Soloist - Trombone
I have had a wide experience of band, orchestra, and chamber playing, and very much enjoy playing in those types of groups as well. I love meeting new people though music, as well as having new musical experiences.
Instruction - Classical-piano
As human beings, we have a longing to connect with what is beyond ourselves. I believe that music is one of the highest forms of art that not only helps us grow intellectually and emotionally, but also enriches us to become more compassionate and perceptive to both the external world and our inner selves. As a music teacher, my goal is to instill a lifelong curiosity and passion for the journey of music in my students, and to help them succeed in life by equipping them with the discipline that comes with playing an instrument.
My educational background includes Master of Music in Piano Performance in progress at the University of Texas, and Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance (summa cum laude) from Texas State University, where I was the winner of the concerto competition. Other achievements include the 3rd prize at the Petroff Collegiate Piano Competition and sharing the stage with Christopher O’Riley, aired on NPR’s From the Top.
Aside from going to school and teaching piano, I like to read about European history, and religion and philosophy. Prior to my music career, I served as a nurse in the U.S. Army for four years in active duty and deployed to Iraq for one year.
*Available on weekends
*In-home lessons available
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 - Flute-piccolo
Looking to improve your flute playing, learning more repertoire or prepare for marching band? Hayley Miller, teaching assistant to Marianne Gedigian at the University of Texas at Austin, has been teaching for over ten years is interested in taking on students in the Austin area. She offers flexible time frames in half hour and hour sessions on weekdays and weekends. Her rate is $25/half hour and $50/hour. She would be happy to answer any questions you may have and looks forward to working with you!
Soloist - Classical-guitar
Hello! My name is Tony, and I play the classical guitar. I am available to play for Wedding ceremonies, coctail parties, large dinners or celebrations, and any other event that would benefit from beautiful music. I can provide my own equipemnt, and I have an extensive repertoire list ranging from Spanish classics to modern day popular tunes.
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.