Private Lesson Staff

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CHRIS COX - FLUTE

 

A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Chris Cox is a vibrant and versatile musician.

As a freelancing musician, Chris performs frequently with the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, Sulphur Springs Symphony and South Arkansas Symphony. He is also an active chamber musician, performing with several groups across the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In 2019, he was invited to be a guest artist for the first Western Carolina flute festival celebrating his beloved undergraduate teacher, Eldred Spell.

 

Winner of the 2013 Natchitoches Northwestern Symphony Concerto Competition, Chris performed the Georges Hue Fantasie under the baton of Dr. Douglas Bakenhus. As a winner for various masterclass competitions, he has performed for William Bennett, Carl Hall, Seth Morris and Sergio Pallottelli.

 

Music education and teaching has been an enormous part of Mr. Cox’s life. Chris currently maintains a private studio in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. As a clinician, he has worked with many school districts across the area giving masterclasses, workshops and lessons. For the past two years, Chris has been on faculty for the FlootFire Camps. He has also been involved with the Texas Flute society, serving both as volunteer coordinator and president.

Chris is currently in his first year of a performers diploma at Southern Methodist University studying under Kara Kirkendoll Welch. He received his Masters of Musical Arts from Northwestern State University and his Bachelors degree in music performance from Western Carolina University. His primary flute instructors include Eldred Spell & Dennette McDermott.

During his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with his three dogs Alfie, LouLou and Penny and gardening with his spouse.

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DR. KAREN BRONSON - CLARINET

 

Dr. Karen Andreas Bronson is adjunct clarinet professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and runs a private clarinet studio in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas area. She is the host of the podcast “The Clarinet Pedagogue.” In 2019, she founded The Avenue C Project, a collaborative platform for wind musicians and composers, and has commissioned five pieces for reed trio and one for bass clarinet. She is the founder/co-educator of Virtual Clarinet Camp, online group learning for middle and high school clarinetists.

 

Dr. Bronson has lectured at National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Conference, Texas A&M Clarinet Colloquium, and ClarinetFest. Clarinet performance degrees earned are a Doctor of Musical Arts from University of North Texas with a related field degree in Wind Band Conducting, a Master of Music from University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a Bachelor of Music degree from University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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KRISTEN BOULET- CLARINET

 

Kristen Boulet is native of Boston, Massachusetts where her love of music began.

Kristen is now a freelance musician, educator, clinician, and performing artist in the DFW area and across the country. She is a 1990 graduate of Texas Tech University in music education as a woodwind specialist/clarinet principal. Kristen will proudly tell you that this is her 30th year as a Carroll dragon clarinet instructor.

 

Mrs. Boulet began her music career as a band director working with middle and high school students in the Burleson and Lewisville ISD where her program grew to over 400 students at Huffines Middle School. Her passion is working with young musicians and making sure they are off to their best start pedagogically. Having been a band director for 10 years she feels that helps to give each student a unique experience in their lessons.

 

Kristen is an Artist Clinician for Vandoren and a performing and educating Artist for Selmer-Paris. Kristen travels across the great state of Texas and across the USA to work with many young clarinetists in masterclasses and has performed in various orchestras across the nation and overseas.  Most recently as a guest soloist in Georgia and Pennsylvania. Kristen is in her 17th season as a founding member with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra under the direction of Eugene Corporon. She also performs with other symphony and pit orchestras as well as with her professional woodwind trio.

 

Kristen currently has a thriving private clarinet studio where she works with over 70 students each year in the Carroll, Northwest, and Lewisville ISD’s. She has had many students make the all-state organization yearly, go on to be performing clarinetists and music educators.

 

She also enhances her students experience by conducting a performing clarinet choir each year.  Her groups have gone on to perform at the Music for All festival in Indianapolis and most recently at the International Clarinet Festival.

 

Kristen has also worked at the Texas Tech Band and Orchestra camp for the last 40 years. She has also formed the North Texas Clarinet Academy where she facilitates an all-state camp each summer in preparation for the upcoming competition year.

 

Kristen is a member of TBS, MPE, ICA, and TMEA. She lives in Roanoke, Texas with her husband Jim (Director of Bands at Northwest High School) and their two children Grace and Michael. Her children are her greatest joys. Her daughter Grace is a Senior at Texas Tech. She plays piccolo and flute, is the president of the Goin Band, is in the Kappa Delta sorority and is a PR major. Her son Michael is in the 11th grade and plays baseball and is a percussionist in the band. In her spare time Kristen loves working with her floral designs, traveling, and watching her son play baseball.

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TANNER DETERS - SAXOPHONE

 

Tanner Deters is a DFW based jazz saxophonist and educator who draws on a multitude of musical influences to round out his artistry. Tanner brings over 10 years of saxophone experience to his performances and his students; as a performer he raps and plays saxophone, and as an educator he is passionate about guiding students to follow their own musical curiosities.

