|Instructors||Type of Lessons|
|Elizabeth Chaves||Voice & Beginning Piano|
|Cristyn Schroder||Voice, Piano and Mini MusicBox|
|Jeremy Tomlinson||Acoustic Guitar, Voice & Recording Studio Director|
|Alexander Johnson||Piano & Bass Guitar|
|Alex Pandolph||Drums/Percussion & Piano|
Elizabeth Chaves-Voice & Beginning Piano
Vocal instructor and Founder of The MusicBox, Elizabeth fell in love with music at a very young age, and has been singing ever since! Her formal training began at age 14 under the instruction of Eleanor Tracey and continued throughout her college career.
A lead singer and recording artist of the former girl group R.E.A.L, Elizabeth has had the opportunity to perform at local venues such as Hard Rock Live, Universal Studios, House of Blues, and the Amway Arena to name a few. R.E.A.L’s success led to a national tour with the HealthSouth GoForIt! Roadshow, in which the group performed for thousands of people on a weekly basis. They headlined their own Pop Sensational Show at Walt Disney World, Orlando and sang at the Grand Opening of Epcot’s Test Track, and The Groove Night Club at Universal’s City Walk. Additionally, they opened for bands such as LFO, Earth, Wind and Fire, and The Spinners.
After many years of performing in church, school, girl groups (you name it!) and being classically trained in college (under the tutelage of Leah Pace-Berkley, Dr. Rebecca Brown-Bedell, University of Mississippi, and Dr. Michael Battruccio of The Boston Pops), and graduating from the University of Central Florida, Elizabeth decided to begin teaching.
Recognizing the need for a more relevant style of musical training, Elizabeth began mixing her backgrounds of both pop/contemporary and classical training & performing to achieve a training style that students could relate to, get excited about and grow from!
She adores her students and loves the many relationships she’s had the privilege of building while teaching private voice for more than 6 years, as well as training and managing at some of Orlando’s finest music and dance centers.
In addition to teaching at and co-owning The MusicBox with her husband, Louis, Elizabeth leads worship at her church, and is a mommy to Isaiah, Ana and Lily. She and her family reside in Tuscawilla.
Cristyn Schroder-Voice, Piano and Mini MusicBox
Cristyn Schroder’s love for music began at a very young age playing the piano and singing in her school choir. She began teaching beginning piano at the age of 16 and was an accompanist for her high school choir and fellow students in performance and competition. Upon graduation, she continued her studies in piano and voice at UCF. While attending college, Cristyn begin coaching her first vocal students in a variety of genres encouraging a natural, healthy approach using concepts from vocal pedagogy; during this time she focused her training in voice.
As a graduate of UCF with a Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance Degree, Cristyn started her passion for a diverse repertoire of music by singing with groups like the Orlando Opera Company, Orlando Philharmonic, Jazz Live, and the International Cathedral Music Festival. Her first main stage role was in the Orlando Opera production of HMS Pinafore as Cousin Hebe. She also played Katisha in the Mikado, Carmen and Mercedes in Carmen, and Mussetta in La Boheme in various venues with the Clay Performing Artists Series.
After performing for a couple of years post graduation, Orlando became Cristyn’s permanent home where she built a music program for ages 2 through 5th grade at College Park UMC CDC and School using Orff Schulwerk, Kodaly,and Montessori techniques. For the next five years, she continued to share her musical passion with students at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School as the school music director and church youth choir director working with students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Her choir represented the United States in Rome, Italy in 2011 in concert and in the Mass, Mary, Mother of God Feast celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI which was internationally televised.
Cristyn has composed many children’s choral works and Orff arrangements and is recognized as a conductor with Pueri Cantores, National Pastoral Musicians, and the Diocese of Orlando while still performing locally with various ensembles and organizations like Vocal Fusion, Seraphym, Orlando Philharmonic, and the Florida Opera Theatre. Encouraging others to share their passion behind music making and to embrace the benefits it can provide to people of all ages, Cristyn is excited to teach not only private students but also music play dates for children and their parents.
A born singer, Heather has been performing in concerts all over the country since the age of three. She has been a recording artist since the age of eight, and currently continues to lend her voice in studio recordings as a soloist, back-up and session singer. Classically trained, both in private voice at Warner University and as a Music Major at Seminole State College and Anderson University, she has continued to use her gifts and talents throughout her life. She has a 4 octave range and can sing any style of music. This past year she was part of “Summertime”, A Musical Tribute for the Stages Theatre Company as a soloist and ensemble cast member, she was the headliner of her cabaret, “I Sing Because…” and was a featured soloist in Central Florida Community Arts “When You Wish…” concert. She also is a member of the professional group, Legacy! and is a private vocal and performance coach.
Jeremy Tomlinson-Acoustic Guitar, Voice & Recording Studio Director
Jeremy’s passion for music is deeply rooted in both music creation and music production. As a Nashville native, he has been surrounded by accomplished musicians, producers, and engineers since childhood. His love for creating music is the driving force behind his ability to produce and engineer great recordings. Jeremy studied Music Theory at Faulkner University and has 2 degrees from Full Sail University in Recording Engineering and Entertainment Business. Currently, Jeremy is the Music Director/Pastor at River Run Christian Church where he enjoys blending numerous musical genres and making unique arrangements with full bands and vocal ensembles. Vocal Performance groups have been a huge part of shaping his ability to sing, arrange, and produce. For many years, he sang in a’capella groups using an assortment of vocal percussion and effects. He also plays acoustic guitar and piano.
