Private Lesson Faculty

FLUTE

Jolene Madewell – jolene.harju@gmail.com

Jolene Madewell is a flutist and teacher in Austin, Texas. Maintaining a studio in Cedar Park, TX and internationally via Skype, Jolene’s teaching is based upon uncovering Effortless Playing Through Self-Awareness, guiding young musicians and professionals alike to use information to replace frustrations with ease. She specializes in techniques to enhance awareness, overcome performance anxiety, prevent discomfort and injury, and encourage free and expressive musicianship.

Jolene earned a Master of Music degree from Florida State University, where she was a graduate teaching assistant in the studio of Eva Amsler. As a TA, she served as a private lessons and flute studio class instructor to undergraduate music majors, as well as a woodwind methods instructor, chamber ensemble coach, and studio librarian. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of New Hampshire as a student Peggy Vagts.

Jolene has performed at the National Flute Association Convention and Florida Flute Association Conventions, and she has been privileged to perform in master classes throughout the nation with such renowned artists as Amy Porter, Ian Clarke, Bonita Boyd, Amy Likar, Liisa Ruoho, Judith Mendenhall, Tim Munro of Eighth Blackbird, Jean Ferrandis, Na’ama Lion, Aldo Baerten, Gary Schocker, baroque flutist Christopher Krueger, pianist Linda Mark, and harpsichordist Shalev Ad-El.

Jolene is the author of the blog Practice Room Revelations, documenting experiences in self-improvement, practicing with intention, and teaching with awareness. Her goal is to encourage musicians of all levels to be curious, joyful, and inspired.

Elizabeth Spicer – bethspicerflute@gmail.com

Elizabeth Spicer graduated Magma cum Laude from Texas State University with a Bachelors degree in Music Education. She has been an educator in Leander ISD for over a decade serving as a band director, elementary music teacher and as a private lesson teacher for both middle and high school students. In addition to teaching in LISD, Mrs. Spicer also teaches in Pflugerville ISD as a private lesson teacher at Hendrickson High School.  Elizabeth enjoys performing in the Cedar Park Winds where she has been an active member since 2009. Mrs. Spicer currently lives in Georgetown with her husband Jeremy, two children Coral and Aiden and two kitties Snow and Spirit.

Sheila V.A. – sheilava@ymail.com

Sheila’s colorful background in ensembles such as orchestra, band, choir, chamber music, acapella, and drumline has ultimately shaped her love for teaching private lessons.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance at the University of Houston and her Master’s Degree in Music Performance at the University of New Mexico.  Sheila has a fun, creative, and encouraging approach to teaching that focuses on combining passion and emotion with the core music fundamentals of melody, harmony, rhythm, and style. She currently teaches private flute, piano, and voice lessons weekday afternoons at Round Rock Music.  Her studio is comprised of 30 students of various background and skill level, ranging in age from 3 to 31!  Outside of the classroom, Sheila enjoys performing flute and lead vocals for Primo Tango Latin Jazz Ensemble and writing and recording songs for her new collaborative music projects Sheilava and City of Decades.

OBOE

Kathryn Bloise – bloisek@gmail.com

 

 

Bio coming soon!

BASSOON

Julia Littleton – julialittleton2017@gmail.com

Julia Windle Littleton, a native of Kingsport, TN, holds a bachelor’s degree in Music
Performance from the University of Texas at Austin and is a graduate of the prestigious
Interlochen Arts Academy. Mrs. Littleton has participated in the Colorado College Music
Festival, Brevard Music Center, Interlochen Arts Camp, and Las Vegas Music Festival. Former
teachers include Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Barrick Stees, and Keith McClelland. She currently
teaches private music lessons and is a freelance Bassoonist in the Austin area. Mrs. Littleton
currently performs with the Round Rock Symphony. She resides in Austin, TX with her husband,
Jason, and their cat Tallulah.

CLARINET

Veronica Gerhardt – vgerhardt89@gmail.com

Veronica was born and raised in Houston, Texas. In 2013 she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education as well as a Performer’s Certificate from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  As well as playing and subbing with such ensembles as The San Antonio Symphony, San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers, San Antonio Wind Symphony and the San Pedro Playhouse Orchestra, while studying for her degree Veronica gave private instruction and masterclasses on the clarinet, continuing to do so in the San Antonio area for a year following graduation.  Wanting to continue her studies she auditioned for and was granted a scholarship to attend the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music where she received a Master’s degree in Clarinet Performance in May of 2016.

