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Private Lesson Staff


Chris Cox


Chris Cox is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina. Chris performs frequently with the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, Sulphur Springs Symphony and South Arkansas Symphony. As a winner for various masterclass competitions, he has performed for William Bennett, Carl Hall, Seth Morris and Sergio Pallottelli, and under the baton of Dr. Douglas Bakenhus.


Chris has been on faculty for the FlootFire Camps and 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 SMU. He received his Masters from Northwestern State University and his Bachelors from Western Carolina University.

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


Christine Cleary


Christine Cleary is a freelance flutist and private flute teacher in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She has taught flute in Texas since 1997. Christine earned a BM and MM in flute performance from Kent State University and Ohio University. Her teachers have included Julie Sarver, Diane McCloskey, Janet VanGraas and Terri Sundberg. Christine is a past President and festival co-chair of the Texas Flute Society. She also served the National Flute Association as the flute clubs coordinator for five years. She is married to saxophonist Mark Dooly and helped him in the development of the Win-D-Fender and the Picc Pocket. They have two children, Angela and Nathan.


Dr. Michael Scott



Dr. Karen Bronson

Dr. Karen Andreas Bronson is adjunct clarinet professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. 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/high school clarinetists.


Dr. Bronson has lectured at National Association of College Wind & Percussion Instructors Conference, Texas A&M Clarinet Colloquium, and ClarinetFest. She's earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from UNT with a related 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.



Kristen Boulet


Kristen Boulet is a 1990 graduate of Texas Tech University in music education. Kristen currently has a studio with over 70 students in Carroll, Northwest, and Lewisville. Her clarinet choirs have gone on to perform at the Music for All festival in Indianapolis and the International Clarinet Festival.


Kristen is an Artist Clinician for Vandoren and Selmer-Paris. She is in her 17th season as a founding member with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra. Kristen founded the North Texas Clarinet Academy and has worked the Tech Band & Orchestra camp for 40 years.

She lives in Roanoke, Texas with her husband and their two children Grace and Michael.


Mark Dooly


Mark Dooly has been a private music teacher since the 1980s.


Patrick Walsh



Tanner Deters


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Dr. Chris Heldt


Dr. Christopher A. Heldt resides in Fort Worth, Texas, where he is a freelance musician and brass teacher. Heldt teaches at the MediaTech Institute of Dallas and trumpet in the Southlake Carroll Independent School District. He has served on the music faculty 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. His music degrees are from the University of Georgia, University of Texas at Austin, and North Dakota State University.


Mike Oien



Daniel Matthews


Daniel Matthews is a Grammy-nominated trumpet player and seasoned teacher. Daniel is the trumpet player for A.R. Rahman, a well-known artist and composer in India, where he travels frequently. Daniel has been fortunate enough to tour the world performing.


He holds a BM in jazz studies from San Jose State University and a MM in jazz studies at The University of North Texas, where he played as a featured soloist in The One O’ Clock Lab Band, and hired as an adjunct faculty after graduating. He teachers for Carroll ISD, Plano ISD, and Collin College in Plano, TX.


Dr. Heather Suchodolski



Joel Grizzelle



Mark Scott


Mark Scott earned Bachelor of Music degrees in performance and composition at the UNT, and a Master of Music in conducting at the University of New Mexico.

Mark’s broad musical background forms the foundation of a well-rounded 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.Born in Houston, Mark lives in Trophy Club. He spends his free time watching sports, running, and traveling with his wife Sara.


Sophia Rivera



Dr. Brett Copeland


Brett Copeland is a tuba player, educator, composer, and music technologist living in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Brett also teaches guitar, bass, music production, and composition lessons. Brett is the founding member of Flower City Brass, a brass quintet at the Eastman School of Music. He is regularly playing with Symphoria (Syracuse, NY), the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and previously performed with the Venice Symphony (FL), Ash Lawn Opera (VA), and the South Shore Symphony Orchestra (FL). Brett earned a DMA in Tuba Performance and Literature with a Certificate in Arts Leadership from the Eastman School of Music where he was a Teaching Assistant for both the Tuba Studio and the Eastman Audio Research Studio. 


Jerime Harris


Jerime Harris attended high school in McAlester, Oklahoma. He graduated with his B.A. in Music and his MBA from SE Oklahoma State University. 


Mr. Harris took a position at Coppell High School as head percussion instructor for the Coppell ISD.  Mr. Harris also played in several professional groups. 


Since 2010, Mr. Harris assists for several school districts, including Frisco, Lewisville, Little Elm, Carroll, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Highland Park, and many others.  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.


Nathan Rearick


NATHAN REARICK graduated from UNT with a bachelor’s, and University of Alabama with a master’s, both in Percussion Performance. During undergraduate, he performed with the Tenor, Snare, & Percussion Ensembles. During graduate, he performed in the UA Percussion Ensemble. Nathan received 1st place in individual snare at PASIC and was a Semi-finalist in the Modern Snare Drum Competition.


Nathan marched with Troopers, Santa Clara Vanguard, and Vigilantes Indoor Percussion. He served on staff with Troopers and is currently on staff with Guardians and Music City. Nathan has performed with Dallas Mavericks, FC Dallas, and Cutting-Edge drumlines. Roll Tide & Go Mavs!


Travis Boren




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.




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 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

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