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  • Voice/Vocal Coach: all ages, intermediate through professional
    Piano and Collaborative Piano: all ages, intermediate through professional

    Thomas is a voice teacher, vocal coach, and piano teacher based in the Washington D.C area. He is currently a pianist and coach in Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and is part of the music staff for Washington National Opera’s April 2019 production of Tosca. Thomas has worked as a staff pianist and vocal coach at the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop and the Castleton Festival.

    He has many years of experience working with singers and pianists of all levels in a wide variety of repertoire, and currently maintains a coaching studio in the DC area. Thomas was an apprentice coach at the Merola Opera Program in the summer of 2018. He also has spent three summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

    Thomas received his master's degree in collaborative piano from Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Warren Jones. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where he studied piano as well as composition. As part of this degree, he spent a semester in Vienna, Austria, where he studied German language, opera and Lieder.

    Thomas has a background primarily in classical voice (opera, art song, and oratorio), but also loves and has experience in and musical theater. He worked in lessons and classes with Renée Fleming, Carol Vaness, James Morris, Stephanie Blythe, Stephen King, Cesar Ulloa, Mignon Dunn, Martin Katz, Warren Jones, Kathleen Kelly, Stephen Blier, Francesca Zambello, Jane Eaglen, Deborah Birnbaum, Neil Shicoff, Laura Brooks Rice, Joan Dornemann, John Churchwell, Diana Soviero, Matthew Rose, Eric Owens, Sheri Greenawald, Mark Morash, and Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, among others.

    Thomas M.

    Voice, Piano
    Theory/Composition

    BA, Jacobs School of Music
    MM, Manhattan School of Music
    Washington National Opera
    Wolf Trap

  • Classical Piano: all ages, advanced/professional, prior consultation required

    Thomas Pandolfi is one of the leading pianists of our time, hailed a “phenomenon.” He began his career early on while at The Juilliard School (BM & MM) where the young prodigy caught the influential ear of Vladimir Horowitz, who would become his mentor, and legendary composer, Morton Gould. Since then he has been an audience favorite, selling out the world’s most prestigious stages, including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Strathmore, The Kennedy Center, Kiev Opera House, Bucharest’s Romanian Athenaeum, London’s Cadogan Hall, and many others.

    DC Metro Arts calls him, “exhilarating… a rare mix of technical accuracy and cool confidence.” “His artistry and technique were simply astonishing,” said the Metropolitan Arts Reviews. The Washington Post boasted he is a “master of both the grand gesture and the sensual line… Pandolfi's large-scale pianism seemed under tight control yet in no way muted the passion of his performance… projected with an exquisite sense of lyrical gesture.” “A standout among today's young pianists... His virtuosity and strength… might have had some believing that Liszt himself had taken over the keyboard,” said the Asheville Citizen-Times. “The mastery of the scores, the precision of the playing, and the finesse of the expression were all simply spectacular. It was a truly bravura performance, both in the virtuosic and in the reflective pieces, yet one completely without gratuitous exaggerated display,” acclaimed The Boston Musical Intelligencer.

    In addition to being recognized as one of the greatest interpreters of the Polish masters such as Chopin, Paderewski, and Godowsky, this versatile pianist has received accolades from everything from Bach to Gershwin, with Morton Gould saying, “It’s the finest performance of Gershwin I have heard since the composer himself.” His original and virtuosic transcriptions of popular works, such as West Side Story and Phantom of the Opera, are one-of-kind, jaw-dropping, and dramatic encores that keep audiences of all ages returning to his performances again and again.

    Mr. Pandolfi is a Steinway Artist and will begin recording for Steinway Spirio later this year. Mr. Pandolfi’s performances have been broadcast by PBS, WETA (Washington, DC), WQXR (NYC), WRCJ (Detroit), DCN TV (China), The Sound (DC), and many others worldwide. During his 2019-2020 season, he will complete a 20-state tour of the USA, his fourth tour in China, third tour of the UK, and seventh tour of Romania and Moldova.

    Born in Washington, DC into a musical family, Pandolfi began his studies with his father and continued on with principle teachers Sasha Gorodnitzki , Adele Marcus, Gyorgy Sandor. He holds a BM and MM from The Juilliard School. Maestro Pandolfi is available for recitals, concertos, and masterclasses.

