Mariana Aguilera is a Venezuelan violinist. She received training at the top violin school of her country, Academia Latinoamericana de Violin. She belonged to two of the Caracas Symphony Orchestras before coming to the United States to earn a Master’s degree in Violin Performance from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has participated in numerous Orchestra Festivals throughout the United States and Venezuela, some of which she has also participated as a soloist.
For the last ten years, she has emphasized her focus in teaching and has received training both in traditional and in the famous Suzuki method for which she is certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas up to level four. In 2009 she participated in the Symposium of Advance Violin Studies held in Julliard, NYC for teachers worldwide.
Mariana received intensive coaches from an Alexander Technique Teacher in 2001 to 2002, when she restructured her own technique in order to find more naturalness in playing, performing and connection with the body and soul, naturally… reasons why it makes wonderful sense to become a violin teacher at the Viera Dance Conservatory.
She believes music is a wonderful way to foster ability and discipline in anyone, especially in children. Music and arts in general make people more sensible and better human beings.
Julie Kinzey holds a MM in Voice Performance and Literature from Eastman School of Music and a BM in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College. As a performer, she has sung in Italy and Sweden and throughout the US, from Houston and St. Louis to CT and NY. Her roles include solos at the Kennedy Center and with the Acadiana Symphony, Opera in the Heights, Opera New Jersey, Washington Savoyards, Intermezzo Opera, York Symphony, St. Louis Philharmonic, the Bridgeport Symphony and in concert on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. She has won several awards, most recently the 2009 Richardson Awards. While much of her musical career was spent traveling, she balanced that with a private voice studio. Focus on whole body singing, healthy vocal development and finding a singer’s unique, authentic sound have been the cornerstone of her pedagogical philosophy.
Ms. Mandi holds a Bachelors of Music Education (primary instrument: Voice) from Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. She is now an Associate member of National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has over ten years of experience in children's choirs and musicals, preschool music, and private voice instruction. She believes that music education can directly enhance all areas of a child's life including responsibility, self-confidence and goal-setting. She is Children's Music Director at Suntree United Methodist Church and also teaches music at Suntree United Methodist School.
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