Music Instructors

Hedvika Miller - Piano, Music Theory, Singing

I come from a musical family.  My mother was a classical music piano teacher and my father was a professional piano player.  My mother was strict on teaching piano based on music theory and using the proper hand technique.  My father played by ear and preferred jazz, singing and improvisation. I started playing piano at a very early age.  I don’t remember exactly when, because it  has always been a part of my life.  

When I was eight years old I was accepted to the School of the Arts in the Czech Republic and entered the third level, as a result of piano lessons with my mother.  I continued my education and in 1990, I graduated from the University of Hradec Kralove College of Education with a Masters Degree in Musical Education.  I started teaching piano at the age of seventeen and continued teaching music for another fifteen years until 1998, when I moved to the USA.  In 1999, I started teaching private piano lessons in Huntersville, North Carolina.  In 2000, I started the music program at the Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy School of excellence for highly gifted students located in Charlotte.

Over the past ten years I developed a curriculum which included music history, theory, chorus, singing, dance, recorders and guitar.

Wendy Falls - Piano, Voice, & Singing

Wendy Falls, a native of Baltimore, MD has always had a love of music and singing.  She grew up surrounded by professional musicians and began singing solos at the age of 6.  Wendy received her BM in Voice from Stetson University in DeLand, FL where she studied with Bob and Mollie Rich.  Wendy served as a soloist and choreographer for the annual Stetson University Broadway Revue, sang multiple times at The Bob Carr Performing Arts Center (Orlando, FL), The Peabody Auditorium (Daytona Beach), The Times Union Center for the Performing Arts (Jacksonville, FL) and performed the lead role as "Sandy" in the musical Grease (Jacksonville, FL).  Wendy has mostly used her vocal talents in music ministry as a worship leader and songwriter for the past eighteen years.  She is also a former Miss Teen of Florida and Magic Kingdom Entertainment Performer at Walt Disney World Resort.  As a teacher, Wendy delights in bringing out and cultivating the unique treasures found within each student and greatly enjoys instructing them in the art of singing.  Wendy is married and has three children ages 12, 10, and 6.

Sam Kyzer - Piano, Guitar, Wind Instruments

Sam Kyzer taught public school instrumental and choral music in the southeastern U.S. for over 36 years. He earned degrees in music education from The University of Georgia and Louisiana State University. His concert and jazz bands received numerous awards, including six grand championships at regional festivals. An accomplished trombonist, trumpet player, worship leader, conductor, and guitarist, Sam is also an experienced private teacher of piano, guitar, and wind instruments at Ludmila. He and his wife have three college-graduate children and five adorable grandchildren!


Trevor Hollmond - Viola, Cello, Violin

I am the first in my family to become a classically trained musician. I love teaching, it has always been a passion and I love teaching young people the art of classical music! I am primarily a violist. I started with both  private lessons and in public school on violin then switched to Viola at age 9. Over time I mastered both the violin and Viola and ended up picking up the cello too. After becoming proficient on cello I moved on to learn the biggest of the group, the stringed bass! I have been a member of the Charlotte Youth Symphony Orchestra, Queen City Civic Orchestra, NC Western Regional Orchestra, and the NC Youth Symphony. I have also played for many events both public and private like the Black Women's Caucus of Charlotte and different elected officials’ events! I am thrilled to be able to spread the joys of classical music with youth at Ludmila’s European Music and Art Academy!