    Thomas Pandolfi

    Piano

    BA, The Juilliard School
    MM, The Juilliard School
    Internationally acclaimed concert pianist

  • Voice: all ages, beginner through advanced
    Piano: all ages, beginner through intermediate

    Mezzo-Soprano Elizebeth B., praised for “singing and acting with assurance, liveliness and wit,” is a third generation opera singer and teacher following in the footsteps of her paternal grandmother, and mother. Ms.B is now be based in the Washington DC area after teaching Voice and Piano in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Ms. B is an alumna of The Hartt School of Music where she studied with Joanna Levy, and received her Masters of Music from The Eastman School of Music, studying with Katherine Ciesinski. Elizebeth is a passionate advocate for early arts education, and frequently returns to her home town of Santa Fe, New Mexico to give Master Classes, and coach All State repertoire with choir students.

    In addition to Ms. B’s teaching, she has performed at Sarasota Opera, Aspen Opera Center, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Eastman Opera Theater and Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. Ms. B is excited to share her love of music and performing with all her students to help them thrive in the studio, in school, and in life.

    Elizebeth B.

    Voice, Piano

    BM, Hartt School of Music
    MM, Eastman School of Music

  • Voice: all ages, beginner through advanced/professional
    Piano: all ages, beginner through intermediate

    Mandy B. is an active private music instructor at the Washington DC Metro Area. She possesses over fifteen years of teaching experience and uses her musical knowledge and performance background to create unique individual learning environments for each of her students. Mandy offers private instruction for voice, piano, and harp and is happy to work in a variety of musical styles including classical, musical theater, pop, rock, jazz, gospel. She welcomes students of all ages and abilities. Several of her students have been accepted to prestigious music & drama schools and have performed at venues such as Strathmore Music Center, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, and the Kennedy Center.

    In addition to teaching, Ms. B. has an active singing career. Her performances have brought her praise for her rich warm voice and refreshing honesty in her dramatic interpretations. Ms. B. enjoys a career that encompasses the Mid-West, the Mid-Atlantic, and France. She is equally at home on the operatic or concert stage, as well as an avid recitalist and performer of new works. Recent companies she has worked with include Washington National Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Inscape Chamber Orchestra, Gourmet Symphony, New Dominion Chorale, National Men’s Chorus, Friendship Heights Symphonette, the Maryland Opera Studio, and Opera Kansas.

    Previous operatic highlights include Charlene/Service Provider (world premiere) and Barbarina/Le Nozze di Figaro with Washington National Opera, Nannetta/Falstaff with Chautauqua Opera, Lady With A Hand Mirror/ Postcard From Morocco, Love Simpson/Cold Sassy Tree, the title role in Amelia al Ballo, Camilla Pocket/ Miss Havisham’s Fire, Rose Maurrant/ Street Scene, Despina/ CosiFan Tutte, Beth March/ Little Women, Soeur Constance/ Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Madame Silberklang/ The Impresario, and La Princesse/L’Enfant et les Sortilèges.

    She was a finalist in 2019 for the 31st Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition and was the recipient of the Patricia A. Edwards Encouragement Award. In 2017, 2015, 2014, and 2013, Mandy has been a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan National Council Auditions. She was also a Demi-Finalist at the 25mme International Concours de Chant at the Centre Lyrique in Clermont-Ferrand, France in 2017. Other awards include the 2015 Carolyn Bailey & Dominick Argento Vocal Competition – 2nd place, the 2014 Young Artist Performance – 2nd place for NATSAA Mid Atlantic Regionals, the 2013 Chautauqua Opera Apprentice Artist Encouragement Award, and was a Koch Cultural Trust grant recipient 2008 and 2009.

    Ms. B. earned her BM in Vocal Performance from Wichita State University and her MM in Opera Performance from the University of Maryland.

    Mandy B.

    Voice, Piano, Harp

    BM in Vocal Performance, Wichita State University
    MM in Opera Performance , University of Maryland.

