Louisville Classical Academy is pleased to announce opportunities for weekly piano, voice, and violin lessons with outstanding musicians on our campus for our students and the broader community. Sharon Lavery (piano and voice) and Blaise Poth (violin) have impressive performance and teaching careers, and we are honored to have them join our community.
Lessons will be held on Mondays between 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., starting September 9. Lessons are priced at $30 for 30-minute lessons and $45 for 45-minute lessons. Please reach us by email at email@example.com soon, as the time-slots are sure to fill.
Sharon Lavery, Piano and Voice
Pianist, conductor, and vocal coach Sharon Lavery began her academic career as a double major in piano and voice performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Awarded the Oberlin Faculty Prize in Accompanying upon graduation, Sharon went on to study Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music at the Manhattan School of Music. A recipient of the C.V. Starr Foundation Award for entrance into The Juilliard School's Doctor of Musical Arts program in collaborative piano, Sharon completed the degree with a dissertation on Norwegian Art Song and the songs of Agathe Backer Grøndahl. Awarded a position as Pianist and Assistant Chorus Master at New York City Opera in 2001, Sharon prepared and assisted in the preparation of over 50 opera choruses, including premieres by Marc Adamo, Carlisle Floyd, and Jake Heggie. She served as chorus master for Verdi's Don Carlo at the Opera Company of Philadelphia and prepared choruses for 6 summers of Bard SummerScape productions. As a member of the Bard College and Conservatory faculty for over 6 years, Sharon performed regularly as a collaborative pianist with faculty artists, including the Colorado Quartet, tenor Rufus Müller, the Da Capo Chamber Ensemble, and the American Symphony Orchestra in NYC venues such as Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall and Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.
Blaise Poth, Violin
A career performer with the Louisville Symphony Orchestra in Kentucky, Ms. Poth’s expertise in the Suzuki method of violin instruction has been honed through a dedicated course of study over the last ten years at institutes certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas such as the Colorado Suzuki String Institute, Chicago Suzuki String Institute, Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, Northern Arizona University Suzuki Institute, Virginia Suzuki Institute and University of Louisville Suzuki Institute. In addition to a robust private studio, Ms. Poth built Suzuki programs at Wheeler and Farmer Elementary Schools in Louisville growing the programs to 70 violin students currently. She also serves as the Director of the Summer Institute at the Louisville Suzuki String Association housed at the University of Louisville School of Music. Ms. Poth began her study of the violin at age five as a Suzuki student at Brescia College in Owensboro, Kentucky, studying with Sister Mary Cecelia Payne, James Douglas White, and Almita and Roland Vamos. She went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Louisville School of Music in Louisville, Kentucky, studying with Peter McHugh, Marcus Ratzenboeck, and Patrick Rafferty. She is a full time violinist with the Louisville Orchestra, and has been a member of the Louisville Bach Society.
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