|The Texas Lutheran University/Mid Texas Symphony Community Music Academy is a non-profit community music school providing music education to students of all ages and levels of ability.|
CMA helps to develop creativity, artistry, discipline, and teamwork in students of all ages.
- The CMA offers private strings instruction and the opportunity for performance experience in vocal and string ensembles. Our experienced and highly qualified instructors promote individual advancement in the area of music skills, knowledge and appreciation.
- The CMA strives to provide a supportive environment where students are encouraged to achieve their full music potential while building character, discipline and respect for others.
- The CMA serves the School of Music at Texas Lutheran University by bringing in talented young musicians into the university environment, offering performance opportunities for CMA students with university musicians, and creating teaching lab experiences for university music students.
Registration for Spring 2014 CMA is now open!
Private Lessons offered in Strings & Guitar
Ensembles for Beginning & Advanced Youth Orchestra and Youth Choir
Community Music Academy Calendar
|CMA Recital for private students|
Location: 1st Presbyterian Church, Seguin
|CMA Outreach Violin and Cello classes, Beginning Orchestra and Training Choir Recital|
Location: Jackson Auditorium
|CMA Youth Choir rehearses with Mid-Texas Symphony|
Director, TLU/MTS Community Music Academy
Community Music Academy
Attn: Cristina Castro
1000 West Court Street
Seguin, Texas 78155
This program is supported in part by an award for the National Endowment for the Arts
|Dr. Elizabeth Lee|
Originally hailing from New York, cellist Elizabeth Sook-Hee Lee has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Lee is a recent DMA graduate in Cello Performance from the University of Texas -Butler School of Music in Austin, Texas studying with the Miró Quartet cellist Josh Gindele. She began cello studies at the age of 9 and continued her studies at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division with André Emelianoff. Lee continued her studies at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music (BM) studying with Norman Fischer and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MM Chamber Music) studying with Jean-Michel Fonteneau. Her principal teachers have also included Timothy Eddy, Hyung-Won Chang, and Michael Kannen. Lee was a prize-winner in the Yonkers Enrico Fermi Concerto Competition resulting in a performance with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also a recent winner of the University of Texas- Butler School of Music String Concerto Competition. Lee has also performed as a chamber musician and recitalist in both Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall. As a chamber musician, she has performed with such artists as Ian Swensen, Jorja Fleezanis, Bonnie Hampton, Joel Krosnick, and Jean-Michel Fonteneau. In addition, Lee has performed in masterclasses for Mstislav Rostropovich, Lynn Harrell, Paul Katz, Desmond Hoebig, and Colin Carr. As an orchestral musician, Lee has performed with the Austin Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and the San Francisco Lyric Opera. Lee has also ventured beyond classical music and has recorded and performed with the Christian rock band Future of Forestry and toured with Fernando Ortega. In addition to performing, Lee is a dedicated teacher and has served on the faculties of the University of Texas at Austin String Project and the Austin Chamber Music Center as well as maintaining her own independent teaching studio. Elizabeth plays on an 1806 Johannes Gagliano cello.
violin instructor & Lindenbaum Outreach instructor
Emmie began playing violin at the age of 4 under the instruction of Kay Collier Slone using the Suzuki method. In addition to learning by Suzuki instruction, as a child she participated in public school orchestras and district and region honor orchestras. She is the owner/director of Aria Violin Studio music ensembles, a member of Rosewood Ensembles and Corelli Players, and helps with the Hill Country Youth Orchestra of Kerrville. Emmie is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and is a registered violin instructor. She completed her teacher training with Rhonda Cole in the summer of 2011. It is her love for children and music that drives her teaching philosophy of love, discipline, and respect and that continues to draw her to the Suzuki method.
violin instructor & Lindenbaum Outreach Instructor
Heidi was born and raised in Denver, CO. Inspired by listening to her older siblings practice music she began piano and violin lessons at the age of 4. She has studied piano with Larry Graham and Crystal Lee, and violin with Harold Wippler and Karen Kinzie. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Denver on a full scholarship. There she studied piano with Alice Rybak as well as continued violin lessons with James Maurer and played in orchestra. Her chamber group won first prize in 2004 and 2006 for the annual chamber competition at the University of Denver. Upon graduating she spent a year at the University of Denver completing the Suzuki Violin Pedagogy program and continued to study violin and viola with Basil Vendryes. During that time she taught private lessons, accompanied university recitals, directed strings programs at Denver schools, and performed regularly with her string quartet. She currently resides in New Braunfels, TX where she continues to teach piano and violin as well as performing with her husband, a jazz guitarist and composer.
Janet is guitar instructor at TLU and CMA and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts specializing in guitar performance at the University of Texas at Austin. With Adam Holzman as her main pedagogue, Janet also completed her Master of Music degree in Austin. Janet is originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where she completed her Bachelor of Music with distinction at the University of Victoria studying with Dr. Alexander Dunn. Prior to her university training, Janet studied in an intensive performance and teacher training program at the Victoria Conservatory of Music which led her to obtain her AVCM diplomas in guitar pedagogy and performance. Janet enjoys performing and competing in music festivals throughout North America and has played in master classes for world-renowned artists such as Pepe Romero, Roland Dyens and Eliot Fisk. Most recently, Janet was awarded first place in the 2009 Northwest Guitar Competition and was a prize winner in the 2010 Texas Music Festival “Classical Minds” Competition as well as the 2011 Dallas International Guitar Competition. In addition to performing and studying, Janet is an experienced teacher and has been involved in creating and organizing curriculum for guitar workshops as well as instructing group lessons, private lessons, and master classes in classical guitar. Janet enjoys teaching students of all levels in the newly launched Guitar Project program at the University of Texas and is an Adjunct Guitar Professor at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin. This coming Fall, Janet is looking forward to joining the faculty and instructing guitar classes and private lessons at the Texas Lutheran University School of Music in Seguin.
youth choir and director of CMA
Laurie Jenschke has been a choral director for the past 30 years. She was the founder of the Fredericksburg Children’s Chorale, which she served as the artistic director for 22 years. She founded the Eastman Children’s Choir and The Eastman Youth Choir at the Eastman School of Music’s Community Music School in Rochester, New York. She has been a church choir director for 25 years teaching adult, youth and children’s choirs. She has taught private voice for 30 years and currently teaches voice and music classes at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas. Many of her students have gone on to become music teachers and professional singers. She recently performed as mezzo-soprano soloist in recital with reknown composers Jake Heggie and Ricky Ian Gordon. Laurie is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin with an undergraduate degree in music education, a graduate of the University of Texas in San Antonio with a master’s degree in conducting, and has an associate degree of sacred music from Perkin’s Seminary at S.M.U. in Dallas. Laurie now serves as the director of the C.M.A., along with directing the Community Youth Choir. She is also going to direct the CMA Lindenbaum Outreach Training Choir on Wendnesday afternoons at Patlan Elementary School. She will also serve as the choral director for the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus this fall 2011. Her goals are to grow a community music academy that encourages young musicians to develop their character, their self-discipline, and their sense of teamwork within the chamber ensembles, the youth orchestra and the youth choir. She believes that music can change the direction of a young persons life. The C.M.A. can offer a place to belong, to learn, to grow and to flourish.