  • Voice: all ages, intermediate through advanced/professional

    Starting her professional soloist career with the soprano role of Mimi in La Boheme in 1989, Patricia sang the lyric soprano roles from Maine to Florida. She has performed standard roles such as the Countess, Musetta, Papagena, The Second Lady, and Anne in the "Mother of Us All." Switching to the higher mezzo soprano roles, she incorporated ‘pants roles’ such as Cherubino, Siebel and Nicklausse. At the the Washington National Opera she has sung alongside Placido Domingo multiple times in Don Carlo & Fedora with Mirella Freni. In addition to the WNO, she has performed with Opera Carolina, Summer Opera Theater, Baltimore Opera, Piedmont Opera Theatre, Indiana Opera, and Sarasota Opera as well as additional opera companies and symphonies. In 1992 Patricia participated in the Spoleto Festival USA in an original piece as Saints in "Touch Me Not." She was a Sarasota Opera Apprentice in 1990 where she covered ‘Mimi’, as a young artist.

    Her solo mezzo concert career includes Mozart Requiem, and Haydn Harmoniemessa at the Kennedy Center in 2002, The Messiah - Georgetown Symphony Orchestra, Soloist with Washington Concert Opera, and at Leesburg Symphony Orchestra – mezzo soloist in Rossini’s Petite Messa Solennelle. She was the lead female in world premiere of Cornelius Coyote – a children’s Opera with Sarasota Opera and played Pauline in the Toy Shop in a 2-month tour of the state of Florida. Patricia has also held numerous solo recitals in the Leesburg, Winchester Virginia area to assist in raising money for Healthy Families, a non-profit foundation that supports unwed women and their children in completing a college education.

    Patricia received a Bachelor of Music degree from Catholic University in 1987 with a concentration in Vocal Performance and studied voice privately for 12 years in Washington D.C. and New York City. In joining M Institute for the Arts, Mrs. Wulf continues a 30+ year career in teaching, having been a voice faculty member at Catholic University and Shenandoah Conservatory/University. She resides in the Winchester, Virginia area with her husband on a 33 acre farm and they have two grown children – one studying at Virginia Tech and one in Chicago at Rush Medical School.

    To this day, her favorite role remains Mimi in La Boheme. “There is nothing in the world quite like dying on stage.”

    Patricia W.

    Voice

    Bachelor of Music in Voice
    Catholic University of America
    Faculty, Shenandoah University Conservatory

  • Voice: all ages, intermediate through advanced/professional
    Piano: all ages, intermediate through advanced/professional
    Susanna Barasch is an American soprano whose recent engagements have included Puccini's Suor Angelica (Miami Lyric Opera, Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, Miami); Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea (New York Lyric Opera, Symphony Space, NYC), Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (New York Lyric Opera, DiMenna Center for Classical Music, NYC), Mozart's Don Giovanni (New York Lyric Opera, Lincoln Center, NYC); and Sousa's The Charlatan (Victorian Lyric Opera, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater, Maryland). Upcoming roles include Juliette (Romeo et Juliette, Lincoln Center) and Constance in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites (La Musica Lirica, Il Teatro di Novafeltria, Italy).

    Teaching all levels of singing, Ms. Barasch's specialty is classical and operatic voice. Holding a BA of Music from The George Washington University, she has studied under renowned Romanian soprano, Virginia Zeani, Met Opera baritone Mark Oswald, and internationally acclaimed bel canto pedagogue Joan Patenaude-Yarnell. She is also a disciple of Bulgarian piano virtuoso Tzvetan Konstantinov. Ms. Barasch serves on the board of the The International Master Institute of Music "Leopold Godowsky", Inc.

    In addition to her musical pursuits, Ms. Barasch has a substantial background in fundraising and events. She worked with the American Heart Association on their annual Palm Beach Heart Ball for three consecutive years at The Mar-a-Lago Club, raising over one million dollars each year. She also chaired and directed the Junior League's first annual Junior League Day at Polo at the International Polo Club for the Junior League of the Palm Beaches, for which she won the Fundraiser of the Year award. Ms. Barasch then served as the Executive Director for a political party of Palm Beach County, running or contributing to many fundraisers, auctions, rallies, and outreach events, including events at The Mar-a-Lago Club and The Beach Club. She has also enjoyed sitting on numerous charitable committees, including the Junior League of the Palm Beaches, Young Friends of the Norton Museum of Art, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Ms. Barasch now serves as President/CEO of the M Institute for the Arts in Washington, DC.

