Are you looking for a string quartet to play for your wedding ceremony or a jazz pianist for your cocktail hour? Does your child need voice lessons or tutoring in music theory? Let us help. All of the student musicians in the referral service have been approved by the world-renowned faculty of the Butler School of Music to represent the school in the Austin-area community, so you can be sure that you’re getting performers and teachers of the highest quality.
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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!
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.
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 - Viola
M.M. Viola Performance Major, offering private or group lessons to all levels of violists, and beginning and intermediate violinists; all ages. Although I am a trained violist, but I have had successful violin students as well. In the past three years, I have maintained a studio of about 20 students, as well as taught in publuc school, taught group classes, at summer camps, and more. Each of my students are at the top of their sections in youth orchestras as well as at school. In lessons, students will learn using Suzuki books and the Dorothy Delay Practice Breakdown (as used by Sarah Chang). My mission as a teacher is to show students how to work hard and pay attention to details, which will build confidence, making them a stronger player and a better person. These skills can then be applied to all aspects of life, even outside of music. Private lessons are $40 per hour. Please contact for rates on group instruction.
Instruction - Flute-piccolo
I have ten years of experience teaching flute lessons to students of various ages and ability levels from young beginners all the way up to non-music-major undergraduates. Most recently, I held a position as the flute instructor at the Charlottesville Music Education Center while also working as a band director in Charlottesville City Schools. I emphasize a comprehensive approach tailored to each student's goals that fosters problem-solving skills and metacognition.
I am also available for tutoring in music history and music theory. During my undergraduate studies at James Madison University, I earned As in all of these core music courses. I also led informal study groups in music history for my fellow undergraduates about twice each semester.
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 - 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.