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 Kristy Fox  Mezzo-soprano Kristy Ann Fox, a native of Washington State, began her musical studies at the age of 9 on the piano before moving to the flute and voice in middle school. Ms. Fox received her Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Manhattan School of Music. While attending school, she performed the role of Mercury in John Eccles’  The Judgment of Paris  under conductor Kenneth Cooper. Before moving to New York City to pursue her operatic career, Ms. Fox made her professional debut in Spokane, WA with the Spokane Symphony and remained an active performer in the Inland Northwest; appearing with the Spokane Symphony orchestra and Spokane Opera. Since 2009, Ms. Fox has maintained a voice and piano studio of all ages in Olympia, Spokane, and New York City.   Dan Benz  Dan has been a dedicated and hard-working musician almost his entire life. He started by playing the piano at age 6 and graduated to the guitar at age 12, upon hearing the likes of Ted Nugent and KISS back in the ‘70’s. He started out on an old hand-me-down from a great aunt. That was good enough, and he has not looked back since! He brings a ton of high-energy and emotion to the stage through his playing. Dan is a world-class guitar instructor and enjoys sharing his appreciation for music with others. Cappella Music Academy is excited to have Dan Benz on its elite teaching faculty!

Kristy Fox

Mezzo-soprano Kristy Ann Fox, a native of Washington State, began her musical studies at the age of 9 on the piano before moving to the flute and voice in middle school. Ms. Fox received her Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Manhattan School of Music. While attending school, she performed the role of Mercury in John Eccles’ The Judgment of Paris under conductor Kenneth Cooper. Before moving to New York City to pursue her operatic career, Ms. Fox made her professional debut in Spokane, WA with the Spokane Symphony and remained an active performer in the Inland Northwest; appearing with the Spokane Symphony orchestra and Spokane Opera. Since 2009, Ms. Fox has maintained a voice and piano studio of all ages in Olympia, Spokane, and New York City.


Dan Benz

Dan has been a dedicated and hard-working musician almost his entire life. He started by playing the piano at age 6 and graduated to the guitar at age 12, upon hearing the likes of Ted Nugent and KISS back in the ‘70’s. He started out on an old hand-me-down from a great aunt. That was good enough, and he has not looked back since! He brings a ton of high-energy and emotion to the stage through his playing. Dan is a world-class guitar instructor and enjoys sharing his appreciation for music with others. Cappella Music Academy is excited to have Dan Benz on its elite teaching faculty!

 Kayla is a hardworking sophomore in high school who is a pleasure to have in lessons. We have been working on extending breath control, developing consistent vowel shapes, singing with dynamics, and an understanding of differing timbres and vocal registers. Last year she auditioned for her school's select choir and was accepted. Since then, she has continually put herself out there with auditioning for solos and performing in Cappella and school recitals. For this coming winter recital, she will be singing "Mary, Did you Know?". She has an incredible understanding of musicianship and always is extremely respectful and studious. Keep it up, Kayla!  --Ms. Kristen Keymont    Who’s your Teacher?  Kristen Keymont   What type of lesson do you take?  Voice   What has been your favorite thing you have learned here at Cappella?  How important the little things are.   What is your favorite color?  Black   What is your favorite food?  Orange Chicken   If you could join any band, what what band would you join?  Celtic Woman   What are your top three favorite sons and who are they by?  Tired by Alan Walker, Siuil a Run by Celtic Woman, High Hopes by Panic! At The Disco   What are some of your other hobbies other than music?  Being part of the school play and spending time with friends

Kayla is a hardworking sophomore in high school who is a pleasure to have in lessons. We have been working on extending breath control, developing consistent vowel shapes, singing with dynamics, and an understanding of differing timbres and vocal registers. Last year she auditioned for her school's select choir and was accepted. Since then, she has continually put herself out there with auditioning for solos and performing in Cappella and school recitals. For this coming winter recital, she will be singing "Mary, Did you Know?". She has an incredible understanding of musicianship and always is extremely respectful and studious. Keep it up, Kayla!

--Ms. Kristen Keymont


Who’s your Teacher? Kristen Keymont

What type of lesson do you take? Voice

What has been your favorite thing you have learned here at Cappella? How important the little things are.

What is your favorite color? Black

What is your favorite food? Orange Chicken

If you could join any band, what what band would you join? Celtic Woman

What are your top three favorite sons and who are they by? Tired by Alan Walker, Siuil a Run by Celtic Woman, High Hopes by Panic! At The Disco

What are some of your other hobbies other than music? Being part of the school play and spending time with friends

 Tawnya has been teaching at Cappella Music Academy for about 5 months, but has had a passion for music all her life. Growing up in a musical family, she has always loved singing and has heart for helping others find their own voice.  When she isn’t teaching, she is singing as 1st Soprano Section Leader in Sonoro Women's Choir. There are two concerts coming up on December 1st, 7pm at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, and December 2nd, 3pm at Steilacoom Community Church. Tickets are available at  brownpapertickets.com .

Tawnya has been teaching at Cappella Music Academy for about 5 months, but has had a passion for music all her life. Growing up in a musical family, she has always loved singing and has heart for helping others find their own voice.

When she isn’t teaching, she is singing as 1st Soprano Section Leader in Sonoro Women's Choir. There are two concerts coming up on December 1st, 7pm at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, and December 2nd, 3pm at Steilacoom Community Church. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com.

