Erin Moorman Wenger - DIRECTOR/CO-OWNER, VOICE (classical, musical theater, popular styles) -
Erin received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Appalachian State University and her Master of Music in vocal performance and pedagogy from East Carolina University. A former elementary school music teacher in Wake County Public Schools, she has been teaching voice students since 2005. Ms. Wenger directed an outreach opera for high schoolers at Long Leaf Opera, directed many summer musicals, and has directed opera scenes for East Carolina Opera Theatre. In addition to directing, Ms. Wenger stage managed two operas for Asheville Lyric Opera. As a performer, Ms. Wenger has sung with the North Carolina Opera, the Asheville Lyric Opera Company, Opera Company of North Carolina, the East Carolina Opera Theatre, the Appalachian State Opera, the UNCGreensboro Opera, and the Durham Savoyards. In 2017 she will sing Mimi in Boheme with Capitol Opera Raleigh. In 2009, she completed a performance internship with the Asheville Lyric Opera Company where she performed an opera concert series all over Western North Carolina. She performed the role of Cio-Cio San in Puccini's Madama Butterfly with East Carolina Opera Theater and Pitti-Sing in The Mikado with the Durham Savoyards. She sang the role of Nedda in Triangle Opera Studio's I Pagliacci. She has studied with Dr. John Van Cura, Marion Pratnicki , Dr. Perry Smith, Dr. Louise Toppin, Judie Bruno, and Dr. Joseph Amaya.
Alex - Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukelele -
Alex comes from Columbia, SC. He received his Bachelor of Music from Coastal Carolina University where he studied classical guitar under Dr. Daniel Hull. He later went on to study Jazz and Jazz Theory as well as Western Swing under Wayne Cockfield, who now teaches Jazz Guitar at Coastal Carolina University. He also studied the Robert Newton division system under Don Russo. He has played in several pit band theatre productions, sang baritone with the Long Bay Symphony, held first chair in the Coastal Carolina guitar quartet, and has played in an eclectic array of bands ranging from the University POP-101 Band overseen by Pr. Dan O’Reilly to Tavey Lean and the Solid Gold Dream Machine, a nine piece funk/soul band which won the award for best live band by Beijinger Magazine, which also recognized Alex as one of the predominant guitar players in the Beijing music scene. He was Co-Owner/Creator of Inspire School of Western Music in Beijing and was a critical part of the curriculum design and overall idea of the program. He has a fervid passion for teaching guitar and its history to anyone who wants to learn. He has been an educational professional for six years teaching Music and English in Beijing, China, Atlanta, G.A., and Camden, S.C. In 2013 he began to pursue another passion which lies in the Sciences. He studied at the University of South Carolina for two years before transferring to Campbell University to pursue a Doctorate degree in Pharmacy. He believes that Medicine and Music live together for the betterment of individuals over health and well-being.
Justin - saxophone, clarinet, flute and piano -
After teaching and performing while based in Tucson, AZ for over 20 years, I relocated to the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC area in August of 2015. I have performed professionally in the United States and abroad with various groups since the age of 17.
I have been teaching music privately since 1993, and enjoy teaching people of all ages and skill levels. I have two bachelor's degrees from the University of Arizona. One degree is a bachelor of fine arts in music (2000), and the other is in speech, language, and hearing sciences (2012). I also have a master's degree in speech-language pathology (2014). In addition to being a music teacher, I am also a licensed speech-language pathologist in the states of North Carolina and Virginia. In the period from 2007-2010, I was given the opportunity to teach several children with Asperger syndrome, developmental disabilities, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The richly rewarding experience of introducing these children to the language of music inspired me to seek a degree in speech-language pathology to complement my skills as a music teacher. I enjoy the challenge of combining my music and speech-language pathology skill sets in order to provide specialized music instruction to individuals on the autism spectrum, those with attention, or developmental deficits, as well as typically developing students of all ages. Performing and teaching music are great passions in my life and I love to share my experience with anyone who is interested to learn!
I believe that the most important thing to keep in mind when learning something new is to HAVE FUN. If you are having fun, you will be much more likely to go home and practice- and ultimately that is the key to your musical success! We will design an individualized plan for you to build on your strengths so you will WANT to go home and work on your weaknesses. Anyone can benefit from private lessons! Whether you are a beginner or have been playing for years, one-on-one instruction will allow you to progress more quickly.
