Teachers

OKSANA PAVILIONIS

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Private piano & violin lessons with Concert Violinist Oksana.  The founder of Ovation Music academy, Oksana Pavilionis, is a world class violinist who has played at concert halls across the country and abroad. Oksana can perform anything from a heart-pounding-symphony by Rachmaninoff to a cheerful waltz by Strauss. Then she can make you believe she was born in the Ozark Mountains with her fiddling or create moving music worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ. A perfectionist without a perfectionist’s temperament, Oksana’s performance is always honest and expressive. Her solo performance, as well as her performance with a group, showcase the beauty of string music and demonstrate the variety of music that can be performed with the violin – the queen of musical instruments. Oksana began playing piano and violin at the age of five in Russia and started teaching shortly after that. God gave her a talent to soften people’s hearts with the sound of music

SLAVEK BOLUBAH

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Drums, Saxophone, Piano Lessons with one of the best & “tastiest” drummer in Little Rock area Slavek Bolubah. He performs with jazz musicians in Little Rock area.

Alisa Coffey

AlisaHarp lessons with Alisa Coffey.

Alisa Coffey is a Principal Harpist of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra since 2010. She is also Second Harpist with Symphony in C, of Camden, NJ. In addition to her regular positions, Alisa has served as extra or substitute harpist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philly Pops, IRIS Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and National Philharmonic among others. As a soloist, Alisa received recognition in the 2011 Lyon and Healy Awards, as well as the 2011 American Harp Society National Competition. She has attended summer music festivals: Aspen Music Festival, Artosphere, Spoleto Festival U.S.A., and Saratoga Harp Colony.

Formerly from the Philadelphia area, Alisa served as the harp faculty instructor at Settlement Music School. She was also the Artistic Coordinator for The Lyra Society, a non-profit organization which offers harp lessons within Philadelphia public schools. Alisa graduated with a Master’s of Music from Temple University. She received her Bachelor’s of Music and Performace Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, ON.

MATT TREADWAY

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Guitar lessons with jazz guitarist Matt Treadway.

There was always music in our home. If it wasn’t Dad playing the fiddle, it was Mom with her Bob Seger records on the stereo. As far back as I care to look, there have been musicians in my family.

I picked up a Telecaster when I was 12, and it was like my hands had suddenly found what they were meant to do! From that day to this, I have never been very far from my guitar. I tried sax and keyboards in high school, but the guitar is where my soul lives.

I have studied with some of the best teachers anywhere, and I have WORKED at what they taught me! Some people say it’s a gift, but I feel like I had to earn it. I tell my students to practice until they can’t stand it–and then go five more minutes.

It was Dave Matthews who first opened my mind to a world of complex and rhythmic playing that went way beyond three chords and a back-beat. From there, the road led directly to Jazz, a place where I can paint with every color of the rainbow and some that haven’t been discovered yet. I could list all my influences for you, but we don’t have that much time (I’d rather be playing).

I’ve lived all over the country, but I love my Little Rock home the best. I love my Maria, I love my Campellone, and I love playing Jazz with good friends. Come on out and let me show you!

There was always music in our home. If it wasn’t Dad playing the fiddle, it was Mom with her Bob Seger records on the stereo. As far back as I care to look, there have been musicians in my family.

I picked up a Telecaster when I was 12, and it was like my hands had suddenly found what they were meant to do! From that day to this, I have never been very far from my guitar. I tried sax and keyboards in high school, but the guitar is where my soul lives.

I have studied with some of the best teachers anywhere, and I have WORKED at what they taught me! Some people say it’s a gift, but I feel like I had to earn it. I tell my students to practice until they can’t stand it–and then go five more minutes.

It was Dave Matthews who first opened my mind to a world of complex and rhythmic playing that went way beyond three chords and a backbeat. From there, the road led directly to Jazz, a place where I can paint with every color of the rainbow and some that haven’t been discovered yet. I could list all my influences for you, but we don’t have that much time (I’d rather be playing).

I’ve lived all over the country, but I love my Little Rock home the best. I love my Maria, I love my Campellone, and I love playing Jazz with good friends. Come on out and let me show you!

http://matttreadway.weebly.com/

PAUL SAMMONS

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Learn guitar, voice, piano, and ukulele  with an amazing Songwriter and Guitarist Paul Sammons.

Paul Sammons began piano at a young age and then moved on to Saxophone and choir. In his teenage years, he began playing the guitar and singing inconcerts with his bands. Heʼs been a working musician as a solo artist and hasperformed in bands ever since. After high school, Paul went to the University ofArkansas at Little Rock and studied with the best professors in the CentralArkansas area. He graduated with a Bachelorʼs degree in music with an emphasis

on jazz guitar performance. After college he became a traveling musician and toured the country for several years, busking on the streets and performing with national acts. In 2009, he co-wrote and recorded the soundtrack for a documentary film called Woke Up

This Morning In The Arkansas Delta, produced by film-maker Ben Meade. Paul can

still be seen performing in the central Arkansas area. He has learned a variety of musical instruments along the way such as the drums, bass, piano, didgeridoo, harmonica, and, of course, the guitar, slide guitar, and lap steel. He has learned professional recording techniques along the way as well. Now he has a home recording studio where he records his own songs as well as songs for other musicians in the local area.

https://paulsammons.bandcamp.com/

LEXINGTON PORTER

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Jazz Violin, Mandolin lessons with legendary Lexington Porter.

“Porter’s Jazz Café is named in honor of jazz musicians Art Porter Sr. and son Art Porter Jr., so it is befitting that someone from the great Porter lineage should grace the stage,” said co-owner Marcell Dean. “We are fortunate to have the musical legacy continue with Lexington “Lex” Porter who is the grandson and nephew of Art Porter, Sr. and Jr., respectively.”

