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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Soloist - Cello
Rylie Harrod is available as a solo cellist, and she is also active in ensembles such as cello/violin duo, string trio or string quartet. Rylie is working on her Doctorate in Cello Performance at the University of Texas at Austin. She also holds a Master's degree in Cello Performance from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor's degree in Cello Performance from the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK.
She is an active freelancer who performs at weddings, events and functions regularly. Rylie also has a cello studio ranging in student age from pre-school through high school, and she is also the Principal Cellist of the Waco Symphony Orchestra.
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 - 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
Soloist - Flute-piccolo
Meghan Bennett is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin where she studies with Marianne Gedigian. She received her Master of Music degree at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University as a student of Marina Piccinini and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Carolina as a student of Jennifer Parker-Harley. Ms. Bennett is the Flute Teaching Assistant at the Butler School of Music. Before moving to Austin, she was on flute faculty of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program. In addition, Ms. Bennett served on the faculty of the Carolina Summer Music Conservatory in 2013 and 2014. She was awarded first prize in the Morning, Afternoon and Eau Claire Music Club Competition and has been a prizewinner in the Atlanta Flute Club Young Artist Competition, the Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist Competition and the Greater Philadelphia Flute Society Collegiate Young Artist Competition. Ms. Bennett has been a recipient of fellowships to attend the Brevard Music Center, the Marrowstone Music Festival and the National Music Festival. She has also participated in summer programs such as the Marina Piccinini International Master Classes at the Peabody Conservatory, the Vianden International Music Festival in Luxembourg and the Panoramic Flutist. Most recently, Ms. Bennett was principal flutist with Spotlight on Opera in Austin, TX, principal flutist with the Colour of Music Festival in Charleston, SC and guest soloist with Chamber Music International in Dallas, TX. In 2016 she will join the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players on tour.
Soloist - Oboe-english-horn
I am a professional oboist based in Austin, Texas. I perform regularly with the Corpus Christi Symphony as well as the University of Texas performing ensembles. 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
My name is Marisa Ishikawa, and I am currently pursuing a Masters of Music in Violin Performance with Brian Lewis. I love teaching, and have taught students of all levels and ages for the past seven years. In my teaching, I combine elements of the Suzuki method and the Kodaly method. My students obtain strong knowledge in musicality, theory, and technique through a mixture of singing, movement, and playing. My hourly rate is $50 per hour and $35 per half an hour. Please inquire for scheduling information and other questions.