Band & Orchestra Instructors

Scott Himel

James Vivian

Scott Himel

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Scott Himel graduated from The University of North Texas and enjoyed 15 years as a head band director.   While serving as the Director of Bands, he accumulated eight State Championships and was honored as Fine Arts Teacher of the Year for 2015.  


James Vivian

Scott Himel

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James Vivian

James Vivian

Shelley Carol

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Mr. Vivian is a highly motivated and experienced classroom and private lesson teacher with a strong music educational background from Wichita State University and the University of North Texas School of Music. His teaching experience includes over 20 years instructing private and small group music lessons, as well as 10+ years as a middle school math and science teacher, and coach. 

Shelley Carol

Josecarlo Romo

Shelley Carol

Joe Perez

Josecarlo Romo

Josecarlo Romo

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I've had the opportunity to play saxophone for 18 years crediting my young start to my father, a well-known band director in the Houston area. Thanks to him I've had the chance to excel on not only sax but clarinet and flute as well, having 10 years experience on them. I have the ability to play/teach various styles, teach intricate yet useful theory, and provide a well-rounded education.

Josecarlo Romo

Josecarlo Romo

Josecarlo Romo

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  Jossecarlo Romo started his classical music training at the age of eight, at the National Conservatory of Peru. He has been featured twice as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru in 2009 and 2011. He holds a BA in music performance from Florida Gulf Coast University (summa cum laude) and a MM from University of Miami, where he studied with emeritus principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,Trudy Kane. At the University of Miami, he was a fellow and member of the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. He has won awards and competitions such as the BIG ARTS Kenneth L. Nees Classical Music Scholarship (Sanibel, FL) and the Young Artist Awards Competition (Fort Myers, FL). He has performed in masterclasses for internationally renowned flutists such as Sir James Galway, Jim Walker and Nicola Mazzanti. He is currently pursuing a DMA in flute performance under the tutelage of Dr. Mary Karen Clardy at the University of North Texas, where he serves as teaching assistant of chamber music and member of the highly competitive Center Woodwind Quintet.

Brannon Bravo

Nazario Mendoza

Nazario Mendoza

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 Brannon Bravo is from Baytown, Texas, and is currently a Senior at the University of North Texas where he studies Oboe Performance.  His teachers include James Ryon and Dr. Jonathan Thompson. Brannon has performed as a freelance oboist with groups such as the Baytown Symphony Orchestra, The Mansfield Philharmonic, Denton Community Theatre, as well as collegiate groups including the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble,

Nazario Mendoza

Nazario Mendoza

Nazario Mendoza

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Naz Mendoza graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Texas in 2019 with a Bachelor's in Music Education with a concentration in Clarinet.

While at UNT, Mr. Mendoza enjoyed marching with the "Best Band in the Land," the Green Brigade, for 3 years. His was member brother and former treasurer of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He also participated in the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps

Adrian Ramirez

Nazario Mendoza

Adrian Ramirez

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Adrian Ramirez  graduated with a degree in Music Theory/Composition and a degree in Oboe Performance from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. He is currently working on additional degrees in Oboe Performance and Music Theory at the University of North Texas, in addition to continuing his studies on piano and bassoon.

He is currently affiliated with the Mansfield Philharmonic Orchestra, along with the UNT Concert Band as its oboe section manager. He has participated in and eventually helped manage oboe summer camps in the Corpus Christi area.

Ryan King

Michaela Brandt

Michaela Brandt

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As a professional, Ryan has made a career has a trumpet player and trumpet teacher. He has performed with the Sarasota Orchestra, Fort Smith Symphony and with the DFW Brass. As a teacher, Ryan had a middle school student win the 2018 National Trumpet Competition!  He has a well earned reputation of producing unusually phenomenal results with younger players. Ryan has presented masterclasses at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, West Texas A&M University on beginner teaching and the University of Utah uses his video curriculum as a model for teaching beginners. In 2019, Ryan was mentioned twice in a doctoral dissertation at the University of Texas for work with young trumpet students. Ryan holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma (B.M) and the University of North Texas (M.M). 

Michaela Brandt

Michaela Brandt

Michaela Brandt

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Michaela Brandt  is finishing her undergraduate studies in French Horn Horn and Piano.
While this is her 1st year teaching with The Music Academy, she has been teaching privately for over six  years. "Teaching through the Academy has been a great opportunity and I am excited share my love of music with all my students."

Jordan Stone

Michaela Brandt

Steven Starks

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Jordan Stone is currently pursuing a Doctorate of the Musical Arts from UNT. Jordan completed his BM from the University of South Carolina, and a MM from the University of Georgia, where he was a teaching assistant for the university. "I have performed with all of the top groups at each school I have attended, and have recorded several CDs with those performing groups. I have experience with professional orchestras across the Southeast United States, and here in Texas."

