Nicola Curry, (Piano) With a welcoming style and masterful teaching methodology Nicola Curry cultivates the art of piano playing to a new level. Students from beginner to collegiate level experience an individualized approach as they study music artistry, interpretation, theory, ear training, and reading skills. Her fresh and creative approach develops exquisite touch and intriguing expressive techniques in her students. As a teacher of classical, pop, jazz, , Broadway, Christian, and world music, Nicola’s style shows the influence of her native Ireland. Professional recordings of compositions and arrangements she has done for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Asha Kiran Special Needs School in India demonstrate an elegance and sophistication which has delighted audiences the world over. After completing the Royal School of Music exams in Great Britain she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies from Warner Pacific College with a piano pedagogy emphasis. She has served as District President of the Oregon Music Teachers Association, Composition Festival Chair, Junior Bach Festival Chair, and Oregon State Composition Festival Chair and is currently a member of the North Idaho and Washington State Music Teachers Associations.
Jan Pellant, (Conducting) As Artistic Director of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Lexington Chamber Orchestra and Summer Music Nights at the Bohemian Forests, Jan has conducted the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, Talich Chamber Orchestra, Pavel Haas Chamber Orchestra, Vidin Symphony Orchestra, Ghana National Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Bethel Park Orchestra, Orchestra Enigmatic as well as orchestras in Thailand, Japan and the United States. He has led performances with the Pilsen Opera and the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, and in 2007 led the Prague Karlin Theater Orchestra on an eleven-city tour of Romania. The following year he led the Berlin Newklassiker Symphony Orchestra on a New Year’s concert tour of China and the Czech Youth Symphony Orchestra on a tour of France. A native of the Czech Republic, Jan Pellant studied at the Prague Academy of the Performing Arts and holds degrees from the Prague Conservatory and Carnegie Mellon University. Jan has served on the faculty of the International Conservatory in Prague as conducting instructor. He is a DMA candidate at the University of Kentucky (ABD) where he studied with John Nardolillo.
Michael Harrison, (Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Drums, Percussion) An accomplished music educator and performer, Michael Harrison currently serves as Director of Instrumental Music at the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy and conductor of the Coeur d' Alene Youth Orchestra. He has played trumpet in numerous musical settings including Disney College All-Star Band, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Jazz Orchestra, Arizona Theatre Company, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Broadway productions of Chicago, Legally Blonde, High School Musical, The Rat Pack and Full Monty. He has performed across the United States, Europe, and Japan and was featured on the 2009 and 2010 Jerry Lewis MDA National Telethon. Michael has performed on-stage with such musical legends as Jerry Lewis, Linda Rondstadt, Art Garfunkel, Wayne Newton, Bernadette Peters, Doc Severinson, Marvin Hamlisch, The Smothers Brothers, The Lettermen, and The Temptations. Mr. Harrison has a Bachelor of Music Education and Trumpet Performance from the University of Arizona. Click here to read about Michael in the Coeur d' Alene Press.
Coeur d' Alene Youth Orchestra: www.cdayo.org/
Private and Class Instructors
Scott Grunsted, (Violin, Viola) A master at coaching artistic expression within his students, Scott Grunsted’s exceptional technical instruction has produced contest winners again and again . His inspiring pedagogical approach develops well-rounded independent performers who know how to share the joy of their instrument with others in varied styles. He has created and directed numerous choral programs, instrumental and orchestral groups, and Broadway style musicals in schools. He has traveled abroad as a performer and been an active member of the music ministry in various churches. Mr. Grunsted has a B.A. in strings from San Jose State University and a Graduate Certificate from Multnomah School of the Bible. He is a member of the Coeur d'Alene Symphony and the Helena Symphony Orchestra.
Bruce Hume, (Woodwinds Expert) Soprano, Alto and Tenor Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet are the instruments of choice for Bruce Hume. A founding member of the Spokane Jazz Society and Spokane Jazz Orchestra (including sixteen years as featured soloist and lead), Mr. Hume has also performed at the Opera House, Coliseum shows, Civic Theater, Spokane Symphony, and with numerous bands and chamber groups. He taught music at Gonzaga University and has also taught at Spokane Falls Community College. He has done professional recording work on numerous instruments and holds a B.A. in a music From Eastern Washington University.
Coeur d' Alene Youth Orchestra: www.cdayo.org/
Tiffany Johnson (Drums/ Percussion, Children’s Programs) Folks can’t get enough of Tiffany Johnson’s contagious enthusiasm and endless energy for the most amazing obsession on earth: music! 16 years teaching private and group drum instruction, preschool and elementary music, drumline and jazz combo coaching means she can teach you whatever you want to learn. 20 years as a performing and recording artist in rock, jazz, latin, funk, musical theater, Indie and church music styles has found her playing at the Coeur D’ Alene Blues Festival, Moscow Folk Festival, Pig Out at the Park and The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival with Jimmy Heath and Corey Christiansen in addition to being a showband drummer on Carnival Cruise Lines. She has received many awards as superior soloist and classical percussionist studying under jazz greats Bill Goodwin and Mulgrew Miller. She has a degree in music from Washington State University and was the recipient of the Edwin Williams Music Scholarship there.
