To enroll your student in Private Lessons for the 2020-21 School Year, please fill out the form below. Click the link to be redirected to a Google form. Once the form is submitted, we will pass the information along to the appropriate instructor on our lesson staff who will then contact you to set up a lesson time, either before school, during class, or after school.
Meet our Lesson Staff!
Mary Reyes Sanchez is the resident applied flute instructor for the Keller and Richardson Independent School Districts. She earned both a Master of Music degree, with an emphasis in conducting and a Bachelor of Music Education degree at New Mexico State University. While at NMSU she was on the faculty as a Graduate Flute Teaching Assistant, Adjunct Instructor for woodwind techniques, and held an assistantship with the Las Cruces Symphony.
In addition to her flute studios, Mrs. Sanchez has served as an adjudicator in Solo and Ensemble Festivals and as a clinician on flute in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. From 2009-2010 she was acting president of the Texas Flute Society and previously held the position of Vice-President. Her performing credits include principal flutist with the Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso, the Dona Ana Lyric Opera, and as a member of the Las Cruces Symphony. She has also worked with legendary sound engineer and Grammy Award winner Phil York completing works for composer C. Edward Salter under the Eagle Tiger Record Label.
Mrs. Sanchez has taught privately for the past eighteen plus years. Her students have consistently received superior ratings at solo and ensemble festivals, recognition at auditions in the middle/high school and university level and have been selected to the Texas All-State and New Mexico All-State bands. Mrs. Reyes Sanchez maintains an active teaching and performing schedule in the DFW metroplex.
Catherine Wardle is a private lesson teacher and performer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She is a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and can often be seen playing both the oboe and english horn with them. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a masters degree in oboe performance. While at UNT she had the privilege of playing and recording with the UNT Wind Symphony and the UNT Symphonic Band. She has a bachelor’s degree in music education and performance from Hardin-Simmons University. While there she was awarded the Presser Scholarship and named the first female drum major of The World Famous Cowboy Band.
Her primary teachers include James Ryon and Susetta Rockett. She also is the head of oboe for the Bocal Majority Store in Richardson, Texas. She currently resides in Denton with her husband Caleb, son Alexander, and their two cats, Albus and Minnie.
Christian Gonzalez is a multi-instrumentalist performer and educator, primarily of woodwind instruments. As a performer, Mr. Gonzalez can be seen consistently throughout Dallas-Fort Worth performing with live music theatre. He can be heard as a clarinetist on several Teaching Music Through Performance in Band and GIA Wind Works albums with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony. Additionally, he has recorded on flute and piccolo with the Lyric State Orchestra in the first full-length recording of The Golden Apple. Other credits include performances with the Abilene Opera Association, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, UNT Pierrot Chamber Players, DR. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Musical National Tour, Turtle Creek Chorale, and Lyric Stage.
Mr. Gonzalez holds a Master of Music defree from the University of North Texas in Multiple Woodwinds. Prior to attending UNT, he recieved a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Louisiana State University. He has studied woodwinds from many inspirational teachers, including Kimberly Cole Luevano, Stephanie Thompson, Terri Sundberg, Kathleen Reynolds, James Ryon, Terri Sanchez, Robert DiLutis, Tasha Warren, and Gabriel Beavers.
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Sarah Seagraves is a music educator and clarinetist originally from San Antonio, Texas, and teaches in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She holds two Bachelor degrees in clarinet performance and music education from the University of North Texas, where she studied with Dr. Kimberly Luevano and Greg Raden.
During her time at North Texas she was the recipient of the Clara Freshour Nelson Scholarship and member of numerous ensembles. She has recorded and performed with both the Symphonic Band, the renowned Wind Symphony, and performed as principal clarinetist in the Concert Orchestra. She and her woodwind trio, Trioplet, received first prize in the 1st George Papich Chamber Music Studies competition at North Texas. Her summers were spent performing with the Red River Lyric Opera Orchestra, Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, and in the Rocky Ridge Young Artist Seminar.
