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Bradley Caliva

Wind Ensemble, Cadet Band

Bachelor of Music, Texas Tech University

Bradley Caliva has been teaching Instrumental Music for the past three years – all of it in the USA. For three years prior to coming to NCPA, Mr. Caliva taught Beginning. Instrumental Music and Intermediate Band at Dailey Middle School in Austin, Texas. While working on his undergraduate degree Mr. Caliva was an active performer on the Euphonium. He was named winner of the Texas Tech University Concerto Competition in 2013 and was runner up in the MTNA Young Artist Competition in 2012.

Chelsea Hill

Concert Choir, Women's Choir, Choral

Bachelor of Music Education, Florida State University

Before moving to China in 2014, Chelsea Hill taught a variety of music subjects including chorus, piano, private voice, orchestra, music theory, and world music as Choral Director and World Music teacher at Osceola Fundamental High School in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has also worked as Assistant Stage Manager for the Florida State University Opera where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with highest honors. She is now pursuing Master of Mustic in Music Education at University of Michigan.

John D. Salminen

Cadet Band, Wind Ensemble

Specialist in Music Education, the University of Miami
M.A., Michigan State University
B.A., Temple University

John D. Salminen has more than 33 years of teaching experience, including 31 years overseas in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Amman Jordan, Belgium, Indonesia and the U.A.E, and 13 years of Department Head experience. Prior to coming to NCPA, he was the Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair and Director of Bands at the American Community School of Abu Dhabi.

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Kayne Edwards

Choral

B.M.E., Otterbein University

Kayne Edwards has been a music teacher since 2013. Prior to joining the faculty at NCPA, he taught middle and high school choir, orchestra, music theory and music history at Seoul Scholars International in Seoul, South Korea. While in Korea he has also served as Department Chair of Fine Arts and Foreign Languages, as well as being the Coordinator of After School Programs. As a professional musician, Kayne has performed in choirs, orchestras, chamber ensembles, and musicals in the United States and South Korea. In Seoul, he had the great honor of performing for ambassadors from around the world, as well as directing a semi-professional production of the musical "Cinderella." Kayne is a United States native from Ohio, where he is licensed to teach music K-12.

Naarah Callender

Middle School Music

B.A., Kennesaw State University

Naarah Callender began her teaching career at Asia Pacific International School in Seoul, South Korea, where she co-taught grades K-5 general music and grades 6-12 choir. She has been passionate about music since she was very young and loves sharing that passion with her students. Prior to teaching, Naarah taught choir with the Atlanta Music Project, a non-profit organization that brings high quality music education to the underserved youth of Atlanta, Georgia. When she is not teaching, Naarah loves exploring new cities and trying new foods.

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Nancy Jane Francis

Choral, Instrumental

B.Ed., B.Mus., North Carolina Central University

Nancy Jane Francis is a jazz bassist, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music instructor who relocated from New York to North Carolina in her teens, where she grew up listening to her parentʼs jazz records, singing and playing winds and brass in various school bands. Her first degree in Geological sciences was put aside in favor of making music with her husband, Jay Manley. Their band Velvet performed, recorded and toured from 1996-2009. In 2016, she earned her degree in Jazz Studies and Music Education at NCCU where she received instruction from Dr. Ira Wiggins and Branford Marsalis. “I try to say yes to any gig so I can challenge myself to be in the moment and create something beautiful.” Jane has also been a performer in both UNC Chapel Hill Philharmonia and the Duke Symphony. Both she and her husband are very much looking forward to working with NCPA students, helping them deepen their relationship with music.

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Richard Bright

Instrumental

M.Ed. (cand.), Belmont University
B.F.A., Wayne State University

Richard Bright began teaching in 2015. After completing a Bachelor's in Fine Arts in music from Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, he played in various ensembles around the United States. Returning to college to pursue a career in teaching, Richard completed post-baccalaureate education at Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee. His first job was teaching second through eleventh grade music at Vision International School in Qatar. Richard pioneered the curriculum that is currently used for music at VIS. Richard created the school's guitar class elective and introduced a piano lab. Richard is eager to begin the new adventure with NCPA.