Staff

Tom Westfall – Director

Tom Westfall received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University in 1995 and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Wright State University in 2003. At Piqua High School, Mr. Westfall teaches Men’s and Women’s Chrous, Show Choir and Concert Choir. The Choirs at PHS are very active in the OMEA Large Group contests at both District and State levels. Mr Westfall has also worked on the past 20 PHS Musicals and is excited to direct this years production. Mr. Westfall is the Department Chair for music in the Piqua City Schools and was a finalist for Teacher of the Year in 2001, 2003 and 2006 and winner of the award in 2009 for the district.

Outside of school, Mr. Westfall stays very busy as president, founder, and director of Music Warehouse. In the summer, he directs a summer showcase featuring 200+ area youth. He has also served as director of Community Chorus. In addition to being a member of ACDA and OMEA, Mr. Westfall serves on the Mills Brothers Scholarship Committee.

Mr. Westfall is a proud PHS alumnus where he spent three years as a member and former dance captain of “The Company.”


Lara Courtney Ray – Assistant Director

Lara Ray comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where she works for the Starbucks Corporation. Lara has also traveled the country working for Christopher Alan Productions as a Musical Director and Chroeographer. Ms. Ray is a 1995 alumnus of Piqua High School. There she was heavily involved in choir, show choir, and musicals. Lara studied musical theatre at The University of Akron under the direction of Dr. Robert Billions.

Ms. Ray's choreography has taken her all over the country including Ohio, Kentucky, Florida and New Mexico. This is her twelfth year of involvement with the award winning PHS Show Choir “The Company,” acting as Assistant Director and prior to that, choreographer.

As a performer, Lara has been very active with the 11th Hour Theatre Company. Her roles have included Kathy in “The Last Five Years” and Eve in “Children of Eden.” In 2007, she was cast in the New Stage Collective production of “Striking 12″ in Cincinnati. This was the regional theatre premier of this work.


Kyle Fisher – Choreographer

Kyle Fisher is a 2004 graduate of Piqua High School where he was very active in choir, musicals, and “The Company.” While attending PHS he was a 3-year singer/dancer in “The Company.” During his senior year he held the positions of Dance Captain and Co-President. Kyle has also been very active in the summer program “Music Warehouse.” He served as dance captain for 5 summers, helping in the creation and teaching of many choreographed musical numbers. Kyle is a 2008 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Business degree with a specialization in Marketing. While at Bowling Green, Kyle continued his musical experiences by being a member of the BGSU Men’s Chorus.

Kyle has been choreographer for “The Company” for 7 years and has received multiple Best Choreography awards in his tenure. Kyle enjoys working with the show choir and providing his creativity and enthusiasm to produce award winning shows.


Mitch Mahaney – Director of Bands

Mitch Mahaney is the Director of Bands for Piqua High School. Mr. Mahaney is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and The University of Akron with a degree in Music Performance, with an emphasis in percussion. Now in his 21st year of teaching, Mr. Mahaney has taught at Troy High School, Washington High School in Massillon, West Jefferson High School, and Greeneview High School before coming to Piqua. At Piqua, Mr. Mahaney is responsible for 7th and 8th grade bands at Piqua Jr. High, and Jazz Band/Show Choir Combo, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and the Pride of Piqua Marching Band at Piqua High School.


Justin T Fry – Technical Director

Justin Fry is a 2001 graduate of PHS. While attending PHS he was a 2-year singer/dancer and a 2-year crew member in “The Company.” During his senior year he held the position of Co-Section Leader. Justin has also been involved in the past 16 PHS Musicals working as Lighting / Sound Designer. He is looking forward to working on the upcoming Musical at PHS. Justin is also involved in the summer showcase, Music Warehouse, where he serves as the Lighting / Sound committee chairperson. Justin received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Wright State University in 2008 and a Master’s degree in Computer Science at Northern Kentucky University in 2013. He currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where he works as a Software Engineer and University Instructor.