REBECCA SLATER

Piano, Voice & Academy Director


Rebecca Slater is an active teacher, singer, collaborative pianist, choral director, organist and liturgical musician. She graduated magna cum laude from Ball State University in choral and general music education with concentrations in both piano and vocal performance. There she received numerous awards, including Outstanding Senior Woman, Outstanding Piano Accompanist, Outstanding Choral Student, and Concerto Competition Winner in piano. Ms. Slater received her master’s degree from University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music in piano accompanying, where she studied with Dr. William Black and Kenneth Griffiths. At CCM she received a graduate assistantship to accompany vocal students and sang in the prestigious Renaissance Consort under the direction of Dr. Earl Rivers.

 

Ms. Slater has ample experience teaching music at literally every age level. She has taught preschool music and movement, Kinsdergarten through eighth grade general music, home school music classes, high school choral music, and piano at Xavier University, where she served as an adjunct professor of piano and accompanied and coached student and faculty recitals. She has taught private piano and voice for over 25 years. Her students have excelled in various competitions and festivals; several have studied music in college and are currently active performers and teachers.

 

Mrs. Slater is currently the music director at St. Pius X Church in Edgewood, where she plans and provides music for liturgical celebrations and conducts several choirs. Ms. Slater holds teaching certifications in K-12 choral and general music, Orff-Schulwerk Levels I and II, Kindermusik© and Music Together©. She is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, a professional music fraternity, Music Teachers National Association, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs

MARK HAAP

Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Dulcimer and Ukulele


Mark has been a lover of music since the age of eight. He has studied at the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, California, The National Guitar Summer Workshop in Connecticut and with many teachers from a wide variety of musical styles. You can find him playing at numerous venues around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. He has been teaching privately for eight years. He has a BA and BS from Northern Kentucky University. His main interests are rock, blues, ethnic music, world music and ancient music theory.

 

EVELINA KONANIAH

Piano


Evelina has over ten years of experience with students ranging from children to adults. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Piano Performance, and has studied organ, harpsichord, violin, voice, and conducting. She has participated in competitions, master classes, recordings, and radio broadcasts. Some of her students have gone to schools such as Berklee College of Music and Duke University while maintaining active musical lives. Her students have participated in competitions, festivals, and auditions, with excellent results. She is also on the piano faculty at the Preparatory Department of University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music.

JOSH NEMITH

Piano


Dr. Josh Nemith completed his doctorate in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in June of 2004. Dr. Nemith has performed throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral keyboardist; he is also an active recording artist. Currently, he is the principal keyboardist with the IRIS chamber orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee, under the direction of conductor Michael Stern.

 

Dr. Nemith performs regularly at professional venues in and around Cincinnati and has been teaching at the Academy since 2002. He is an alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin and the Eastman School of Music and he has held fellowship positions with the New World Symphony and the Aspen Music Festival. He has held several teaching appointments at UC-CCM, including a graduate seminar course on 20th-century piano repertoire in 2004. His teachers include James Tocco, Nancy Garrett, Fernando Laires, and David Burge.

ANDREA PENDERGRASS

Violin & Viola


Andrea has a BM in violin performance from the University of Redlands, CA. While studying at Redlands she gained experience teaching through the String Project, and she has had several years of experience teaching private violin and viola lessons and in addition to directing youth string classes. Andrea has worked with students of all ages from pre-Kindergarten children to retired adults. In addition, she has taught general music with the WhizKids Music program in Cincinnati and has a passion for sharing music with all ages.

RICHARD SEIL

Suzuki & Traditional Method Piano


Richard Seil has been teaching privately and at the collegiate level for over 15 years. A graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College and Indiana University, he completed his DMA coursework and solo recitals for his DMA at the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Seil's former teachers include Menahem Pressler, Karen Shaw, James Tocco, Richard Fields, Eugene Pridonoff, Elizabeth Pridonoff and Robert Mayerovitch. He has performed extensively as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the Midwest and is currently an active performer at his student recitals and at churches in the area, Mr. Seil enjoys both collaborative and solo performances.

