Winterhalter Music Teachers

Joyce Lim

Piano
Joyce has been playing piano her whole life! She believes in the power of music, laughter, and well made sandwiches. Joyce also enjoys hiking, art history, and seeping her tea in milk. Her favorite classical composer is Frederic Chopin but her favorite jazz pianist is Oscar Peterson. Joyce has unconditional love for the Washington Redskins and loves the success of the Washington Capitals as well. She loves taking walks with her dog, Sadie, and loves making friends. Joyce loves teaching for Winterhalter Music Studio! She believes in all of the teachers and feels blessed to have such talented and hard working students! She enjoys helping students develop their skills and confidence in order to play to the best of their ability! She loves it when students show that they work hard and ask questions. She also enjoys it when families and get involved to learn about music. Learn more about Joyce in her teacher showcase post on our blog.

Elizabeth Tyree

Piano
After completing a Bachelor of Music from Shenandoah University and a Master’s of Music from University of Louisville, both in music composition, Elizabeth Tyree returned to the beginning of music, the teaching of piano lessons. In her home town Virginia Beach, VA, Tyree started teaching piano lessons and theory class at age 17 under the supervision of her own piano teacher, Ella Drew. In every piano lesson, Tyree continuously learns that each student is unique and responds differently to teaching style and structure. Tyree adjusts her teaching technique to fit the students’ needs while encouraging every student to read music, play rhythm, play by ear.  She also teaches scales, the basics of improvisation, and how to practice effectively. Presently, Tyree is studying the stages of child development as she chases her one year old around the house and is writing piano songs for her own piano method book. Learn more about Liz in her teacher showcase post on our blog.

Michael Coan

Guitar and Piano
As a trained musician who studied music at the University of North Florida and who has plenty of professional playing experience, Michael Coan offers a unique approach to teaching guitar and piano. Michael has played in numerous groups from big jazz bands, to small jazz combos, to rock and blues bands throughout the Florida and Washington DC area. Michael is a young and enthusiastic teacher who understands the importance of making music fun- something students look forward to every week. Whether it be classic rock, pop, or jazz, Michael has the knowledge and experience to accommodate any student’s interests. Learn more about Michael in his teacher showcase post on our blog.

Darrin Burrell

Flute, Piano, Guitar, and Trumpet
A northern Virginia native, Darrin Burrell discovered his passion for the arts when he was very young, acting in his first play at age four, and beginning music classes in school at age five. Darrin has been playing flute for over 13 years. He found early on that he wanted to pursue a career path in music, which led him to study at Greensboro College in North Carolina. During his college studies, Darrin was fortunate enough to travel overseas to study at the University of Hong Kong in 2008, an experience which changed his life and musical perceptions greatly. In 2010, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Greensboro College with a Bachelor of Arts in Flute Performance and a minor in International Studies. After graduating, Darrin returned home to northern Virginia and began teaching private lessons. Darrin largely considers himself a Jazz musician, but he also greatly enjoys listening to and playing Classical and International music. In his free time, Darrin also enjoys playing basketball, reading, and learning new languages- currently taking on both Russian and Spanish. Learn more about Darrin in his teacher showcase post on our blog.

Billy Chou

Piano
bio1Billy hails from New Jersey and has been playing piano for over 20 years. Initially very shy about his musically abilities as a youngster, once Billy hit high school he found that he had a deep love for music (so much so he became a band geek and was drum major for his marching band in his senior year). He completed his Bachelors in Music Education from Ithaca College on piano and he also studied percussion during his time there. A few of his favorite piano composers are Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin, and he is also very fond of the music and piano playing of jazz great Bill Evans. Currently Billy lives with his wife (who is a cellist and teaches orchestra) and his cat, Felicity, who runs away every time Billy starts playing the piano. Learn more about Billy in his teacher showcase blog on our website.

Jeff Lee

Piano and Guitar
Jeff’s passion for music has pushed him to pursue stardom with his pop/rock band, Skyline Hotel. He began a love for music very early in his childhood starting with violin at the age of 8. He then was classically trained in piano starting at the age of 9, and has been playing piano ever since. Jeff has played guitar for over 10 years now ever since he discovered rock legends Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. In high school, he taught music lessons at Best Buy’s Musical Instruments department and has been doing private lessons since. It brings Jeff much joy to witness and inspire a love for music in his students. In 2014, Jeff graduated with Latin honors, Cum Laude, from the University of Maryland College Park. When Jeff is not teaching guitar and piano or working at a physical therapy clinic, he devotes all his time to his band playing shows in the DMV area, recording and producing new songs, and managing the band. www.skylinehotelmusic.com Learn more about Jeff in his teacher showcase blog on our website.

