• Private Lesson Instructors

    Please consider.....
    1.) Listed below are highly-recommended private lesson instructors within the Lake Houston area.
    2.) Several of these individuals instruct from their home studios or are on-location at Atascocita High School or neighboring schools.
    3.) Please peruse their biographies and consider which individual may be the best fit for you.
    4.) Once making your selection, contact the private lesson instructor directly to request enrollment in their studio as soon as possible as there are a limited number of available lesson slots.
    5.) The lesson instructor will then contact you to schedule the first lesson and discuss payment policies.
    6.) Please send an email to Mr. Catoe and Mr. Teniente notifying them of your making contact with one of these teachers, so that they are able to assist with communication and scheduling.
    7.) Please know that lessons are not simply tutoring sessions. They are designed to be a focused time of instruction during which the teacher provides descriptive feedback and practice requirements to the individual student. Through this high-level of instruction and the student's due diligence to prepare and practice for each lesson, the student can experience a remarkable rate of improvement and will reach a level that can greatly exceed what they can do alone.


    Jim McLeland
    Contact Phone: 832-379-3034
    Contact email: jim@mclelandmusic.com
    Location of Studio: Home in Atascocita (Lakeshore)

       Mr. McLeland holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance from The Peabody Conservatoryof Music of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD where he studied with Berl Senofsky, the only American Violinist to have ever won the most demanding International Violin Competition, The Queen Elizabeth Competition, in Brussels, Belgium.  Mr. McLeland also holds a Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance from Miami University of Ohio and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree (ABD) from the University of Houston, having served as a teaching assistant at both institutions.
       James McLeland has appeared as soloist with several orchestras throughout the United States, performing works by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Wieniawski, Kachaturian, Barber, Saint Saens, Bach, Vivaldi, and Sarasate.   In addition to serving for four years as Violin Soloist with the United States Marine Band Chamber Orchestra (The White House Orchestra) during the Reagan administration, he has served as Concertmaster of the Arkansas and Lake Charles Symphony Orchestras, served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, and Principal Second Violin of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.  Mr. McLeland has also performed with the Bedford Springs, Brevard, Great Music West, and Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestras, having doubled viola at the latter.
       As a teacher, Mr. McLeland has held Artist Teacher positions at The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, McNeese State University, and the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC.  He has also been a chamber music coach for the Texas Music Festival in Houston, TX.
       Currently, Mr. McLeland remains active as a performer, teacher, and orchestra clinician throughout the Greater Houston Region and beyond.  He serves as Concertmaster for Choral and Opera productions at Houston Baptist University, as well as the St. Laurence Chamber Singers in Sugar Land, TX.  Additionally, he is the First Violinist with the Dave Zeger String Quartet and Chamber Orchestra, to include work as a conductor and arranger.
       Mr. McLeland has maintained a private teaching studio at his home in Kingwood, TX for the past fifteen years.  He has produced the highest ranking Texas All-State Orchestra participant on violin from Humble ISD to date (third).  Three of his students have won Outstanding Soloist Awards at the Texas State Solo and Ensemble Festival.  Both his violin and viola students regularly win auditions to include the concertmaster or principal chairs for their region orchestras as well as positions with the local Houston Youth Orchestras.  It is not uncommon that his entire studio receives First Division Ratings at the Region Solo and Ensemble Festival.  Additionally, Mr. McLeland’s students have won scholarship offers to schools throughout the United States including the Cincinnati Conservator of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

    Stephanie Bork
    Contact Phone: 586-873-4528
    Contact email: bork.stephanie@gmail.com
    Location of Studio: Atascocita High School

       Stephanie Bork saw a violin on a children's television show at a very young age, and has been hooked ever since. Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Ms. Bork pursued a bachelor's degree in violin performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a master's degree at the University of Michigan. Her primary instructors have included Hai-Xin Wu, Piotr Milewski, and Aaron Berofsky. Since moving to Houston in 2014, Ms. Bork has performed frequently with the Houston Grand Opera, as well as with the Houston Symphony and the Houston Ballet. She also participated in the Young Artist Program of Da Camera Houston, an educational program for young professionals focused both on presenting chamber concerts around the city and using music to teach a variety of topics to school children. Ms. Bork has over a decade of private and group teaching experience, and has taught all ages from 3- year-olds to middle aged adults. A number of her students have won concerto competitions and auditions under her tutelage, as well as distinguishing themselves in both Region auditions and Solo and Ensemble competitions. Ms. Bork strives to instill of love of music into her students, and her teaching style focuses on guiding students to analyze and observe their own playing, to the end of providing them with the necessary tools to continue the learning process in their private practice time. When she is not playing the violin, Ms. Bork enjoys running, hiking, traveling, and reading history, and she gets to the mountains whenever she can.