 

Richard began teaching piano at the Baldwin-Wallace College Preparatory Department and continued as a graduate student/teacher at Indiana University and the University of Cincinnati. He also taught in Michigan and Kentucky at the collegiate level and Cleveland and Cincinnati as a private teacher. He has judged competitions in Michigan and Ohio and participated in the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in 1998, 2000 and 2002. Membership in teaching organizations includes the College Music Society, MTNA, MMTA, OMTA and KMTA. He was listed in Who's Who in America in 2002. Further musical interests include conducting and violin and he is also an avid jogger/fitness enthusiast.

ABBY SPARKS

Voice


Abby is a native of Fort Thomas and graduated from Highlands High School in 2014. She was highly involved in the arts during her time in the Fort Thomas School District, having sung in various All-State and Honor Choirs, the high school Chamber Choir and a Cappella groups, and participated in drama and musical theatre.

 

Abby will graduate from Northern Kentucky University in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. There she served as a Teacher's Assistant and a Private Voice Instructor for the NKU Preparatory Vocal Corps Program. She also volunteered to direct the after-school choral program at Grandview Elementary in Bellevue, KY for two years. Additionally, Abby worked as a Private Voice Instructor at Conner Middle School in Hebron, KY. During her time at NKU, she performed as soprano in the internationally recognized Chamber Choir, as well as the Women's Ensemble and Chorale.

 

Abby has extensive international experience, first touring with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s "Cincinnati Singers" in Austria, Hungary, and France in 2015. Later, she performed with NKU's Chamber Choir during their 2016 Summer Canadian Tour. She also attended the Kentucky Institute for International Studies Salzburg Program, where she studied music and performed in Austria for six weeks. Recently, Abby returned from completing her elementary student teaching in Querétaro, México for two months at the prestigious Instituto de Thomas Jefferson.

 

In August 2018, Abby will continue her studies at the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music to pursue a Master of Music in Music Education. Abby is honored to be a part of Slater Music Academy

ERIC SUTTON

Guitar


Eric currently resides in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. He has studied guitar with Ed Vardimen, Bob Mercer and Chris Wilke. He is currently in the process of obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Kentucky University. Eric has participated in the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music classical guitar camps for several summers. In these camps Eric has played in master classes for well-known classical guitarists such as Carlos Perez (winner of many prestigious classical guitar competitions) and Stanley Yates (composer of a series of classical guitar arrangements published by Mel Bay publications). Eric specializes in classical guitar but is comfortable teaching students of all ages and styles.

CAILEEN TALLANT

Piano, Voice


Caileen is a recent graduate from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX with a B.M in music composition and a B.A. in chemistry. Throughout undergraduate, she was involved in several extracurricular activities including the Trinity University Chamber Singers, Trinity AcaBellas, and undergraduate research. During her time at Trinity, she studied under the Zachary Ridgway, Carolyn True, and Deborah Rhine for private piano as well as participated in several featured choruses with the San Antonio Symphony. She was also featured in several piano master classes with Douglas Humphreys, James Dick, Alan Chow, and Jane Magrath.

 

Caileen has several years of experience for teaching private piano with all ages as well as leading choral workshops and rehearsals on her own compositional works, one of which, In the Bleak Midwinter, is soon to be released as a featured work on the Trinity University Chamber Singers’ Christmas album.  Caileen has had several compositional premieres including her first Symphony as well as a solo piano work, Searching, which was featured at the Celebration of Women’s Voices concert. As an undergraduate she also tutored Music theory, Math, and Science, and she is currently pending publication with the American Chemical Society Journal of Organic Chemistry.

 

Caileen recently moved to the Cincinnati area to begin her Masters of Music in Music Composition at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music where she will continue her passion for choral composition as well as broaden her horizons in other varieties of composition. Caileen also plans to continue her own piano study and choir while at the conservatory.

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Slater Music Academy  •  143 N. Ft. Thomas Avenue Fort Thomas, KY 41075  •  859-802-9344

info@slatermusicacademy.com  •  © Slater Music Academy. All rights reserved.

Slater Music Academy

143 N. Ft. Thomas Avenue
Fort Thomas, KY 41075

859-802-9344

info@slatermusicacademy.com

© Slater Music Academy. All rights reserved.