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Jiyoung Johnston

M.M. "Jazz Piano Performance" (University of North Texas)

B.M. "Piano Performance" (Seoul National University).

Jiyoung Johnston, director and co-founder of Lone Star Music Academy, exhibits equally strong performance and education abilities in classical and jazz music.

Native of Korea, she started piano at the age of 5 and was trained in classical music. While in Korea, she won 1st prize in numerous competitions including the National Student Piano Competition (1992) and Honam Art Competition (1993). In 1992, she was one of the winners at the concerto competition at the Tong-Il Han Piano Institute summer festival and performed her winning piece Saint Saens piano concerto in g minor with Daejeon Symphony Orchestra.

After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Piano Performance from the prestigious Seoul National University, Jiyoung decided to come to the states in pursuit of the study in jazz at the University of North Texas. While at UNT, she received a Jamey Aebersold performance scholarship and was recognized as an honor student for academic excellence. She graduated from UNT with a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies (piano performance) in 2003. Since she came to the states in 1999, Jiyoung has performed with several legendary musicians including Grammy-award winning clarinetist, Eddie Daniels and Jazz composer and performer, Russ Ferrante of the Yellowjackets. She has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and has been a featured pianist for the Dallas Wind Symphony.

Jiyoung is respected as an educator as well as a performer. As a private piano instructor, she has taught students of various ages and levels over 22 years. She is praised by her students and their parents for being a teacher who is excellent in motivating, challenging, and bringing out the best in her students. Some of them have won awards in competitions. Aside from private teaching, she has served as an assistant choir director at Liberty Christian School (2003-4) and she was on the faculty as a visiting scholar at Brookhaven College teaching Humanities, Eastern Asian Cultural Studies, Jazz Improvisation class, and private lessons in jazz piano (2004-2006). Currently, she is the director of Lone Star Music Academy and a happy wife and a proud mom of two sons.

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Sara Doan

M.M. Piano Performance, University of North Texas

B.M. Piano Performance, University of North Texas

(Candidate for DMA, "Piano Pedagogy" Texas Christian University)

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Sara Doan began studying piano at the age of three with Donna Edwards. Under her tutelage, Miss Doan won top prizes in several state and regional competitions. She earned a Bachelor's degree, cum laude, and a Masters degree, magna cum laude, in Piano Performance at the University of North Texas, where she studied with Joseph Banowetz. There, she was voted by faculty Most Outstanding Graduate Student in 2009. Miss Doan is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts under Dr. Tamas Ungar at Texas Christian University. Miss Doan is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Music Teachers National Association.

Miss Doan has performed with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra in Dallas, and the North Texas Symphony Orchestra in Denton, Texas. She has presented recitals across Texas, Oklahoma, Washington, D. C., Virginia, and Pennsylvania. In December 2010, Miss Doan served as guest artist in the 1st International Piano Festival of Bogota, Colombia where she performed, taught master classes, led discussions, and served on the competition jury. In addition to her solo performances, she has toured as solo pianist with the Seraphim Choir across the US and Ireland. In 2009, Miss Doan was winner of the National Young Artist Competition, PianoTexas Festival Piano Competition, and the University of North Texas Concerto Competition. Miss Doan was also a finalist in the 2008 Wideman Piano Competition and received the Raymond S Morris Award. She has played in master classes with Dmitri Alexeev, Giovanni Umberto Battel, Madeleine Forte, Miguel Herth-Bedoya, Zhang Jin, Yoheveda Kaplinsky, Radoslav Kvapil, Miyoko Lotto, Harold Martina, and Solomon Mikowsky.

Miss Doan has served as Collaborative Pianist-in-Residence at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2005, and Adjunct Professor of Piano at the University of North Texas in 2008-2009, teaching piano classes to undergraduates. Miss Doan also maintains a private studio in the DFW area. Since she was diagnosed with focal dystonia in her right hand, Miss Doan continues to specialize in music for the left hand, both in performance, and original compositions and transcriptions.

Visit SaraDoan.com to learn more about Miss Doan.

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Christina Kim

(currently accepting students)

M.M. Collaborative Piano (University of North Texas)

M.M. Composition (University of North Texas)

B.M. Piano Performance, Yon Sei University. Seoul, Korea

Christina Kim started her musical training on piano at age of 5 in Seoul, Korea. After she trained at Sun-Hwa Art middle school and high school, she recieved her bachelor's degree in piano performance from YonSei University in Seoul, Korea.

She came to U.S. in 1991 and pursued her master's degree in composition specializing in computer music with Professor Philip Winsor at the University of North Texas. She earned her second master's degree from University of North Texas in 2007 as the first student of collaborative piano studying with Dr. Steven Harlos and Dr. Elvia Puccinelli.

She has performed at a summer music festival in DaeGu, Korea with Professor Eugene Osadchy and Dr. Susan Dubois from the University of North Texas. She has also performed for the Lewisville Lake International Chamber Series, as well as for the Basically Beethoven Festival.

She has played as a rehearsal pianist in several productions at UNT's Opera Theater, including Sour Angelica, the Concert for Hope, and La Traviata. She worked as a coach and a répétiteur for a Opera in the Ozarks in 2008. She has been an active collaborative pianist playing for several studios at UNT and musicians in the DFW area. Along with teaching at Lone Star Music Academy, she is a staff accompanist at Texas Women's University.

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Konstyantyn Travinskyy

M.M. “Piano Performance” The University of North Texas

Ukrainian pianist Konstyantyn Travinskyy has won numerous piano competitions across the globe including 1st prize at the Sorantin Music Competition, 3rd prize at the California International Young Artist Competition, 4th prize at the Valesesia-Musica International Competition (Italy) and 1st prize at the International Wideman Piano Competition in Shreveport, Louisiana.

