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Susanna Hilliard, oboe, received her bachelor’s degree in Musical Performance from the New School of Music in Philadelphia. She studied with Philadelphia Orchestra members Stevens Hewitt and Louis Rosenblatt as well as Eric Barr from the Dallas symphony and Elaine Duvas from the MET. She played concerts in Los Angeles, California and New York with orchestras such as the Desert Symphony, the Peninsula Chamber Orchestra, the Glendale Chamber Orchestra, the National Orchestra of New York and the New Amsterdam Symphony. Susanna has also played in ensembles and orchestras in Boston, and Florence, Italy. Her performances in Florence included the chamber groups Solisti a Fiato di Firenze and Solisti dell’Ensemble Cameristico Pistoiese, and a unique recital at the historic Villa Corsi Salviati in Sesto Fiorentino.
In 1994, Susanna and her family moved to North Texas, where she launched her teaching career. She currently has a studio of 25 students a week and freelances on oboe and English horn in local symphony orchestras including the Irving Symphony, Plano Symphony, San Angelo Symphony and Corpus Christie Symphony. Susanna is a co-founder of the chamber music ensemble Mélange Musical (www.MelangeMusical.com) which performs concerts in the DFW area.
I am a dedicated Clarinet Private Lessons Teacher operating in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District. My primary goal is to provide and effectively teach tailored curriculums that align with my students' band programs while addressing their individual needs, pushing them towards excellence in their musical journeys.
Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of witnessing my students achieve remarkable success at various events, including middle and high school region band auditions and Solo and Ensemble Contests. It brings me immense joy to see them thrive and grow as musicians.
Before embarking on my teaching career, I pursued my passion for music at the esteemed University of North Texas College of Music. There, I studied Music Education with a Clarinet Focus under the guidance of Professor Deborah Fabian. I was determined to excel academically and completed my degree in an accelerated timeframe of three and a half years, maintaining a commendable 3.77 GPA.
To gain hands-on experience in the classroom, I embraced student teaching opportunities at Nelson Middle School and Independence High School within the Frisco Independent School District. These experiences provided me with invaluable insights into effective teaching methodologies and further reinforced my commitment to empowering students through music education.
As a Clarinet Private Lessons Teacher, I am driven by a deep passion for fostering musical growth and instilling a love for the clarinet in my students. I am dedicated to helping them unlock their full potential and achieve their goals. If you are seeking a skilled and caring educator to guide your musical journey, I would be honored to connect with you on LinkedIn. Together, let's create an enriching and transformative learning experience for aspiring clarinetists.
Preston Lewis is a graduate of Texas Christian University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 2008 and a Master’s degree in Saxophone Performance in 2010. Preston received TCU’s Nordan Young Artist Award and the accompanying full scholarship upon graduation from Alvarado high school in 2004. Preston is a former student of TCU Saxophone Professor Joe Eckert, former director of the US Air Force Airmen of Note. He also studied saxophone at TCU in the studio of Dr. John Giordano, former Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony.
Preston began his formal music studies at age seven studying piano under Eastman School of Music graduate Mr. Tim Scholl, Professor of Piano and Music Theory at Southwest Adventist University. Preston continued his studies with Tim Scholl continuously until his graduation from high school, receiving numerous state, national, and international awards from the National Guild of Piano Teachers along the way. He began playing saxophone at age 8. He began private study under Mr. Tim Ishii at age 13 and was named to numerous All-District, All-Region, All-Area, and All-State jazz and concert bands on alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone throughout his public school career. Preston received first division ratings in the UIL State Saxophone Solo contest all four years in high school, receiving UIL state championship medals as an outstanding performer in two of those years.
Preston went on to study at the Interlochen International Arts Camp as a double major in jazz and concert band which brought him under the tutelage of some of the nations foremost music educators, performers, and conductors including the likes of conductors Frederick Fennell, Gary Greene, and John Whitwell. He studied privately with saxophonist Tim McCallister and took saxophone master classes with Donald Sinta. He also received jazz instruction from David Kay and Frank Mantooth.
During his college career Preston studied and performed with local, national, and international greats like Frank Mantooth, Lou Carfa, Tim Ries, Rick Stitzel, Andy Martin, Wayne Bergeron, Joey Carter, Jim Snidero, Dave Pietro, Victor Goines, and many others. Preston was the lead jazz tenor at TCU during his undergraduate career, switching to lead jazz alto during his graduate studies. Preston was also principal saxophonist for the TCU Wind Ensemble during both his undergraduate and graduate studies amassing a repertoire of great saxophone solos and ensemble works. In addition to jazz and concert ensembles, Preston is also a former soprano saxophonist of the Imperial Saxophone Quartet, the premier woodwind chamber ensemble of TCU. He has performed across the US and Europe including Italy’s prestigious Umbria Jazz festival.
Preston has been teaching private lessons for three years and is currently accepting students. Preston is currently in demand as a performer in various bands and performing groups throughout the North Texas area.
As a professional trumpet player and teacher based in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, I am a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Master's degree in Trumpet Performance. My studies were under the tutelage of Billy Hunter, the principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in NYC. My performance background is diverse and includes playing with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, and currently serving as the 2nd trumpet of the Midland Symphony in Michigan. I have also had the opportunity to perform as a soloist at various events including weddings, funerals, and other special occasions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
In addition to my music career, I hold an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Management Information Systems, along with a certificate in Computer Science. Before pursuing music full-time, I worked as a software developer for a technology consulting company, and I still offer freelance software development services.
When I am not making music, I enjoy traveling, working out, listening to music, and cooking.