Instructors

Kris Huston

Kris is the co-founder and owner of HSMT. With over 25 years of experience as a worship and music director, teacher and performer, Kris holds an M.A. in Theology and degrees in both Music and Theater from Concordia University Irvine. She manages and directs HSMT while raising her 3 boys who are also active in performing arts. Kris and her husband, Dru, recorded multiple albums and ran their own tours before taking full-time music jobs. Along with directing shows, teaching classes, and running two Musical Theater competition groups, Kris also teaches Voice, Acting, Musical Theater, Beginning Piano, Audition Coaching and Worship Band at HSMT.













Carolynn Schmahl

Carolynn Schmahl has been part of the Huston Performing Arts faculty since 2015. She earned her BA in Music from Chapman University's Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, where she was classically trained as a mezzo-soprano. Carolynn has acted as music director for several shows with HPA, including Honk, Annie, James and the Giant Peach, Shrek, A Christmas Story, and Seussical. Especially dear to Carolynn are her private-lesson students, many of whom have been cast as leading roles in local productions and have placed in the Musical Theater Competitions of America in the soloist category. She has also designed and directed several camps at HPA to teach musicianship skills such as sight reading, knowledge of music theory, composition, music history, and audition preparation. She loves to watch her students grow in their abilities and confidence, and believes that everyday she gets to make music is a good day.











Dru Huston

Dru Huston is not only the co-founder and owner of HSMT but is also the drum and percussion teacher. Dru studied music at the prestigious Chapman University School of Music and has a diverse background in classical and modern percussion and drums. He has extensive knowledge of percussive instruments in both the live and studio settings. He also leads various tasks at HSMT including set design, costume design, sound engineering and writing drum & percussion composing.

















Christine Abraham

Christine Negherbon-Abraham appeared in The Little Mermaid, Oliver, Yankee Doodle Dandy & Mary Poppins (Associate Choreographer) at MTW! She has toured nationally/Internationally with My Fair Lady (Eliza u/s), Best Little Whorehouse(Starring Ann-Margret), 42nd Street(Peggy Sawyer), Chicago & The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Favorite regional credits include: Elizabeth(Young Frankenstein), Jennyanydots(Cats at The Muny/Sacramento Music), Mrs. Wilkinson(Billy Elliot). TV credits: Hart of Dixie, Haunting Evidence. She has directed & choreographed all over the United States. Select credits include: 42nd Street(Norris Theatre), Hairspray & White Christmas(Mac-Haydn Theatre), Billy Elliot(Alaska Center for Performing Arts) to name a few. Christine is a Master Teacher Artist with both the Segerstrom Center & Center Theatre Group. She is on faculty at Studio School & Palos Verdes Performing Arts. She is Co-Founder/Author of www.TheThrivingArtists.com with husband and actor, Joe Abraham. They have 2 children and live in LA.

Mark Peng

Mark started his lifelong musical journey in the Bay Area, when he joined the Ragazzi Boy's Chorus at age seven. He eventually ended up in Southern California, where he graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance summa cum laude. Mark has performed a wide variety of styles that range from Moonface Martin in Anything Goes, Caldwell B. Cladwell in Urinetown, to Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro and Betto in Gianni Schicchi. His collaborations with OCYSO, the Chapman Orchestra, and Pacific Symphony has led him to perform in venues such as the Musco Center and Segerstrom Concert Hall. An active performer and teacher, Mark also works as a musical director. Mark strives for all his students to develop a lasting love and passion for music.








Shannon Sheen

Shannon is a former Los Angeles Laker Girl and currently the choreographer of the Nickelodeon children's show Mutt and Stuff. She is also the choreographer for the children's television series and touring stage shows for Yo Gabba Gabba. She has been performing and choreographing for many years and has several film/TV credits. She also teaches technique to several Orange County high schools and studios and is the coach of El Dorado's award winning dance team in Placentia. She loves working with kids and sharing her passion for dance and she is excited to be a part of Huston School Of Music and Theatre.













