Faculty

Dwight Fitch Jr., Fine Arts Director and Pianist

 

Dwight was born and raised in New Orleans. Musical studies began at age nine as a classical pianist. His training continued in both the classical and jazz genres with a Master of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans. Dwight serves as the Fine Arts Director for Crescent City Christian School, it's School of Fine Arts and worship leader for the Celebration Church Metairie/New Orleans campus while working also as an active professional pianist, vocalist, composer, songwriter and educator throughout the greater New Orleans area. Dwight can be heard on his releases: “For Those Who Believe” and "Healer You Are" at dwightfitchjr.com

Dr. Moises Bonella Cunha, Director and String Faculty

 

Increasingly recognized as a versatile and passionate performer, Brazilian-born violinist Moises Bonella Cunha has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Brazil, Italy, Russia, and United States. As winner of several competitions, Moises has been featured as a soloist with major Brazilian symphonic and chamber orchestras, including Bahia Symphony Orchestra, Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra, and Theatro Sao Pedro Chamber Orchestra. He has also appeared as a soloist with ARCO Chamber Orchestra, University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Florianópolis, Santa Maria Symphony Orchestra, SESI FUNDARTE Chamber Orchestra, Caxias do Sul Symphony Orchestra, and Unicamp Symphony Orchestra, receiving excellent reviews. Moises has also performed on Brazilian television such as TV Educativa and TV Senado as a soloist of the Projeto SESI Catedrais. At the invitation of renowned pianist Arnaldo Cohen, Moises Cunha performed a solo recital for a full audience at the prestigious Sala São Paulo in Brazil.

 

As an orchestra player, Moises has worked with notable conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Xian Zhang, Constantine Kitsopoulos, Cliff Colnot, and Carlos Miguel Prieto. He has served as the Concertmaster of the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra during the Indiana University Summer Music Festival, and also performed with the Indiana University Early Music and New Music Ensembles. Since 2018, Moises has served as Concertmaster and Artist-in-Residence of the Northern Neck Orchestra. He also performs regularly with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans.

Moises is passionate about educational outreach, and has given numerous masterclasses in the United States and Brazil. He has given masterclasses at FUNDARTE and Pelotas Federal University, and frequently presents masterclasses, and coaches chamber music and orchestra sectionals to the Orquestra Jovem Recanto Maestro in his native Brazil. Moises is currently on the faculty of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra and the Young Artist Academy, coaching chamber music and also mentoring and working with the youth orchestra in rehearsals and sectionals. He has also been a guest artist at Loyola University New Orleans, working closely with undergraduate and graduate students with orchestra repertoire.

Moises Cunha studied chamber music with Ik-Hwan Bae, Federico Agostini, Alan de Veritch, Jorja Fleezanis, James Campbell, Emile Naoumoff, and members of the Pacifica Quartet. He also performed in masterclass for Erich Rosenblith, Nam Yun Kim, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Arnaud Sussmann, Patinka Kopec, among others.

Moises Cunha holds a B.M. and a M.M. from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he was a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, Conrado Wessel Foundation Scholarship, The Scott C. and Kathrin Schutz Latin American Scholarship, and the Artistic Excellence Award. Moises Bonella Cunha completed the D.M.A. at University of Georgia in the spring of 2018. His primary mentors include Mauricio Fuks, Kevork Mardirossian, and Levon Ambartsumian.

Elizabeth Crute Cunha, Director and String Faculty

Elizabeth enjoys an active career as a chamber musician, orchestra player, and music educator. As the winner of the Augusta Symphony’s Concerto Competition, she performed Haydn’s Violin Concerto in G Major with the Augusta Symphony. Elizabeth was also featured as a soloist with the Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra, performing Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins in A minor with her now husband, Moises Cunha. 

 

Elizabeth was a member of ARCO Chamber Orchestra and was involved in multiple performances and recordings of classical and contemporary music with the ensemble. She toured with ARCO in Italy, performing at the 2011 UNESCO Conference in Venice at La Fenice. Elizabeth has also collaborated with the Molto Chamber Ensemble, including a special performance for Martine Mois, the First Lady of the Republic of Haiti in New Orleans. 

 

As an orchestral musician, Elizabeth has performed with ensembles such as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Philharmonic, Augusta Symphony, Asheville Jazz Orchestra, North Georgia Chamber Orchestra, and Hendersonville Symphony Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared in performances at the Amadeus Festival, Westabou Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, and Philadelphia International Music Festival.

 

Elizabeth is passionate about music education and the role that music and art plays in shaping our lives. She is currently the director of the Crescent City String Academy, which is focused on group classes and private lessons. In addition, she works with the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestras as the development assistant and rehearsal assistant, and is on faculty at the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts. She has also worked at the Philadelphia International Music Festival as a chamber music coach, the Director of the Children’s Program, and sectional instructor, where she worked with conductors Dr. Thomas Hong and Ms. Nina Wilkerson.

Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodson School of Music where she attended on a music scholarship. Her principal teachers were Levon Ambartsumian and Shakhida Azimkhodjaeva. She also earned her BS in environmental engineering while at UGA.