Andrew L. Baughman (VAA Director, Musical Theatre, Humanities) is the Producing Artistic Director of The Landless Theatre Company and an Associate Artist with Maryland Ensemble Theatre. He works regionally as an actor, director, musician, playwright, and arts writer. Notable among his credits, Baughman played the title role and served as a co-arranger for the multiple Helen Hayes Award nominated “Prog Metal Version” of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Baughman holds a B.A. in Humanities from University of Maryland (Global Campus), and has been a K-12 classroom teacher for 20 years.

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Maggie Lewis (Visual Art) received a B.A in Fine Arts from University of Maryland, College Park with a minor in art history. She is currently teaching Kindergarten through Eighth Grade art at St. John’s Episcopal School in Olney, Maryland. She enjoys teaching art and working with students to bring out their creativity in the art room using mediums such as acrylic painting, drawing, ceramic sculpture, mixed media, and more.]


Dr. Andrei Pitkivka (Woodwinds) is a critically acclaimed educator and performer with twenty years of teaching experience, seven years at the university level, seven years at the high school level and nine years at the middle school level; provides workshops and master classes throughout the United States, Asia and Europe; flute maker of a variety of folk flutes of his native Ukraine, whose sounds have attracted listeners at concerts, festivals and educational workshops across the United States, Europe, Asia and South America; multiple appearances and performances on recordings in support of soundtracks for Broadway, Disney, The Lord of The Rings, Medieval Times, etc.; Eastern European background with extensive world music research keep him in demand as a recording artist and a maker of folk flutes.


Jeremy Milliner (Brass) received his BA in jazz from the University of Maryland, College Park and has been actively teaching since 2003. He teaches privately, but also through Music and Arts in both Germantown and Rockville. He also works sectionals and live demos with schools in the Montgomery County area.


Denis Malloy (Reed Specialist) is a versatile clarinetist, bass clarinetist, saxophonist and composer happily making diverse music in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore metropolitan area. He records and performs in a wide range of styles including classical, jazz, middle-eastern, cabaret and rock. Denis has performed with the Summer Opera Company in Washington, D.C., the AIMS Symphonie Orchester in Graz Austria, and the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia and is currently a member of The Georgetown Quintet. In the non-classical vein, he has performed with his own jazz duo, trio and quartet for various events and functions at venues including the Library of Congress, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Peabody Library. As a composer and improviser, he has composed music for several Silent Era films, both as an individual and in collaboration with the band Boister. He has performed live accompaniment to silent film at the Kennedy Center, American Film Institute (Silver Spring, MD), Charles Theatre (Baltimore, MD), Patterson Theater (Baltimore), Avalon Theater (Easton, MD), Baltimore Museum of Art, Walters Art Museum (Baltimore), and the Virginia Film Festival, among others. Denis appears on more than a dozen CDs, including two with Boister produced by respected producer Jim Dickinson. Recordings by Persian Flamenco group The Roya Ensemble, Boister, and his independent project TreeHouse Quartet, are available at CDBaby and iTunes. He is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.


Erica Spear (Elementary General Music, Flute and Piano Specialist) is an emerging flutist and educator. A graduate of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, she obtained her Bachelor of Music Degrees in Flute Performance and Instrumental Music Education.  In 2014, she completed a short study of Irish Trad music at the University of Cork (Cork, Ireland). Subsequently, she spent a semester studying solo performance and chamber music through the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Abroad, in Vienna, Austria.

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Fran Vielma (Drums) is an in-demand multi-percussionist, composer, and educator, whose esthetic integrates extensive knowledge of Venezuelan, Caribbean, South American music styles and beyond, the nuance and variety of concert music, as well as the freedom of jazz. Vielma’s latest release -Tendencias with the Venezuelan Jazz Collective represents his personal vision of contemporary Venezuelan Jazz made in NYC, and it was included on the Best 2018 Releases’ list by the NYC Jazz Record, Downbeat Magazine & Latin Jazz Network. As a performer, arranger, and orchestrator, Vielma has been involved in recording projects, tours, and festivals in three continents. His scholarly interests on the musics of the world and jazz have allowed him to offer seminars, lectures, and master-classes around the US and Latin America.


Priyant Sundas (Guitar) graduated from Berklee College of Music (Boston) on the Dean’s List with the Asian Scholarship Award. He has been teaching music for over 10 years to individuals of various age groups and diverse learning capabilities. Sundas has designed and mentored Hindustani Classical Music for World Guitar, and has been a recipient of an Award for extraordinary contribution in the field of music. Sundas has also been an active studio session player as well as a live performer, and has performed with various global artists. Priyant Sundas’ official YouTube channel:

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Allison Gosney (Voice) has had an extensive love of music from a young age. She grew up with a passion for musical theatre, including performing Godspell at the Hobby Center in Houston, TX and Lucy in You a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Her opera appearances include Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Anina (La Traviata), Frasquita (Carmen), and Second Lady (The Magic Flute). She has performed as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Missa Brevis in d Minor and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Rutter’s Requiem, and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum. She recently premiered Gary Fry’s Awake, Celestial Airs! under Conductor Duaine Wolfe at Carnegie Hall and won First Place: Upper Division at the CNYFL NATS competition. She received her Master of Music from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Bachelor of Science in Economics from American University. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Pooja Chawla (Playwrighting) is an actress and playwright from the Washington DC area. Before starting CARE Actor, she worked heavily with several arts education programs such as the visual arts program Abrakadoodle and after school drama enrichment program Rainbow Entertainment InterActive Children’s Theater. With a long time dream of starting her own arts program and an interest in the nonprofit sector, she pursued a master’s degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management at George Mason University. In 2008, she conducted a small acting workshop with a group of elementary age children that ultimately turned into the CARE Actor program. On the side, she writes, directs, and acts in plays throughout the region. Most recently she has appeared in The Princess and the Pauper: A Bollywood Tale at Imagination Stage and What It Means to Choke for the WOMXN on Fire Festival at Keegan Theatre.

Jeff Johns (Brass) grew up in the small town of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, located about 20 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. He started playing trombone in 4th grade, picked up Tuba in 6th grade and continued playing both through high school. After graduating from Jeannette High School in 2000, he attended West Virginia University where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 2004. During the summers of 2011-2013, Mr. Johns attended the American Band College of Sam Houston State University where he earned a Master of Music degree with a concentration in Wind Band Conducting & Pedagogy.

In the fall of 2004, Mr. Johns began his teaching career with MCPS as an assistant band & orchestra director at Walter Johnson High School. In 2005 Mr. Johns took over as the director of instrumental music at Northwood High School where he continued until the spring of 2013. In the fall of 2013, Mr. Johns began teaching at Farquhar Middle School where he continues teaching.

When not teaching at FMS, Mr. Johns has a full studio of private students on Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba. In those precious few moments each week that he is not working, Mr. Johns enjoys spending time with his wife Karen and his 6-year-old daughter Alexandra. His hobbies include bicycling, swimming and building Lego sets with Alex.

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