Alex Pandolph-Drums/Percussion & Piano
Alex was born and raised in Miami, Florida and began his musical journey at 4 years old with the piano as his first instrument. He moved to Kissimmee, Florida at age 9, and continued to take piano lessons at Florida Christian College’s Community Music School. At 11 years old, Alex decided to play the drums, and he received a drum set that Christmas with lessons that were soon to follow. Throughout high school, he took both piano and drum lessons from professional musicians and teachers Lisa Schonauer, who taught piano, and Paul Parker, who taught drums and percussion, and because he was homeschooled, there was more time and opportunity to practice. Playing for multiple churches in the area, he had a good foundation in practicing and performing as a group, and being exposed to other musical styles such as jazz, rock, and latin, he became well rounded as a musician and as a lover of music. In addition, he played the drums for a jazz-styled worship team led by world-class jazz guitarist Terry Bradds, who became an important mentor in Alex’s musical development. In his senior year of high school, he dual enrolled at Valencia Community College and Florida Christian College, where he began taking core college classes and basic college-level music courses, while also being able to take piano at a college level. Not only did he love learning and playing music, but he also had a passion for teaching, and he began teaching drums and piano privately to a few students. After graduating high school in 2011, he attended Stetson University in Deland, Florida as a music major and studied piano under Dr. Michael Rickman. While at Stetson, he continued his love for teaching students through the Stetson Community Music School. Due to some changes in degree choices this past year, Alex plans to attend the University of Central Florida in the fall of 2013 to study jazz drum set and major in sound engineering while still obtaining a music minor degree.
Austin was brought up in a musical family and has been singing and playing music since he can remember. When he was ten years old he received a drum set and then preceded to teach himself how to play. He had a passion for drums and eventually was playing for churches and in the band “Shades Of Green”. While he was a part of “Shades Of Green”, he traveled all over the United States, as well as an international trip to Kazakhstan, playing over 200 shows and recording two albums.
At the age of fifteen Austin decided to try guitar and he found a new love. Teaching himself, Austin quickly was playing many songs and then started to write some as well. He has been playing guitar for ten years, at many churches, venues and various states around the country. He has developed a unique style of playing and loves different strumming patterns because of his percussion background. Austin is a local worship/youth pastor at River Run Christian Church and plays many different styles of music on a weekly basis. He now loves to find any stringed instruments he can get his hands on and learn how to play them. He has a passion for music and singing and would like to share his love of music with everyone…
“If you are looking to learn how to play guitar, I would love to help you go from knowing nothing to playing on stage in the matter of months. You can do it and I can help you get there!”~Austin Green
INSTRUMENTS PLAYED: Acoustic Guitar, Kit Drums, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, Hand Percussion, Djembe, and Cajòn.
Bruce Taylor-Acoustic, Electric, & Bass Guitar
Bruce Taylor has been playing guitar for about 25 years. He started listening to Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton at a young age and decided he wanted to be able to play like them. After selling his trumpet in the seventh grade, he bought his first electric guitar – a Silvertone, and that’s where it all began.
Bruce began playing rock ‘n roll at local gigs with many different bands over the years and has continued playing and performing ever since. He has also been a part of several praise teams at churches including Redeemer Lutheran Church, Living Water Church, and currently plays at River Run Christian Church in Chulota, FL, where he has been playing for the last several years.
He teaches both acoustic and electric guitar, as well as beginning bass and incorporates music theory in his lessons as students advance. He loves seeing the “light go off” as students learn the guitar and begin to better understand what he is teaching them. Bruce continues to study jazz, jazz fusion, and music theory, under Butch Harvey Campbell and says he’s “having the best time learning more and more about the instrument and music I love.”
Catheryn VanKley-Violin, Guitar & Piano
Catheryn is a senior at Florida Christian College where she majors in Musical Arts. Catherine started playing piano at nine years old. She has various levels of experience with the following instruments: Piano, voice, violin, guitar, cello, upright bass, electric bass, handbells, trumpet, clarinet, alto saxophone, and flute. Catheryn has enjoyed being a part of various musical groups over the years such as choirs, a fiddle group, a youth orchestra, praise teams at church, starting a small orchestra at her home church, instrumental ensembles, and currently two musical traveling teams for Florida Christian College. Her primary instruments are piano, voice, guitar, and violin, and she has been teaching for six years. Catheryn has a passion for working with kids, music, and teaching for which she is excited to pursue at The MusicBox!
Kimmie Louwsma Gehr-Performance Group Choreographer
Kimmie has always had a passion for the arts, starting her dance training at the age of three. By eighteen, Kimmie started dancing professionally with Radio City. She has been a Radio City Rockette for ten years under the direction of Linda Haberman. Kimmie also toured with the Mel Brooks musical, The Producers, for three years finishing the tour in Tokyo, Japan. In this show, Kimmie trained under the direction of Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. She also performed The Producers in Las Vegas with David Hasselhoff and Tony Danza. Her teaching credits include All Souls Extended Day, Seminole High School Dazzlers, Marching Auxiliaries, School of Dance Arts, and Studio 5D Dynasty Dance Centre. She has judged for Marching Auxiliaries National Dance Competitions. She has worked for Disney World and Hard Drive Productions in Orlando, FL. She has trained at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Arthur Murray, and Browns Gymnastics. Kimmie has taught, performed, and choreographed for over fifteen years. She believes that proper technique is extremely important, and to be a successful dancer/singer you have to combine passion, dedication, and desire!
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