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Mr Thomas – Orlando

Clarinet

Thomas started to play the clarinet when he was in fourth grade being taught by his father who was a clarinet player. Both of his grandfathers also played clarinet. Thomas grew up in the Orlando area graduating from Freedom High School. While in high school Thomas was a member of the Orange County All-County band and Florida All-State band on numerous occasions. Upon completing high school Thomas attended Florida State

Mr Thomas – Orlando

Clarinet

Thomas started to play the clarinet when he was in fourth grade being taught by his father who was a clarinet player. Both of his grandfathers also played clarinet. Thomas grew up in the Orlando area graduating from Freedom High School. While in high school Thomas was a member of the Orange County All-County band and Florida All-State band on numerous occasions. Upon completing high school Thomas attended Florida State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude under the direction of Dr. Deborah Bish and Dr. Jonathan Holden. Thomas attended one year of graduate school at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with James Campbell and is currently finishing his graduate studies at the University of Central Florida under the direction of Keith Koons. Thomas is currently a freelance musician in the Orlando area and has made appearances with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra.

Ms Fodor – Orlando

Piano (multi-lingual Spanish/Portuguese/Italian/English)

At age 6, Rosa began her piano studies and by age 12, wrote her first composition. At age 14, she received a full scholarship to further her studies in Europe (Italy, France, Portugal and Spain) with well-known teachers, such as Magdalena Tagliaferro and Guiomar Novaes, among others.

As a soloist, she performed at the Municipal Theatre of Sao Paulo, Leopoldo Froes Theatre of Sao Paulo, Sala Schwartzman, and other music halls.

Ms Fodor – Orlando

Piano (multi-lingual Spanish/Portuguese/Italian/English)

At age 6, Rosa began her piano studies and by age 12, wrote her first composition. At age 14, she received a full scholarship to further her studies in Europe (Italy, France, Portugal and Spain) with well-known teachers, such as Magdalena Tagliaferro and Guiomar Novaes, among others.

As a soloist, she performed at the Municipal Theatre of Sao Paulo, Leopoldo Froes Theatre of Sao Paulo, Sala Schwartzman, and other music halls. During this time she earned first place in numerous contests of the Drama and Musical Conservatory of Sao Paulo. For 9 years she also studied at this same conservatory graduating in piano and complementary subjects and earned her diploma as a teacher. Her passion for music didn’t stop her from continuing to acquire more knowledge and during the next four years, she studied Bach and Beethoven with Dr. Kauffman and received her specialization on these composers.

Following these years of study, Rosa continued her learning at the University Vila Lobos, Choral Education, including Orf Method. Upon completion, she earned her Masters degree and was able to teach at University Marcelo Tupinamba from 1991-1997. Rosa has also taught music seminars for seniors and conducted chorus and choral classes in public schools. Rosa has been teaching in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), New York, Tallahassee, and Orlando. Living in Orlando, Rosa brings her varied experience and music knowledge to your student.

Rosa believes that we are fulfilled with happiness when we play music.

Ms. Gabrielle – Orlando

Voice

Gabrielle, soprano, received a Bachelor of Arts from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where she studied voice with soprano, Arisa Kusumi, and German, and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she studied with mezzo-soprano, Clara O’Brien.

Feeling most comfortable on the stage and in front of an audience, Gabrielle has enjoyed a life of performing in recitals, and opera. Participating in

Ms. Gabrielle – Orlando

Voice

Gabrielle, soprano, received a Bachelor of Arts from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where she studied voice with soprano, Arisa Kusumi, and German, and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she studied with mezzo-soprano, Clara O’Brien.

Feeling most comfortable on the stage and in front of an audience, Gabrielle has enjoyed a life of performing in recitals, and opera. Participating in competitions, school productions, and community events, Gabrielle placed 3rd in her division at NATS in 2014, has performed the roles of Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Morgana in Alcina as part of a scenes production at Rollins College, has played the role of Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica, and Pamina in The Magic Flute with the Vienna Summer Music Festival, Pamina in The Magic Flute for the Opera at The Carolina's outreach program, and First Lady in The Magic Flute with UNCG Opera. In addition to opera productions, Gabrielle loves programming and singing in recitals. At the completion of her Masters degree, she performed a recital comprised of all female composers ranging from the Baroque to present day.

