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Private Lesson Instructors

Karolina Radovani
Karolina Radovani is Assistant Concertmaster of the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and founder of Bravura Duo violin/cello duet. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, summa cum laude; a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music; and an Artist Diploma from the University of North Texas. As soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, Ms. Radovani has performed in the most distinguished musical venues of her country; Europe and the US; has appeared on the Albanian Radio and Television; and is a winner of several music and merit awards. Many of her students have consistently received the highest ratings at various region and state events; they are scholarship and award winners, as well as hold leading positions in their respective orchestras. Ms. Radovani’s studio is intended only for dedicated students, who are serious about the study of violin. *** Best Violin Teachers in Dallas 2016, 2017 – Expertise ***
Larry Lattanzi
Violin, Viola
23 years’ experience as a public school orchestra director. 35 years as a private teacher. 40 years as a professional performer. Orchestras include Plano Symphony, Richardson Symphony, Ft. Worth Symphony and Las Colinas Symphony. Teaching style emphasizes a positive learning environment designed to achieve excellence in each student. References provided upon request.
Bethany Wilds
Violin, Viola
A native of Portland, Maine, Bethany has studied at Baltimore School for the Arts, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Southern Methodist University, where she earned her Masters of Music in Violin Performance. She has been a member of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and participated. Conservatory of Music, Southern Methodist University, University of North Texas, University of Texas She currently performs with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Plano Symphony Orchestra, Irving Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Metroplex Opera, San Angelo Symphony & the European Ensemble. Bethany teaches both violin & viola privately in Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD & McKinney ISD. Her students consistently receive the highest ratings at Solo & Ensemble
Mary Winkler
Violin, Viola
Mary Winkler grew up in Arlington, TX and has been teaching in North Texas for 15 years. She is currently one of the orchestra directors in Lovejoy ISD. Ms. Winkler received her Bachelors of Music Education from Northwestern State University. Ms. Winkler specializes in assisting students with skill refinement necessary to be successful in today’s music programs.
Cynthia Gabriel
As a native Texan, I am happy to have finally returned to Texas after living in New York for the last 20 years. My students in New York have given me great joy to see them grow and develop a love for music Studied under Dinos Constantinides at LSU from childhood to college and Dorothy DeLay at Juilliard School of Music. I have taught violin on and off for over 30 years. My experience has included adjudicating at various state and private competitions, primarily in New York. I usually use the Suzuki Method to begin students in a logical and easy method of learning how to read music, basic music theory and becoming proficient in violin technique. Although each student starts out with the same method, their progression may take various directions depending on their learning style
Susanne Zacharias
Violin, Piano
Born in Germany, Susanne studied both instruments at the Musikakademie Tübingen with Wei Tsin Fu and Julia Galic. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Musicology and a Master's Degree in Pedagogy from the Eberhard-Karls-Univerity in Tübingen, Germany. Susanne also earned a Master's Degree in Art History at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. Throughout the years she has performed with various orchestras in Europe and plays violin with her worship team at church. Being a member of the Plano Music Teachers Association her students play frequently at festivals and receive high marks, they are also taking the annual State Theory Test.
Ann Grosshans
Mrs. Grosshans has been a Suzuki violin teacher for over 25 years and has also taught orchestra in the public school system for 20 years. She has a Music Education degree from Trinity University in San Antonio where she studied with Dominick Saltarelli and has attended many Suzuki camps in order to complete her Suzuki training. Not only has she been a Suzuki teacher, she is also a Suzuki mom. Mrs. Grosshans began playing at an early age studying violin with Doris Welborn and William Kirshke and piano with Margaret Donahue and Andrew Mihalso. Her students have participated in All- Region Orchestras, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, Dallas Asian Youth Orchestra and All State. Her students have received college scholarships as both music majors and non- majors. She is most happy when former adult students call to tell her they still love playing their instrument. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and Texas Music Teachers Association. Mrs. Grosshans enjoys students of all ages and is now accepting students from Plano, Allen, Frisco and McKinney in her studio.
Rachel Samson
As co-founder of Chili Dog Strings in Frisco loves working with students of all ages and levels and enjoys promoting a collaborative experience among student, parent, and teacher that promotes the development of fine human beings with beautiful hearts. Rachel has earned her Bachelor’s (Cleveland Institute of Music) and Master’s (University of Michigan) in Viola Performance, as well as coursework in music education and Suzuki Viola Books 1-4 and Violin Books 1-10 + Practicum. She has held staff positions at institutions such as Baldwin-Wallace, Cleveland Institute of Music, Mentor High School, Suzuki Royal Oak Institute of Music, and the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor. As a teacher committed to lifelong learning, Rachel uses her up-to-date training to educate students and parents on the most effective ways to develop skills and achieve goals that pave the path to success.
