Teachers Artists and Personnel

Teachers Artists and Personnel

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Ian Fry - Founder and Executive Director of AllRhythms, Lead Music Instructor – BM in Classical Percussion and Jazz Drum Set from the Eastman School of Music [‘05], Master of Arts from Maharishi University of Management [‘06], 23 years teaching experience including The School at Columbia University, 2 Grammy nominations as Musical Director and Percussionist for Austin’s Tortilla Factory, percussion substitute for the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Round Rock Symphony Orchestra, and the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale, drummer and Music Production Center (MPC) operator for Bran Van 3000 at the 2008 Montreal Jazz Festival, YPQ Assessor via the Weikart Center, MindPop Creative Learning Initiative facilitator, (ianfrymusic.com).

 

Heather Thomas - Office Manager for AllRhythms - Personnel Manager at Texas Performing Arts Center - Office Manager and Executive Assistant.

 

Jason Nicholson - Public Relations and Marketing Consultant - Marketing Director at the Austin Symphony Orchestra since July 2000

 

Alexander Bihn - multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, trumpet, keyboard, and flute) - 10 years experience teaching and touring internationally. 

Christina Comley – Music Instructor for AllRhythms. Christina is a drummer based in Austin, TX. She graduated from Musicians Institute in March of 2012 with her Associates in drum performance and received the “Most Improved” award.

While attending Musicians Institute, she was shaped stylistically in the forms of rock, country, latin, pop, jazz, blues, hand technique, charting and reading, as well as piano, music theory and ear training.

Daniel Fears is dedicated to living a musical life-one where performance, teaching, composing, and philanthropic work are weaved together to create a meaningful career. Since graduating with his Master's Degree from the Yale School of Music in 2015, and his Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas in 2013, Daniel has performed with soul, hip-hop, rock and roll, funk, jazz, and classical ensembles in venues all over Austin, Texas. Notable performances have been as a side-man on KUTX, at Austin City Limits Music Festival, and at Euphoria Festival. 

His most recent endeavor was musical directing, composing, arranging, and performing in a music and dance showcase for Milk Carton on a String--a creative arts organization based in Haiti.  In his free time, Daniel enjoys reading, hearing live music, doing yoga, and petting other people's dogs.

Laura Jorgensen – vocalist and multi-instrumentalist – graduate of the Berklee School of Music and University of Texas at Austin – recognized by the International Acoustic Music Awards multiple times – internationally toured including Europe, Pakistan, and the United States.

Bruno Vinezof – Music Instructor for AllRhythms. Bruno is a native of Pernambuco-Brazil. Born in Olinda, a city where the traditional arts and culture are stronger than ever, Bruno has extensive experience with music. He has participated in ensembles performing Afoxé, maracatu, forró and coco, as well as in modern bands - always with the influences of his musical roots. He has played with artists such as: Rabecado, Azabumba, Quarteto Olinda, Renata Rosa, Cascabulho, Pandeiro do Mestre, Mestre Zé Neguinho do Coco, Spock Frevo, Maciel Salu, Alessandra Leão, Mestre Luiz Paixão, Quarteto Olinda, Claudio Rabeca, and many others, including many masters of traditional music. He currently lives in Austin, TX and performs with Mente Clara, Forro de Quintal, Maracatu Texas, Samba Police, Leticia Rodriguez, and other artists.

 

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS:

 Bryan Zannotti – Bryan is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where he received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Percussion Performance and Economics. He is a session and touring drummer in Austin and is knowledgeable of diverse styles of music.

 

Sean Harvey – Sean is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where he received his Master’s degree in percussion performance. He is part of the contemporary percussion ensemble Kraken Quartet. 

 

Daniel Dufour – Daniel Dufour, raised in Willis, Texas, is a freelance percussionist whose influences cover many genres of music. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Performance at Sam Houston State University, Daniel moved to Austin, Texas where he received his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. While living in Austin, Daniel has had the opportunity to play with many great musicians including Pete Rodriquez, Gabriel Santiago, Justin Vasquez, Lynn Seaton, Mitch Watkins, Suzi Stern, Andre Hayward, Ephraim Owens, Elias Haslanger, Red Young, Kevin Lovejoy, Woody Witt, Joe LoCascio, Rotem Sivan, Randy Brecker, Luis Perdomo, Roberto Quintero, Kirk Covington, Maria Schneider, and Joshua Redman.

Daniel has been a part of many festivals in the greater South East region of Texas. Such appearances included The Corpus Christi Jazz Festival, the Jazz'S Alive Festival in San Antonio, the SHSU Bill Watrous Jazz Festival, and the Temple College Jazz Festival. His teachers include Jeff Hellmer, Wayne Salzmann ii, John Mills, John Fremgen, Aric Schneller, and John Lane.

 

Nathan Langfitt – Nathan is an active musical theatre percussionist on call for the Zach Scott Theatre and numerous others.