Officers Team

Theresa Smith-Levin, Chief Executive Director

Theresa Smith-Levin, Chief Executive Director

Lyric Soprano, Theresa Leigh Smith-Levin serves as the Chief Executive Director of CFL Vocal Arts. She also founded the organization in September 2012. Theresa holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a minor in Spanish from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree from the University of Miami. Currently, Theresa teaches voice at Valencia College, Dr. Phillips High School, West Orange High School and the new Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, while also maintaining a thriving private studio...

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Nishaa Carson, Artistic Director

Nishaa Carson, Artistic Director

Soprano, Nishaa Carson serves as CFL Vocal Arts’ Artistic Director. Nishaa holds both a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration. She currently teaches private voice and piano from her home studio in Ocoee, FL. Furthermore, Nishaa is a collaborative pianist and frequently accompanies for schools within the Orange County Public School District. Nishaa is proud to be affiliated with CFL Vocal Arts’ recent accomplishments such the 2015 Summer Institute, 2015 Lovesick Gala and our...

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Keith Newhouse, Director of Development

Keith Newhouse, Director of Development

With a background in musical theatre and elementary education (B.A. Wagner College, M.Ed. University of Florida), Keith is no stranger to the arts scene. Having performed for numerous theatre companies in NY and Central Florida, Keith is so thankful to have found his home and theatre family with Central Florida Vocal Arts. A Senior Instructional Designer for Wiley by day, Keith spends his days designing online graduate courses for colleges across the country. His nights are spent acting, teching, and directing around Orlando or just enjoying...

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Sean Duncan, Technical Director

Sean Duncan, Technical Director

Sean is thrilled to be involved with Central Florida Vocal Arts. He’s extremely humbled to be around such talent and a wonderful team. A chocolatier and server by day, Sean plans to attend Seminole State in the majoring in theatre, minoring in education.

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Holly Sahmel, Secretary

Holly Sahmel, Secretary

Soprano Holly Sahmel serves as CFL Vocal Arts’ Director of Press Connections and Promotions. Holly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree and actively enjoys teaching both voice and piano throughout Central Florida with the Orlando and Avalon Schools of Music. Moreover, as a Kissimmee native, Holly has also worked alongside several Osceola County high school choir programs as an adjudicator, clinician, private instructor and volunteer. Holly remains passionate about the advancement of music education and has served as an Instructor...

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Cristyn Schroder, Director of Social Media

Cristyn Schroder, Director of Social Media

Mezzo Soprano, Cristyn Schroder graduated from University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance Degree.   Since then, she has performed in various genres around the world, many that have included Central Florida in more recent years.  Aside from performance, Mrs. Schroder loves to teach and to direct music.  In 2011, she was named an ambassador for the city of Winter Park and the United States bringing 45 children to sing for Pope Benedict XVI at Sala Nervi and for a high Mass at St. Peter’s Basillica paving the...

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David Stone, Director of Fundraising

David Stone, Director of Fundraising

David graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Dance prior to attending Auburn University where he received with honors his Masters in Community Planning and Bachelors in Architecture. He is the Director of Architectural Services for Phil Kean Design Group, focusing on custom residential and commercial projects across the globe. David is also AIA Orlando State Director and the Co-Chair of Canstruction Orlando with Keith. He has taken part both on and off stage throughout Orlando, and on screen as a “featured Dancer” in...

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Justin Morrison, Orlando Light Opera General Director

Justin Morrison, Orlando Light Opera General Director

Justin Morrison, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is an avid performer and teacher in the Orlando area. He graduated from Duquesne University in 2014 with a Bachelors of Music degree in Voice Performance with a concentration in Opera and Classical Voice. He also completed minors of study in German and French language and enjoys practicing language and writing novels in his spare time. Not a stranger to the stage, Justin Morrison has performed many operatic and musical theater roles including Il Conte Almaviva and Figaro (Le Nozze di...

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