Josh Bennett, Clarinet. An active educator, freelance musician and arts administrator, Josh Bennett holds a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music. As an educator, Mr. Bennett is an Adjunct Professor at Paradise Valley Community College and has a private woodwind studio. His performance accolades include performing with various professional ensembles such as the Arizona Opera, Crossing 32nd Street, and Phoenix Theater. Mr. Bennett has also performed and presented at a variety of conferences including the OME Marathon Festival, ASU Contemporary Music Festival, Society for Ethnomusicology Southwest Chapter, and the ISIM Sixth Annual Festival/Conference.
Tom Breadon, Bassoon. Thomas Mark Breadon, Jr. is a teacher, bassoonist, and composer living in Phoenix, Arizona. He received a Bachelors of Music in Bassoon Performance from Morehead State University, and a Masters degree in Bassoon Performance from The University of Akron where he was a Teaching Assistant in both Bassoon Performance and Music Theory. He is currently finishing a DMA in Bassoon Performance at Arizona State University.
As a performer, Thomas has the pleasure to share the stage with some wonderful performers, composers and ensembles, such as: The Imani Winds, Michael Chertock, Ilya Kaler, Rachel Barton Pine, Dana Wilson, Nestor Torres, along with many others. Thomas is currently performing with the Mill Ave Chamber Players, a Phoenix, Arizona based professional chamber music ensemble, for their 20152016 concert season.
Composition is a relatively new endeavor for Thomas, though he is already starting to build acclaim. His compositions have been premiered in venues all of the United States for a variety of instruments, ensembles, and genres. Most notably: his composition Variations on Coventry Carol for Jazz Quintet was premiered to a live audience on the PBS special Jingle Jazz. Filmed at E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron, Ohio; Thomas’ work entitled C.C. for clarinet Quartet and Conga was commissioned by Dr. Robert Spring, premiered by the members of the ASU clarinet studio at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, and included in the DVD Clarinet Extravaganza! highlighting the ASU clarinet studio and clarinet choir. Thomas’ latest work entitled Lyddimy, written for Dr. Audrey Miller, is now being published by Imagine Music and will be available for purchase in their spring catalog. In addition to his studio at Rosie’s House, Thomas is also teaching jazz history, music theory, and applied bassoon lessons at Glendale Community College.
Erin Burley, violin. Violinist Erin Burley is an active educator and performer. She received her Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Violin Performance at Arizona State University. She is a member and certified teacher of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. In addition to her studio at Rosie’s House, she also is the Music teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School.
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 pursuing his Master’s degree 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 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.
Dr. Stephen Cook, Piano. Pianist and Arizona native Dr. Stephen Cook, has performed to popular and critical acclaim both nationwide and abroad. He has concertized in major American cities including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles as well as overseas in Italy and Japan. Television appearances include WTTW's Chicago Tonight, and a South Bend Indiana PBS documentary. Radio spots include KBAQ Phoenix, and a live performance on WFMT Chicago. Cook studied with luminary pianists Eteri Andjaparidze at DePaul University, Ursula Oppens at Northwestern University, and Robert Hamilton at Arizona State University, where he completed his Doctoral studies.
In addition to his work as faculty member at Rosie's House, Dr. Cook teaches piano at Arizona School for the Arts and Paradise Valley Community College. Passionate about cultural development, Dr. Cook is Founder and Artistic Director of Oracle Piano Society, a Southern Arizona arts organization emphasizing artistic fusion.
Dr. Will Dobra, Trumpet. Woodwind-Brass Department Head. 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.
Naoko Garrison, Piano. A native of Japan, Ms. Naoko Garrison started her piano study at age three. She received her Bachelor of Education degree with emphasis on Piano Performance from Ehime University in Japan studying with Shin Moriyama and continued her studies under world-renowned pianist Robert Hamilton at Arizona State University where she was a scholarship recipient and received a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance. She has also received additional coaching in the several master classes and performed in PianoSummer at New Paltz in New Paltz, NY for two summers and International Summer Piano Courses of the Prague Conservatoire in Prague, Czech Republic where she was chosen as one of the outstanding participants. Ms. Garrison is a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the Phoenix Music Teachers Association (PMTA), and currently serves on the piano faculty at Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children, Xavier College Preparatory and Rio Salado College.
