Ms. Chelsea Pfeifer holds a Master of Music degree with an emphasis in Viola Performance from Pittsburg State University. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, she assisted the violin/viola professor with the String Techniques course for undergraduate Music Education majors, and provided private instruction to non-Music major students. Throughout her graduate studies, Chelsea served as Principal Violist in the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra and led weekly viola sectionals. Additionally, she worked as coordinator for the university string quartet, performing at events on campus and throughout the community. She has also had the privilege of performing regularly with several established ensembles in Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas, including the Southern Symphony Orchestra (2010-20), Heartland Opera Theater (2013-20), and the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra (2017-20).
Ms. Chelsea has been teaching violin and viola students of varying ages and skill levels since 2013. As an educator, her passion lies in teaching private lessons, as she enjoys being able to connect more personally with each student and teach in a more individualized manner that would not be possible in a classroom setting. Ms.Chelsea is a Texas native, currently residing in Holiday, Florida."
Mr. Nick Smart - piano, composition, accordion. Mr Smart is a classical and jazz trained pianist with further intensive studies in music theory, composition, improvisation and piano pedagogy. Mr.Nick is a three time national member of the Piano Guild, a division of the American College of Musicians.Mr.Nick graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Miami Frost School of Music in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music in Keyboard Performance and a Minor in Jazz Studies. During his time at UM, Mr.Nick gained a wide variety of experience as an accompanist, including performing with vocalists, string quintets, choirs, and jazz ensembles. Mr. Nick also expanded his keyboard skills through studying the organ. He currently performs on the organ and piano at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church in Tarpon Springs.
Nick also enjoys playing the accordion, on which he has performed in several jazz ensembles and wedding bands. Since graduation from UM, Mr. Nick’s focus has been on music composition. He regularly writes and conducts music for the choir at St. Ignatius, as well as a variety of classical and jazz ensembles. Mr. Nick enjoys fostering the musical interests of younger generations. He encourages his students to learn a wide variety of musical styles including classical, jazz, and popular music. Nick strives to instill each of his students with a well-rounded musical education that includes music theory, ear training, improvisation and music history.
Mr. Gabriel Sabela is a student in the USF School of Music, taking private lessons with guitar professor Erol Ozsever. He is focused on a music performance studies, major specializing in both classical guitar and popular music, and currently part of the USF guitar studio, as well as the Popular Music Ensemble. Teaching is also his passion and he hopes to continue to be an instructor as well as continue performing and writing music. He also has a previous experience in the Pasco High school marching band, where he played various percussion instruments, as well as a member of jazz band. His teaching skills include guitar, bass, ukulele.
Mr. Alexander Gonzalez - bio is coming soon
Mr. Cameron Willits - bio is coming soon
Mr. Norman Taccati - piano, guitar, banjo, flute, clarinet. Mr. Taccati has enjoyed teaching and helping students of all ages for 25 years in achieving their goals in learning to play their instruments. He received his Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Music Education from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. He has performed professionally with big bands including the Cavaliers in Columbus, Georgia and The Notables in Atlanta, Georgia. He has also founded and directed bands in both the business sector and in churches. A former band director in the public schools, he teaches many instruments including piano, guitar, including Classical style, flute, saxophone, clarinet and even banjo. For the past 20 years, Norman has enjoyed working one-on-one with the novice musician, giving them a solid foundation in instrumental technique and musical knowledge, as well as those who have some experience on their instruments and who are looking to advance. His goal for every student is to experience learning their instrument in an environment that is encouraging and rewarding. He uses various published methods depending upon the individual student’s needs and desires in playing their music. Mr. Norman stresses learning to read music notation so that every student can approach with confidence any piece of music that he or she would like to play. He enjoys helping students prepare for auditions such as All-State band, and to help students who are preparing for evaluations. With the proper dedication, Norman believes every student can enjoy making music in a short period of time, always improving along their musical journey.
