Erika Batalla - Clarinet

Erika Batalla has a degree in Music Education and Clarinet Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. She studied clarinet with Professor Garrick Zoeter, percussion with Professor Earl Yowell, and conducting with Dr. Emily Threinen and Dr. Damon Talley. Throughout her years at Shenandoah Conservatory she has performed in Masterclasses with 8th Black Bird, The United States Air Force Clarinet Quartet, Jean Francois Bescond, and Senior Chief Musician James Logan from the President’s Own Navy Band. She is also a member of the Con Fuoco clarinet quartet, which won the Virginia MTNA Chamber Music Competition in 2010 and 1st Alternate in the Southern Divisional MTNA Chamber Music Competition in 2011. The Con Fuoco clarinet quartet performed in the Virginia’s Music Education Association Convention in Norfolk, VA in 2011.  

Gary Carper

Gary has a professional music career spanning more than 38 years, Gary has performed in 39 states and Europe. While majoring in Music Education at Shenandoah Conservatory; he studied Tuba with Fred J. Marzan. After transferring to The University of North Texas, he was the first Tuba player in history to be awarded a Bachelor of Music/Performance Degree in Jazz Studies, where he studied Tuba with Don Little and Dr. Dave Kuehn and Jazz Improvisation with Rich Matteson and Dan Haerle.   Career highlights include being a founding member of The Dallas Brass, an artist in residence at Southern Methodist University and a clinician for Yamaha Band Instrument Corporation. Gary has been a finalist in national and international Jazz Improvisation competitions and an Adjunct Instructor of Music at Virginia Commonwealth University. Other featured ensembles include Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians, The Dallas Cowboy’s Band (6 seasons), The Collection Jazz Orchestra and The Swing of Things Big Band directed by Don ‘Jake’ Jacoby.   Gary has appeared with and/or the opening act for Bob Hope, Spyro Gyra, Cleo Laine, Loretta Lynn, Dr. John, Bill Monroe, Judy Collins, James Moody, Charlie Pride, Steve Allen, Lou Marini, The Light Crust Doughboys and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band to name a few.   

Daniel "Bumi" Fong

Daniel Fong - Guitar & Luthier Services

Mr. Fong is a musical educator, student, composer, and instrument builder. He graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a BA in Music Performance with a specialization in guitar and a BS in Business Administration. He has taught music in a individual and group settings for more than a decade. The instruments taught include electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass, mandolin, ukulele and also saxophone.As the Owner and President of Ajna drums, he has created and refined an instrument designed to be appealing to many of the more casual musicians. Ajna is the culmination of years of study in acoustics, timbre and music theory. The drums can be seen in store at the Creative Music Academy as well as online at  

Michael Geddes - Guitar

Michael Geddes is a guitar instructor, teaching children and adults for over 40 years. He began his music studies at the age of five at the Hartford Conservatory of Music in Hartford, Connecticut and continued his musical education as a trombone major with a minor in guitar at The Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut. From there, he studied classical guitar with renowned guitarist and teacher Andrew Caponigro in Boston, Massachusetts, voice at the Carbonell Conservatory of Music in Tampa, Florida, and voice again at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. 

From 1991 until 2001, Michael taught as Adjunct Guitar Instructor at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. During that time he received a scholarship to study the Suzuki Teaching Method, a method designed to teach guitar to children from 6 to 12 years in a more productive and fun way.  

As a professional performer and singer, Michael incorporates his rich musical experience into his unique and successful comprehensive teaching method. This method involves high levels of reading and technical skills, ear training, guitar, vocal performance, and musical theory. His annual recitals include beginning and advanced students performing guitar pieces, and performances from students who choose to sing and accompany themselves on the guitar as well.

