The private lesson program at Klein Oak is growing. We are working to add more qualified teachers to our rosters to help making providing these experiences for your children more convenient. See below for faculty pictures and bios.
Contact your orchestra director for contact information for these teachers.
Thank you for your interest in the Klein Oak private lesson program!
Private Lesson Staff
Victoria Ebel, Violin Instructor
Mrs. Ebel is a graduate of Klein Oak High School. She continued her education in violin performance at Baylor University in the studio of Dr. Bruce Berg and under the direction of Stephen Hyde. After graduating from Baylor, Mrs. Ebel obtained her Masters in Music and Human Learning from The University of Texas in Austin. While in Austin, she was highly involved with the U.T. String Project under the direction of Dr. Laurie Scott and instruction of Dr. Edward Duke. After leaving the University of Texas, Victoria taught a private studio of 40 violins in College Station, TX where many of her students consistently won chairs in their Region Orchestras. While in College Station, she was also the manager and first violinist of the B.C.S. String Quartet. Mrs. Ebel began teaching as the associate director of Klein Oak Orchestras in 2009 and all of the Klein Oak orchestras have since been awarded sweepstakes in U.I.L. (2009-present). In 2014, under her direction, members of the Klein Oak Non Varsity orchestra were commended by the Director’s Choice Awards. Mrs. Ebel enjoys performing as a freelance musician and teaching the 5th Grade Strings Beginner program at Northampton Elementary; which is the very place where she began her education on the violin. Mrs. Ebel resides in Spring, Texas with her husband Jason and daughters Emma and Katherine.
Tam Duong, Viola Instructor
Tam Duong is avid performer and educator. She is currently pursuing a Master's of Music in Viola Performance at the University of Houston, where she studies with Professor Wayne Brooks. She is a recipient of the Hirsch Scholarship. Tam holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance and Music Education at Texas Tech University, where she studied under Renee Skerik, Katrin Meidell and Kimberly Sparr. In Lubbock, she was a viola and violin teacher with the Texas Tech String Project and Youth Orchestra of Lubbock. She did her student teaching in the Lubbock Independent School District at Hutchinson Middle School and Lubbock High School.
Performing in chamber music ensembles and orchestras has been Tam's passion since the beginning of her musical career. Tam has performed professionally with the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, and Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra. In the summer, Tam spends her time teaching and attending music festivals all over the U.S. She has attended the National Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, Bravo! Advanced String Studies and Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival.
Originally from Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam, Tam grew up and attending public school in Houston and Pasadena TX. Her philosophy in music is to give back to the community that gave her an incredible education through the most influential teachers. Being able to teach and perform to the community in which Tam grew up is very important. Tam will be able to guide all of her students through concert music, Region and All-State Auditions, and events such as Solo and Ensemble and UIL meanwhile focusing on individualized technique, musicality and better musicianship. She strives to be an encouraging, exciting and influential teacher to all of her students.
Lydia Feazell, Violin Instructor
Lydia Feazell is a native Houstonian. Inspired by her parents, Jimmy and Nancy Simon, each members of the Houston Symphony and her violin teachers, Harold Hess, Fredell Lack and Albert Meunzer, she pursued a musical career. She earned a BME from the University of Houston and continued her public school teaching career of 28 years in the Houston area.
While teaching at Memorial Middle School in the Spring Branch Independent School District, the orchestra earned the honor of being named State Champions four times in a row, several Best in Class trophies in the Galveston Isle Festival and the invitation for the orchestra to perform in the “Festival of the States 2004” commemorating the unveiling of the World War II Memorial in Washington DC.
After retirement from the public schools, she moved to Fayetteville, West Virginia and was given the opportunity of being a faculty member and board member of CODA Academy of Music Summer Camp. Although she has moved back to Houston, she continues her involvement with the academy each year.
Ms. Feazell is currently a substitute teacher in the Klein, Spring Branch, Cy-Fair, and Katy School Districts mostly substituting for orchestra directors on maternity leave. She is often called in to schools to give clinics to orchestras during contest season. She is an adjudicator at Solo & Ensemble Contests, Pre-UIL and UIL events and she teaches private lessons on violin and viola in her home.
