Contemporary Music Team
Cherie Call, Artistic Director Pop Music
Cherie Call has been writing songs since her early teens. She has released nine full length albums of her own songs. Cherie is a two time finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Newfolk Songwriting Competition. She’s played “in the round” at the legendary Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. Her songs have been featured in independent films, including the Banff Award winning “True Fans”. Cherie’s most recent album is a children’s album called, “The Buddy System”, a collaboration with singer-songwriter Lyndy Butler. From this album, their song, “The Astronaut and The Mermaid” recently won the grand prize in the children’s category of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Cherie is a member of the Utah supergroup, The Lower Lights. She teaches songwriting at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah and is the artistic director of the Pop Music Company at Utah Conservatory of Performing Arts. Cherie is married and has four children.
Adam Holdaway, Director No Limits Performing Company
Adam graduated from Brigham Young University with a BM in Music Education. He has over 20 years experience in teaching, both privately and in the public schools. Adam is also a free-lance musician and producer. Adam has had the opportunity to share the stage with many talented artists, including Grammy winning artist Randy Bachman, Steve Smith from Journey, session drummer Gregg Bissonnette, and local artists Jericho Road, Cherie Call, and Sam Payne. He is proficient on both drums and bass and has been performing for over 25 years. He got his start playing in local bands. His first major band, Nectar, took the local market by storm back in 1992. Shortly after that, he joined the band Mulberry Drive, which also became a big success both locally and in college markets throughout the country. Their first single, “Thousand Years” reached all the way to #14 on several Indy radio charts. He has also performed with several other local acts, including Lewis, Wave O’ Blues, Steam Donkey, Bobo’s Revenge, Phat Daddy, The Brother Chunky Band, and the Stewart Dodge Band.
Cori Ollerton, Director Fusion Performing Company
Cori is honored to be directing Fusion as well as teaching our Contemporary Vocal Tech classes. She has been performing for years, most recently in the car with her 4 kids. Cori received an MDT degree from BYU in 1992 and has taught voice for 24 years. Her performing has led her to over 16 different countries and given her opportunities to sing for commercials as well as video and stage productions. Although she loves her job and performing some of her favorite roles are just make-believing in her own living room. It’s amazing what we can become when we just believe. Pop music and styling are all about the person creating the story. Let’s live what we know!
Kelly Kuhnen, Director Fusion Performing Company
Kelly Kuhnen Butler has performed all over the country. Kelly was a member of the Deseret Book group Providence. She has starred in many Michael McLean productions, including The Ark (original cast) and Celebrating The Light (touring company). Currently, Kelly plays the lead role of Connie Lou in The Forgotten Carols. She is an accomplished studio singer, with credits on several projects. Kelly has a BFA in Music Dance Theatre from Brigham Young University, where she was a Young Ambassador. She has been a private voice teacher for 20 years. She is married to Jon Butler and is a mother of four great kids!
Tiffany Nutter, Faculty
Tiffany Nutter spent the majority of her formative years fronting her family band with her siblings, singing at events all over Southern California. She began training in classical piano at the age of 4 and received superior marks multiple times in both Certificate of Merit and The National Piano Guild. She trained in ballet, tap, and jazz for over a decade and began choreographing professionally for show choirs before graduating high school. She spent two summers performing in and accompanying shows at the beloved Playmill Theatre in West Yellowstone, Montana. Tiffany then traveled to Osaka, Japan, where she was a member of the inaugural cast of Universal Studios, where she met her husband. She received a scholarship from the MDT program at BYU, where she would later graduate with her BFA. She played multiple lead roles in, music directed, and choreographed many shows around the Utah Valley at the SCERA, Hale Center Theatre, and the short-lived Grove Theatre. She headed the choral department at Lehi High School before graduating from BYU and starting her family. She has spent the last decade in California, raising her 4 children, teaching private voice and piano lessons, singing with the Orange County Millennial Choir Organization, and creating and directing musical revues for the community. She is happy to be back in Utah where there is an unsurpassed love and appreciation for the performing arts.