Camp Staff

Kelly Pendergraft

President and Camp Director


Kelly Pendergraft has been an amateur theatre technician (techie), scenic designer and set builder in the southwest Oklahoma area for nearly 15 years.  Working with such diverse groups as summer camps, high schools and local community theatres he has developed skills in nearly all areas of technical theatre and as a herder of both student and adult volunteers.  Favorite past productions have included Jekyll and Hyde (MacArthur High School, technical director), Oliver! (Lawton Community Theatre, set design/construction), The Addams Family (Lawton Community Theatre, master carpenter), Footloose (MacArthur High School, technical director) and Circle Mirror Transformation (Blue Moon Productions, scenic design/construction and stage manager).


Pascal Garoute

Head Counselor, Social Media Specialist

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Pascal Garoute is a musician, composer, writer, actor, photographer, and stage manager. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Radio/Television Communication from Cameron University in Oklahoma and currently attends Berklee College of Music, studying Electronic Production and Design and Video Game Scoring. His artistic work spans a variety of different types including original songs, piano compositions, orchestral works, electronically produced music, an in-progress fully self-written musical, two in-progress fictional novels, and an in-progress book of original mythical tales. As well as working on his own individual endeavors, he has served as the Stage Manager for many theatrical productions, working with both youth and adult shows. Pascal loves to embrace collaboration with other artists, and it is his wish to always be a part of the worldwide artistic driving force that will continuously create a positive impact on the world. One of his greatest joys is knowing when artists are living out their passions and doing what they love.


Marlyn Marcos

Chief of Logistics and Scheduling


Marlyn Marcos attended the University of Central Oklahoma for Music Education and has been playing the violin for twenty years. She thoroughly enjoys serving as a camp counselor, as she has held that position at numerous different camps. She currently works as a merchandise manager and finance proxy to the North Texas Roller Derby league. Marlyn has been with the people of NGPAC for the past ten years, and she is very excited to add another year!

Musical Theatre Staff

Valerie Canon

Director of Musical Theatre, Choreographer,
Musical Theatre Curriculum

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Mrs. Canon's directing credits include: Roger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, The Music Man, Annie Get Your Gun, Children of Eden, Seussical the Musical, Once Upon a Mattress, Godspell, Heathers the Musical, Bat Boy the Musical. She has also conceived, written, and directed 3 musical reviews for Wayward Actor's Company in Louisville, KY. Valerie earned her BFA in ballet performance from the University of Oklahoma and has taught throughout the United States. Valerie has choreographed musicals to include: The Music Man, Evil Dead the Musical, 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, Young Frankenstein, The Wedding Singer, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, and many others. She has performed in numerous productions such as: A Chorus Line, Man of La Mancha, Evil Dead the Musical, Gypsy, Bare, Into the Woods, Spamalot, and Little Shop of Horrors.

Doris Lambert

Music Director, Vocal Coach,
and Musical Theatre Curriculum


Doris Lambert , is a well known and respected conductor, teacher and choral clinician in the Texoma region. She holds the Bachelor of Music Education-Vocal Emphasis, (magna cum laude) from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and the Master of Music in Vocal Performance (cum laude) from Midwestern State University and has done post graduate work in voice, choral conducting and piano.

Mrs. Lambert currently teaches private voice at Cameron University, conducts the Cameron/Lawton Community Chorale and piano class for music majors. Mrs. Lambert is the founder, conductor and artistic director for the semi-professional women’s chorus Bella Voce – feature performers for the Oklahoma Choral Directors Convention in 2013 and again on July 16, 2018 for the 2018 OkCDA Convention. She is also responsible as vocal coach and choral preparation for the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, including Brahm’s “Requiem”, Beethoven’s “5 th Symphony”, “Oklahoma”, “Music Man”, “I Do, I Do” and most recently for the presentation of Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town April 2019.
She has served as Music Director at New Post Chapel, Fort Sill, OK since 1987.

