy.  Recently, Katie has taught private voice lessons at NYU, Mayo Performing Arts Center, Music & Arts, and privately.  As of 2013, Katie is a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).  Additionally, Katie is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and believes in a whole body approach to healthy performance.  Recent productions in the NYC area include:  Liebovar, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Werther, Don Carlo, Suor Angelica, Lunch with Moto by Marc Antonio-Consoli, various roles in 6 15-minute operas by the students of the Tisch Musical Theater Writing Graduates, and Lazarus.
RebeccaRebecca is a dedicated piano instructor with experience teaching both children and adults; providing an individual approach to help each student develop his or her musical skills. She works to incorporate each student’s goals into the lesson plan, in order to make the music experience more meaningful and personal. In addition to 12 years of private lessons, Rebecca has attended the Northern Kentucky University Summer Piano Institute, the Taubman Summer Institute in Massachusetts, and the Plymouth State Summer Teacher Seminar in New Hampshire. She is active in music education activities as a teacher, judge, event chairperson, and accompanist. Rebecca has taught previously in Pittsburgh, PA and Cincinnati, OH, and enjoys working with students and their families. Current professional memberships include Music Teachers National Association, and the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association – Seacoast Chapter.
morganMorgan has been teaching flute and piano at Musical Arts since 2014. She has her Bachelors of Music from Central WA University and will be graduating with her Masters of Arts in Teaching (Instrumental Music) from UNH in 2020. She has experience teaching all ages and musical abilities. Born in Boston and raised in Seattle, she returned to New England in 2013 and is currently based in Dover. Morgan teaches all genres of music to her students, from popular and modern to classical and baroque. Fun fact, she also has a hedgehog as a pet!
PatrickPatrick Morrison is a drummer and a music educator from Manchester, NH. He began studying music at 12 years old and was playing professionally by age 15. In high school, Patrick participated in numerous music ensembles and was ranked as the top scoring drummer in the NH all-state jazz competition. He then went on to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts (cum laude) in jazz performance from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music under the instruction of masters Kenny Washington and John Riley. Patrick has since played all over New York and New England with pit orchestras, jazz groups, and contemporary musicians in various festivals and clubs such as Birdland, Tatuma Social Club, Somethin’ Jazz Club, Puppet’s, the Five Spot, and Smalls. He has also worked as a session musician for Mixdown Studio and Music Farm Studio, played in touring groups, and taught in various public schools, music studios, and colleges.   “As an instructor, my philosophy has always been that musicianship comes first, and the instrument comes second. I encourage my students to approach the drums as a vehicle for expressing and communicating ideas, and a tool for elevating their current level of music making. Although I think it is important to study a wide variety of music, I also find it creatively stimulating for the student to learn technical proficiency and musicianship through the vein of music that they currently most enjoy. The concepts covered in the lessons range from beginner to advance, and students of all ages are welcome.”
MilesMiles is a vocal and piano instructor at MusicalArts. Miles studied vocal performance at UNH. With an emphasis on classical and musical theatre, he has been a vocal instructor for well over a decade.

As a composer and musician, he has collaborated on over 30 original musicals to which he is credited the book, music and/or lyrics. His writing and compositions have been performed on stage in a number of elementary and middle schools in addition to being produced at Emerson College, Musical Arts in Exeter, The Players Ring, The Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Patrick Dorow Productions and Weathervane Theatre.

Mezzo-soprano Druinn Johnston began classical vocal training at age thirteen, and has studied at the Boston Conservatory and the University of New Hampshire. She has performed with Melissa Manseau’s Youth Opera Workshop in productions of Die Zauberflote, Cosi fan tutte (W. A. Mozart), Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss), Hansel and Gretel (E. Humperdinck), and various scene productions. She has also performed in scene productions with the Boston Conservatory Opera Workshop and the UNH Opera Workshop, as an ensemble member with Granite State Opera, and as a soloist with the Boston Conservatory Women’s Chorus and the UNH Wind Symphony. Druinn is also singer/songwriter and accompanies herself on acoustic guitar and piano. She is extremely passionate about all types of music and loves to help aspiring musicians develop their natural talents and hone their skills.
BrendanBrendan Battey has been playing piano for 17 years. Brendan has played professionally for the past six years, working a range of jobs accompanying and leading choirs, leading bands, and music directing theatre along the Seacoast and also at UNH. His favorite job so far has been as the Assistant Music Director and band leader for a recent production of In The Heights at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre.

 Travis was born and raised in NH. Having enjoyed listening to music his whole childhood, he started playing guitar in middle school in 2002. Initially inspired by bands like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins, he was soon exposed to other forms of American music like blues and jazz. After playing all through high school and taking lessons with great local musicians like George Westbay and Art Matthews, Travis enrolled in Berklee College of Music in 2008.
While at Berklee, Travis was fortunate to study with some of the college’s best teachers. These included David Newsam, John Baboian and Brett Wilmott. In his final year of Berklee, Travis began studying under world class virtuoso jazz guitarist Richie Hart. Richie taught Travis the fundamentals of what shape’s his teaching philosophy today…. Learning to use your ears, developing a good rhythm feel and playing with other people as much as possible. The profound impact of these lessons on Travis is on going to this day.
Travis graduated with honors from Berklee in 2011. After graduation, Travis started teaching and performing professionally all through out NH. He has taught all ages and all abilities at this point. Travis has taught private lessons, group lessons and coached numerous ensembles.  Travis has taught at academic institutions such as Rivier University, NHTI and the Manchester school district. Travis also teaches at various music schools throughout southern NH.
When he is not teaching, Travis can be found performing with his own band, Queen City Soul or playing in various sideman gigs. Travis also enjoys collecting vinyl and CD’s.