Hedvika Miller - Piano, Music Theory, Singing
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 – 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 – 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!
John Paul Lepere - Guitar, Violin, Piano
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.
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
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 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.
Barbara Rudolph - Piano, Guitar
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.
Jessica Young - Voice, Piano, Guitar, Songwriting
Jessica Young – Voice, Piano, Guitar, Songwriting
Jessica Young started playing piano at the age of three. One of five children, she grew up in a very musical family, with each child, and her father, playing multiple instruments. She started competing in piano competitions at the age of twelve. She went on to Queens University of Charlotte, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Piano and Voice Performance. Instead of pursuing a Master’s Degree in Theory and Composition, Jessica decided to move to Nashville, TN, to pursue a songwriting career after composing songs with guitar. After two albums, she decided to come back home, to Charlotte, NC, and begin teaching again, to spread her love of music through the next generation. She teaches piano, guitar, voice, and ukulele.
Travis Lee - Piano, Guitar, Voice, Music Production
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 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.
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 Worship Arts and Media at a church in Mooresville, NC and voice and piano teacher at Ludmila Academy.