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Parlando Piano Faculty
Emily Book McGree
Emily Book McGree – Education Director (piano) DMA, received her doctoral degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studied piano with Dr. Andrew Cooperstock and piano pedagogy with Dr. Alejandro Cremaschi. She received her M.M. from Louisiana State University under Jennifer Hayghe and Gregory Sioles, and her B.M. from Ohio Wesleyan University under Cameron Bennett, both with honors. In addition to several performance scholarships and awards at all three institutions, she has also been the recipient of many teaching awards, including the STAR award from the Music Teachers National Association. During summers, Emily has fostered her love for chamber music at numerous music festivals with acclaimed teachers such as Martin Canin, Benjamin Rawitz and Michael Gurt. Emily has been teaching at the collegiate level for over 5 years and has held a private studio for much longer. She loves teaching students both young and old, and strives to create thoughtful musicians with a love for the arts.
Sonya Clark has been active as a private teacher, chamber musician, soloist, and accompanist for 10 years. She is the recipient of several awards and nominations, and has concertized in Europe, the Midwest, and throughout Colorado. Sonya has performed with various ensembles, the most current of which is The Abegg Duo, a touring duo that specializes in Romantic music written for one piano four hands. Sonya holds an M.M. in Piano Performance/Pedagogy from UW-Madison, where she studied under the guidance of Jessica Johnson and Todd Welbourne. While in Madison she was an active member of the University of Wisconsin MTNA collegiate chapter. Sonya received her B.A. in Piano Performance, Cum Laude, from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, where she studied with Dr. Lisa Campi. She also studied and worked closely with Dr. Michael Baron at Mesa State College during her undergraduate work. During her time there, she was fortunate enough to travel to Urbino, Italy, where she participated regularly in master classes and performed in public concerts. Sonya Clark enjoys teaching immensely, and is always excited to meet new students. It is a rewarding experience for her to help others grow through music. She feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to study with a wide variety of teachers, as it has exposed her to many different teaching styles and techniques which she can pass along to her own students. Each student in Sonya’s studio receives individualized instruction that caters to their strengths, weaknesses and learning style, and they’re always pushed to accomplish their best. Sonya is a strong advocate of teamwork, and strives to work closely with both student and parent. Above all, her studio is geared toward having fun with music and using it to develop other life skills, such as creative problem solving, confidence, coordination, and communication. Schedule a trial lesson with Sonya now!
Adam Coleman was born in Los Angeles, California, and began his piano studies at the age of seven with Maria Demina. Throughout his musical career, Adam has been named the winner of many competitions including the Southern California Bach Festival, Cyprus College Piano Competition and the MTAC State Solo and Concerto Competitions. In addition, Adam was a finalist in the 2012 Schlern International Music Festival Competition, in Völs am Schlern, Italy. He has also received multiple scholarship awards, including top prizes from the Westside Committee of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Alice Frazier Kitchen Memorial Scholarship. Adam has had the privilege of studying at the Idyllwild Arts Academy (CA), the Chautauqua Institution (NY), the University of Miami Frost School of Music (FL), the Dublin International Piano Academy (Ireland), the Brevard Music Center (NC) and the Orford Music Academy (QC, Canada).
Besides playing the piano, Adam also studied percussion under Tom King, Joel Castro, Diana Loomer and Michael Schlotter and conducting under Ilmar Lapinsch. He has served as Battery Captain, Front Ensemble Captain and Drum Major of the PVHS Red Tide Regiment.
Adam is also an active chamber musician. He has organized and performed in annual chamber music benefit concerts in his hometown of Palos Verdes Estates, CA. In past years, these concerts have raised nearly $100,000 to benefit the SHAWL House (a program supporting women in their journey of recovering from addiction) and over $2,500 to benefit the victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Adam received his BM degree in Piano Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under esteemed professor Evelyne Brancart in 2017. He is currently pursuing a MM degree at CU Boulder with Jennifer Hayghe. Schedule a trial lesson with Adam now!
