Elizabeth Chaves | Voice & Beginning Piano
Vocal instructor and Founder of The Music Box, Elizabeth fell in love with music at a very young age, and has been singing ever since! Her formal training began at age 14 under the instruction of Eleanor Tracey and continued throughout her college career.
A lead singer and recording artist of the former girl group R.E.A.L, Elizabeth has had the opportunity to perform at local venues such as Hard Rock Live, Universal Studios, House of Blues, and the Amway Arena to name a few. R.E.A.L’s success led to a national tour with the HealthSouth GoForIt! Roadshow, in which the group performed for thousands of people on a weekly basis. They headlined their own Pop Sensational Show at Walt Disney World, Orlando and sang at the Grand Opening of Epcot’s Test Track, and The Groove Night Club at Universal’s City Walk. Additionally, they opened for bands such as LFO, Earth, Wind and Fire, and The Spinners.
After many years of performing in church, school, girl groups (you name it!) and being classically trained in college (under the tutelage of Leah Pace-Berkley, Dr. Rebecca Brown-Bedell, University of Mississippi, and Dr. Michael Battruccio of The Boston Pops), and graduating from the University of Central Florida, Elizabeth decided to begin teaching.
Recognizing the need for a more relevant style of musical training, Elizabeth began mixing her backgrounds of both pop/contemporary and classical training & performing to achieve a training style that students could relate to, get excited about and grow from!
She adores her students and loves the many relationships she’s had the privilege of building while teaching private voice since 2006, as well as training and managing at some of Orlando’s finest music and dance centers.
In addition to teaching at and co-owning The Music Box with her husband, Louis, Elizabeth leads worship at her church, and is a mommy to Isaiah, Ana and Lily. She and her family reside in Tuscawilla.
Rebekah Sandiford | Piano & Flute
Rebekah’s love and appreciation for music started at an early age and she always knew she wanted to share her love of music by teaching. Beginning piano lessons at age 6 and flute lessons at age 9 has given her a solid music foundation to support her desire to teach. She started teaching piano at the age of 14 and over the past 12 years has had the opportunity to teach students from the age of 4 to 52. She has successfully taught in her private studio, as well as, a Christian academy. Over the years she has had many opportunities to use her talents for the Lord as church pianist, choir and solo accompanist, and orchestra and ensemble member. She has been able to share her love of music with children for many years as a music instructor and accompanist for a children’s music club and performance choir.
Rebekah is excited to be a member of The Music Box team and looks forward with joy to each lesson with her students!
Bruce Taylor | Guitar & Ukulele
Bruce Taylor has been playing guitar for about 25 years. He started listening to Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton at a young age and decided he wanted to be able to play like them. After selling his trumpet in the seventh grade, he bought his first electric guitar – a Silvertone, and that’s where it all began.
Bruce began playing rock ‘n roll at local gigs with many different bands over the years and has continued playing and performing ever since. He has also been a part of several praise teams at churches including Redeemer Lutheran Church, Living Water Church, and currently plays at River Run Christian Church in Chulota, FL, where he has been playing for the last several years.
He teaches both acoustic and electric guitar, as well as beginning bass and incorporates music theory in his lessons as students advance. He loves seeing the “light go off” as students learn the guitar and begin to better understand what he is teaching them. Bruce continues to study jazz, jazz fusion, and music theory, under Butch Harvey Campbell and says he’s “having the best time learning more and more about the instrument and music I love.”
Catheryn VanKley | Violin, Guitar & Piano
Catheryn (Cati) VanKley teaches piano, guitar, violin, voice, and cello. She graduated from Johnson University Florida as Valedictorian with a Bachelors of Arts in Musical Arts and Bible, and recently graduated with her Masters Degree in Music with a focus in piano pedagogy from the University of Central Florida. Catheryn started playing piano at nine years old and has learned several instruments since then, including: guitar, violin, cello, upright bass, electric bass, handbells, trumpet, clarinet, alto saxophone, flute, drums, and melodica. Catheryn has participated in several musical groups over the years, such as choirs, a fiddle group, a youth orchestra, praise teams at church, instrumental ensembles, and two traveling music teams representing Johnson University Florida. Catheryn has been teaching for over eight years, and has her certification from Musikgarten to instruct Infant and Toddler classes. She is also a band director with Real Life Christian Church. Catheryn is passionate about inspiring her students in music by giving them the skills needed to become disciplined, expressive, and creative musicians.