Tyler Webster – Webster.clarinet@gmail.com

Tyler Webster is a native Texan and currently resides in Austin, TX.  He is the second clarinetist of the Abilene and Midland Symphonies, positions he won recently.  Mr. Webster is very active on the audition circuit and recently was finalist for the “President’s Own” Marine Band and the Air Force Premiere Band, where he was offered a position with the “Heritage Band of America.” He is an advocate for contemporary music and is a member of Prismatix, a new music ensemble based in Austin.  Mr. Webster is also the clarinetist for Li5ten, a woodwind quintet that most recently held a residency at BANFF Academy of the Arts. During the summers, he has participated at various orchestral summer institutes, including the Brevard Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Domaine Forget, Aria Institute, and Rocky Ridge Fesitival.

He is also an active and passionate teacher, maintains a private studio and serves on the faculty for the Longhorn Music Camps. He holds degrees from Texas Tech University, Northwestern University, and The University of Texas at Austin. His primary teachers include Jonathan Gunn, Steve Cohen, and David Shea.

SAXOPHONE

Billy McPhail – billyjon@gmail.com

Saxophonist Billy McPhail has performed in venues around the country and internationally.  He has performed as a member and soloist with many distinguished ensembles to include the San Antonio Symphony, the Austin Symphony and the University of Texas and Victoria College Wind Ensembles, and with conductors such as Mitch Miller, Jerry Junkin, and David Effron.

Mr. McPhail holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of Texas at Austin, where his principal saxophone teacher was Harvey Pittel.

Mr. McPhail is also active as a chamber musician, joining The ELISION Saxophone Quartet in 2001, as a Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster member.   Mr. McPhail is a founding member of the Austin Saxophone Ensemble. Mr. McPhail can be heard on ESQ’s debut recording, “LIVE, Through the Years” and ASE’s album “Plunge” .  He also performs with The Nash Hernandez Orchestra, the longest running big band in Austin, Texas, as well as many other musical projects.

Mr. McPhail has served as saxophone instructor for Temple College as well as the Leander, Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Pflugerville, Lake Travis, Victoria, and Bloomington school districts.  He maintains a distinguished studio of private lesson students, and frequently leads master classes and adjudicates for school districts and regions across Texas.

TRUMPET

Benjamin Berghorn – bberghorn1@gmail.com

Dr. Benjamin Berghorn: A native of Buffalo, NY, has taught trumpet students in the states of New York, Florida and Michigan. He has prepared students for County, District and State Solo and Ensemble Festivals (NYSSMA and MSBOA) as well as given masterclasses, clinics, and prepared students for college auditions and performances.

During his recent time in Mid-Michigan, he served as an Adjunct Instructor at Lansing Community College and maintained an active private teaching studio in the Greater Lansing area. He also served as a brass coach and mentor for the Jackson Youth Symphony Orchestra. Along with teaching, he has also performed with the Jackson, Battle Creek and Lansing Symphony Orchestras.

Internationally, he has served as Guest Principal Trumpet of the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, where he performed on Western and traditional music programs in many of Beijing’s finest concert halls. Other notable performing credits include a Guest Artist performance at the 2016 International Trumpet Guild Conference (Anaheim, CA) and as a Guest Musician with the Macau Orchestra.

He has collaborated with such artists as James Conlon, Joshua Bell, Placido Domingo, Andrew Litton, Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Lü Jia, Francis Kan, Tan Lihua, Shinik Hahm, Kevin Noe, Kevin Sedatole, Russel Mikkelson and the late Lawrence Leighton Smith.

Berghorn holds degrees from Niagara Community College, SUNY Fredonia, Yale University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University. His love and enthusiasm for teaching music, while working with young adults is one he continually finds extremely rewarding.