Scott - SAXOPHONE, CLARINET, FLUTE, BASSOON, ENGLISH HORN, TRUMPET, FRENCH HORN, TUBA, TROMBONE, BARITONE, ALL BAND INSTRUMENTS -
Scott started his lifetime passion for instrumental music in the 5th grade! Scott attended the University of Iowa where he studied under Dr. Lawrence Gwozdz, himself a student of the pioneer of modern saxophone literature and performance, Sigurd Rascher. Scott finished his studies under Dr. Ronald Tyree, professor of saxophone and bassoon, receiving his BA of Music Education from the University of Iowa in 1983. Scott has arranged and taught all the way from the Laurens Marathon High School Music program in Northwest Iowa to the HillyerYouth Musical Ensemble right here in Raleigh. Past performances include many numerous organizations. Cedar Rapids Iowa Symphony, Iowa Lakes Community College, Ft. Dodge Iowa Karl King Memorial Band, Iowas City Jazz Bands, Iowa Pep Band, and tuba section leader for the award winning Guardsmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Scott looks forward to guiding, teaching, and helping students achieve their maximum potential in their instrumental pursuits!
Jake Wenger - CO-OWNER, CELLO -
Cellist Jacob Wenger is a native of Raleigh. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music. He is Assistant Conductor of the Triangle Youth Orchestra and Triangle Youth String Orchestra. Mr. Wenger currently holds positions in the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Tar River Philharmonic, the North Carolina Theatre pit orchestra, the North Carolina Opera orchestra, and subs with the North Carolina Symphony.Mr. Wenger performed with the contemporary music ensemble, New Music Raleigh. He has also performed with several touring Broadway shows at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Mr. Wenger has performed with the "Requiem for Darfur" Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, an orchestra which included some of the best orchestral and chamber musicians in the United States. In addition to teaching at the school, he is also on the faculty at Ravenscroft School. Mr. Wenger studied privately with Margo Drakos, Zvi Plesser, Marcy Rosen, and Jonathan Kramer. He has also studied chamber music with Robert Mann, the founding first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, as well as Sylvia Rosenberg and Jeffrey Cohen.
Eric - trombone, trumpet, french horn, horn, tuba, winds, all band instruments -
Eric has 15 years of experience as a performer, teacher, composer, and arranger. He received his Bachelors of Music from Long Island University, where he minored in trombone performance under the tutelage of Bruce Eidem and Ronald Stanton, and received his Masters in Music Education from Queens College. Eric worked as a middle school band director for eight years at a public school in New York, and since moving to North Carolina, has been an in-demand educator and clinician across Wake County. As a performer, Eric has years of experience playing with groups ranging from top symphony orchestras to rock bands to jazz combos. Currently, Eric is arranging music for a new trombone ensemble located in Raleigh that he performs in, as well as co-founded.
ROBERT - PERCUSSION, DRUMS -
Robert is an author, clinician, performer, composer and educator. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education, and the North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina with a Masters Degree in Music in Composition, Mr. Jackson has been teaching African drumming as well as concert, marching, symphonic and jazz band in the public school, and college level since 1972. His published textbook Teaching Concert Band in Today's Schools for Today's Students is currently being used across the United States, while performing, composing and teaching group drumming remains his passion. As an educator he remains an in demand adjudicator, clinician and musician to many Raleigh public and private schools.
Martha - PIANO -
Martha is a North Carolina native classically trained pianist and singer. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from NYU and East Carolina University respectively. She attended NYU on a full scholarship as a Trustee Scholar. She was a recipient of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Sophomore Book Award, and is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor fraternity. As a teen she placed third in the First Holiness National Teen Talent Competition for Piano in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She has been teaching piano since 2013 and voice since 2011. From 20015-2016 she served as the organist for the Armed Services Main Post Chapel in Fort Bragg. From 2004-2006 she served as the Director and Accompanist for the Children's Choir at Saint Philips' Church in Durham. Ms. Anderson enjoys a rich performance career as a mezzo-soprano and made her debut appearance this season with North Carolina Opera in the role of Persephone (Hercules vs. Vampires). She has appeared with numerous opera companies and orchestras including the North Carolina Symphony, the New York City Metro Chamber Orchestra, and most recently, Duke Symphony Orchestra in “Serenade to Music."
