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 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.
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.
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.
Voice, Disney Songs, Arias, Art Songs, Musical Theatre, Children's Songs
Sondra Strietelmeier graduated Valedictorian from Medina Valley High School; graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from Abilene Christian University; graduated with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Texas at Austin and was a member of the UT Graduate School Honor Society; completed graduate hours toward a Master's in Music Therapy from Southern Methodist University; and 150+ hours of Orff/Schulwerk workshop hours.
Mrs. Strietelmeier has taught students age 9 through adult. She has coached private high school student competitions, many of whom were successful at state competitions. One of her private students won the part of the fairy godmother in Cinderella which was performed at the Brentwood Christian School Performing Arts Center. She taught music at BCS for 18 years where she developed curriculum which combined the arts of voice, instruments and theatre. The curricula included: vocal instruction, solfege (Kodaly) and sight-singing; movement to music for learning beat, rhythm, tempo, pitch, volume, phrasing, etc.; multicultural games with song/movement; classroom instrument and ensemble instruction using Orff methodology; accomplishment of folk tale plays and "mini-musicals" using vocal and instrumental ensembles; music history lessons; preparation for December and May choral programs.
Mrs. Strietelmeier has been a vocal performer since high school. She played Dorabella in Mozart's opera "Cosi fan tutte" at Abilene Christian University. While studying at the University of Texas at Austin, she participated in several opera scenes and successfully completed a Master's Recital. She performed in a Gilbert and Sullivan production of The Gondoliers and in the Austin Choral Union. She has performed for weddings, at senior care facilities and as a soloist for the University Baptist Church in Austin with Hugh Chandler, classical guitarist and with Charles Smith, organist. While a member of the Round Rock Community Choir, she was a soloist for "Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion!" in the 1998 performance of Messiah, and for special programs at University Avenue Church of Christ. She stays active as a performer in care facilities and local recitals.