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Linda Allen, (Piano) Playing, performing, and teaching the piano has been Linda Allen’s first love for a lifetime. Her gentle and detailed manner leads the student not only into the world of excellence but also into an intense appreciation of the piano as the grandest of all instruments. Her fine ability to coach students from beginner to advanced is evident in the amazing results she gets from them. A careful balance between serious study and lighthearted music-making fun make taking lessons a true joy. Although her vast accomplishments in the world of piano may have made her the consummate professional, her gifts are multiplied many times over as her students work towards mastery of the instrument. Mrs. Allen is the instructor of celebrated pianist Rebecca Budai.
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Rosalie Ingraham, Vocal, Piano, Children’s Programs) As a professional vocal instructor, pianist, worship leader, recording artist and songwriter Rosalie Ingraham develops excellent rapport with young vocalists. Decades of teaching experience have made her an expert at helping voices of all ages to produce a beautiful and well controlled sound. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to piano and vocal students studying classical, pop, musical theater, and contemporary Christian genres. As an inspirational worship leader for many years she specializes in coaching worship bands to become the best they can be. She has been the featured artist at Sea World and Knott’s Berry Farm. She has toured America and Europe, appeared on several television shows and even gave a private concert for actor John Wayne and his family. Rosalie Ingraham holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a Vocal Emphasis from the University of Memphis and is a certified Harmony Road Music Education System Instructor.
Brian Margell, (Classical Guitar, Steel String Guitar, Electric Guitar, Ukulele) Skilled at guiding students down the path of passion and discovery, Brian Margell can help you achieve your musical dreams. From classical to folk, rock, alternative and Christian styles of music, he has a wealth of knowledge to share with students from beginner to advanced levels. His passion for music theory and performing with ease will give you the tools you need to become a great musician. His varied expertise develops technique that is confident, precise and strong. An enthusiastic break dancer, Brian has studied drumming, swing dance and Tango. While pursuing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle, Brian attended graduate level courses and master classes taught by some of the world’s foremost classical guitarists including Jorge Caballero, Marcin Dylla, Fabio Zanon, and Xuefei Yang. He also trained under highly acclaimed composer/guitarist Kevin Callahan.
John Wheeler, (Cello) A lifetime of experience in musical pursuits combined with a commitment to excellence enables John Wheeler to impart a wonderful perspective to his students. The son of a flautist and pianist for the St. Louis Symphony, his grandfather was a concert pianist and founder of the Washington Conservatory of Music. At age 14 he was the youngest cellist accepted into the Phoenix Symphony. Over the years he has performed in numerous symphonies in Arizona, California, Montana, and North Idaho, including the Coeur d’Alene Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, the Coeur d’AleneSummer Theatre and Opera Coeur d’Alene. He has taught master classes at summer youth orchestra camps and worked with Coeur d’Alene youth orchestras. His expert coaching draws students into a new world of beauty and expression. Mr. Wheeler holds a Masters in Physics from American University in Washington, D.C. and a Masters in Business from USC.
Coeur d' Alene Symphony: www.cdasymphony.org
Jim Turner, (Acoustic/ Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar) Over 40 years of band performance experience throughout the Midwest and Northwestern U.S. has given Jim Turner a great deal of versatility in both his playing and teaching abilities. As an instructor of folk, rock, big band, and jazz music for 32 years, Jim has taught hundreds of students everything from beginner basics to more advanced guitar styles. As head coach of the Northwest Academy rock band ensembles he has taken students to the pinnacle of professional performance skills in their guitar study. He has played in everything from rock bands to large, orchestrated ensembles. His love of the learning process and of imparting his musical knowledge to students makes him an ideal instructor for both the beginner and more accomplished player. Testimonials
Bogdan Ota, (Neo-Classical Composition, Advanced Piano, Music Production Tutoring) World-renowned neo-classical concert pianist and composer Bogdan Ota’s music has thrilled crowds as large as 45,000 in Norway, Romania, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Australia and the United States. His modern contemporary symphonic compositions appeal to all types of listeners. Combinations of ethnic percussion, broad orchestral sound, rock elements and outstanding classical piano themes evoke profoundly deep emotion. Awarded a contract with Sony Music, Mr. Ota has scored movie soundtracks as well as music for national events and television, recently releasing his third album. He has taught master classes in composition, orchestration, film and commercial music in the United Kingdom, Norway, Romania, Nevada, Colorado, and Liberty University in Virginia. He received a B.A. in Piano and Composition from the George Enescu University of Arts in Iasi, Romania with a specialization in Instrumental Performance and was nominated for the "Who is Who European Personality of the Year" in 2013.
Katelyn Osborn,(violin) has demonstrated her passion for the violin in a myriad of ways, from winning classical concerto competitions to fiddling with the highly acclaimed Osborn Family Band. She has delighted audiences far and wide as a member of the Helena Symphony Orchestra, the North Idaho College Chamber Orchestra, the Panhandle Symphony Orchestra, and as concertmaster of the Coeur d’Alene Youth Orchestra. She is an instructor for the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association camps and has played upright bass, mandolin, and other instruments in her many musical endeavors. Students find her commitment to excellence brings great success in mastery of the instrument. Miss Osborn holds an A.A. in Music from North Idaho College.