Brandi Amadio Nolish - Cello

Brandi began her life as a cellist at the age of 10.  A graduate from the Hartford Conservatory, in 2000, Brandi took her Diploma in Jazz and Classical Performance to continue her musical pursuits at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.  Mrs. Nolish earned her BA in Music, with a Minor in Psychology in 2004, from the University of North Florida, Jacksonville.  Her musical education then took her to Cleveland, OH, where she earned her Masters in Performance at Cleveland State University in 2006.  
     Throughout her musical training, Brandi has studied with esteemed cellists: Theresa Villani (avid performer and artist, Palm Harbor, FL); Jennifer Combs (avid performer and staff at the Julliard School, NY); Mary Lou Rylands (Avid performer and founder of the New Directions Cello Festival, VT); Laurie Casseday (performer and member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, FL); and Bryan Dumm and David Alan Harrell (of the Cleveland Orchestra, OH).  Mrs. Nolish’s performance repertoire expands the genres of chamber, classical and orchestral music; as well as contemporary, improvisation, jazz, musical theater, and performance art.  
     With two decade’s worth of experience, Mrs. Nolish has shared her musical experience, taught privately, and coached ensembles in a various settings, including the Chamber Music Retreat at Music Mountain (Falls Village, CT 1999-2000).  As well, Brandi has privately taught at the award winning Music Royale in Powell, Ohio (July 2008-May 2018), and coached sectionals at high schools in the Columbus, Ohio area (September 2010-November 2017).  Mrs. Nolish was also an active member with Body and Soul - The Art of Healing, a program that proposed to “nourish and elevate the a healthcare environment” (Jacksonville, FL 2002-2003).  As well, she was a section cellist with both Lima Symphony, in Lima OH, as well as Central Ohio Symphony, Delaware OH (2008-2018).  Brandi continues to share her love and knowledge of playing the cello though private and ensemble instruction, as well as freelancing.


John Paul Lepere - Guitar, Violin, Piano

John Paul has over thirty years of experience teaching piano, electric/acoustic guitar, bass and drums, among other instruments (clarinet, saxophone, violin), to students of all ages. In the past he recorded in
studio for other bands and performed professionally for about 10 years. He has excellent communication skills and the unique ability to translate any idea or situation into an catchy song. John Paul is a confident and concise communicator, able to teach with clarity and humor. Previously he was the director of several after school music programs at the Valley Christian school (Dublin CA) for elementary, jr/high school, the Carden West elementary school (Pleasanton CA), and was the music teacher for the San Ramon Unified School District (San Ramon CA). During those years he
was the director of the Hispanic choir at several churches in the Bay Area (California).
He started a pro-bono music program for low income families in Livermore, wrote and produced three successful Christmas programs and four musicals. Born in Santiago, Chile, John Paul lived the last 28 years in California (San Francisco and San Diego) and moved recently to Cornelius.

Gina Abbots

I have been teaching piano/voice for over thirty years.I studied music theory,ear training,and music appreciation at Liberty University for two years in the early eighties. After studying there, I traveled and sang with several music groups including The New Directions and the Liberty singers. In the late nineteen eighties I attended Sandhills Community College, where I trained in vocal performance, and was a member of the Pinehurst Dinner Theatre. We did musical numbers such as "The Boyfriend", South Pacific, Oaklahoma, etc. From 1991 to 1994 I attended NC Wesleyan College where I won a vocal scholarship. I was a member of the jazz choir, and also sang with the Wesleyan choir. I studied piano and voice at Wesleyan,and during my three years there, I directed a childrens and adult choir at a Methodist as well as a Baptist church. My experience with teaching began in 1982, and continued throughout my college years. After college I taught privately for 10 yrs., and then worked for private christian schools such as First Assembly in Concord. Since 1998 I have been teaching piano and voice full time. My personal philosophy regarding music and the arts is that music is an "all inspiring gift".To be able to pass that along to my students and observe each persons unique talents and style is such a rewarding experience. It is an honor to be a part of the process of learning, and to have the realization that maybe I made a difference in a childs life.


Denys Gorski-Daigle - Violin

A long-time resident of Charlotte, and native of Long Island, NY, Denys Gorski-Daigle began studying violin at the age of 10 with fiddler Charles Kinder (Sound Symphony Orchestra, NY).  She has long held a passion for chamber, orchestral and rock music, and has participated with numerous groups since age 14.  Denys graduated from SUNY-Binghamton University with a minor degree in Music Performance where she studied under Janet Brady (Prometheus Trio, Danbury CT) and Timothy Perry, DMA, MMA, MM and Conductor.
Performance highlights include winning Principal 2nd Violinist with the NYC Youth Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center (NYC), and playing with the Binghamton Symphony, and the Tri-Cities Opera in Binghamton, New York at age 21.   Ten years ago, Denys expanded her playing repertoire on the electric violin as a soloist and duets with Kevin Brawley and Matthew S. Ablan, Acoustic Guitars.  Coming soon, an electric violin,  mandolin and electric base. She never stops learning.
A private music educator in Charlotte, North Carolina, Denys continues to teach young violin students in her private studio and encourages a mix of traditional lessons, improvisation, theory and composition.  She believes that every violin player deserves the opportunity to find their individual voice through violin and music.