    Elyse Catoe
    Contact Phone: 717-572-1326
    Contact email: leesie17@hotmail.com
    Location of Studio: Atascocita High School

    Elyse Catoe, a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, began her studies on the violin when she was nine. She attended West Virginia University where she studied both violin and viola, and in 2008, she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree.
    Ms. Catoe began her teaching career by initiating a string program in Marshall County, West Virginia. In 2010, she became an orchestra director at Atascocita High School, a job she held for five years until the birth of her first child. She currently maintains an active violin and viola studio, serves as a guest clinician with local school orchestras, performs for weddings and special events with Third Floor Strings, and devotes most of her time raising her sons Jonah and Caleb. In her free time, Ms. Catoe enjoys running, being involved with her church, and spending time with her husband, Colin.

    Grace Granata
    Contact email: buddy4545@att.net
    Location of Studio: Kingwood High School

    Ms. Granata received her high school diploma from Interlochen Arts Academy and a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Indiana University.  Her teachers include:  Bernard Goldsmith, Joseph Gingold, Robert Vernon, Paul Biss, Lawrence Shapiro and Henrich Kowalski.  She has been employed not only as an orchestra director but as a professional orchestral violinist with the following organizations: Second Baptist Church of Houston, Opera in the Heights, Symphony of Southeast Texas, Woodlands Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Ohio Ballet and Opera Orchestras, Columbus Symphony, Omaha Symphony,  Belling ham Chamber Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival.  While a member of the Bellingham Chamber Orchestra, Ms Granata toured extensively throughout Europe with performances in Vienna, Berlin, Salzburg, Prague, Switzerland and France.  In Cleveland, Ohio she performed the Mozart Concertant with the Cleveland Institute Chamber Orchestra.  Her freelance career includes performances with Rod Stewart, Steve and Eydie Gorme, Manheim Steamroller, Ray Charles, Barry White, Moody Blues and Barry Manilow.  Ms. Granata completed Suzuki Teacher Training and pedagogical study with Carol Dalinger, head of Music Education and Suzuki Training at Evansville University and Judy Offman of Houston.   Ms. Granata has held teaching positions at the University of South Dakota and Wintergreen Music Festival. . There she coached chamber music and taught violin and viola. She was a Suzuki teacher for 10 years. Ms. Granata has had a private violin and viola studio for over 30 years.


    Sergein Yap
    Contact Phone: 281-360-2456 or 832-264-7833
    Contact email: sergein.yap@gmail.com
    Location of Studio: Atascocita High School

       A native of Miami, Florida, violist Sergein Yap studied with Ivo van der Werff at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, with Martha Katz at the New England Conservatory, and with Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Sergein was selected as a 2016 Zarin Mehta Fellow with the New York Philharmonic. Summer festival appearances include the Banff Centre, ENCORE School for Strings, Heifetz International Music Institute, Kneisel Hall, Music Academy of the West, the Perlman Music Program, Sarasota Music Festival, and Tanglewood Music Center.
       Recent chamber music collaborations include performances with Brian Connelly, David Halen, Richie Hawley, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, and David Coucheron. Sergein has also been featured in recitals through the Carl Flesch Academy in Baden-Baden, Germany, and the Summer Academy Bad Leonfelden, Austria.
       Sergein performs regularly as a substitute with the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, and is a core member of the KINETIC Ensemble. Sergein is on faculty at the University of St. Thomas and serves on the executive board of the Houston Viola Society. 

    Scott Card
    Contact Phone: 281-228-2656
    Contact email: HPScott-Card@suddenlink.net
    Location of Studio: Atascocita High School

       Scott Card is starting his 25th 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 Independent School Districts.
       Mr. Card has been on the faculty of Lamar University in Texas, Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma, and the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. He has been principal cellist on The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra and assistant principal of The Victoria Symphony. Prior to moving to the Houston area, he was a member of the Oklahama City Philharmonic cello section.
        Mr. Card hs been the recepient of an Aspen Music Center Fellowship, in addition to being a part of the American-Russian Youth Orchestra and Chautauqua music festivals and a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas.
       Mr. Card received a Masters of Music from the University of North Texas and a Bachelors of Music from The Ohio State University. His major teachers include Carter Enyear, Alan Harris, William Conable, and Jeffrey Solow.

