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 12 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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  • 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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  • James Sterling - Saxophone

    Saxophonist and educator James Sterling is an active contemporary musician located in Austin, Texas. As a performer he has received numerous honors including 1st  prize at the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition as soprano saxophonist of the Ikiryo Quartet, as well as performances at several national chamber music competitions including the Fischoff Competition, Coleman Competition, Plowman Competition, Coltman Competition and the NASA quartet competition. As an advocate of new music James has performed concerts with the new music collective Musiqa and premiered works by Andrew Boss, Russell Podgorsek, Daniel Webbon, and Charles Halka.

    James completed his Graduate studies in Saxophone Performance at the University of Texas with Stephen Page, and his undergraduate studies at the University of Houston with Dan Gelok. He holds a private studio in the Austin, TX area with students ranging from beginner to advanced and his students have achieved success at the TMEA region, area, and state levels as well as undergraduate collegiate auditions. James has a website at www.james-sterling.com.
  • Jamie Taylor - Piano and Voice

    Ms. Taylor was born and raised in Austin and first started singing at church when she was a teenager. She is starting her fourth year as the Choir Director at All Saints Presbyterian Church (PCA), where she's been a member since 2004. She has taught voice and piano lessons for 15 years and has over 20 years of experience as a church musician, working first as a professional singer and Cantor for the Diocese of Austin, a Liturgical Music Director for St. Theresa's Catholic School, and now teaching music to “Small Saints" on Sundays. She sings and helps lead worship at church and with performs with a variety of organizations in the Austin area, including for seasons with the Austin Opera Chorus. She has a Bachelor's of Music in Education from U.T. Austin and studied and coached with: Gilda Cruz - Romo, David Small (both of UT Austin), Nyle Matsuoka (Austin Opera), and Kristin Roach (San Antonio Opera). While her training is primarily classical, Ms. Taylor loves teaching all styles of singing - modern and legit Musical Theater, Top 40, CCM, anime theme songs (!) - whatever (appropriate) music helps a student get excited about their studies. Ms. Taylor is particularly passionate about helping students with performance anxiety or pitch matching issues overcome their difficulties, learning to match and sing with confidence. She has specialized in this work as a teacher and has seen excellent outcomes for many students who experience "stage fright" or were once labeled as "tone deaf". Ms. Taylor would love to teach your child to sing, play the piano, sing and play the piano at the same time, and even help with that ukulele song they were trying to learn on YouTube all summer. She drinks too much coffee, knits badly, owns the world's cutest dog, adores live theater, and loves books, movies, good television, hiking on the trails, and weird/cute video games.
  • Kari Klier - Percussion

    Kari Klier, originally from Fredericksburg, Texas received performance degrees from Texas Tech
    University and the University of Colorado. Ms. Klier is a senior lecturer at Texas State University, has a very active percussion studio in Austin, and performs regularly with the Austin Symphony.

    Previous performing experiences include the San Antonio Symphony; the San Antonio Opera; the Mid- Texas Symphony; Chix with Stix, Atlanta, GA; the Denver Ballet; the Boulder Philharmonic; the Roswell Symphony Orchestra; and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.

    As an educator, Ms. Klier has an extensive teaching history around the country, which includes Walton
    High School, Marietta, GA; Lassiter High School, Marietta, GA; the University of Alabama’s Million
    Dollar Band; percussion specialist for the Judson Independent School District; the Blue Knights Drum
    and Bugle Corps; and the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps.

    Ms. Klier is an artist/educational clinician for the Vic Firth Company, Remo Percussion, and the Zildjian Company.


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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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  • Lesley Hastings - Clarinet

    Dr. Hastings received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in 2010 from the University of Illinois at Urbana­Champaign and her Bachelor’s Degree in 2003 in her home state of Florida at the University of Miami. She has performed at some of the top performance venues in the country including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, Symphony Center in Chicago, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts as well as holding the Bass Clarinet position in the Champaign­Urbana Symphony and was guest artist at Colorado Mesa University's Clarinet Day. Dr. Hastings also held one of the Teaching Assistant positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where she taught applied clarinet and the clarinet methods class for Undergraduate Music Education Majors. She currently plays principal clarinet with The Waterloo Wind Band and Balcones Chamber Orchestra here in Austin and teaches privately in Lake Travis ISD and Bowie High School.
  • Susanna Silvestro - Piano

    Susanna Silvestro performed at her first piano recital at age 5. She studied with a relative of the famous composer Khachaturian. She also studied with the late University of Texas Professor Danielle Martin, where she received her BA in music. She was a member of the UT Longhorn Singers and also attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. She performs at a variety of Austin venues and in churches where she has led worship. She has been teaching piano and voice lessons in the Austin area for the past 15 years and is thrilled to accept this position at Regents. She also is a composer that aspires to use her music to make a difference in the world.
  • 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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