Luke Gray – Violin / Viola / Bass
Luke Gray is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who is fluent in many genres including jazz, rock, country, celtic and classical. His classical violin playing has brought him into contact with dozens of professional musicians including Itzhak Perlman, Ricardo Cyncynates, Elizabeth Pitcairn, Laura Kobayashi, Alexander Kordzaia, Anthony Maiello and Neil Casey to name just a few. His bass playing has given him the opportunity to play for such musicians as Eric Merienthal, Mike Steinel, Glenn Dewey, Barry Green, Wade Beach, Richard Parrell and James Carroll. Luke has been involved in various orchestras and bands over the years including the UMW Philharmonic, Rappahannock POPS, Christina Youth Theatre, Spotswood Community Orchestra, Winchester Philharmonic, GMU symphony, Virginia Medical Musical, All-State orchestra and jazz band, Fredericksburg Big Band and Riverside Dinner Theatre to name just a few. Luke also plays the Chapman Stick and hopes to expose the world to its sonorous and blissful sounds. He has already played with two masters of the Stick, Greg Howard and Rob Martino. Luke hopes to expand the horizon of musical possibilities to his students in their own fields as well as introduce them to a variety of musical styles.

Zach Ware - Percussion
Zach Ware has been a percussionist for 15 years. He has a degree in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he studied with Peter Martin, Brian Jones, Billy Martin and John D’Earth. Zach has experience with a variety of musical styles; he has played with classical ensembles like the Rappahannock Pop Orchestra and the Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony to more contemporary groups like the Fredericksburg Big Band, the Riverside Dinner Theater pit orchestra and his experimental jazz duo, blue jay. Zach loves all aspects of music and really loves teaching as well as learning. He teaches all levels and styles of percussion as well as music theory.

Claire Workinger - Oboe/English Horn

A native of central Illinois, Claire Workinger is delighted to be living on the east coast.  She is the oboist and English hornist of the Quantico Marine Corps Band, where she occasionally performs on flute as well.  Under the tutelage of Dr. Charles Veazey, Claire achieved her Master of Music degree and has nearly completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas, with majors in performance and related fields in Early Music.  She taught oboe, bassoon, oboe reed making lessons, and master classes from beginner through university levels throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas from 2005-2013.  She had the privilege of building oboes at Fox Products in South Whitley, Indiana before joining the Marine Corps.  She has performed in numerous wind symphonies, symphony orchestras, Baroque orchestras, and pit orchestras, including the Dallas Wind Symphony, Sherman Symphony Orchestra, South Arkansas Symphony, Fort Wayne Symphony Orchestra, and the Denton Bach Society.  Other teachers include Joseph Robinson, Ray Still, Peter Cooper, and John Dee.

Rebekah Noe - Cello / Piano / Voice
Rebekah Noe, a native of northern Virginia, attended Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, and completed her education at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 2005.


Rebekah has had a passion for music since early in life, beginning piano lessons at age three and cello at age eight, and vocal training in high school. In middle school she attended Benjamin Franklin Intermediate School in Fairfax, Virginia, where she fell in love with orchestra, and excelled under director Anne Rupert. Her talent for cello was recognized when she was accepted into the Junior District Honors orchestra in Fairfax, Virginia.

In high school Rebekah performed with the Belmont University orchestra and studied the cello under instructors Julia Tanner, Assistant Principal Cellist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.


In college, Rebekah participated in the university choir and studied privately with Marion Fadrowski, principal cellist in the Northwest Indiana Symphony, and Dr. James Wilson, Artistic Director of the Richmond-based Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia.

Since college Rebekah has had opportunities to work abroad, including performing with Christian artist Godfrey Birtill in London, England, and in 2006 was invited to Sarajevo, Bosnia to participate and perform on the country's first original Christian CD project.

Rebekah has had over twelve years of experience as a private music teacher, using the traditional classical method, which emphasizes technique, sight reading/ear training and theory.   Rebekah currently resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she recently accepted the position of Executive Director of the Rappahannock Youth Symphony. She is also offering private cello, voice and piano lessons in the Fredericksburg and Stafford region, and is thrilled to be a part of the wonderful and talented faculty at Creative Music Academy!

Our Instructors

Liesl Bogner - Piano & Voice
Liesl Bogner is a Fredericksburg area native.  She teaches piano and voice at Creative Music and has extensive experience in Music Theater.
Jenni Bogner - Piano & Voice
Jenni Bogner is a Fredericksburg area native.  She teaches piano and voice at Creative Music and has extensive experience in Music Theater.

