Meet Our Fine Arts Faculty
Mrs. Jean Bordner (Art)
Mrs. Bordner has been teaching for 12 years at Paul VI Catholic High School. She teaches 8 separate classes: Introduction to Art, Studio I, Studio II, Honors III, Honors IV, Honors IV Portfolio, Advanced Placement Art (Drawing or 2D Design) and Art Through the Ages (Art History). She grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Washington D.C. area in 1998 to attend The Catholic University of America where she graduated in 2002 and received a B.A. in Art/Secondary Education. In the spring of 2013, she graduated from George Mason University with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction in Art Education.
Mrs. Bordner was the Head Coach for the JV Softball team and she is currently the moderator and creator of the Art Honor Society. She loves to paint (of course!), spending time with her husband Josh and their pup Ari, family and friends. She loves traveling: Hawaii, Greece, Portugal, Mexico, St. Thomas, Peru, Canada, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos. She also loves cooking, playing sports, watching sports and laughing, a lot!
One thing she always tells her students, "You don't have to be an artist to create art."
Mr. C. J. Capen (Choral Music)
Mr. C. J. Capen (PVI ’99), is our Choral Director. He also serves as the Director of Music at St John Neumann in Reston, and as Voce Chamber Singers Staff Accompanist. Previous posts have included: Vienna Choral Society, Georgetown Chorale, Elon University Adjunct Professor, Interlochen Center for the Arts, American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and Songfest at Pepperdine in Malibu, CA. He earned his Master’s in Collaborative Piano from University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where he also studied choral conducting, harpsichord, fortepiano, jazz piano and organ. He then continued professional development at Westminster Choir College and Eastman Conservatory in choral training.
He serves on the board for National Pastoral Musicians, Arlington, and is a member of National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, National Pastoral Musicians, American Guild of Organists, and DC’s Friday Morning Music Club. He is active as conductor, vocal coach, educator, and continues to concertize, having just returned in August from a China tour with flautist Lauren Sileo, recently playing on George Mason’s Osher Recital Series with violinist Mark Dorosheff, and guest conducting Reston Chorale’s Messiah Sing-Along last Christmas season. When not in the classroom, he is out running, biking, cooking, or reading, and he is in his second year of the C.S. Lewis Institute fellows program, so as to continue to cultivate his faith.
Mrs. Kathy Silvia d’Alelio (Theater)
Mrs. d’Alelio, currently in her 8th year as part of the PVI Theatre program, previously worked as a professional actress, singer and dancer. She performed in many of the Washington area theatres, including the Signature, Studio, and Folger Shakespeare Theatres as well as most of the area dinner theatres. Her career took her to theatres in Philadelphia and New Jersey, as well as the National Tour of the musical, NUNSENSE, directed by the playwright Dan Goggin. Some highlights of her career include leading roles in Evita, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Cabaret, Man of La Mancha, Sunday in the Park with George, Barnum, Showboat, Brigadoon, Twelfth Night, and King Lear.
She holds a BA degree in Theatre and a BS degree in Recreation from the University of Maryland and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Performance/Directing from the University of Florida. She studied at the Studio Theatre Conservatory under Joy Zinoman and worked as the Registrar of the Conservatory. Upon retiring from the stage, she turned to directing and choreography, first at Bishop Ireton High School. While her children attended St. Ambrose School, she taught and directed Shakespeare productions for the Diocesan Shakespeare Festival. She now serves as a judge for the Shakespeare Festival, always on the lookout for future PVI Players. She loves being a part of PVI Theatre and is proud of our students’ work. Most recently, she directed The Miracle Worker and is anxious to begin work on The Addams Family.
A huge PVI Football fan, Mrs. d’Alelio works as a Beauty Consultant, sings in the St. Ambrose Church Choir, and loves hanging out with her friends and family. She lives in Annandale, Virginia with her husband, Geoff and their Panther kids, Christina (PVI ’12) and Dominic (PVI ’15).
Mrs. Katherine Miller (Theater)
Mrs. Katherine Miller is the Theater Arts Director at Paul VI Catholic High School. She is responsible for all the plays and musicals, and keeping Theater students very busy. At PVI there are four major productions each year: a straight play, a musical, a black box production, and two nights of student directed one acts. There are three theater clubs: the International Thespian Society (the Honor Society for High School Theater,) PVI Players, and Improv. PVI Theater participates in the Cappies program (the high school equivalent of the Tonys) and has been recognized with numerous nominations and awards. A parent booster group, The Producers, is made up of wonderful parents who assist in all our productions.
Mrs. Miller is originally from San Bernardino, California, where she developed her love of theater. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1977 with a B.A. in English and strong concentrations in Theater and History. At Notre Dame she was a member of the second class of women admitted to the previously all-male school, a Dean’s List student, and an active participant in the theater department. But her biggest claim to fame is that she was at the football game that later became the basis for the movie, Rudy. The fact that she and her friends were oblivious to the drama unfolding in front of them in no way diminishes her brush with history.
Mrs. Miller joined the PVI faculty in 2003 and has directed numerous plays, musicals, and one acts over the years. Mrs. Miller has been listed in Who’s Who of High School Teachers and was named PVI’s Rotary Club Teacher of the Year in 2009. She lives in Herndon with her husband Bill who teaches at Marymount University, but more importantly, plays trombone in the PVI Theater pit band every year.
Mr. Joe Morton (Jazz Band)
In addition to directing the Paul VI Jazz Ensemble, Mr. Joe Morton is also the band director of Corpus Christi, Nativity, Holy Family, and St William of York schools. Mr. Morton has taught saxophone, clarinet, flute, and oboe for over 23 years. He arranges and composes for big band and saxophone quartets and has performed with many local groups including, the Pan American Jazz Orchestra, the New Hots Jazz Orchestra, and the 13th Street Saxophone Quartet.
Mr. Morton is pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Education at George Mason University. He received his Bachelors of Music from George Mason University in saxophone performance and has studied both classical and jazz saxophone with former Navy Band soloist Dale Underwood, current Army Band soloist Richard Parrell, and former Woody Herman band member James Carroll.
Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Mr. Morton now resides in Annandale with his wife Ruth Ann. They have one daughter, Megan (off seeking her fortune in New York), and their dog Tuco.
Mrs. Jan Siegfried (Instrumental Music)
Mrs. Jan Siegfried is serving in her 10th year as Instrumental Music Director and Music Theory Instructor at PVI. An Indiana native, she earned a B.S. in Music Area Education K-12 in 1982 from Ball State University. After college, she won a national audition to enter the professional ranks as Clarinetist/Solo E-flat Clarinetist in the Air Force Band, Washington, DC. She retired after 20 years of service. For over three decades Mrs. Siegfried has been active as a clinician, adjudicator, and teacher, and is a recipient of the Virginia Governor’s Award and the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction. She is listed in the prestigious ranks of Who's Who of American Women, and Who's Who of World-Class Business Leaders.
In her free time, she directs the St. Stephen’s Community Orchestra, performs as freelancer, and serves as solo E-flat Clarinetist in The Virginia Grand Military Band. She is an active member of Music Educators National Conference, National Catholic Band Association, Virginia Music Educators Association, National Band Association, American Legion Post 177 Honor Guard, and serves as a state advisor for the interactive music software program SmartMusic. Mrs. Siegfried’s husband, Bill, is a pilot for Republic Airlines, as well as a CFI, CFII, MEI, and ATP flight instructor. He also freelances as a professional bass and trumpet player, clinician and adjudicator. They have two sons, Billy and Robert, and the family enjoys camping, boating and hiking in their free time.