Faculty

Carlos Castaneda, Mariachi Ensemble. Carlos Castenada is an accomplished performer and educator. His primary instrument is trumpet, and he has is comfortable with afro-cuban, mariachi and other multi-cultural genres of music. Castenada is currently a student at Arizona State University studying instrumental music education. He is an experienced educator and has presented mariachi summer camps, taught private vocal instruction and small ensemble opportunities for Valley youth.

Perry Chacon, Mariachi Ensemble. Perry Chacon, a masterful guitarron player, began his studies at Chula Vista College in California with Professor Jeff Nevin. He is currently a student at Arizona State University studying music education and voice. Performing with Mariachi Champana Nevin, the ASU Mariachi Ensemble and many other esteemed ensembles, Perry has performed throughout the United States, Mexico and even Russia.

Judy Conrad, Flute. Judy Conrad performed as a flutist/piccoloist with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra for 17 years. She is also the former principal flute with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, associate principal flute for the Nouveau West Chamber Orchestra, and has performed with the Arizona Opera, Ballet Arizona orchestra, the Quintessence Woodwind Quintet, and a multitude of other chamber groups. Conrad has had the privilege of being coached by such premiere flutists as Samuel Baron (BACH ARIA GROUP), Walfrid Kujala (Chicago Symphony), and Lois Schaefer (Boston Symphony). Her undergraduate flute teacher and original inspiration was Edwin Putnik (Phoenix Symphony). Conrad's flute students consistently place at the top of major competitions. She has served as a faculty associate at ASU and NAU, as well as many colleges in the Maricopa Community College system. Conrad serves as Department Head for Woodwind & Brass Instruction at Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children.

Dr. Jenna Dalbey, Cello. Jenna Dalbey has been playing cello for over 15 years and is originally from Columbus, Ohio. She recently was awarded her Doctorate from Arizona State University in cello performance and has established a career as an educator and performer in the Phoenix area. She co-founded the Tetra String Quartet in 2009, an ensemble that aims to play and teach throughout the community. She is on faculty at Scottsdale Community College and Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children. In addition, she maintains a private studio of many wonderful up and coming cellists!

While working on her Masters at the University of Maryland, she studied closely with the Guarnari String quartet and made an appearance with the Verge ensemble at the Library of Congress concert series. She has also worked with the Chiara, St. Lawrence, Kronos, and Julliard String Quartets. She has played in masterclasses for Steven Isserlis, Bernard Greenhouse, and Joel Krosnick as well. She is thankful for her wonderful cello teachers Thomas Landschoot, Evelyn Elsing, and Peter Wiley, all of which have supported and inspired her love for chamber music and education.

Dr. Will Dobra
Woodwind-Brass Department Head, Trumpet
Originally from Sarasota, Florida, Dr. Will Dobra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The University of South Florida (USF) where he studied trumpet with Don Owen. Dobra continued his musical studies at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) where he studied with Raymond Crisara and received his Master's and Doctoral degrees in trumpet performance. After graduating from UT in 2002, Dobra moved to the Phoenix area and has since been performing with groups such as the Salt River Brass, Sonoran Brass, Southwest Brass quintet, and the MusicaNova Orchestra. An active educator, Dobra teaches at Phoenix College and at Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children.

Dr. Rose French, French Horn. Dr. Rose French is an active musician and educator based in Phoenix, AZ. She is the director of the Mill Ave Chamber Players, a music ensemble formed to serve diverse communities of Phoenix by fostering relationship with organizations and businesses that support the arts in their neighborhoods and serves the Symposium Exhibitors Coordinator for the International Horn Society.

Rose has performed in China, Croatia, Venezuela, South Africa, Mexico, and in the United States, appearing in the Phoenix area as a soloist with the Musica Nova String Orchestra in 2007 and 2008. She performs with groups in the Southwest including the Phoenix Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Arizona Opera, Metropolitan Opera, West Valley Symphony, the Salt River Brass Band, and Orquestra Sinfonica of Monterrey, Mexico.

French completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees at Arizona State University and holds degrees in Music Education, Music Technology, and Performance from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. She teaches Glendale and Paradise Valley Community Colleges, maintains a private studio, and teaches at Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children.

Allan Gutierrez, Mariachi Ensemble. Allan Gutierrez is an experienced educator and performer. Gutierrez is currently studying trumpet performance at Arizona State University with Professor David Hickman. In addition to experience with instrumental music education, Gutierrez has taught music theory courses for youth of all ages. 

Michael Hernandez, Saxophone. Originally from Phoenix, Mr. Hernandez's performance career has taken him all over the world. He has been heard in concert halls throughout Germany, Switzerland, Poland, France, Holland, Austria, Italy, the UK, Canada, and the United States. He has also been heard repeatedly on NPR's Performance Today,the most-listened-to classical music show in America.

