99 Kingdom Hall Drive
Clyde, NC 38721
MusicWorks Studio of The Performing Arts
Established in 2002, MusicWorks! Studio of Performing Arts is a comprehensive arts program for students and adults ages 3 and up. The year round, non-competitive format includes intensive training classes in all areas of the arts, dance, music and theatrical productions, workshops, and master classes. It is the belief of the MusicWorks faculty and staff that the Arts are for everyone, regardless of background, age, or experience. We strive to provide a variety of opportunities to encourage creative thinking and self expression, while working to bolster self-esteem. Just like any sport or other activity-the more you do it, the better you become!
Owner, Artistic Director, Musical Theater, Voice, Harp, Piano, Tap & Jazz
Lynne Wells-Meyer’s love for the performing arts began early in life, starting with dance instruction in tap, ballet, and acrobatics at age 5. She also received formal training on piano for 12 years, flute for 6 years, and classical voice for 8 years. At the age of 9, she began pedal harp studies with retired concert harpist, Elsa Jennings of NYC, and the late Linda Booth of Charlotte. She began performing for weddings and special events by age 14, and at age 17, she made her symphonic debut with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. Upon graduating from high school, she attended Appalachian State University where she studied harp with nationally acclaimed harpist Jacqueline Bartlett. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Music Performance from Western Carolina University and was awarded a full scholarship for graduate music studies at the prestigious Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied harp with Dr. Ulli Brinksmeier.
Her musical talent served her well in her pageant endeavors as she won the titles of Miss Blue Ridge Valley in 1987 and Miss Greater Asheville in 1992. Both of these titles qualified Lynne to compete in the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant held in Raleigh.
Mrs. Meyer has a wide range or professional performing experience. She was employed for five years by the Dollywood Theme Park and Music Mansion Theater in Pigeon Forge as a singer, dancer, and instrumentalist in several shows. She has also performed with numerous symphony orchestras including the Knoxville Symphony, the Knoxville Opera Company, the Oak Ridge Symphony, the Huntsville Alabama Symphony, and the Asheville Symphony. She has performed with recording legends Ray Charles, Lou Rawls, the late Victor Borge, Paige O’Hara (“Belle” in the animated children’s film, Beauty and the Beast), the Four Tops and Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). Other regional performances include the Biltmore House Candlelight Tours, the Singing Christmas Tree at Arden Presbyterian Church and numerous weddings, parties, theatrical shows, special church services and other occasions. She has been an instructor of harp at the University of Tennessee and Western Carolina University and has been teaching private harp students for 15 years and private voice students for 8 years. She is an active member of the American Harp Society and the National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS).
In 2002, Lynne opened MusicWorks! Studio of Performing Arts. At the studio, and in her positions as arts instructor and active member of the Musical Theater Advisory Board at Western Carolina University, Lynne enjoys working with young people to develop their talents, and to instill confidence in them as performers and individuals. Lynne resides in Haywood County with her husband, Dan, and their two sons; 8-year old Eric, and 2-year old Matthew.
Sarah Jane Baker
Dance Educator; Lyrical, Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz
Miss Sarah Jane began training at age of 5 at The Dancer’s Pointe under the expert tutelage of Shelia Radford Sumpter and Marilyn Cloutier. She also studied at Center Stage Dance Studio in Asheville with Michele Lee and Elliot Bradley, as well as working with choreographers Dale Lamm and Jason Parsons. Sarah Jane attended UNC Chapel Hill where she was a member of the Carolina Dance Team (ranked #3 in the nation) for two years, then became choreographer and performer with the Carolina Style Jazz Company and Blank Canvas Dance. She graduated from UNC-CH in 2009 with a degree in Psychology and is excited to be back in the mountains! She currently resides in Asheville where she works with AmeriCorps teaching at-risk youth.
