Ardene Shafer


Staff Member

Ardene Shafer earned a degree in music education from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Arts degree from Concordia University in River Forest, IL. She has taught music programs in public schools in Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, and Maryland for more than 30 years. In addition to her public school teaching experience, she has taught in private schools in Illinois and North Carolina. She has also taught dozens of private students in various states in which she has lived during the past 30 years. She is currently working for the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra to teach students in Zebulon and Rolesville.

She has held memberships in small orchestras in Illinois, Maryland and North Carolina and was a founding member of the Prince George’s Quartet in Maryland. During the summer months in North Carolina Ms. Shafer has participated in the Masterworks Reading Orchestra in Durham, NC.

Ms. Shafer is retired from public school teaching but continues to be active with private students, the Wake Forest Youth Orchestra program, and private teaching in Fuquay-Varina. She also performs with small groups in the area and has previously been a member of the Chapel Hill Philharmonia, the Meredith Sinfonia and the Lee County Community Orchestra.

Diane Boufedji

Diane Boufedji

Diane Boufedji has had students in WFCYO since 2020 and is also a parent volunteer. Her oldest daughter Laila, 16 years old, has played viola since first grade and Alia, 8 years old, started learning viola with WFCYO at age 6.  Diane had learned piano, violin and clarinet growing up but didn’t keep playing after high school.  She always appreciated the importance of learning to read music and playing an instrument and has wanted to pass that onto her daughters. She found WFCYO when they were transitioning from public school to homeschooling and thought it would be a great fit for their family. Her oldest had been part of an orchestra program for eight years and she wanted Laila to continue to grow in her talents. WFCYO is a unique organization because they encourage the parents to also learn to play an instrument. Diane found this as the perfect opportunity to learn cello and play alongside her daughters in the orchestra.