Michelle Kraak

Michelle K.

Arden, NC
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I have experience teaching children as young as four. I try to make music fun and teach the basics of reading music, rhythm and keyboard. I cater my teaching to the individual needs of each student. Whether you're looking to start piano at a young age, or want to start a new hobby in retirement, I can help you get started in this creative outlet!

About Michelle K.

Michelle recently completed her Masters in Trumpet Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music. Following graduation, she attended the Aspen Music Festival where she studied with Tom Hooten, Stuart Stephenson, Raymond Mase and David Krauss. She also had extensive study with the American Brass Quintet, especially Kevin Cobb and John Rojak who coached her brass quintet at Aspen.

Before attending Aspen, Michelle frequently performed with the historic Eastman Wind Ensemble while pursuing her master's degree. She was a featured soloist in the group’s performance of Dave Rivello’s While the Moon Looks Down. Michelle also successfully auditioned for the wind ensemble’s trumpet section for a ticketed concert with the Canadian Brass. She played in Cleveland's Severance Hall while on tour with the ensemble. In addition to the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Michelle performed frequently with the Eastman Philharmonia. Notably, she performed Mahler’s sixth symphony and also played principal trumpet in a concert with Joshua Bell under the direction of David Zinnman with the Philharmonia. While at Eastman, Michelle studied with James Thompson.

Previous to her Master's studies, Michelle graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Trumpet Performance at DePaul University where she studied with William Denton, Matthew Comerford, and Matthew Lee. In her time at DePaul, she performed in the DePaul Symphony Orchestra as well as the Wind Ensemble. She appeared with the Wind Ensemble on a television broadcast of Windy City Live for a special Veterans Day program. Michelle has performed at Chicago's Symphony Center as well as at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago. She has played for several well-known trumpeters such as Chris Martin, Charlie Geyer and Tony Plog.

Dedicated to music education, Michelle taught at the Eastman Community Music School as a trumpet intern and was selected to teach for the Aspen’s P.A.L.S. teaching program. Additionally, she has been an instructor for brass at high school marching band camps. Michelle recently moved to Asheville, NC where she recently became a substitute trumpet player for the Hendersonville Symphony and Brevard Philharmonic and is a member of the Pisgah Brass Quintet. She also will begin teaching at Montreat college in January as an adjunct music professor. Michelle primarily plays classical music, but also has some experience in jazz. She is able to teach students of all ages and ability levels.

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Bryan
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You will not find a more qualified trumpet instructor in the Asheville area. Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge to the table along with a positive and encouraging attitude. Michelle is qualified by her BM in trumpet performance from DePaul University and her MM in Instrumental performance and Literature from the renown Eastman School of Music. Students will enjoy taking lessons from her and will excel in their musical studies!

Posted Oct 9, 2019
Vanessa M. Torres
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Best teacher ever , specially if your kid haven't played any instrument before ,she has the magic of showing and kids learning so fast is unbelievable. Thanks to her my daughter has been very successful in music and she even got into School of the Arts. She is very patient,very sweet and very supportive even after she has finished giving her classes. We are very thankful and grateful for all she has done. Thank you Michelle so much!

Posted Oct 8, 2019
Ellen

Michelle is an excellent teacher, having experience as an instructor at the Eastman Community Music School in Rochester, NY. She has excelled as a performer herself, graduating with her Masters Degree from the Eastman School of Music. Would highly recommend!

Posted Oct 2, 2019

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Experience

Trumpeter
Sep 2019 - Present

Pisgah Brass Quintet

Pianist
Sep 2019 - Present

Riceville Community Church

Trumpet Substitute
Jul 2019 - Present

Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra

Trumpet Substitute
Jun 2019 - Present

Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra

Beginning Piano Instructor
Sep 2018 - May 2019

Falls View Academy

Trumpet Instructor
Sep 2017 - May 2019

Eastman Community Music School

Education

Trumpet
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019

Aspen Music Festival

MM Trumpet Performance and Literature
Sep 2017 - May 2019

Eastman School of Music

Trumpet Performance
Sep 2012 - Jun 2016

DePaul University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Susan Slaughter Solo Competition
Jul 2012

Women's Brass Conference

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