Steven Starks

Steven Starks

Steven Starks

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Steven Starks is a professional drum set player and educator from Oklahoma City, OK. He was a member of The Buffalo Ruckus, touring and recording with them extensively for 2 and a half years, as well as playing and recording with Derryl Dodd. He received his bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas, and while in school played with many different jazz ensembles; including recording and touring with the award-winning U-Tubes jazz group. As an educator he has given drum set clinics at the Cinncinati Percussion Festival and Oklahoma State University, and also has 8 years of private teaching experience. Today Steven maintains a busy schedule working as a freelance jazz musician and teaching drum set and piano lessons.

Camden Hunt

Steven Starks

Camden Hunt

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Camden has explored the jazz and classical genres of trumpet music giving him a wide array of musical tools to write with. Through arranging, it is his goal to combine the colorful brass timbre in a traditional music sense as well as incorporating new sounds of the 20th and 21st centuries to highlight the versatility of the brass instrument. It is Camden’s goal to create colorful passages that can evoke memories and feelings of adventure, connection with nature, longing, and new beginnings.

​Mr. Hunt has experience playing in the DFW area outside of school with the Dallas Asian American
Youth Orchestra, The Jordan Khan Orchestra, The Baba Yaga Orkestar, small jazz combos in Denton, and weekly with the Mosaic Jazz Worship group. The groups he has experience performing with at The University of North Texas (UNT) are the Symphonic Band, Concert Orchestra, 3 o’clock lab band, as well as the various trumpet quintets, brass quintets, and mixed brass ensembles he has put together for performances and gigs.

Teresa Lee

Dustin Woods

Teresa Lee

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Teresa lee has experimented with various musical instruments, violin, piano, and recorder all at an advanced level. With 15 years of piano experience she is currently working on a piano performance major. She’s part of the Denton music teacher association where she earned the Isabel Sconti piano performance scholarship before attending university. Her teaching encompasses technique as well as comprehension, tuning, her teaching methods to each students, strengths and weaknesses ensuring the student achieves extensive knowledge of the instrument. 

Dustin Woods

Teresa Lee

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Dustin Woods

Dustin Woods

Mitchell Jantzie

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Dustin Woods was born and raised in Nacogdoches, Texas. Coming from a musical family, Mr. Woods began his undergraduate degree at Stephen F. Austin State University and will graduate form The University of North Texas the Spring of 2021 with his bachelors degree in music education. 

Dustin has been recognized wiht several awards including being named concertmaster for the 2016 SFA Summer Orchestra Program, as well as for the 2019 Chloé Trevor Music Academy. Furthermore, in 2017, Woods performed as a soloist and orchestra member at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. In January of 2018, Woods made an appearance with True North Symphony at Carnegie Hall. He is also a former member of the Longview Symphony Orchestra where he played for two years.

Mitchell Jantzie

Mitchell Jantzie

Mitchell Jantzie

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Mitchell Jantzie is a Canadian professional bass player who lives, teaches, and performs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Having recently earned his jazz studies degree from the University of North Texas, He is currently teaching bass, guitar, piano, and drums, as well as performing with a variety of musicians in a variety of styles on electric and upright bass.

Olivia Hahn

Mitchell Jantzie

Logan Childs

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Olivia Hahn is a viola, violin, piano, and cello teacher from Carrollton TX and is currently studying at the University of North Texas for a bachelors degree in string music education. She has been playing the viola for 9 years and is a teacher of the UNT String Project, as well as a member of the American String Teachers Association.

Logan Childs

Mitchell Jantzie

Logan Childs

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Logan Childs is a violist and guitarist that currently studies Music Education at the University of North Texas. He began playing viola in middle school, picked up guitar shortly after, and has been an avid musician ever since. His goal after graduating college is to teach in the public school system as an Orchestra Director.

Vocal Instructors

Philip Williams

Catherine Raible

Philip Williams

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Philip Williams, earned his B.A. in Vocal Performance at Pepperdine University and M.M. Voice Performance and Voice Pedagogy at the University of North Texas. Philip also sings with The Fort Worth Chorale, under the direction of the renowned Dr. Jerry McCoy.

Philip’s recent stage appearances include his e role of Major-General Stanley in UNT’s production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance (February 2013), Jupiter in Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers (2010), Schaunard in La Bohème (2010) with the Pepperdine University Opera Program, Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute (2009) and The Baker in an adaptation of Into the Woods in Hollywood.  Philip has performed in opera scenes during the Heidelberg Opera Program, Summer 2008, where he played Eisenstein in Act 1 of Die Fledermaus (2008).  Along with opera choruses at Pepperdine, he was also selected as a section leader for Pepperdine’s Fall 2007 production of Brigadoon, and understudy for Francis Nurse in The Crucible.  


