Donna Higby: Sax, Flute, Piano, Clarinet
Giovanni Reyes Guitar
Josh Pepper currently works as a free-lance pianist, piano instructor, coach and music director in San Antonio. He graduated with piano performance degrees from Tennessee Technological University (BM) and Louisiana State University (MM). Mr. Pepper has been involved with regional opera companies all over the country, including the Des Moines Metro Opera, Pensacola Opera, and Shreveport Opera as a rehearsal pianist and opera outreach music director. French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts, a prestigious theater camp located in upstate New York, has employed Mr. Pepper for the past five summers as a valued conductor, music director, and piano teacher.
Locally, Mr. Pepper has burst onto the San Antonio theatre scene over the past two years: playing shows at the Vexler, The Playhouse, and the Woodlawn Theater. After his music directing debut with the show Guys and Dolls at The Playhouse, he became Resident Teen Music Director for the Woodlawn Academy. Mr. Pepper is thrilled to be music directing Carrie the Musical and White Christmas later this year for the Woodlawn Theatre's main stage. Equally exciting is the opening of Mr. Pepper's private piano studio, thanks to Anita Goldberg and Music Masters! Performing and teaching music in a vibrant and expanding community is a dream come true.
Contact Mr. Pepper today for information about piano lessons, accompaniments, and coachings.
Anita Goldberg: Owner and Instructor, MUSIC MASTERS
Fabian has studied music for nearly two decades with different instruments and styles. Since middle school he performed with various local mariachi ensembles and currently arranges and plays for Mariachi Fiesta de San Antonio. After graduating from Southwest High School he earned a Bachelors of Arts in Music, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of the Incarnate Word and studies classical violin with Daniel Kobialka, former Principal Second Violinist for the San Francisco Symphony. As a proud Southwest dragon he returned to teach in the fine arts department for grades 6 through 12. He also teaches after-school group lessons at Eleanor Kolitz Hebrew Language Academy. Fabian emphasizes comfort and ease with lessons following a progression of skills and music tapered to fit students’ interests and strengths. Above all, Fabian will always be a student of music and the arts, eager to learn and share with anyone.
Amanda Golden Piano
Gloria Mendoza Voice
Joshua E. Pepper Piano
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Lynne Boyers is a classically trained vocalist and certified music educator, with more than 25 years experience. She is passionate about helping young singers develop their voices and become confident musicians.
Lessons include; warm up exercises to increase range, musicale tone and flexibility. Preparation of Art Songs and other Repertoire according to goals. Sight Reading Practice, and Theory.
Ms. Boyers offers private lessons at Music Masters on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon and evenings. She is also offering a variety of music camps for student ages 8-11 during the summer, Check the details on the Summer Class Schedule.
Lynne Boyers Voice / Music Masters Curriculum Instructor
Gloria Lorraine Mendoza graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and a Minor in Music Theory. She received a Music Masters with an emphasis in vocal pedagogy from the University of Texas Pan-American.
Ms. Mendoza started her own voice studio in McAllen, Texas, eventually growing to a full academy that offered voice, piano, guitar and acting classes. Singing Stars Voice Academy provides music lessons to students of all ages.
Ms. Mendoza relocated to San Antonio in August 2017. She is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Brackenridge High School in SAISD. In her first year at Brack, she led her choir to receive straight Division I ratings in their concert performance and the first sweepstakes trophy in more than 30 years. She was also selected as Fine Arts Teacher of the Year. Ms. Mendoza is excited for the opportunity to offer private and group voice lessons in San Antonio. She has a love and passion for music and works diligently to inspire, motivate and encourage her students. She offers private and group voice lessons to students ages 8-adult, all levels, and teaches classical and contemporary techniques.
Instead of working at the mall or delivering newspapers in high school, Donna was already teaching private lessons to kids in her neighborhood while also volunteering/assisting with an elementary school band. She graduated from Chantilly HS in Fairfax, VA in 2002, went on to study music performance at Duquesne Univ. in Pittsburgh, PA then transferred to George Mason Univ. in Fairfax, VA; graduating in 2007 with a BM in music performance on saxophone.
