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About Dat N.

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Combine theory and practice, training focused on theory, sight seeing, ear-training, along with technically building strength and dexterity in your fingers along with musical internalization, introduction to different musical styles and notable composers and their contributions to music developments as well as exemplary compositions. Goal end is to have prepared the learner pathway and readiness for achieving professional career in classical and modern genres.
I studied Music with Concentration in Piano & Organ at Northern Virginia Community College and transferred to George Mason University to advance in pedagogy. I have taught music for 15 years and joined several different bands playing at parties, concerts, and events in VA and now in Texas. Passion and Patience are all you need when it comes to learning music. So join me and I can
help you with your journey to the exciting world, it's music world!!

*** Lesson Details ***
I use "the Bastien Piano" Series for kids and "John Thompson's Adult Piano Course" for adults. The Complete Keyboard Player series by Kenneth Baker will be taught to keyboard students. I will also accept your own preferred music material. By the end of second month, the student would be able to play instrument with some confidence.

Beginning to advanced, tailoring to individual needs and objectives with focus technically on ability to play efficiently, solo and accompanying, using all music mechanics.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room: Piano (88 keys/weighted), Organ, music stands, recording device. Additional seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
cllassical and rock styled music
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Dat N.

Dat N.

Houston, TX 77072
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$20 / 30-min

About Troy W.

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Composer Troy W. graduated from the New England Conservatory, earning his Bachelors, Masters (cum laude) and Graduate Diploma while studying with mentor Malcolm Peyton. After spending a year studying with Lukas Foss in Boston, Mr. W. moved to Houston in 2001 where he continued graduate studies at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.

During his time as a teacher with the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Troy taught classes in music fundamentals and music theory for pre-college students. He has also served on the faculty of the Summer Institute for Piano teaching courses in Form & Analysis for pre-college students.

Troy also has maintained a private studio, tutoring and teaching private lessons in composition, ear training, voice, piano, literature, and history for over ten
years. Students who have studied with him come from a wide range of backgrounds with different goals. Those who have continued with musical studies in college have consistently placed out of at least the first two semesters of music theory and achieved advanced placement in their chosen fields of study. Those who chose a different path continue to benefit from the education and training they received from taking music lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
There is no "standard formula" to lessons. Each student has their own unique background, needs, and goals. Lessons tend to be somewhat casual but are structured in such a way as to meet the unique requirements of the student.

To accomplish your goals, there are a few requirements and basic expectations that the student and parent must meet.
The first is practice. Students are expected to practice daily for at least the length of their lesson time. This, above all else, is essential to progress. It is also expected that a parent will attend lessons for students who are too young to drive themselves here. It's important for a parent to guide the student's practice time (particularly for younger students) to ensure that the most is gained from it. This is why I ask that a parent observe lessons.
Each student or parent should bring to each lesson a notebook, pencils (with erasers). The notebook will be used to record notes about each lesson, homework, practice advice, etc. Pencils (not pens...nobody's perfect!) are used by composers to record their creations and performers to mark their music. Both of these essential practices are subject to changing thought and must be open to change. So no ink, please!

Performers: It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons and will be a large focus for all non-readers. Lessons are not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Concerning repertoire, it will be selected based on the student's learning needs but also with their input. The main emphasis on performance lessons, however, will be technique and reading. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.
Note: Voice students must be at least 16 years of age.

Composers: Just as with performers, it is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons. Many young composers have great ideas but can only hear them in their heads or play them on an instrument. Lessons will allow you to obtain the skills to write them down with greater speed, accuracy, and clarity. More advance students will also include exploring a wider range of harmonic languages, advanced notation, instrumentation, orchestration, and aural skills. Students should come to the first lesson with examples of their work, either written, notated, or recorded in a digital format. They should be prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
• To reschedule a lesson, more than one day notice is required.

• Make up lessons must be scheduled before the next regular lesson.

• A make up lesson cannot be scheduled in place of a regular lesson.

