Clubs and Activities

Private Lessons

We are extremely proud of the amazing group of private music teachers who have been selected to teach in the Fine Arts division at Regents. We know they stretch, challenge and serve our musicians every week. One or more of these music educators have simply come because of an amazingly positive interaction with a Regents student musician that they have played next to "out in the world!" We know each teacher adds tremendous value to the program and we hope you will take full advantage of their services during your time at Regents. They love Regents students, their craft and their God and we have seen much blessing from this one-on-one instruction.
 
In true Regents tradition, each teacher below will host a recital at the end of each semester to showcase student achievement and will also showcase their own work as an artist as part of the performance.

List of 9 items.

  • Charlotte Jensen - Piano/Voice

    Charlotte Jensen has been teaching at Regents School of Austin for 2 years as the Kindergarten through Third grade music teacher. Miss Jensen graduated with honors from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2015 with a degree in Music Education (EC-12). She then went on to earn a Masters in Music Education, Kodaly Methodology Concentrate from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas in 2018. Before coming to Regents Miss Jensen taught private voice lessons and group piano lessons for 6 years.  Miss Jensen plans to keep pursuing her knowledge in music education through a doctorate. Miss Jensen hopes that the students in her studio not only learn how to read and understand music, but also to learn to love the beauty of music and the impact that it can have on people. 

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  • Cindy Bergfeld - Piano

    The love of music has always played a very important part in Cindy's life. She chose to follow that appreciation of music and piano by earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Music from Tulane University. Cindy later received her certification in elementary education from the University of Texas and taught in the classroom for 25 years. After retiring from public school, Cindy taught music at Veritas Academy, and then joined the Regents faculty as a third grade teacher three years ago. Cindy has taught private piano lessons in her home, presently accompanies church worship and adult choir as needed, plays handbells, and sings in her church choir. After retiring from Regents last Spring, she looks forward to teaching piano at Regents.

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  • Elizabeth Warren - violin/viola

    Elizabeth Warren grew up in a musical family and began playing violin at age four. She studied with violinist Sungrai Sohn at Sarah Lawrence College, where she earned her BA. For over twelve years she has maintained a private violin studio of students ages six through adult. Coupled with her love of teaching, Elizabeth enjoys a diverse performing calendar. She has toured internationally with Bill Callahan, performing throughout the UK and Israel. Elizabeth was featured at All Tomorrow’s Party’s Fest, The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest, South by Southwest, and Austin City Limits. Her recent performances include debuting new music for short films with Access Contemporary Music, and performing alongside Redd Volkaert and Ruby Jane for the world-premiere of Graham Reynolds’ Marfa Tryptich. She is also an active volunteer teacher and mentor through Kids In a New Groove, a local non-profit that provides free music lessons to children in foster care.

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  • Kim Sandoval - Voice

    Soprano, Kimberly Sandoval from McAllen, TX, is an alumna of Texas State University where she completed her undergraduate studies in Music studies and graduate studies in Voice Performance. There, she performed as Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Lady Bird Johnson in the world premiere of Lady Bird: First Lady of the Land. Outside of academia she has performed as Dido in Dido and Aeneas, and Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte with the Landesbühnen Sachsen Opera Company, and is currently in the professional chorus with Boston Lyric Opera, Opera San Antonio and Austin Opera. Branching outside opera, as a soloist, she has performed and premiered works such as Peterson’s Shadows and Lights, Bach’s Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bernstein’s Songfest – working in conjunction with Texas State University’s biannual Art Song Symposium. She has coached with Jill Grove, Stephanie Blythe, David DQ Lee, and Maria Kanyova, and she currently studies voice with Julian Reed. Ms. Sandoval has worked with students from K-12 at schools such as Boone Elementary, Dahlstrom Middle School, and Weiss High School. She worked as a clinician and adjudicator at local and regional choir festivals, and she was an active mentor working with young choirs and vocalists at Texas State Choir Camp and in other festivals such as the Tejada All-Star festival. 

    Ms. Sandoval’s teaching goals are to build a healthy vocal approach to singing and a solid foundation in breath support. Learning to sing is a journey of enjoyment, and she wants to help her students discover themselves through music. “Relax, breathe, love and enjoy the process,” is what she lives by.

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  • Greg Giacona - Piano

    Greg Giacona is not only an accomplished pianist but also a producer and arranger. Born and raised in Texas, studied from a young age, with one goal in mind – to compose and perform great music for everybody to enjoy.
    Greg, with years of commercial piano, has a strong classical background. After decades of performing, working and playing in the Houston area, he has recently made Austin his home.
    Drawn to the piano at a very early age, his talent and passion were immediately evident and greatly encouraged by his parents. In his professional studies, “...a professor introduced me to the music of Bill Evans,” Greg muses, “and I was hooked.” His own original and richly-textured Fusion album, “We Dream As One”, continues to garner him attention as both a composer and producer. As an arranger, he loves to craft sonic landscapes for client projects in his studio.
  • Belinda Haggard - Piano

    Belinda Haggard, a former Regents parent, has been teaching piano at Regents since 2010.  Serving several years as a substitute teacher and a chapel accompanist  gives her a unique insight into the trivium.  She uses this to develop individually designed classical lessons and works creatively with all stages- from young beginners who need to march around and clap,   to  well-established pianists  looking for collegiate level studies.  Mrs. Haggard will gently guide all students to learn theory, technique, artistry, sight reading, notation, ear training, and how to perform, with a smile!
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  • Christina Steele - Violin/Viola

    
    Christina Steele is a professional violinist from Okinawa, Japan. She received her B.A. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, her artistic diploma from the ESMUC in Barcelona, Spain and later attended the University of Texas at Austin for graduate studies. Her students have performed for various concerts and recitals throughout Austin helping to spread the love and joy of music. Christina is excited and honored to be a part of the Regents family.
    Conservatory trained. Ms. Steele holds multiple degrees in performance and teaching in addition to many years of musical experiences abroad. You will find lessons to be invigorating and satisfying. Hailed as "Teacher Extraordinaire" by a north Austin music institution, you will be greatly encouraged by your interactions with her.
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  • Jesse (Mic) Vredenburgh - Cello

    Mic Vredenburgh is a cellist and educator based in Austin, Texas. He is a graduate of the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received both his Bachelor’s Degree (2011) and Master’s Degree (2014) in Cello Performance. His principle teachers include Zuill Bailey, Bion Tsang and Joshua Gindele. A passionate teacher, he is a certified Suzuki Method cello instructor and received his teacher training from Catherine Walker. He is also an actively performing guitarist and composer, and also enjoys hiking, surfing and hitting the gym in his spare time.
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  • Sarah Werner - Voice

    Sarah Werner grew up in Austin, Texas. The daughter of two musicians, she began singing and performing at a young age, participating in children’s choirs and musicals through her teenage years. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Business from Texas A&M where she was a member of the mixed choir, Century Singers, as well as Century Sounds, an 8-voice select a cappella group. After college, she studied privately with nationally recognized jazz vocalist, Suzi Stern. Sarah has performed with country cover bands, pop, and Christian bands around Austin. She has recorded various choral pieces over the years for Shawnee Press, Joseph Martin, David Angerman, and the Mark Foster Choral Series. Sarah has also recorded back up vocals for the Andy Melvin Band Live EP and Austin Stone Community Church Live Worship album (2011). She has been teaching private voice in Austin since 2013 in public and private schools, as well as her own private studio. She also teaches voice classes and camps at the Zach Theatre Performing Arts School. Sarah is married to her high school sweetheart, Matt, and serves as a worship leader at their church, Austin Christian Fellowship.
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