Mrs. Lambert is married to Dr. Jim Lambert, professor of percussion and music theory at Cameron University. They are the parents of one daughter, Rachel, who is married to Phillip Hales. When she isn’t conducting a choir or singing, Mrs. Lambert enjoys trying out new recipes, gardening and playing with grandsons Micah and


Matt Myers

Costumer/Theatre Curriculum


Matt Myers is an artist/designer whose work crosses several disciplines. He is a graduate of Ringling College of Art & Design, holding a BFA w/Honors in Illustration. He has enjoyed a diverse career in the art/design fields, the bulk of his artwork centering on site-specific murals and painting series. His work is on display internationally in hotels, restaurants, and cruise ships, including Disney Resorts. Most recently, he has created Costume/Set/Graphic Design and Scenic Art for various theatrical venues. Recent costume designs include: Carmen, Gypsy, La Traviata, The Boy Friend, Death of a Salesman, La Boheme, Exit the King and Faith County. In his capacity as Costume designer for NGPAC, he has designed High School Musical, The Addams Family, and the upcoming production of The Drowsy Chaperone. After a decade as Costumer/Costume Construction Instructor at Missouri Southern State University,
he began his current position as a Life Drawing instructor at Ringling College.


Claude Garoute

Counselor, Pit Musician


Claude Garoute is a pianist, composer, and arranger currently studying Film Scoring and Contemporary Writing and Producing at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. A pianist for fourteen years in a variety of settings both classical and contemporary, he has performed as a solo artist, participating in numerous ensembles, bands, and chamber groups. He has served as an accompanist at district and state solo/ensemble contests, high school choir concerts, community theatre productions, and various other functions. After having developed a passion for vocal music through participating in youth and community choirs, show choirs, and many musical productions during his elementary, middle, and high school years, he is often engrossed in the world of choral music and currently serves as the director of two student-run choirs at Berklee.

James Thompson

Counselor, Acting


James Thompson is an actor and costumer from Louisville, KY. He graduated from the University of Louisville in 2015 with a B.S. in Theatre Arts, after which he toured children’s theatre professionally for two years. His training was primarily focused on physical theatre, having studied in Italy under the renowned Michele Bottini in Dario Fo-style storytelling and Commedia dell’Arte. Some of his favorite roles include Peter in Peter and the Starcatcher, Bobby in A Chorus Line, both with Mind’s Eye Theatre Company, and the Governor in The Story of Qu in its English premier at Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy.

Ashlynn Lockhart

Counselor, Acting


Ashlynn Lockhart is an 18 year old, sophomore BFA Musical Theatre major at Ouachita Baptist Universty, pursuing a career in musical theater performance. Her favorite roles include Morticia in "The Addams Family", at NGPAC, the Baker's Wife in "Into the Woods, and Mayzie in Seussical. She has been in the National girls' choir in Philadelphia and has experience with stage managing five of Tennessee Williams's one acts at OBU in 2019. As an NGPAC alum, she is excited to help students learn and grow in this process.

Sarah Palmintier

Counselor, Acting


Sarah Palmintier is an 18 year old sophomore at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. She is majoring in Music education with a minor in theatre. She has been in choir for 8 years, and is a member of the NSU chamber singers. She has performed in over 30 productions in over 10 years and has been a camper at Next Generation Performing Arts Camp since it opened its doors in 2017. Sarah has also dabbled in stage management and directing in local and college productions. Her favorite roles include Alice in The Addams Family musical at NGPAC, Donna Taffeta in the Abbey Players production of The Taffetas, and Lady Larkin in Broadway Bayou’s production of Once Upon A Mattress.

Trinity Strecker

Counselor, Choreography


Trinity Strecker is a 19 year old dancer, musician, NGPAC alum, and student from Holiday Island, Arkansas. At five years old, she started dancing and was cast in her first production as Trouble in the opera Madame Butterfly. She started singing and playing violin when she was eleven, and has since picked up piano, guitar, ukulele, and cello. Her favorite roles in theater include Ursula in The Little Mermaid and Grandma in the Addams Family (the latter at NGPAC!). She is a pre-med student at Arizona State University studying Psychology and Family and Human Development with an emphasis in child development and is Team Captain of ASU’s competitive ballroom dance club.