• If, for any reason, two 30-minute lessons are scheduled one right after the other, they will be charged as two 30-minute lessons, not one 60 minute lesson which is a different rate.

• If, for any reason, two 45-minute lessons are scheduled one right after the other, they will be charged as two 45-minute lessons, not one 90 minute lesson which is a different rate.

• the studio space is also inhabited by two lovely cats. Do consider this when signing up for lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha DGX-650 weighted 88 keys full sized keyboard
area for parents to sit and observe lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Main area is in classical music and media scoring with secondary focus on musical theatre vocal performance and composing/arranging.
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Peter W. August 12, 2017
· Singing · In home
Very tutor easy to follow and knowledgable
However, location was said to be 2.7 miles from me, it is actually 21 miles...... beware and double check!!
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Angelika July 17, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
So far, I look forward to each lesson! Troy is very kind, yet very helpful and has helped me target on my personal goals with opera while also learning more each time! I highly recommend him. It doesn't matter if you have no experience in voice or only experience in voice ( as my experience is theatre and musical theatre), he is patient in helping you achieve the goals set. I cannot wait to continue lessons with him!
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Jonathan May 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Troy is a rare talent in the Houston area. He's well qualified, very detailed, and has a great sense of humor. Troy has been teaching me for 6 months and I have come so far. I'll go sing karaoke anytime! Thank you Troy!
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Troy W.

Houston, TX 77006
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About Robert C.

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Robert began playing guitar in Houston, Texas at the age of 12. It was not long before he began playing in bands and played his first professional gig at age 17. Robert performed in and around the Houston area for five years before deciding to study music on the college level. He attended the University of North Texas and later attended Musicians Institute. While a student at MI, Robert was given the Outstanding Student of the Year Award for 1991-'92. Robert began teaching at MI in the guitar school (GIT) in 1993. He has played with Bo Diddley, Tim Bogert, Chevy Chase, Floyd Radford, Deacon Jones, Joe Houston and countless others. He has performed for Buddy Ebson and Chevy Chase and has partied with the Monkees. In addition to playing guitar Robert also plays and teaches bass guitar and piano.

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s serious beginners from ages 5-99. He can also help intermediate, advanced students and pro players fine tune their skills and learn to play the music they hear. His laid back but structured approach has helped many of his students over the years become solid musicians and attain their musical goals. Robert uses a combination of his own teaching materials combined with the best of what he has learned over the years studying with countless world class teachers and players. With his over 20 years of teaching experience he is able to synthesize all this knowledge and make it easily accessible to all of his students. Robert teaches a variety of styles which include blues, classic rock, R&B, pop, country and jazz. All lessons are tailored to the individual student's interests and goals. In addition to this Robert makes his lessons fun too!
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Twyla J. July 14, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Robert is very nice and polite. I think the lesson was sufficient for the first lesson. He gave me homework to work on the D, G, and C chords. We went over the right hand numbering PIMA. I need to determine what my goals are in playing the guitar.
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Valerie P. June 9, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I am very happy with my guitar lesson with Mr. Calva. He is very knowledgeable and very patient. He found out my musical background and goals. He used that to structure my lessons today. He then gave me homework, tips, and short term goals. I am super pleased with his style of teaching. By the way, I am 50 years young...
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Wilbert M. January 17, 2016
· Piano · In home
I felt very comfortable and learned a lot the first lesson. I'm going to continue with him. Waiting to get my schedule for up coming week.
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Robert C.

Robert C.

Houston, TX 77066
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About Jennifer W.

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Welcome!

I am experienced in playing the Trumpet and Piano. I been playing both instruments for approximately over 25 years. I have an Associated Degree in Music Education.
I have minor in Singing Alto, Guitar, Handbells, Organ Percussion and French Horn for over eight years. I started learning music at the age of 10. I initially started with Piano and eventually learned to play the Trumpet. I also have experience with playing the guitar. I enjoy learning and teaching music to others.