Lizbeth Duncan, Cello Instructor
Cello teacher recently relocated from Washington DC area
30+ years experience as private cello teacher
Fairfax County (Virginia) Public Schools teacher 25+ years
Indiana University School of Music B.S., B.M.E., M.S. in teaching
Studied with Janos Starker, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Leopold Teraspulsky, Milos Sadlo
Member of several orchestras locally
Dominion String Quartet Cellist for 25 years 1980-2005
Laurilyn Krantz, Violin Instructor
Private Violin & Viola instructor of all ages in Hawaii and Texas, Klein High School, Klein Collins, Kleb Intermediate, Brill Elementary, Punahou, Iolani, Kamehameha, Saint Andrew’s Priory, Hawaii Mission Elementary, and at home studio; Led workshops within the Klein School district for Regional Orchestra Auditions; Kamehameha Schools Hawaii, Student-taught the High school Orchestra, Long term substitute for the Intermediate Orchestra, Taught sectionals, workshops, ensembles and private violin and viola; Taught an intermediate summer string program at Moanalua Intermediate; Taught an after school string program for 4th, 5th and 6th graders at Moanalua Elementary; Led String Orchestras, Sectionals and Classes for the Hawaii Youth Symphony Association; Suzuki group lessons, and University Laboratory School grades 3-12; Judged for the Hawaii American String Teachers’ Association annual Solo and Ensemble Competition and Hawaii Music Teachers’ Association; Suzuki Trained and Registered in Violin Unit 1 and Every Child Can courses.
Honolulu Symphony; University of Hawaii Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, Concertmaster; Colorado Music Festival; Aspen Music Festival/scholarship student; Manoa Strings Quartet, Leader; Yellowstone Quartet, Leader; Artists in the Schools; Solo Violin; Hawaii Chamber Society Concerts; Played in Orchestras for entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Liza Manelli, Natalie Cole, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, Dave Brubeck, Richard Harris (Camelot), Bill Cosby and more; Performed Musicals presented by Hawaii Community Theater, Army Community Theater (West Side Story, 1776, Oliver, Fiddler on the Roof and more); Professional Polynesian Dancer in Tokyo; Houston Latin American Philharmonic Orchestra
Lauren Chauvin is a violinist, violist and fiddle player living in Spring, TX. She started learning Suzuki Violin Method at the age of 5, and her first teachers were Debbie Elafros and Cynthia Rubin. She attended HSPVA, and was a member of the Texas All State Orchestra in 1999. Lauren holds her Master's Degree in violin from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Charles Castleman, members of the Rochester Philharmonic, The Ying Quartet, and Eastman faculty. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree from Louisiana State University.
Lauren has a passion for teaching and performing. She has 19 years of experience teaching violin, viola and fiddle, and 8 years of experience teaching orchestra. Her students have a track record of making Region, All State, and achieving high ratings at Solo and Ensemble and UIL. Prior to this year, she was the Head Orchestra Director at Jersey Village High School for 5 years, and Head Orchestra Director at an Intermediate School for 3 years. Both of these schools were considered "Title 1" by the state of Texas, and she enjoyed inspiring her students to achieve their goals, and worked to build up the Orchestra programs.
Her performance experience includes being a substitute violinist with the Houston Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Baton Rouge Symphony, a core member of the Symphony of Southeast TX, and a leader in a string quartet. She has performed in orchestras in Europe and Japan. She was a fiddler in a band for several years, which gave her the opportunity to enjoy the art of fiddle improvisation. She has played with churches around Houston and worked with singers/songwriters in studio recording sessions.
Lauren is currently enjoying being a mother to her new baby, and lives in Spring, TX. She teaches violin, viola and fiddle lessons at her home studio, plays "gigs" in the Houston area, and continues to do studio recordings as often as possible.
*References for both teaching and performing are available upon request.
Dr. Abigail Sliva
Abigail's refined sound reflects her years of dedication mastering her craft. Her experience and talent allow clients the flexibility they need to create a custom performance that is right for them. As a teacher, Dr. Sliva offers an extensive knowledge of the harp and works with both beginner and advanced students.
Stephen Martin, Bass Instructor
William Kremer, Cello Instructor
Ricardo Ferreira, Violin Instructor
Dr. Daniel Saenz, Cello Instructor
Scotte Card, Cello Instructor
Julia Schulman, Bass Instructor
More to be added soon! Additional Bios to be added as well.