Mr. Hernandez has also served on the faculties of The State of New York College in Fredonia and Florida State University. Mr. Hernandez is extremely active as a chamber musician playing soprano saxophone in the critically acclaimedMana QuartetandMana Trio. In 2009,Mana Quartetbecame the first quartet in history to take home the Grand Prize at the International Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition. Michael has a Bachelor’s degree in Saxophone Performance from State University of New York College at Fredonia and a Master’s degree from Syracuse University.

Snezana Krstic, Piano. In her native Yugoslavia (Serbia) Snezana Krstic was known as a concert pianist, professor of music, and a member of several chamber ensembles. At 16 years of age she became the youngest student at Belgrade University School of Music from which she holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music and a Master's Degree in Piano Performance. The recipient of numerous awards for piano solo and chamber ensembles, Krstic was a pupil of professors Valery Sigalevich, Andrea Preger, and M. Vukdragovic. For 15 years she was a professor of piano at the Kragujevac Music Academy where she received their award for best pedagogy results. Krstic has performed in Italy, Russia, Germany, France, and Hungary. Currently she teaches piano at Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children, Paradise Valley Community College, and in her home studio. She resides in North Phoenix, with her husband and three daughters.

Holly Kordahl, Piano Department Head, Piano. Holly Kordahl is active as a teacher and a performer. Kordahl completed her Bachelor's degree in piano performance at Wartburg College and a Master’s degree in piano performance at University of Kansas. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from Arizona State University. During her time in Kansas, Ms. Kordahl volunteered for the Music Mentors program, which provided no-cost music lessons for underprivileged children. Currently, Kordahl teaches at Arizona School for the Arts, Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children and maintains a private piano studio.

As a performer, Ms. Kordahl won the Arizona State University Concert of Soloists competition in 2011 and performed with the ASU Symphony. In the summer of 2010 and 2013, Kordahl toured the Midwest, giving recitals in four different states. Kordahl studied with renowned piano pedagogue Scott McBride Smith and has a strong background in arts administration including serving as the Competitions Coordinator for the 6th Annual Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competitions.

Gillian Kuroiwa, Cello & Teaching Artist. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Gillian later made Cleveland, Ohio her home where at a young age she was awestruck by the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra. She began playing the cello at age nine and has been dedicated to studying it ever since.

In 2013, Gillian graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. At DU, she placed in several chamber competitions, collaborated on multiple professional recordings, and performed with the award-winning Lamont Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2013, Gillian moved to the Valley to pursue a Master of Music degree at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute. Gillian is an active educator and teaches at Prestige Music Academy and Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children.

Christine Kyhn, Voice
Choir Department Head. Christine Kyhn began her formal study of music at the age of 5 in the San Francisco Bay Area where she grew up. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance from California State University at Hayward, studying with Kenneth Mansfield, Dr. Donald King-Smith, and Dr. David Stein. Her studies focused on Piano, Organ, and Voice. She earned the Colleague of the American Guild of Organists Certificate in 1985 and recently completed the three levels of training with the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, a three-pronged approach to music education incorporating music, movement, and language.

Christine's musical career has included 30 years of teaching in both private and public school settings. She has developed and directed children's choir programs in Oregon, California, Colorado, and Arizona. She is also a prolific and accomplished writer and arranger for both church and school. Christine is currently the Principle Accompanist for three Valley choral groups, the West Valley Chorale, directed by Ken Goodenburger, the Scottsdale Christian Academy choral program, directed by Dr. Tom Bookhout, and The Carolyn Eynon Singers, directed by Carolyn Eynon. She is in demand throughout the Valley as a substitute organist, pianist and private instructor. Christine is the Department Head of the Vocal Program at Rosie's House, and is the Director of the five choirs and two vocal labs with over 140 students participating.

Brian Mancini, Classical Guitar
Strings Department Head
. Brian Mancini holds a Bachelor's Degree from The New England Conservatory, a Master's Degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music, and has completed doctoral coursework at Arizona State University. An active educator, Mancini teaches classical guitar at the Arizona School for the Arts, The Herberger College at Large & for Kids and Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children. Mancini is a member of the Guitar Foundation of America, the American String Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. He enjoys sharing his love of classical guitar through teaching and performing with people of all ages.

Dr. Anthony (Tony) Masiello, Clarinet. Anthony Masiello, clarinetist, has extensive experience as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Masiello has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Northwood Orchestra, Symphony of the West Valley, and the Arizona Broadway Theatre Company. Masiello is a member of the Musica Nova Orchestra and has recorded on the Summit and Blue Butterfly record labels. As founder and co-director of the New York based Rosewood Chamber Ensemble, Masiello received the 1980 Artist International Chamber Music Award. The ensemble premiered at Carnegie Hall's Weil Recital Hall and developed its own twelve season subscriptions series in Queens, New York.

