• Private Teacher Information

    • Violin/Viola

         

     

    Stephanie Bork, violin, fell in love with the violin at the age of three and has been studying violin ever since.  She studied most recently at the University of Michigan, where she received Masters of Music in violin under the teaching of Aaron Berofsky.  Before that, she received her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Piotr Milewski.  Stephanie has enjoyed extensive orchestral experience, including the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.  She has also been a finalist in an audition for the Toledo Symphony, a semi-finalist for the Houston Grand Opera, and won a position in the Virginia Symphony orchestra.  She currently subs with the Houston Grand Opera.  Stephanie has been teaching both private and group violin lessons for ten years, with students ranging from three years old to adult.  A number of Stephanie’s students have won competitions and auditions.  Her goal in teaching is to give her students the tools they need to be the best violinists and violists they can be, and to instill a love of music into each of them.

     

     

    Ms. Granata received her high school diploma from Interlochen Arts Academy and a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Indiana University.  Her teache rs 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 an elementary school Suzuki teacher for 10 years.  Ms. Granata has had a private violin and viola studio for over 30 years.

        Alexa Sangbin Thomson (Violin/Viola)

      • alexa.s.thomson@gmail.com 
      • (832) 651-9771

    Alexa Sangbin Thomson (NZ/USA) began her musical career on the violin, and spent the first years of her life in the Midwestern United States. From an early age, she played violin under the guidance of her father, Dr. John Thomson. She was a prizewinner in several American competitions and won her first major leadership role as Concertmaster of the South Dakota All-State Youth Orchestra in 2008. She completed her Bachelor of Music with First-class Honors in violin performance at the New Zealand School of Music, and went on to switch to the viola as her main instrument in 2014. (She still enjoys playing violin on occasion and teaching young violinists!) In 2018 she graduated with her Master of Music degree from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. During her studies she performed as a soloist with orchestra on both the violin and the viola, and spent a year recording some of the solo viola repertoire of New Zealand as a recipient of the Judith Clark Memorial Fellowship. She has attended many prestigious festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany. Alexa currently enjoys an active performing career as a substitute with the Houston Symphony, Mercury Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony and the South Dakota Symphony. She also gigs with Houston-based Divisi Strings, and presents her own independent outreach projects ("Viola Aotearoa" and "The Alternative Viola") in community venues throughout Houston. Alexa is a dedicated teacher, having worked for many organizations in New Zealand and the USA as well as giving private lessons for over seven years. She has witnessed firsthand how a musical education can help make sense of many of life's issues as well as bringing people together across barriers of language and culture, and she really enjoys the transformative power found within setting and achieving goals within music.

     

    Vlad Evstafiev

    • (402) 770-3505
    • vladlen33323@gmail.com

      The Performer Diploma, Solo Performance

      Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music

      Master of Music ( May,2017)

      University of Nebraska-Lincoln, School of Music, Lincoln, NE

      Graduate Teaching Assistant

      Principal teacher: Prof. David Neely

      Bachelor of Music

      Ippolitov- Ivanov Musical Pedagogical Institute, Moscow, Russia (2010 )

      Major teachers: Prof. Isabella Golovina, Prof. Valery Vorona

      Schnittke State College of Music, Moscow, Russia, (2005)

      High school diploma in Violin Performance and Pedagogy

      Principal teacher: Prof. Dagmara Kalashkova

     

    Attended North Texas State University now known as the University of North Texas. Received a BS in Music Education.

    Studied cello at North Texas with Dr Odolfo Odnoposoff

    Was a member of the North Texas Symphony orchestra

    Also a member of the North Texas cello choir and toured internationally with the group

    Taught public school music for 13 years and private lessons for over 20 years.

    Former principal cellist for the Kingwood Pops orchestra for over 10 years.

    Former principal cellist for the Kingwood Camerata orchestra for 2 years.

    Current cellist for the Camerata String Quartet.

      

    • Kristin Stilley (Cello)
      • kstilley@conroeisd.net 
      • (972) 333-7441

    Kristin Stilley earned a Bachleor of Music from UT Austin and a Master of Music from SMU, where she studied with Chris Adkins, Principal Cellist-Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She is currently the Principal Cellist of the Conroe Symphony and plays regularly with the Brazos Symphony Orchestra. She also teaches in Humble ISD as an Orchestra Director at Woodcreek Middle School, as well as maintaining an active private studio. Her teachers include Chris Adkins, Phyllis Young, Carter Enyeart and Paul Olefsky and she has participated in Master Classes with Timothy Eddy and Ron Leonard.

     Prior to moving to Kingwood, Mrs. Stilley was very active for 25 years as a free-lance cellist and private cello teacher in Dallas, Tx. She played with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and was the Principal Cellist with Allen Symphony and Assistant Principal Cellist of Garland Symphony, where she also performed as a soloist. Among the other symphonies she has been a member of, Mrs. Stilley has played with the Wichita Falls Symphony and Richardson Symphony, under the direction of Anshel Brusilow, as both principal and section cellist. In addition to classical music, Mrs. Stilley performed as a cellist with such pop artists as Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow and the Moody Blues, as well as many others. As a private cello teacher, Mrs. Stilley has helped students achieve such goals as All-State and All Region orchestra, as well as helping students develop a love of music. 

     

     

    Carlos Gaviria currently serves on the faculty of Stephen F. Austin State University where he teaches Double Bass and Music Theory. He previously taught at the University of Houston and the University of North Texas. A native of Cali, Colombia, Carlos began his musical education at the Conservatorio Antonio Maria Valencia. While in Cali, Mr. Gaviria was a member of the Orquesta Sinfonica del Valle.

    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 Abilene, Irving, and Plano. He also has been a member of festival orchestras, including the AIMS orchestra in Graz, Austria, Cali de Camara in Colombia, and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra.

    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 UT Panamerican and Universidad del Valle in Colombia. He currently resides in Kingwood, where he maintains a full private teaching studio.