Private Lessons Faculty


Jolene Madewell -

Bio coming soon!

Sheila Smail -

Sheila’s colorful background in ensembles such as orchestra, band, choir, chamber music, acapella, and drumline has ultimately shaped her love for teaching private lessons. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Flute Performance at the University of Houston and her Master’s Degree in Music Performance at the University of New Mexico. Sheila has a fun, creative, and encouraging approach to teaching that focuses on combining passion and emotion with the core music fundamentals of melody, harmony, rhythm, and style. She currently teaches private flute lessons at 3 schools across LISD and RRISD, as well as piano and singer/songwriter lessons at Round Rock Music School. Her studio is comprised of 37 students of various background and skill level, ranging in age from 4 to 26! Outside of the classroom, Sheila enjoys performing, writing, and recording songs for her new collaborative music project Sheilava.


Kathryn Bloise -

Katie Bloise is a Colorado native, recently moved to the great state of Texas. She loves to teach the oboe, and is dedicated to the growth and development of her students. She enjoys working with oboe students every day, and feels honored to watch them learn over time. Katie holds degrees in oboe performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Arizona State University. She has studied with Peter Cooper, Martin Schuring, and Andrew Parker. She has performed with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Brazos Valley Symphony and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.


Adam Drake -

Bassoonist Adam Drake is an active musician across the central Texas region. Based in Austin, Adam teaches a large studio of middle and high school bassoon students. While a student at The University of Texas, Adam performed with the University’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and on many recitals and chamber concerts at the Butler School of Music. His past summer experiences include the National Music Festival, Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, Brevard Music Center’s Institute, and the opportunity of performing as bassoonist for the American Wind Symphony Orchestra’s 55th season. Along with his orchestral pursuits, Adam is also a dynamic chamber musician. With his woodwind quintet, li5ten quintet, he has competed and put on performances across the nation, and the group was also awarded a summer chamber music residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Adam is also bassoonist for prismatx ensemble, a contemporary chamber ensemble in Austin that puts on provoking multi-sensory concerts and art experiences.

In May 2017, Adam was awarded a Master of Music degree from The University of Texas’s Butler School of Music. His former teachers and other musical inspirations include Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Jeff Keesecker, and Amanda Swain.


Tyler Webster -

Tyler Webster is a native Texan and currently resides in Austin, TX. He is the second clarinetist of the Abilene and Midland Symphonies, positions he won recently, and has performed with the Victoria Symphony, Lubbock Symphony, and Round Rock Symphony. Mr. Webster is very active on the audition circuit and recently was finalist for the "President's Own" Marine Band and the Air Force Premiere Band, where he was offered a position with the "Heritage Band of America." Recently, he was invited as a quarter-finalist for the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and held a residency at the Banff Center for the Arts in Banff, Canada with his quintet, LI5TEN. He is an advocate for contemporary music and is a member of Prismatix, a new music ensemble based in Austin. He has also attended various summer orchestral institutes, including the Brevard Music Festival, Domaine Forget, Aria Institute, and Eastern Music Festival. Tyler has a passion for teaching and maintains a private studio and also serves on the faculty for the Longhorn Music Camps. He holds degrees from Texas Tech University, Northwestern University, and The University of Texas at Austin. His primary teachers include Jonathan Gunn, Steve Cohen, and David Shea.


Veronica was born and raised in Houston, Texas. In 2013 she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education as well as a Performer’s Certificate from the University of Texas at San Antonio. As well as playing and subbing with such ensembles as The San Antonio Symphony, San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers, San Antonio Wind Symphony and the San Pedro Playhouse Orchestra, while studying for her degree Veronica gave private instruction and masterclasses on the clarinet, continuing to do so in the San Antonio area for a year following graduation. Wanting to continue her studies she auditioned for and was granted a scholarship to attend the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music where she received a Master’s degree in Clarinet Performance in May of 2016.


