Voice, Theatre, Bak & Dreyfoos Prep, Music Theory
Adriana Zabala Ayoub
Adriana Zabala Ayoub has established herself as one of the most sought after voice teachers in Palm Beach County. She is a native South Floridian and frequent guest artists with many of the area’s performing arts organizations, including the Palm Beach Opera and has been featured on various local radio and television networks. She has traveled aboard luxury cruise ships around the world and is currently traveling with her One Woman Shows throughout Florida as well.
Adriana Zabala received a full scholarship from Florida State University and has a degree in Vocal Performance. She is recognized for her effortless vocal ability in a variety of songs and genres ranging from Classical Opera to Musical Theatre.
Encouraged by her own educational experiences, Adriana has served as an Artist in Residence at Bak Middle School of the Arts as well as numerous High Schools in the Palm Beach County. She has also served as a judge for the entry auditions for both Bak Middle school of the Arts and Alexandre W. Dreyfoos High School of the Arts. Adriana has been teaching private voice for over 17 years and is the owner of Adriana Zabala’s Voice and Music Academy in Lake Worth where she continues to share her love for music with all her students.
Voice/ Piano/ Guitar/ Music Theory/ Bak & Dreyfoos Prep
Chase Wheeler, born and raised in Florida, began his formal training at the age of 10 as an instrumentalist. Since then, he has become proficient in piano, oboe, trumpet, guitar, flute, and clarinet. Chase began his formal training in voice at the age of 15, studying under Jackie Stressman, a current performer for Disney’s Voices of Liberty. At age 17, he was awarded second place in the prestigious Future Stars competition for young artists. Through this, he was able to record with Grammy award-winning producer, David Ruttenberg.
Chase later attended Florida Atlantic University and earned a B.A in Music (vocal performance and education). Through his collegiate studied, he was able to participate in various summer programs, including Anúna International Summer School in Ireland. Since then, Chase has been apart of multiple traveling ensembles and has been featured on local radio networks.
Chase has enjoyed sharing his love for music for 7 years and has worked in multiple schools in Palm Beach County. He is very excited to work at Bak Middle School of the Arts as an Artist in Residence next year.
John graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA earning degrees in music performance for Jazz/ Contemporary guitar, and Music Therapy. He studied intensely with Ken Karsh and Joe Negri, and has worked as a professional guitarist/vocalist and guitar instructor since 1998.
John has worked with many bands and as a solo act. He has performed in nightclubs, nursing homes, hotels, resorts, casinos, state correctional facilities, wedding ceremonies and receptions, riverboats, as well as many corporate and private events.
For ten years, John traveled the world performing on luxury cruiseliners for Disney, Celebrity, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and Holland America Lines. He currently performs at several area hotels and resorts and works with several bands.
Voice/ Piano/ Songwriting/ Theatre, Bak & Dreyfoos Prep, Music Theory
Chelsea began her formal training at the age of 13 when she joined The Young Singers of the Palm Beaches. She studied under the instruction of owner, Adriana Zabala and went on to attended Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts for high school. She later attended Rollins College on a full scholarship to earn her B.A in Music; Vocal Performance/education under director Dr. John Sinclair.
Chelsea has performed both nationally and internationally as a soloist and with groups such as the ACDA national honor choir, the Bach festival choir and more. She has also performed in numerous operas, musical theatre productions, and even at Walt Disney World.
Although her training is primarily classical, Chelsea has been in numerous contemporary bands and ensembles and performs and teaches many different genres, from rock/pop, to folk, blues, country, reggae and more. Chelsea strives to make her lessons fun, educational, and relevant for her students. She loves incorporating technology into lessons when possible and greatly encourages her students to pursue performance opportunities.
Drums, Guitar, Piano, Studio Engineering
Jamie is a drummer/percussionist with a B.A. in Music and a minor in Jazz Studies from The University of Delaware. He is a member of The Heavy Pets, a nationally touring rock outfit based in South Florida. His drumming can be heard in regular rotation on Sirius/XM Radio as well as terrestrial radio stations in The United States and Canada. Over the years, he has had the honor of performing at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, New Orleans JazzFest, and Jam Cruise among others and has played/recorded with legendary producer Charlie Calello, David Grisman (The Grateful Dead), John Popper (Blues Traveller), G. Love, Kris Thomas (The Voice), Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers), George Porter Jr (The Meters), Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews), and Felix Pastorius. In addition to The Heavy Pets, Jamie does studio sessions and performs regularly around South Florida.
Voice, Bak & Dreyfoos Prep, Music Theory
Jones holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Jones currently performs in West Palm Beach, Florida with the Robert Sharon Choral performing as soloist in Vivaldi’s Magnificat as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s medley from the Phantom of the Opera. Jones is currently on a recital tour performing in Mississippi, Alabama, Chicago, New York and throughout the South Florida area.
Voice, Bak & Dreyfoos Prep, Music Theory
Karol Lubben started studying voice, piano, and music theory at age nine in her native country, Colombia. Winning her school’s voice competition at age 11 fueled Karol’s ambition to become a professional musician. At age 15, Karol moved to Miami, FL, and continued her music studies at the magnet music school, Coral Reef High School. Furthering her music studies at Miami Dade College, Karol pursued classical voice and soon discovered her passion for jazz and contemporary music. Alongside her studies, Karol taught private voice and piano lessons at the music studio Miami Music Works. Transferring to Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBAU) in 2014, she continued her study of jazz, popular genres, and songwriting while earning her B.A. in music.
At PBAU, she met her husband, Michael Lubben, and began singing and performing with his band, The Lubben Brothers. As a member of the band, she’s performed throughout Palm Beach County and collaborated in recording the band’s first E.P. of original songs, Finding Home, in 2017. Karol currently is a worship music leader at Faith Presbyterian Church, singing and playing guitar and keyboard.
Voice, Musical Theatre, Vocal Pedagogy, Bak and Dreyfoos Prep
Casey Kunmann, soprano, is equally at home singing operatic, concert, chamber, and crossover repertoire ranging from renaissance to contemporary music. Ms. Kunmann holds a Bachelor of Arts from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She teaches both classical and musical theatre styles of singing and has been successful in preparing students for their auditions for Bak and Dreyfoos Schools of the Arts. Her goal as a teacher is to help her students learn to create the most healthy, effortless, efficient sound possible so that they can accomplish their musical goals, enjoy the gift of singing, and share their gift with others.
As a soloist, Ms. Kunmann has performed with Marsh Chapel Choir at Boston University, Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches, and the Colleges of the Fenway, where she recently made her Messiah debut. Her operatic experience includes roles in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (Frog), Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Belinda), and Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites (chorus). In 2016, she won second place at the Florida Gold Coast NATS competition. This summer, she is attending the Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute at the Aspen Music Festival and School.