In 2003, Konstantyn was invited to study with Vladimir Viardo, Artist-in Residence of the University of North Texas where he completed his Master's degree this May and was a recipient of both, the Isabel Sconti Award and the College of Music scholarship. In addition to his competition accomplishments, Konstantyn made his Chicago debut at the Dame Myra Hess Series which was broadcast live on the city's classical radio station, WFMT. His orchestral performances include appearances with the Domenico Cimarosa Symphony in Italy, The National Philharmonic of Ukraine, the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra and the Shreveport Symphony. After his performance with the latter The Shreveport Times stated, “He has a wonderfully precise style of fingering and approach, equally adept at capturing the drama of the work as well as its melodic content.”

Mr. Travinskyy has also been invited to perform for the Texas Conservatory for Young Artists, the Chopin Society of Mid-America in Oklahoma, the Eastfield Piano Festival in Mesquite, as well as other series in California, Mississippi and Texas.

Kontyantyn's talent continues to delight his audiences in countries such as Ukraine, Mexico, and the United States. In addition to his solo performances, Kontyantyn also enjoys collaborating with vocalists and recently toured south Texas and Mexico performing solo and with a vocal ensemble.

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Masako Narikawa

(currently accepting students)

B.A. Gauken School of Music. Tokyo, Japan

Artist Diploma. Vancouver Academy of Music. Vancouver, Canada

M.M. University of North Texas

Described as “performance with flash of brilliant instinct and passion in Dvorak's waltz” and “extreme sensitivity, colorfulness of tone, and freedom of phrasing and articulation” (Musica Nova, Japan), Masako Narikawa has been performing as a solo pianist, collaborator of chamber music, accompanist, and also as a piano pedagogue throughout her career.

Masako Narikawa began studying piano at the age of four. She entered TOHO Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Japan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Then, she moved to North America, and received her Artist Diploma at Vancouver Academy of Music, Canada, and the Master of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas, USA.

Since her debut recital in Tokyo and a soloist with the Pan-Asia Orchestra in Hong-Kong in 1987, Masako has performed in solo and chamber music recitals in Japan, Hong-Kong, Canada, United States, Poland, Holland, Bulgaria, and was invited to the Brno International Music Festival in the Czech Republic to give solo recitals. Recently she has performed as a soloist with the Plovdiv State Philharmonic Orchestra, Bulgaria, and Sherman Chamber Orchestra, Texas.

Masako has received prizes in numerous national and international piano competitions, such as the Gold prize at PTNA Young Pianists' Competition (Tokyo, Japan), the first prize at Antonin Dvorak International Piano Competition (Prague, Czech), and the special recognition award at Texas Steinway Society, to name a few.

Her teachers of piano include Satoko Tokumaru, Kiyoko Tanaka, Sawako Iwashita, Kum-Sing Lee, Eugene Skovorodnikov, and Adam Wodnicki.

Masako has previously served as a faculty of vocal accompanying and coaching at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and piano, accompanying, coaching, and class piano at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and currently is a staff accompanist at Texas Woman's University.

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Ji Eun Yum

(currently accepting students)

B.A. Music (UNT)

M.M. (Manhattan School of Music, NY)

Candidate for DMA (UNT)

A native of Seoul, Korea, Ji Eun Yum graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree in 2008. While at UNT, she received numerous scholarships and the title, “Honor of Keyboard Studies.” In 2005, she was the first prize winner of the concerto competition at UNT and subsequently, performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.2 with the UNT symphony orchestra.

In 2006, she participated in the Aspen Music Festival and studied under the tutelage of Hebert Stessin. After graduating from UNT, she moved to New York to continue her studies at Manhattan School of Music with Donn-Alexandre Feder while earning a Master's degree. Upon completion of her Master's degree, she moved back to Texas to further her study at UNT. Currently, she is working toward a Doctor of Music degree with Gustavo Romero.

She brings her in depth experience in piano and music education to her students and her students love her warm and easygoing personality.

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Dr. Chie Watanabe

(currently accepting students)

B.M. (Tokyo College of Music)

M.M. (Manhattan School of Music)

DMA (University of North Texas)

A native of Japan, Chie Watanabe graduated from Tokyo College of Music with a Bachelor of Music Degree. After moving to the United States in 1998, she received an Artist Diploma from Texas Christian University, where she was a pupil of Tamá s Ungá r and Harold Martina. While at TCU, she was a winner of the University Concerto Competition that resulted in a performance of Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. She continued graduate studies in New York at the Manhattan School of Music, where she was a student of Solomon Mikowsky and received the 2005 Roy M. Rubinstein Award for “Best young female pianist who demonstrates exceptional promise.” After moving back to TX, she received her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas where she studied with Gustavo Romero. Dr. Watanabe has received numerous awards and scholarships, and has won national and international prizes, including the Nagoya Television Piano Competition, the Mie Music Competition, the Young Artist Competition in San Antonio, the MTNA Competition in Texas, the Fort Collins Symphony Competition, the Wideman Piano Competition, the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship Competition and the Virginia Warning International Piano Competition.

She has performed in Texas, Colorado, California, and New York as well as in her native Japan. In 2006, she made her New York solo recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as an Artists International prizewinner. She also has given solo recitals in Valladolid, Gran Canaria and Tenerife at the International Piano Festival in Spain.

As an active collaborative musician, Dr. Watanabe won the 2004 Lillian Fuchs Memorial Chamber Music Competition in New York. In 2009, she was selected to present a faculty recital with William Scharnberg, Professor of Horn at the University of North Texas. In 2011, she was selected by renowned composer Jake Heggie to give the public premier of his new song cycle A Question of Light at the Dallas Museum of Art under the auspices of Dallas Opera.

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Yuki Kumamoto

(currently accepting students)

M.M. Stephen F. Austin State University

B.M. Musashino Musicae Academia. Tokyo, Japan.

