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Pizazz Teachers - 2022

(confirmed by 7/10/22)

All classroom teachers have had Live Scan done and are COVID-19 vaccinated.


Singing: Gloria Hilliard has a rich background in teaching music to students of all ages. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, and a Master of Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Gloria directs the Village Voices Chorale, teaches piano privately and is the Director of Music at the United Methodist Church Westlake Village where she coordinates all choirs and directs the adult vocal choirs. She is a member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California and the American Choral Directors Association.

Dance: Julia Felker has been a professional dance teacher, performer and choreographer with more than 50 years of training and experience in concerts, musicals and workshops. She performed for 10 years with the L.A. based Donna Sternberg and Dancers and was a member for 28 years of The Alleluia Dance Theater. Julia taught at Pam Rossi's Dance Ten for 26 years and at Conejo & Dos Vientos Community Centers from 1992 - 2020. She has directed the dance program at the University of Redlands, taught at Idyllwild School of Music & the Arts, and has been a guest at schools, retreat centers and with professional companies in various U.S. cities. Julia has been teaching at California Lutheran University as adjunct dance faculty since 2001.

Handbells & Choir Chimes: Nick Newkirk is the director of the handbell program and the 7th-12th grade vocal choir at the United Methodist Church Westlake Village. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from California State University, Northridge. He has studied under notable directors and has diverse stage experience performing in more than a dozen musical performances. Nick has more than 10 years of experience instructing children in various activities including voice, handbells, general music, and acting. He is the handbell choir director at the United Methodist Church Westlake Village. Nick also is a member of three professional music education organizations.

Enrichment: Leslie Frank has served  as organist of United Methodist Church Simi Valley for close to 30 years. She is an accomplished pianist who added the study of organ in her later life. In addition, she served as an Administrator and School Principal for more than 30 years.


Christine DeKlotz received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Southern California.  She plays with chamber music ensembles and accompanies soloists in recitals throughout Southern California.  DeKlotz derives much joy from accompanying the Los Robles Children's Choir and the Village Voices Chorale.  She is the minister of music at her church in Moorpark and teaches piano and recorder.

Leadership Team

Carol Ames, director, has been actively involved in the music program of the United Methodist Church Westlake Village for more than 40 years; she co-chairs the music committee, sings the choir, rings handbells and has been the administrative director of the Pizazz Music Camp since its inception.  Carol also chairs the Communications Committee for the church and is responsible for coordinating publicity and advertising. She graduated from the San Jose Hospital School of Nursing, and has retired as a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center and at Buena Vista Hospice Care.

Lynn Dokken has been an assistant director of Pizazz during many of its 26 summers. She has been a member of the United Methodist Church Westlake Village for 30 years, involved in the music program as a singer, bell ringer and children’s choir director. Lynn has a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State, a Master’s degree in education from Cal State San Bernardino and teaching credentials from California Lutheran University. She has retired as a special education teacher in the Conejo Valley Unified School District and continues to provide supervision for Special Education teacher candidates through California Lutheran University. Lynn will also be teaching some of the handbell & choir chime classes in 2022.

Pizazz Music Camp was happy to be back for its 28th year in July 2022,

after needing to cancel in 2020 & 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns.

Stay tuned for information about Summer 2023.

Daily ScheduleMonday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. – Students bring a lunch and stay to rehearse the performance.

Friday 7 p.m. - Celebration Performance for family & friends

Questions? Call (805) 497-7884 or email

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