Catherine Raible

Philip Williams

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Catherine Raible

Catherine Raible

Catherine Raible

Catherine Raible, soprano, is from Kingsport, Tennessee where she graduated magna cum laude from East Tennessee State University. She is finishing her master’s degree in vocal performance at the University of North Texas, studying with Dr. Carol Wilson.  Catherine has performed the roles of Birdie Hubbard (Regina), Nella (Gianni Schicchi), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni, cover)Magda Sorel (The Consul, cover), Anna Maurrant (Street Scene, cover), The Forester’s Wife (Cunning Little Vixen), 2nd Lady (The Magic Flute), Announcer (Gallantry); studied the role of Mimi (La Boheme); sung in scenes from Norma (Adalgisa), Don Giovanni (Donna Anna), and Dialogues des Carmelites (The New Prioress).  Catherine has sung in masterclasses and concerts in Utah at Temple Square, Tennessee, North Carolina at the Biltmore Estates, and New York City with the New York Dramatic Voices.  She has appeared in concert with Kelli O’Hara and masterclasses with conductor Will Crutchfield, coach Margaret Singer, and Deborah Voigt, American Dramatic soprano. 

Catherine has directed children’s choirs, elementary school musical theater programs, and taught voice lessons for several years.  Some of the past organizations she has worked for include Barter Theater in Abingdon, VA, East Tennessee Children’s Choir, and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in McKinney, TX. 

Hannah Leeper

Hannah Leeper

Catherine Raible

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Hannah Leeper completed her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of North Texas in 2019. She develops healthy voices as students learn age-appropriate repertoire and concepts in technique which will improve the longevity of singers’ voices. She builds students’ confidence through performance and personal connections to the repertoire.

As a pianist and vocalist, Hannah encourages proper posture and technique combined with intelligent musicality in order to develop students' overall skill. Educating students while engaging with their interests is of utmost importance.

Kayla Nanto

Hannah Leeper

Kayla Nanto

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Classically-trained vocalist Kayla Nanto is a Performing Artist with The Dallas Opera's Education and Outreach program and a Studio Artist at Ft. Worth Opera.  Through these programs, she performs children's operas weekly at elementary schools throughout the DFW metroplex. Kayla completed her Master of Music at University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Music at University of Northern Colorado.  She performs regularly with companies around DFW, and some of her recent professional engagements include the role of Frida Kahlo in Fort Worth Opera’s world premiere of Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World, the role of Eustazio in Rinaldo with American Baroque Opera, Alto soloist in Messiah with the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the role of Ulisse in Orchestra of New Spain’s world premiere of Achillo in Sciro.

Skylar Dubose

Tristyn Purcell

Tristyn Purcell

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Skylar DuBose is a native of the DFW area and is currently working towards a B.M. in Music Education with a concentration in voice from the University of North Texas. He has a passion for teaching and takes pride in helping his students become wonderful performers and refined musicians. Students are people, first and foremost, and music comes secondary to their growth as a child. If someone loves what they do, the hard work becomes easy. My goal is to guide students along the path of music as a passion, so that they may always find happiness and peace in sharing their talents with others.”

Tristyn Purcell

Tristyn Purcell

Tristyn Purcell

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Tristyn has been singing since she was 5 years old and participated all four years in her high school‘s solo ensemble competition and received a superior rating each year. During her senior year, she received “Outstanding Performer” for McKinney North High School and was also nominated “MNHS Choir President”.

While working and developing her vocals, she discovered a love for playing piano. When she completes her degree, she hopes to be a music teacher at a university. Most importantly, Tristyn loves sharing her music knowledge with others. She takes pride in helping shape her students into great performers and musicians.

Alex Poole

Tristyn Purcell

Corbin Bullard

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Alex Poole is a current student at the University of North Texas studying Vocal Performance and Music Education. Alex is very grateful for the opportunity to share his passion for music with others and help students express themselves through the arts. If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right! As well as teaching voice, piano, and guitar, Alex is an avid composer, arranger, and producer for his own projects, as well as bands and ensembles around the DFW area. 

Corbin Bullard

Corbin Bullard

Corbin Bullard

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Corbin is a Jazz Studies Major with a vocal emphasis at The University of North Texas. "I love performing contemporary music, Jazz and a variety of other Genre's as well. I am well versed in music theory and ear training and I love to pass on my knowledge of music to others!"  

Teaching philosophy

My teaching philosophy is that no matter where you start, the most important thing anyone for a music career is passion. I do not believe in talent. I believe if you put in work for anything, you can become anything! Teachers are there to guide you, give you the tools to succeed and inspire you to become the musician YOU want to be. A passion for music is essential because the journey may be difficult but if you love it, then you will find every minute of it to be fulfilling! 

