about us

Fortress Arts Academy provides an enriched learning environment that has helped countless students explore their own possibilities. Founded in 2006, we are located in Philadelphia, PA and believe everyone should have the right to explore their innate creativity and curiosity.


Classes are taught in both group and individual settings, including music theory, instrumental lessons and ensembles. From the first day, students learn how to communicate and cooperate with others through music, an essential skill for any musician.  


We’re proud of our students and staff, who are always eager to learn, create and grow together. Contact us for more information.


Founding Executive Director | Chief Creative Officer:

Valerie V. Gay 


Pearl Simpson



Valerie V. Gay- General Music/Voice

Jeff Monjack- Guitar + Ukulele

Gregory Simpson- Piano/Keyboards

Terrance Young - Drums



Dr. Amelia Garbisch, President

Ingrid Heim, Vice President

Kelly Mobley, Vice President

Jeannel Graham Tillman, Secretary

Laraz Villarose, Treasurer

Valerie V. Gay, Founding Executive Director | Chief Creative Officer

©2018 -2020 by Fortress Arts Academy.