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 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.

Lori Paradoski

Lori Paradoski earned her Masters degree in Music in Opera Performance from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She is active as a performer and vocal teacher.

A native Texan, Soprano Lori Paradoski has been described as an exciting and captivating performer with "a voice that has a unique blend of lovely and sweet but also has the capabilities of reaching brilliant fortissimo high notes that others usually omit from their performances." (Laura McDowell - CVNC)

Her recent engagements include Utopia Opera's 2014 production of Der Freischutz as Agatha and the Liederkranz Society in 2013 in the title role of Countess Maritza in the same named opera. She has sung with NY based company, Opera Moderne, and Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theater Company where she was a Festival Artist for both the 2010 and 2011 summer seasons. As a festival artist she covered Violetta, in la Traviata, Donna Anna, in Don Giovanni, Hannah, in The Merry Widow, and also covered the Soprano Soloist in the Verdi Requiem. Other operatic and concert credits include: performing the title role in Suor Angelica with Janiec Opera, Micaela in Carmen with Bel Cantanti Opera, the First lady, in the Magic Flute, and the Mother in Hansel & Gretel, with Seagle Musical Colony.

Lori Paradoski performs "Song to the Moon" from Antonin Dvorak's opera Rusalka during Life in the City

Arnold Yzaguirre
Classical Guitar

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
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.

Lamont Cline

Violinist Lamont Cline has performed with pit orchestras for several operas including Gianni Schichi, La Traviata, De Fledermaus and Street Scene, as well as different musicals such as How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Monty Python's Spamalot. He was concert master and orchestra manager with the Orchestra of the Pines and Stephen F. Austin State University's Opera orchestra. He has performed with the Longview Symphony Orchestra, Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, and the Video Game Orchestra. He was a member and soloist with the Piney Woods Camerata string ensemble for six years.

Mr. Cline taught private lessons in violin and piano for several years with a music school in Houston and worked with ensembles as assistant director and conductor with the Piney Woods Youth Orchestra in Longview. As a teacher with Stephen F. Austin State University's youth strings program for 4 years, Mr. Cline worked with students to strive for excellence in performance techniques and to prepare for concerts. His students have successfully auditioned for youth orchestras and have been placed in high-ranking chair positions.

Mr. Cline is nearing completion of a bachelor's degree in violin performance at Stephen F. Austin State University. He studied violin with Dr. Jennifer Dalmas and has performed in masterclasses for international violinists Volodja Balzalorsky Professor of Violin at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia and Alla Aranovskaya of the St. Petersburg Quartet, for Kenneth Goldsmith of Rice University, and Wayne Lee of the Manhattan Piano Trio. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards including, The Texas Federation of Music Clubs All-State Award, The Isidor Saslav Scholarship award, and the Paul Buskirk Scholarship award.

Karen Bolen
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.

Paul Gronquist
Intermediate to Advanced Cello

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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