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.
Piano, Flute, Clarinet
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.
Mrs. Bolen holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree (All levels) from the University of Texas-El Paso and is a certified Suzuki Flute Instructor. She 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.
Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Theory, Choir, Musical Theatre
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.