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The Music Center offers a comprehensive private instruction program for ages 4 to adult. We offer Suzuki and traditional instruction on violin, cello, voice, clarinet, flute, piano, percussion, and guitar/ukulele classes. Listed below are the instructors at the Music Center and their biographies.
Eve Hubbard, who uses the Suzuki method, maintains a studio of about 50 violin students at the Music Center. She is the coordinator for Greensboro Strings Cooperative and offers regular Suzuki group lessons, workshops, and concert events for Suzuki violin students in the Greensboro area. Eve's other teaching activities include conducting the Greensboro Symphony Youth Strings and teaching string classes at Greensboro College and North Carolina A&T State University. She has received teacher training in classes authorized by the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She earned her bachelor's degree in music from UNCG and her master's in music degrees from both UNCCH and Northwestern University. She is an active recitalist and performs for area theater productions, choir concerts, and special events. Area ensembles with which she has played include the Greensboro Symphony, the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Charlotte Philharmonic, and Philharmonia of Greensboro.
Julia Reeves is a violinist with a master's degree from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree from Ohio University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in violin performance. Julia received Suzuki training to teach Books 1-4 at the University of Minnesota and the Aber Suzuki Center in Stevens Point, WI. Prior to moving to Greensboro, she served on the violin faculty in the Community Partnerships division at MacPhail Center for Music, a large nonprofit music school in Minneapolis. She currently performs with the Greensboro Symphony and is a doctoral candidate at UNCG.
Luci White, violin and viola teacher, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, where she began studying Suzuki violin at age eight. She received her bachelor's in music from Northwestern University, where she studied with Almita and Roland Vamos. Luci has completed Suzuki teacher training through Book 8 at the Chicago Suzuki Institute and the American Suzuki Institute. She performs with the Greensboro Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, and Salisbury Symphony. Luci offers both Suzuki and traditional lessons at the Music Center of Greensboro. For more information, please visit Luci's website.
Gayle Masarie graduated from the Juillard School of Music and received her master's degree in music from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. A certified Suzuki specialist, Gayle is the associate principal cello with the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra and the Piedmont Opera. She currently teaches cello at the Music Center and is a member of the Piedmont Triad String Quartet. Gayle was the principal cello for the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra for 19 years
and was formerly the principal cello with the Toledo Symphony from 1968-1972. Gayle taught at the Brevard Music center for 18 years. She attended Aspen Music Center for three years and the Interlochen Music Arts Camp for 11 years. She has also taught on all levels at such places as UNCG, UNCCH, Bowling Green State University, Toledo University, Greensboro College, Guilford County Schools, and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.
A National Merit Scholar, Hester Graduate Fellow, and Dean’s Award Recipient from UNCG, Beth Allen-Gardner holds both her Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Education from UNCG as well as her B.M. with distinction in Voice Performance from UNCCH. She is a recent graduate of the Sankt Goar International Music Academy in Germany, and she has been a finalist in both the Bach Vocal Competition for American Singers and the Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition, as well as a semifinalist in the Rochester Oratorio Society’s Classical Idol Competition. An active concert soloist and recitalist, Beth has appeared as a soloist with area groups including the Greensboro Oratorio Singers, Bel Canto Company, and the Choral Society of Greensboro. Beth’s favorite music to sing is sacred concert music, but she also enjoys performing on the opera and musical theatre stages. She also studied piano for many years and has been teaching voice and piano for the past ten years; she is currently pursuing Suzuki piano certification. She enjoys working with students of all ages, but specializes in teaching adolescent and young adult voice students. As part of her graduate work, Beth explored adolescent experience and voice change and how to address these concerns as a voice educator. See more at her website.
