Laura Patterson, Executive Director E-mail: email@example.com
Laura has an MA in Arts Management from American University and a BM in Flute Performance from the University of Southern California. Her previous work experience includes the Departments of Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State and the Organization of American States, New York Youth Symphony’s Chamber Music Program, A Midsummer Music Quebec, CW Post Long Island University’s Summer Festival, and Opera France.
In addition to administrative work, Laura also has 9 years of experience teaching group classes and private lessons. Her teaching experience includes working for the Harmony Project, an award-winning music education organization now serving 1,500 students in Los Angeles. She has performed at the Lima International Jazz Festival (Lima, Peru), the International Arts Festival (Rotterdam, Holland), Electronic Music Midwest (Chicago, IL), and most recently at the Southern Voices Dance Festival.
Trenton Thomas, Conductor and Violin Teacher
Trenton Ray Thomas is a graduate of the University of New Orleans. He received his B.A. in Music Education with a concentration in violin. During his college career, Trenton played a pivotal role in music education programs in New Orleans by working as a violin instructor for the New Orleans String Project, a non-profit program providing free instruction to students interested in string instruments, as well as assisting in the formation of the Saturday Music School, another non-profit program run by the University of New Orleans and the New Orleans Jazz Institute. Trenton plays violin in various music venues in and around the New Orleans Metropolitan area. Playing different genres of music such as jazz, funk, hip-hop, R-n-B, and neo-soul; he has shown that the violin can be used in non-traditional settings. Currently, he is working with the Lower 9th Ward Youth Orchestra with plans of expanding the ideas and practices of the program, in addition to motivating the students of the orchestra to become competent, open-minded musicians. Furthermore, he plans to continue building his professional music career and is in the process of creating his own music production and recording company, T-Ray Productions.
Paul Macres, Bass Teacher
Paul Macres is currently a bassist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He also has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Stavanger Symphony (Norway). Paul has participated in numerous music festivals including the Breckenridge Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra (CO), Music Academy of the West (CA), and the Verbier Festival Orchestra (Switzerland). Paul holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, a Master’s of Music from Rice University, and a Professional Studies Certificate from the Colburn School in Los Angeles.
Tucker Fuller, violin teacher
Tucker Fuller attended Bard College (B.A.), the Peabody Institute (M.M.) and the University of Michigan (DMA), and has studied with composers Joan Tower, Christopher Theofanidis, Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, and Bright Sheng. He has had premieres with the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Colorado String Quartet, and the American Symphony Orchestra. Tucker is a frequent collaborator with poet Megan Levad. Writing as 1928, Tucker and Megan write song cycles for both conventional and unconventional places.
Kaleb Lambert, cello and bass teacher
Kaleb Lambert is a student at UNO studying music education. His main instrument is the trombone, but he also is a skilled percussionist. He has taught drum lessons privately and publicly at middle schools throughout St Bernard Parish, for both concert and marching percussion. He now studies the trombone in detail after learning it his senior year. He hopes to teach at either the high school or middle school level upon the completion of his college degree.
Denise Frazier, violin teacher
Dr. Denise Frazier graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas where she first began experimenting with writing, stage- managing, and performance. She also participated in the Greater Houston Youth Orchestra, and has incorporated her interest in music, language, performance, and education into her life ever since. An interest in Cuban politics and African Diaspora culture within Latin America led her to New Orleans where she received an MA and PhD in Latin American Studies at Tulane University in 2009.
Frazier’s graduate studies in Cuba and Brazil aligned with her interest in contemporary music, specifically hip hop, and public performance. She has performed with interdisciplinary Cuban performance group Proyecto Omni Zona-franca in the Festival del Caribe in 2007. In the states, Frazier performs with Jelly Jar, a performance art collective founded in 2006 by herself and Houston artist and drama-therapist Autumn Knight. She also periodically performs as a violinist and vocalist with jazz trio New Orleans Breeze.
This summer, Frazier taught violin with the 9th Ward Youth Orchestra and is excited to continue teaching violin and performance.
Yulene Velazquez, general music teacher
Yulene Velasquez is a Venezuelan young professional singer and conductor. She has performed internationally as a member of the Schola Cantorum de Venezuela and has worked with world renowned composers such as John Adams and Osvaldo Golijov, and under the baton of María Guinand, Alberto Grau, Gustavo Dudamel, Helmuth Rilling, Simon Rattle, Erkki Pohjola, Louis Langrée , among others.
She has participated in renowned music festivals such as the Oregon Bach Festival, Panamá Jazz Festival, Mostly Mozart, América Cantat, New Crowned Hope Festival. In Venezuela, she conducted the Fundación Empresas Polar’s Children Choir, the choir from the Conservatory of Music “Juan Manuel Olivares”, and also worked with the children’s choir from Universidad Central de Venezuela.
Yulene holds a degree in Social Communications from Universidad Santa María. She studied music at the Conservatory “Juan José Landaeta” and conducting with Ana María Raga in Caracas. She recently obtained her Master of Music in Choral Conducting at University of Florida, where she worked with the UF Concert Choir.