  “How Booked is My Favorite Teacher???”    Heather Parks - GUITAR/PIANO/DRUMS/UKULELE/BASS  100% BOOKED!   Kelvin Milliner - GUITAR/VOICE  100% BOOKED!   Alyssa Saunders - PIANO/VIOLIN  88% BOOKED - only 3 spots left!   Brittani Farrell - PIANO/VOICE  84% BOOKED - only 2 spots left!   Josh Wiedenmeyer - DRUMS/GUITAR  94% BOOKED - only 4 spots left!

“How Booked is My Favorite Teacher???”


Heather Parks - GUITAR/PIANO/DRUMS/UKULELE/BASS

100% BOOKED!


Kelvin Milliner - GUITAR/VOICE

100% BOOKED!


Alyssa Saunders - PIANO/VIOLIN

88% BOOKED - only 3 spots left!


Brittani Farrell - PIANO/VOICE

84% BOOKED - only 2 spots left!


Josh Wiedenmeyer - DRUMS/GUITAR

94% BOOKED - only 4 spots left!

 Mia B. - Piano & Voice, Stacey H. - Piano, Kaelyn J. - Piano & Ukulele, Marilee M. - Piano, Owen M. - Ukulele, Josie M. - Ukulele, Seth R. - Guitar, Angelique S. - Voice, Aiva S. - Piano, Nolan C. - Piano, Angela K. - Piano, Courtney W. - Guitar, Ana P. - Piano, Amelia B. - Voice & Guitar, Eric J. - Voice, Lily H. - Ukulele, Annika M. - Voice, Cameron M. - Ukulele, Collin S. - Ukulele, Jason O. - Guitar, Cheyenne W. - Voice, Chayla W. - Voice, Michael W. - Piano, Shelby W. - Violin, Emily J. - Voice, Braedon W. - Voice, Ed N. - Percussion, Hope M. - Guitar, James H. - Piano, Barbara L. - Flute, Maggie S. - Guitar, Hannah D. - Cello, Ty C. - Guitar & Voice, Marion N. - Guitar, Valesska F. - Piano, Bianca M. - Piano, Audrianna R. - Piano, Lucia L. - Violin, Airalynn V. - Piano, Jeffrey T. - Guitar, Aidyn R. - Guitar, Max H. - Percussion, Bryce B. - Guitar, Jude K. - Guitar, Tanisha G. - Violin

Mia B. - Piano & Voice, Stacey H. - Piano, Kaelyn J. - Piano & Ukulele, Marilee M. - Piano, Owen M. - Ukulele, Josie M. - Ukulele, Seth R. - Guitar, Angelique S. - Voice, Aiva S. - Piano, Nolan C. - Piano, Angela K. - Piano, Courtney W. - Guitar, Ana P. - Piano, Amelia B. - Voice & Guitar, Eric J. - Voice, Lily H. - Ukulele, Annika M. - Voice, Cameron M. - Ukulele, Collin S. - Ukulele, Jason O. - Guitar, Cheyenne W. - Voice, Chayla W. - Voice, Michael W. - Piano, Shelby W. - Violin, Emily J. - Voice, Braedon W. - Voice, Ed N. - Percussion, Hope M. - Guitar, James H. - Piano, Barbara L. - Flute, Maggie S. - Guitar, Hannah D. - Cello, Ty C. - Guitar & Voice, Marion N. - Guitar, Valesska F. - Piano, Bianca M. - Piano, Audrianna R. - Piano, Lucia L. - Violin, Airalynn V. - Piano, Jeffrey T. - Guitar, Aidyn R. - Guitar, Max H. - Percussion, Bryce B. - Guitar, Jude K. - Guitar, Tanisha G. - Violin

  APPRENTICE : Ava K., Nathan M., Ava S., Brayden S., Marco M., Izabella S., Courtland B.   SONGBIRD : Samuel S., Atticus C., Mathew C., Marianna S., Mya J., Parker G., Joshua C., Jacob K., Jacob N.   MUSICIAN : Alex A., Mason P., Peter W., Kalista W., Josie A., Charlie J., Gracie H., Ethan M., Skylar K.   ROCK STAR : Ruth S., Anneca P., Jacob T., Glen B., Patricia B., Madilynn B., Frankie T., Adam B., Terry S., Mason P., Marianne C.   ALLEGRO : Joshua M., Mychal H., Aurora S., Jace L., Jasmine B., Cydney A., Savannah F., Gavin S., Avalyn L.   VIVACE : MacKenzie W., Abigail M., Moriah F., Ericka C.

APPRENTICE: Ava K., Nathan M., Ava S., Brayden S., Marco M., Izabella S., Courtland B.

SONGBIRD: Samuel S., Atticus C., Mathew C., Marianna S., Mya J., Parker G., Joshua C., Jacob K., Jacob N.

MUSICIAN: Alex A., Mason P., Peter W., Kalista W., Josie A., Charlie J., Gracie H., Ethan M., Skylar K.

ROCK STAR: Ruth S., Anneca P., Jacob T., Glen B., Patricia B., Madilynn B., Frankie T., Adam B., Terry S., Mason P., Marianne C.

ALLEGRO: Joshua M., Mychal H., Aurora S., Jace L., Jasmine B., Cydney A., Savannah F., Gavin S., Avalyn L.

VIVACE: MacKenzie W., Abigail M., Moriah F., Ericka C.

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