Hailing from Buffalo, NY, classically trained soprano Elena DeAngelis holds a master's degree from UNCG in Music In Vocal Performance, a bachelor's degree in Music in Education with a Vocal Concentration and Piano Minor from the D’Angelo School of Music at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, and additional intensive training at the Wesley-Balk Music-Theatre Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota, the American Singers’ Opera Project in residency at Wake Forest University, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Elena has taught vocal instruction privately since 2000, as well as in public and private school settings in the areas of voice and general music. A freelance dramatic and vocal coach, Elena has consulted and worked with high school drama programs and community summer arts festivals. An accomplished performer, Elena is a soprano known for her lively and captivating embodiment of characters and lustrous tone. Praised as "cute as the dickens" on stage, Elena has charmed audiences at home and overseas in opera, musical theatre, oratorio, and recital. Regionally, Elena has appeared in leading roles and as a soloist with Greensboro Opera, Greensboro Symphony, Eastern Music Festival, Capital Opera Raleigh, Long Leaf Opera, Fayetteville University Summer Opera Festival, the Touring Theatre of North Carolina, Open Space Theatre, and Greensboro Ballet. Elena spent a season as Artist-in-Residence with Greensboro Opera and appeared nationally in recitals as a North Carolina United Arts Council Resident Artist grant recipient. A versatile singing actress, Elena has performed in straight theatre since a young age, and has also appeared in print ads and stock photography. Read more about Elena and her voice studio.
Jeffrey Carlson holds a bachelor's degree in music from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and a M.M. degree in vocal performance from UNCG. In 2006, he was a recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Resident Artist Grant. An accomplished performer, Jeffrey has sung a variety of genres, including musical theatre, art song and jazz standards, but his first love is opera. He has sung on stages in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Washington, DC, Austria, and throughout central North Carolina. Influenced by his research in vocal pedagogy, particularly the effects of acoustic response on the learning process, Jeffrey began teaching more than 15 years ago, and enjoys working with students whose musical interests range from opera to musical theater to rock-n-roll. In addition to performing and teaching, Jeffrey also serves as executive director of the semi-professional chorus, Bel Canto Company. For information about lessons, please visit his website.
Meg Harrison received her Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from UNCG in 2009, where she studied with Michael Cyzewski of the North Carolina Symphony and Dr. Ed Riley of the Greensboro Symphony. She was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, University Band, and Symphony Orchestra while at UNCG. She also performed with the 2008 National Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. H. Robert Reynolds. Meg was a member of the Piedmont Wind Ensemble for two seasons and currently plays with a local chamber group and the Greensboro Philharmonia.
Linda Cykert teaches at Greensboro City Arts and Elon University, and is a member of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the Roanoke Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, and NC Symphony. She was a winner of the National Flute Association’s Solo Masterclass Competition, won positions in four NFA Professional Flute Choirs, and was a judge for five Newly Published Music Contests. Ms. Cykert performed with Sheridan Stokes, Hollywood Flutist and Professor of Flute at UCLA at the 2001 and 2005 National Flute Association Conventions. Ms. Cykert has also performed with Los Angeles Composer-Guitarist Christopher Caliendo at MusikFest in Bethlehem,PA. Cykert , a Conn-Selmer Artist, along with Ohio’s Katie DeJongh, presented “New Strategies for Student Flute Performance” at the August 2006 National Flute Association Convention. Ms.Cykert also performs frequently in the Triad of North Carolina area.
Duncan Butler was born in Greensboro into a family that is full of musical talent. Duncan’s father, the late Charles Alson Butler, recorded several gospel songs with the King Stars Quartet. His mother and siblings have been involved in music as church musicians, music teachers and band members, and Duncan began his musical journey at the age of nine when his family recorded “I’m Looking for a Home,” written by his mother. He taught himself to play piano and played in the school orchestra. Duncan continued his musical career performing in such venues as the Apollo Theater. He competed in musical competitions and placed as the regional winner of the 1987 Budweiser Showcase and earned first place in 1999 for the Great American Gospel Fest. In 2000, he was a featured artist on the Inspiration Across America radio show. He has perform for Maya Angelo, Jessie Jackson, Martin Luther King III, Maxine Waters and others. Duncan serves as the Minister of Music for two local churches and volunteers for several nonprofit organizations. He is a member of the Association for Disciple Musicians and assistant chapter representative for Gospel Music Workshop of America. He owns and operates Music by Duncan, where he teaches keyboard for ages 5 and up. Duncan also contracts with Guilford Preparatory School, Erwin Montessori School, and Guilford County Schools.