Kevin Nelson

Kevin has a passion for the performing arts, having a BA in Vocal Performance and a BA in Creative Arts Theatre from William Jessup University. He would like to thank his wife and family for their support in this process and the Lord for His unending grace





















Sarah McElroy

Theater, music, and dance have been a part of Sarah''s life for many years. She''s played roles such as Nancy in Oliver, and Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, and has been working in youth theater for 11 years. Sarah holds a B.A. in Voice from Biola University and teaches both voice and piano at HSMT and surrounding LA areas. She''s been working with Huston doing choreography since HSMT's 2015 Lion King! Sarah had a blast directing Huston's and Rose Drive's Willy Wonka Jr, last year and looks forward to another great year of shows!














Cindy Penderghast

Cindy Penderghast has been teaching and performing violin and viola for over 35 years. She graduated with honors from Cal State University in Fullerton, where she was concert master of the CSUF Symphony, and awarded honorary membership into Mu Phi Epsilon honor society. She was also concert master of the Fullerton College Orchestra and of the Yorba Linda Symphony. She currently performs throughout Orange County as a freelance musician and enjoys sharing her years of experience and passion for music with her students. Cindy loves all kinds of music and encourages her students to incorporate their personal music preferences into her teaching, while exploring time honored classics balanced with an appropriate measure of music theory, to give each student the best possible foundation from which to grow and improve.






Megan Carvale

Mrs. Megan Carvale studied Vocal Performance and Church Music at Azusa Pacific University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music while participating in numerous vocal ensembles and many international concert tours. Known as a devoted teacher and mentor, she is passionate about sharing the art of singing with her students and teaching them to maximize their gifts. Megan serves as the Director of Vocal Music at Orange Lutheran High School, sings on the worship team at Friends Church in Yorba Linda, and continues to enjoy an active career as a professional singer and private voice instructor. When Megan is not on stage or in the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and their two children, Brody and Addison.








Christie Poetoehena

Christie's Bio is coming soon.



























Hailey Stoller

Hailey fell in love with dance at the age of four competing competitively at McCoy Rigby for eleven years. She received countless awards including Miss Teen Dance at Kar Regionals. In middle school, she traveled to France & Hawaii to perform in World War II memorial ceremonies. After years of studio competition, Hailey became a part of the El Dorado High Dance Team which she has been a member of four years. Her teaching career began her sophomore year when she became an officer of the dance team, then a co-captain her junior year, & currently the captain her senior year. She was recognized as an All Star for WCE Nationals and had the opportunity to perform in the opening number her sophomore year. At Contest of Champions Nationals in Florida, she placed in the top ten out of seventy-five soloists her sophomore year. Hailey is excited to be teaching at HSMT.





Lucy Franco

Lucy Franco is a vocalist and keyboardist in the Orange County area. Having graduated from Chapman University in Vocal Performance, she has been involved with musical theatre, choral, and piano work for many years. Before coming to Southern California, Ms. Franco was the winner of the Washington State Solo and Ensemble mixed vocal competition and placed first in the musical theatre category at Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside. Her musical theatre roles include Éponine in Les Misérables and Mrs. Segstrom in A Little Night Music.












Yllary Cajahuaringa

Yllary's Bio is coming soon.


























Evan Haymond

Evan Haymond began touring professionally as a guitarist at age 18. After several years on the road w/ various artists, he decided to focus his attention on studio guitar playing & music composition. Evan currently composes and performs music for the Television show “American Pickers” on History Channel. His other Television credits include Disney Channel’s “Bunk’d”, Hollywood Medium on E! Entertainment Television, and other various projects w/ Oxygen Network, Animal Planet, Walt Disney Records, & Paramount Pictures. In 2018 he was awarded an RIAJ certified Gold Record & Billboard #1 Plaque for his work on the album “The Best From Now On” by the Japanese group SHINEE. Along with working in the music industry, Evan has always had a passion for music education. He believes that theoretical music knowledge and being provided the opportunity for performance experience is crucial in a music student’s development. Evan is committed to providing his students with a well-rounded musical education.

Kristyn Nurkka

Bio Coming Soon