A Missouri native, Amy Yarnell developed a love of piano at an early age. She began taking lessons at the age of six and grew up singing and playing in her church. At age fifteen, she became the piano player at her church and served as the music director for ten years. It was while serving in this role that she realized her passion for making music with children and helping young musicians develop their talents. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Music Education from Evangel University and a Masters Degree in Gifted Education from Drury University. She taught K-12 vocal music in Missouri for two years and middle school gifted education in Tennessee for two and a half prior to moving to North Carolina. Amy is looking forward to the opportunity to work with students to develop their musical gifts and appreciation for the arts.
Chris Bost has a twenty-year music history. This includes 18 years of performing and 10 years experience instructing. Chris started learning at a young age and knows how important each students goals, taste and learning style are to keeping music exciting for them. He personalizes each students lessons helping them succeed with their music ideas.
Petra Jeffords is a classically trained Baroque violinist and Early Childhood Educator with a passion for teaching music. Petra was born and raised in Hungary, she started learning music at the age of 7 and has been playing the violin for over 30 years now.
After completing her studies in Budapest, Hungary, she got accepted to the Royal Academy of Music in London and moved to England, where she studied under Mr. Simon Standage for two years, while also achieving an NVQ level 3 certificate in
Early years Education at City and Islington College. Petra has been teaching violin both overseas and in the US since 1999 as a private instructor and a music school
teacher with a solo and orchestra performance background in a variety of settings. After her husband’s retirement from the US Air Force, she is looking forward to settling down in Fayetteville and continuing to mentor and teach students of all ages.
Based out of North Carolina, Ernesto has vast performance experience working with numerous musicians and performance groups over the years.
A multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger, Ernesto has been featured on a number of recordings, from his self-released EP to performance tracks on other releases. He has also interned with multi-award winning engineers & producers.
Ernesto received a B.S. in Music Industry Studies from Appalachian State University in 2009, and an M.M. in Music Business and Entertainment Industry from the University of Miami in 2017. Rivas has studied under many esteemed musicians; as well as performed with both UNC Pembroke and App State Jazz ensembles, receiving an award for outstanding musicianship at the University of Northern Colorado at Greely’s International Jazz Festival in 2005.
Mr. Rivas is currently an independent music instructor at Cape Fear Music Center in Fayetteville, NC, and at Carolina Performing Arts Studio in Cameron, NC.
Taylor Hickey is a lyric soprano and music teacher in the Sandhills of North Carolina. She is a private voice teacher as well as a middle school choral teacher at New Century Middle School in Moore County, where she teaches chorus and musical theatre classes. Taylor is also a vocal soloist and handbell choir director at Hay Street United Methodist Church in downtown Fayetteville. Taylor studied voice with Steve Sanders and choral music under Dr. Z. Randall Stroope at Oklahoma State University before relocating to UNC-Pembroke where she studied under Dr. Jaeyoon Kim. Taylor graduated from UNCP with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education with a concentration in voice. Taylor offers expertise in audition preparation, classical and broadway repertoire, and teaching voices of all ages.
Born and raised in the Chicago-Land area, Hayley Jensen began her musical studies at the age of eight and instantly developed a passion for performing. Hayley received her Bachelor’s Degree in Clarinet performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2016 and her Master’s in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in 2018 where she studied under the tutelage of Richard Hawkins and Kenneth Grant. While in school, Hayley participated in the Eastern Music Festival. Marrowstone Music Festival, and the Sarasota Music Festival, and hasperformed in concert halls across the country including Carnegie Hall and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. In 2015, Greensboro’s News and Record described her playing as “a revelation” after her performance of Walter Piston’s Clarinet Concerto with the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra. In 2018 Hayley enlisted with the army and served as a musician with the 82nd Airborne Division Band and Chorus, supporting the Ft. Bragg soldiers and community with hundreds of performances on and off post. Upon being honorably discharged from the army, Hayley decided to stay in the Fayetteville area where she currently freelances and teaches, eager to bring music to the younger generation.
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