FRENCH HORN

David Nowell – nowell_david@yahoo.com

David Nowell is a native Texan that currently resides in Austin,Texas.  Mr. Nowell is a former student of Mrs. Karen Houghton and attended the prestigious Interlochen Center For The Arts studying with Dr. and Mrs. Ellen Campbell.  Following his time at Interlochen he attended the Moody School of Music at the University of Alabama studying with Charles “Skip” Snead. For the past 7 years, he has maintained a full time private horn studio in Central Texas wherein his students have ranked among the top high school horn players in state. His students have been accepted into Northwestern University, Peabody Conservatory, Southern Methodist University, Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, University of Texas, Texas Christian University, and Oklahoma State to study music. As a freelancer Mr. Nowell plays in many community ensembles with his students, gigs frequently in the area, and is a full time substitute with the Temple Symphony. Mr. Nowell plays a custom Kortesmaki Geyer Model horn and mouthpiece.

 

 

TROMBONE

Anthony Wise – twise5180@gmail.com

After graduating from high school in Pennsylvania, Mr. Anthony Wise attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, studying with the Principal Trombonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Nitzan Haroz.

After graduating from college he spent the next 15 years teaching students in many different countries, while simultaneously being a member of countless professional orchestras all over the globe that include, The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Youth Outreach Project Leader, Louisiana State University Trombone & Tuba Masterclass Clinician, University of Florida Trombone & Tuba Masterclass Leader, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Youth Outreach Brass Quartet Leader, San Antonio Brass Quintet Summer Music Program Professor, and The Saint Joseph’s Preparatory Private School Trombone Instructor in Philadelphia.

Anthony has performed with many professional orchestras including, The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, The San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and The Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

He now has relocated to Austin, Texas and is looking forward to putting down roots here and being a trombone instructor for the Leander and Round Rock Districts exclusively.

 

 

EUPHONIUM

Patrick Geren – pmgerenmusic@gmail.com

Patrick Geren is an independent music educator, performer, and composer across Austin (TX) and works as a brass instructor with the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps (Canton, OH). He earned his Master’s in Performance from the University of Georgia with David Zerkel and his Bachelor’s in Music Education and Performance from Illinois State University with Dr. Andy Rummel and Dr. Mark Babbitt. As a member of the University of Georgia Tuba Quartet, he earned honors as first runner-up in the chamber ensemble competitions at the 2014 Music Teachers National Association in Chicago and the International Tuba Euphonium Conference held at Indiana University. His original work, “Tipping Point,” was a finalist at the 2016 U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Composition Contest. His works have been published through Potenza Music, reviewed in the International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA) Journal, and performed at regional and national conferences. In 2016 he founded his own publishing company, Wiley Island Press. In addition, scholarly articles of his research have been published in multiple ITEA Journals.

He now has relocated to Austin, Texas and is looking forward to putting down roots here and being a trombone instructor for the Leander and Round Rock Districts exclusively.

 

 

TUBA

David Hummel – davidhummel21@gmail.com

David Hummel was not born in Texas, but got here as fast as he could! After finishing his undergraduate degrees in Music Performance and Education from Texas Tech University in 2009 he completed his Master’s degree in Bloomington, Indiana at Indiana University, studying tuba performance. He has since been teaching low brass privately in the Round Rock, Leander, Georgetown and Austin Independent School Districts. He also is the co-founder of the summer tuba and euphonium camp Teupha Camp. During his time at Texas Tech, he was the principal tubist with the Amarillo Symphony for two years as well as a substitute with the Big Spring Symphony Orchestra. He has competed in several regional and international competitions, most recently being in the semi-final round of the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference’s Tuba-Euphonium Quartet Competition and the final round of the Mock Band Audition. He has been lucky enough to study with such notable teachers as Dan Perantoni and Kevin Wass. David is the principal tuba for the Round Rock Symph

 

 

PERCUSSION

Clayton Stroup – claytonstroup@gmail.com

Clayton Stroup is a composer, performer, and educator living in Austin TX. He attended the University of North Texas with a concentration in Percussion Performance where he played in various groups including the 2008 Indoor Drumline as Front ensemble section leader. In DCI Clayton was a member of the 2007 Phantom Regiment where he played Xylophone. He was a front ensemble technician at the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from 2009-2010. Clayton has been an active percussion educator in the Dallas, Texas since 2008 and the Austin area since 2017.

 

 

Scott Lowe – scottglowe@hotmail.com

Bio coming soon!