*** Trumpet Lesson Details ***

For young one's on the trumpet, we will work on learning how to make sounds with big breathes, how to breathe and the name of the notes.
* Age 4 – 7: Holding Trumpet, basic Music Theory “Note Names,” Fingering Notes, Trumpet Book “for beginners,” Fun Song.

* Age 8 – 9: Level
1 Music Theory “Note Names, Fingering Notes,” Trumpet Book, Fun Song,
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As for Junior High/High School or Adults level I will help them with anything they are learning in the school band like "etudes, solo's scale's or anything they bring to the lessons. For trumpet players, I well use any books they are using in school band or a book I think they may need based on their level; I will let them use my book also with the encouragement to bring any music they like or love. I will always make lessons fun and educational.

* Age 10 – 13: Music Theory “Base on their level,” Trumpet Book, Exercise Book “Long Tone, Lip slur/Tonguing,” Piece, Fun Song and Major/Minor scales. I try to also do anything they need to work on for school/band.
* Age 14 – Adults: I base it on the level of the student, Music Theory “Base on their level,” Trumpet Book, Exercise Book “Long Tone, Lip slur/Tonguing,” Piece, Fun Song, any etudes and Major/Minor Scales. I try to also do anything they need to work on for school/band.

*** Piano Lesson Details ***

For the younger students I enjoy teaching them the name of the letters and the placement of their hands on the piano. My teaching aides include, colors, name games, color pages, flashcards along with songs I have composed or will buy for them. I always encourage students to play any song they like.

* Age 4 – 7: Basic Music Theory color pages, Lesson Book, Fun Song and Games
* Age 8 – 9: Level 1 Music Theory, Lesson Book, Technical Book, Fun Song.
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For those in Junior High/High School or Adults level I will teach them at their level and speed with tempo, rhythm and some basic music theory. As for piano students, I well go
ahead and purchase a book they need based on their level.

* Age 10 – 13: Music Theory “Base on their level,” Lesson Book, Technical Book, Finger/Hand Exercises, Piece, Fun Song and Major/Minor scales
* Age 14 – Adults: I base it on the level of the student, Music Theory “Base on their level,” Lesson Book, Technical Book, Finger/Hand Exercises, Piece, Fun Song and Major/Minor Scales/Chords

*** Specialties ***

I have published a beginners trumpet book.

I specialize in church music, mariachi, concert and jazz band, orchestra, classical and/or symphony music on the trumpet.

I specialize in church music, classical, orchestra, symphony and/or pop on the piano.

I started to learn music at the age of 10. I have minored/self-taught myself in sing alto, guitar, handbells, organ, voice, percussion and french horn for approximately eight years. I enjoy learning and teaching music to others.

*** Travel Equipment ***

I am able to travel to your house. I have a portable piano keyboard for anyone that does not have one but I do expect the parents to invest in some type of piano and/or keyboard. I can also provide the books they will need.
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Artorius S. March 6, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
I was very pleased with Jennifer teaching she made me and my grandson feel comfortable with her way of explaining and teaching the music I would highly recommend Jennifer for private lessons with the trumpet and Thanks Jennifer!
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Laila February 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
Class went very well. Ms Jennifer helped our daughter to remember all the short melodies she learned earlier.
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Partha A. February 1, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
Jennifer was really good. Very patient and takes lot of initiative outside class to make sure she addresses all aspects. She comes very well prepared for every class. She was always on time.
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Jennifer W.

Houston, TX 77034
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About Ruben C.

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I am a young energetic pianist, anxious to pass on my passion and love for music. I began my journey through the wonders of music at the age of seven. My first year as a piano student, I absolutely loathed it. I was frustrated and didn't understand the time and effort I had to put in to be able to play like the pros. However, thanks to an amazing teacher and proper guidance, I now love playing and teaching piano as well as guitar and voice. I continue to further my musical education in composition and theatre. I look forward to meeting you!
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Ruben C.

Ruben C.

Houston, TX 77009
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About Katie L.

