Instruction - Clarinet
Nicolas Chona is a recent graduate of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, having completed his undergraduate studies under Richie Hawley in 2014. In the summer of 2012, he was invited to study at the Aspen Music Festival and School, working with recognized clarinetists Joaquin Valdepenas and Bil Jackson and conductors Mei-Ann Chen, Jane Glover, Ludovic Morlot, Hugh Wolff, and Osmo Vanska. Mr. Chona was a founding member of the Noctua Wind Quintet, bronze medalists at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Additonally, Noctua has won prizes at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, the Chamber Music Yellow Springs competition, and was the only American group invited to the live rounds of the 63rd ARD International Music Competition in 2014. Mr. Chona made his Kennedy Center Millennium Stage debut with the group that same year while on tour with Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Larry Rachleff. Freelancing highlights in the Houston area include performances on The Woodlands Salon Series and with Aperio: Music of the Americans.
Mr. Chona is active in music education and outreach as well. He was on the artist roster for Young Audiences of Houston, performing outreach concerts in the Medical Center and underserved schools in the Greater Houston area. A native Houstonian, Mr. Chona is not only an alumnus of the Houston Youth Symphony as a student, but also served as intern and operations manager for their 14-15 and 15-16 seasons, respectively. In high school, Mr. Chona was a three-time All-Stater while being a member of the award-winning Woodlands High School Marching Band, and therefore uniquely suited to seving the needs of Texas band students. Lesson rates are $50/hour.
Instruction - Classical-piano
Hello! My name is Sasha Klare-Ayvazian. I am a piano teacher. I teach jazz and classical piano. I am currently completing my MM in music education at UT, Austin. I have a BA in music theory from Oberlin College. I am a licensed K-12 teacher in MA where I taught elementary music, band, and chorus for over two years. I am currently running the jazz program at the Texas School for the Blind I have over ten years of private teaching experience ages 5-65.
Ensemble - Cello, Double bass, Percussion, Violin, Voice tenor
We play original folk music with rich string accompaniment. Everyone in our band is a professional musician. Our relatable song content coupled with sophisticated, lush string playing makes for a potent mix.
We are an ideal ensemble for weddings, parties, and events. We are not too loud, but have a ton going on if folks want to sink their ears into the music.
Ensemble - Clarinet, Composition, Jazz piano, Jazz saxophone, Music history theory tutoring, Saxophone
- Experienced participant in high level music making.
- Private saxophone instructor in Waco area for several years.
- Seasoned performer as a soloist, chamber ensemble, and large ensemble member.
I have a BM in music composition from Baylor University where I studied with Dr. Scott McAllister as well as saxophone with Dr. Michael Jacobson. If you are interested, I would like to invite you to visit my website, where you will find more specific about my musical background and who I am as a human being.
Instruction - Oboe-english-horn
I am a professional oboist based in Austin, Texas. I maintain a small studio of young oboists. I successfully run and manage Meredith's Reed Shop, an oboe reed store geared towards students, and I am a reed maker for the oboe reed business, MKL Reeds.
Currently, I am pursuing an Artist Diploma at the University of Texas. My primary teachers are Dr. Andrew Parker, Martin Schuring, Mark Hill and Randall Ellis. I received my Masters degree (MM'14) from Arizona State University and my Bachelors degree (BM '12) from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Please contact me for more information.
Instruction - Violin
Sophie Verhaeghe -- I am an Artist Diploma student (post-graduate) available to teach classical violin lessons! I hold degrees from the University of Michigan and Boston University. Currently, I teach through the UT String Project. My method is a modified Suzuki style, and in addition to UTSP I have also taught through Austin Chamber Music Center and AISD. I am most interested in finding a way of teaching that works for YOU! Lesson rates are $25/30 minutes, $45/hour. Please contact me if you are interested and would like more information!
Soloist - Viola
M.M. Viola performance major offering solo viola performances for all events, such as church servies, weddings, funerals, etc. Please contact for rates, as prices will vary based on location, time, and the amount of music to be prepared.