Private Lesson Faculty
Jennifer Keeney’s playing and teaching reflect her joyful, creative and dynamic approach to music and the flute. Ms. Keeney enjoys collaborating with a variety of Classical, Jazz, Pop, Latin, and World Musicians. She performs as a soloist and chamber musician as well as giving classes and workshops throughout Texas, the United States and abroad. Jennifer served as Flute and Piccolo in the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Principal Flute of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the New World Symphony and has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera and Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, among others.
Ms. Keeney, the “Creative Flutist” is the owner and creator of The Creative Flutist Studio and also teaches in the Round Rock High Schools in Austin, Texas. Jennifer was the Affiliate Artist of Flute at the University of Houston, Moores School of Music for the past 9 1/2 years. She taught at the Interlochen National Music Camp and the Bowling Green University Summer Flute Camp, at The Baylor Flute Seminar and Floot Fire. Now her summers are spent teaching and performing on the flute faculty of The Panoramic Flutist at The University of Colorado, The Texas Summer Flute Symposium, and is celebrating 12 years of her summer Creative Flutist Classes in Austin, Texas.
She is the author of several books, Creative Practice Ideas and Exercises for the Whole Musician – Flute, is available as an e-book and in hard cover. She is also the author of Creative Practice Recipes: Flute Flash Set 1 & 2 and The Creative Flutist. Ms. Keeney completed 3 years of training as an Alexander Technique teacher and is certified as a Yoga Teacher by Dharma Yoga in Austin, Texas. Ms. Keeney received her flute performance education from The University of Michigan, Royal Northern College of Music in England, University of Southern California and The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Jennifer is grateful to all her teachers and her principal teachers include Clemente Barone, Julius Baker, Jeanne Baxtresser, Judith Bentley, Leone Buyse, Walfrid Kujala, Keith Underwood, Jim Walker and Trevor Wye.
In her free time she enjoys being in nature, yoga, nature, poetry, friends, writing and volunteering at the animal shelter and playing at assisted care homes. Jennifer adores being an aunt to her two nieces and two nephews and has two wonderful sisters whom she treasures, her twin sister Rebecca and younger sister Allison. She moved to Austin, Texas in January, 2015.
Jaleen Seshadri – email@example.com
Jaleen Seshadri has been a performer and educator for over 20 years. A native of central New York state, she received a Bachelor’s of Music in Oboe performance from Berklee College of Music, and a Master’s of Music in Oboe performance from New England Conservatory of Music.
Her performance credits include: principal oboe with the US Army Forces Command Band, Augusta Symphony, Silicon Valley Symphony and she performs regularly with Austin Symphony and Opera, and San Antonio Opera. As an educator, Ms. Seshadri was formerly on faculty at Santa Clara University and currently maintains an active oboe studio in Round Rock.
She has 2 musical children, Gabriel (11) and Anna (9) and enjoys exploring the beautiful state and national parks, climbing, trail running and cooking (when she’s not making reeds!).
Adam Drake – firstname.lastname@example.org
Bassoonist Adam Drake is an active musician across the central Texas region. Based in Austin, Adam teaches a large studio of middle and high school bassoon students. While a student at The University of Texas, Adam performed with the University’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and on many recitals and chamber concerts at the Butler School of Music.
His past summer experiences include the National Music Festival, Brevard Music Center’s Institute, and the opportunity of performing as bassoonist for the American Wind Symphony Orchestra’s 55th season. As a founding member of listen, a wind quintet, and bassoonist for prismatx ensemble, a contemporary chamber ensemble in Austin TX, Adam is also a dynamic chamber musician.
In May 2017, Adam was awarded a Master of Music degree from The University of Texas’s Butler School of Music. His former teachers and other musical inspirations include Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Jeff Keesecker, and Amanda Swain.
Nicholas Councilor is currently on the faculty at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He also teaches master classes and private lessons to many students in the Austin area and is a clinician for the D’Addario Woodwinds Method Program. He serves on the faculty for the Austin Chamber Music Center and has been on the faculty for the UT Butler School of Music’s Longhorn Music Camps since 2013.