A senior at North East School of Arts in San Antonio, Lex inherited the “gift” of music at early age, picking up his first violin in third grade. While much of his raw talent and love of music is genetic- his father, Reginald Porter is a drummer – Lex has also been classically trained for eight years.

Lex wowed local audiences with incredible performances in August during Art Porter Music Education Inc.’s (APME) “A Work of ART” scholarship fundraiser, performing alongside national recording artist and composer Alex Bugnon. He was also the opening act for Lalah Hathaway that same week.

Lexington has been a member of the world-class Youth Orchestra of San Antonio (YOSA) since 2005 – so dynamic that as a 9th grader, he was selected to participate in YOSA’s Capriccio Orchestra as Concertmaster – 1st Violin. He joined YOSA’s Symphony Orchestra in 10th grade and YOSA’s Philharmonic Orchestra in 11th and 12th grade. He has performed with the San Antonio Orchestra and in numerous Broadway musical productions in San Antonio.

A rising star, Lex’s distinctions include two Silver Medals for classical and contemporary violin solos in the Act-So Competition and the title of “Top Teen of America,” 10th through 12th grade. In June 2010, he traveled to China with YOSA: Philharmonic, performing in Beijing, Shenzen, Hangzhou, Shanghai (World’s Expo) and Hong Kong (with Hong Kong Youth Orchestra).

Lexington was accepted at the Eastern US Music Camp at Colgate University in Hampton, New York, where he was Concertmaster/first chair violin; Symphony Orchestra and Violin soloist for the Jazz band – the only violinist in band. Lexington’s performance along with that of an all-star band of local musicians.

 

 

Samantha Carpenter

 

Samantha Carpenter graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello with a B.A. in music performance with cello as her primary instrument. She later attended Northwestern State University in Louisiana and was a graduate assistant under the cello professor Paul Christopher. Samantha graduated with a M.M. on cello from Northwestern and has been teaching private lessons to elementary through collegiate level students

HANNAH GRIDLEY

HannahPiano & Violin lessons with a fun and lovely Hannah Gridley.

 

 

SARA COOK

 

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Vocal & Piano lessons with great and inspiring Sara Cook.

Sara Cook got her musical start right here in Benton Arkansas. Born to a musical family, Sara’s grandmother was the director of music at a local church and her mother played in a blue grass band at Dog patch USA. While she was a child, Sara’s grandfather fostered a love of music by teaching her skills such as Ukulele, Mandolin, and Hawaiian Guitar. Sara was a church musician while young and sang for numerous years in the choir. Because of an amazing vocal career in high school Sara decided to pursue a degree in music after graduation. She started her college career at Henderson State University but later finished at UA Little Rock. Sara also completed a Master’s degree in education to further her music instruction. Sara has been a long time opera performer and has starred in several small operas such as Rider’s to the Sea and The Stoned guest. She has also had the opportunity to perform with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on several occasions, including the premiere of Maestro Itkin’s Exodous. While she loves to perform, her first love is teaching. Sara enjoys teaching students of a variety of ages. From beginning instruction all the way to accompaniment, nothing is out of the scope of possibilities. With her advanced years of study, she is able to teach a variety of skills from basic reading and writing all the way to composition. Sara is excited to be teaching at Ovation Music Academy and hopes to share a love of music with many students.

EVGENIYA FEDOROVA

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Art classes with Evgeniya Fedorova

Evgeniya (Jane) Fedorova is a post baccalaureate student at University of Arkansas at Little Rock, pursuing the degree in Studio Art. She used to be a microbiologist at the laboratory but switched to art leading with the inner passion to create. Among her favorite media are clay, metal and paper. Jane loves hiking with her husband and singing and playing piano with her two kids.

WESLEY LAMENDOLA

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Brass, woodwind instruments, voice lessons with energetic Wesley Lamendola.

Wesley has a junior vocal music education major at Henderson State University. I’ve sang in the All State choirs, Arkansas Intercollegiate Choir, I won the Regional and State National Assosiation of Teachers of Singing competition. I plan on teaching high school for a few years and eventually going back to school to get my masters and doctoral degrees. My end goal is to be the conductor of a collegiate choir!

SARAH RING

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Acting Classes with Sarah Ring.

“Sarah is the acting teacher at Ovation Music Academy. She has been acting since she could walk and talk and is delighted to be able to educate kids who want to act as well. Sarah took part in acting competitions while in high school. Along with that, she was cast in several musicals including Aida, Aladdin, and The Wizard of Oz. Sarah went to Arkansas State University in Jonesboro where she majored in Theatre. Her education included Voice and Movement, Play Analysis, Directing, Advanced Acting, Musical Theatre, Acting Shakespeare, and Acting on Camera. Sarah was in several shows at ASU that include: Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Frankie in The Voice of the Prairie, Lucy in Dracula, Sally in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Marianne in Tartuffe, and Jean in Dead Man’s Cellphone. For her senior project, Sarah and two other BFA majors compiled a showcase of scenes and songs to display all they’d learned. Sarah graduated with her BFA in 2015.

Since graduation, Sarah has moved to the Little Rock area and has performed in several shows at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse. Those shows include The Church Basement Ladies: Last Potluck Supper, Too Many Cooks, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Southern Crossroads. Sarah also has a love for film work. She has acted in a few short films and is in the middle of a web series called Gotham Knights where she will play the role of Barbara Gordon. Sarah is very passionate about acting and is very excited to share her love for this art with the younger generation. She has been extremely blessed and hopes that she can inspire the imaginations of her students.

 

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