Meet Our Instructors

HERE TO GUIDE, INSPIRE AND SUPPORT

Who a teacher is, is more important than what he or she teaches. Our teachers create opportunities for exploration and learning by establishing engaging environments where students feel safe and confident. We have exceptional instructors who are caring, enthusiastic, and dedicated to helping students exceed their every expectation. The Overture School of Music selects professional musicians with a love for teaching. Read some of their stories below. More qualified staff will be joining us soon!

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MS. REBECCA LO

Founder and director
Viola, violin, and piano instructor

Ms. Rebecca Lo is an energetic, experienced, and fun educator. She has accumulated 12 years of teaching experience starting when she was still a student herself. After receiving her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University with full scholarships, Ms. Lo realized her passion in teaching and quickly built up her own private studio in West University.

 

When Ms. Lo was a high school student in New York, she was the first person in the school district to ever receive record-breaking perfect scores on piano, viola, and violin in All-State level exams. She has performed in concert halls such as Carnegie Hall nine times, National Taiwan Concert Hall, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, etc. Besides classical music, Ms. Lo also enjoys playing gospel music regularly with Second Baptist Church on Woodway and Cinco Ranch. Ms. Lo specializes in preparing students to face challenges and succeed by using personally tailored motivational techniques. She firmly believes in music teaches vital life skills such as the development of concentration, patience, and dedication. Ms. Lo is dedicated to nurturing more students through music education. She is passionate about giving her students opportunities to share their music through community outreach and recitals. 

Meet The Instructors

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Ms. Caitlin

Harp and piano instructor

Ms. Caitlin is a harpist based in Houston, TX with degrees from both Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, having achieved a Bachelor of Music and Masters of Music respectively. An active performer, she has performed numerous times as a concerto soloist, most recently with the Akademisches Orchester in Leipzig and National Repertory Orchestra.

In addition to performing with many professional orchestras such as the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Ms. Caitlin has been the Outreach Director and Harpist for “The Syndicate for the New Arts” since 2014, a non-profit organization based in Cleveland, Ohio. She is also a core member of Loop 38, a contemporary music ensemble bringing new music to the heart of Houston.

An active freelance performer in the contemporary, classical, and jazz genres, Ms. Caitlin also enjoys teaching students of all ages! She has taught many young musicians, college students, and adult beginners, and always strives to work with the individual to help them achieve their unique goals in music. She has studied the piano since age four, began her study of the harp at age nine, and is a native of Thornton, Pennsylvania. When she’s not playing the harp, she can probably be found enjoying the outdoors, listening to good music with friends, or daydreaming about dogs!

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Ms. Anna Maria

Piano instructor

Ms. Anna-Maria is an orchestral conductor, classical pianist and piano instructor.  She has performed in venues in  Greece, Germany and the USA. Alongside solo repertoire she engages in projects of  chamber music and collaborating with orchestras. A native of Athens, she holds a piano performance and a music theory degree from Philippos Nakas Conservatory. Ms. Anna-Maria has earned her MA in Orchestral Conducting from the University of  Nebraska-Lincoln and currently she is pursuing her DMA in Orchestral Conducting at  the University of Houston. Among her awards are the Schissler Foundation  Fellowship, the University of Houston Graduate Tuition Fellowship and the Hellenic  Professional Society of Texas Award. Professor Franz Anton Krager says that Anna Maria is a natural talent. He continues “As a young and aspiring conductor, I would place Anna Maria Gkouni in the top 1% of her peers! As a scholar and caring human being, she also ranks in the top 1%!! She is also a fine pianist... Her knowledge of piano playing and pedagogy is part of her musical mechanism, and will certainly serve as a foundation of understanding as she works with orchestras now, and into the future. She has accrued significant public conducting and teaching experiences in her native Greece. Her inspired work is nothing short of exemplary, and as her major teacher, I am pleased to express my pride and admiration for her artistic & organizational work”

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Ms. Rachel

Violin, viola and piano instructor

Ms. Rachel is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Houston Ballet Orchestra and also performs with Houston Grand Opera, Mercury Houston, and works as a substitute violinist for the Houston Symphony and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. Rachel is a devoted teacher, with over ten years of teaching experience. She has worked as a violin and viola instructor for the Houston Youth Symphony Melody and Coda programs since 2013, teaching individual lessons and group classes. Rachel has also worked as a chamber music coach and sectional coach for AFA’s Chamber Music Academy and Summer Music Festival since 2014, serving as acting String Department Head in the summer of 2019. Rachel completed her Masters of Music degree from Rice University, studying with Kenneth Goldsmith, and her Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University, where she studied under Eliot Chapo. She received further pedagogical training at the Greater Austin Suzuki Association in the summers of 2018 and 2019, completing the Suzuki Violin School Teacher Training for Suzuki Books one and two.