Ben Kessler -

Benjamin Kessler is an active saxophonist and music educator in Austin, Texas. He regularly plays with the Vintage 15 Big Band and is a founding member of the Austin Saxophone Ensemble, where he also serves as the group’s Financial Director. Benjamin has performed with such acclaimed ensembles as the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Round Top Festival Orchestra, The University of Texas Wind Ensemble, The University of Texas New Music Ensemble, and TexSax Saxophone Ensemble. As a recording artist, Benjamin can be heard on albums on the Naxos, University Records, Austin Saxophone, and Hollywood Records labels.

As an avid proponent of contemporary chamber and large ensemble music, Benjamin has commissioned, premiered, and recorded new works by Dan Welcher, Donald Grantham, Cater Pann, John Makey, Kevin Puts, Steve Bryant, John Mills, Chris Ozley, Andy Davis, Michael Mikulka, and David Adams. Benjamin can also be seen and heard in the 2009 film Bandslam and on the motion picture soundtrack. Benjamin is passionate about music and saxophone education. He has a large private studio in Austin, and was formerly a Lecturer of Saxophone at Texas A&M University- Kingsville.

Benjamin completed his Master’s degree and other degrees in Saxophone Performance at the University of Texas Butler School of Music where he studied under Harvey Pittel and served as the saxophone studio Teaching Assistant. His other teachers include John Mills and Ron Jones.


Benjamin Berghorn -

Sarah Brown -

Matt De Vries -


Matt De Vries is a performer and educator in the Austin area. A native of Cedar Park, TX, he began his music education in Leander ISD at Artie Henry Middle School, and later graduating from Vista Ridge High School. Mr. De Vries earned his bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Texas at Arlington. While there he performed with the UTA bands, Maverick Marching Band, and the UTA Symphony Orchestra. In 2012 he marched with the world finalist Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, which also gave him the opportunity to perform with the Canton Symphony Orchestra of Canton, OH. Mr. De Vries has studied trumpet privately with Dr. Rick Bogard, Ken Edwards, Dr. Miranda George, Dr. Robert Cannon, and Gilbert Elorreaga.

Mr. De Vries' professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He performs regularly with the Cedar Park Winds. In the fall he is an instructor with the Robert E. Hendrickson High School marching band.

French Horn

David Nowell -



After graduating from high school in Pennsylvania, Mr. Anthony Wise attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, studying with the Principal Trombonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Nitzan Haroz.

After graduating from college he spent the next 15 years teaching students in many different countries, while simultaneously being a member of countless professional orchestras all over the globe that include, The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Youth Outreach Project Leader, Louisiana State University Trombone & Tuba Masterclass Clinician, University of Florida Trombone & Tuba Masterclass Leader, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Youth Outreach Brass Quartet Leader, San Antonio Brass Quintet Summer Music Program Professor, and The Saint Joseph’s Preparatory Private School Trombone Instructor in Philadelphia.

Anthony has performed with many professional orchestras including, The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, The San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and The Singapore Symphony Orchestra.

He now has relocated to Austin, Texas and is looking forward to putting down roots here and being a trombone instructor for the Leander and Round Rock Districts exclusively.


Patrick Geren -

Patrick Geren is an independent music educator, performer, and composer across Austin (TX) and works as a brass instructor with the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps (Canton, OH). He earned his Master’s in Performance from the University of Georgia with David Zerkel and his Bachelor’s in Music Education and Performance from Illinois State University with Dr. Andy Rummel and Dr. Mark Babbitt. As a member of the University of Georgia Tuba Quartet, he earned honors as first runner-up in the chamber ensemble competitions at the 2014 Music Teachers National Association in Chicago and the International Tuba Euphonium Conference held at Indiana University. His original work, “Tipping Point,” was a finalist at the 2016 U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Composition Contest. His works have been published through Potenza Music, reviewed in the International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA) Journal, and performed at regional and national conferences. In 2016 he founded his own publishing company, Wiley Island Press. In addition, scholarly articles of his research have been published in multiple ITEA Journals.


Trey Hanis -


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Clayton Stroup -