    Susanna Barasch

    Voice, Piano

    President/CEO of M Institute for the Arts

  • Voice Classical/Opera: all ages, intermediate through advanced professional

    Tracy Cox, a Dallas native, has been hailed by the Washington Post as an “impressive” soprano, LA Weekly has written of her as a “force of nature”, and Arts in LA described her voice as, “opulent, dramatic, and expressive, with a golden sheen that is nothing short of breathtaking”. An alumna of Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, she made her professional debut with the company in the role of Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, under the baton of Placido Domingo. While in residence she also sang the roles of Female Chorus in Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Pisana in Verdi’s I Due Foscari, and Second Lady in Krenek’s Das geheime Königreich. The last three years have seen her debuts with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pasadena Symphony as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and the Cincinnati Symphony as the Soprano II soloist in Mahler’s 8th “Symphony of A Thousand”, as well as the title role in Debussy’s La damoiselle élue. She sang the role of Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff with Wolf Trap Opera in 2013, followed by “Sa Femme” in Milhaud’s Le Pauvre Matelot, and recently sang the title role in Verdi’s Aida with Opera San Louis Obispo.

    In June 2012, she made her International concert debut at the Vishnevskaya Opera Center in Moscow, and has since performed throughout Hungary with both the Philharmonic Orchestra of Györ as well as Budapest’s famed MÁV Symphony Orchestra. She sang the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos to much acclaim in 2015 with the darling of the Indie Opera scene, Pacific Opera Project. She was seen in solo recital in 2015 in Arlington, Virginia with Kim Witman, as part of the Ravinia-Steans Institute in Chicago, and as a featured performer at the Barachois Music Festival in New Brunswick, Canada.

    Tracy has been an honored recipient of a number of the most prestigious National and International prizes, including a Sullivan Grant in November 2015, the George London-Kirsten Flagstad Prize in February 2014, and the Birgit Nilsson Prize at the 2013 Operalia Competition in Verona. She was an International Finalist in the first inaugural Elizabeth Connell Prize for Dramatic Sopranos held in Sydney, Australia, placed 2nd in Fort Worth Opera’s 2014 McCammon Competition, and was a Grand National Finalist in the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Ms. Cox was named a 2013 recipient of the prestigious Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, and received an Emerging Artist Award from the 2013 Opera Index Competition. Ms.Cox won the 2012 Marilyn Horne Song Competition, and was presented in recital by the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, California, and the National Opera Center in New York City.

    Ms.Cox is an acclaimed artist of many mediums, including line drawing and graphic design, large scale paintings, and poetry and spoken word performance. She has an engaging social media presence, and has live tweeted on behalf of L.A. Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and the Phillips Collection in Washington DC.

    Tracy Cox is currently at the Metropolitan Opera for the 2017-2018 opera season. She is on referral for NYC bookings.

    Tracy C.

    Voice

    An alumna of Los Angeles Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, Tracy Cox is currently at the Metropolitan Opera for the 2017-2020 opera seasons.

  • Double Bass & Cello: all ages, beginner through professional
    Violin/Viola: all ages, beginner through advanced
    Piano: all ages, beginner through advanced
    Theory/Composition: all ages, beginner through advanced

    Ali has always been passionate about the role music can play in the lives of people of any age, and she has enjoyed numerous opportunities to be a part of the music education of many. Her experience includes eleven years of private teaching piano, bass, cello, and upper strings (violin/viola). Ali is comfortable in many musical genres including classical/opera, musical theater and contemporary. Musical Theory and Composition is of special interest to Ali, and she teaches theory, composition, arranging, and contemporary songwriting as well.

    After completing a Bachelor degree from Michigan State University, she went on to complete her Master of Music at Indiana University's Jacobs School and an additional postgraduate degree in Professional Orchestral Studies from the Manhattan School of Music.

    Ali can be seen regularly performing orchestral, opera, chamber, and new music in Washington DC, Baltimore, MD, and Detroit, MI. She has toured Russia with the National Symphony Orchestra as well as Germany, Turkey, Spain, and Austria with the Christoph Eschenbach and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. She won a Tanglewood fellowship as well as the double bass concerto competition, performing Bottesini's Concerto No. 2 with the IU Concert Orchestra. She has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Washington Ballet, Tanglewood, Spoleto Festival USA, the Alabama Symphony, and at the Salzburger Festspiele.