A native of Japan, Yuki Kumamoto is currently working towards a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the University of North Texas, where she studies under Vladimir Viardo, winner of the 1973 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She has performed internationally in countries including the United States, Japan and Germany. Recently she was invited by the city of Koga, Japan to give a solo concert and master class for young students and also gave a lecture recital sponsored by the city of Tsuyazaki, Japan. She has also been invited to perform at the Steinway Initiative Gala Concert at McLennan Community College in Waco, and has appeared as a featured soloist with Orchestra of the Pine.

Kumamoto has been a prize winner in many competitions. Most notably she won third place in the 8th Petroff Piano Competition and was winner of the Stephen F. Austin State University concerto/aria competition in 2011. She was a prize winner in the 12th and 13th Young Artist Piano Competition in Japan, the PTNA competition, and the Japan Piano Teachers Association Competition.

Kumamoto completed her M.M. in performance at Stephen F. Austin State University, where she studied under Dr. James Pitts. Previously, she earned a B.M. in performance at Musashino Musicae Academia in Tokyo, Japan, where she was selected to study under Konstantin Ganev, a student of famous Russian pedagogue, Heinrich Neuhaus.

Kumamoto is an experienced piano teacher and has passion for teaching young students. She has served as an adjunct piano faculty member at Tyler Junior College, and as faculty of the Music Preparatory Division at Stephen F. Austin State University.

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Bruno Ribeiro

(currently accepting students)

M.M. Piano Performance, Stephen F. Austin State University

M.M. Chamber Music, Piano, Stellenbosch University

B.M. Piano Performance, Escola Superior de Musica e Artes do Espetaculo

Bruno Ribeiro, a native of Porto, Portugal, started studying piano at Vilar do Paraiso’s Academia de Musica at the age of six. Bruno attended the Escola Superior de Musica e das Artes do Espetaculo in Porto where he earned his degree in Piano Performance. Bruno obtained his first Master’s Degree in Chamber Music at Stellenbosch University in South Africa where he studied with Luis Magalhaes. During his time at Stellenbosch, Bruno was chosen to perform solo with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, and also won the Lionel Bowman prize for the best interpretation of a Beethoven sonata.

Bruno went on to Stephen F. Austin State University to earn his second Master’s Degree in Piano Performance, where he studied with Dr. James Pitts. While studying at SFA, Bruno performed with the Orchestra of the Pines as part of the Concerto Aria competition. Bruno is currently working on his Ph.D. in Music Theory at the University of North Texas, where he studies piano with Mr. Vladimir Viardo.

Bruno has extensive piano teaching experience including serving on the faculty of the Music Preparatory Division at SFASU and adjunct faculty at Tyler Junior College. As a teacher, Bruno strives to adapt his teaching to the needs and aptitude of each student. His hope is that his students will develop a love for music that will benefit them in many areas of life.

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Jordan Gheen

(currently accepting students)

B.M. Jazz Studies, U.N.T.

Jordan Gheen is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer and teacher currently living in Denton, Texas. Originally from Fort Worth, Jordan grew up in a musical family. Between his father, a professional pianist, and his mother, a singer, he was constantly surrounded by quality music. He learned a lot from them and became interested in playing professionally at a young age. Jordan eventually graduated from Booker T Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas in 2008. While at BTWHSPVA he gathered experience from many exciting opportunities such as touring with his jazz combo, playing at the final International Association of Jazz Educators(IAJE) conference in Toronto, Canada and he was even selected via a rigorous audition process for the Jazz Band of America based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Since moving to Denton with a scholarship to pursue a Jazz Studies degree at the prestigious University of North Texas his musical career has flourished. While at UNT he learned a great amount from Rodney Booth, Jay Saunders, Stefan Karlsson, Fred Hamilton, Lynn Seaton, Steve Wiest and Rich Derosa. Jordan crafted his composing and arranging skills while writing for, rehearsing and recording his various ensembles in Jazz Forum class and also played, toured, and recorded with the world renowned Grammy nominated UNT One O'Clock Lab Band. For two consecutive years, 2013/2014, he was selected as one of twenty-four musicians (out of hundreds of applicants) from around the world for the composition residency program at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC called Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead. He has been fortunate to have shared the stage with and learned from incredible artists such as Patti Austin, Aretha Franklin, Tierney Sutton, Terrell Stafford, Tim Hagans, Wayne Bergeron, Phil Woods, Lou Marini, Jeff Coffin, Bob Belden, Shelly Berg, and John Clayton to name a few.

Now out of school, Jordan is working professionally on Trumpet, Piano, Synth, Bass and Guitar. In addition to playing in a variety of pop/rock/dance cover-bands in the DFW metroplex, playing various commercial jazz gigs, and playing at Cross Timbers Community Church (Argyle and Denton), he also explores original music with many different creative projects. He leads (and writes music for) a jazz-fusion group called Sky Window (www.skywindow.space), a groove-focused quartet called The Night Above Us (www.thenightaboveus.com) and a 19 piece progressive jazz orchestra called Energy Collective. Outside of his own bands he also plays keyboards with local bands such as Fundamental, Somogyi, Body English, Canvas Theory, The Dallas Horns and NightBass, plays guitar with Terra Collective and Sol Kitchen, plays bass with Chaz Marie, and plays trumpet with Off Cell.

As an educator, Jordan has taught students from many different musical backgrounds, experience levels, and ages ranging from 8 to 50 years old. Over the years he has maintained his own private studio as well as spent time working at various other music schools around the area. Jordan focuses on efficient practice techniques so that his students will be able to make the most progress possible when at home practicing. His goal is to show students how to achieve proficiency so that they will be able to explore many aspects of the musical language with confidence while remaining relaxed and in control. His students can obtain this proficiency through Jordan's concentration on technique, time, and music theory. Balance this thorough study of the fundamentals with the student's own musical goals and you have a solid formula for rapid progress for those who are excited about learning. For the more advanced students Jordan focuses on real-world application and can prepare them for any aspect of the music-industry that they want to pursue from being a professional musician, composer, and arranger, to being a recording artist, audio-engineer, and digital producer.

