AHS-Approved Private Lesson Instructors
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Luis Ramirez - Contact at 713-851-0812
Violinist J. Luis Ramirez holds a bachelor of music and a master of music degree from the University of Houston where he was under the tutelage of Fredell Lack. Mr. Ramirez started his violin studies at age 8 with the help of his father, a violinist from the State of Mexico Symphony orchestra, then continuing them at the "Escuela de musica Vida y Movimiento" in Mexico city under the direction of Natalia Gbdotetskaya. While in Mexico, he was a winner of the National violin competition "Hermilo Novelo" on two occasions. Mr. Ramirez has appeared as a soloist many times in the US and Mexico and Colombia.
Mr. Ramirez is a member of the Orchestra of the Americas and with them has toured the US, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Germany and China. He is also a member of several orchestras in the state of Texas and Louisiana as was recently awarded with a position in the World Orchestra. He has been a member of several festivals including the Texas Music Festival, Premier Orchestra Institute, National Music Festival, Young Euro Classics, among many others. Mr. Ramirez is an active teacher and performer in the Houston area and its surroundings.
Aaron Bielish - Enroll via firstname.lastname@example.org
Born in Calgary, Alberta Canada, Aaron Bielish began his musical studies with the piano at age seven and the violin at thirteen. Pursuing a Bachelor of Music at the University of Calgary in Viola Performance, Mr. Bielish studied viola with the principal of the Calgary Philharmonic, John Thompson, as well as Gerald Stanick, violist of the Fine Arts String quartet.
Further study at Rice University resulted in a Master's degree in Music Performance studying with Csaba Erdelyi of the Chilingirian string quartet and Wayne Brooks, Principal violist of the Houston Symphony. During his studies at Rice he was the recipient of the Anderson and Mitchell Scholarships for Musical excellence. Further study allowed him to expand his knowledge of visual art and music composition, studying viola with Karen Tuttle and Rivka Golani.
He was appointed Principal Violist of OrchestraX, a position he held for seven years until 2004. An active performer, he has been a featured chamber musician in Canada, the United States, Poland and Japan. He is equally at home among a variety of musical directions; having performed with period chamber ensembles such as the Mercury Baroque Ensemble to modern avant garde music, as evidenced by his most recent performances with the Musiqa Ensemble in 2008.
Scott Card - Contact at 936-228-2656
Scott Card is starting his 24th year of private studio teaching and is currently Principal Cellist with The Opera in the Heights. In addition to active freelancing, he maintains a large, successful, private cello studio in the Conroe, Klein and Humble school districts.
Mr. Card has been on the faculty of Lamar University in Texas, Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma and Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. He has been principal cellist of The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra and assistant principal of The Victoria Symphony. Prior to moving to the Houston area, he was a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic cello section.
Mr. Card received a Masters of Music from the University of North Texas and a Bachelors of Music from Ohio State University. His major teachers include Carter Enyeart, Alan Harris, William Conable and Jeffrey Solow.
Ryan Gilchrist - Contact at 903-714-9920
Ryan Gilchrist earned both a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Master of Music in Conducting from Sam Houston State University. While at SHSU he studied cello with Dr. Peter Kempter, and conducting with Dr. Carol Smith and Dr. Allen Hightower. After completing his graduate studies, Mr. Gilchrist was appointed to the faculty at SHSU. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Gilchrist also served as the Associate Artistic Director of the Huntsville Youth Orchestra, and assisted the SHSU Symphony Orchestra. Since 2001, Mr. Gilchrist has also maintained an active private cello studio in North Houston. Mr. Gilchrist continues to preform frequently throughout Texas in a variety of genres and venues, and has been a part of performances in Eastern Europe and China as both a cellist and conductor.
Double Bassist Stephen Martin began his serious studies of music at Sam Houston State University in 2004. While at SHSU, Stephen had the privilege of studying with Deborah Dunham, who helped put him in the "fast track" of Double Bass playing. At Sam Houston, Stephen also had the opportunity to tour internationally in China, Eastern Europe, and Puerto Rico on orchestral/cultural exchanges with the university orchestra.
Stephen graduated from SHSU with his Bachelors of Music Performance in Double Bass in 2009. From there, he spent a year of preparation for graduate school auditions, studying with Timothy Pitts, former principal of the Houston Symphony/ Rice University.
Stephen then went on and graduated with his Masters in Double Bass Performance with Honors from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 2012, studying with Lawrence Wolfe, associate principal of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. While in Boston, Stephen enjoyed 2 years of playing section bass for the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Benjamin Zander.
In addition to his school studies, Stephen also enjoys summer music festivals and has been apart of the Texas Music Festival for four years (2012,2011, 09, 08). He has also had the opportunity of playing in masterclasses for Paul Ellison, Ed Barker, Eric Larson, Dennis Whittaker, Sandor Ostlund, and Hal Robinson.
Stephen enjoys playing all styles of music including jazz and rock, but finds himself at home teaching and being a part of a bass section.