Rachel tailors her lessons to fit each student’s level and goals. She believes in being flexible to respect individual interests and will work on different genres of music as well as classical and music theory. She has worked with students of all ages and abilities, ranging from five-year-old beginners to advanced high schoolers preparing for college music school auditions. Rachel cares about her students individually and is adept at maximizing their potential through insightful instruction.

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Ms. Andrea

Piano instructor

Ms. Andrea is a pianist from Spain, winner of numerous prizes in national and international competitions. Ms. Andrea is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at the University of Houston, under the guidance of Dr. Tali Morgulis. She resides in the USA since 2016, where she has obtained her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at Sam Houston State University, with professors such as Dr. Josu de Solaun and Dr. Anna Petrova and holds the position of Lecturer Piano Faculty at the same institution in 2018. In September of 2020 she created the concert series Elkins Lake Classicals, in Huntsville, Texas, in which she is the Artistic Director of the project. 

Ms. Andrea did her debut at the National Auditorium of Madrid with the Symphonic Band of the Royal Conservatory of Madrid in 2016 and since then she has been invited to perform in important halls around Spain. She received her Bachelor’s degree at the Royal Higher Conservatory of Madrid studying with Elena Orobio and also received advices from international pianists such as Fernando Puchol, Nikolai Lugansky, Anton Nel, Andrew Staupe, Edna Golandsky and Jesus María Gómez.  

Ms. Andrea is passionate about flamenco music and she has received classes from flamenco pianists such as Pablo Rubén Maldonado, David Peña “Dorantes”, Jorge Pardo and Lola Fernández.

At the moment, Ms. Andrea is the organist at the First United Methodist Church in Huntsville and she is excited to transmit her passion and dedication to music to her students.

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Mr. Jim

Guitar, ukulele and piano instructor

Mr. Jim is a full-time professional musician, teacher, and transcriptionist. He is a graduate of prestigious Berklee College of Music and has a Masters in Business Administration in marketing from SNHU in conjunction with Berklee College of Music. Mr. Jim has toured and played in many bands across most genres; as well as gained experience in pit/theater shows with such establishments as the AD players and the Music Box Theater.

Over the years, Mr. Jim has taught at School of Rock in Katy, Children's Learning Adventure in Cinco Ranch, Sense and Color in Austin as well as KD Music and Arts in Katy. Mr. Jim has had several students audition for music conservatories and all of them got into their first choice! What’s more, several of his students have performed in bands that Mr. Jim booked for them in the community and local music venues. This gives the students a greatly enhanced recital experience, real-world music industry exposure, and a huge boost to confidence, performing, and public speaking abilities.

Punctual, hardworking, and dedicated, Mr. Jim has put together an adaptable, in-depth curriculum for every instrument he teaches that he tailors for the individual interests and goals of every student.

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Mr. Ilya
Piano and composition instructor

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More staff will be joining us soon. For more information on our courses or meet our staff, we invite you to get in touch and schedule a meeting!

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Ms. Meghann
Harp and piano instructor

Ms. Meghann is a recent graduate of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, earning a Bachelor’s Degree with the help of the Hines Endowed Scholarship. She grew up in Richmond, Virginia and started playing the harp and piano at the age of six. During her time with the American Youth Harp Ensemble, she has performed in hundreds of concerts including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, White House, and the World Harp Congress. In addition, she has played in countries all over the world such as: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, England, Norway, and the Netherlands. 

As a music teacher, Ms. Meghann strives to create a fun, interactive, and meaningful musical experience for every student. She is a former mentor of the Harp Therapy Program, which taught individuals with disabilities how to increase their fine motor skills by playing the harp. Furthermore, she has over 6 years experience teaching one on one lessons to students of all ages. She is currently learning how to play the guitar, and discovering the most effective teaching methods for harp, piano, and guitar. Ms. Meghann believes teaching music helps students express their emotions, increase their confidence, and lay the foundation for a healthy work ethic. She is excited to teach her students how to understand and enjoy the art of music making!