Erik is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned his M.M. in piano performance studying under Dr. David Korevaar. Starting piano at the age of 11, Erik later enrolled in the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Performing Arts where he was awarded for “Outstanding Excellence in Music” upon graduation. He received his B.M. in piano performance studying under Dr. Jennifer Hayghe at Ithaca College where he graduated with honors. Erik currently lives in Boulder where he is an active teacher, arranger and performer. One of his current projects includes arranging and performing with people around the world on his YouTube Channel. As an active member of MTNA, teaching is another one of his passions. Erik tailors each lesson to students’ individual needs incorporating theory, composition, arranging and improvisation into lessons when needed. Through his students he strives to instill musicality through proper technique and believes music can enrich everyone’s lives. Schedule a trial lesson with Erik now!
Brad Ferree (viola, violin, piano) has enjoyed an extensive career performing with his two main instruments, violin and piano. From 1996, when he won his first concerto competition on the piano, he has performed extensively enjoying such honors as the “Louisiana State University Music Award” which gave him a full tuition scholarship to attend college. Brad has performed professionally with many symphonies from Louisiana to Colorado. Some of his notable experiences were with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Acadiana Symphony. In 2007, Brad was honored with the opportunity to perform the Stamitz viola concerto with the McPherson Chamber Orchestra. Through his many years of studies, he has had the opportunity to perform in master-classes with Roland Vamos, James Dunham and Donald McInnes. He has also studied with several important musicians such as Geraldine Walther, Dr.Jerzy Kosmala, Erika Eckert, Dr. David Lowe and Borislava Iltcheva. Brad obtained his Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from Louisiana State University and his Master of Music from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Schedule a trial lesson with Brad now!
Pam Hayoun (piano) B.M., University of Denver Diplôme Supérieur d’Enseignement, École Normale de Musique, Paris, is an experienced accompanist performing with numerous chamber ensembles including Vivaldi and musical theaters in the U.S. and in France. She accompanies for the eurhythmy classes at Shining Mountain Waldorf School and the Tara Performing Arts High School. Pam performs with vocalist Patricia Irby to bring musical theater excerpts to senior residences and other venues in the community. She has over 25 years of teaching experience in Paris, Annecy and in the United States. (Photo credit Sue Daniels Photography,©2008) Schedule a trial lesson with Pam now!
Eneida Larti returns to Boulder after holding the position of visiting assistant professor at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas for the past 2 years. She completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the University of Colorado under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Cooperstock as well as received her Master of Music degree in piano performance at Indiana University, where she was awarded the Dean’s merit scholarship and studied with renowned American pianist, Dr. Karen Shaw. Another significant teacher includes Ernestine Scott, a pupil of Adele Marcus, with whom Eneida studied at Oklahoma City University where she completed a BM in piano performance and pedagogy with honors.
Active as a soloist and chamber musician, Eneida most recently concluded a series of faculty performances at OBU. As a soloist, she has earned prizes in many competitions, such as the Tunnel Concerto Competition, MTNA competition, Ladies’ Music Club competition, etc. as well as participated in the master classes of Menahem Pressler, John Nakamatsu, Barry Snyder, and Angela Hewitt. As a chamber musician, Eneida has received coachings and master classes from Ralph Kirschbaum, Anne Epperson, David Salness and the world-renowned Takács Quartet. An experienced teacher, she has taught at the collegiate level for the past 5 years and privately for more than 10 years. Schedule a trial lesson with Eneida now!
Elizabeth Leger (piano) holds a M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder under the study of Dr. Andrew Cooperstock and Dr. Alejandro Cremaschi. She received her B.M. in Piano Performance from Ithaca College in New York under the study of Dr. Jennifer Hayghe. Elizabeth enjoys solo and collaborative performing and has been honored to perform in master classes, music festivals. She is a co-author on published research on student self-efficacy and has presented at Music Teachers National Association conferences around the country. Teaching piano is a great passion of Elizabeth’s and she aspires to instill creativity and passion for music within each one of her students. She has recently expanded her studio to teach residents at Balfour Senior Living as well as offering music lectures there. She believes that the ability, age and experience should never get in the way of learning and making music! Schedule a trial lesson with Elizabeth now!
Katie has been playing piano and other instruments for almost 30 years. She has a Bachelor’s of Music Education and a Bachelor’s of Music Performance, specializing on the pipe organ, from Middle Tennessee State University. She holds licenses for instrumental, vocal and general music, grades kindergarten through twelve. She has also done post-baccalaureate professional work in early childhood and geriatric music. She began teaching professionally in 2002 in studios and schools in Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In addition to teaching privately, Katie also taught elementary and preschool music and middle school band in the public school system.
