Teachers


Christopher Tolbert

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Christopher is the owner and founder of Tolbert Music. His studio has been growing for over 8 years in the Northern Virginia Area. He is a band director and general music teacher at various Montessori Schools around Northern Virginia. Christopher's diverse experience includes teaching students on all instruments, of countless demographics, adult students, and students with special needs. Christopher plays also trumpet professionally and is a member of the Avanti Orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club.

 

 

Michael Drennan

Michael Drennan is a professional French Hornist and teacher from Buffalo, NY. He earned is Master’s Degree from Indiana University and his Bachelor’s Degree from Ithaca College. His former teachers include Dale Clevenger, Jacek Muzyk, Richard Seraphinoff and Alex Shuhan. He has performed with many different groups including the Indiana University Chamber Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. As a teacher he has experience teaching all instruments (even the contra-bass clarinet) and all ability levels.

 

 

Jennamarie Warfield

JennaMarie Warfield received a BA from Millersville University, where she majored in music performance with flute as her primary instrument. Ms. Warfield currently studies under Julianna Nickel as a masters student at George Mason University. Ms. Warfield currently performs with the Mason Symphony Orchestra, Mason Baroque Ensemble, Capital Wind Symphony, woodwind quintet and is an alternate for the Columbia Orchestra.

Teaching Experience: Previously, Ms. Warfield was a tutor and private instructor in the Millersville University Preparatory Program. Ms. Warfield currently teaches at the S. Frederick Music and Arts Center, Mike's Music in Ellicott City, and offers lessons at her students' homes and at her private studio in Howard County and Fairfax County.

Teaching Philosophy: Ms. Warfield is a passionate performer, musician, and teacher. She strives to share her passion for the beauty and power of music with everyone she teaches. She does this by incorporating singing, movement, music theory and music history in the lessons. Ms. Warfield always holds high expectations for herself as a teacher and for her students, but always does so according to their potential and level.

 

 

Chris Troiano

Christopher Troiano is currently attending George Mason University where he is earning a master's degree in Euphonium Performance with Professor Mark Jenkins, current principal euphonium in the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Chris earned a BM in Music Education and Euphonium Performance from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. While at North Texas, Chris was a student of euphonium virtuoso Dr. Brian L. Bowman. Other teachers of Chris’ include Patrick Nyren and Donald Sherman. Chris has had the opportunity to perform with numerous collegiate ensembles, including the North Texas Symphonic Band under Professor Dennis Fisher, the North Texas Euphonium Choir under Dr. Brian Bowman, the George Mason Wind Symphony under Professor Mark Camphouse, the George Mason Symphony Orchestra under Dr. Dennis Layendecker, and numerous small ensembles including tuba quartets, brass ensembles, and mixed chamber ensembles. As a featured soloist, Chris has performed a number of solos with the Huntington Community Band in Huntington, NY. Chris has also had the opportunity to solo at the annual United States Army Tuba­Euphonium Workshop in Washington DC with the George Mason University Tuba­Euphonium Ensemble. Chris Troiano is committed to teaching, sharing, and spreading the wonderful sound of low brass instruments.

 

 

Andrea Harmon

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Andrea Harmon is thrilled to be back in the Burke, Va area as the high school choral director at Lake Braddock Secondary School and conducting fellow for the Vienna Choral Society. She has spent the last three years in Bradenton, Florida as the high school director of Bayshore High School, the assistant director of the Sarasota Young Voices, and soprano for multiple community, church and professional choirs in the area  

After graduating from Lake Braddock, Ms. Harmon completed her Bachelor's of Music in Music Education at James Madison University, where she had the opportunity to study conducting and choir under the direction of Dr. Bryce Hayes and Dr. Van der Vat Chromy. While there, she sang in the JMU Chorale and both sang and directed the Treble Chamber Choir.  In her final year at James Madison University, Ms. Harmon was selected as the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) Student Conductor for JMU's 2013 ChoralFest  

 

NAtalie Granger

 
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Natalie has recently began teaching piano and voice in the Northern Virginia area. She has over ten years of experience with piano and enjoys playing all styles of music. She encourages her students to start with the basics, but wants to let the choose what they would like to play, to make practicing fun. Natalie wishes to create an environment where her students become well rounded musicians.

Aside from teaching piano, Natalie is a trained classical vocalist. She has over eight years of experience and is pursuing her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at George Mason University, which she will complete in the Spring of 2018. Although Natalie is trained classically, she is willing to teach in all styles including pop, musical theatre, and opera. She focuses on creating a healthy basis of vocal technique regardless of genre being sung.