Academy Orchestra Director
Carey Moorman is the Concertmaster for the Space Coast Symphony and also performs in the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Moorman has been the Principal Second Violin for the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, the Associate Concertmaster for the Pine Bluff Symphony and the Fort Smith Symphony as well as Principal Second Violinist with the Conway Symphony. He was previously a Tenured Violinist with the Arkansas Symphony and performed with the Pinnacle Players Chamber Orchestra and the Wildwood Opera Festival.
Mr. Moorman has several solo Concerto performances on violin and viola with Orchestra to his credit as well. His chamber music collaborations ( on both violin and viola) include Scott Kluksdahl, J.T. Posadas, Michael Wiseman, Ayako Yonetani, Bharat Chandra, Phil Paglialonga, Daniel Askerov and many others.
Mr. Moorman was the 1st prize winner in the Stella Boyle Smith Young Artist Competition and the Little Rock Music Coterie Competition. He has performed in masterclasses for Yfrah Neaman and Jonathan Carney. Mr. Moorman studied with Professor Kevork Mardirossian who is now at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and earned his degree in Violin Performance at University of Central Arkansas.
He has been 1st violinist with Encore String Quartet, Pinnacle String Quartet, and the Falstaff String Quartet. Mr. Moorman serves as Program director for Satellite and Delaura Summer string camps in Brevard County, violin clinics for the Pine Bluff Orchestra Workshop, coached musicians for the Brevard Chamber Music Seminar, and judged Concerto Competitions throughout Florida. Currently, he is serving as string consultant in the Satellite Beach Feeder Chain schools in their orchestra program.
Symphony Orchestra Conductor
Samantha Felber is a violinist from Brevard County. She graduated from Titusville High School and then attended the University of North Florida where she received her Bachelors of Music Education Degree. While at UNF, Ms. Felber studied violin under Dr. Simon Shiao and Melissa Barrett. She performed in masterclasses for the Tokyo String Quartet, Project Trio, Time for Three, and Brooklyn Rider.
Ms. Felber is currently the Orchestra director at Heritage High School. During her time at Heritage, the performing ensembles have increased from three to five and have begun attending state music performance assessments. Ms. Felber teaches violin privately and still performs regularly. She has performed with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra, alongside the Canadian Brass, for the Cocoa Village Playhouse, and at numerous venues in the county. Ms. Felber is an active member of NAfME and FOA.
Mark P Nelson, Artistic Director
Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor
Maestro Nelson has been a conductor, clinician, and educator for 37 years. He received his undergraduate degree from New Jersey City University and his Master's degree in interpretive conducting from Trenton State. While at Trenton, he served as a guest clinician and conductor throughout the New York Metropolitan area, including performances at Carnegie Hall, St Patrick’s Cathedral, and the 5TH Avenue Presbyterian Church in Manhattan along with appearances on classical radio station WQXR in New York City. He is recognized internationally through his conducting of orchestra ensembles at the renowned Midwest Clinic, the National Association for Music Educators national conference, National Band Association conferences and the American School Band Directors Association national conferences. He has conducted ensembles across the nation from California to the east coast. He has been honored by the Florida Bandmasters Association with the “Oliver Hobbs Award” for outstanding contributions to bands in the State of Florida. Most recently he was honored by being selected, by the John Phillip Sousa Foundation, as a Legion Laureate and was inducted by them into the Foundation at the 2013 Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Mark is sought after as a guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and has conducted numerous All State ensembles. He maintains memberships in FOA, FBA, NAFME, NBA, CBDNA, ASBDA and the Conductor’s Guild. He is currently writing his doctoral dissertation through Boston University.
Michelle Tyler Scheen
Michelle Scheen is a Woodwind specialist. She started playing flute at age 10 and starting learning saxophone in junior high and clarinet in college. She is a product of Brevard County Schools and graduated from Eau Gallie High School. She attended Brevard Community College to earn her A.A. in music and went on to receive a Bachelor’s in Music and Secondary Education from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. She performs at the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, The Henegar Center for the Arts, and The Annie Russell Theater. She is a member of the Space Coast Flute Orchestra and the Space Coast Big Band. She is also known for playing ethnic and world flutes.
During the day, Mrs. Scheen is the Band and Orchestra Director at McNair Middle School in Rockledge, FL. She is also a member of The Florida Bandmaster’s Association, The Florida Orchestra Association, The Florida Music Education Association, The Florida Flute Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity for women.