José Barrientos is a Texas native and has a Master degree in saxophone performance from the University of Iowa where he studied under the tutelage of Dr. Kenneth Tse. Prior to moving to the Midwest he completed his undergraduate studies in music education at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacadoches, Texas where he was a student of Dr. Nathan Nabb and was also a finalist in the Concerto/Aria Competition in 2012. As an active classical saxophonist, Mr. Barrientos has performed throughout the United States, Asia, and Southeastern Europe. In the summer of 2013 he was selected to perform Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition as a guest artist with the prestigious American Festival for the Arts Conservatory Youth Orchestra.
Mr. Barrientos currently holds a private saxophone studio consisting of over 80 students in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, and is also director of the Texas Youth Saxophone Ensemble. Not long after taking over the saxophone studio in the Timber Creek Falcon cluster in the Fall of 2018, the TCHS Saxophone Ensemble performed at the 2019 Texas Music Educator’s Association convention in San Antonio and went on to be invited to performa at the prestigious 2019 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.
Laura Chicarello is a private horn teacher and performer in the Dallas and Fort Worth metroplex. She has performed with the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, Allen Philharmonic, and Marshall Symphony Orchestra, as well as several orchestras in Louisiana, including the Shreveport, Baton Rouge, and Rapides Symphony Orchestras. As a soloist, she has performed Schumann’s Concertpiece for Four Horns and Orchestra with the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony as a member of the Millennium Horn Quartet, who won the orchestra’s concerto competition in 2016.
Ms. Chicarello has served on the teaching staff of several summer institutions, including the Kendall Betts Horn Camp and the University of New Hampshire’s Summer Youth Music School.
Ms. Chicarello holds a Master of Music degree from Northwestern State University of Louisiana, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of New Hampshire. She studied with Dr. Kristine Coreil and Kendall Betts.
Outside of the horn world, Laura enjoys distance running and Mexican food, but not at the same time.
Oscar Ban is a freelance composer, arranger, and performer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Previously, Mr. Ban worked as the Associated Director of Bands and Director of Jazz Bands at Guyer High School in Denton, Texas, as well as working with a variety of different Indiana high school programs including Avon High School, Carmel High School, and Center Grove High School. He has also served as a high brass instructor at Music City Drum and Bugle Corps, and is currently a high brass instructor for the Blue Knights and Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Ban marched with the Carolina Crown corps from 2015-2017, and marching for four years in the Indiana University Marching Hundred.
As a composer and arranger, Mr. Ban began serving as the Carolina Crown Small Ensemble Arranger in 2016 and 2017, and now arranges for marching band, indoor winds, and completes many original commissions for concert and chamber ensembles. His publications through the RWS Music Company have reached the J.W. Pepper Editor’s Choice List. He is a graduate of Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana and recieved his Bachelors of Music Education with an Instrumental Band and Trumpet focus from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
Grant Futch is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas. Originally from Baldwyn, MS, Grant began playing trombone at the age of eleven. As a soloist, Grant has performed with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Miss Wind Ensemble. Grant was a finalist for the American Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition (2015), winner of the Mississippi Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition (2007), and was a member of the Yale Trombone Quartet, winner of the 2017 National Trombone Quartet Competition.
Grant is currently the Principal Trombone of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Winds, Louisiana Philharmonic, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia Gulf Coast. Grant holds degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and Yale University. His primary teachers include Steve Menard, Scott Hartman, Dr. Bruce Tychinski, Dr. Jonathan Whitaker, and Dr. Ben McIlwain.
Blake Birmingham is a freelance euphoniumist, trombonist, low brass educator, and composer in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. He graduated from the University of North Texas, where he studied Euphonium Performance with world-renowned artist, Dr. Brian Bowman. Mr. Birmingham has performed with The North Texas Wind Symphony, The Lone Star Wind Orchestra, The North Texas Symphonic Band, The Honor Band of America, and The Starlight Band. He has also recorded exclusively with The North Texas Wind Symphony, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and North Texas Symphonic Band.
