Mr. Roper joined WFHEMA in 2010 as director of Wind Ensemble and Chamber Strings. He graduated from the US Naval Academy and WVU and served as a Naval Flight Officer for 11 years. Currently, Mr. Roper teaches science at East Hill Christian High School and serves as orchestra director at Marcus Point Baptist Church. He is a talented musician playing the saxophone, bassoon, and oboe. Mr. Roper has participated in many music ensembles, both instrumental and vocal. He is the principal bassoonist for the Pensacola Civic Band, the principal oboist for the Pensacola Bay Concert Band, and one of the founding members of First City Five, a woodwind quintet. Mr. Roper enjoys directing musical theater and recently directed productions for the Pensacola Little Theater.
Wess Hillman joined WFHEMA in 2012 as director of Beginner Band and Intermediate Band. He holds a Masters Degree of Music Performance and a Master’s of Music Education with a minor in conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi. Mr. Hillman has had the opportunity to play with a number of well-known performers and had the opportunity to perform in The Rose Bowl Parade, The Fiesta Bowl Parade, Edinburgh Easter Parade in Scotland, and with the Italian Army Band in Rome! Currently, Mr. Hillman is the band director at Beulah Academy of Science. He also performs as a bass trombone player with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra and as the principal trombonist in the Pensacola Civic Band.
Molly Hollingsworth joined WFHEMA in 2016 as director of the Beginning and Intermediate Strings groups. Ms. Hollingsworth received her Bachelors of Music from UWF in 2011 and her Masters of Music from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013. As a violinist, Ms. Hollingsworth has given performances across the US, and in Europe and Asia. Ms. Hollingsworth maintains a busy performance schedule with the Pensacola, Mobile, and Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Albany (GA) Symphony, for which she serves as Concertmaster. As an educator, Ms. Hollingsworth often teaches master classes and gives talks and performance presentations as a part of the Pensacola Symphony’s Beyond The Stage program. An avid supporter of new music, Ms. Hollingsworth has premiered many new works for violin, and loves to work with living composers and artists across all genres. Molly lives with her husband, William, and their daughter, Edith.