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Ms. Patricia

Violin and piano instructor

Ms. Patricia was born in Havana, Cuba, and she started playing the violin at the age of eight. She graduated from The Superior Institute of Arts, University in Havana. Since then, she has performed as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Havana and the Philharmonic orchestra of Caracas, Venezuela. Patricia worked as a Concertmaster at the Opera and Ballet Symphony Orchestra in Cuba, and Chamber Orchestra of Havana. Being the founder of Havana String Quartet, Patricia is also a member of the Sphinx Virtuosi. She has toured around the US in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Library of Congress bringing classical music, masterclasses, and outreach activities to communities nationwide with students of all ages. 

Patricia holds a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi, as well as a Diploma in Solo Performance and a Performers Diploma in Chamber Music from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Besides performing, Patricia also enjoys teaching! She was part of the faculty at the Institute Superior of Arts, and the Conservatory of Music Amadeo Roldan in Cuba, as well as a teaching assistant at Indiana University. Recently, as one of the Community Embedded Musicians at the Houston Symphony, she was involved in developing and teaching orchestra-based classroom lessons and pre-concert visits for elementary, middle, and high school students. Patricia’s goal for her students is to have fun with the instrument and love the process of learning it. 

Originally from Kazakhstan, Mr. Ilya is a professional pianist, piano instructor, composer, and laureate of international competitions with 25 years of experience in piano studies. He has worked with various symphony orchestras and conductors and has been featured in recitals across Kazakhstan, Russia, Austria, and the United States. Mr. Ilya graduated from Novosibirsk State Conservatory in 2016 with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano Performance. He was the winner of several international competitions throughout his time in the conservatory. Mr. Ilya was a member of the Cultural Olympiad in Sochi (2014) and a member of the Russian Union of Composers. Mr. Ilya’s first string quartet composition was performed in the great hall of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Society in 2018. In 2021, Mr. Ilya started his doctorate degree in Piano Performance at Texas Tech University. Mr. Ilya has taught and worked in many music schools, colleges, and universities in exciting locations from central Kazakhstan to the polar cycle in northern Siberia. He has 5 years of teaching experience with students of all different ages and levels. Mr. Ilya believes in teaching his students to not only play music, but to also foster their own comprehension and progress in music independently. Mr. Ilya is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma focusing on concert performance for pianists at the University of Houston.

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Mr. Casey

Bass and piano instructor

A versatile double bassist and music teacher, Mr. Casey is currently pursuing graduate studies at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. His musical roots are in rock and jazz, and he has received degrees in classical performance from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. As a professional bassist, Mr. Casey has performed in leadership positions with orchestras across the United States and internationally. His performances with orchestras and chamber ensembles have found him on stages including Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Chicago Symphony Center.
Mr. Casey believes that music should first and foremost be exciting for the student! He is constantly looking for the best ways to instill a love of music in each person he works with. Mr. Casey’s own love of music started from an early age and was fostered by caring and thoughtful mentors along the way. He hopes that he can be a similarly positive influence on his students and help them to grow as both musicians and people. Constantly striving for personal growth in his own playing and life, Mr. Casey believes that it is important to identify and affirm the strengths of each individual student while helping them to develop the skills they need to meet their own musical goals.

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Mr. Maxwell
Violin, viola and piano instructor

Mr. Maxwell is a music educator, performer, and composer. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in music and studied with Jeff Irvine at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Maxwell was the Valedictorian and he double majored in the viola performance and music theory, while triple minored in composition, eurhythmics, and French. As an educator, he works with students of all ages in a variety of settings, including one-on-one instrumental training here at Overture and classroom general music in his role as the grade 7 to 12 music teacher at the Post Oak School's Museum District campus. His priorities in teaching are to inspire love and appreciation for all types of music and to approach topics from multidisciplinary angles.

Mr. Maxwell has a great interest in technology integration into the arts. Mr. Maxwell completed a 3-year tenure with the Cleveland Institute of Music's Virtual Learning program writing and presenting music appreciation courses about diverse topics to grades K-12 using live videoconferencing technology. These courses also included related performance segments.

As a composer, Maxwell focuses on his primary instrument, the viola. Typically, his compositions feature programmatic themes about nature or life experiences.