Recently, Nicholas performed as guest principal clarinetist with the Dallas Winds in their performance at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) conference in San Jose, CA. During his time at UT, he regularly performed as principal clarinetist in both the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and in 2014, he performed in nine concerts with the UT Wind Ensemble in a tour across the United States, Asia, and Europe. In February 2015, he was a soloist with the UT Wind Ensemble in a world premiere performance of John Corigliano’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra transcribed by Craig B. Davis. Nicholas is a member of the Round Rock Symphony and performs with the San Antonio Symphony on numerous occasions each year. As an avid chamber musician, he has earned the silver medal at the prestigious 2016 Fischoff Competition and is a prizewinner of both the Coleman and Plowman chamber music competitions.
Dr. Councilor earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in clarinet performance at The University of Texas at Austin, where he served as both Teaching Assistant and Assistant Instructor (replacing a faculty position) for the clarinet studio. Originally from Michigan, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in music education from Eastern Michigan University, graduating summa cum laude.
Patrick Dolan – email@example.com
An active freelance clarinetist, Patrick Dolan currently resides in Austin, TX, where he performs with local ensembles and maintains a vibrant private studio. He has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Density 512 (an Austin-based chamber orchestra), and the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, Mr. Dolan joined Adelante Winds, a “dynamic” chamber ensemble that performs throughout the central Texas area. Today, Mr. Dolan serves as the Artistic Director to Adelante Winds.
Having recently completed a Master of Music in Performance at the University of Texas at Austin, he toured with the UT Wind Ensemble in 2014, performing in Hawaii, Asia, and Europe. He finished his undergraduate degree at Rowan University where he performed Mendelssohn’s Konzertstuke No. 1 as a winner of the 2011 Rowan University Soloist Competition. He has attended and performed at several music festivals including Bear Valley Music Festival with conductor Michael Morgan, Texas Bach Festival, Fresh, Inc. Festival, Quinteto Latino’s Seminario, and the Miami International Music Festival.
His previous teachers include Louis Colella, Rie Suzuki, Nathan Williams and Richie Hawley.
Dan Bechdolt – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Bechdolt is an accomplished musician, composer, and educator who has lived in Austin, TX for the past 19 years. Mr. Bechdolt hails from Southern California, but relocated to Denton, TX to study at the University of North Texas where he received his Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies – Performance in 2000. While at UNT, Bechdolt studied under Woody Witt, Jay Miglia, Dan Haerle, Mike Steinel, Keith Javors, and Alan Baylock.
While in Denton, Bechdolt co-founded the soul-funk collective Mingo Fishtrap, who continues to record and tour nationally and internationally to this day. The band has performed alongside greats such as Sting, Snarky Puppy, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Blues Traveler, Earth Wind & Fire, Trombone Shorty, & Parliament Funkadelic among many others.
For the past 13 years, when not on the road, Bechdolt has taught saxophone privately in the north Austin area and his students are often recognized at the state level. Bechdolt also frequently clinics local-area jazz bands, and performs with many top local ensembles such as the Red Young Quartet, Red Young and his Hot Horns, the N.O.W. Jazz Orchestra, and the Urban Achievers Brass Band.
Michael Rey – email@example.com
Michael Rey is a professional trumpet player residing in Austin, Texas. In a city known for its live music, he has carved an impressive path for himself, in not only performance, but instruction, adjudication and studio work as well. A founding member of the acclaimed Austin-based horn trio, The Fresh 2 Def Horns, Michael has busied his performance schedule with groups of many varying genre. From the Grammy award winning Latin piece, Grupo Fantasma, to another Grammy-awarding winning artist, Country singer/song writer Rick Trevino, to say he is a versatile musician is a gross understatement.
