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.
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.
Soloist - 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 that same year while on tour with Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Larry Rachleff. Freelancering highlights in the Houston area, include performances on The Woodlands Salon Series and with Aperio: Music of the Americas. Even after graduating Rice, Mr. Chona was active in the formation of its student-run new music ensemble, Hear&Now. Inagural season performances include Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire and Chamber Symphony Op. 9, and John Adams's Chamber Symphony.
Ensemble - Cello, Viola, Violin
Looking for a string quartet? Look no further! The Zilker String Quartet is here for all of your music needs. We can play for parties, weddings and many other events! Rates are negotiable. Contact us today!
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 - 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.
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.