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, Kindergarten 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 30 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.  She currently serves as the president of the OhioMTA Southwest District.



Avery Bargasse is a recent graduate from Shenandoah Conservatory, with an M.M. in contemporary-commercial voice pedagogy and a B.M. in voice performance. As a Baltimore native, Avery has had many notable performances, which include singing the theme song for HBO series ​The Wire, ​being a musical guest for, then, senator Barack Obama, singing as an opening act for R&B/soul singer Gladys Knight, and singing as an invited guest at the U.S. Department of Justice along side gospel artists such as Sandi Patty, Rance Allen and the Winans family.


In addition to displaying an impressive command over contemporary singing styles; including jazz, gospel, pop, soul, R&B, Motown, country and musical theatre, Avery has over ten years of classical training. He has made multiple musical appearances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Soulful Symphony, and is an active member of the Cincinnati May festival chorus. He prepares to make his Cincinnati Opera debut in the opera chorus.


Avery has taught for several years, and has experience teaching at different skill levels. He is comfortable in variety of styles and age groups.


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 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.



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.


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.


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.


Guitar, Ukulele

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 is comfortable teaching students of all ages and styles.


Piano, Voice

Caileen is a 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 Dr. Zachary Ridgway, Dr. 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 a featured work on the Trinity University Chamber Singers’ Christmas album. Caileen emphasizes guided direction and technique concentration in her teaching. She believes that each student has a unique path of learning and it is her goal to cater to that path so each student has the best musical experience possible.


Caileen moved to the Cincinnati in 2018 to begin her Masters of Music in Music Composition at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. While composition is still a large part of Caileen’s musical focus, she has decided to change her area of concentration and is currently working on her Master’s in Music Therapy through the University of Kentucky. Caileen is also the music director at Unity of Garden Park church where she works with professional singers throughout the Tri-State area as well as directs the Unity of Garden Park Choir.

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

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

Slater Music Academy

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


© Slater Music Academy. All rights reserved.