Michael A. Smith, Mariachi Ensemble. A performer, educator and violinist with extensive experience in the tradition of Mariachi, Michael A. Smith received his Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from San Diego State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Music Education from Arizona State University. His performance experience includes concertizing with Mariachi Champana Nevin and Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano. An active educator, Mr. Smith has had a private studio for the past five years, and has taught in the San Diego State University String Academy, and has been a guest instructor at the Tucson International Mariachi Conference.
Ryan C. Lemoine, Saxophone Instructor. Ryan C. Lemoine holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Louisiana State University, as well as a Master of Music degree from both the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in the Netherlands. Currently, Mr. Lemoine is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. He currently is an adjunct faculty member within the Maricopa County Community College System and is the Artist Coordinator for the Musical Instrument Museum.
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, Piano Department Head. 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.
Christine Kyhn, 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 has 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 Organist at Congregational Church of Sun City. She is also the Principle Accompanist for both the West Valley Chorale, directed by Ken Goodenburger, and the Scottsdale Christian Academy choral program, directed by Dr. Tom Bookhout. Christine is the Department Head of the vocal program at Rosie's House Music Academy, and is the director of the five choirs and two vocal labs.
Mr. Gerald Rulon-Maxwell, classical guitar. Gerald Rulon-Maxwell is an active educator and performer throughout the Valley of the Sun. Mr. Rulon-Maxwell currently is an Adjunct Professor at Paradise Valley Community College and a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from The Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam and a Master of Music in Music Education from Arizona State University. He is a K-12 Arizona State Certified Music Educator and has taught in a variety of educational settings.
Dr. Tony Masiello, Clarinet. Anthony (Tony) Masiello, DMA, clarinetist and multi- woodwind performer. Tony received his clarinet performance DMA in 2009 from Arizona State University. He also attended the Manhattan School of music for his Masters and Queens College of CUNY for his Bachelor of Music degree.
As a clarinetist, Tony has played in many orchestras, chamber ensembles, and has worked as a pit musician and recording artist for many years. Some of the notable groups he has played with are: The Phoenix Symphony, The West Valley Symphony, Musica Nova Orchestra, pit orchestra’s in NYC for the Broadway and Off Broadway theatre district’s as well as theatres in Phoenix, Arizona. He has been featured in a soundtrack for a Trimark Pictures release of “Warlock the Armageddon.” Tony has worked as a side musician for artists like Jamie Foxx, Frank Sinatra Jr., Wynonna Judd, Lew Rawls, The Smothers Brothers, and Ray Charles. As an educator, Dr. Masiello has taught music in the AZ public school system for over 19 years. Recently retired from his full time position, Dr. Masiello devotes his private teaching to Rosie's House, his store Music Masters and lessons in his home studio.
Louis Privitera, Viola. Strings Department Head. Known for his versatility as a violist, Louis Privitera maintains a balanced career as an active chamber musician and educator. A founding member of the Tetra String Quartet, Louis has toured extensively as a performer and teaching artist throughout the Southwestern United States, Brazil, Ecuador, and Germany.
A passionate educator, Louis is a Faculty Associate in chamber music at Arizona State University where he, alongside his colleagues from the Tetra Quartet, teaches the course Chamber Music for Non-Majors. He is a former faculty member of Arizona School for the Arts and is currently Instructor of Viola at Rosie's House, a music academy serving underprivileged youth throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area. Recent teaching engagements include the 2014 American String Teachers Association national conference as well as the Summer Pre-Collegiate Studies Program at Stanford University. Louis also maintains a private studio of students of all ages, some of which have gone to study music at universities and conservatories throughout the United States.
Louis earned a Master of Music Degree at the Peabody Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music Degree from Arizona State University. His principal teachers include Victoria Chiang, Nancy Buck, and Cynthia Dubrow.
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.
Hanna Vutipadadorn, Piano. Hanah Vutipadadorn is an active performer, collaborative pianist and educator. Ms. Vutipadadorn received her Masters and Bachelors degrees from Arizona State University. Her major teachers have been Dr. Baruch Meir and Manuella Pagano. She was the 2015 Concerto Competition Winner for the ASU Concert of Soloists, and the winner of the Edward Auer Piano Workshop Solo Competition at Indiana University. She has concertized globally including performances in Germany, France, and Italy. In addition to her group piano studio at Rosie’s House she has a Private Piano Studio in Gilbert and is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and the East Valley Music Teachers Association.
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.