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Joshua is a Filipino-American composer and classical guitarist from North Carolina. He is currently a graduate student at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro pursuing his Masters in Music Composition and studying under Dr. Mark Engebretson and Dr. Alejandro Rutty. Joshua graduated from Campbell University in 2011, completing his undergraduate studies in three years (2008-2011), with a B.A. Music Composition and B.A. in Guitar Performance. In his three years at Campbell he has studied Composition and Orchestration with Dr. Howard Moran Whitley and Dr. William Pruett, Guitar with Dr. Milen Parashkevov, and Conducting with Dr. Charles Dwayne Wilson. While studying at Campbell, Joshua served as the Principle Bassoonist in the Cape Fear Symphony and Principle Trombone in the Campbell University Wind Ensemble. He was also a member of the Campbell University Percussion Ensemble, Campbell University Guitar Ensemble, Campbell University Jazz Band, Campbell University Pep Band (playing Mellophone), and served as a Student Conductor and Student Composer/Arranger for multiple Campbell and community ensembles. Outside of school, Joshua has also received the rank of Eagle Scout in 2006 and the title of Master Mason in 2010. He currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife, Erin Marquez, and cat, Smudge.
I've been performing for over 15 years as a musician and composer. A Baritone, I studied vocal performance, under Glenn Siebert, at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. I've performed with the Piedmont Opera, and composed works for the stage, feature length film, and short film. I began my musical career in Raleigh, NC, where I took the stage as a show choir performer, before becoming a member of the Sanderson High School Sandpipers. I helped lead under Director Marshall Butler to win national competitions in Orlando and New Orleans, and also sang as a soloist at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. At UNCSA I performed the title role of Signor Deluso in 2010, and also learned the roles of Count Almaviva in Le Nozze Di Figaro, and Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte. I've also played in productions such as Street Scene, Dont Drink the Water, The Devil and Kate, Il Mondo Della Luna, L'elisir D'amore, Maria Stuarda, and Turandot. I have been living and working in Winston-Salem for 6 years.
I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where I received both my Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance and my Masters of Music in Vocal Pedagogy. I have extensive stage and recital experience in both musical theater and operatic repertoire. My musical theater experience includes rolls such as Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and Senex in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. During my time at UNCG, I sang the roles of Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, which I also sang with the Durham Children's Choir. I also sang the roles of Gabriel Von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, The Defendant in Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury, along with participating in the ensembles in The Mikado, L'Enfant et les Sortilege, L'Enfant Prodigue, and Cendrillion. I also sang Timothy in Help, Help The Globolinks!, the First Slave in The Magic Flute, and participated in the ensemble of La Traviata with Greensboro Opera. I have studied voice with Ms. Cheryl Dobson, Dr. Donald Hartmann, and Dr. Robert Wells.
I grew up surrounded by music, theatre, sports and teaching; Mom was a music major, her instrument was piano, and Dad was a theatre major (who went to college on a football scholarship) and he played the drums. My earliest memories are of Mom playing the piano, Dad drumming, and me dancing all over the living room. I have been singing since I could talk and I started taking piano lessons around the age of 6. I was in choir and band all throughout middle/high school and went to college unsure if I wanted to focus on music or theatre. I was very active in both departments and continued to take private piano and voice lessons but theatre won out and my primary focus changed to scenic painting. However, music remains a huge part of my life. I love that no matter where I am or who I am with music brings people together in a way that nothing else can. I have seen that first hand on mission trips, in the classroom, and in my daily life.
I love teaching private lessons! I have taught elementary music in the public school system for many years, and find that many techniques and strategies I use in a group setting are also wonderful to use in the individual private lesson. I am dynamic and energetic - my philosophy is that learning should be FUN! In addition to teaching elementary music, I am also a church choir director, While most of my time and energy is related to teaching and sharing music, I also find time to work out, hike, and cook.
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Review by Al
Pavel is doing a great job with my 6 year old son. Pavel is doing a great job helping my son focus on technique and rhythm, which is something previous instructors weren't so successful with. Pavel is organized / structured / systematic, which is what my son needs now, but I hope he relaxes a bit as the lessons continue so that more "joy" comes through.
Review by Timothyfullard
We've only had a few lessons with Elisa, but so far we really like her. She has a lot of great suggestions for solo pieces as well as orchestral music that involves all 3 of my boys, while also including some Christian music that we can play at church. She is very patient in explaining the lessons and encouraging!
Review by Jon
Michael is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher. The first thing he did was to determine what I wanted to get out of lessons, and what my existing skill level is. He is now aiming me in the right direction - and he is clearly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable, in addition to being very easy to get along with. I'm very happy.
Review by Nancy Fritsch
I honestly cannot say enough positive things about Rachel. We met her through CYT where my daughter took theater classes from Rachel and was directed by Rachel in several musicals. Because Rachel was so wonderful to work with and so clearly talented at teaching and directing, several years ago, my daughter started private vocal lesson with her and I have seen my daughter's vocal abilities grow in leaps and bounds. Rachel is an ace at picking music to work on that stretches abilities while at the same time, keeps vocal lessons fun. I highly recommend her as a voice and theater coach.
Review by Gillian
Vince is a great drum teacher for my 8 year old son. We go to his house where he has a studio setup with a huge drum set. He has been very patient but really holds my son responsible for learning the right way to play. After about 5 lessons, my son is playing some rhythms on the drums and reading music. He looks forward to his lessons with Vince.
Review by Blaine Vaz
“I took drum lessons from Mark for about 7 months. I have been playing for 38 years but always thrive to learn more. He was able to provide me alternative exercises and help me gain a better understanding of my opportunities. I have been able to take my playing to another level. His approach to teaching is perfect for any level of student, beginner or advanced. He is a true professional and an outstanding person. You won't go wrong with Mark!” Blaine Vaz
Review by Paula Chacon
I've always said, "It's all about the teacher." That skillful, effective teacher who can reach that child and ignite her passion, is truly a gift. Ric does that for my daughter. As a former music teacher myself, the most challenging thing in working with children is how to build their fundamental musical skills while letting them have fun and be expressive. The teacher must create a safe, supportive environment, and Ric does that. Ric immediately focuses on fundamentals of tone and technique, giving my daughter succinct instruction on how to improve, thus she can sense the improvement immediately. Ric seems extremely easy going; even when lighting a fire under her sometimes under-achieving butt, Ric never criticizes, judges or blames. He works with my child, understanding her, helping her problem solve, and even giving her the quick answer sometimes so she can move quickly and stay motivated. Ric balances fundamentals with fun and expressiveness, so my child feels as though she can 'play' and they truly make music in every lesson. I am thankful we found a good match with Ric.
Review by Joshua Thompson
I have known Erin since I attended graduate school at the Hartt School in Connecticut. Last year she came to the college I teach at to give a master class and talk about her experiences as a musician abroad. She has proven that she is a capable and wonderful musician and educator. I highly recommend studying with her if you're lucky enough to have the opportunity!
Review by Alamu Vinai
Usually I don't write reviews. I am compelled to write for Feng. I've experience finding/working with many music teachers over the years for different instruments (piano, flute, sax) for kids. I think Feng is the best, he is so passionate about music, he encourages the kids. He teaches thoroughly - you can tell he knows lot about saxophone. I would definitely recommend Feng!!