We pride ourselves on having a diverse team from various ethnicities, backgrounds and experiences! Check out our team of Teachers and Music Therapists!
Ms. Erica – Founder
Erica is a board-certified music therapist with a mission to reach the world using music! She graduated from Maryville University in St. Louis in 2010 and moved to Florida to pursue an internship and work as a hospice music therapist. Over that time, Erica started to work with teens with autism which lead her to creating her own practice and working in the school setting. In 2018 Whole Vibes was born! Fast forward to today and Erica continues to pour into and grow her team of music therapists and teachers in Palm Beach County and The Treasure Coast. Next, we will reach the world! Erica is also a mom of a beautiful baby boy who loves music.
Casey Luden is a musician and music teacher who has refined his musical abilities through many years of practice and performance. With an emphasis on creativity, expression and fun, Casey has held many music groups for children and young adults alike. After 15 years of playing music and his experience with drums and percussion instruments to guitars and keyboards, he has created a fun environment with something to offer for students of any age and skill level.
Ms. Jennifer Wilson
Jennifer is thrilled to be back with the Inter-ability Chorus. This will be her fifth time participating in the program. Outside of Whole Vibes Music Therapy and Lessons, Ms. Wilson is employed with Palm Beach Opera under their Artistic Department as the Studio Teacher/Administrator. The Studio Program involves teaching voice lessons and running lectures for area high school students with an interest in music. In addition to the Studio Program, Ms. Wilson has worked for the PBO outreach department for three years doing programs such as Opera: Our Story and the Storytime Series.
As a member of the Palm Beach Opera chorus, Jennifer has appeared in many productions including Turandot, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Candide, Tosca, Don Pasquale and The Pirates of Penzance. She has also worked as a chorister for Florida Grand Opera. She will be appearing in the 2022 productions of “L’Elisir D’Amore” and “The Merry Widow” at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. A native of St. Louis, Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from DePauw University in Indiana and her master’s degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston. She has attended many young artist programs, including Miami Music Festival, OperaWorks, Taos Opera Institute, and Pittsburgh Festival Opera.
Jumbell is a social media manager passionate about helping businesses thrive through social media platforms. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts major in Media Arts at De La Salle University, Philippines. She has always loved music ever since she was young and started singing at 2 years old as a hobby. She said Music has its own way of communicating to her soul. She loves working with Whole Vibes because she gets to do her passion as a Social Media Manager and continuously igniting the love she has for music.
Ms. Maria Finale
Maria (better known as “Luly” ) Finale is a vocalist with over 40 years of stage, band, theater and studio experience in South Florida. Originally from New Jersey, she has been performing in South Florida since 1983. Her claim to fame in 1988 was a top 100 hit on the radio called “Real Love”. One of her greatest accomplishments had her traveling nationally and internationally in 2004 with Neil Goldberg’s “Cirque Dreams” (a division now of Cirque du Soleil), as their lead vocalist “musical muse”. She is a Reiki II practitioner and uses her voice for sound therapy in combination with Reiki.
Within the the past 5 years, she was the music director for The Young Singers of The Palm Beaches after school choir consisting of 26 children ages 5 to 12, at Sacred Heart School in Lake Worth (2015-2018)where she taught Kindergarten for two years, as well as leading the school’s “cherub choir” (5 year olds). As lead Pre-K teacher at Delmar Arts Academy in Ft. Lauderdale (2018-2020) she provided private vocal classes for students as well as led the choir classes, and vocal performances in the school plays.
Luly has been using her gifts, talents and experiences to vocal coach young children for over 10 years.
As a Vocal coach her success is derived in her “approach”. Being an Early Childhood teacher she knows the value of “learning through play” and that is her approach to singing instructions. Specializing in breath control, articulation, vocalization, ear training and note approach all by using songs children love to sing. She combines mic techniques as well as stage presence development in all the classes.
Luly is waiting to “hear” from you!
Mr. Noah Gunn
Noah Gunn is a recent graduate of the Florida State University College of Music, and has a degree in BM Voice Performance, with specializations in choral conducting, and a minor in French Language. While at FSU, Noah was a part of five separate operas and opera scenes performances, including but not limited to Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Chorus), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Belmonte), and Carlisle Floyd’s rendition of the literary classic Of Mice and Men (Chorus). In his freshman year, he originated the role of “Izaak” (Orpheus) in a student produced, written, composed, and directed production called “Shadows of Darkness,” which is an adaptation of the tale of Orpheus and Euridice to 1944 Nazi Germany.
Outside of Whole Vibes, Noah is currently working as the Director of Music at Oceanview United Methodist Church in Juno Beach, wherein he is responsible for weekly performances, rehearsals, and larger scale events such as the Christmas and Easter Cantatas. He is also responsible for re-starting the “Oceanview Ringers Handbell Choir” and is the founder of the “Oceanview Vocal Jazz Ensemble.” Growing up in south Florida, Noah attended both Bak MSOA and Dreyfoos SOTA for Voice, and was a member of the Palm Beach Opera Studio Program his senior year of Highschool (2016-2017) after attending the summer voice performance and opera program at Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Tony Rataj is an improv jazz pianist. He studied latin jazz at Columbia Chicago Chicago and performs with several different groups playing a variety of genres. Currently Tony works at a private school in Boca Raton as the music teacher. He is also the music director for the theatre Improv U based out of Delray Florida. You can find him performing with his original groups around south Florida doing his improv piano with comedic and theatre aspects.
Ms. Trevina Samaan – Music Therapist
Trevina Samaan is a music therapist and music teacher new to the West Palm Beach area. She has been playing violin for over 20 years and holds a Masters of Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. She is passionate about helping people of varying abilities make strides toward therapeutic goals using music. She has worked with children and adolescents with special needs, older adults, and adults with developmental delays. She is a wife and mother of two energetic children. When she is not working, she can be found playing catch-up with her toddlers, binge-reading, or attending orchestral concerts.