Gabrielle has studied extensively in Europe, learning German as a second language, and studying with world-renowned coaches, teachers, and conductors, including vocal coach Daniel Sarge, and conductor Christian Schultz. Having a diverse experience in training both in the States and abroad, Gabrielle uses this hybrid of vocal technique to teach what she has found to be the most effective from all areas of her training. Having a passion for teaching and singing, Gabrielle enthusiastically works with all her students to help them produce the most healthy, beautiful sound possible to communicate and express effectively. Recently settling down in the Orlando area, Gabrielle is excited to be working as an adjunct voice professor at Seminole State College and can’t wait to

Mr Michael – Orlando

Voice/Piano

Lyric Baritone, Michael is an active performer, private voice teacher, choral conductor, and organist in the Orlando Metro. He is known for his interpretation and knowledge of Arts Songs, German Lied, and his Musical Theater performances. Raised in Winter Park, Mr. Michael has frequently performed with numerous ensembles and orchestras throughout the South East. Including the Knoxville Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, First United Methodist Church, Orlando, Oakland Presbyterian Church, and the

Mr Michael – Orlando

Voice/Piano

Lyric Baritone, Michael is an active performer, private voice teacher, choral conductor, and organist in the Orlando Metro. He is known for his interpretation and knowledge of Arts Songs, German Lied, and his Musical Theater performances. Raised in Winter Park, Mr. Michael has frequently performed with numerous ensembles and orchestras throughout the South East. Including the Knoxville Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, First United Methodist Church, Orlando, Oakland Presbyterian Church, and the Cathedral Church of Saint Luke, Orlando. Current notable solo performances include: Vaugh Williams’ “Five Mystical Songs”, Mack Wilberg’s “Requiem”, Finzi’s “In terra pax”, and the role of Anthony from Sondheim’s “Sweeny Todd”.

Michael is currently the Director of Music and Worship Arts at Oakland Presbyterian Church, Oakland, FL. Previously, he has taught Choral Music for Orange County Public Schools and is the former Chorus Master for the University of Tennessee Opera Theater and Choral Departments. As a teacher he has taught students from elementary through adults, from basic musical concepts to abstract 20th century a-tonal analysis. Michael has serviced as a church musician at several large churches in the South and as a clinician or soloist for several music festivals.

In May of 2012 he received the degree of Master of Music in Choral Conducting as the Edward T. Hamilton conducting scholar from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor’s degree is in Vocal Performance as a scholarship student from UTK and Florida State University.

Michaels vision statement his students: “To educated, inspire and create passionate well rounded musicians.”

Mr Brett – Orlando

Guitar/Bass Guitar/Ukulele/Beginning Piano

Brett started playing guitar at the age of 10 after being inspired by 80’s metal music. He joined the high school jazz band and explored not only jazz, but blues and fusion as well. After high school he attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he studied classical and contemporary theory and continued to practice and played an average of 10 hours every day! Lieberman took lessons from

Mr Brett – Orlando

Guitar/Bass Guitar/Ukulele/Beginning Piano

Brett started playing guitar at the age of 10 after being inspired by 80’s metal music. He joined the high school jazz band and explored not only jazz, but blues and fusion as well. After high school he attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he studied classical and contemporary theory and continued to practice and played an average of 10 hours every day! Lieberman took lessons from Joe Stump to master neo classical and metal guitar styles. He also grew interested in recording and obtained his degree in Recording Arts from Full Sail College. After graduation, he entered an engineering position with the well acclaimed Audiovision Studios in South Florida. There he received several platinum album credits for engineering. Brett’s vast background and love of music has made him an excellent instructor! He has been teaching guitar and bass since the age of 15. His proficiencies in advanced techniques i.e. sweep picking and economy picking are notably attractive and he also specializes in 8 finger tapping and chord melody solos. He is a walking encyclopedia of chords! In addition to teaching, he enjoys playing live, writing, producing and recording music. His independent record label is called Beeleepro. Lieberman’s first album is titled “I Before E” and he is currently working on his first instruction book. His advice to all his students is to make time for practicing! Brett still devotes 4 hours a day solely to practicing.

Dr Pepina – Orlando

Violin/Viola

Dr. Pepina grew up studying music and violin in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. She received her master’s degree from both the University of the Arts in Belgrade, Serbia and Georgia State University and doctorate degree from Florida State University. Dr. Pepina has performed with the Belgrade Symphony Orchestra as well as numerous orchestras around the United States and currently performs with the Orlando Symphony Orchestra. In 2002, she received the “Atlanta Music

Dr Pepina – Orlando

Violin/Viola

Dr. Pepina grew up studying music and violin in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. She received her master’s degree from both the University of the Arts in Belgrade, Serbia and Georgia State University and doctorate degree from Florida State University. Dr. Pepina has performed with the Belgrade Symphony Orchestra as well as numerous orchestras around the United States and currently performs with the Orlando Symphony Orchestra. In 2002, she received the “Atlanta Music Club Award,” from Georgia State University and also received honors at the Georgia State University recital competition in 2003. In 2003, she participated in a Master Class with world renowned violinist Midori Goto. She is very passionate about teaching and loves to see her students excel at the violin.