Strings & collaborative piano staff

Jose Batty

Director of Strings

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Jose is excited to lead the strings camp at this year’s NextGen Performing Arts Camp! Throughout the year Jose teaches at El Sistema Oklahoma and at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. He is also the conductor of the Alegria Orchestra at El Sistema and the Southwestern College Youth Symphony. Outside of teaching and conducting, Jose plays with the Enid Symphony and the Painted Sky Opera pit orchestra and is the personnel manager of the Oklahoma Haydn Festival. Having gone to high school in Lawton, he is very excited to bring this camp to Cameron University and share in a week-long journey of friendship, music making, and musical growth.

Alexandra Baker Fackler

Director of Collaborative Piano/Accompanying


Alexandra Fackler, originally from Northwest Arkansas, holds degrees in piano and collaborative piano from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma respectively. Fackler is a staff accompanist at Oklahoma City University, an accompanist for Canterbury Youth Voices Central Chorale, and a freelance pianist and teacher in the OKC metro area. Alexandra has experience coaching vocalists, music directing, and accompanying a wide range of instrumentalists of varying ages and levels. She began accompanying at a young age and hopes to encourage other young pianists to do the same. Alexandra’s passion lies in educating young people and helping them delve into their repertoire to find their own passion.


Jacob Hiser

Violin Instructor, Violin I Sectionals,
Chamber Music Coach, Piano Accompanist

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Jacob Hiser is a versatile pianist and violinist who performs and studies a variety of musical traditions. Originally from Missouri, where he graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies, he now lives and works in Boston, having recently completed a master’s degree program in Contemporary Improvisation at New England Conservatory. He is currently a part-time piano faculty member at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, an accompanist for Boston Children's Chorus and New England Conservatory Preparatory School choirs. He also freelances around the Boston area. During the month of June, he is a faculty member at the Missouri Fine Arts Academy, a three-week summer residential program for highly-motivated student artists in visual arts, theatre, dance, creative writing, and music.


Maria Marcos

Head Counselor, Violin Instructor

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Maria Marcos is a student at the University of Central Oklahoma pursuing degrees in nutrition, dietetics, and food management and violin performance. She currently serves as the concertmaster of the UCO symphony and chamber orchestras. Outside of school, she works as the manager and nutrition consultant for Ellis Island Coffee and Wine Lounge, volunteers at El Sistema Oklahoma and Mobile Meals, and plays with the Enid Symphony. She finds immense joy in playing in ensembles and pit orchestras, and helping young people navigate through their musical journeys. Maria is extremely excited to spend another week with such an amazing and talented group of people!


Cheyenne Rain

Cello Instructor

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Cheyenne Rain is a cellist originally from Northwest Arkansas. She began her early career playing in rock bands. She fell in love with classical music in her teens and went on to pursue performance degrees at University of Arkansas and Oklahoma City University. She currently teaches cello in Oklahoma City both in her private studio and at El Sistema Oklahoma. Cheyenne is a section member of Oklahoma Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and often performs with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra. She is involved with a number of non-traditional projects as well that include studio recording and a four-piece folk band called Ties that Bind. Her passion in teaching lies in helping students step out of their comfort zone in a fun and supported environment.


Ryan Kyker

Counselor, Violin/Viola Instructor

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Ryan is a senior violinist/violist at the University of Central Oklahoma studying with Dr. Ralph Morris. He is acquiring a bachelor degree in instrumental music education, as well as a minor in interpersonal communication and psychology. Ryan's passion for playing chamber music and fostering musical relationships is an element that he is very excited to share with you all this week, along with guiding you to a broader understanding of music, expression, and collaboration. He also is hoping you can help him! As a violinist/violist, Ryan's biggest qualm right now is choosing which is better. Can you persuade him?


Sara McKean

Counselor, Violin/Viola Instructor

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Sara McKean is a recent graduate from Oklahoma City University preparing to start her first year of teaching this coming fall. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree.

During her time at OCU Sara served as the President of the University chapter of the Collegiate National Association for Music Education. She was a member of the Symphony Orchestra as a violinist under the baton of Jeffrey Grogan. Sara studied violin privately with Dr. Sophia Ro. Sara was also a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority.

Sara has taught private lessons on violin and viola. She has also been on the faculty at El Sistema Oklahoma since 2016 as a viola instructor.