 

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Mary Singh

(currently accepting students)

M.M. Music, Piano and Voice. Lehman College.

B.S. Music, Piano and Voice. Lehman College.

Ms. Mary Singh recently moved to the DFW area from NYC. She currently works as a freelance pianist and vocalist playing and singing for choirs in NYC, churches, and as an accompanist.

Before receiving her Bachelors she did precollege under Ms. Renee Guerrero who was a faculty at the Manhattan School of Music. She then received her bachelor’s of Science in Music from Lehman College where she studied piano and voice and went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Music Education by the age of 24. She has been under the tutelage of Oscar and Pulitzer award winning composer John Corigliano and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Bob Stewart. She has also been alto section leader of the Lehman College Community Chorus under the direction of Dr. Battipaglia for the last 8 years before moving to Texas. Ms. Singh has been classically trained in piano since she was 10 years old and has also taught at the Music Academy of Garden City where she instructed private lessons to children from ages 4 to adult. She has also sung at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center under the direction of Sue Talley and the Nyack College Chorale.

Some of her objectives are to encourage the individual student’s musical, artistic and intellectual development while providing instruction in classical music theory, musicianship and repertoire.

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Noel Johnston

M.M. “Jazz Guitar” (University of North Texas)

B.M. “Studio/Jazz Guitar” (University of Southern California)

After receiving a Bachelor of Music in Studio/Jazz Guitar from the University of Southern California, Noel moved back to Sydney, Australia where he grew up, and released his first album “Possible Worlds” (1996) and taught at Wesley Institute for Ministry and the Arts. In 1997, he came back to the states to further his study in jazz at the University of North Texas from which he received a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies (Jazz Guitar Performance). While at UNT, he served as a teaching fellow, was a guitarist for the One O'Clock Lab band, and had many great opportunities to play with well-known artists such as Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Adam Nussbaum and Kenny Wheeler. A student band that Noel co-led recorded the album “NJPT” (1999) and was awarded "Best Jazz Instrumental Group" in the 2000 Downbeat student music awards.

Upon graduation, Noel was actively performing locally and nationally as a band leader and a session musician, and releasing more of his own albums (“Marshmallow” in 2004, and “Salted Coffee” in 2014) and teaching at UNT as an adjunct faculty member.

Also, Noel has been active as a recording artist and has performed on over 50 albums. His keen musical talent to perform various genres of music enabled him to play on different projects including jazz, rock, gospel, pop, country, and more. Over the years, he has performed and/or recorded with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and nationally known Jazz, Blues and gospel artists such as Alex Acuna, Vinnie Colaiuta, Andre Crouch, Sheila E., Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Monica Mancini, Lucky Peterson, Kenny Wheeler, Gary Willis, and many more.

Noel is a solo artist on his own (4 albums as a leader), but also can be seen and heard as the electric guitarist in the house band of the “Daystar” TV network's “Marcus & Joni Show” (daily live show), at Bethesda Community Church (Fort Worth, TX), and in various other sideman projects throughout the DFW area. Noel teaches at UNT and Lone Star Music Academy. He is a loving husband and a proud dad of two sons.

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Phill Aelony

(currently accepting students)

B.M "Jazz Guitar" (UNT)

Phill is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He began playing music at an early age, learning to play both the piano and the alto saxophone. He began playing guitar at the age of 14, and was playing professionally in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area by the age of 17.

In 2002, Phill was awarded a Jazz Guitar Performance Scholarship to the University of North Texas. While at UNT he travelled, performed and recorded with the Jazz Singers I, the Three O' Clock Lab Band, The Zebras ( a jazz fusion group), and the Jazz Repertory Ensemble.

He studied jazz guitar and composition under the direction of Fred Hamilton, and classical guitar with Tom Johnson.

Phill graduated from the University of North Texas, with honors, obtaining a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar. Phill opened up his teaching studio at Lone Star Music Academy in 2007 teaching guitar, banjo, and mandolin. Currently, he is active as a freelance musician performing and teaching at various venues throughout the DFW area.

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Mark Cuthbertson

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M.A. Theology (Univ. of Dallas)

B.M. Jazz Guitar (UNT)

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Mark Cuthbertson began playing guitar at the age of 12. While in high school, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music during their annual Summer Guitar Program. He later enrolled at the University of Mississippi and performed in that school's highest jazz band (which is also documented to be the first college jazz band ever assembled). Soon he transferred to the Jazz Program at the University of North Texas where he studied with Fred Hamilton before receiving his degree in 2000.

For years, Mark has worked as a sideman, composer, arranger and teacher, and his playing and arrangements can be heard in various contexts, both live and on record. His interests have always lay with sideman work, rather than in pursuing his own projects. He has dabbled in the latter, having co-founded the heralded modern rock group Transient Theory, prior to leaving the band to focus on his work as a sideman. Mark is also an accomplished philosopher. He has proven that shampoo is better, and his article, “Time, the ‘Open Acquittal’, and Divine Omniscience: Two Internal Problems with Open Theism,” appeared in the renowned Westminster Theological Journal in 2005.

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Lane Garner

(currently accepting students)

B.M. Jazz Guitar, U.N.T.

M.M. Jazz Guitar, U.N.T.

Lane is a guitarist with a passion for improvisation, composition, live performance, and teaching music. Lane grew up in the Kansas City area where he began playing guitar at ten years old, playing professionally by fifteen. In 2006 he moved to Denton, Texas on scholarship to study Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas where he would complete his Bachelors and Masters of Music. During this time he studied jazz guitar with Fred Hamilton, jazz arranging with Paris Rutherford, classical guitar with Paul LeBlanc, South Indian classical music with Poovalur Sriji, Afro-Cuban music with Jose Aponte and played guitar with Jazz Singers I, the Three O'Clock Lab Band, and the L5 Guitar Ensemble.