Claire Clark, Kindermusik instructor and instructor of private piano, has been educating people of all ages for 30 years. She holds Piano Performance degrees from UGA and UNCG, as well as an Advanced Certificate from the Guildhall School of Music in London where she studied on a Rotary Scholarship. She currently teaches private piano lessons at the Music Center and accompanies the Choral Society of Greensboro. Claire directs the adult Fellowship Ringers and the children’s Fellowship Chimes groups at Fellowship Presbyterian Church. She has attained the distinction of Maestro of Masterful Teaching from Kindermusik International and co-authored many of the current Kindermusik curricula units.
Allegra Gicla has a Bachelor of Music degree from the American Conservatory of Music, Chicago, IL. She teaches both Suzuki and traditional approaches to piano. Her Suzuki training has been through Suzuki Institutes and private teacher training. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of America and has more than 25 years of Suzuki teaching experience. Allegra has been teaching at the Music Center in Greensboro for 12 years. She is the assistant organist at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greensboro. Prior to moving to Greensboro, she taught at the Wheaton College Suzuki Program in Wheaton, IL, for 17 years. She has more than 40 years of total piano teaching experience. She currently has students ranging from ages 4 to age 50 and believes we are all born with an ability to learn. Talent is not the deciding factor.
Daniel Seyfried enjoys a rewarding teaching and performing career in Greensboro, NC. He is a piano instructor at UNCG, St. Mary’s Music Academy and recently began teaching at the The Music Center in downtown Greensboro where he enjoys teaching, mentoring and inspiring all of his students. Daniel has performed in orchestral, chamber, and solo concerts and recitals throughout the United States and looks forward to his first international performances in Taipei, Taiwan this summer. After recently completing his dissertation on Debussy’s Douze Études, Daniel earned his D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy in May 2017.
Peter Zlotnick lives in Greensboro and serves as principal timpanist for the Greensboro Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, and Winston-Salem Symphony. He is a founding member of Amphion Percussion and performs frequently with the Philidor Percussion Group. Peter also plays regularly in small ensembles and bands on timpani, keyboard percussion, drum set, steel pan, and other percussion instruments. In addition to performing, Peter is the Education Manager for the Greensboro Symphony where he coordinates small and large ensemble concerts, instructional programs, and the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra. During the school year, Peter teaches percussion through The Music Center, City Arts Greensboro and in the summer, he is on the Instrumental Music faculty at NC Governor's School West. Peter received his master's of music degree in percussion and music education from Northwestern University and bachelor's from the Eastman School of Music. This is his tenth year teaching at The Music Center. For more information, visit him online.
Doug Baker has been a performing guitarist in Greensboro for over 35 years. He began playing at 15 and continued with jazz and classical studies at UNCG before receiving his degree in Music Theory in 1978. Since then he has participated in performances as wide ranging as rock bands, free improvisation ensembles, jazz trios and duos, and old-time string bands. Among his past ensembles are The Zinc Kings, Sin Tax, Treva Spontaine and the Grafics, and the Greensboro Big Band. Doug returned to UNCG in 2009, earning his certification in Music Education in 2011. In addition to teaching guitar at The Music Center at City Arts, Doug teaches general music in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. He also teaches at the Greensboro Summer Guitar Camp.
Sam Frazier is a guitarist (and a sometimes pianist, bassist and ukulele-ist) from Greensboro. After living elsewhere, his family settled in Greensboro when he was seven-years-old. As a child, Sam took piano lessons and played the drums. He got a guitar for his fifteenth birthday, took lessons and joined the high school stage jazz band. Soon after, Sam and a few of his friends borrowed the key to the band room at the high school for a little extra-curricular jam session and decided to start their own band. After studying music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Southern California, Sam embarked on a musical adventure that continues to this day, playing guitar, piano, bass, or ukulele, and singing, writing songs, and teaching. Past endeavors include stints with Tornado, Mary Lyon, Billy Ransom Hobbs, the Piedmont Songbag, Bruce Piephoff, Johnny’s Middle Finger, Lisa Dames, Lacy Green, Claire Holley, the Numbers with Britt Harper Uzzell (Snüzz), and Mr. Potatohead. Currently, Sam is a member of the Martha Bassett Band and performs occasional solo shows.
Please contact the Music Center at 336-373-2547 or by e-mail to learn more about the Private Instruction program.