Music Spectrum School for the Arts (2nd floor of the H.K. Lee TaeKwonDo Building)
465 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, VA 20170 (703) 582-7430
Open: 3:00pm - 8:00pm Monday-Friday; 9:00am - 2:00pm Saturday
AMANDA VEST (voice, piano, violin) holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pepperdine University and a Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College. She is a two-time winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing—Los Angeles vocal competition and a semi-finalist in the Advanced Division of the 2015 NATS Eastern Region Conference Auditions. She graced stages in concert and opera performances in Europe and across the United States. Her opera roles include Zemfira (Aleko) and Gianetta (L’elisir d’amore.) In addition to being an accomplished singer, Miss Vest is an experienced violinist and pianist that has performed with festival orchestras, in guild auditions, and as an accompanist. Miss Vest believes the study of music is a holistic experience that combines physical awareness, theoretical knowledge, and guided intuition through performance and practice. Her teaching emphasizes mindful practice. She is an experienced and successful teacher of classical, crossover, and contemporary styles.
DR. ANTOINETTE VELIKINA (piano) has a Doctorate in Musical Arts in piano from the Catholic University of America, Master of Music in piano from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music in piano from the State Academy of Music, Sofia Bulgaria, with additional studies at the Salzburg Mozarteum, Austria. A native of Bulgaria, Ms. Velikina has performed on concert stages around the US and Europe, including the Kennedy Center, Mozart Zaal (Saltsburg, Austria), Tessaloniki Concert Hall (Greece), National Palace of Culture (Sofia, Bulgaria). She is a winner of the Catholic University Concerto Competition, and a recipient of numerous awards from Indiana University and Catholic University. Her professional affiliations include College Music Society, Music Teacher’s National Association and National Guild of Piano Teachers. As an educator, Ms. Velikina loves to teach students of all ages and abilities. She has been teaching piano in the Washington, DC area since 2001. Ms. Velikina has also served as a faculty member at Catholic University and Harmonia School of Music and Art. She is the mother two young sons.
KEVIN VAN HALL (guitar, bass, ukulele, drumset) a Fairfax County Public Schools specialist in teaching fine arts has a Bachelor of Arts from Florida Gulf Coast University, and is currently working towards a Masters in Education. He has over 15 years of experience teaching acoustic and electric guitar, and bass guitar, and is a protege of Robert Genito, author of Rapid Drum set improvement. For many years, Mr. VanHall was a professional studio/live drummer as well as a touring musician and band leader. He has opened for multiple well-known bands and was a featured artist at large concert events put on by major rock radio syndicates. His studio credits include an independent album release in 2008. Currently, Mr. Van Hall is most focused on teaching the next generation of musicians interested in guitar, bass, and drums.
ERIC ULREICH (guitar) has been teaching guitar for 40 years. His performing and teaching experience has made Eric one of the most sought-after contemporary guitar instructors in the Washington D.C. Metro area. With his attention to detail and depth of knowledge of all styles of playing Eric has prepared students for auditions, performances, competitions, and assessments. He has sent students to some of the major universities and colleges for music study as well as helped them achieve goals on stage. Even so, Eric also is at ease teaching beginning students, adults, and recreational players. Eric’s teaching philosophy is cultivating interest first. Then, adding aspects of fundamental musicianship skills
Eric teaches all levels and styles of guitar, including contemporary, jazz, rhythm and blues, and classical. He is also a registered Suzuki Guitar Instructor with the Suzuki Associations of the Americas. In addition to teaching guitar, he also teaches electric bass, song writing, theory, and rock band. He has been on the faculty at Levine Music for the past 20 years. He has also taught for Leesburg School of Music, Contemporary Music Center, and Music and Arts, as well as being a freelance instructor.
In addition to teaching, Eric is an active performer. He has performed on stage with legendary artists including Glenn Leonard’s Temptations, Charlie Thomas and the Drifters, The Coasters and The Marvelettes among others. He currently performs with Baltimore-based Junkyard Saints as well as his own band The Eric Ulreich Trio.
JOSHUA RENNE (voice, guitar) holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Music Education from George Mason University where he studied voice under Professor Debby Wenner and Guitar under Professor Larry Snitzler and spent several semesters in the GMU Guitar Ensemble. Mr. Renne has been teaching guitar in the Herndon area since 2004. He is a full time Fairfax County Public Schools music teacher in addition to teaching general music classes at both Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church and Temple Olam Tikvah in Fairfax. He also helps to lead youth worship services for both congregations, and plays the occasional wedding. Mr. Renne also sang with GMU’s University Singers and University Chorale and continues to sing in community choirs in the area.