As an educator, Lane has worked with students of all ages and experience levels on many styles of music including jazz, rock, pop, classical finger style, and more. Lane's primary goal as a teacher is to focus intently on specific aspects of each student's musicianship- technique, harmonic concepts, ear training, theory, etc. while making each lesson fun for the student. Each student's playing should improve by the end of each and every lesson with a focus on fundamentals of music as well as any additional material the student is interested in learning.

Lane leads the Denton, Texas band Fundamental (fundamentalmusix.com) which combines original modern jazz with elements of Indian classical music, indie rock, and more. He composed most of the music on Fundamental's three releases Development (Armored Records, 2012) F. (Self-released, 2013), and HEMANDHERE (Armored Records, 2015).

Lane also regularly freelances in the DFW area and leads small jazz groups of varying instrumentation with a focus on original music and standard material. He has experience playing many styles of music in many settings ranging from jazz clubs, country clubs, weddings, bars, amusement parks, cruise ships, coffee shops, wine bars, and churches.

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Brady Mosher

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From the time he was in the second grade and all through the 60's his father owned a sprawling East Texas night club called the Reo Palm Isle, where Brady got the chance to meet and hear the music of many of the great artists of Country music and R&B of that era ...Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Wills, and James Brown among them. Music has been his abiding passion ever since.

Brady has been very serious about the guitar since the sixth grade, and is a versatile musician in the studio or on the stage. He has performed in concert halls, theaters, clubs, alleys, and street corners with artists too numerous to mention.

Brady has recorded thousands of sessions, ranging from blues, country, and gospel to jazz, jingles, radio and television ID's, both national and international. He also performed the music in the Dallas Theater Center's production of "The Collected Works of Billy the Kid" by Michael Ondaatje (author of "The English Patient")

Brady is also a songwriter and composer of instrumental music. Recent recording projects include work for LeAnn Rimes, Joseph Vincelli's latest album, "Touch", and a second album co-produced with Bob Gentry of the acoustic New World Music group "feen boyett". Brady also played guitar on and co-produced the album "Temporary Contentment" for Texas singer-songwriter Annagrey.

Brady is keeping busy performing and recording with his Rastabilly/Roots Rock project MOJINE BOY / WILD OKRA, Annagrey, Dennis Cavalier and the Zydeco Crackers, several other independent projects, and resuming his solo performing schedule.

Brady opened up his teaching studio at Lone Star Music Academy in spring 2008. His enthusiasm toward teaching and his students is apparent. His teaching philosophy is all about making music fun, while paying attention to fundamentals, and helping the student to be confident and relaxed while learning. He is very creative in devising different curriculum according to each student's musical needs, devoted to keep them improving. He updates his website frequently with educational tools so that his students continue to benefit from him even while practicing at home.

http://www.mojine.com

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Dennis Durick

(currently accepting students)

B.M. Drumset/Jazz Studies, U.N.T.

Dennis is from the Washington D.C. area, and started playing the drums at the age of seven. A relentless passion for music eventually brought him to UNT for music study. Upon graduating with a BM in Jazz Studies, Dennis recorded an album with David Liebman and toured with Heads Up.

During and after this period Dennis played and wrote for the Fusion band Friends of Fish (later to be named Popular Science). Then went on to record and tour with Joe McBride for the next several years. Upon meeting bassist Lyles West, Dennis found a new partner that produced several bands to follow: Quartet Out, Lyles West Quartet, Jason Bucklin trio and his own band Brouhaha. They also played and recorded together in the unique gypsy jazz group Café Noir. Dennis can also be heard on records from Quartet Out, Flipside, Dave Zoller, Tony Hakim, Pete Brewer, Pete Gallio, John Adams, Kellye Gray, The Champion Sisters, and the eclectic Uruguayan/Brazilian fusion band Circo.

He continues to work in the area with many of the aforementioned people as well as Jimi Tunnell (of Steps Ahead, Zawinul Syndicate), Wayne Delano, Drew Phelps, Bill Lohr, and the instrumental rock band, Shibboleth, as well as performing and writing for the jazz trio Flipside.

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Andrew Popham

(currently accepting students)

B.M. Drumset/Jazz Studies, U.N.T.

Andrew Popham is a drummer and percussionist from the small town of Palacios, Texas. Growing up, Andrew was continually exposed to music. His father, Jim, has been a Band Director for 36 years, and his mother, Maria, not only is a private flute instructor, but also coaches and coordinates numerous area color guards. Being raised by musicians and growing up in a musical environment enhanced Andrew’s desire to excel as a percussionist.

His passion for music as a profession led Andrew to pursue a degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. During his time at North Texas, Andrew had the pleasure of studying with many of the world renowned professors, and was mentored by Ed Soph and Jose Aponte. Under the guidance of Jose Aponte, Andrew gained proficiency in hand percussion and the music of Cuba. He has played drum set and percussion for several UNT ensembles including: Latin Jazz, Jazz Singers, and the One, Two, and Four O’Clock Lab Bands. Andrew has had the privilege to perform with artists such as Danilo Perez, Memo Acevedo, and Andy Narell.

As a graduate of UNT, Andrew has enjoyed sharing his knowledge by performing and teaching in the DFW area. Andrew plays a wide variety of music but is particularly knowledgeable in Jazz and several forms of Latin music. He also plays with Dave Alexander’s Texas Swing Band, and has played throughout the state of Texas and surrounding states.

His main goal as a music educator is to inspire his students to work hard and to achieve a high level of proficiency on their instrument. Andrew’s goal is to teach his students the fundamentals of solid technique, and to help them understand the role of a drummer in any musical situation.

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Jordan Gheen - Trumpet

(currently accepting students)

B.M. Jazz Studies, U.N.T.

