Casas Adobes Fine Arts Academy (CAFAA)
Casas Adobes Congregation Church has a long history of supporting the arts within the church and the community. Founded as an outreach program over 40 years ago, Casas Adobes Fine Arts Academy or CAFAA, currently consists of local musicians, artists and teachers who educate anyone and everyone who are eager to become a student of the arts. Classes and Individual lessons are available to church and non-church members at a cost set by the instructors. For available times please contact the church (520.297.1181) or the teachers directly. This program has been self-sufficient from its humble beginnings and currently houses four private teachers of trumpet, voice, piano, and cello as well as two visual arts classes. Short bios of three of the private teachers appear below:
A Tucsonan since 1991, Matt Rinaldi hails from the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont. Matt received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Trumpet Performance with a Conducting and Theory Concentration from the University of Arizona. Matt has a rich vocal background, performing and conducting in church choirs throughout his career and for the likes of the late Pope John Paul II. Matt is currently principal trumpet with Trio Capriccio and The Rinaldi Jazz Duo. Matt is also a private trumpet teacher and an Adjunct Professor of Music at Pima Community College.
Soprano Allison Sanders graduated from Western Oregon University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. She went on to audition for the vocal performance program at the University of Arizona where she was awarded a full graduate scholarship. In 2007, Allison graduated from the University of Arizona with a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance. She has sung professionally with a number of opera companies including San Diego Opera, Portland Opera, Cascadia Concert Opera, Eugene Opera, and currently sings with Arizona Opera. Besides performing, Allison enjoys teaching private and group voice and piano lessons.
Jennifer Swegle graduated from the University of Arizona in 2004 with a BA in Music and a minor in Business Administration. Her primary focus was piano accompanying. Jennifer has accompanied countless vocal soloists/choirs/instrumentalists and was employed as a cocktail pianist for Carnival Cruise Lines. She has been teaching private piano lessons since 2008. Jennifer is a member of the National, Arizona State and Tucson Music Teachers Associations.
The Drawing Studio presents a series of classes as Casas Adobes including Drawing Fundamentals and traditional Sumi-e painting. Interested aspiring artists can contact The Drawing Studio for a catalog of classes and registration information at www.thedrawingstudio.org.