Alex Pandolph | Guitar, Piano, & Drums
Alex was born and raised in Miami, Florida and began his musical journey at 4 years old with the piano as his first instrument. He moved to Kissimmee, Florida at age 9, and continued to take piano lessons at Florida Christian College’s Community Music School. At 11 years old, Alex decided to play the drums, and he received a drum set that Christmas with lessons that were soon to follow. Throughout high school, he took both piano and drum lessons from professional musicians and teachers Lisa Schonauer, who taught piano, and Paul Parker, who taught drums and percussion, and because he was homeschooled, there was more time and opportunity to practice. Playing for multiple churches in the area, he had a good foundation in practicing and performing as a group, and being exposed to other musical styles such as jazz, rock, and latin, he became well rounded as a musician and as a lover of music.
In addition, he played the drums for a jazz-styled worship team led by world-class jazz guitarist Terry Bradds, who became an important mentor in Alex’s musical development. In his senior year of high school, he dual enrolled at Valencia Community College and Florida Christian College, where he began taking core college classes and basic college-level music courses, while also being able to take piano at a college level. Not only did he love learning and playing music, but he also had a passion for teaching, and he began teaching drums and piano privately to a few students. After graduating high school in 2011, he attended Stetson University in Deland, Florida as a music major and studied piano under Dr. Michael Rickman. While at Stetson, he continued his love for teaching students through the Stetson Community Music School.
Addison Horner | Piano, Voice, & Guitar
Addison Horner has been playing piano since he was four years old, but it wasn’t until college that he considered becoming a teacher. He was trained classically until high school, when he started playing and writing pop and rock music. He studied Music Production & Recording Arts at Elon University in North Carolina, where he focused on pop songwriting, a cappella arranging, and eventually piano pedagogy. He was the music director for the a cappella group Smooth Progressions for three years in college, and he arranged for several high school and collegiate groups across the United States. For his undergraduate Honors thesis, Addison created a ten-month introductory piano curriculum entirely based on 15-second Instagram videos. After graduating in May 2016, he spent the summer presenting his research at national and international conferences and touring Italy with the Elon Jazz Ambassadors as a keyboardist. He moved to Oviedo in August 2016, where he teaches music and works as a freelance composer and arranger. Addison recently became the director of music for Tuskawilla Presbyterian Preschool, and currently teaches at our Winter Springs location.
Albert Acosta | Vocal, Guitar, Piano, & Ukulele
Albert Acosta was raised in a musical family where singing and playing the piano was something that happened every day. Harmonizing with TV commercials before he could even speak, his family would soon realize that music would be a strength in his life. Now 45 years later, Albert continues to play, perform and also teach. He attended Atlantic Union College in Lancaster MA, where he studied Business and Music. Passionate about music, Albert has written music for organizations such as Florida Hospital and OUC and has appeared in several articles from news papers throughout the country including Newsweek. 12 years ago he was recruited by Florida Hospital for Children to become their primary music therapist where he performed to hundreds of sick children over his 6 year stay with the hospital. Since then he dedicated his life to sharing his passion for music. Albert is currently director of music and teaching at 2 Christian elementary schools (Champion Academy and International Community School). He is also an instructor at The Music Box in Apopka Florida, where he teaches voice, piano, guitar and ukulele. Additionally, Albert is the Vocal and Worship development director at Journey Christian church in Apopka Florida. His life has been dedicated to music and most importantly to God and service in ministry. He is blessed with a wonderful family, friends and career. He enjoys sharing that love for music with everyone he comes in contact with.
James Everett | Drums & Guitar
James has been playing drums since he was 12 years old and professionally since he graduated from The Academy of Contemporary Music in England with a bachelor of music in 2012.
During this time he was trained by some of the worlds best drummers and regularly received master classes from players such as Thomas Lang, Stanton Moore, and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He also received guitar training and attended songwriting and music theory classes at ACM and continues to perform and teach guitar regularly.
Before re locating to the US he worked as a drummer in and around the London area performing at weddings, private functions, as a part of tribute acts, in originals projects, in large summer festivals and on BBC radio in London. Most recently he has enjoyed performing in Broadway style musicals as well as teaching at the Music Box.