NORTH RALEIGH SCHOOL OF MUSIC FACULTY
Anne Moorman-Smith - PIANO, VOICE, KINDERMUSIK -
Anne taught public school music to elementary and middle school children for thirty-three years. She has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University and a Master of Arts in Music Education Degree from Texas Woman's University.Ms. Moorman-Smith has sung with the Dallas Symphony Chorus, the Raleigh Oratorio Society and the North Carolina Master Chorale. She was a charter member of the North Carolina Master Chorale 's professional Chamber Choir and has been a soloist in performances in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dallas, Texas, and Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition to teaching private piano and voice lessons for over twenty years in Dallas, Texas and Raleigh, N.C., she has directed church choirs for children, youth and adults for thirty-five years. She currently directs the adult choir at Community United Church of Christ in Raleigh and was the music specialist at Aldert Root Elementary School in Raleigh for almost 30 years. In November 2011, she was selected as the North Carolina Elementary Music Teacher of the Year by the North Carolina Music Educators' Association.
Shannon - OBOE, KINDERMUSIK, PIANO -
Shannon received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she also studied the oboe under Dr. Ashley Barret. As a music education student with a concentration in instrumental and general music, Shannon has worked with several band and elementary music programs. She has also worked as a counselor and rehearsal assistant with the UNCG Summer Music Camp. Shannon moved to Raleigh in August 2016 where she now teaches general music at a local elementary school, plays as the principal oboist in the Raleigh Civic Symphony, and teaches Kindermusik at the North Raleigh School of Music.
Miles - GUITAR, BASS GUITAR -
Miles creates an enjoyable and stimulating learning environment, treating each student as an individual to address musical needs. He has 25 years experience as a performer, recording artist, and teacher. As of 2017, he is celebrating 10 years as a published International songwriter. Coming from a long line of music educators, Miles is committed to giving students the attention they need to meet their musical goals. As well as teaching guitar, bass, and songwriting, he coaches his aspiring songwriters with their vocals.
Polina - VIOLIN -
Polina was raised in the Kherson region of Ukraine, and emigrated to the U.S. in 2001. She began learning the violin at the age of six, attending a music preparatory school, and was a student at Kherson State Music College and Donetsk State Conservatory (on scholarship, after winning a national solo violin competition). She has studied with Neil Weintrob of the Manhattan School of Music (who learned from Galamian and Bronstein, among others), Robin Sharp of the San Francisco Conservatory and San Francisco Symphony, and Aida Baker, first violin of the Portland Symphony Orchestra (and a student of Heifetz). Polina has been teaching violin since 2004. She has experience teaching all levels and ages, working with her students to develop both technical and artistic skill. In addition to regular recitals, she has successfully prepared students for local orchestra auditions, entry to the San Francisco Conservatory, and to pass ABRSM Examinations. She lives with her husband and four children in Apex.
Marguerite - viola and violin -
Marguerite received her Bachelors degree in music and French at the University of California at Berkeley. Marguerite has over 15 years of music performance, music recording, and teaching experience. She enjoys nurturing the gift of music through music education. She has experience teaching private and group lessons as well as ensembles.
Marguerite has a diverse musical palate and versatile teaching style. She blends different pedagogical methods and incorporates repertoire from diverse musical traditions to give the student a well-rounded musical experience. She is diligent and patient in her approach.
Marguerite currently performs and records with the contemporary chamber music group the pickPocket Ensemble.
Karen - VIOLIN -
Karen received her Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and has studied with renowned teachers including Charles Castleman and Robert Lipsett. A native of New York City, she was inspired to play the violin at age five by her father, a member of the New York Philharmonic. She attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy and has participated in world-class music festivals such as Encore, Meadowmount and Quartet Program. Karen has performed in a variety of settings including orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, from Disney World to Heidelberg. She has played in master classes with Camilla Wicks and Mitchell Stern and performed alongside celebrated musicians such as Marvin Hamlisch and Chuck Mangione. Karen is experienced in teaching all ages and levels of violin and has developed a unique style that combines the Suzuki method with traditional techniques and personally designed exercises. Her top priority is focusing on the individual needs and goals of students while making learning violin a fun and creative process.
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