As an educator, Mr. Birmingham has taught low brass in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. His students have had great success in placing in All-Region, All-Area, and All-State bands. In addition, his students have consistently received superior ratings in their solo contests.
As a soloist, Mr. Birmingham has performed with the Broken Arrow Wind Ensemble, the Tulsa Community College Concert Band, the Tulsa Community College Community Band, the Timber Creek HS Wind Symphony and the Blue Lake Festival Band. As a competitor, he was. awarded 2nd prize in the International Leonard Falcone Student Euphonium Competition, 1st prize in the ITEC Great Plains euphonium student competition, 2nd prize in the International Women’s Brass Conference Euphonium Artist competition, 1st prize Oklahoma Brass Olympics, a finalist in the University of North Texas Concerto Competition, and recently Mr. Birmingham was awarded 1st prize in the 2018 Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Artist competition.
Mr. Birmingham has a passionate love for life and music. He credits Dr. Brian Bowman, Dennis Fisher, Eugene Corporon, Reid Bennett, Paul Compton, and Darrin Davis as his main musical influences.
Elizabeth Speltz is a performing musician and teacher in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She completed her master’s degree in tuba performance with a related field in music education at the University of North Texas in May 2020 while also serving as a Teaching Fellow for the UNT tuba studio. She has served as President of the North Texas chapter of the International Tuba/Euphonium Association and the North Texas Music Educators Association. She is also a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota women’s music fraternity. Elizabeth graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Texas in 2017 with bachelor degrees in both music education and tuba performance.
As a traveling musician, Ms. Speltz recently toured throughout Japan as a cast member in the Tony and Emmy award-winning Broadway production “Blast! The Music of Disney”. She has also performed in the coveted Disneyland All-American College Band and recorded on their album at Capitol Records in Los Angeles. Additionally, Ms. Speltz has toured through Europe with the Texas Ambassadors of Music. While at UNT, she was principal tubist in the Wind Symphony and performed as a soloist with the UNT Symphonic Band. She has recorded in six wind albums at UNT and has also recorded several tuba solos for composer Frank Ticheli’s “Making Music Matter” method book series. While a teaching fellow at UNT, Ms. Speltz conducted the 8 O’Clock UNT Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, was a brass chamber coach, and was the instructor for the freshman tuba class. Her teachers include Don Little, Brian Bowman, and Wade Yost.
Ms. Speltz is entering her sixth year as a private tuba instructor and currently teaches tuba at several schools in Richardson ISD, Frisco ISD, and Keller ISD. In her free time she enjoys running, rock climbing, and spending time with her cat, Avery.
Al Dunn is starting this tenth year as a lesson teacher in the Falcon Fury Band Cluster. The Timber Creek Drumline is a Bands of America and WGI Regional champion. His teaching responsibilities at Timberview Middle School include 7th and 8th grade percussion private lessons, and at Timber Creek High School they include writing/instructing the front ensemble and electronics/amplification. He also works with the winter drumline and percussion ensemble in the spring semesters.
Mr. Dunn has been an educator in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for 25 years and has worked with groups in the Lewisville and Keller ISDs. During that time he has had the honor of conducting groups at the Percussive Arts Society ‘Call for Tapes’, Bands of American Percussion Festival, and the Leigh Howard Stevens high school marimba seminar. His Drum Corps International experience includes marching with the Phantom Regiment and Blue Devils. He has also written and/or taught for Phantom Regiment, Glassmen, Crossmen and other groups across the US and Canada. He is currently an adjudicator with DCI and the Western Band Association. Mr. Dunn is an active member of the PAS, TMEA, and Phi Mu Alpha. He is an endorser of Innovative Percussion.