Jordan Gheen is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer and teacher currently living in Denton, Texas. Originally from Fort Worth, Jordan grew up in a musical family. Between his father, a professional pianist, and his mother, a singer, he was constantly surrounded by quality music. He learned a lot from them and became interested in playing professionally at a young age. Jordan eventually graduated from Booker T Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas in 2008. While at BTWHSPVA he gathered experience from many exciting opportunities such as touring with his jazz combo, playing at the final International Association of Jazz Educators(IAJE) conference in Toronto, Canada and he was even selected via a rigorous audition process for the Jazz Band of America based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Since moving to Denton with a scholarship to pursue a Jazz Studies degree at the prestigious University of North Texas his musical career has flourished. While at UNT he learned a great amount from Rodney Booth, Jay Saunders, Stefan Karlsson, Fred Hamilton, Lynn Seaton, Steve Wiest and Rich Derosa. Jordan crafted his composing and arranging skills while writing for, rehearsing and recording his various ensembles in Jazz Forum class and also played, toured, and recorded with the world renowned Grammy nominated UNT One O'Clock Lab Band. For two consecutive years, 2013/2014, he was selected as one of twenty-four musicians (out of hundreds of applicants) from around the world for the composition residency program at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC called Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead. He has been fortunate to have shared the stage with and learned from incredible artists such as Patti Austin, Aretha Franklin, Tierney Sutton, Terrell Stafford, Tim Hagans, Wayne Bergeron, Phil Woods, Lou Marini, Jeff Coffin, Bob Belden, Shelly Berg, and John Clayton to name a few.

Now out of school, Jordan is working professionally on Trumpet, Piano, Synth, Bass and Guitar. In addition to playing in a variety of pop/rock/dance cover-bands in the DFW metroplex, playing various commercial jazz gigs, and playing at Cross Timbers Community Church (Argyle and Denton), he also explores original music with many different creative projects. He leads (and writes music for) a jazz-fusion group called Sky Window (www.skywindow.space), a groove-focused quartet called The Night Above Us (www.thenightaboveus.com) and a 19 piece progressive jazz orchestra called Energy Collective. Outside of his own bands he also plays keyboards with local bands such as Fundamental, Somogyi, Body English, Canvas Theory, The Dallas Horns and NightBass, plays guitar with Terra Collective and Sol Kitchen, plays bass with Chaz Marie, and plays trumpet with Off Cell.

As an educator, Jordan has taught students from many different musical backgrounds, experience levels, and ages ranging from 8 to 50 years old. Over the years he has maintained his own private studio as well as spent time working at various other music schools around the area. Jordan focuses on efficient practice techniques so that his students will be able to make the most progress possible when at home practicing. His goal is to show students how to achieve proficiency so that they will be able to explore many aspects of the musical language with confidence while remaining relaxed and in control. His students can obtain this proficiency through Jordan's concentration on technique, time, and music theory. Balance this thorough study of the fundamentals with the student's own musical goals and you have a solid formula for rapid progress for those who are excited about learning. For the more advanced students Jordan focuses on real-world application and can prepare them for any aspect of the music-industry that they want to pursue from being a professional musician, composer, and arranger, to being a recording artist, audio-engineer, and digital producer.

 

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Marian Brackney (Violin, Viola)

(currently accepting students)

Marian is a fulltime working violinist and studio musician. She began her musical training at the age of 7 and studied under the world renowned Violeta Smailovic-Huart and under Dr. Alan Asher at Texas Woman's University. In her high school and college years she traveled with the orchestra to Hawaii and played points in Europe. She also received a scholarship to TCU's Mimir Chamber Music Festival.

Shortly after graduation she began touring around America with Susan Gibson (best known for writing The Dixie Chicks hit “Wide Open Spaces”) for 4 years. She built a reputation during that time that earned her to the opportunity to play and sometimes record with well known acts such as Pat Green, Tommy Alverson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros, Jason Eady, Kevin Welch, Beth Wood, and Elizabeth Wills. She currently performs/records with local artists Luke Wade and Guthrie Kennard and is featured on the television series Troubadour, TX with Guthrie Kennard.

Marian teaches classical Russian technique of violin and viola, and also teaches improvisation.

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Michael Moore (Violin, Viola)

(currently accepting students)

B.M. Viola Performance (Oklahoma State University)

(Candidate M.M. - U.N.T.)

A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Michael has always had a passion for music and teaching. He has been playing viola and violin since the age of 11. During his time in High School, he participated in the OMEA All State Orchestra and also attended the National Honors Orchestra in Indianapolis. In his early college years he performed with the Tulsa Signature Symphony where he held a viola chair.

While at Oklahoma State University, Michael performed with the Bartlesville Symphony, the Symphony of Northwestern Arkansas (SONA) and the OSU Ombré Quartet. He performed in a Master Class for the American Quartet and placed 2nd in the Regional MTNA String Quartet Competition.

Not only is Michael an accomplished orchestral musician, he also enjoys teaching students in both violin and viola. His goal for his students is to help them grow both musically and personally. His teaching methods focus on economical playing and effective practice techniques. He encourages his students to foster a positive forward thinking attitude. Michael is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Music Performance under Dr. Susan Dubois at the University of North Texas.

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Sarah Price (Violin)

(currently accepting students)

B.M. Violin Performance (University of North Texas)

Sarah Price is an active performer of chamber music and frequently travels throughout the country performing for a wide range of audiences.

Sarah began studying the violin at the early age of four and performed with the Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra for several years. She later attended the UNT Violin and Piano workshop in where she studied under Julia Bushkova and performed in a masterclass for Philip Lewis.

She later received her Bachelors in Music from the University of North Texas. While there, she studied under Professor Philip Lewis, the Artistic Director of Chamber Music International. Ms. Price is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta honor societies.