Sara Gill

violin and viola
Sara recently moved from the Philadelphia area to DC and is excited to continue teaching string students of all ages! A graduate of SUNY Fredonia School of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and West Chester University with a Masters in Violin Performance, her teaching experiences include young beginners to advanced learners on both violin and viola and she holds a current teaching certificate in Maryland along with Suzuki violin training with Ronda Cole. She has played with several symphony, chamber, and opera orchestras throughout New York and Pennsylvania including the Erie Chamber Orchestra (Erie, PA), the Northern Tier Orchestra (Tunkhannock, PA) and the Berks Opera Company (Reading, PA). Along with orchestral experience, Sara enjoys playing in string quartets and is a current member of the Ontario String Quartet (Oswego, NY) and the Melodia Quartet (West Chester, PA).

Christine Browne-Munz

voice, piano, and trumpet
Born in Vancouver, Canada, Christine started studying piano at the age of 3. Throughout elementary and high school she also sang in many choirs and played trumpet in various classical and jazz bands. She was a member of the provincial honor choir (Canadian version of All-State) throughout her four years of high school, and was in the Vancouver District Jazz band in her Junior and Senior years. After getting a general arts degree at the University of Alberta, Christine realized that music was her true passion, and pursued her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Maryland, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in the spring of 2015. She is an active performer in the DC area, singing with the In Series, Opera Camerata of Washington, and Opera NOVA. As a church musician, Christine sings at many high profile churches around town, and holds an alto section leader position at Church of the Epiphany. She loves working with children; her first job was teaching snowboarding to kids in Canada! She believes that all children should have an opportunity to study music if they so desire, and that music education has wonderful benefits in all aspects of their cognitive development.

Jairo Chavez

guitar, clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, and piano
Jairo is a music student at George Mason University who has been teaching saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, and flute in the area for two years. He attended Northern Virginia Community College where he received an Associate’s in Music. Jairo is now at George Mason working towards getting a bachelor’s in Instrumental Music. Though he focuses mainly on classical sax, Jairo is also well versed in jazz and other pop styles. He has been playing saxophone in the DC area for six years, playing with groups such as the American Balalaika Symphony Orchestra, the Mount Vernon Community Swing Band, and is one of the founding members of the Northern Virginia Saxophone Quartet.

Doug Ross

bass guitar, guitar, and piano
Doug Ross has traveled an adventurous musical path around the world, from the Caribbean to Asia and all over the U.S. After winning awards in high school bands, he was encouraged to head to Hollywood for intensive study with bass greats Gary Willis, Jeff Berlin, and Steve Bailey at the Bass Institute of Technology. Since graduating with honors from B.I.T, Doug has continued to stretch himself musically, playing thousands of gigs and recording sessions all over the world with diverse artists such as jazz guitarist Jody Fisher, Motown legends Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Brazilian singer Katia Moraes, and rock drummer Gregg Bissonette, to name a few. In 1995, a tour as bassist for Fantasia Musical Circus led to a seven year residence in Japan, including four years heading the bass program at Fukuoka School of Music, one of Japan’s largest music colleges. In 2002, Doug uprooted himself once again and set off for Los Angeles. He spent the next thirteen years teaching at Los Angeles College of Music (formerly LAMA), performing as a sideman and bandleader, and releasing a solo album in 2007 on Egad records. At LACM, Doug had the privilege of teaching alongside many of LA’s finest musicians, including Tierney Sutton, Frank Gambale, Jerry Watts, Ralph Humphrey, Andre Berry, Joe Porcaro, Carl Verheyen, and Tim Landers. Now, after a twenty year absence, Doug has returned to his hometown of Washington DC, making many new musical connections, in addition to re-establishing old musical friendships. Recent performances with local artists like Daryl Davis, Jaared Arosemena, and Steve Herberman have presented fresh challenges. Time for some more stretching out!

Ethan Greene

voice and piano
Ethan Lee Greene is a vocalist and teacher of voice and piano in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. Mr. Greene’s hometown is Hamlet, N.C. He is an active performer with opera companies around the area such as Washington National Opera and Bel Cantanti Opera. He also maintains a choir position at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Ethan Greene is a dedicated voice and piano teacher, who enjoys giving instruction in a diverse range of styles. He teaches at Music & Arts, Winterhalter Music, and also runs his own private teaching studio. Mr. Greene received his Bachelor’s in vocal performance at Wingate University and recently received his Masters in Music in the University of Maryland’s Opera Studio.

