Julia Amberson is a senior pursuing her bachelor’s degree in music theory and a minor in piano at the University of North Texas. She has played piano for 15 years, performing in recitals throughout, including a 15 piano ensemble. She has taught piano lessons for six years as well as worked with kids at her church for many years. She loves all kinds of music, and sharing that love with her students.
Rebecca Sigman is a mezzo-soprano and a music education major at the University of North Texas. She is a member of the A Capella choir at UNT and Schola Cantorum of Ft. Worth and studies voice with Dr. Jeffrey Snider. Rebecca grew up in Ft. Worth, Texas and is an alumni of Birdville High School. Rebecca has performed with the University of North Texas' choirs in productions of Handel's Saul and Theodora, Mozart's Requiem, Verdi's Requiem, and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. She has been a camp counselor at Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, Texas, and has been working with children of all ages for 7 years. Rebecca is a senior and, once graduated, hopes to teach high school choir.
Joshua Ewing has been playing music for almost 20 years. He started playing guitar and piano at age five and quickly picked up on bass guitar and drums. He is a Music Composition Major at the University of North Texas who also composes music for student films. Joshua is constantly wrapped up in composition projects with his own production company Revision Sound. He composes for short films, writes custom songs for weddings, and jingles for small businesses. Joshua has taught music for almost a decade from ensemble to private lessons and continues working with musicians of all ages and skill level.
Olivia de Guzman Emile has a BFA in Musical Theatre performance from The University of North Texas and was a scholarship recipient. She studied voice for 15 years and has extensive experience performing many vocal styles, including classical, choral, musical theatre, rock, pop, soul/R&B, folk, and jazz. She’s been in numerous local bands as a vocalist and keyboardist, and has recorded vocals on albums for Robert Gomez, Febrifuge, August & J, and others. Olivia is very active in theatre, having worked on numerous shows as an actor, director, music director, or designer.
Olivia has 5 years experience teaching private lessons in voice and piano as well as music theatre
Johnathan Castro is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of North Texas with a concentration in viola. He is the former co-principal of the 2nd violin section with the Austin Philharmonic Orchestra and has been teaching music lessons since 2004. In addition to his position at The Music Academy of Denton Johnathan has also held teaching positions with Denton ISD, University of North Texas String Project, and The Corinth Academy private school. He is still frequently requested as a region orchestra judge, UIL clinician, and master class teacher. Johnathan's greatest passion is working with students to achieve their musical goals.
Nicole Christensen is a Mezzo-Soprano. She is a native of Hermiston, Oregon and is the oldest of five children. She moved to Texas in 2003 and began her musical study at the university level in 2005 at The University of North Texas. She is currently pursuing a double bachelor’s degree in voice performance and music education, with a concentration in primary and early childhood music.
Katie Heaton, soprano, recently moved to Denton from Nashville, TN, where she received a BM in voice performance from Vanderbilt University. Katie has worked extensively with children and young adults, helping them to cultivate a healthy and well-rounded approach to the art of singing. She strictly abides by the motto “if you’re not having fun nobody else will!”
Katie is currently pursuing an MM in voice performance, with opera as a related field at UNT. She studies with Dr. Linda DiFiore.
Erin Rich is currently pursuing a degree in Music Education at the University of North Texas with a concentration in viola. She has been playing since the age of ten and has always regarded music as her greatest passion. She has held positions in the UNT Concert Orchestra, District V Region Orchestra, the Las Colinas Youth Orchestra and has performed accompaniment on several masters recitals at UNT. Her approach to teaching music stresses the importance for developing long-term cognitive skills that will carry through to all areas of life as well as just having fun.