    Allison C.

    Violin, Viola, Cello
    Double Bass, Piano
    Theory/Composition
    Songwriting

    BA, Michigan State University
    MM, Jacobs School of Music
    Professional Orchestra Studies, Manhattan School of Music

  • Piano and Collaborative Piano: all ages, beginner through advanced

    Christine has been passionate about music from a young age. She has actively taught private and collaborative piano lessons for over 8 years and enjoys an active career as a church musical director, solo artist and substitute pianist in the D.C. Metro area and Richmond area. Over the years, she has performed in Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado, and Estonia with a wide range of vocalists and instrumentalists in both solo and collaborative recitals. As a participant of the Alion Baltic International Music Festival, the Brevard Summer Music Institute, selected masterclasses, and MTNA conferences, Christine has explored and experienced exceptionally vast musical styles and pedagogical approaches. She believes that keeping up to date on the most recent methodologies and philosophies is critical to an integrative and well-rounded approach to teaching and musical comprehension.

    Christine’s teaching style is fluid and she curates individualized lesson plans tailored to the student’s ability and engagement level. She places an emphasis on the intricate nature of musical study through the historic, physical and mental aspects of musical understanding. Throughout her undergraduate career, Christine engaged in musical research and found a passion for writing musical reviews. She enjoys researching musical history, and was a presenter at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Piano Pedagogy Symposium in Florida in January 2017. She has researched and presented both lecture recitals and poster presentations on Romantic and 20th Century composers, and has gained extensive knowledge of musical history and literature throughout her time as an active musician.

    Christine’s passion for leadership and connecting others through music flourished during her time as president of the MTNA at Virginia Commonwealth University(VCU) for 2 years. Musical education teaches persistence, determination, and endurance. She engages and implores audiences to think deeper into the language of music, and wishes to enhance the field of musical education through scholarly engagement, fun activities, and structured study.

    Christine is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she obtained a BM in piano performance and a minor in psychology. Throughout her time at VCU she established multiple musical community outreach programs with local churches, hospitals and retirement homes. She later received the Outstanding Service to the Department award from VCU Music for her efforts in building the musical community.

    Christine H.

    Piano
    Collaborative Piano

    BM Piano Performance, VCU
    Teaching assistant to Master Faculty, Thomas Pandolfi.

  • Beginner to Intermediate: Piano, Violin, Guitar, Ukulele, Voice-Singing

    Since she was 10 years old, Lisa has been singing and playing guitar and violin. While just a senior in high school, she studied with the Concertmaster of the Norfolk Symphony and became first chair in the University orchestra. She was invited to attend Eastern Music Festival, an intensive summer program, where she studied with musicians from the Metropolitan Opera. Lisa graduated with a BA in Music, cum laude, from the University of Virginia, and played with the Charlottesville Symphony. She performed with her band at all the popular venues and recorded original music under the Lark Records label.

    While attending graduate school in Puerto Rico, Lisa published eleven articles on music for The San Juan Star. She was an advocate for Regional Arts and spoke before a panel from the National Endowment at the Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan. Returning to the DC area, Lisa went on to compose music and text for dance. She worked under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Reviewed by The Washington Post, Lisa’s playing was described as expressive and playful.

    She performed at The Capital Fringe Festival two years in a row, and with her ensemble, was voted Best in Fringe. Lisa taught music and performed at the Urban Arts Complex. While serving as School Coordinator and then Principal, she developed curriculum and offered professional development for teachers. Lisa teaches music with a major County School District and also teaches violin, guitar, piano, singing and ukulele to individuals and groups.

    Lisa B.

    Violin, Viola, Piano
    Guitar/Ukulele

    BA in Music, cum laude, from the University of Virginia.

  • Piano: all ages, beginner through advanced
    Theory/Composition: all ages, beginner through advanced

    Radina was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she began her music studies at the age of 5. She lived for several years in Africa with her family, where she learned about different types of music and cultures. In 2003 she moved to the United States with her family and in 2008 she completed her music education at the Levine School of Music and her high school education at George Mason High School.