David G. Lorusso - Violin

David comes from a long line of Italian musicians.  He started lessons with his father, George Lorusso.  At age 4, his Uncle, Raphael Lorusso, a master violinist, made David’s first violin! 
At age 5, he entered the violin program from at Longy School of Music just blocks from Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He studied various works from J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Georg F. Händel, Mozart, Vivaldi and others.  His studies included Music Theory, Solfege, Composition, Ensemble playing and private lessons through his college years.  He played solo violin Concerti, and duets for violin & piano.  He continued with private lessons from an Arlington Philharmonic violinist, where his Father and Uncle played. 
Later, he studied piano and the works of J.S. Bach (2 & 3 Part Inventions) and Chopin and sang and toured with the Chorale while attending Barrington College in Rhode Island.  David played in competitions, Church Praise & Worship, Radio (Boston) and in Taiwan with a Filipino Band.
David currently plays as a guest violinist at a local Assisted Living Facility.  He has traveled extensively and lived in Latin America, Europe, Middle East and in Taiwan.  He enjoys foreign languages, teaching and desires to pass on the gift of music to the next generation.

Donna Mashburn Nestor - Violin & Viola

Donna, a native of Statesville, NC began playing violin at the age of three, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and a Suzuki method trained instructor.  Her many teachers include Xiao-Lu Li, Dr. Ernest Pereira, Corine Brouwer, and Kevin Lawrence.  Donna has been a member of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and the Western Piedmont Symphony for over 18 years.  She is also a member of a performing ensemble, Deans’ Duets.  Donna currently lives in Charlotte, NC and enjoys performing and teaching throughout the Eastern United States.  She has participated in various institutes including the Virginia Suzuki Institute, the North Carolina Suzuki Institute, the Ithaca College Chamber Music Institute, the Brevard Music Center Festival and the International Suzuki Conference in Berlin, Germany

Barbara Rudolph - Piano, Guitar

Growing up in the New York Tri-state area, one of my earliest memories was when someone visited and played the Living Room piano.  I remember being so mezmerized watching the Ivory keys going up and down and the emotions I felt, even as a little girl. Beginning Piano Lessons by Age 4,  Barbara realized an overwhelming passion that continues to this day. Barbara focused her education in Organizational Psychology, a teaching concentration aimed at the development of exciting, motivational techniques for learning. All Barbara's world's came together as she realized her love for teaching Music.

Barbara has taught Music in  Grades K-9, formed and successfully ran the New York Conservatory for Performing Arts, and in most recent years, truly, enjoyed Private Instruction with students ranging from Age 4 through Adult, she has enjoyed nearly 30 years of teaching Private Piano, Theory, Music History, Summer Music Camp Programs, along with, both, Adult and Student Group Keyboard Classes. Music is the Gift of a Lifetime, inspiring many generations to come!

Recently relocating to Cornelius, NC, I feel so privileged to be a part of Hedvika Miller's Ludmila European Music and Art Academy. I am thrilled for the   the joy of teaching Music in my new home.


Dr. Randy S. Price - Piano, Voice, Musical Theatre

Born into a musical family, Randy began studying piano at age three.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in piano and vocal performance, a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Randy worked professionally with the conductor of the Atlanta Symphony, the late Robert Shaw, for over eight years and participated in numerous professional choral workshops at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Randy has performed extensively in the United States and Europe (London, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Venice, Florence, Sienna, Rome, and Urbania). Randy has worked with a number of theaters in North and South Carolina as vocal coach and music director - Clater-Kaye Theatreworks, in Hickory, NC; The Edge Theater in Rock Hill, SC; and Fort Mill Community Players, (SC); UNCC; Theater Charlotte; and Children’s Theater of Charlotte.  Randy is currently the Director of Contemporary Worship and Arts at a church in Mooresville, NC.