Ballet Mistress and Director of Ballet Productions
Mrs. Cloutier was born in Michigan, raised in Kentucky, and at the early age of fourteen, joined a ballet company in New York. Her early training was with Mme. Casson of the Anna Pavlova Company. She was also a student of George Balanchine, Michel Fokine, Ted Shawn, and Luigi. She was a scholarship student at the School of American Ballet and attended classes instructed by Muriel Stuart, Pierre Vladimirov and Anatol Vilzak.
She brings to the artistic field an expertise which includes all phases of show business…actress, dancer, choreographer, and production coordinator. Mrs. Cloutier performed as an actress-dancer in many night clubs, revues, Broadway musicals, and theaters across the United States, Canada, and Central America.
As a choreographer and producer, her long list of credits includes productions for the Tropicana Night Club in Las Vegas, the Carillon, Eden Roc, and Deauville Hotels on Miami Beach and special, intricate staging of underwater ballets for Weeki Wachee Springs and Sea World in San Diego. Mrs. Cloutier also produced extravagant productions for international firms, fund-raising gala events, fashion shows, beauty pageants, was instrumental in bringing lavish dance productions to the Orange Bowl Festival in Miami and assisted in the development of the inaugural ceremonies at Walt Disney World.
Office Manager, Instructor of Drama, Production Assistant, Costumer
Miss Adriane is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a degree in Theater and Costume Design. She has served as costume designer and production assistant for numerous productions across Western North Carolina. She also had the pleasure of receiving a student internship to Walt Disney World and she can give you all the backstage scoop on Disney!
Dance Educator; Adult Ballet
Ms. Debralee comes to MusicWorks with 25+ years teaching experience. She trained under ballet greats like Jeorge Samaniego and Risa Oganesof of Los Angeles, to name a few, and others like Alexander Gudonoff of Moscow, New York and Los Angeles, and Roseanne Ridings and Jimmy Reardon of Boston, Ms. Debralee performed for many years in dance corps and as a principal dancer in Los Angeles. After retiring from performance, she taught classical ballet in the Asheville area. Local instructional facilities include Asheville Center of Performing Arts and Center Stage One.
Dance and Musical Theater Educator
Tyler is originally from Long Island, NY and relocated to Charlotte, NC. He trained at Sports & Fine Arts Center and Central Academy of Technology & Arts in Charlotte, NC. He is a junior pursuing a degree in Musical Theatre and Dance at Western Carolina University. He holds the position of "Choreographer" for the Western Carolina University Dance Team and has choreographed and instructed throughout North Carolina. Tyler also serves as a choreographer and instructor at the well-know French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts summer camp in upstate NY.
Some of Tyler's favorite theatrical roles while at WCU include "Larry" in A Chorus Line directed by Broadway Veteran Charlotte d'Amboise, "Angel" in RENT directed by Owen Johnston (Broadway Rent/Miss Saigon), and "Hortensio" in Kiss Me Kate directed by Terrence Mann. Tyler has also been featured as "Principal Dancer" for The Prizery Summer Theatre in South Boston, Virginia.
Dance Educator: Ballet, tap, tumbling, preschool dance
Bio to come!
Music Educator; Piano
Ms. Linda comes to MusicWorks from Alaska but grew up in Pennsylvania. She began private piano instruction at the age of 6 and continued her instruction in piano and organ for the next 15 years. At the age of 18 she began her own private piano studio and taught up to 80 students per week in both solo and group instruction. She recently retired from nursing and is thrilled to be returning to her first love as piano instructor!
MusicWorks! Studio of Performing Arts recently opened in a brand new location featuring two large dance studios equipped with parent observation windows, a comfortable, spacious lobby, one private music studio, two bathroom/dressing areas, and a dance wear boutique. Central heat and air-conditioning is available throughout the building. Ample parking is available.
MusicWorks is centrally located just off of US Hwy 23/74 at 9 Forga Plaza Loop in Waynesville. From our studio you will also have easy access to several local businesses including Wal-Mart, K-Mart, several grocery stores, downtown Hazelwood and Waynesville shops, the Waynesville Library and plenty of restaurants and fast-food establishments!