Brendan Schnabel

sax, clarinet, piano
Brendan is a professional saxophonist, woodwind doubler and music educator based in the Greater DC area. Pursuing music for him has been a transformative and rewarding experience, and his goal as a teacher is to convey that same feeling to his students, no matter what their skill level may be.
Brendan’s journey with music began in 6th grade, playing alto sax in the middle school band in his hometown of Chesapeake, VA. By the next year, he was studying privately. In high school he was selected for All-District Band and All-Virginia Band. It was at this time that he also developed a passion for jazz, and was selected for the All-Virginia Jazz Band.
Brendan continued to pursue music in college, earning his Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance/Jazz Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013. During college, he began his professional career, both as a performer in various venues and events, and as a private lessons teacher at a music store. He moved to the Greater DC area in 2014, to pursue his Master’s Degree in Music from the University of Maryland College Park. He also took on a graduate assistantship during his time in grad school, teaching a jazz combo, co-leading a big band, and running a weekly jam session. Throughout all of this, he has maintained a performing schedule that has taken him to cruise ships, clubs throughout the East Coast, and South Africa.
Brendan graduated with his Master’s this past May. His most recent professional activities have been accepting a position as Adjunct Professor of Woodwinds at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and recording his first album of original compositions as leader

Rachel McAleer

violin
At the age of four, Rachel began playing violin and piano and has been in love with music ever since then! She has a committed private studio of beginning, intermediate, and advanced violin students. In addition to teaching at Winterhalter Music, Rachel teaches group classes for beginning violinists at Potomac Arts Academy in Fairfax, VA. Rachel also co-directs Violin Bootcamp, a two week intensive summer camp for intermediate and advanced violinists. Rachel enjoys performing in the Washington, DC area. She regularly plays with the McLean Orchestra and the Pan American Symphony Orchestra.
In May 2016, Rachel completed a Master of Music program in Violin Performance at George Mason University. While at GMU, Rachel studied with June Huang and was concertmaster of the Mason Symphony Orchestra. Rachel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Pedagogy from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where her primary instructors were Mimi Zweig and Dr. Brenda Brenner. While at IU, Rachel studied the methodology of pedagogues, Paul Rolland and Shinichi Suzuki. These influential violin teachers greatly enhance Rachel’s teaching style

Kaylee Lindahl

voice and piano
Born and raised in Colorado, Kaylee has been singing since she could talk! She performed in her first musical when she was five years old and her love of music never stopped. Her favorite roles include Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, and Jo in Little Women. She has performed with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, and toured multiple times with the Brigham Young University – Hawaii’s Concert Choir to Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance with a minor in Chinese from Brigham Young University – Hawaii. She loves to travel and share her love of music with children of many different cultures. Her favorite teaching experience was teaching music to a group of 10 year-old girls in a small village in Thailand. Kaylee recently moved to the DC area with her husband and their newborn baby. When she is not taking care of her baby or teaching, she loves to do yoga, tap dance, and explore new places.

Gray Dickerson

violin, viola, and piano
Gray Dickerson is a recent Master of Music (2015) as well as a Master of Library Science (2012) both from University of Maryland. She has played piano for the past 20 years. As a violinist Ms. Dickerson has been Principal Second Violin of the Prince George’s Philharmonic for the past five years, as well as subbing for the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, and playing gigs of various types in the DC-Metro Area.

Maddie Watson

violin and piano
Maddie Watson is a graduate from the University of MD, College Park, where she received her bachelor of music degree in violin performance. After starting violin lessons at the age of eight, she quickly developed a love for music and knew that she wanted to always be able to share her passion for music with others. Maddie has also played the piano for most of her life, having started taking lessons when she was six years old. She is currently a tenured member of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in Hagerstown and teaches both violin and piano lessons to students of all ages. Maddie also contracts and performs for many weddings, parties, and other events in the DC metro area. In addition to teaching and performing, Maddie enjoys a variety of activities such as hiking and camping, baking complicated dessert recipes, and reading mystery novels.

Matthew Larson

trombone and piano
Born and raised in northern Virginia, Matthew has been playing both piano and trombone from the age of eleven. He began teaching in high school and it has been a part of his life ever since. Currently Matthew is working on a degree in music performance at the University of Maryland. He has a diverse performance history from classical to jazz to rock. He has performed in many notable locations such as the Kennedy Center, the Strathmore, Ram’s head, and sound stage. Matthew is passionate about music education; he believes that teaching music offers a unique opportunity to provide children with valuable life lessons in a fun low pressure environment. He believes learning music helps children develop self-confidence, teaches dedication, self-expression, and practice strategies that are useful across a broad variety of situations. To ensure each student flourishes, he carefully caters his teaching methods to each individual.