In addition to chamber music performances, Sarah currently performs with the Irving Symphony Orchestra and the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra. Past orchestral experience includes playing with the Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra and the Miami Music Festival Orchestra.

Ms. Price is currently an artistic consultant for the Texas Jewish Arts Association and receives coaching from Gary Levinson, Senior Co-Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Violin at Michigan State University.

Ms. Price's past student achievements include: participation in the Fort Worth, Dallas, and East Texas Youth Orchestras at all levels, first place winner of the Young Soloist Concerto Competition in Fort Worth, TMEA performances, UIL competitions, participation in the UNT String Studies Institute, TCU String Camp and Arlington Summer Strings.

Sarah loves working with students of all ages and emphasizes the importance of strong technique and fundamentals to both her beginner and advanced students while instilling a love of classical music. Ms. Price works to create an encouraging atmosphere for each student.

For more information on upcoming concerts and events visit www.sarahpriceviolin.com

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Giovannie Cruz

(currently accepting students)

B.M. Opera Performance, U.N.T.

Giovannie Cruz, Vocal Coach, began singing and performing at the age of 5 and taking lessons around age 6. As a child, Giovannie participated in several musical theatre productions (Into the Woods, Ragtime, Bye Bye Birdy, Guys & Dolls) until about high school when she began her classical training. Giovannie was accepted into the prestigious Vocal Performance program at UNT in 2005 where she studied Opera Theatre and Early Music under the tutelages of Mezzo- Soprano Jennifer Lane, and Dr. Jerry Mccoy. She sang in operas such as Romeo et Juliette, Our Town, Sour Angelica (where she sang the role of Sour Osmina), A Midsummer's Night Eve (Where she sang the role of Peaseblossom) and The Marriage of Figaro (where she sang the role of Barbarina). She was also invited to sing, along with her ensembles, at Boston's Early Music festival (2008), Tawian's National Music Festival in Taipei, Taiwan (2008) and for Dave Brubeck's choir during his performance of his Pange Lingua Variations (2008), to name a few.

After receiving a Bachelor's of Music in 2009, Giovannie went on to join, High Definition Cover Band (www.hidefband.com), where she sings R&B, Pop, Rock, Jazz and even raps. While Giovannie no longer sings classically, she believes a structure based on classical technique is an excellent foundation for all singers, including those wishing to explore other genres.

When not teaching at Lone Star Music Academy or singing with her cover band, Giovannie enjoys a career as a film, tv and commercial/radio actor and print model. You may learn more about Giovannie by visiting her professional website www.giovanniecruz.com . Be sure to click around to find links and videos about her life as an entertainer.

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Jennifer Escue

(currently accepting students)

B.M. Jazz Studies, Voice, U.N.T.

M.M. Jazz Pedagogy, U.N.T

Originally from Lewisville, TX, Jennifer Escue is quickly becoming a powerful and original vocalist and writer crediting a diverse range of musical styles. Sounds from the jazz, latin, blues, singer-songwriter and pop realms, can be heard at different times in her performances. Artists ranging from Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson, Claudia Villela Gretchen Parlato, Esperanza Spalding, all the way to James Taylor, Sting, Vienna Teng, Tori Amos and Radiohead, have greatly impacted her influence and style in the music world. After being awarded an impressive scholarship and studying classical voice and opera at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, she found her way back to Texas and graduated from the world-renowned jazz studies program at the University of North Texas. Jennifer has also completed a Master's degree in jazz pedagogy from UNT, where she directed one of UNT's highly acclaimed jazz choirs, taught a course in vocal jazz fundamentals, and sang in the award winning UNT Jazz Singers. She has had the honor of studying under the internationally renowned vocal jazz arranger and educator Paris Rutherford as well as studying private jazz voice with noted recording artist, improviser and composer, Rosana Eckert. Jennifer is an active live performer in the Dallas area, singing with various ensembles and leading her own band devoted to performing her original songs and arrangements.

She is an in-demand music educator in the DFW area and has also sung and recorded a number of Dr. Norman Wick's contemporary worship songs that will be released online very soon. While understanding the competitive drive in young musicians in the area, she encourages her students to seek out audition opportunities. She helps to prepare students for UIL, Solo and Ensemble, college auditions and any other music competition a child may need assistance with in their preparation.

Jennifer is currently pursuing a second master's degree in music therapy. She has observed clients with a wide-range of disorders such as: individuals on the spectrum and with autism, clients with emotional and intellectual disorders and adolescent and geriatric clients. She is working under Joseph Pinson in her practicum this semester and hopes to work with psychiatric clients in the near future. She is very excited in her new field of study and is excited to work with and lead these individuals to their future hopes and goals.

Jennifer's new love is accompanying herself on piano, which is what many of her intimate, current live shows consist of. Her debut album featuring all of her original compositions will be releasing this fall, 2014!

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Kara Hanson

(currently accepting students)

B.A. Vocal Performance, Minor: Music Theory. U.N.T.

Ms. Kara is a mezzo-soprano. She is a voice teacher, performer, early childhood educator and choral director. She is a former member of the internationally acclaimed University of North Texas Acapella Choir. In 2009, the Acapella Choir traveled to Taipei, Taiwan where they were invited to perform at the International Choral Festival. She has also traveled to Seoul, South Korea with Acapella to perform in the 2012 Korea Choral Festival. Ms. Kara also performed with Dave Brubeck's choir during his performance of his Pange Lingua Variations.

Ms. Kara is a former member of the UNT Opera Program. Operas include; Le nozze di Figaro, Prodaná nevesta and Albert Herring. Ms. Kara has performed in numerous musical theater productions. She was nominated for a Tommy Tune award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Queen Aggravain in “Once Upon a Mattress.” She performed as a soloist at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts for the televised award show in Houston.

