The end of the 2014-2015 school year brought forth quite a large amount of change at Park Cities School of Music. Our recitals grew to unprecedented numbers, which was a reflection of our increasing enrollment. The instrument rental program saw great success, and our music library expanded due to donated sheet music from the community. Group classes were at capacity, and our involvement in community events & performances became a focal point for the school. It’s really difficult to put the 2014-2015 school year in perspective because it was truly a tremendous time for PCSoM. A big “Thank You” is in order for you all!
We also saw two of the school’s longest tenured instructors move on. Moe Ramos had been with the school since October 2011, joining the school weeks after its opening. Sarah Bellows joined the PCSoM faculty in April 2012. Both instructors had become well-known & with their absence, we knew we’d have some big shoes to fill.
Luckily, we have had a great crop of teachers join the faculty in the last few months, doing more to solidify our reputation for providing quality music education here at Park Cities School of Music. One thing to keep in mind is that some of our instructors will be operating between Park Cities School of Music and our sister school, Lakewood Conservatory of Fine Arts (opening Fall 2015; https://www.facebook.com/LakewoodConservatoryFineArts). Stay tuned for updates on which instructors will be splitting time between schools, but be advised that our teachers will be VERY busy this school year. Enrollment is open, so if you have interest in music lessons or classes in the arts, act soon & don’t hesitate in contacting us for more info.
Here are our new teachers:
Baoyi (Ellie) Zeng (PIANO) started playing piano at the age of six in China. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with numerous scholarships and prizes from Xi’an Conservatory of Music in China. And she is currently pursuing her Master of Music Education degree in Piano Pedagogy at Texas Christian University, where she is studying piano pedagogy with Dr. Ann M. Gipson and piano with Prof. Jose Feghali and Mr. Harold Martina. Baoyi has been teaching piano since 2008. She won second prize in the Music Teacher Competition in Teaching Courseware of University and third prize in the Music Teacher Competition in Teaching Skills of University in 2011. She is very enthusiastic about teaching and has also been actively involved in piano performance and accompaniment. Baoyi is a teaching assistant at Texas Christian University teaching piano classes for non music major and music major undergraduate students; piano classes for adult; group piano for children; private piano lesson for college elective students and music secondary students; private piano lesson through TCU’s Music Preparatory Division; and Young Early Childhood Music lesson. She is a member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association). Baoyi is very passionate about teaching and patient with all students. She strives to show her students how beautiful music is through the piano and hopes to help her students make music a valuable part of their lives.
Abigail Potts (VIOLIN/VIOLA) Ms. Potts is currently an active musician in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. She performs with various symphony orchestras including those of Plano, Irving and San Angelo. Additionally, she has performed in concert with Diana Ross, Ben Folds, Alessio Bax, Lucille Chung, Andres Diaz, Chee-Yun Kim, and Natalie MacMaster. Abigail teaches private lessons in violin, viola and piano in the Richardson School District as well as her own private studio.
Abigail was born in Dallas Texas. At age 5 her family moved to the small town of Prairieville, located in East Texas. Abigail began her musical studies with classical piano at age seven and the violin at age ten. Abigail’s primary piano teachers included Phyllis Fox of Ola Texas and Dr. Heather Schmidt. Her first violin teachers included Clare Adkins Cason, Mary Alice Rich and Daphne Volle. Her teachers have also included Sherry Kloss, Claire Hodgkins and Elaine Skorodin all of which were students of the famous Jascha Heifetz. In High-School Abigail was the Concertmaster of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra’s Philharmonic for the 2007-2008 season. She won First Place in the Concerto Competition and made her solo performance in the Fall of 2008 at the Meyerson Symphony Center with the Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2010, Abigail won First Place in the Hubbard Chamber Music Festival, placed third in the 2010 Dallas Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition and was concertmaster at Idyllwild Music Festival and the All-State String Orchestra in 2009.
As a Freshman in the Fall of 2010, Abigail won first place in the SMU Undergraduate Concerto Competition. She performed Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michelle Merrill in January 2011. In 2011, Abigail was the recipient of the Clara Freshour Nelson Music Scholarship. She performed for the Texas Association of Music Schools annual conference in Austin, Texas in January of 2012.
Abigail graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern Methodist University in the Fall of 2013 with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, studying with Emanuel Borok, former Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Andre Israel Echeverria Butler (PIANO, VOICE, GUITAR, DRUMS) Andre was born and raised in Guatemala and influenced with music at an early age, he started giving piano lessons to children, ages, 4 to 14. At the age of 19, Andre began teaching ESL classes at IGA, a government-backed institute for English learning. He taught young people as well as adults there for one year. He then started teaching ESL classes at a Korean academy, preparing students for their entrance exams in English-speaking schools. In 2010, Andre moved to the U.S. to pursue a career in music. While studying at college, he taught private lessons.
Andre graduated from UT Arlington where he successfully completed his Bachelor’s Degree with a 4.0 in Music Composition under Dr. George Chave, and Audio Engineering under Micah Hayes. He plans to further his studies by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Film Scoring. Now, thanks to his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition and Audio Engineering, he has a wider and deeper knowledge of music, which enables him to share with his students. Andre teaches piano, voice, guitar, and drum lessons.
Misha Frayman (GUITAR, UKULELE) Misha Frayman has been playing guitar professionally since the age of 17. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business from Jacksonville University. He continued on to earn his Masters in Business Administration in an accelerated one-year program while continuing to perform both with the university and professionally. During his time there he studied jazz as well as classical guitar and performed as a member of the Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Piano Ensemble, Marching Band, Men’s Choir, and University Singers. He also is a member of the honorary music society Pi Kappa Lambda. In Mr. Frayman’s professional career he has specialized in playing for musicals with credits on acoustic and electric guitars, piano, banjo, and voice. He has performed for musicals such as “9 to 5: The Musical”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and “RENT”. Since the age of 14 he has been active playing with various original alternative rock groups and jazz combos. In addition he also performs as a solo artist covering classics and contemporary tunes alike.
Amanda Jennings (PIANO, VOICE) Amanda is a recent graduate with her Texas Educator Certificate for All-Level Music (Early Childhood through 12th grade). She is trained in classical music and recently received her Bachelors of Music with honors in Music Education with a concentration in piano and voice. Amanda has had the opportunity to have performed in numerous recitals, weddings, and churches around the Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, and Longview areas. She has professionally accompanied voice students, the ETBU Strings ensemble, and has student teaching experience directing choral ensembles and teaching general music in the public schools.
Amanda has had numerous opportunities to directing choir ensembles, professionally teach piano, voice, and general music lessons and hold student recitals. During April of 2014 Amanda gave her Junior solo piano recital in completion of her private lessons at East Texas Baptist University. While attending East Texas Baptist University, Amanda acquired a multitude of diverse opportunities to expand her performance, and pedagogical experience.