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Coda Fine Arts
& Fine Arts Kidz


Songs Among the Hills

This year we will be celebrating music from our mountain heritage! We can't wait to get to know you and create art together.



Coda Fine Arts Kidz

Dates: July 10-15, 2022

Times: 8:30a.m. - 1:30p.m

Ages: 4-10*

Location: 2588 Maple Ave., Fayetteville, WV 25840

Check-in: Sunday, July 10, 2:30-5:00 at Fayetteville Christ Fellowship

Activities include rhythm ensemble, art, choir, food art, woodworking, folk dancing, and theatre classes in addition to lessons on either guitar, ukulele, violin, viola, cello, drums, mandolin, banjo, or voice. 

Cost: $150.00

scholarships available

Transportation provided in the Fayetteville/Oak Hill area

*Four-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.





Coda Fine Arts

Dates: July 17-22, 2022

Times: 8:30a.m. - 4:00p.m

Ages: 11-17

Location: 2588 Maple Ave., Fayetteville, WV 25840

Check-in: Sunday, July 17, 2:30-5:00 at Fayetteville Christ Fellowship

The class offerings are similar to Coda Fine Arts Kidz, but with more workshops and ensemble time.


By discretion of the faculty, orchestral strings may participate in chamber music and extended orchestral rehearsals.

Cost: $175.00

scholarships available

Transportation provided in the Fayetteville/Oak Hill area







Both camps will be held at The Coda Center and Fayetteville Christ Fellowship. Breakfast, lunch, and a mid-morning snack will be served. If a family is unable to do both weeks of camp, age exceptions for siblings will be made on a case-by-case basis. However, it is encouraged for kids to attend their age-appropriate camps! For more information, email or contact Kathie Kiser at (304) 619-5971 or Perri Kiser at (304) 619-5990.

There will be a final concert on the Friday evening of each camp (July 15th and 22nd) with more information coming soon.



*Please note that both camps begin on Sundays this year*


Contact: kidz@codamountain.comKathie Kiser at (304) 619-5971; Perri Kiser at (304) 619-5990


We can't wait to make music with you!

what we do and why

Why Art Education?

Art encourages:

  • self-expression

  • team work and collaboration

  • community

  • problem-solving

  • visionary thinking

  • diligence and hard work

  • vulnerability

  • self-awareness

  • empowerment through personal creation

String orchestra rehearsal led by Emma Short of Richlands, NC

Student shows off box guitar made in woodworking class

Student and parent volunteer Carla Bower work on project in stop motion class

Grades, attendance, and behavior improvement have been connected with involvement in the arts. Ask us about the statistics from our after-school program!

Student string quartet rehearses during morning hours

Campers participate in folk dancing led by John Steadman of Cincinnati, OH

The arts call students to

listen harder,

look deeper,

and envision a better future

Campers work on landscapes in a watercolor course

Student poses with djembe after a rhythm class with Rob Gross

Fine Arts Kidz present final program for the community showcasing what they learned during the week

Meet Our Team
Kathie Kiser

Kathie Kiser

Director/Guitar Kathie has taught music in WV for the past 43 years. Her roles have included president of the New River Youth Symphony and Chorus, director of the NRYSC Beginner Chorus, and a classroom teacher, among others. Kathie holds a BS in Child Development and a BS in Social Work from Berea College and puts her energy toward helping children and parents achieve their goals and live happy, fulfilling lives. Kathie and her daughter Perri have been directing Coda Fine Arts since 2016.

Perri Kiser

Perri Kiser

Director/Strings Perri is an active teacher and performer based in southern WV and OH. She first began with Coda as a student in 2008 attending the SMF. Perri has taught in various capacities, from the beginner string ensemble Emerging Strings to preschool music in Seville, Spain. Perri earned a BM in Violin Performance and a BM in Instrumental Music Education/Piano from Liberty University and is currently pursuing an MA in String Pedagogy and Performance at The Ohio State University.

Andrew Foster

Andrew Foster

Guitar/Woodworking Andrew is a multi-instrumentalist based out of the Shenandoah Valley where he serves as the Worship Arts Director at Parkway Wesleyan Church. He graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Instrumental Music with an emphasis in percussion. Some of his other instruments include piano, tenor guitar, and hammered dulcimer. When he’s not making music, Andrew can often be found in his woodworking shop crafting anything from cutting boards to drums and electric guitars.

Robert Gross

Robert Gross

Drums Rob picked up a set of drumsticks at the age of three and immediately captured a passion for drumming and the creativity of music. He was a member of his high school band, participating in the corps marching, concert, and pep bands, as well as serving as a church percussionist. Rob has appeared at the Mountain Music Fest, Big Something, FunktaFest, and Valley Fusion Festival, and shared the stage with Larry Keel, Tauk, and Tyler Childers.

Kellie Pittman

Kellie Pittman

Head Cook Kellie is a child of God, wife, daughter, and mother to three beautiful girls here on earth and to a son in heaven. She is a cancer survivor, avid vegetable and flower gardener, and loves to cook and put smiles on the faces of others. Kellie and her family reside in Fayetteville, WV, where they love to be out exploring creation. Kellie's life verse is Psalm 37:4-5.

John Steadman

John Steadman

Rhythm/Folk Dancing From the greater Cincinnati area, John holds a BM in Music Education from West Virginia University and an MM in Music Education with an emphasis in Kodaly studies from Morehead State University. A music educator of 10 years, John holds an Orff Certification from Appalachian State University and a Kodaly Certification from MSU, in addition to a Smithsonian-Folkways Certification from WVU. John lived in Fayetteville for two years and loves returning over the summers for Coda

Taylor Schneider

Taylor Schneider

Piano Based in Raleigh, NC, Taylor graduated summa cum laude from Campbell University with a BA in Piano Pedagogy and earned an MM from Appalachian State University in Piano Performance, graduating as a Pi Kappa Lambda member. Taylor has performed in jazz ensembles, chamber groups, solo recitals, and as choral and musical theater accompanist, as well as a church pianist and music director. Taylor's passion is helping students of all ages develop their musical abilities.

Savannah Miller

Savannah Miller

Choir/Folk Dancing Savannah has grown up around a variety of music. She learned vocal technique during her seven years in the Nicholas County Girls Choir, directed by Amy Hypes, in addition to private lessons. She has taught for over a decade, including choir at Coda Mountain Academy, has a Level I Orff Certificate, and is the director of the New River Youth Chorus. Savannah is passionate about how music teaches teamwork and brings together a community of diverse souls that love to make music.

Emma Short

Emma Short

Violin/Orchestra Emma is from Carthage, North Carolina and is the orchestra director at Richlands High School and Trexler Middle School in Onslow County, NC. Emma’s passion for teaching stems from her love for students and sharing the gift of music. She also enjoys performing with the Coastal Carolina Community Orchestra based in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Emma graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education: Instrumental Music and a minor in Special Education.

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