After moving to Asheville, North Carolina, Katie continued to expand her music education experience within private, public and charter schools. She has taught private lessons to students of all ages, general music in elementary and middle schools, led and accompanied choirs, founded and conducted instrumental band programs, directed and arranged musicals and wrote nationally published arts-based integrated curriculum. Most recently, Katie worked for the Asheville Music School teaching private lessons and classes, serving as secretary on the Board of Directors, directing summer camps, performing in outreach programs and leading the non-profit organization as the Scholarship Manager. Katie also was a Resident Teaching Artist for the internationally recognized LEAF Schools and Streets program. She was a co-director for a student jazz band that performed all over the southeast, including several shows with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in New Orleans, Louisiana. She relocated to Colorado in 2016 and is excited about all the opportunities her new home has to offer.
Katie has studied in various methodologies – Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly, Dalcroze, Suzuki, Bastien, Glover, Faber, Virtuoso and many others. She specializes in traditional notation and Western Classical music, but can always expand repertoire selections according to students’ individual needs and interests. Using material that excites students, she can explain basic music theory and concepts and even introduce new songs, genres and composers. Katie enjoys creating relationships with the students and encourages her students to use the skills learned in lessons throughout their life journey. Schedule a trial lesson with Katie now!
Olivia Richardson received her B.M. in piano performance from Belmont University in Nashville, TN and is currently studying for her M.M. at the University of Colorado at Boulder. A student of Dr. David Korevaar and Dr. Alejandro Cremaschi, she is concentrating in both piano performance and piano pedagogy.
In recent years, Richardson has performed in masterclasses with Olga Kern, Vadym Kolodenko and Boris Giltburg. She has performed with various orchestras throughout Tennessee and Arkansas including the Nashville Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Tennessee All-State Orchestra and the Belmont Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of maestros Giancarlo Guerrero, Philip Mann, Vinay Parameswaran and Robert Gregg. A student at the 2016 Brevard Institute, she studied with Mr. Norman Krieger and Ms. Sandra Wright Shen.
Richardson has enjoyed several years of teaching in Nashville, TN and in her hometown of Little Rock, AR on both professional and volunteer bases. During her time in at Belmont University, she maintained a private studio of nine students. In 2017, she served on-staff as a volunteer teacher at Nashville’s W.O. Smith School of Music – an outreach program that provides music lessons to children in the community, free of charge. Although Richardson enjoys performing, she has developed a passion for teaching anyone who has a desire to learn. For her, sharing music through both performing and teaching is a way of bringing communities together and fostering unity, love and education. Schedule a trial lesson with Olivia now!
Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Sarah Rushing is currently a Doctoral of Musical Arts student and Teaching Assistant at the University of Colorado-Boulder, studying with David Korevaar. She received her Masters of Music in Piano Performance degree from Ithaca College where she studied with Jennifer Hayghe, and her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance degree from Louisiana State University where her teachers included Willis Delony and Gregory Sioles. As a solo and collaborative performer Sarah has appeared in competitions and recitals in Louisiana, Arkansas, North Carolina, New York and Colorado. In 2013 she was featured on American Public Media’s “Performance Today.” Sarah spent two summers performing and studying at the Aspen Music Festival with pianist Ann Schein. Schedule a trial lesson with Sarah now!
Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Nat Stanton began learning piano at the age of fourteen. Although starting relatively late, Nat comes from a very musical family and has tremendous drive and talent to reach his highest goals and ambitions as both a performer and teacher. Nat received his B.M. in piano performance at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, studying with Dr. Thomas Yee, and a M.M. in piano performance at the University of Colorado Boulder where he studied with Dr. Andrew Cooperstock. Nat actively competes and partakes in competitions, festivals and performance opportunities with the focus in mind of obtaining experience and inspiration. Professional music organizations that Nat is an active member of include the MTNA, CSMTA, and Mu Phi Epsilon. As a teacher, Nat focuses on teaching students to have strong technique as well as musicality. In addition, Nat looks to adapt to each student to figure out how to get them to have the most enjoyment and motivation out of piano and music. Schedule a trial lesson with Nat now!