 

As an improviser Tanner draws on the bebop and hard bop saxophone traditions while inserting his own passion for hip/hip and r&b. Combining Charlie Parker and Kanye West into one genre has been Tanner’s vision for as long as he can remember. He is inspired as a saxophone player by saxophonists such as Chris Potter and Phil Woods, and he is inspired as a lyricist by rappers such as Earl Sweatshirt and Yung Lean.

 

During his time at the University of North Texas Tanner was a member of the Two O’Clock Lab Band. Outside of academia, he is the regular lead alto in Buddy’s Big Band, a big band performing monthly in Ft. Worth. He also plays saxophone and raps in the group Luna Sol, a Dallas based hip-hop/fusion group.

 

Tanner has experience as a Saxophone Teaching Fellow at UNT, and he teaches jazz saxophone lessons at the beginner, the intermediate, and the collegiate level. In addition to lessons, Tanner also conducted and directed the Six O’Clock Lab Band, one of the 8 big bands at UNT. As a DFW area high school graduate, he has first-hand experience in the various TMEA activities that his students participate in, including the all-region/all-state and solo and ensemble processes.

 

Tanner graduated from Southlake Carroll Senior High School in 2014. He proceeded to earn his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas in 2018. Tanner graduated with a Master of Music in Jazz Performance at the University of North Texas studying under Brad Leali in Spring 2020.

 

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DANIEL MATTHEWS - TRUMPET

Daniel Matthews trumpet player and teacher in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. As a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Daniel earned a Bachelor’s of Music degree in jazz studies from San Jose State University. Upon relocating to Texas, Daniel earned a Master’s of Music in jazz studies at The University of North Texas, where he played as a featured soloist in the prestigious Grammy-nominated college ensemble The One O’ Clock Lab Band. While in The One O’Clock Lab Band, he helped back Bobby McFerrin, Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Chuck Findley, and others. Daniel won a Downbeat Student Award for “Best Trumpet Solo in The Graduate Division” for the One O’Clock Lab Band’s album “Lab 2015”.

 

Daniel has also backed Grammy award winning artists such as Pacific Mambo Orchestra, A.R. Rahman, and Father John Misty, to name a few. He is a co-founder of the horn section project, “Dallas Horns”. Formed in 2016, the group has come to establish connections with collaborative partners all around the world, and has toured internationally with artists such as Udit Narayan, Neeti Mohan, Jonita Gandhi, Javed Ali, and Haricharan.

 

In 2016, Daniel held an adjunct faculty position for the world-renowned University of North Texas College of Music where he taught jazz theory, trumpet, and improvisation as the youngest adjunct faculty member in the jazz studies department at the age of 24. Daniel’s recent recording credits include sideman contributions to projects with Rich Perry, Erin Dickins, Eric Marienthal, Ranjit Barot, and more. Daniel was recently hired as professor of trumpet for Collin College in Plano, TX. He also teaches for Plano ISD and Carroll ISD.

 

Daniel has performed in a number of prestigious jazz festivals throughout the world including; The Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Jazz A Vienne in France, The Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa, India, The Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, CA, and The San Jose Jazz Festival in San Jose, California. Daniel maintains a busy schedule teaching private lessons, as well as over 160 public and private performances throughout the year in the United States and abroad.

 

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DR. CHRISTOPHER HELDT - TRUMPET

Dr. Christopher A. Heldt resides in Fort Worth, Texas, where he is a freelance musician and brass teacher. He is a music instructor at the MediaTech Institute in Dallas, and has previously served as a faculty member at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Heldt also publishes interviews and reviews in the International Trumpet Guild Journal.

 

As a chamber and trumpet soloist, Heldt has been featured with the North Dakota State University Wind Symphony, North Dakota State University Orchestra, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Austin Symphonic Band, Balcones Community Orchestra, University of Georgia Wind Ensemble, and the Athens Master Chorale.

 

Christopher has held positions in the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra (GA), Austin Civic Orchestra, and the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra. Heldt has also performed with the McKinney Philharmonic, Milal Orchestra, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Jazz Arts Group of Fargo-Moorhead, Mannheim Steamroller, and Christian artist Michael W. Smith.

 

Heldt holds degrees from the University of Georgia (DMA), University of Texas at Austin (MM), and North Dakota State University (BM). His primary teachers have been Richard Giangiulio, Dr. Neil Mueller, Ray Sasaki, David Bilger, Michael Tiscione, and Philip Smith.

 

DR. HEATHER SUCHODOLSKI - HORN

 

Dr. Heather Suchodolski is the Principal Horn of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with DFW Brass, the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Lewisville Symphony Orchestra, and other ensembles throughout North Texas.