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Ms. Natalie

Violin and Piano instructor

Ms. Natalie is a recent graduate of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where she received her Master of Music degree as a student of Kathleen Winkler. She received her Bachelor of Music degree, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Northwestern University. As an avid performer, Ms. Natalie has performed with orchestras all around the world, as well as a member of Lincoln Center Stage, the resident piano quintet on Holland America’s MS Oosterdam. She held the position of co-concertmaster with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two seasons and has also performed with the Indianapolis Ballet Orchestra and the New World Symphony in Miami. She has also participated in many music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and School, Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and AIMS Graz in Graz, Austria.

Ms. Natalie is also a passionate educator and has been teaching for over 10 years. She began teaching in her home school district, providing lessons for beginning fifth-grade students and leading sectionals for the high school orchestra program. While at Northwestern, Ms. Natalie worked with students of all ages in Northwestern University’s Music Academy and assisted with weekly violin group classes. She has also taught local community students at the Chautauqua Music Festival and School and through the P.A.L.S program at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Ms. Natalie strongly believes that music can help students cultivate the skills needed to succeed throughout their lives, such as hard work, determination, and self-confidence, and strives to help every student reach their full potential.

Mr. Zane
Harp, piano and violin instructor

Applauded by judges for his “elegantly nuanced playing”, Texas native Mr. Zane is currently pursuing his graduate studies in harp performance at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, with a full-tuition scholarship. He studies with Paula Page, former principal harpist of the Houston Symphony. Previously, he studied with Naoko Nakamura, principal harpist of the Dallas Winds.

A finalist of the SMU Meadows Concerto Competition in Dallas, Mr. Zane has been a featured performer at the Round Top Music Festival, Pierre Monteux School, and Eastern Music Festival. In the summer of 2018, he was named a Bernard Osher Instrumental Scholar. He has also performed in masterclasses for harpists such as Judy Loman, Emily Levin, and Sasha Boldachev. 

In addition to harp, Mr. Zane spent much of his life studying violin under Dallas violinist/violist Jane Aten and composer Mary Alice Rich. He has performed with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra around North Texas from 2010 to 2015. In 2015, he toured with the GDYO across China’s major cities. 

​Mr. Zane believes that every student is capable of creating beautiful and meaningful music. His goal is for students to develop a technical foundation that allows them to express themselves and play with ease. He hopes that each student will enjoy the satisfaction of working hard, finding their voice, and growing through their own musical experiences.

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Mr. Michael
Guitar and ukulele instructor

Mr. Michael grew up in Apple Valley, California where he first started his musical journey at the age of 8. He started with the alto saxophone. He performed with the Apple Valley High School Marching Band and Jazz Band. During his freshman year of high school, he got his first guitar. After his brother taught him how to play Enter Sandman by Metallica, Michael fell in love with the instrument. He taught himself and advanced his skills by studying classical guitar with Rich Sumner at Victor Calley college for four years.

In 2009, Michael was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston. He studied jazz guitar for one year before transferring to Musicians Institute of Los Angeles. Michael studied rock, pop and blues at the Musicians Institute with some renowned artists such as Dave Weiner, Jaime Kime and Alex Machacek. After leaving MI in 2012, Michael moved to Texas and performed with Houston band Enloom.

He then began teaching guitar at various elementary schools with IKIDS After School Program. Michael taught guitar with IKIDS for two years before becoming a full-time instructor which he taught 35+ students a week. In addition to providing guitar lessons, Michael is also the main guitarist and composer for Small Deal, a Houston Funk Band.

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Ms. Jude
Violin, viola and piano instructor

Violist Jude is a graduate of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and Oberlin Conservatory. A recipient of Oberlin Conservatory’s Dean’s Scholarship, Jude had the opportunity to study violin with David Bowlin and viola with Peter Slowik and Kirsten Docter. She then completed her Masters studies at the Shepherd School under the tutelage of Ivo-Jan van der Werff. Jude has performed with numerous orchestras including the Houston Symphony, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Oberlin Conservatory Orchestra, and the Imperial Symphony Orchestra. She has also been accepted as a fellow to Tanglewood Music Center, Verbier Festival Orchestra, and Madeline Island Chamber Music. 

 

As a passionate teacher, Jude has 8+ years of private teaching experience. She has taught in Hillsborough County, Fl, serving Tampa and surrounding areas. She served on faculty at Farnell Middle School, Alonso High School, and taught non-majors at Oberlin Conservatory. Her students have received superior rankings at solo and ensemble festivals, and have been selected to play in All-County and regional orchestras. Jude believes that every student has great potential and is thrilled to work with students to help nurture their love for music!