Elle Tyler began her piano instruction at the age of five. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2011 with a degree in both piano and flute. During her undergraduate years she earned distinctions on both instruments, having the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kokomo Park Band, the Indiana Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, and the Mississinewa Valley Band. She has also performed in master classes held by Rebecca Penneys, Réne Lecuona, Frederic Chiu, and Robert Weirich. Elle’s previous teachers include Dr. Phoenix Park-Kim and Mr. Scott Mayer. She is currently a student of Dr. Andrew Cooperstock at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she is pursing a master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy. Elle has experience in jazz, improvisation, and song writing, and seeks to incorporate these elements in her teaching. She believes a well-rounded musical education enables students to express and create the world around them. Schedule a trial lesson with Elle now!
Dr. Sam Welsh began studying the piano at age twelve in South Florida, where his teachers were Philippe Drevet, Sylvia Rabinoff, and Harold Brown. He also studied with Josef Raieff in New York City, as well as with Vlado Perlemuter in Paris. Sam graduated high school from the prestigious Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach and began his collegiate career at the Mannes College of Music. He completed his BM in performance at Jacksonville University, his MM at Ithaca College with Dr. Jennifer Hayghe, and finished his doctorate at University of Colorado in Boulder in 2013 under Andrew Cooperstock and David Korevaar. Sam gave his first solo recital at age fifteen and subsequently performed solo engagements for numerous international organizations, including the Guild for International Piano Competitions, the Mayo Clinic, and the Chopin Foundation of the US. He has completed three regional tours with orchestra as a concerto soloist, and an additional two national tours as a section leader. He toured Mainland China in 2012 with the Hollywood Pops Orchestra, performing seventeen concerts in sixteen cities in nineteen days. He taught as a Guest Artist at Ithaca College in 2009 and later as Assistant Professor in 2012. Schedule a trial lesson with Sam now!
Maria Wietrzynska is a top-prize winner in Southern California regional piano competitions and the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. She performed at the Redlands Bowl as the winner in its 58th Annual Young Artists Auditions. As a winner of the Beverly Hills National Auditions, she performed recitals on the Manhattan Beach “Previews” series and “Sunday’s at 2″ series, which she subsequently recorded. She has performed with a number of Southland orchestras as well as with the SODRE Symphony Orchestra in Montevideo, Uruguay. Maria obtained her MM degree at Texas Christian University where she studied with Prof. John Owings and is currently working towards her DMA at CU Boulder where she is a student of Dr. David Korevaar. Schedule a trial lesson with Maria now!
Amanda Williams earned her Master of Music in classical piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado-Boulder (2012), under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Cooperstock and Dr. Alejandro Cremaschi. She studied with Dr. Jay Mauchley at the University of Idaho (2009) where she earned her Bachelor of Music with highest honors. Williams currently seeks out diverse performance opportunities and is a busy freelance collaborator in many different musical settings. Recent engagements include solo and chamber performances at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder and chamber performances at the Vianden Festival in Luxembourg, and recurring jazz duo gigs at Ace Gillet’s in Fort Collins. Her teaching philosophy is colored by her interest in improvisation and her strong commitment to ear training and theoretical understanding which was strengthened by her collegiate aural skills teaching assistantship. In addition to private teaching, Williams is an adjunct faculty member at Metropolitan State University in Denver and serves as the pianist for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder. Schedule a trial lesson with Amanda now!
Alexandra Zelinskaya (piano) B.S. in progress, University of Colorado at Boulder is originally from Moscow, Russia. Alexandra studied in the Richter Children’s Music School and sang in the choir at Bolshoi Theater. After moving to the United States, she continued her studies in piano under the guidance of several teachers including Andrew Cooperstock. Alexandra had the esteemed privilege of attending the Brevard Summer Institute. A talented pianist, Alexandra is pursuing her other interests as a chemical engineering student at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also enjoys tutoring and teaching math and science to children, volunteering, and taking dance classes. Alexandra’s grandmother, who was a concert pianist in Russia, inspired her to pursue her musical dreams, and she still encourages Alexandra even from the other side of the globe. (Photo credit Sue Daniels Photography,©2008) Schedule a trial lesson with Alexandra now!