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.
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.
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.
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.
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.