Michael has been a long-standing performer at the well-known jazz venue, The Elephant Room, down in the basement on Congress Ave. in downtown Austin; a place where many aspiring Austin transplant musicians hope to one day cut their teeth on the same stage that has been graced by the likes of Winton Marsallis and Harry Connick, Jr. He is among the elite who have had that opportunity, and he has done so on hundreds of occasions – showcasing his chops as the “high note guy” in various established local jazz ensembles.
In between performances, local and on tour, Michael also has quite the rap sheet as a recording artist, playing both solo and within a horn section. He can be heard on the four records of esteemed Austin group, The Nightowls, many tunes featuring horn lines on which he collaborated creatively as well. Most notably, he has found himself blowing away within the walls of the famed Sun Studio, where Elvis Presley was discovered, in addition to being in the talented hands of Grammy-award winning producer Laurence “Boo” Mitchell at renowned Royal Studios.
Michael’s resume is one to envy, yet some of his proudest accomplishments are those where he is not even the recipient of the glory. For almost 15 years, Michael has been a private trumpet instructor, working with kids from the time they first put a horn to their mouth, to when they’re preparing their college audition material. He has coached several students who have excelled in district, region and state competitions, and many of his mentees have achieved the highest accolades during solo and ensemble performances.
Mr. Rey, as they call him, has helped them hone the skills necessary to enter confidently into their respective universities as aspiring music students. Some of his former students are pursuing their own musical dreams at Stephen F. Austin University (Michael’s Alma Mater), Oberlin Music Conservatory, Texas State, the University of Texas and the University of North Texas.
He has had the honor of being an adjudicator and guest artist at Jazz festivals on an annual basis. For the past 15 summers, he has paid homage to his Alma Mater by traveling back to Nacogdoches, Texas to lead trumpet Master Classes, teach private lessons and perform as a guest artist with the campers.
Michael is married and has two children with one on the way!
Ash Fulkerson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ash Fulkerson is originally from Dallas/Fort Worth, where he began his music career. Ash is currently a senior at the University of Texas, and a freelance musician in the greater Austin area.
He has been playing the French Horn for 12 years, and teaching for 3 years. He has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the UT Symphony Orchestra, UT Wind Ensemble, as well as the 5 o’clock brass quintet at UT. Ash plans to continue his education through graduate school and is seeking to become a member of a major symphony orchestra.
Dr. Javier Stuppard – email@example.com
Dr. Javier Stuppard strives for excellence as an eclectic musician while upholding the highest of standards. He maintains an active performance schedule in various styles of music including Jazz, Salsa, Orchestral and Commercial. He has been featured at several major conferences such as the International Trombone Festival, the National Trombone Workshop and the Texas Music Educators Conference with both the Minor 4th Trombone Quartet and JazzBonez. In addition, the Minor 4th Trombone Quartet presented at the Texas Bandmasters Association Conference, have been featured guest artists with professional and collegiate Symphony Orchestras, and perform recitals and master classes at Universities nationwide.
Dr. Stuppard is an energetic advocate of music in public schools and often serves as an adjudicator, clinician, and mentor. In 2015, he gladly accepted the position of Artist Mentor for Electrify Your Band!, a program that was created to assist with the promotion of fine arts in school districts around the nation by bridging imagination and intellect though musical self-expression. This program allows him the opportunity to teach students the important combination of being an educator, performer and entertainer though clinics and performance on Electric Trombone.
Additionally, he is a founder the Fresh2Def Horns, a horn section who’s soulful sound is a culmination of an exceptional blend, superb musicianship, and creativity that is adjusted to enhance any genre of music. They have a distinct style that is deeply rooted in entertainment; their delivery of a “complete package” is evident though choreography, and high-energy that engages the audience through interaction. To further enhance the experience the look of the section is chosen from a wardrobe of matching attire such as suit and ties, fitted hats and Air Jordan shoes.