Candice Holcomb
Candice Holcomb, a Texas native, earned her Bachelor & Master degrees from the University of North Texas’ prestigious music school in cello & voice, and returned to the metroplex after living and studying in Norway. While overseas, she did additional graduate work through the British Royal School of Music, played with the Oslo Symphony Orchestra, and performed as an oratorio soloist. During her career she has performed with numerous symphony orchestras. Candice held the principle position with Allen Philharmonic from 2003-2007. Ms. Holcomb has taught private lessons for over 25 years from her home studio and at Tarrant County College for 5 of those years. She currently resides in Plano and maintains a successful private
Dan Totan
An active soloist, chamber and orchestral performer, Mr. Dan Totan performed on four continents in a variety of venues and ensembles featuring a repertory ranging from the Baroque to contemporary music and various styles from "classical" to pop, rock, jazz, and more. He obtained his Bachelor degree at the University of Music in Bucharest. He held the Assistant-Principal Cello position with the Sinfonia Cultura Orchestra in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He graduated the Artist Diploma Program at McGill University with Antonio Lysy, a Master’s Degree with Matt Haimovitz, and a Diplôme d'Études Supérieures Spécialisées with Yuli Turovsky at University of Montreal. He is pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of North Texas with Prof Eugene Osadchy. He is Principal Cello of the Irving Symphony Orchestra, member of the Plano and San Angelo Symphonies and teaches as Adjunct Cello Professor at the South Western Adventist University.
Philip Taggart
Cellist Philip Taggart was raised in Dallas and graduated from SMU. His teachers included Chris Adkins, Michael Coren, and Adolph Odnoposoff. Philip was a founding member of the Plano Chamber Orchestra, (now the Plano Symphony) and has played with many of the orchestras in North Texas, including the Fort Worth Symphony. He has been a member of the Dallas Opera Orchestra since 1989. Philip Taggart has many years of teaching experience, and his students regularly win spots in All-Region orchestras and in local youth orchestras. His teaching philosophy includes ergonomics, self-awareness, and a little bit of physics. He lives in zip code 75025.
Matt Epperson
Matt holds degrees in cello performance from the University of North Texas (B. Mus.) and Southern Methodist University (M.Mus). His teachers include Nathaniel Rosen, Eugene Osadchy, Carter Enyeart, and Christopher Adkins. He has served as principal cellist of theRound Top Music Festival, New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, SMU and UNT Symphony Orchestras, and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra. He has over 10 years of private instruction experience, with his students consistently receiving high accolades.
Fawn Sorgi
Fawn Sorgi is a Texas native that has taught in the Texas school system and privately for 20 years. She is currently the Director of Orchestras and AP Music Theory at McKinney High School in McKinney Texas. Ms. Sorgi received her Bachelors of Music Education from West Texas A&M University and has performed with several orchestras including the Lake Havasu City Symphony and the Brazos Valley Symphony. Ms. Sorgi specializes in assisting students with skill refinement necessary to be successful in today’s music programs as well as adult beginners.
Neil Fong Gilfillan
Hails from Arlington, TX, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance and co-founded the cello rock group The 440 Alliance. Since earning his Master’s in Cello Performance minoring in Music Education at the University of North Texas, he has held positions as an assistant orchestra director (Denton ISD), cello teacher (Suzuki Royal Oak), and performed on stage with groups such as the Las Colinas and Lansing Symphony Orchestras. Neil, as a full time teacher and performer, continues to pursue professional training through Suzuki Method courses and creative string playing with jazz violinist Christian Howes. As a co-founder of Chili Dog Strings in Frisco, Neil finds real joy in helping his students access the cello with ease and confidence, instructing classical and modern styles, both in the studio and through his content on YouTube.
Daniel Nix
The Daniel Nix Bass Studio ranges from beginners to college level players. Mr. Nix's students have gone on to study music in pretigious universities such as the New England Conservatory, McGill University and the Juilliard School. His students also compete in international solo competitions such as the Sphinx, ASTA (American String Teachers Association), ISB (International Society of Bassists), and Klein competitions. In addition, students in the studio participate in orchestral competitions such as NYO (National Youth Orchestra), TMEA All-State, and perform with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras, Dallas Asian-American Orchestra and Sherman Symphony Orchestra.
Nestor Zayas
Bass, Cello
Dr. Zayas completed his doctoral studies at Florida State University. He has taught applied cello, double bass and chamber music at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Fl., as well as Master classes in Dominican Republic, and toured in South America with “Tango Rendezvous”. He was also instructor at the Santa Rosa Strings, Navarre, FL, Teaching 2nd - 8th grade level students, adult beginners and individual lessons from 2008-2012. Recently, He has relocated to the Dallas area teaching bass/cello instructor with Plano ISD. Dr Zayas performs with Las Colinas, Plano and Richardson Symphonies, and the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic as guest artist. Dr Zayas was Teacher Assistant at the University of Georgia’s ASTA (American String Teachers Association), String Project, teaching 3rd and 4th grade students in 2001-2002.
Sean Michael Casey
Bachelors in Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Masters of Music from Arizona State University, Sean studied with many of the world’s top bass performers and pedagogues, including Max Dimoff, Jeff Bradetich, and Catalin Rotaru. Performing with numerous ensembles, Sean has a variety of experiences, performing as a member of the CIM/Case Baroque Orchestra, all the way to the other end of the spectrum as a member of the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble, including premiering new works by local composers. As a teacher, Sean developed numerous different methods for helping students achieve better tone, better rhythm, and a deeper appreciation of the music played in orchestras around the world over the course of his studies.
Joey Sloan
Joey Sloan, a Texas native, earned his Bachelor degree in Double Bass performance and his Master degree in String Pedagogy from the University of Texas at Austin prestigious Butler School of Music. His teachers included Dr. David Neubert and famed soloist Daxun Zhang. During his career he has performed with numerous orchestras including the Austin Symphony, Waco Symphony, and Richardson Symphony. He has been teaching bass for over 25 years and has had numerous students in All Region and All State Orchestras.