Elena Korzova - Piano

I was born in Ukraine. By the age of six started to attend music school with the concentration in piano. Music was always my passion. After eight years I graduated successfully. I always dreamed of becoming a music teacher. I went to College of Music in Rostov on Don in Russia My major was Piano and Theory of Music. I graduated with the Bachelor Degree. Ever since I have been teaching Theory of Music and Piano. I dedicated over 20 years to this career and I'am looking forward to share my knowledge with the new students at Ludmila Academy.




Liudmyla Avramenko - Piano, Voice

Highly motivated and energetic music teacher having more than 15 years of experience in music and vocal trainings. Strong communication skills aimed at meeting the needs of diverse groups of music learners. Competent in playing a wide range of musical instruments, and teaching the same to students and developing jingles to go with thematic poems at elementary school level. Would love to transmit the passion of music to the young generation.

Provided instrumental, vocal, music training, as well as, preparation for national and international competitions and concerts for children ages 4-16. Designed lesson plans and integrated a wide range of activities and materials to accommodate all students with their different capabilities. Prepared students for solo and ensemble. Offered praise and positive encouragement to keep kids motivated and eager to learn and progress.

Here are some of my students’ achievements:
-         Ukrainian National Vocal Championship 2009 (3 gold medals, 3 silver medals)
-         Bulgarian International Vocal Championship 2011 (3 gold medals,2 silver medals)
-         Invitation some of the students to participate in International Paris Vocal Festival 2013
-         Hungarian International Vocal Championship 2016 (4 gold medals, 3 silver medals)
-         Participation in Ukrainian national Concerts and veteran charities
-         Participation in several TV shows
Music School Diploma                                                                                                               
Kherson State Community College of Music and Art                                                                                          
Kharkov State Academy of Culture (Formerly, the Institute of Culture)        
Bachelor in faculty of Music and Art

Music is a challenging and fulfilling intellectual, physical, and emotional experience. It gives students opportunities for personal, moral, and social growth in addition to the basic skills of music instruction. Creating meaningful musical experiences gives students opportunities to grow and explore music in ways they would not do outside of school so the experiences stay with them throughout their lives.


Thomas Evans

Thomas Evans is an accomplished cellist with a broad repertoire including rock, folk, jazz, and baroque. He has played with the Charlotte Civic Orchestra, Central Piedmont Community College Early Music, and Baroque Ensembles. Thomas studied period instruments under Dr. Mira Frisch, Gail Schroeder, Janis Nilsen, Holly Maurer, and Tanja Bechtler while enrolled in the music program at Central Piedmont Community College. He has taken master classes under Alan Black, and Alison Crum.
Thomas participated the past three summers in Early Music Workshops held in Cullowhee NC. He plays weekly with the praise band as well as the orchestra at Assurance UMC. Thomas also plays with several bands. In addition to cello and electric cello Thomas plays recorder and Viola de Gamba.
In 2009 he played in Conquistadors and Collaboration (early folk and art music in South America) with members of the Charlotte Symphony. Thomas has played in theater productions including Floyd Collins and The Last Five Years. He played for the CAST Theater, Hickory Arts, and in Hickory for special events. Thomas has also performed with the Western Piedmont Symphony. He has played in Founders Hall for Embracing Piazzolla (tango inspired dance music) and has recorded at Rock University/Sioux Sioux Studio for artists Nathan Storey and Arsena Schroede.
Thomas is an established, experienced, finely trained, professional musician who somehow finds the time to incorporate teaching into his busy schedule. Thomas is intuitive, innovative and versatile in his teaching methods, taking the time to give the students the care and attention that they need. Thomas instills positive habits and healthy techniques into the student’s routines while paying attention to each child’s different learning styles, interests and abilities. Thomas also teaches piano in addition to cello.