    Maya Dimitroff
    Contact Phone: 775-203-5949
    Contact email: mayadimitroff@gmail.com
    Location of Studio: Atascocita High School

         Maya Dimitroff-Teniente has recently graduated with Bachelor’s Degrees in both Cello Performance from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has studied with Dr. Dmitri Atapine since the age of twelve and also has played with the Reno Philharmonic Youth Orchestras, Reno Pops Orchestra, University of Nevada, Reno Symphony Orchestra, and Toccata Symphony. She has performed the Vivaldi Double Concerto with the University of Nevada Symphony Orchestra, and the Reno Pops Orchestra, with her husband Guillermo Teniente. While in Reno, Maya established her first cello studio; and all her students have been very successful in their musical education by being top chairs in their school programs, honor orchestra and Reno Youth Orchestra.
         Maya recently moved to Houston to join her husband and is excited to start her new journey and being part of the Houston music community.
         Maya enjoys cooking, playing duets with her husband Guillermo, and also spending quality time practicing on her modern cello named "Godric" which was made by Gary Garavaglia and "Lynn Bow" which was made by Paul Martin Siefried. For more information visit website: https://cellomaya.blogspot.com/

    Carlos Gaviria
    Contact Phone: 940-735-1289
    Contact email: gaviriaca@sfasu.edu
    Location of Studio: Atascocita High School

       Carlos Gaviria, a native of Cali, Colombia began his musical education at the Conservatorio Antonio Maria Valencia. While in Cali, Mr. Gaviria joined the Orquesta Sinfonica del Valle, where he spent three seasons performing as a bass section member.
       Gaviria came to the United States on a scholarship to study at the University of North Texas, where he completed the B.M. and M.M. While at UNT, he worked as a teaching assistant to the world-renowned bass teacher Jeff Bradetich. He is currently a doctoral candidate in double bass performance at the University of Houston, where he studies with Dennis Whittaker. 
       Gaviria is currently a member of Symphony of South East Texas and has performed regularly with many ensembles, including the symphony orchestras of San Angelo, Abilene, Irving, Plano, University of North Texas, and University of Houston. He also has been a member of festival orchestras, including the AIMS orchestra in Graz, Austria, and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra.
       As a music theorist, Gaviria’s areas of research include the music of Alberto Ginastera. He published a thesis on the use of the guitar -hord by Ginastera and gave a lecture on the topic at the Latin American Composers Conference in 2009.
       Gaviria is a dedicated pedagogue and was active as a bass instructor in the Dallas and Houston areas for several years; many of his students have been placed in All-State orchestras and have gone on to be accepted into music programs at major American universities. He has taught at the Abilene Summer Music Festival and at the Bradetich Annual Summer Bass Camps since 2009, and he has presented master classes at UNT and UT Panamerican. Additionally, Gaviria has taught music theory and ear training classes at the University of North Texas and the University of Houston. He currently resides in Houston, where he maintains a full private teaching studio. Gaviria joined the faculty of Stephen F. Austin University in 2012. 

    Grace Lewis
    Contact Phone: 757-377-4494
    Contact email: bassgrace19@gmail.com

    Grace Lewis is a freelance double bassist, private instructor, and clinician in Houston, TX. She received her M.M. in Instrumental Performance from the University of Houston, and her B.M. in Instrumental Performance from Oklahoma City University. Lewis is the founder and artistic director of Collegia: Houston, and a member of the International Society of Bassists Advisory Board. She is a former faculty member of El Sistema Oklahoma. As a clinician, she has traveled to Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Virginia, Georgia, and Texas. Lewis has been an assistant presenter at the 2018 Texas Christian University International Double Bass Festival, as well as the 2017 American String Teachers Association Convention in Atlanta. She was the winner of the Ladies’ Music Club Concerto Competition in 2016 and the Oklahoma City University Concerto Competition in 2015. Lewis has received teacher training from Johnny Hamil and Dr. Kate Jones, and has performed in masterclasses for such renowned bassists as Francois Rabbath, Edgar Meyer, and Mark Dresser. Lewis has been featured multiple times on the Contrabass Conversations podcast, and has been a member of the Texas Music Educators Association since 2017.

    Location of Studio: Atascocita High School