Alicia Ferrin is an Arizona native and established music director, teacher, and performer. She began studying piano and the age of 7, violin at 10, and voice at 16. Growing up, she quickly became known as a versatile musician, studying classical, musical theatre, and jazz styles of music. She began accompanying choirs in middle school, beginning a lifelong love of collaboration.
She is a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a degree in Piano Performance with an emphasis in Collaborative Studies. While there, she was named a winner in the Concerto Competition, making her concert debut with the NAU Symphony Orchestra playing Dimitri Shostakovich's 2nd Piano Concerto. She studied piano with Frank Scott, Rita Borden, and Janice Chen-ju Chang, voice with Jose Ricardo Pereira, and violin with Kimberly Sullivan. She has over 12 years of accompanying experience, including posts with Shrine of the Ages lead by Edith Copley, Sedona Academy of Chamber Singers lead by Ryan Holder, Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, and the Arizona chapter of ACDA.
After graduating, she moved back to Phoenix to explore opportunities in the world of musical theatre, both from the orchestra pit and the stage. Theatres she has worked with include Stray Cat Theatre, Brelby Theatre Company, Desert Stages Theatre, Greasepaint Theatre, Zao Theatre, Arizona Regional Theatre, Mesa Encore Theatre, and Flagstaff Music Theatre.
She currently lives in Phoenix with her fiance, CJ O'Hara, where they continue to pursue and share what they love.
For the past 2 decades CJ has been at the helm of musically directing numerous musicals, cabarets, and showcases. Starting at the age of 9 with piano, he quickly realized his love for all types of music, but more specifically the musical theater genre. His other instruments are guitar and trumpet, both of which he teaches and plays professionally.
He attended William Paterson University where he earned his BM in Music Education with a focus in piano performance, voice and brass pedagogy. Immediately after college, he spent 10 years teaching public & private schools. He also grew his private lesson and theater business with local theaters and even wrote several musicals, one of which made its NY debut!
In 2015, CJ decided to move out to Arizona to grow his business and work on his flight training. Since being out here, he’s had the privilege of musically directing, playing and even being on stage in a variety of theaters in the valley including Brelby Theater, TheatreWorks and Ghostlight.
While working with theaters and growing his business, he also performs professional close-up magic and has his pilot’s license with instrument rating.
Whether it’s finding the perfect audition song, getting the student to feel confident on trumpet, teaching a great audition workshop, leading the ensemble at the piano or having an entire room sing along to his music, CJ has a great passion and enthusiasm for what he does and loves sharing the music & magic!