Taylor Merrill | Voice & Piano
Taylor Merrill graduated Magna Cum Laude from Johnson University Florida in May of 2017 where she received a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Musical Arts and in Bible and Theology. Additionally, she received honors from the Association of Biblical Higher Education and was inducted into the Zeta Upsilon Honors Society. While at Johnson, she performed in four tours as a member of their traveling choir as well as served on the chapel committee as the worship band coordinator. She began her formal vocal training at the age of seventeen and has been playing piano for almost 9 years. From high school onwards she has performed in a wide variety of musical settings from formal concerts and recitals to performances at Disney resorts to worship services at several churches and Christian youth conferences as both a vocal worship leader and pianist. She has experience in performing many different genres of music such as jazz, gospel, classical, opera, musical theater, pop, and contemporary Christian music.
Taylor absolutely loves teaching music and has a passion for teaching singing and piano skills to anyone who is willing to learn. No matter what level of learning a student is at, she will meet them where they are and do her best to cater to their individual needs.
Julia Coppock | Voice
Julia graduated with a Bachelors Degree in music and worship ministry with a primary focus in vocal performance from Johnson University Tennessee in 2016. She’s been singing on praise teams and in choirs her whole life and has a huge passion for music and the powerful worship it encourages. Julia is excited to join our Music Box team and share her love for this art, while showing her students that singing is fun and fulfilling at any age! Julia currently teaches at our Apopka location and is a part of the Journey Christian Church worship team.
Nick Pandolph | Guitar (Acoustic, Electric, Bass) & Ukulele
Nick Pandolph was born in Miami, Florida where he began his music career with private piano lessons by career musician and scholar, Dr. Revis Ann Massey. After moving to Kissimmee, Florida in 2003, Nick continued piano lessons with several instructors at Florida Christian College’s Community Music School. Nick was homeschooled by his parents from second grade to ninth grade and always maintained a level of excellence in his studies. At ten years old, Nick started learning the guitar and was accepted as a student by World-Class Jazz Guitarist, Terry Bradds. An expert in music theory, Bradds taught Nick the skills and practice habits that would make him an accomplished musician on not only the guitar, but on his original instrument, piano and bass guitar, as well. Nick played in worship bands on Sunday Mornings starting at the age of twelve. For his high school years, Nick attended Astronaut High School in Titusville, Florida where he played piano and guitar in the school’s jazz band under the direction of David Ammerman for the remainder of his high school career. Nick currently is a full-time student at Seminole State University studying Mechanical Engineering and on staff with C3 Church playing guitar and piano on Sunday mornings. Nick started his teaching career in 2011 with two guitar students and is now teaching at The Music Box in Winter Springs, Florida.
Elizabeth Ingram | Voice & Piano
Elizabeth Ingram was born and raised in Winter Park where her passion for singing began. She earned her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Loyola University New Orleans studying under Ellen Frohnmayer. During her time in New Orleans Elizabeth sang with the New Orleans Opera Association in many of their main stage operas and galas. She continued her studies at the prestigious New England Conservatory where she received her M.M. in Vocal Performance and was in the studio of Canadian baritone, Michael Meraw. Elizabeth is a coloratura soprano and complimented for her effortless high notes and beautiful tone. She has sung the roles such as Nellie from Summer and Smoke, Calisto from La Calisto, Alice from Falstaff, Aminta from Il Re Pastore, Apollonia from La Canterina, and Second Lady from Dido and Aeneas. She is an active performer with Florida Opera Theatre and the Orlando Philharmonic. As well as being a voice and piano teacher, Elizabeth is a certified Musikgarten teacher for young children and families.
Kimmie Louwsma Gehr | Performance Group Choreographer
Kimmie has always had a passion for the arts, starting her dance training at the age of three. By eighteen, Kimmie started dancing professionally with Radio City. She has been a Radio City Rockette for ten years under the direction of Linda Haberman. Kimmie also toured with the Mel Brooks musical, The Producers, for three years finishing the tour in Tokyo, Japan. In this show, Kimmie trained under the direction of Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. She also performed The Producers in Las Vegas with David Hasselhoff and Tony Danza. Her teaching credits include All Souls Extended Day, Seminole High School Dazzlers, Marching Auxiliaries, School of Dance Arts, and Alternative Dance Centre. She has judged for Marching Auxiliaries National Dance Competitions. She has worked for Disney World and Hard Drive Productions in Orlando, FL. She has trained at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Arthur Murray, and Browns Gymnastics. Kimmie has taught, performed, and choreographed for over fifteen years. She believes that proper technique is extremely important, and to be a successful dancer/singer you have to combine passion, dedication, and desire!