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Piano and Voice

Dominique McCormick is a lyric soprano from Long Island, New York.  She obtained her Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music, followed by a Masters of Arts in Voice from CUNY Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music. After obtaining her Masters, she furthered her studies in France where she received a post Masters diploma in Musical Analysis and a Performers Certificate in Voice from the Conservatoire National de Region Boulogne-Billancourt. She is currently writing her dissertation to complete her Doctoral studies in Voice at the CUNY Graduate Center. Read more.

Piano and Voice

Elizabeth Curtin is a veteran of the performing arts with extensive experience in music and theatre. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in Vocal Performance and was an active member of the Notre Dame Folk Choir, Opera Notre Dame, and PEMCo (the university’s student-run theatre organization). While at Notre Dame, Elizabeth contributed to the campus arts in many capacities: actor, accompanist, vocal coach, music director, and producer. Since returning to her hometown of Houston, TX, Elizabeth has worked for several schools and theatres in the city, including Episcopal High School, St. Thomas’ Episcopal School, and Theatre Under the Stars. Most recently, she played Queenie in PMT Production’s The Wild Party and Natalie in Island ETC’s production of Next To Normal. Other favorite credits include: Into the Woods (Witch), Candide (Cunegonde), & Sweeney Todd (Johanna). Elizabeth is thrilled to have the opportunity to direct the talented students of Century Fine Arts. Read more.

Piano and Voice

Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, soprano Laura LeVoir is a second year Master of Music student at Rice University and studies with Barbara Clark. In graduate school, Ms. LeVoir has performed in operatic scenes as Ann Trulove (The Rake's Progress, 2017), Blanche de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites, 2017), and Lisette (La Rondine, 2016). During her undergraduate at The Juilliard School, Ms. LeVoir performed the role of Contessa from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, made her Alice Tully Hall debut, and toured the U.S. and Europe with Juilliard415. Read more.

Piano

Recent GRAMMY-nominated Producer Keith Weber is a choral and orchestral conductor, vocal coach, choral clinician, organist, pianist, harpsichordist, and collaborator widely known for his musical versatility and excellence. He is currently Director of Music and Organist at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston and is Artistic Director of Grace Song, Inc., the Texas 501 (c) 3 organization  [www.gracesong.us] that presents captivating concerts of vocal chamber music, helps fine young American singers develop their careers and brings about the creation of exciting new music. A native of western Pennsylvania, he holds a B.M., cum laude, in Organ Performance from Southern Methodist University, an M.M. also from SMU and an M.S.M. from Perkins School of Theology. Read more.

Guitar

Sean Stone-Ashe is a classical guitarist from Houston, Texas. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University where he was taught by Dr. Steve Kostelnik. After finishing college, Sean received a graduate assistantship from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, where he received his Master’s degree. His teacher at UL was Dr. Jeffrey George. While at UL, Sean taught guitar classes and private lessons for the university in addition to being a teacher’s assistant for music theory. Sean was also nominated as the Outstanding Graduate from the School of Music and Performing Arts at UL during his final semester of graduate school. Read more.

Violin

Music is Nikita Gidh’s passion and she has been playing the violin for 8 years. She hopes to help every student that desires to learn the violin so that they can share the joy of music with others. Her other dream is medicine. This coming Fall she will begin the integrated program with Baylor College of Medicine and UH Honors. Read more.

Clarinet

Dr. Patrick Englert is a recent graduate of Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance with Robert Spring and Joshua Gardner. He also holds the degrees of Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from Arizona State University and Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition to clarinet, Patrick is an avid performer on saxophone and guitar, and has experience in production of electronic music and recording. Patrick has taught all ages and levels of students, including students in his own private studio as well as during his time as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at ASU. He has also worked extensively with the Fox Chapel Area High School Marching Band as both a musical and visual instructor. Beyond teaching, he has also worked as a recording engineer for recital recordings at ASU as well as a sound technician for ASU Athletics. Read more.

Cello

Starting on the piano, Sharon Liu found her love for music at a young age. Her passion slowly evolved to playing the cello at Dulles Middle School and High School. During her 10 years of practice, Sharon placed in the TMEA Region Symphony Orchestra Competition multiple times, and advanced to compete at the state level. She received the best rating for UIL solo and ensemble 6 times, and received superior ratings at state. While attending the University of Houston, she played in the Moores School of music and performed with the Houston ballet, opera, and full orchestra. In addition, she has competed at the Miss Chinatown Houston and was crowned Miss Talent 2017. Read more.

Photography

Born in Paris, France, Sadie Sanders discovered her passion for photography at a young age. She studied fundamental techniques with photographer Alexandre Halbarier in Fontainebleau, France. She then furthered her education as an intern with French photographer Maeva Smircic where she assisted in photo shoots, editing and perfecting her skills in the software Photoshop. After moving to Sugar Land, TX she attended Houston Center of Photography’s Collaborations program and participated in their exhibition in May 2017. She just completed a college summer program at Pratt Institute in New York City, where she majored in Digital Photography and drawing. She is emerging as a promising photographer in the Sugar Land area specializing in portraits, landscapes and lifestyles photography. Read more.

Wind Instruments

Elyse Kehe is a clarinetist from Lorain, Ohio. She attended Ohio University, Lorain County Community College, and Kent State University. The latter is where she obtained her Bachelor of Music in Music Education Degree - Magna cum Laude - in 2009. During her time at Ohio University, Elyse studied voice with Dr. Raymond Feener and was able to take some clarinet lessons with Dr. Rebecca Rischin. She was involved in the top choir: The Ohio University Singers, directed by Dr. Peter Jarjisian. While at LCCC, she studied voice with Mrs. Nancy Davis and studied clarinet with Mrs. Deb Shell. She was also involved with the Collegiate Chorale and Vocal Jazz Singers. Elyse studied the clarinet at KSU under Dr. Dennis Nygren. She was involved with the Marching Band, Concert Band, and Clarinet Ensemble. The instrumental track of study is what she pursued, and Elyse learned many band instruments during this time. Read more.

Harp

Mayetta Im was born and raise in Macau, Mayetta, she started to learn piano at age 7 and she got her ABRSM Piano Grade 8 certificate in 2007. After that, Mayetta started to teach piano and did a lot of piano accompanying with many Macau musicians. Besides being very active in the piano field, Mayetta started to learn the harp at age 15 at the Macao Conservatory. Her first harp teacher is the former harp principal of Macau Orchestra, Ms. Lee Li Chun. She later joined the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra as harp principal since 2009 and started to study with Dr. Teresa Suen, harp faculty of Carleton University in Ottawa. She has performed in many well-known venues with the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra, including the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Smetana Hall in Prague, Lake Garda in Italy and concert halls in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and more. Read more.

Piano Teacher

Susan Lu began playing piano in 2000 while she was living in Beijing, China. After moving to Houston, she studied with Meilun Ouyang for 7 years before starting college. She will be graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied economics and music with a focus in piano. She performed with the Austin chapter of the Music Teachers National Association as well as solo recitals at the Butler School of Music, where she studied under the tutelage of Professor Sophia Gilmson. While living in Austin, Susan was the director of the UT Argentine Tango Club, where she taught Argentine tango classes and musicality in dance. In addition to dancing, she has written piano arrangements of tango music for live performances at university festivals. Since moving back to Houston, Susan has accompanied for several orchestra competitions and masterclasses, such as the Houston Viola Society, and Texas UIL State Orchestra. Her repertoire includes works by Scarlatti, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert, and Liszt. When she isn’t working on music, Susan is also an active DJ in the Houston Argentine Tango community. Read more.

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