We have an outstanding faculty who have many years of experience in teaching and performance.

Brett Bachus

Brett Bachus, LLCM, LTCL, ALCM, DipLCM, ALCM(TD) founder of Bachus Conservatory, is a nationally acclaimed concert pianist and cellist. A versatile, dynamic, and sensitive virtuoso, he has performed in solo and chamber recitals, choral works, and has been a guest artist with orchestras. Appearing on radio and television, Mr. Bachus is known for his mastery of the keyboard with an extensive repertoire list.

Mr. Bachus has been teaching children and adults since 1979. He was a cellist in the Scottsdale Symphony. He co-founded The Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra, and founded the Phoenix Valley Chamber Symphony and was President of the board of directors for both. Mr. Bachus is active as a solo performer and frequently accompanies local musicians for recitals and charitable events.

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Brett Bachus plays Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.3 in d minor Op. 30 Listen

Karl Logue

Karl Logue earned his Master’s degree from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. He is well known among Austin musicians for his skill as a pianist. He has over 20 years of experience in piano performance, composition and theory and 25 years as an accompanist for the Capital City Men’s chorus including nearly 200 performances in the U.S. and Canada. He also accompanies high school band and orchestra students who are participating in local and state UIL competitions.

In addition to his performance background, Mr. Logue is a prolific composer of choral, orchestral and piano works, including pieces commissioned by the Capital City Men’s Chorus as part of the Gala New Works program, Zachary Scott Theater Children’s Theater program, and commercially-released original compositions for piano and chorus. His works have been premiered the last 4 GALA Festivals, an international festival of choruses. He is also the accompanist for various choral programs and has been Music Director, Organist and pianist for several organizations in the Austin area.

Mr. Logue has extensive experience as a piano teacher of children, teens, and adults. He is patient and kind as he encourages his students to progress to their personal best. He integrates music theory in his lessons. In addition to piano, he teaches music style and technique for harpsichord.

Mandy Clare

Mandy Clare's repertoire includes many styles of music including art songs, opera and musical theatre, with a special emphasis in contemporary music. Her music education is from Oklahoma Christian University where she majored in Voice Performance. Extended study of theatre and voice was accomplished at the University of Texas. She has performed with the Oklahoma Christian University Chorale and has performed in solo, duet and ensemble concerts with the Amici Music Ensemble, including a benefit for Project Access and the Rachel Blasingame Scholarship Fund. Ms. Clare frequently performs at weddings, anniversaries, and holiday events.

Arnold Yzaguirre

Arnold Yzaguirre is a classically trained guitarist and a highly talented performer and teacher. He studied classical guitar with Cain Budds at Laredo Community College and then with Robby Gibson, Aleksandr Tsiboulski and Adam Holzman at the University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. Yzaguirre actively performs as a solo artist and with singers. He has performed in ensemble recitals and professional concerts in south Texas, Laredo, and the Austin area. He has also performed in several master classes with recognized guitarists such as Philip Hill, Douglas Rubio, Adam Holzman and Pasquale Rucco.

Mr. Yzaguirre teaches classical, romantic, contemporary, folk, and flamenco guitar styles and techniques. He has taught private lessons with children and adults from beginner through performance levels. In a Laredo elementary school, he taught group classes in beginning guitar. He also taught summer classes in beginning classical guitar with pre-school, elementary, middle, and high school groups.

Josh Casiano

Josh Casiano earned his Bachelor's degree in Music Theory/Composition at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Members of the music faculty have raved about his performances as doctoral-level repertoire, describing him as an "excellent resource" in music theory and instrumental knowledge. His compositions were described as "absolutely fabulous" with "very idiomatic" use of instruments.

Mr. Casiano has taught composition, orchestration, multiple systems of music theory, music literature, percussion, ear training, and use of the Finale family of notation software. In music theory, he has taught Tonal Harmony/Roman numeral analysis, Baroque counterpoint, species counterpoint, set theory, and Schenkerian analysis.