DR. ASLI GÜLTEKIN ÖZEK (violin, viola) was born in Ankara, Turkey. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Bilkent University and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in viola performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). At UIUC, she studied with Rudolf Haken and Masumi Per Rostad, the violist of the Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet. She has been an active participant in masterclasses and music and orchestra festivals in Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, and China. She also performed in master classes of the Kronos Quartet and Avalon Quartet as part of her graduate quartet assistantship, and in master classes of Jerzy Kosmala, Csaba Erdelyi, and Ivo-Jan van der Werff at UIUC. She has given solo recitals and chamber concerts in Turkey and the United States. She is the recipient of the Chip Davis Mannheim Steamroller Orchestra Award in 2007 and was the finalist of the Coeur D’Alene Young Artist Concert Competition in 2008. Dr. Özek has been living, teaching and performing in the VA-MD-DC area since 2010.
DR. ALINA KIRSHON GOLDMAN (voice, violin, viola) is an Opera Singer, Violinist and Music Educator with vast experience in both performance and education. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, as well as a Bachelors of Music in Viola and Voice Performance and a Masters of Music in Voice Performance from Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Israel. A mother of three children, Dr. Kirshon-Goldman has over 15 years of experience in music education for children, including her "Music Impressions" for preschool children and her popular summer music camps for elementary school and preschool children at Music Spectrum.
ALEXANDRA GEERS (cello) graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelors degree in Music Education with Performance Honors on Cello and a Masters degree in Music Education. During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Geers lived abroad in Strasbourg, France for five months, studying music at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg. She currently is in her fourth year as an elementary strings teacher in the Fairfax County Public Schools. She has taught privately for many years, coaches sectionals for The Capital Symphony Youth Chamber Orchestra, has extensive knowledge in Suzuki and Rolland string pedagogy, and most recently attended the Ohio State University Strings Teachers Workshop with Robert Gillespie.
KATE COLE (voice, piano) holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Ithaca College and a Bachelor in Music Education from Mansfield University and has extensive experience teaching voice and piano to students of all ages. Drawing upon her education and personal experience in theatre performance, church music direction and teaching, Ms. Cole has successfully prepared students for theatre productions, college auditions, church performances, recitals and talent shows. She believes students should receive a solid musical and technical foundation geared toward their interests and goals in an enjoyable, positive atmosphere. Whether for public performance or personal enjoyment. Ms. Cole believes “anyone at any age can enjoy exploring and developing their musical potential.”
KAREN CHRISTENSEN (piano) had a thriving Suzuki piano studio in her Reston home for over 20 years, with students ranging in age from 3 to 58, before joining us at Music Spectrum. She is certified to teach all seven levels of the Suzuki Piano School. She holds Bachelors degrees in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State University and in Piano Performance from George Mason University, where she graduated cum laude. Ms. Christensen believes that immersion in Western art music combined with early ear training gives students a strong foundation from which to pursue their musical interests. Indeed, as of this writing, she currently has a former student at NYU majoring in composition, one at Berklee majoring in piano and songwriting, and one at CalArts majoring in classical and jazz piano performance. Many more have become music lovers and valued audience members, as well as creative and analytical thinkers who enjoy working hard and consistently at a difficult task. Practicing piano can be a solitary endeavor, so she strives to give her students a variety of performance experiences, both solo and ensemble. Success in music also requires music literacy, so she works hard to ensure that her students have strong reading and sight-reading skills, along with a thorough understanding of music theory. Ms. Christensen’s goal is to help children set the highest of standards, and to support them in working toward meeting their goals--but always with compassion for themselves and others.
CURT CHRISTENSEN (trumpet, euphonium, tuba) is originally from Mt. Clemens, Michigan. He retired after 26 years with the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., where he was the principal trumpeter. Mr. Christensen is a 1986 graduate of the Juilliard School where he received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and was a student of William Vacchiano and Mel Broiles. Additionally, he received his Associate in Applied Science-Music degree from the Air Force’s Air University and is continuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at George Mason University.
In addition to being an Adjunct Professor of Music Theory and History at George Mason, Mr. Christensen maintains a private trumpet studio and regularly performs recitals across the United States. In addition to being an Adjunct Professor of Music Theory and History at George Mason, Mr. Christensen maintains a private trumpet studio and regularly performs recitals across the United States.
DELLA BROWN (violin, viola) has over 40 years experience in music education. She holds two Bachelors degrees, in Music Education and Music Therapy, both from West Texas State University; and, a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling from Ball State University.
Ms. Brown most recently taught for 20 years in the Fairfax County Public Schools strings program, and before that in the school systems of Odessa, Texas and Peoria, Illinois. She has taught music privately in the U.S., Greece, Paraguay, Israel and Swaziland. Her vast experience in music education includes teaching Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Voice, General Music and Pre-School music.