    She went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Music and Sociology from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, followed by a Master’s degree in Music Theory and Composition from East Carolina University in North Carolina. Radina then continued her studies and received a second Master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy from George Mason University in Virginia.

    In 2016, she was a recipient of the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Scholarship for the Mason Community Arts Academy. Radina is currently studying and teaching at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she is a doctoral candidate in Piano Pedagogy. Radina currently studies piano with Dr. Nikita Fitenko and piano pedagogy with Dr. James Litzelman.

    Radina is a member of MTNA, NVMTA, and BMI, and is a music theory, composition, and piano teacher in the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. areas. Radina has extensive teaching experience, both in classroom and private settings, and she welcomes students of all ages and levels. In addition to teaching, playing the piano, and composing, Radina also played prima domra in the American Balalaika Symphony under the direction of Peter Trofimenko for 10 years. Radina has performed in numerous concerts of the orchestra in the Washington D.C. area. Radina joined the Washington Balalaika Society in 2019, and has already performed in several concerts of the orchestra.

    Radina D.

    Piano
    Theory/Composition

    BA in Music, Mount Holyoke College
    MM, East Carolina University
    MM, Piano Pedagogy, George Mason University
    Ph.D Piano Pedagogy Candidate, Catholic University of America

  • Viola/Violin: Ages 5 to Adult
    Viola: Beginner to Advanced Professionals
    Violin: Beginner to late Intermediate

    Caitlin W. has performed extensively with orchestras, chamber ensembles, and in recital both in the United States and abroad. Cailtin played for two years as a member of the Odense Symfoniorkester in Odense, Denmark and was a frequent guest performer with The Royal Danish Opera, the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Malmø Symfoniorkester, and many other Scandinavian orchestras and chamber ensembles. Prior to living and working in Denmark, Caitlin was a tenured member of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a founding instructor with the GROW (Grass Roots Orchestra Worldwide) Project, a program seeking to provide music education to residents of children's homes in Durban, South Africa.

    Caitlin received her Masters of Music degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Music and completed post-graduate studies at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. She graduated summa cum laude from Boston University's College of Fine Arts with a Bachelors degree in viola performance. Caitlin's principal teachers include Tim Frederiksen, Lawrence Neuman, and Michelle LaCourse.

    Caitlin W.

    Viola, Violin
    Chamber Ensemble

    MM, The Royal Danish Academy of Music
    Post-graduate studies, Chicago College of Performing Arts
    BFA Viola Performance, Boston University, summa cum laude

  • Violin/Viola: Ages 4 to Adult Beginner to Advanced Professional
    BA, The Juilliard School

    Luke W. holds a deep reverence for the individuality of a student’s needs, perceptions, and talents, which allows him to create a unique plan to help each student achieve their goals. Luke borrows pedagogical methods from many of his teachers. He studied violin at the Juilliard School with Catherine Cho and at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music with Carolyn Huebl. During his young career, he also had the opportunity to study at music festivals with Noah Bendix-Balgley, Paul Kantor, and David Halen, among others.

    Luke has actively performed with many orchestras throughout the United States, including the Nashville Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, The Rhode Island Philharmonic, and The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Having a unique intuition and sense of leadership, he won the role of concertmaster for Orchestra Iowa in 2013, making him one of the youngest professional concertmasters among the nation’s symphony orchestras.

    More recently, Luke has focused on administrative roles serving as Orchestra Personnel Manager of the Jacksonville and North Carolina Symphonies. He currently enjoys working with students with a variety of pursuits and goals at a Public Charter School.

    Luke W.

    Violin, Viola
    Chamber Ensemble

    BA, The Juilliard School
    Vanderbilt University, Blair School of Music

  • Cello: All ages, Beginner through Advanced/Professional

    Cellist Emma J. is a chamber musician and private instructor currently residing near the D.C. and Baltimore areas. She performs regularly with her piano trio, the Milo Trio, through Washington Musica Viva whose mission includes “performances of works from an extraordinary diversity of origins”. Through her invitations to be a Next Generation Alumni Artist at East Carolina University’s Summer Chamber Music Institute, Emma has worked alongside Xiao-Dong Wang, Hye-Jin Kim, Ara Gregorian, Colin Carr, Emanuel Gruber, and Raman Ramakrishnan. Her string quartet, Katfem, has been coached by musicians from world-renowned ensembles such as the Ying Quartet, Dover Quartet, and Juilliard Quartet. Emma has toured the East Coast with various chamber ensembles and has traveled as far as France and Sri Lanka for concerts and lectures.