Damien Bollino - French Horn/Piano

Damien earned a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance from West Virginia University, where he received a full tuition scholarship and studied with Dr. Virginia Thompson, past International Horn Society President and internationally known lecturer/soloist.  He then entered graduate school at Duquesne University, studying with William Caballero, principal horn of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  Damien earned a Master of Music in Horn Performance/Pedagogy and was awarded The John Hunter endowment.  He taught two years of musicianship/theory at Duquesne as part of his assistantship.  While there, Damien founded and presided over the first graduate council. Damien has played with numerous ensembles, including the Potomac Concert Band, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Seneca Chamber Winds, Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, and Arion Band.  As a member of the International Horn Society Collegiate Horn Choir, he played under the direction of Dave Kriebel.  Damien has also played and soloed with the Spotswood Community Orchestra, the Friday Morning Music Club Orchestra, and the Fairfax  Symphony.  He auditioned for and was selected as principal horn of the American Musical Ambassadors European Concert Tour where he spent six weeks traveling and performing in various European cities, including London, Paris, Milan, Venice, Lucerne, and Brussels.  He has performed on stage at Carnegie Hall and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on several occasions.  In addition, he has played in master classes by Jacek Muzyk, principal horn of the Buffalo Philharmonic; and the Liege Horn quartet.  Damien has had the privilege of playing under Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops; Cliff Colnot, conductor of the Chicago Civic Orchestra; Sidney Harth, former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra; as well as many other reputable conductors, including Jack Stamp, Don Wilcox, Lawrence Christianson, Anthony Maiello, Pablo Saelzar, and Dr. Robert Cameron.  In upcoming seasons, he will perform in concerts featuring Sir James Galway and Itzhak Perlman. Damien has been a member of the Sinfonietta since shortly after its inception and is also a member of the Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony, St. George’s Chamber Ensemble, the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra, and Fairfax Wind Symphony.  He is principal horn with the  University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra where is the adjunct horn professor and plays in the faculty brass quintet.  Damien also performs  with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra. 

Aaron Noe - Trumpet / Piano / Guitar

Aaron Noë is a conductor, educator, and trumpet player who loves to compose and arrange music for wind band.  A graduate of Greensboro College (NC), he has completed graduate work at the University of South Carolina where he was a Teaching Assistant and holds a Master of Music Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.  As a trumpet player, Aaron Noë has been blessed to have performed with many great musicians including the late, great legend of jazz, James Moody and Eric Marienthal. 


Aaron Noë is the founder and conductor of the Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony (MAWS) in Fredericksburg, VA.  MAWS is an invitational wind ensemble comprised of professional musicians from the mid-atlantic region volunteering their time to promote professional-level wind band literature. MAWS is dedicated to the promotion of the finest classical band repertoire through the performance of compositions by modern composers while respecting the rich heritage of the American Wind Ensemble as established by John Philip Sousa and his contemporaries. The Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony performs three concerts each season in addition to special civic and patriotic events.

Mary Garrahan - Piano / Violin

Mary received her B.A. in music from the University of Mary Washington in 1999.   She has over 15 years experience as a private instructor of piano and violin.  She has also taught beginning strings classes.  She has performed both on violin and piano with the Mary Washington College-Community Symphony, the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra, and the Manassas Symphony.  She currently serves as pianist/organist for Fairview Baptist Church.   Mary strives to help her students become independent musicians, able to learn new music on their own.  As a member of the Rappahannock Music Society, Virginia Federation of Music Clubs, and National Federation of Music Clubs, she is able to offer several extra performance opportunities to her students if they choose.  She enjoys working with students of all ages. 

Doug Gately - Woodwinds/ Piano / Jazz Improvisation

Doug is the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Mary Washington. He is the conductor and director of the UMW Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Flute Ensemble and various Chamber Groups. In addition to directing various ensembles, he is the principle instructor of applied studies in flute, clarinet, saxophone, and jazz piano. As a multi-instrumentalist, specializing in woodwinds, Doug works within various jazz and classical settings; presenting master class clinics, solo appearances, chamber, orchestral, and jazz concert performances. He has toured and performed throughout the United States, Canada, South America, and Europe. Credits include performances with Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Mancini, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Manhattan Transfer, the Temptations, Mathew Morrison (Glee), Seth McFarlane, Michael Feinstein, and the National Symphony Orchestra. Doug was also a former member of the U.S Air Force's Premier Jazz Ensemble, the Airmen of Note. Doug is also an active jazz pianist, composer and arranger and leads his own Trio and Quartet. He is currently an Artist/Clinician for MITP (Music in the Parks). His latest album, E & S. is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD Baby and