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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

With over 37 years of teaching experience in piano, organ, vocal coaching, theory, composition and literature, Thomas C. Thompson has also served in various places of worship. He received two Bachelor of Music degrees (Piano Performance and Theory & Composition) from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, as well as a Master of Music degree (Music Performance & Pedagogy) from the University of Houston. Tom is also an active composer, arranger, orchestrator, and transcriber of music.  He specialized in custom arrangements for churches of all sizes and denominations, as well as wedding, memorial services, and other special events. 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.

Voice

Haitian-American soprano, Ardeen Pierre, completed her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Rice University under the tutelage Dr. Barbara Clark, and her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Sam Houston State University where she studied with Christopher Michel.  Ms. Pierre is also a member of the Houston Grand Opera chorus and will be singing in the productions of La Bohème, Florencia en el Amazonas, and The Pearl FishersRead more.

Voice and Beginner's Piano

Abby Powell is a voice teacher with over 18 years of experience on world operatic, chamber music and operatic stages. She recently relocated from New York City to Houston and is passionate about teaching voice. As a vocalist Abby Powell has indulged audiences the world over with her uniquely lush and agile vocal interpretations. Praised by The New York Times as a singer of "solid and youthful" tone, Ms. Powell has prolific experience on both operatic and world recital stages. Lauded by the likes of renown singers Leontyne Price, Phyllis Curtin, and Marilyn Horne, as well as renowned conductor James Conlon, Ms. Powell graduated from The Julliard School in New York City with a Master of Music in Voice. Ms. Powell has been the recipient of numerous awards, including The Rise Stevens Award, G. & M. Grunin Prize for Music, and The Aspen Music Festival Voice Competition. Additionally, Ms. Powell was awarded The Maxwell H. Gluck Community Fellowship Scholarship, which enabled her to organize and perform outreach concerts in the greater New York City area. Abby Powell currently resides in New York City. 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.

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