Mr. Casiano has performed with the Austin Chamber Music Center, at the Keyboard Percussion Festival, and was the principal percussionist of the Southwestern University Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble for three years. He played timpani in the world premier of Michael Cooper's edition of Mendelssohn's "Symphony No. 4" and was principal percussionist in the world premier of Jason Hoogerhyde's "The Color of Dissonance." Josh Casiano's compositions have earned him invitations to lecture and to perform future works, including a symphonic piece and a work for percussion ensemble. Mr. Casiano co-composed the music for Natalie Goodnow's play "Muntu" with Travis Jeffords. He performed the percussion part in the production, which received an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Nicholas Reynolds

Nicholas Reynolds is pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Texas at Austin as a student of Anton Nel, a world renowned concert pianist. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln's Honors Program with Dr. Paul Barnes, and his Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Mack McCray, where he was awarded the Piano Department Award. Mr. Reynolds has also studied and performed in Austria, Germany, and Russia.

In addition to solo recitals, chamber recitals, and orchestral appearances, Mr. Reynolds has played for musicians including Emanuel Ax, Angela Hewitt, Jon Nakamatsu, the Chiara String Quartet, violinist Pamela Frank, and composer Joan Tower. A prizewinner at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the San Francisco Young Artist Competition, and the Mid-Texas Symphony Young Artist Competition, Nicholas Reynolds has also participated in festivals including the Portland Piano International Festival, the Chautauqua Institute, the Brevard Music Center, and the Manchester Music Festival. In 2011, he co-founded and directed an annual festival called Pianists of the Americas in Portland, Oregon.

Mr. Reynolds is an enthusiastic teacher devoted to inspiring students and instilling a love for music. He starting teaching piano when he was in high school. Since then, he has taught privately, in public schools, and in schools of music. He has many years of experience teaching children, teens and adults from beginners through advanced levels.

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Nicholas Reynolds plays BartokPiano Sonata Sz. 80, mvt. 1 Listen

Vanessa Beaumont

Dr. Vanessa Beaumont graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in voice from Millsaps College in Jackson Mississippi, where she studied under Dr. Cheryl Coker. She holds a Masters of Music Degree in Vocal Performance, as well as a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance/Opera Emphasis from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied with Professor Martha Deatherage.

Dr. Beaumont has won several competitions including: the Mississippi National Association of Teachers of Singing in 1996 and 1997, the Mississippi Music Teachers Association- College Aria Division in 1997, the Mississippi Federation of Music Clubs in 1998 and 2000, the National Federation of Music Clubs- State and Southeast Regional Divisions in 2001, and the Robert J. Murray award, Shreveport Opera Competition in 2003. In 1999, she performed the concert suite Frida by Robert X. Rodriguez with the University of Texas New Music Ensemble.

Dr. Beaument has appeared professionally as the Mother in Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. Dr. Beaumont's roles with the University of Texas Sarah and Ernest Butler Opera Center include Rebecca Nurse in Ward's The Crucible, Marcellina in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, the Mother in Menotti's The Consul, Madame Flora (Baba) in Menotti's The Medium, La Principessa in Puccini's Suor Angelica, Mujer vieja in Las Tentaciones de San Antonio by Luis Jaime Cortez, Madame Fifi in The Old Majestic by Robert X. Rodriguez (for which she was awarded an Austin Critics Table award in 2004), Filipevna in Eugene Onégin by P. I. Tchaikovsky, and Carmen in Bizet's La Tragédie de Carmen. In 2001, she performed Ernest Chausson's Chanson Perpétuelle with the Cavani String Quartet and on the Salon Concert Series directed by Mr. Robert Rudie. In 2002, she performed "O don fatale" from Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi with the UT Orchestra. She appeared as the Second Maiden in Elektra by Richard Strauss with Austin Lyric Opera in January 2005. In May of 2006, Vanessa traveled to Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she gave concerts featuring songs of the late Mexican composer María Grever. Dr. Beaumont has performed with Opera Vista of Houston, Texas each year since its inception in 2007. Her roles with them include the Mother in Edalat Square by R. Timothy Brady in 2009, and in 2010 Nun/Nurse 4 in Anorexia Sacra by Line Tjørnhøj and Apsara Song in The Silent Prince by Somtow Sucharitkul. With Austin's own Spotlight on Opera, Dr. Beaumont performed the role of Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana by Mascagni in 2010, and most recently, Mrs. Nolan from The Medium by Menotti.