As a free-lance musician, Dr. Stuppard has performed with Lukas Graham and taped live for the MTV Woodies, played festivals such as SXSW, Austin City Limits, Blues of the Green, and opened for a variety of artists such as Canadian Brass, Leon Bridges to Kool & the Gang. On the orchestral side of music he has also performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, Temple Symphony, Round Rock Symphony and the Bermuda Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2010, he had the distinct honor in opening for a speech given by President Obama in Austin, Texas.
From 2009-2018, Dr. Stuppard served as Assistant Professor of Music at Huston-Tillotson University. He holds a B.M.E from Norfolk State University, a M.M and D.M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin. His principal teachers include Paul Adams, Ron Westray and Dr. Nathaniel Brickens.
Dr. Stuppard has served as the International Trombone Festival Competition Coordinator since 2012, is an artist/clinician for Michael Rath Trombones, Applied Microphone Technology, 64 Audio, and plays exclusively on Pickett Brass Mouthpieces.
Mitch Mest is an eclectic artist and educator based in Austin, Texas.
Fascinated by what it means to be a classical performer in the current state of society, Mitch is constantly experimenting with integrating poetry, singing, and other theatrical elements with his musical art. He strives to find the perfect balance between broad appeal and intellectual depth so he can provide both new and enjoyable experiences to the public.
As an educator, Mitch enjoys a full studio of over 50 middle and high school low brass players. These young students inspire him on a daily basis, and he returns the favor by sharing the joy of music-making with them through the lens of his artistic experience.
Mitch earned his Bachelor’s degree in Euphonium Performance from The Pennsylvania State University under Velvet Brown, and his Master’s degree in Euphonium Performance from The University of Texas at Austin under Charles Villarrubia.
Mitch Mest is a Buffet Crampon and Besson performing artist, and plays exclusively on a Besson Prestige 2052 euphonium.
Nick Beltchev – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Beltchev is a tuba player and teacher based out of Austin, Texas. Nick is a member of the Dallas Winds. Prior to this, Nick held the position of Principal Tuba in the Macon Symphony Orchestra in Macon, Georgia.
Nick is currently a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an alumnus of the University of Georgia (MM) and the University of Michigan (BM). He has studied with Charles Villarrubia, David Zerkel, Fritz Kaenzig, Dr. Roy Couch, and Don Little.
Alex Mendoza – email@example.com
Alex Mendoza is a percussionist and educator based out of Austin, Texas. He holds an M.M. in Percussion Performance from Duquesne University, where he served as a Graduate Assistant, and was under the tutelage of Edward Stephan. Prior to that, he earned a B.M. from the University of North Texas in Music Education where he performed with the UNT Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and various chamber/world ensembles.
During his time at both Duquesne and North Texas, he was a sought-after freelance percussionist, as both an educator and performer. He was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps Front Ensemble in 2012, 2013, and 2015. As an orchestral percussionist, he has attended the esteemed Aspen Music Festival in the summers of 2018 and 2019.
He has performed with the Victoria Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, Westmoreland Symphony, and Wheeling Symphony. Mendoza has been very fortunate to have been under the instruction of many renowned percussion educators/performers including John Soroka, Christopher Allen, Robert Schietroma, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, Ed Smith, Jose Aponte, Cynthia Yeh, Doug Howard, and George Nickson. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and the Texas Music Educators Association.
Kyle Huddleston – firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyle Huddleston was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in League City, Texas. He has a passion for music, sports, drumming, teaching, and traveling. He is a student at Texas State University, pursuing a degree in music education.
In the summer of 2016, he marched with the Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps, a Drum Corps International organization. Also in 2016, he was in the Wind Symphony at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. In the 2018 season of Winter Guard International, he marched with Rhythmic Force Percussion and held the position of ensemble captain for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 seasons. He was also a member of the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps for their 2019 production.
He has previously taught in the College Station Independent School District, Bryan Independent School District, and Pflugerville Independent School District. He currently works with McNeil High School, Deerpark Middle School, and Pearson Ranch Middle School, all in Round Rock ISD.