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Becoming a teacher is a special honor. As a teacher, sharing knowledge becomes an important part of life; not because you have to, but because you want to. I feel that I have great qualities that will enable me to be successful in this field. I have a Bachelor's and Master's Degree, and an Artist Diploma in Vocal Performance. I want to teach because I want to make a difference. I want to spark students’ interests; I want to challenge students to discover new things about themselves that they may not have otherwise known. I want to impart my fascination about music and love for singing with my students, so they too can enjoy a life filled with the arts and come to appreciate it on a whole new level. I strongly believe that when you love to do something, it shows, and because I am so passionate about music, my teaching will be that much mo
re effective; I believe music will help make each individual a well-rounded human being and ready to face the challenges of everyday life.
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Wes C. August 7, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great teacher great motivator amazing voice makes you feel very comfortable and confident
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Siddhi July 15, 2017
· Singing · In home
Katie helped me achieve my goal and was very knowledgeable. She taught me some great things which will help me build on my singing.
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Parker M. June 30, 2017
· Audition Prep · In studio
Katie is fabulous to work with. She was very positive and encouraging as well as insightful with tips for dealing with nerves during the audition. Her approach includes technical tips which she introduces in a very hands on, experiential way that my 12 yr old with no vocal training could understand. My daughter felt more confident going in to audition after working with Katie.
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Katie L.

Katie L.

Houston, TX 77019
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About Mark D.

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I believe in making music fun while students learn. Beginners through professionals who have a genuine enjoyment through playing will create a life-long enrichment, hobby or profession. Strong fundamentals with solo application help the whole student develop. Whether you are looking for basics, school ensemble support, audition preparation or a come-back plan, musical expression and enjoyment are a personal extension. I look forward to helping all my students remove obstacles to their self-expression.
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Marnie June 7, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
Mark is an incredible instructor for my 10 year old son. He is experienced in working with younger players and my son really enjoys learning from him. We were hesitant to try online lessons, but Mark has this mastered this venue; having instruction in our our home has been super convenient. I highly recommend Mark as an online trumpet tutor.
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Marnie March 15, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
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Steven February 4, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
Mr. D is an excellent tutor who had a unique and very effective teaching style. The lessons were fun and very productive. I Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a trumpet tutor.
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Mark D.

Mark D.

Houston, TX 77095
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About Luis T.

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Hey guys and girls!

My name is Luis Torres and I teach acoustic and electric guitar to students ranging from beginner levels up to intermediate experience in styles such as Rock/ Pop/ Jazz/ Blues/ Indie/ Acoustic Fingerstyle - Singer Songwriter/ Metal/ R&B and Funk. Don't be shy in beginning to learn the guitar even if you think you're "too old" or "think its too late for me!" I like to say its never too late to learn!

I have 10+ years of experience of the guitar from starting off as self taught up to the point where I decided, "I want to take my playing to the next level!" I later then got in contact with professional musicians who have studied at Musicians Institute and USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles ( Zane Carney and Travis LeVrier) to study more in depth of the mandatory fundamentals and improve my techniques to g
ain better hand dexterity.

If you need help with getting your scales down and memorized, how to practice your rhythm and timing with a metronome, playing your favorite blues licks, understand the importance of chord progressions and how to use that as a tool to make your own songs, I can easily say I am the man for the job!

I hope to be your instructor in the near future!
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Linda June 20, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Learning with Luis has been an awesome experience. I appreciate his patience in teaching. He took the time to break down on some of the basics so that I could better understand the instrument. His energy in instruction is upbeat, making it a fun-learning experience.
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Kevin June 16, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Really Luis is a great teacher! He really helped me learn some chords and play some of my favorite songs on the acoustic guitar! He's a great teacher highly recommend if you wanna learn to play guitar.
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Bill June 15, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Luis is a fantastic teacher

Helped me with the basics and fundamentals of guitar playing.

Looking forward for more lessons
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Luis T.

Luis T.

Houston, TX 77043
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About Holly D.

