Esther Kwon - B.A. in Piano Performance from George Mason University and studied with Dr. Anna Balakerskaia. Harmony Road Certified Music teacher with more than 10 years teaching experience and she is an active church musician. Esther studied with Eriko Robilette. Her students have received awards and performed at the Carnegie Hall past consecutive years. Her students have earned awards in various competitions and festivals, including NVMTA and International. She has experience teaching students of all ages and abilities, beginner through advanced.
Diane Moody - Diane Moody did her Doctoral work in Musicology at Catholic University in DC; graduate work at the University of Louisville in composition; M.M in performance from the University of Richmond and Shenandoah Conservatory. B.M in Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she coached chamber and duo-piano ensembles and taught music classes for dancers as Adjunct-Faculty for the music and dance department. Performance certificates from Fontainebleau, France with Nadia Boulanger and Ewa Boukojemska; and from Conservatoire de Sion, Suisse with Bela Boszormenyi-Nagy; private lessons with Kendall Taylor in London. She has worked as accompanist and she has been teaching piano since the age of 18.
Shinae Song - B.A. in Piano Performance from Ewha Womans University (South Korea). She received awards from various national piano performance competitions in South Korea. With the teacher's certification in music, she has spent several years developing her skills as a competent teacher for all age groups. She has more than 7 years of experience in teaching piano to students ranging from elementary school to adults.
Yousun Choi - Currently pursuing Music Therapy Certification and Master of Music Therapy at Shenandoah University after many years of diverse teaching experiences with students of all ages. A native of Bethesda, Maryland, she has received B.M. Piano Performance from University of Michigan and further studied Master’s at Indiana University. She has performed at Zephyr International Festival for chamber music and has extensive accompanying experiences.
Thabie Melvin – Thabie was a member of the teaching staff at Keys to Creativity in Springfield, VA and a traveling teacher in the Herndon Reston area. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from George Mason University. Additionally, he earned his Master of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance at George Mason University. He studied with Dr. Anna Belakerskia during his undergraduate degree and with Dr. Joanne Haroutounian during his graduate studies. During his undergraduate studies he was invited to play at the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy where he performed a Nocturne by Glinka and the Second movement of the Haydn Gypsy piano trio. During his graduate studies at George Mason Thabie gave a lecture recital on the music of John Field as well a senior recital. He has 9years of teaching experience.
Natalia Nelson - holds diploma in Piano Performance from Music Gymnasium of Art in Belarus. She completed eleven years of studies of music and classical piano playing. She has been working as a professional piano teacher for the last fifteen years. Her students have received awards in various competitions and festivals. She has experience teaching students of all ages and abilities - beginner through advanced. She enjoys to perform to audiences at local churches, community centers and recital halls. Also, she holds a university philology degree in Russian Language and Literature.
Ryan Nobles - She graduated with a Master's in Music in Cello Performance from George Mason University in 2012 and a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance from the University of Mary Washington in 2006. Ms. Nobles served as principal cellist of the GMU Symphony orchestra in 2012, was principal cellist of the University of Mary Washington College-Community Orchestra 2003-2006, and was selected to perform in George Mason School of Music 2011 Honors Recital. Ms. Nobles performed with the University of Mary Washington College-Community Orchestra as a high school student for their Carnegie Hall performance in 2002 and has worked with the Canadian Brass, Judy Collins, Marvin Hamlisch, O.A.R., and Michael W. Smith. Ms. Nobles has also performed with the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra, Piedmont Symphony, Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, Spotswood Community Orchestra, McLean Orchestra, American Festival Pops Orchestra, and Bel Cantanti Opera Chamber Orchestra.
Piano & Guitar
Heerak Kim - B.A. in Music Technology and Piano at George Mason University. Heerak Kim has both engineering and music background, combining both science and music he has been studying music production in addition to classical piano. Currently studies piano under Dr. Linda Monson at George Mason University. He has many experience in teaching piano and guitar to young students. He is also a lead guitarist and keyboardist at local churches.
Violin, Viola & Cello
Tresa Scruggs - She is attending George Mason University in the fall for a Masters in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience to study the neural basis of music learning. She received her undergraduate degree at Lynchburg College where she received a BA in Music Education and served as concertmaster and frequent soloist with the Lynchburg College Symphony. She also started the school's first Celtic music ensemble and taught both violin and fiddle lessons. After that, She served as a middle school orchestra director with Stafford County Schools for several years where her ensembles consistently received the highest scoring at district orchestra festivals. She currently plays with the Rappahanock Pops Orchestra in Fredericksburg.