Connor Kilian Weigand, Executive Artistic Director
Connor Weigand grew up dancing at The Rock School of The Pennsylvania Ballet under the direction of Bo and Stephanie Spassoff. While at the Rock, Connor performed with the company in Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. For high school Connor attended the Southern New Jersey Academy of The Performing Arts under the direction of David Kloss. While in high school, Connor performed with the dance company Dance Fusion run by Suzy Zucker. While dancing for Fusion, Connor was able to travel the country performing at such venues as NCAA March Madness, Major League Baseballs All-Star Game, and for the NHL. After finishing high school, Connor joined the first national tour of The Music Man playing the part of Tommy Djilas.
Connor attended Marymount Manhattan College’s dance program under the direction of Katie Langan. After only one year in the program Connor was offered a contract with The Scappino Ballet of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
After returning state-side Connor joined The Chase Brock Experience. Connor danced four seasons with the company and received great reviews from The New York Times, The Village Voice and Variety. While with the company, Connor also toured with The Radio City Rockettes for four seasons in The Christmas Spectacular.
Connor has been on faculty at New Dance Group in Manhattan and has subbed at Steps, Broadway Dance Center, and Dance New Amsterdam. He has also taught master classes in North America and Europe. Connor’s students have gone on to The Juilliard School, Marymount Manhattan, Fordham’s Ailey Program, Oklahoma City University, Butler University, Lines Ballet and are dancing on Broadway and in companies such as American Ballet Theater, Netherlands Dance Theatre II, Nevada Ballet, and San Fransisco Ballet.
Recently, Connor was one of 20 teachers and directors chosen to attend School of American Ballet’s national teacher’s weekend.
From 2012-2017, Connor took the helm at Allegheny Ballet Company. As Artistic Director, Connor built a premier summer ballet program bringing dancers from across the country and offering training and choreography from The Balanchine Trust.
Connor has sent dancers to prestigious summer intensives at Houston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet West, Boston Ballet, Hubbard Street, School of America Ballet among others.
After 2 years as Executive Director for PASCP, Connor is excited to continue with the foundation that Rebecca built over the years.
Kayla McCloskey, Associate Artistic Director
Kayla McCloskey began training at Allegheny Ballet Company at eight years old. She has attended programs at American Ballet Theatre, The School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet training with renowned teachers and choreographers.
She attended college at American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City majoring in Musical Theatre.
She was offered a teaching position at Allegheny Ballet Company working closely with Artistic Director Connor Kilian Weigand. She assisted setting The Nutcracker and choreographed new works for the company: Rodeo, Firebird, “Glass Pieces”, “Something for Cat”, and “Concerto in F”. In 2017 she was offered a teaching position at the Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania. She has choreographed musicals such as The Music Man (P&J Productions), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (SCCT), and Chess (FUSE Productions). She has performed: Demeter in Cats, Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, Susan the Silent in Finian’s Rainbow, and Zaneeta in The Music Man. Along with dancing in Chess, It’s Been Fifty Year Today: A Tribute to the Beatles, and with Boundless Bodies Contemporary Ballet.
Kayla is also currently a Co-Artistic Director of Boundless Bodies Contemporary Ballet with Connor Kilian Weigand, Brandon Porter, and Chivas Merchant-Buckman along with a teacher here at PASCP.
Vicky McQuaide, Studio Director
Vicky is an experienced instructor in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre and African dance, and enjoys all styles of dance. She received her initial training from the St. Thomas School of Dance, and was a member of the Ballet Theatre of the Virgin Islands, in her hometown of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Vicky went on to graduate from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts - Dance Emphasis, focusing specifically on anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and teaching dance. She performed with the Contemporary Dance Company, Orchesis, and toured Israel with the Dance Collective.
Vicky has taught at the University of the Virgin Islands, the Pennsylvania State University, Lock Haven University and Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania (PASCP). She is thrilled to be teaching and choreographing for PASCP! Vicky resides in Centre Hall with her husband Jim and their two daughters, Maria and Sophie. Vicky and Jim own vjmStudios, a photography studio located in Boalsburg, PA.
Tim Farrand, Music Director and Conductor of Youth Orchestra
Conductor and pianist Timothy Farrand, is currently Assistant Conductor of the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, working alongside Music Director Yaniv Attar. He is also Assistant Conductor of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra (aka CPYO), where he collaborates in planning rehearsals and chamber music coachings.
Tim has served as rehearsal conductor with the Penn State Campus Orchestra and other Penn State ensembles. In addition to these appointments, he assists and is mentored by conductor and Music Director Teresa Cheung of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra.
As a collaborative pianist, Timothy has worked extensively with both vocalists andinstrumentalists on a wide variety of repertoire. He also enjoys working as anensemble pianist with the Penn State Orchestras and Symphonic Bands. Since 2015, he has served as the Piano Coordinator for the summer Honors Music Institute at Penn State University. Both as a conductor and a pianist, Timothy is passionate about performing student compositions through Penn State’s Musica Nova concert series.
Starting his conducting studies at an early age, Timothy has participated in several conducting workshops and festivals in the United States and abroad. While at these workshops, he was privileged to working with conductors Harold Farberman, Mark Gibson, Apo Hsu, Donald Portnoy, Maurice Peress, Paul Vermel and many others.
Recently, he completed his second summer of study with Larry Rachleff and Donald Schleicher at the highly selective International Conducting Workshop and Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Timothy is currently in his fourth year of study at Penn State University where he will receive a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance. He studies piano with Dr. Timothy Shafer and conducting with Maestro Gerardo Edelstein.
Jonathan Dexter, Music Director and Conductor of the CPYO Chamber Orchestra
Jonathan Dexter, conductor and cellist, received music degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory, the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, and the University of Texas at Austin. Performance highlights include the Jimmy Fallon Show, The View, Fox and Friends, Rachel Ray, and live on Sirius XM satellite radio. Recently, Jonathan was part of the recording “Irving Berlin: This is the Life” with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra. Jonathan has been featured in many recordings including SONY Masterworks & Columbia Records recordings with singer Megan Hilty and at two sold out CD release shows in 2013. Other highlights include the Kerrville Folk Festival with David Amram (2011), the Trans Siberian Orchestra (2008-2012), and Mannheim Steamroller (2015-2016) He has been heard on film soundtracks for Bernie (2013) and A Scanner Darkly (2006). He produced strings for the 2011-2013 seasons of NBC’s TV series Smash and composed the original score to the short film Recess, an official selection at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. With the Allegria Ensemble, Jonathan has been a part of a musical outreach show “How to Listen to Classical Music” with Debbie Trudeau funded by the PA Council on the Arts (2014-2016). Jonathan performs with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Music at Penn’s Woods Festival, principal cello with Altoona Symphony, and with his own original music trio, THE UNBANNED, seen at Arts Fest and monthly at the Happy Valley Brewing Company.
Mr. Dexter is a much sought-after cello teacher, highly esteemed by his students. He is delighted to take the podium in front of the Chamber Orchestra.