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.

Leobardo Guerrero

Leobardo Guerrero earned his PhD in Fine Arts at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, specializing in Piano Pedagogy. He obtained a Master Degree in Piano Performance at Emporia State University and a Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance at the National School of Music (UNAM) in Mexico City, Mexico.

He is an active performer, teacher, researcher, and presenter. In 2013, his dissertation research was presented at such conferences as the Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA) in Dallas and the National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP) in Chicago. His research has been adapted to a lecture-recital format and presented at several universities including Texas Tech University (TX), Pittsburg State University (KS), and Emporia State University (KS).

Awards include The American-Mexican Friendship Waterman Scholarship, College of Visual and performing Arts Outstanding Grant, College of Visual and Performing Arts Special Grant, and more recently The Don & Kay Cash Graduate Research Grant in Visual & Performing Arts, the last which was awarded to him for two consecutive years and has made major contributions to his dissertation research.

Mr. Guerrero’s musical interests include the traditional repertoire and the exploration of new repertoire that could contribute to the musical and cultural enrichment of his students. Mr. Guerrero’s future professional projects include publishing, revising, editing and recording of the music by lesser-known Latin American composers, including those who have produced pedagogical collections for beginning piano students.

Karen Bolen

Karen Bolen began teaching students of all ages more than 40 years ago in El Paso, and has maintained a busy private studio since 1972.

She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree (All levels) from the University of Texas-El Paso and is a certified Suzuki Flute Instructor. Karen has won many music honors and awards over the years, and was a flutist in the El Paso Symphony for several seasons. She is a frequent instrumental soloist at her church, a past member of the Austin Flute Choir and the former Director of the Music Conservatory at Hill Country Christian School.

Mrs. Bolen uses innovative curricula in her teaching, including Piano Adventures (Faber), Fearless Fortissimo- Piano Music for Boys (Dow), as well as Noteflight, Isle of Tune, and Treble Clef Island (Freddie the Frog) which are computer based programs. Her students learn Music Theory through music composition and the Theory Time books. She believes that her students make progress more quickly when they have the tools to write down the music that they hear and want to play.

Having taught in both public and private schools, Mrs. Bolen brings her extensive experience as an award-winning flutist and orchestral soloist, band and orchestra director, choral conductor, conservatory director, composer, arranger, TMEA adjudicator, clinician and touring musician to her piano studio.

Students reap the benefits of studying with an accomplished teacher who has worked on both sides of the podium, behind the scenes as well as on center stage.

Paul Gronquist

Paul Gronquist received his Bachelor Degree of Music from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 1998 and a Master Degree in Performance from the internationally acclaimed University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music in 2000. After finishing his graduate work, he was Principal Cellist of the Dayton Opera and Sorg Opera Companies, Principal Cellist for Wright State University’s Musical Theater program, Principal/Section Cello with the Dayton Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Springfield Symphony, and Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. In the fall of 2002, he began a nine month nationwide tour of the “The Music Man” with New York City’s “Big League Theatricals”.

While pursuing his Bachelor Degree, Mr. Gronquist studied with Dr. Lawrence Leviton and was Principal/Section Cellist of the Central Wisconsin Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, and La Crosse Symphony Orchestra. Prior to beginning his graduate work in the summer of 1998, he had private instruction with Alan Harris of the Eastman School of Music at the Aspen Music Festival. During his graduate work he studied with Lee Fiser and received chamber music coaching from members of the Tokyo String Quartet and the LaSalle String Quartet. In 2003, living part time in New York City, Mr. Gronquist studied with Alan Stepansky and David Geber, members of the New York Philharmonic and Manhattan School of Music.

Upon moving to Austin in 2004, Mr. Gronquist regularly performs on weekends for weddings, with area symphonies, and at holiday events. His orchestral work in Texas includes the San Antonio Symphony, Austin Symphony, Waco Symphony, and Temple Symphony. He has performed with recognized artists such as Doc Severinsen, Rod Stewart, The Beach Boys, The Drifters, and most recently Sean Combs at Fort Hood, TX, a televised “Tribute to the Troops” on NBC. Locally, he is affiliated with many contractors including the multi-genre group Will Taylor’s Strings Attached.

Wanting to share his knowledge of music, he began teaching private lessons in 1998. His musical style is classical and pop. Paul Gronquist has participated in educational outreach programs. In 2000, he performed with “School House Symphony” in Cincinnati which consisted of a group of six professional musicians that demonstrated all of the families of instruments. As a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, in 2008 he performed with Austin Symphony’s “Building Blocks of the Orchestra” which demonstrated the string family of instruments to area middle schools. Along with private instruction, he has provided group cello lessons and sectionals in the Lake Travis, Eanes, Round Rock, and Georgetown Independent School Districts.

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