Christopher Jones - Guitar, Piano

Chris started playing guitar at 19. He has been teaching for the past 17 years first in Charlotte and now in Davidson. His focus has been primarily on playing jazz and improvised music, leading his own trio, and playing in solo or duo settings. He has also played in everything from cover/wedding bands, original projects, and orchestras for local college shows or musicals.
In May of 2015 he finished his undergraduate classes at Queens University in Music Therapy. Coming in as a transfer student the intense 2 years spent in the program helped strengthen his piano and vocal skills, along with giving him the foundation in the various approaches to music therapy and ways that it is used with different ages and populations. He also learned the basics of classical guitar technique and some of the repertoire. After completing the AMTA music therapy internship where he worked primarily in the mental health field he officially graduated in August of 2016. Once he gets board certified as a music therapist he plans to start his own practice and continuing working with both adolescent and adults in the area of behavioral health.
His approach to teaching is based on the fundamentals (reading music, theory, and ear training) especially for younger students, as he feels it is important to have a basic grasp of music and how it is written and played. At the same time he strives to make it interesting and fun for them as well. Concerning adolescents and adults he tailors the lesson to whatever musical goals they may have.
    He believes that anyone, regardless of age, can learn how to play either the guitar or piano but it is important for the prospective student to know why he or she wants to. It is this reason that will help them as they work toward their musical goals. Chris knows that not everyone taking lessons plans on being a professional or even semi-professional musician but he is very quick to point out that playing an instrument is not easy. It requires time, patience, perseverance and above all practice on the part of the student. If a student is well aware of this going into the lessons then Chris is certain that he can help them reach their musical goals.



Travis Lee - Piano, Guitar, Voice, Music Production

My musical journey started when I was 8 years old.  The initial step in piano lessons ignited my musicality and I began exploring other instruments such as drums, guitar, bass guitar and voice.  In 2005, I got accepted into the music program at The University of North Carolina at Asheville.  I continued studying classical piano privately under Dr. Belcher’s supervision.  Furthermore, I studied advanced music theory, music history and aural skills.  I received the Bachelor of Science in Music Technology in Fall 2009.  

During my Undergrad, I grew extensive knowledge in recording and music production after every studio session and recording projects.  I have developed an understanding in using instruments such as theremin, keyboard synthesizers and electronic components that can generate a pure sine wave to make a musical note.  I studied advanced recording practicum and audio engineering at UNCA’s state of the art recording facility for over 3 years.  Currently, I own a professional home recording studio and I have produced 3 records to date.  I am an established musician, producer and engineer in most Hmong communities and other areas around the United States.  I have been teaching piano, guitar, drums and voice for over 8 years.  I am heavily involved in music production and music education since 2010.  

Mitchell Lewis

Mitchell Lewis holds a Bachelor of Choral Music Education degree from Florida State University and a Masters in Choral Conducting from Winthrop University. During his tenure as a choral educator, Mitchell has taught middle and high school chorus in the public school systems of Leon County, Tallahassee, Florida and Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Charlotte, NC. He also served as the graduate assistant for the Winthrop University Collegiate choir during his graduate studies. Mitchell currently serves as the conductor for the Men’s Choir at UNC Charlotte and keyboardist for Forest Hill Church. In addition to his conducting assignments, Mitchell has served as choir director and accompanist for churches in Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Mitchell is an active member of both ACDA and NCMEA.

Amanda Sesler - Piano, Voice

Amanda Sesler is a Soprano from Erie, Pennsylvania. Music was an integral part of her upbringing. She attended Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she majored in Music Education.  Amanda taught choir, band, music history, theater, and piano at an Indianapolis high school for two years after her undergrad. She then returned to Indiana University for her Master of Music in Voice where she studied with Alice Hopper.  Performance credits include Kitty Hart in Dead Man Walking with IU Opera Theater, featured soloist with Lafayette Bach Chorale, Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly with La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy, Yvette in La Rondine with La Musica Lirica, and four seasons with the outreach company, Reimagining Opera for Kids. She toured China with the Windiana Concert Band as the vocal soloist on the Golden Age of Broadway Tour. She was awarded the Robert and Sophia Marks First Prize Award by the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale in 2015. This spring she will be singing with Opera Carolina in their production of Eugene Onegin.  Amanda has experience teaching art song in German, Italian, and French, musical theater, and jazz. She loves helping students to find their own unique sound through teaching healthy singing habits. Amanda is excited to be a part of the team at Ludmila European Music and Art Academy!

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