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


Krystyna Guillory

Beginner Strings Instructor

Josh Hebert

Percussion Instructor

Sharon Pappion

Guitar Instructor

Ted Romero

Guitar Instructor