Officers and Board of Directors

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 Duncan is the resident technical director of  “Central Florida Vocal Arts” and is proud to be apart of an organization dedicated to providing performance opportunities and operatic education to the masses. Sean also works as a freelance Stage Manager in central Florida and surrounding communities such as West Palm Beach. Sean has grown up around all aspects of technical theatre and has developed a passion for lighting and scenic design he puts to good use in his daily life.

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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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Diana Isola, Chairman of the Board

Diana Isola, Chairman of the Board

Diana graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelors of Science in Child Development & Family Studies.  She worked in Mental Health Case Management and continues to volunteer in Outreach and Family services. She and Ed have been happily married for over 25 years and have been blessed with three wonderful children.  She looks forward to her involvement in helping CFVA to thrive and flourish!

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Ron Branom, Vice Chairman of the Board

Ron Branom, Vice Chairman of the Board

Ron Branom is a Senior Project Manager for CBRE Construction and is also the owner and founder of Generation IV Construction.   He attended both Bowling Green State University and Rollins College.  He has a passion for car racing and sound engineering, often providing sound services for Central Florida Vocal Arts. Ron loves nothing more than spending time on the farm with his beautiful wife Jenelle, the horses and their dog Ollie.

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Ed Isola, Chief Financial Officer

Ed Isola, Chief Financial Officer

Ed graduated from Texas Tech University with a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies  (Finance) and is a principal/owner of Isola & Associates, LLC which is a commercial real estate financing company based in Maitland.  He and his wife (Diana) are excited to be involved with CFLVocalArts and helping to expand their presence in Central Florida.

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Katy Barrales, Board Secretary

Katy Barrales, Board Secretary

Katy Barrales was born and raised in Orlando and graduated from the University of Central Florida where she received her Bachelors in Event Management. Katy currently works for her father’s company and is proud to support and be part of the family business. She has over 10 years experience in the hospitality industry, which include coordinating diverse affairs at Luma on Park and Prato restaurants in Winter Park and fundraising events for The NASCAR Foundation in Daytona Beach. Katy has a strong passion and admiration for the arts and...

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Carolin Requiz Smith, Board Member

Carolin Requiz Smith, Board Member

Carolin graduated from Indiana University with a Master’s Degree in Education. She is a dynamic professional with broad leadership and policy experiences in state and municipal government, not-for-profit, private, and education sectors. These experiences include re-engineering public sector agencies; developing international trade and cultural exchange programs; healthcare reform, public relations, community advocacy, and teaching. Carolin has served on numerous boards and commissions and has a passion and appreciation for the arts. Carolin...

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