BRASS & STRING TEACHERS

Violin

THAO PHAM

STRINGS & PIANO

BIO

Thao Pham is a violinist/violist with 14+ years of musical experience. While obtaining her culinary arts degree at Tarrant County College, she joined the TCC Southeast Orchestra. This led to her involvement in several more ensembles: Northeast Orchestra, Texas Chamber Music Project, and Keene Camerata.

 

In addition to performing in various summer musicals, Thao has performed as a featured soloist in numerous concerts and teaches privately for piano and strings. She also teaches masterclasses for the middle school orchestra members in the Mansfield School District. She won the Arlington Arts League scholarship twice with performances on both violin and viola in 2016 and 2017. When she is not teaching or performing, she gigs around the metroplex as a wedding/event violinist. She previously studied with violinists Tzu-Ying Chan, Ivo Ivanov (Fort Worth Symphony), and Emmanuelle Boisvert (Dallas Symphony). Thao obtained a full scholarship to continue her education in music at Southern Methodist University and studies with internationally-acclaimed violinist Chad Hoopes. In May 2017, Thao was a founding member of the Mansfield Philharmonic where she currently serves as concertmaster and president.

AVAILABLE DAYS:

Saturday

In person & virtual lessons

Thao Pham
Music Notes

CHRIS WHITE

BRASS, STRINGS, FLUTE

BIO
Chris White is a professional musician and teacher who began playing trumpet in 1965. He studied with Perry Friedman in the Chicago area from 1966-71. Chris attended Drury College, now known as Drury University, in Springfield, Missouri, and earned a Bachelor's degree in music education (K-12 instrumental music) in ‘76.

 

Chris worked as freelance musician/arranger from 1974 - present in a variety of genres. He taught band and orchestra in the Fort Worth ISD from 1997-2016.


“I stress the fundamentals of playing your instrument while also incorporating theory/ear training.”

AVAILABLE DAYS:

Monday

In person & virtual lessons

SOLA AKINOLA

CELLO, VIOLIN, & VIOLA

BIO

Sola Akinola began his orchestral career as a violist in 2003, but switched to the cello in 2004, and has been playing since. Although his background is in linguistics and Japanese, having earned his bachelor's degree in 2016, he studied music for two years at the University of North Texas in Denton. He is currently the principal cellist for the Mansfield Philharmonic Orchestra, and has played professionally for a variety of events, including weddings and musicals. Additionally, he is a self-taught violinist, having played since 2011.

AVAILABLE DAYS:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

In person & virtual lessons

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