Autumn Capocci

Corbin Bullard

Autumn Capocci

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Autumn Capocci is a mezzo-soprano hailing from Buffalo, New York. She is currently a master’s student at the University of North Texas in the studio of William Joyner. Most recently, she performed Handel's Messiah with the St. Thomas Aquinas Choir in Dallas, TX. She also appeared with Fort Worth Opera in the world premiere of Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World singing the title role of Frida Kahlo. Last season at UNT she performed the roles of Zita in Gianni Schicchi and Lapák the dog in The Cunning Little Vixen. She is currently performing as a member of the Fort Worth Opera Studio Artist Program. Most recently, she performed in Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s Fight for the Right series as Hortense in Virgula Divina. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. While there, she performed in the chorus of The Tender Land with the Crane Opera Ensemble, as well as in the chorus of the world-premiere opera SHOT! with the Nickel City Opera Company.

Guitar & Piano Instructors

Bruno Ribeiro

Bruno Ribeiro

Bruno Ribeiro

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Bruno Ribeiro, a native of Porto, Portugal, started studying piano at the age of six. Bruno attended the Escola Superior de Musica e das Artes do Espetaculo in Porto where he earned his degree in Piano Performance. Bruno obtained his first Master’s Degree in Chamber Music at Stellenbosch University in South Africa where he studied with Luis Magalhaes. During his time at Stellenbosch, Bruno was chosen to perform solo with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, and also won the Lionel Bowman prize for the best interpretation of a Beethoven sonata.

Bruno went on to Stephen F. Austin State University to earn his second Master’s Degree in Piano Performance. In 2014, Bruno started working on a Ph.D. in Music Theory at the University of North Texas, where he also studied piano with Mr. Vladimir Viardo.

Bruno has extensive piano teaching experience including serving on the faculty of the Music Preparatory Division at SFASU and adjunct faculty at Tyler Junior College. As a teacher, Bruno strives to adapt his teaching to the needs and aptitude of each student. His hope is that his students will develop a love for music that will benefit them in many areas of life.

Bruno Ribeiro

Bruno Ribeiro

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Aruem Kim

Bruno Ribeiro

William Clay

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Aruem Kim from Korea and before moving to the United States she majored in music composition. She received her bachelors degree in jazz studies with piano from the University of North Texas. Aruem is currently completing her master’s degree in jazz studies from the University of Texas at Arlington. "I can teach music in various styles, including pop, jazz, classical, to suit the needs of students.  I play a role that helps students to have a sense of accomplishment and confidence through music and helps students not to lose interest in music."

William Clay

Nick Woodhouse

William Clay

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Since graduating from UNT with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, William has taught private lessons and classes in many schools in the Dallas area. William works with students both young and old, beginners and seasoned players, incorporating his love of all things musical into a warm and welcoming learning environment where students are encouraged to express themselves through music while also learning fundamental skills to prepare them for a lifetime of music-making.

Nick Woodhouse

Nick Woodhouse

Nick Woodhouse

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Nick Woodhouse has been playing music since he was three years old! "I started on piano and eventually moved to guitar, bass guitar, drums, trumpet, ukulele, singing, and some other odd things here and there." Nick performed in drum corp on snare for the Colt Cadets in 2015 and Hershey Park's Soda Pops in 2019. 

Max Mosely

Mitchell Jantzie

Max Mosely

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Max first began his guitar career when he was in elementary school under the teachings of his father, a seasoned musician.  Max first began as a student at School of Rock Flower Mound during his sophomore year of high school. He remained in the program until he graduated, participating in House Band, three Summer Tours and as an instructor of the 101 students. He was then hired as a guitar instructor for the Flower Mound and then Plano School. Max's musical influences include mainly classic rock but range from funk to heavy metal. Max is a positive and charismatic leader whose main goal is to sow positively into others lives using music.

Mitchell Jantzie

Max Mosely

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Mitchell Jantzie

Mitchell Jantzie

Mitchell Jantzie

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Mitchell Jantzie is a Canadian professional bass player who lives, teaches, and performs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Having recently earned his jazz studies degree from the University of North Texas, He is currently teaching bass, guitar, piano, and drums, as well as performing with a variety of musicians in a variety of styles on electric and upright bass.

Stephen Sellers

Stephen Sellers

Mitchell Jantzie

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Steven Sellers is a multi-instrumentalist from San Antonio who has been performing and teaching for over a decade and is an active local musician in Dallas/Fort Worth. Steven specializes in a variety of styles including jazz, bluegrass, country, and rock.  Stephen is currently at the University of North Texas pursuing a degree in jazz performance for guitar. In addition to guitar, Steven also teaches piano, banjo, mandolin, and ukulele.

Jesse Washman

Stephen Sellers

Jesse Washman

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Jesse Washmon is a freelance guitarist, native to Denton, TX with a Master’s of Music degree in Jazz studies from The University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Guitar from TCU. In addition to teaching privately for over 5 years, he has performed extensively in a variety of events around the D/FW for weddings, musicals, corporate events, and much more