Dr. Beaumont began teaching voice in 2000 while pursuing her graduate studies at UT. As her singing accolades grew, so did her student load of both university and private students. Her students have ranged in age from 6 to 68. In 2006 she began working in Leander ISD as a private vocal instructor. She has taught students from several high schools and middle schools, including Leander High School, Rouse High School, Hutto High School, Westwood High School, Henry Middle School, and Wiley Middle School. Dr. Beaumont's students consistently earn high honors at Solo & Ensemble and TSSEC, and several have made the All State Choir. Many of her students have gone on to pursue music degrees at institutions such as The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at San Antonio, The University of North Texas, Texas State University, Concordia University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Baylor University, and The University of Mary Hardin Baylor.

Evan Wanserski

Evan Wanserski earned his BM in music composition from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated with highest honors, Summa Cum Laude.

Mr. Wanserski began studying cello at age 10. He studied with Dr. Deanna Simonson who impressed proper body posture and performance techniques, including the Feldenkrais and Alexander methods. At age 12, Evan Wanserski began playing cello with the prestigious Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. Two years later, he was section leader in one of the top orchestras, touring, and playing solo recitals around Madison, Wisconsin. In high school, he was a featured soloist with his school orchestras, choirs, and show-choir bands. He was awarded top prizes in State Solo and Ensemble several years in a row. By age 17, he was studying privately with Patricia Germain, a cellist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin with over 30 years’ experience as a cellist and teacher. He received a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point to study cello performance with renowned cellist Dr. Lawrence Leviton who was president of the Wisconsin Cello Society and an accomplished Suzuki method teacher. Dr. Leviton taught him how to further refine his performance and practice techniques and develop an even deeper personal approach to cello.

While at University of Wisconsin, Mr. Wanserski performed as a soloist and with the school orchestra. He had the great opportunity to be rehearsed by renowned vocalist and conductor of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Bobby McFerrin. Mr. Wanserski continued his cello performance and composition studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. While there, he was an in-demand session player for student film scores, recitals, and singer-songwriter recordings. He focused primarily on composition—with an emphasis on music history and 20th century music and studied cello, piano, and electric bass. His compositions for jazz trio, string quartet, and other mixed ensembles were performed while he was still at Berklee. He studied many styles of music, including Classical, avant-garde, jazz, Latin, and film-music. He was 1st chair cellist with the Berklee Contemporary String Orchestra (BCSO), conducted by the prolific cellist and composer Eugene Friesen. He was introduced to jazz, rock, Celtic, and improvisational playing—in addition to the standard orchestral repertoire. In 2009 alone he performed many styles of music with some of the world’s top performers. Highlights include Celtic music with Americana fiddler Mark O’Connor, Salsa with Latin singer Issac Delgado, and Latin-American love songs with vocalist Mili Bermejo. In Austin, he currently performs with several groups and plays for weddings. Mr. Wanserski is in demand as a versatile cellist as well as an accomplished bassist and guitarist.

Evan Wanserski found his love of teaching while still in high school. He taught cello lessons to beginners, and later as a Teacher’s Assistant at the Hawthorne Elementary School in Madison, Wisconsin. He was able to inspire children with music, and motivate them to succeed in anything they could imagine. While at Berklee, he realized the potential that a good music education provides. He was a mentor with the Berklee City Music Program from 2009 to 2010, as well as a music tutor for other Berklee students. The Berklee City Music Program provides private lessons and theory to students in underserved communities. He also worked with masterclasses for Berklee’s Summer Piano Program.

Since moving to Austin, he has been a cello instructor and string advisor for teachers in Austin public schools. He holds sectional rehearsals and assists the string program at Ann Richards Middle School. His students have placed into the Austin Youth Orchestras, the Williamson County Symphony Orchestra, and received top scores in Solo and Ensemble.

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