Teaching Staff

Kathleen Evans

Director of the Symphonic Youth Orchestra

Director of the Pat Chaffin Ensemble

  • Bachelor of Music Education from McNeese State University, Magna Cum Laude
  • Director of Strings program at Oak Park Middle School
  • Graduate of Francis G. Bulber Youth Orchestra
  • Church cantor
  • Private tutor in instrumental and vocal music

Dr. Jay Kacherski

Head Guitar Instructor

  • Masters in Guitar Performance and Literature from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Texas at Austin
  • Fulbright Scholar
  • Visiting Lecturer in Music Theory at McNeese State University
  • Private tutor of guitar
  • Performs solo and ensemble guitar throughout the United States, Mexico, and Brazil
  • Guitar Instructor: Loyola, University of New Orleans, McNeese State University, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
  • Associate Artistic Director, "Classical Minds" Guitar Festival and Competition  
  • Associate Editor, Soundboard Magazine

Patricia Cavell Bulber

Conductor Emeritus

  • Bachelor of Music from Louisiana State University
  • Masters of Music from Louisiana State University
  • Additional studies at Florida State University and University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Associate Professor of Piano at McNeese State University (retired)
  • National officer in Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity


Sarah Dorn

Beginner 2 Strings Instructor

Bridge Class Instructor

Krystyna Guillory

Beginner 1 Strings Instructor

Josh Hebert

Percussion Instructor

Sharon Pappion

Guitar Instructor

Ted Romero

Guitar Instructor