Staff

Band

Christian Academy School System | Christian Academy of Louisville | English Station Campus | School of the Arts

Matt Wooten is in his 14th year at Christian Academy of Louisville as the director of bands, and his eighth year as the director of the School of the Arts. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Western Kentucky University. Matt has been married to his wife Leslie for 19 years, and they have two children, Sammy (13) and Hannah (9).  

This year, he would, “like to see all of my students find the same love for Christ that they have for music. Realizing that all of this is possible through His perfect creation that is music.”

Christian Academy School System | Christian Academy of Louisville | English Station Campus | School of the Arts | Nicole Bullard

Nicole Bullard, Assistant Band Director. Some of Nicole’s musical background consists of being a charter member of the Tyler Junior College indoor percussion ensemble, who finished as a PIO finalist in their first competitive year at the 2007 WGI World Championships. For the 2007 drum corps season, she performed with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps in their front ensemble. In 2008, Nicole returned to the TJC indoor percussion ensemble, where they received 1st place at WGI World Championships in PIO. In 2009 she competed in the same WGI group where they were PIO finalists and in the 2010 winter season, Nicole returned for her age out year and had the opportunity to perform with TJC on their WGI tour in Europe.

Nicole earned her degrees from Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas under the direction of Tom McGowan and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana with Ken Green. She is also a member of Kappa Kappa Psi.

Currently Nicole is living and teaching in Louisville, KY where she is going on her 8th year working with Christian Academy. She is also an active member of the IUS concert band, orchestra, and Commonwealth Brass Band in New Albany, Indiana.



Kristin Ungaro is in her second year at Christian Academy of Louisville as the middle school band director and assistant high school director. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Education at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York, and her Master of Arts in Flute Performance from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Prior to coming to Christian Academy, she spent nine years in a public school in Buffalo, New York, teaching elementary and middle school band. A favorite experience during her time at Christian Academy: “Christian Academy has formally introduced me to the world of Marching Band, and each year, I am moved by its intensity and its unique way of communicating the gospel. Mr. Wooten does an incredible job of shepherding the hearts of the students so that they are primed to express with profound maturity and humility the most significant message of all.”


Choir


Christian Academy School System | Christian Academy of Louisville | English Station Campus | School of the Arts | Cassandra Ungaro

Cassandra Ungaro is in her fifth year at Christian Academy of Louisville as the high school choir director and high school chapel band director. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Education and her Masters of Worship Leadership, both from Liberty University. Under her direction, the Christian Academy of Louisville High School choirs have consistently achieved distinguished ratings at KMEA performance assessment. In 2014, the Christian Academy Chorale received an award for being the top mixed choir for the Festival of Music competition in New York and in 2016, they placed first in their class for the Festival Disney competition.

“One of the many things that I enjoy about teaching is seeing a student’s face light up when their understanding of the fundamentals translates into making beautiful music.”


Christian Academy School System | Christian Academy of Louisville | English Station Campus | School of the Arts | Angela Stephens

Angela Stephens is in her sixth year at Christian Academy of Louisville as the middle school choir director, assistant high school choir director, and the middle school chapel band director. Angela holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Liberty University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Louisville. Under her direction, the Christian Academy of Louisville Middle School Choirs were selected as one of two middle school choirs in the state of Kentucky to perform at the Kentucky Music Educator’s Conference in 2015.

“More than learning how to sing, I pray that my students grow to love Jesus and honor Him with all they sing, say, and do. Soli Deo Gloria!”


Orchestra


Christian Academy School System | Christian Academy of Louisville | English Station Campus | School of the Arts | April MacDonald
April MacDonald earned her undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Louisville School of Music, and her Master’s Degree in Education from Indiana University Southeast, with additional studies from Ohio State University in string education studies.  She began her teaching career in the Shelby County school system, then the Jefferson County school system in Louisville. In 2006, feeling led to Christian education, Mrs. MacDonald accepted the Orchestra Director position at Christian Academy of Louisville.  Under her direction, the orchestra program grew from two orchestra, which included approximately twenty-two students, to a program today that includes four orchestra, servicing well over a hundred string players.  In 2005, the CAL Chamber and Symphonic Orchestras were selected to perform at the Kentucky Music Educators annual teacher conference. Mrs. MacDonald is an active member of the Kentucky Music Educators Association, where she has served All State Commonwealth Strings coordinator for three years, and, most recently, six years as Festival Manager for KMEA District 12 here in Louisville.  Her family includes her husband of sixteen years, Mike MacDonald, and two children:  Brooke, a cellist in the high school Chamber Orchestra, and Kaden, a string bass player in middle school orchestra.



Courtney Morrison is the middle school orchestra director and assistant high school orchestra director. She earned her Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Louisville and is working on her Graduate degree in Music Education from Eastern Kentucky University. Before her time at Christian Academy, Courtney was the orchestra teacher for South Warren Middle and High Schools for Warren County Public Schools in Bowling Green, KY.

“I love seeing students grow together as a team. Once students work as a unit, we are able to use our music as a medium to convey our love and God’s love for creation.”