Out of college Donna was fortunate to revitalize a music program at St. Agnes Catholic School in Arlington, VA from 2007-2010. She taught classroom music (K-8), assisted with the band (4-8), and directed the choir (3-8). She recently completed teaching classroom music at Cedar Creek School - San Antonio Campus, grades 3-8; 2013 was their first year having a formal music curriculum. Since 2007 she has ran Donna’s School of Music, LLC teaching saxophone, flute, clarinet, and piano to over 25 students each year.
Saxophone (classical and jazz) is Donna’s main instrument and is a “triple threat” with flute and clarinet; piano is her secondary instrument. She has performed with concert, rock, and jazz bands, including saxophone quartets at public functions such as wedding ceremonies and receptions, birthdays, and charity events. Her past teachers have included:
Gordon Shaffer (The United States Army “Pershing’s Own”), James Houlik and James Pollock (Duquesne University),
Dale Underwood and Jim Carroll (George Mason University), and Joe Eckert (Shenandoah Conservatory).
Donna currently performs with the Helotes Area Community Band on tenor and alto saxophone; she is also a founding member of the Sonora Dolce Saxophone Quarter, on tenor saxophone. You can find these two groups performing around the San Antonio area.Donna loves teaching young musicians and it’s her goal to make sure her students feel good about what they do and have fun doing it, look good on stage, and sound amazing for a live performance.
Fabian Escamilla Violin
Sabra Grainger, has worked as a music teacher in San Antonio public & private schools since 1983. She was also the Director of The Young Artists' Chorale and the Director of the Children's Choir program for Castle Hills First Baptist Church for 19 years before accepting the position as the Choral Director for Castle Hills Baptist School and eventually the CHS Fine Arts Director and TAPPS Region Coordinator.
She currently enjoys teaching music at Gan Gani Preschool and Music Masters Studio where she has trained and worked with Anita Goldberg for over 25 years.
Sabra graduated from Howard Payne University in 1982 with a B.S. in Secondary Education and minors in Music and English. Music is an important part of her life for as long as she can remember, and it is as natural for her to share as a smile or a word of encouragement. She is looking forward to sharing her love for music with your child this year.
Music Masters' founder and instructor Anita Goldberg has a B.A. in Piano and Music Education from Mexico City's National Music Conservatory. She continued her studies in Spain and the United States at Memphis University where she obtained her Masters in the Orff method of music education. "Miss Anita" founded Music Masters in San Antonio in 1985. The Music Masters' program includes the methods of Orff, Kodaly and Dalcroze, as well as techniques and curricula personally developed by Anita.
Ms. Golden received her music education at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Amanda Golden has loved working as a free-lance private piano instructor, voice coach, acting coach and music director for well over a decade! She is passionate about sharing her love for music with students of all capabilities and helping them accomplish their personal goals! Ms. Golden places an emphasis on healthy technique, musicality and confidence. In addition to her private studio, Ms. Golden has previously worked as the resident music director at The Woodlawn Theatre and Stone Oak Youth Theatre. Ms. Golden also recently served as voice coach for the Las Casas Foundation preparing students to compete for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards.
Ms. Golden is an active performer and has been described by Broadway World as a "scene stealer" and an actress with "great depth." Ms. Golden has enjoyed professional collaborations with the San Antonio Symphony, Opera San Antonio, Alamo City Opera, SA Mastersingers, The Classic Theatre, The Woodlawn Theatre and The Public Theater. Recent stage credits include: A Little Night Music (Anne), Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife; ATAC Globe Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical), My Fair Lady (Eliza), Pippin (Fastrada), Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth), Rock of Ages (Sherrie) and White Christmas (Betty Haynes).
Sabra Grainger: Music Masters Curriculum Instructor
Giovanni has been teaching private guitar lessons for 18 years and has been giving group guitar lessons with the North East Independent School District for 8 years. He is Texas Education Code Chapter 22 Compliant, and studied Music and Guitar at San Antonio College and has an education background in Law and Psychology. He is the Director, Producer and Camp Counselor with multiple Nationwide Music summer Camps in Dallas Texas, San Diego California and Boulder Colorado. Giovanni holds student recitals with the San Antonio Spurs organization performing National Anthems, Half Time shows, Concourse Performances, and Court Yard Performances at the AT&T Center.
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