    In addition to chamber concerts, Emma teaches cello and chamber music at M Institute for the Arts in Washington D.C. and teaches private cello lessons through Anne Arundel County’s Performing and Visual Arts program. She also freelances and has been a member of several notable orchestras including the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the American Festival Pops Orchestra and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Prior to receiving her second Masters in Music Performance at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst under the tutelage of Edward Arron, she held the position of adjunct professor at Beaufort County Community College in North Carolina.

    Emma’s most recent project has been co-founding a chamber music series called “Empath Concerts” with her colleague, violinist Celaya Kirchner. Empath Concerts aims to cultivate open-minded discussions about current and social affairs through music by programming music according to social topics that are present in music history and relevant to current events.

    Emma studied at Converse College and George Mason University under the tutelage of Kenneth Law, and she graduated with her first Master’s Degree from East Carolina University under the instruction of Emanuel Gruber.

    Emma J.

    Cello
    Chamber Ensemble

    Graduate String Quartet Fellow,
    U. Mass., Amherst
    MM Cello Performance, East Carolina University
    BM Cello Performance & Music Theory,
    George Mason University

  • Piano & Collaborative Piano: all ages, Beginner to Advanced

    Valeria is a Classical Solo and Collaborative Pianist with more than 10 years of teaching experience in Europe and the US. She is a goal-oriented teacher with a unique approach to all of her students which allows her to develop their music individualities and talents.

    Born in Chisinau, Moldova in a family of musicians, Valeria entered the Eugen Coca Music School at the age of 5 and completed it 7 years later being a winner of several national piano competitions. She continued her studies at Stephan Neaga Musical College where she studied Piano Performance and Musical Theory. In 2007, Valeria entered the Academy of Music Theatre and Fine Arts in Moldova where she studied piano for the next 5 years under renowned professor Aliona Vardanean and obtained her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Teaching and Accompanying.

    During her years of study, Valeria started her teaching career at the Russian Musical Society. After graduation from the Academy she was invited to join the faculty as a collaborative pianist for opera singers and worked as an Assistant Piano Professor at Nicolae Botgros College of Arts in Moldova. In addition to her teaching Valeria has participated in many national and international piano competitions (Romania, Bulgaria, Italy and Ukraine) where she received multiple awards. She has taken part in numerous performances both solo and with diverse Chamber ensembles including performances with the National Moldova Philharmonic orchestra.

    The most recent chapter of her career Is giving private piano lessons in the US where Valeria continues traditions of the great Russian Musical system and implements all of her experience, knowledge and passion for Music and helps students to fall in love with Piano.

    Valeria M.

    Piano
    Collaborative Piano

    BM, Performance, Teaching and Accompanying
    Asst Professor of Piano, Nicolae Botgros College of Arts
    International Competition Award Winner

  • Guitar: all ages, Beginner through Advanced, Jazz/Contemporary/Traditional
    Ukulele, Bass Guitar: all ages, Beginner through Advanced

    Nick studied Jazz and African-American Music at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 2010. At that time he played in a variety of different groups including Jazz ensembles (chamber and big band), rock bands, Afro-beat ensembles and Dixieland and folk groups. His broad experience with these diverse musical genres has made him a sought-after instructor in Guitar and Ukulele.

    In 2013 he moved to Washington, D.C. where he became involved in local music and theater. He is knowledgeable in many styles of music and has performed with a number of groups in the area including the live hip-hop band Picnibus and the singer-songwriter duo The French Champagne. Nick is also an artistic associate for DC-based Pointless Theatre Co. with which he has served as a performer, composer/arranger, and music director for a number of their productions.

    Nick is experienced in working with students of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds and tailors each lesson to the individual. While stressing the importance of learning the fundamentals, he strives to help every student find their own voice on their instrument and to help them discover the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of guitar.

    Nick W.

    Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele

    Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • Saxophone, Flute, Woodwinds: All Ages, Beginner through Advanced
    Piano: All Ages, Beginner through Advanced
    Jazz Theory/Composition: All Ages, Beginner through Advanced

    Tissa is an experienced professional who has worked with students of many backgrounds, languages, and skill levels. He has a BA in Jazz Studies from The Florida State University and a Masters in Music from Michigan State University.

    After attending Florida State he moved to Washington, where he taught and performed regularly with prominent musicians, and in 2017, he was invited to be a graduate assistant at MSU’s prestigious jazz department, led by Rodney Whitaker. Tissa participates with the Modern Jazz Generation, a collection of many generations of musicians who have all been mentored by the pianist Marcus Roberts. They have performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, annually at Birdland, Symphony Hall in Chicago, and the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. Tissa is also on the faculty at Swing Central, where he serves as a clinician, teaches masterclasses, and is an adjudicator for the competition.

    “In every case, I strive to elevate each of my colleagues or students to their highest potential, through music and mutuality. I try to use my skills to serve the public by creating, promoting, and seeking out art that is community building".

    Tissa K.

    Woodwinds, Piano
    Jazz Theory/Composition

    BA in Jazz Studies, Florida State University
    MM, Michigan State University

  • Cello: all ages through professional level

    Juris is a magna cum laude graduate from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels from which he holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Music.

    Juris began studying music with Arimans Strauss in Kuldiga, later graduating with excellence from Music High School in Ventspils, Latvia. In 2012, he was awarded 2nd prize at the K. Davidov international cello competition. Juris also performed at the Royal Albert Hall in 2017 at the winners' concert of the Grand Prize Virtuoso competition.

    He has performed in over a dozen international festivals and masterclasses in Belgium, Netherlands, Latvia, Bulgaria, France, and Switzerland. Numerous times at festival ‘Jong Talent’, ‘Rencontres musicales Internationales d’Enghien’, Tibor Varga Academy in Sion, and Autumn Academy of La Loingtaine. Notable masters include Natalia Gutman, Stefan Popov, Gary Hoffman, and Francois Guye.

    With orchestras, Juris has performed cello concertos by J.Haydn, A.Jurjans, and C.Saint-Seans. He has appeared as guest artist in Ventspils Chamber Music Days and given recitals with the outstanding Japanese pianist Katsura Mizumoto.

    Alongside solo and chamber music repertoire, Juris has studied contemporary compositions, including works by W.Rihm, S.Reich, and M.Gordon. He has also developed his own projects with a focus on music by P.Glass and P.Vasks and artwork by Thomas Corbisier, and video collaborations with Anton Vodenitcharov.

    Most recently, Juris has developed partnerships with the American pianist Andrew Wright and YES Camerata.

    Juris is also an academically accomplished law student. In 2019, he was awarded a law degree with distinction from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is also a Merit Scholar at the George Washington University where he is currently pursuing a Master of Laws degree in Intellectual Property.

    Juris K.

    Cello

    MM Music, Royal Conservatory of Brussels
    (magna cum laude)
    Internationally acclaimed concert Cellist

  • Yoga instructor, Tianna Christine, offers this innovative yoga class that features live acoustical music alongside a challenging Vinyasa yoga session. Guest performer, pianist Christine Hilbert, will play soothing classical music on the Steinway. All levels welcome. Mimosa reception follows the class.

    Live Music Yoga

    Yoga with Classical Piano or Cello

  • Violin & Viola: all ages, Beginner through Advanced
    Chamber Ensemble: all ages, Beginner through Advanced

    Violinist Emily Grace K. is a versatile soloist, orchestral player, and chamber musician. She is a section member of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and can frequently be seen performing with the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.

    In recent years Emily has won first prize in numerous competitions including her 2015 victory at the MTNA National Soloists Competition, and her 2017 win in the Shenandoah Conservatory Soloists competition. From 2015-2017, Emily held positions as Instructor of Violin at Lycoming College and Juniata College and as Principal Second of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Concertmaster of the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra. She currently shares her love of performing with her students in the DC area.

    Emily K.

    Violin, Viola
    Chamber Ensemble

    MM and BM, Violin,
    The Pennsylvania State University
    Ph.D Candidate, Violin,
    The University of Maryland

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