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.
Instruction - Classical-piano
Yunjin Lee is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin where she studies with Gregory Allen. She received her Master of Music degree at Eastman School of Music as a student of Enrico Elisi. She was the recipient of a Graduate Award (Studio Accompanist) at the Eastman School of Music. She received Bachelor of Music degree from the Yonsei University, where she was offered a scholarship for academic excellence while studying under the tutelage of Bong-Ae Shin. Yunjin also received scholarships from the Globetech Eng. Graduate program in 2014. She won numerous prizes in competitions including East Coast International Competition, American Protégé International Piano and Strings competition, Seoul Youth Chamber Music competition, Buam competition, Seoul Music competition, Chopin International competition in Asia. She performed in Texas, New York City, Cincinnati and Rochester, and took part in the Texas State International Piano Festival in 2015, College-Conservatory of Music Piano Festival - Art of the Piano in 2016 with a full scholarship. Yunjin Lee has taught lessons over 6 years. She loves to working and sharing music with various students. Currently she is working as a instructor in the Piano Project at University of Texas at Austin and Group Piano Class Oak Hill Elementary, Boone Elementary, and Hill Elementary.
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 - Jazz piano, Voice soprano
Ross (piano) and Lydia (voice) have been performing together for over five years! This duo features music from the American Songbook, Broadway Musicals, as well as Jazz and Pop standards. Bass and drums can also be added to this group to meet any events needs.
Ensemble - World music instrument
The Pans of Texas is a steel drum band made up of UT students. We play a large variety of music including traditional soca tunes from Trinidad, pop music, Latin tunes, and even classical transcriptions. We guarantee to bring fun and energy to any event!
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.