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As a professional performer, teacher and master teacher with a Master's degree from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor's degree from California State University, Chico, I have performed with orchestras, chambers groups and choirs throughout the United States and Europe.
Comfortable in both classical and musical theater genres, my knowledge of vocal production and the musical skills needed to succeed in music make me an excellent teacher. I pride myself in having a great ear and instinctual understanding of each student's individual instructional needs.

Before relocating to Houston, I owned and operated a successful full-time private teaching studio in the Atlanta area with voice students succeeding in All-State Chorus, the Governor's Honors Program, college auditions, local competitions, community thea
ter, and school chorus auditions. As a successful soloist and vocal instructor, I pride myself in teaching proper technique, nurturing each student's vocal development, helping singers develop a true love of music, and gaining an appreciation of their unique vocal gifts. Many of my vocalists learn the skills of reading music by learning keyboard and basic theory through piano lessons, which I am also able to teach.

With a creative and personable teaching style, I am able to connect with each student where they need to be met. My students of all ages see an immediate improvement when applying the techniques that I share with them. Focusing on healthy vocal production, good breath support, and proper techniques of support and vowel placement, I am able to help students reach their musical goals through vocal exercises and drills, direct application to selected music, and assigned home practice between lessons. After learning the basics of vocal production, we can further focus on interpretive elements of the songs and students will feel the rewards of making beautiful music with their own free and unique sound.
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Avika June 29, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
I had the opportunity to study classical voice with Holly for 3 years in high school. She was not only a phenomenal teacher, but also a wonderful life mentor and friend. Once a part of many voice groups as a child, I grew to love instrumental music and sacrificed my singing career for the flute. When I decided I wanted to come back to the world of vocal music, Holly helped me find my voice again and gave me confidence not only in my talent, but also in myself. She taught me great techniques on how to open up my voice and adapted her teaching style as my voice continued to grow. An overall incredibly understanding and patient person, Holly is the reason I was such a successful soprano. She genuinely cares for all her students and is solely interested in furthering their vocal careers. If I had the opportunity, I would gladly be a student of hers again, any day.
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Veena June 29, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
My daughter was Holly's student in Atlanta for few years before she moved to Texas. My daughter loved her teaching style and gained a lot of confidence to sing in public.
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Maggie June 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
I had the pleasure of taking lessons from Holly during my senior year of high school. She was always so warm and patient! It was evident that her knowledge and expertise in voice combined with her passion made her an excellent teacher. Specifically, Holly helped me accomplish getting a dream lead role in my school's spring musical, which I know I could not have achieved without her guidance and support throughout the auditions and play process. I truly learned so much from her in a short amount of time!
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Holly D.

Houston, TX 77095
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About Chris B.

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Christopher Bozeka, an alumnus of the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio, is quickly becoming recognized for his “expressively captivating” performances as well as his “beautiful, piercing tone” (San Francisco Chronicle). He recently debuted at Glimmerglass Festival as Adolfo Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, and returned to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as First Jew in Strauss’ Salome. In the summer of 2017, Mr. Bozeka debuts with Opera Project Columbus as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi.

In the 2016-17 season, Mr. Bozeka returns to Houston Grand Opera as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Pedrillo in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail. He debuts with Opera Columbus Ohio as Pedrillo, Albany Symphony Orchestra as soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Musical Bridges Around the World San Antonio as soloist in a Mozart Opera Ga
la.

During his association with Houston Grand Opera Studio, Mr. Bozeka has performed in Tosca as Spoletta, Carlisle Floyd’s new opera Prince of Players as Male Emilia, Le nozze di Figaro as Don Curzio, and The Little Prince as the Drunkard/Lamplight. He also joined San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program in their production of Gianni Schicchi for which Opera News praised his “handsome, open-throated rendering of Rinuccio's aria,” and Castleton Festival’s production of Madame Butterfly as Pinkerton.

Christopher Bozeka is first place prizewinner of the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions in Ohio, and second place winner in Houston’s Eleanor McCollum Competition in 2015. He received his master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music, where he appeared as Nemorino, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, and the Narrator in Owen Wingrave.
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Chris B.

Chris B.

Houston, TX 77002
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