In addition to teaching at Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children, Masiello teaches music for the Scottsdale Unified School District at Redfield Elementary School. Masiello holds degrees from Queens College of the City University of New York, the Manhattan School of Music, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Solo Clarinet Performance at Arizona State University.

Audrey Miller, Clarinet & Teaching Artist. Audrey Miller, a Washington native, is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in clarinet performance at Arizona State University. She studies with Dr. Robert Spring and Dr. Joshua Gardner. Miller performs throughout Phoenix area as part of the Classical Revolution, a member of the Desert Bloom Clarinet Trio, and actively with the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble. Ms. Miller is an active chamber musician and clarinet teacher to students of all ages. She regularly participates in community outreach, teaching clarinet workshops to young, aspiring musicians. Audrey is a graduate of Florida State University with a Master of Music degree, where she studied with Frank Kowalsky. She earned her Bachelor of Music from Western Washington University in Music Performance, studying with Eugene Zoro. Miller performs in New York, Florida, Nebraska, Washington, and Arizona; premiered a work by composer Scott McAllister at the 2012 International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest in Lincoln, NE; and had her international debut in Belgium in 2011.

Sherin Moustafa, Piano. Moustafa completed her Bachelor's degree in music therapy and a Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano at Arizona State University. She is an active educator, accompanist and organist throughout the Valley. She maintains a private studio out of her home, teaches at Perry High School, and Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children.

Louis Privitera, Viola. Violist of the Tetra String Quartet, Louis Privitera maintains a balanced career as both a chamber musician and educator. Having grown up in Phoenix, Louis attended Arizona State University where he completed a Bachelor’s degree in viola performance. Upon graduating, Louis flew the Phoenix coop and made his way to Baltimore, Maryland where he earned a Master’s Degree in performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music as a student of Victoria Chiang. Louis remained in high demand as a performer in both Arizona and Maryland, having played with The Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Opera, The Mid-Atlantic Symphony and the Bel Cantanti Opera orchestra. In Summer 2006,Louis had the opportunity to publish an article for the American Viola Society Journal, recounting his experience at the 34th International Viola Congress in Montreal, Canada. Currently, Louis maintains a private studio of wonderful viola and violin students, and prior to joining Rosie's House, was on faculty at the Arizona School for the Arts.

Erik Sloyka, Classical Guitar. Erik Sloyka holds a Bachelor's Degree from Eastman School of Music, a Master's Degree from Arizona State University, and has completed doctoral coursework at Arizona State University. An active educator, Sloyka teaches classical guitar at the Arizona School for the Arts and Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children. Sloyka is also an active chamber musician and has performed throughout the Valley.

Chrystal Smothers, Violin. Chrystal Smothers, a native of Detroit, Michigan, began playing violin at the age of nine. In 1998, she made her international solo debut with the San Diego Civic Youth Symphony in Salzburg, Austria. Her past teachers include Stephen Boe, Howard Beebe and James Stern. Smothers is currently finishing her Bachelor's degree in violin performance at Arizona State University, where she was a student of Danwen Jiang. She has appeared in concerts and recitals across the United States, including Ohio, Vermont and California. As an active violinist in the Phoenix area, she performs regularly across the valley, maintains a private studio out of her home, and teaches at Rosie's House, A Music Academy for Children. Chrystal has participated in master classes with The Juilliard Quartet, The Shanghai Quartet, and Arnold Steinhardt of the Guarneri String Quartet.

Katie Valadez, Flute. Katie Valadez completed her Bachelor's degree in flute performance at Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in orchestral flute performance at McGill University. She is an active educator and maintains a private studio out of her home and teaches at Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children. Katie is also active in arts administration and currently is the Box Office Assistant Manager for the Arizona Opera.

Patty Waxman, Violin. Patty Waxman, began playing violin at the age of eight. Waxman completed her Bachelor's degree in violin performance at The Cleveland Institute of Music and a second Bachelor’s degree in music therapy at Michigan State University. As an active violinist in the Phoenix area, she performs regularly across the valley, maintains a private studio out of her home, and teaches at Rosie's House, A Music Academy for Children and Desert Marigold Charter School.

 

FACULTY

 

Carlos Castaneda, Mariachi

Perry Chacon, Mariachi

Judy Conrad, flute

Dr. Jenna Dalbey, cello

Dr. Will Dobra, trumpet*

Dr. Rose French, horn

Allan Gutierrez, Mariachi

Michael Hernandez, saxophone

Snezana Krstic, piano

Holly Kordahl, piano*

Gillian Kuroiwa, teaching artist & cello

Christine Kyhn, choir

Brian Mancini, guitar*

Dr. Tony Masiello, clarinet

Audrey Miller, clarinet & teaching artist

Sherin Moustafa, piano

Louis Privitera, viola

Erik Sloyka, classical guitar

Chrystal Smothers, violin

Katie Valadez, flute

Patty Waxman, violin

*Department Head

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