PRELUDE ACADEMY OF THE ARTS INSTRUCTORS
Paul and Charlotte Lewis are Dade City residents who are passionate about providing music to their community. Both instructors hold degrees in music from the University of South Florida and teach a wide range of string and percussion instruments.
Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Double Bass, Cello, Composition
Paul Eddison Lewis has composed a variety of works ranging from electronic music to pieces for large ensemble. In 2014, Lewis' work The Ninth Gate was honored with the BMI Student Composer Award. Lewis’ involvement in electro-acoustic music has resulted in works for fixed media and works for live instrument and electronics. In 2019, Lewis’ work was commissioned from the Tampa City Ballet in the production of “7th Avenue in Ybor,” which has been featured on Good Day Tampa Bay, Bay News 9, Ybor MainStage Theater and the Palladium. Paul holds a BM in composition from the University of South Florida studying under Baljinder Sekhon and Paul Reller. He has also participated in masterclasses with composers including Stuart Saunders Smith, Hilary Tann, David Lipton, Robert Morris, Michael Schelle and Yotam Haber. He was selected as the featured student composer in the USF student showcase concert for the NASM committees visit to USF. In addition to his compositional achievements, Lewis is also an active music performer with experience playing contrabass with the USF Symphony Orchestra under the direction of William Wiedrich, Mostly Pops Orchestra under the direction of Robert Romanski, and playing cello for the Dade City symphony. In 2019, Paul was selected to be the conductor for the USF Health Orchestra and is currently performing under his direction. Lewis also teaches many aspiring musicians who have achieved honors and awards such as All State Honors, Superior ratings from Solo Ensemble, District Winner in the National Piano Auditions, and First chair seating for All County.
Violin, Viola, Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Piano
Charlotte Lewis is a classically trained violinist with a passion for performing, currently residing in Pasco County, Florida.
Charlotte holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the University of South Florida. She has performed with the USF Symphony Orchestra, the USF Honors Orchestra, the South Shore Symphony Orchestra, and the Dade City Symphony; she has attended music festivals such as Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and CODA Mountain Academy and has participated in workshops with The Florida Orchestra and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. She has been featured as a soloist with the Dade City Symphony, the Thursday Musicale, and the USF New Music festival.
Charlotte is an active performer of contemporary music and has premiered many new works for both chamber ensemble and solo violin in the Tampa Bay area; she enjoys working with living composers to help bring their work to life onstage and in the recording studio.
In addition to classical and contemporary music, Charlotte loves to connect with her Appalachian heritage through fiddle and folk music.