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


Brett Bachus
Piano, Harpsichord, Violin, Viola, Cello, Music Theory

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 is a Master Teacher who 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 served as President on both boards of directors. 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


Svetlana Clifft
Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Theory
Teaches in English or Russian

Svetlana Clifft was born and raised in Russia. She is a professional musician and music instructor with extensive education from some of Russia's finest universities. She holds an M.A. from Moscow State Open Teacher's Training University Moscow, Russia. Her B.A. degree in Teaching Music is from L.V. Sobinov Music College Yaroslavl, Russia.

Mrs. Clifft has been teaching students of all ages since 2003 in both formal and informal settings. Her main goal in teaching is to make the learning process as much fun and educational as possible. Mrs. Clifft has also had great success with her students receiving "All-State" winner status at the Texas Federation of Music Clubs' annual State Festival. Her students also receive highest marks at Trinity London College of Music Exams. As a professional teacher she was awarded a diploma for preparation of a prize-winner of the City Contest of Young Violin and Cello Players.

Mrs. Clift has been playing violin with the Round Rock Symphony Orchestra since 2008. She has also played with the Balcones Community Orchestra Austin and Rybinsk Orchestra. In Russia she performed a variety of musical styles (baroque, classical, jazz, pop) for violin and piano solo, string quartet, ensemble and orchestra.


Cathie Sheridan
Vocal Training, Musical Theatre, Disney Songs, Arias, Art Songs, Children's Songs

CATHIE SHERIDAN is an award-winning Austin singer, actor, dancer, music director, and choreographer. Over her 40-year career, Ms. Sheridan has created a wide variety of leading ladies in both professional and community theatre productions such as Sister Act (Mother Superior), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), Urinetown (Pennywise), Man of La Mancha (Aldonza/Dulcinea), Cats (Grisabella), Steel Magnolias (M'Lynn Eatenton), Death and the Maiden (Paulina Salas), Hairspray (Velma Von Tussle), Sweeney Todd (The Beggar Woman), Cabaret (Fraulein Kost), Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), Nunsense (Sister Mary Hubert), Forbidden Broadway (20+ celebrities), All Shook Up (Matilda Hyde), and Into The Woods (Witch and The Baker's Wife).

In 2014, she blew the roof off the Dougherty Arts Center as Margaret White in Austin Theatre Project's production of Carrie the Musical, earning her the Best Featured Actress in a Musical award from both Broadway World Austin AND Central Texas Excellence in Theatre.

She's been fortunate to share Austin stages with Broadway veterans, Rebecca Luker, Jim Watson, Patrick Cassidy, Ruth Williamson, John Leslie Wolfe, and others, as well as understudying Stephanie J. Block as Nancy in Oliver!

Ms. Sheridan also ventured into the Cabaret world with her own one woman show, Songs from the BoX, and as one half of the duo team: Not Your Mother's Cabaret. She also serves as a host for Curtain Call, Austin's only Musical Theatre Open Mic in which she works with her dear friend, Brett Bachus. When not teaching or performing, she enjoys spending time with her # 1 fan, her Belgian Malinois, Chief!


Josh Casiano
Percussion, Piano, Music Theory, Composition

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.