 

Dr. Heather regularly presents performances and master classes throughout the United States and abroad, including several perchance tours to the São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Brasília areas of Brazil. In 2012, she also helped coordinate the 44th Annual International Horn

Symposium in Denton, TX.

 

Dr. Heather's students consistently successfully audition for highly competitive All-Region and

All-State Bands and Orchestras for TMEA Regions 2 and 31. Her middle and high school students regularly perform and compete on national and international stages, taking 3rd place at the 2019 Bands of America Grand Nationals with an invitation to march in the 2022 Rose Bowl Parade, as the TMEA Middle School Honor Bands, and at the 2016, 2017, and 2019 Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conventions.

 

Dr. Heather earned degrees from the University of Arizona (BM) and University of North Texas

(MM, DMA) and enjoys painting, cooking, traveling, and good coffee.

JOEL GRIZZELLE - TROMBONE / LOW BRASS

Joel has been teaching low brass lessons for over 20 years and has taught students of all ages and skill levels from beginners to professionals. His students have consistently achieved superior ratings at solo and ensemble festivals. He has helped to guide students on trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, and tuba in both Texas and Mississippi to all-state honors. In addition, some of Joel’s students have furthered their music education by obtaining music scholarships at distinguished universities such as Texas Christian University, the University of Oklahoma, and North Texas University to name a few.

 

Joel received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and his master’s degree from Southern Methodist University, graduating with honors from both universities.  He is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force and served as a member of the Heritage of America Band and the USAF Band of the Pacific. After leaving the military Joel served as the principal trombonist of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Mississippi Opera Orchestra for four seasons and later as the second trombonist of the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra for nine seasons. Currently Joel is the second trombonist with the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra and a member of Texas Winds musical outreach in addition to freelancing in and around the DFW area while maintaining his private studio.  Additionally, Joel has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Alabama Symphony, East Texas Symphony, Allen Philharmonic, and The Woodlands Symphony Orchestras. This and more information along with playing demonstrations can be found at Joel’s website grizzellestudio.net.

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MARK SCOTT - TROMBONE / LOW BRASS

 

Mark earned Bachelor of Music degrees in performance and composition at the University of North Texas, and a Master of Music in conducting at the University of New Mexico. He has taught low brass lessons in Southlake since 2013, served as Associate Conductor of the Flower Mound Symphony Orchestra since 2014, performed in the DFW metroplex, and composed and arranged music for various ensembles.

Mark’s  broad  musical  background  forms  the  foundation  of  a  well-rounded  private  lesson curriculum. Lessons balance fundamentals with repertoire to instill a lifelong enthusiasm for music, and include elements of composition, music history, and theory to deepen students’ connections to their music.  Mark  conducts  a  trombone  choir  to  supplement  lessons,  and  provides  extra  performance opportunities for a complete studio experience.

This approach gives his students improved motivation, time management skills, and keen musical awareness. They hold band leadership positions, and many have won chairs in Texas all-region and all-state ensembles. Graduates of his studio have accepted scholarships to study music at the Interlochen Arts Academy, The Juilliard School, and other universities.  

Born in Houston, Mark lives in Trophy Club. He spends his free time watching sports, running, and traveling with his wife Sara. An avid soccer fan, Mark supports Tottenham Hotspur, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, and Cruz Azul. He also enjoys watching Nebraska Cornhuskers and Dallas Cowboys play “the other football.” 

 

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JERIME HARRIS - PERCUSSION

 

Jerime Harris attended high school in McAlester, Oklahoma where he was an All-State percussionist for two years.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude from SE Oklahoma State University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Music in percussion and piano and his Master’s in Business Administration, studying under Dr. Marc White, Dr. James Wintle, and Dr. Mary Ann Craige.

 

From 2002-2006, Mr. Harris took a position at Coppell High School as head percussion instructor for the Coppell ISD in Coppell, Texas, teaching under the late and great, infamous Scott Mason.  Mr. Harris also played in the Metropolitan Winds, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, several churches, and in the jazz combo, Exit 42.

 

In 2006, Mr. Harris relocated to Atlanta, GA, where he started his own private lesson studio in piano and percussion and worked with Cobb County and Fulton County Schools and freelanced as a player in several orchestral groups and for private events.  He also wrote a music theory text and helped develop web-based music learning as well as a curriculum for beginning percussionists.

 

Since 2010, Mr. Harris resides in the DFW area and has a large studio of private percussion students and contracts and assists for several school districts, including Frisco, Lewisville, Little Elm, Carroll, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Highland Park, and many other school districts.  He is also currently a composer for MRNS Music, writes and records secular and church music and is director of music and arts at his church, New Covenant Dallas.  He has released several albums available on streaming, including his most recent self-published collaboration Not About Us, in which he composed, orchestrated, and played all of the music on the album.