In 2008 Ms. Kara founded “Neat Beats,” a non-profit after school children's music program for ages 3 - 10 in Dallas, Texas. She developed the curriculum, hired and trained the faculty and served as the director until 2010. She held recitals, benefit concerts and hosted summer camps.

Ms. Kara has extensive group and private voice teaching experience. She prepares students for recitals, competitions, auditions, talent shows and the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program. In 2010, she served as the Director of Music at Starwood Montessori School and taught 400 children music education each week. Her students enjoyed playing with over a dozen different instruments, performing in recitals and learning how to read and write music. Ms. Kara also introduced orchestral study, hand-bell choir, recorders and critical listening skills. In 2014 She taught general music and incorporated vocal training in the classes at Guthrie Gifted Education in Plano, Texas.

Ms. Kara is currently CPR and First Aid certified and has completed extensive training through the Dallas Choristers Guild. Ms. Kara also has attended four years of Texas Music Educators Association conferences and two American Choral Directors Association Conferences. Ms. Kara is a member of the Plano Music Teachers Association. She also has experience teaching special needs children. She is an energetic, encouraging and passionate music educator.

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Christopher Denton

(currently accepting students)

B.M. Jazz Studies (Jazz Vocal) University of North Texas

Dallas-based vocalist Christopher Denton brings his powerful and dynamic sound to every stage, from theater shows to jazz clubs. He is a regular live performer with groups such as The Pegasus Entertainment Big Band, The Vintage 15 Big Band, and the award-winning internationally renowned men’s chorus, The Vocal Majority. As a chorus member and soloist with the VM for over a decade, Christopher has appeared on over 10 albums, has been featured on television, and has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad.

A well-rounded and versatile musician, Christopher studied vocal jazz at the University of North Texas, a leading and legendary institution for jazz education. At UNT, he honed his skills in theory, arranging, composition, improvisation, piano, vocal technique, and lyric delivery, studying under the incomparable Rosana Eckert and Jennifer Barnes. He earned a spot in the award-winning UNT Jazz Singers, performing with many Grammy Award-winning guests artists, including Bobby McFerrin, Janis Siegel, Lauren Kinhan, and Peter Eldridge as well as the world-renowned UNT One O’Clock Jazz Band. During his 3 years as a tenor/baritone and featured soloist with the UNT Jazz Singers, he appeared on 2 albums and did extensive performing, including a featured spot at the ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) annual convention and the JEN (Jazz Education Network) conference.

As an educator, Christopher is dedicated to excellence in music. Helping students realize their musical potential, while nurturing their need to learn in a variety of ways, is a top priority. Drawing on his knowledge as a graduate of UNT’s College of Music, Christopher combines his skill as a music educator with his talents as a performer to deliver on his goal of helping students become all they can be. Sharing his passion for music with others is one of the highlights of his own musical journey. Christopher looks forward to meeting with you to begin your experience in music.

Christopher is now working as a freelance musician, educator, and actor. His most recent work includes singing back-up vocals for TV Personality and singer/songwriter Ben Folds and appearing in a national TV commercial for J.C. Penny. Christopher is available for studio recording, teaching, and live appearances.

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Jordan Coffing

(currently accepting students)

B.M. Vocal Jazz Performance, U.N.T.

Vocalist and composer, Jordan Coffing, is a captivating and versatile performer. Jordan attended Houston’s prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Jazz Performance from the internationally acclaimed University of North Texas. While at UNT Jordan had the opportunity to work with noted recording artist and composer, Rosana Eckert, as well as the exceptionally talented Kurt Elling and Peter Eldridge.

As a seasoned vocalist, Jordan enjoys performing classic jazz repertoire by such legendary artists as Billie Holiday, Betty Carter and Sarah Vaugh. She combines traditional and progressive concepts in teaching and performing. Jordan enjoys teaching and exposing students to all genres of music, and is well versed in Pop, Classical, R&B and Country.

Miss Coffing has a wide-range of musical skills as a vocalist and is also an experienced pianist and guitarist. She has performed background vocals for film and television, including a theme song performed by Chaka Khan. Jordan will be releasing her first EP later this year, under the artist name, "RHU."

As a music educator, Jordan strives to find the most motivating and inspiring methods based on each student’s needs. She believes in a balanced musical education, where students learn the music they love in an uplifting and encouraging atmosphere, while also learning the importance of technique and music theory.

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Alex Blair

(currently accepting students)

B.M. Jazz Studies, Voice. U.N.T.

Powerhouse vocalist Alex Blair is quickly becoming one of DFW's most in-demand performers. Her musicianship stems from a deep-rooted love of pre-80's soul and an extensive background in jazz and musical theater. Alex Blair's sultry, velvet sound and unmatched on-stage presence make for a dynamic performance every time she steps on stage. Alex fronts the soul/pop band BLAYR, bringing a fresh take on old school soul. In 2014 Alex graduated with a degree in performance from the world renown jazz school at the University of North Texas. She has received numerous awards including a coveted jazz scholarship from the University of North Texas and outstanding performer at the Berklee College of Music Jazz Festival. She has an extensive history in musical theater, studying both vocal technique and acting with nationally recognized teacher and author Rhonda Carlson.

Not only is Alex a heavy hitting performer but she is also an on-call recording artist. Alex was recently recognized for her vocals on Downbeat Award winner Kyle Gordon's composition of "My Own and Only Love" (2016). You can hear her vocals featured on the UNT Jazz Singers Downbeat Award nominated album "I Can't Help It" (2015). BLAYR is set to release their debut EP July 2017.

As an educator, Alex caters to each individual with the utmost care and consideration. Alex has taught voice, piano, guitar, ukelele, songwriting, music theory and artist development for over eight years. Her students have gone on to become professional gigging musicians. Whether you want to become a master of your craft or just have fun, Alex takes the time to address every student's needs and provides the best learning environment possible. She is delighted to join the staff at Lone Star Music Academy.

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