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Orchestral Lessons

Tyler Gauruder - Violin, Viola, Cello

Tyler Gauruder, a Manchester CT native, began his viola studies at age 10. He holds a Bachelors of Music in Viola Performance from the Hartt School, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Viola Performance. He studies with Steve Larson. Tyler has also played the violin since age 16. A seasoned teacher, Tyler also performs regularly with the Torrington Symphony, Beth El Temple Symphony, and Colchester Symphony, as well as a soloist with those orchestras. He has recorded numerous soundtracks for small films, as well as jazz and pop artists. Tyler has been teaching violin and viola for 15 years, as well as coaching chamber ensembles. His preferred method of teaching is a traditional approach, with a strong focus on technique and reading development. He has experience with all age ranges, and has extensive experience with music ranging from the Baroque era through Modern, as well as popular music, jazz, movie soundtracks, opera, and musical theatre.

 

Jenna Lawson - Violin, Viola and Fiddle

Jenna is a native of Colorado Springs, CO. As a member of a military family she has had the privilege to live in San Vito, Italy as well as the Boston, Massachusetts area gathering many musical influences. Jenna has played violin for 20 years. While living in Colorado Springs she performed with the Young Concert Artists and took lessons with Rebecca Lee, Principal Second Violinist of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. She also had the opportunity to perform in the pit of the Pulpit Rock Churches production of Fiddler on the Roof. She graduated from Denison University, in Granville, OH. in 2007 with a B.A. in Music and continued her musical education at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN, where she graduated with a M.M. in Musicology, with a focus in Ethnomusicology. At both institutions she performed with the university orchestras. At Denison University, Jenna also performed with the university bluegrass ensemble gaining advanced fiddling skills and techniques from Andrew Carlson, Georgia State Champion Fiddler and 2000 Ohio Grand Champion Fiddler. With the ensemble she also had the opportunity to perform at the Midland Theatre in Newark, OH, opening for the 2005 International Bluegrass Music Awards Entertainer of the Year “Cherryholmes”. She also traveled to Dahlonega, GA. with the ensemble for a bluegrass music presentation at North Georgia College & State University. At both Denison and University of Tennessee, Knoxville Jenna studied extensively in music theory, ear training, music composition & music history.

 

James Quieros - Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass

James Queiros has his degree in Music Education from the Hartt School of Music. At Hartt, he has studied closely with renowned bassist Robert Black and education expert Dr. Joshua Russell. James is able to teach all generas of music including classical, jazz, folk and popular music. He is the co-founder of the Mikey’s Place Summerfest, an annual concert of young local musicians with all proceeds going to benefit the Mikey’s Place handicap accessible playground in Wethersfield.

 

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Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
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Your place for music lessons and supplies in Middletown. Middlesex Music Academy is a non-corporate locally own business. As a member of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce we strive to support local businesses and build the community as a whole.