Ms. Marian Cayabas comes from Ocala, Florida where she studied classical singing and opera, beginning at 6 years old. In the years of studying these two styles, she was taught the Bel Canto technique. Over the years, Ms. Marian has had various performance opportunities, ranging from singing with the Marion Civic Chorale in her high school years to performing, with other vocalists from the University of South Florida, in Carnegie Hall under the hand of Bruce Chamberlain. A few of her solo performances consist of being a guest performer for Mozart’s Missa brevis: Benedictus, Haynd’s While Shepherds Watched and Pergolesi’s Magnificat: Et Misericordia. Ms. Marian has also been a recipient of a few music-based scholarships. Currently, she is focusing on taking and teaching lessons, while improving her singing technique as she finishes her concurrent-degrees of Music Studies (Voice Principal) and Health Sciences (Dual Concentration: Biological Health Sciences & Health Management) at the University of South Florida. She’s also preparing to go into a Master’s in Music program.
Ms. Bickley Rivera - piano, voice, steel drums. Ms. Bickley studied classical piano from age 5 until age 21 at Springfield Conservatory in Springfield, MA. and with Dr. Carole Lee at Eastern CT State University for 4 years. She was first-chair clarinetist in High School Band and All Eastern Band. During her music education she received multiple scholarships for piano performance; John Phillips Sousa Award and Outstanding Music Award at Eastern CT State University.Beginning in 2004, Ms. Rivera began studies and performance of Steel Pan, mentoring with respected steel pannists from the Caribbean Islands and locally in Florida. Her journey led to her own full-time Music Performing and Publishing company in 2008 and successful recording and performing career. She has performed in Florida, Bahamas, Trinidad, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Ohio and Michigan. In her recording career, she teams with Radio-station managers, promoters, world-renowned musicians, producers and engineers globally and has released 3 charted music albums and multiple singles. Her music is heard on over 100 radio stations in US, Canada, UK, Africa, Japan and other countries as well as National TV (The Weather Channel & Music Choice), Pandora, iHeart, Spotify and more. Ms. Bickley has performed in the international Panorama Semi-Finals under arranger Andy Narell in Trinidad. She is also the Music Orchestrator for Pro Comm Theatre in Spring Hill, FL with director and playwright Dr. Martha Velez. As a steel drum player and vocalist Ms. Bickley combines unique way to teach and have fun with her students.
Mr. Emory Blake - piano and drums. Mr. Emory graduated with his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of South Florida where he received a Merit Award for Outstanding Percussionist in 2001 and served as graduate teaching assistant from 2005-2007 where he taught private lessons and directed the USF percussion ensemble. Mr. Emory serves the music community as both a performer and educator. His performance credits include live performances with Marie Osmond, Aretha Franklin, Mannheim Steamroller, Michael W Smith and Dennis DeYoung as well as serving as a substitute percussionist and timpanist with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. In summer of 2003, Emory toured and performed with the 7 time world champions, The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corp. As an educator, Mr. Emory has served as a front ensemble technician for various high school groups across the Tampa Bay area and the greater Houston area where he was also an Adjunct Professor of Music at San Jacinto College. Mr. Emory also has recording credits as a featured soloist with the McCormick Percussion Group under the Ravello Records label. He also teaches piano and music theory to students ages 5 and up.
Ms. Angelita Berdiales - bio is coming soon
Mr. Charles E. Patterson is a current Ph.D. student in Music Education at the University of South Florida. Before beginning his doctorate, Mr. Patterson received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Music Education from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA, USA (2017 & 2020). His teaching experiences include middle and high school string orchestra, general music, guitar, and private string lessons in violin, viola and cello. Mr. Patterson also has a passion for orchestral conducting and currently serves as the conductor of the Effingham Community Orchestra, based out of Rincon, GA. He is also a two-time winner of the International Conductors Workshop and Competition in Atlanta, GA. He is detailed oriented and makes each lesson significant and fun.