Ms. Rebecca Tompkins
Rebecca Tompkins is a Houston native who has taught private viola lesson for 34 years. She has taught in Katy ISD for the past 20 years as well as Pasadena, Deer Park, Klein, Spring Branch and Cy-fair ISD. Two of her former high school students, Ragan Whatley and Clint Capshaw, are orchestra directors in KatyISD, and another is a director in Dallas whose orchestra was recently awarded State Honor Orchestra. Ms. Tompkins holds a bachelor’s degree in viola performance from the University of Houston graduating magna cum laude, and she has performed in ensembles such as theater Under the Stars, Houston Grand Opera, and the Houston Ballet.
Ms.Tomkins has arranged a lot of Christmas music as well as some movie and popular music for viola ensembles and has had many parties for her student to play educational games and fun music.
As a private teacher, she is passionate about proper instrument position, technique, and intonation. She strives to help all her students do well in their auditions and solo and ensemble contests. Many of her high school students go on to qualify for State Solo and Ensemble, and she has had to perform in their region orchestras for all of her teaching years, Many of those students have performed in the Texas All-State Orchestra as well.
Mr. Weigo Yin
Ms. Mary Song
Mr. Brandon Amison
Mr. Frank Hua
Mr. David Cheng
Mrs. Constance Shing Le
Over 20 years of experience, Mrs. Le has a background in both piano and violin. Awards and achievements include the National School Orchestra Award (2007-2008), the Elizabeth Morris Performance Award (2006, 2007), and first prize at the Instrumental Division Competition of the Texas Music Teachers Association (2007) She was a recipient of the President’s Gold Scholarship and Music Incentive Talent Scholarship at Baylor University where she received a Bachelor of Music Education. She studied under the tutelage of Dr. Bruce Berg and performed as a section violinist with the Waco Symphony while maintaining status on the Dean’s list for her academic achievements.
Her extensive knowledge of string curriculum includes and is not limited to the Suzuki method, ABRSM syllabus, and traditional Galamian training. She has judged All-Region, All-Area, Solo & Ensemble, and has been invited to teach at numerous camps and summer festivals throughout Texas. She has played in master classes with Lara St. John, Celeste Boyer, Arkady Fomin, and studied privately with Kenneth Goldsmith.
Her students have placed first chair in All-Region, Houston Youth Symphony, and advanced to the state level for their solo performances. She is devoted to string pedagogy and requires all students to complete at least one year of piano training before beginning violin lessons. She believes in a well rounded music education, teaching music theory, aural and ear training, chamber music, and participation in recitals.
Ms. Laura Azuaje
A native of Venezuela, Laura began her musical studies at the age of 10 in the Conservatorio “Vicente Emilio Sojo”. Since she was 14, she played in many symphony and chamber orchestras from Venezuela. In 2012 Laura obtained a Master’s degree in Cello Performance from the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis, where she earned a Graduate Assistantship and Scholarships. She played as Principal Cellist of the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra and several Chamber Music Ensembles. She received her training in Suzuki in the Chicago, Dallas and Greater Austin Suzuki Institutes. Before moving to Katy, Tx she taught cello lessons and group classes at Bellevue’s School of Performing Arts in Memphis, TN.
Since 2016 Laura has been teaching in her private studio in Katy to children of all ages and level. In addition, Laura is an active private Cello instructor in the Katy ISD. Her students are thriving in the most demanding auditions that range from UIL and Regions competitions, first stand positions in local Symphony Orchestras, International Summer Camps, Soloist contests and College applications in cello performance majors. She thinks that teaching is the opportunity to inspire and educate students to love and communicate through music. She is fluent in English and Spanish and works as a freelance professional Cellist.
Ms. Cindy Fu
Ms. Joy Song
Mr. Emory Daniel
Emory Daniel began studying double bass at the age of twelve with the former principal bassist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He earned both his Bachelors of Music in Double Bass Performance and Music Education at the University of Georgia-Hugh Hodgson School of Music. While studying at UGA he was the principal bassist of the Athens Symphony Orchestra and a substitute member of the Atlanta and Augusta Symphony Orchestras. He was also an interim principal bassist for both the Orquesta Sinfonica de La Salta in Argentina and the Conservatorio A. Vivaldi Alessandria in Italy. Emory has been a member of the Brevard Music Festival and the Interlochen Arts Camp. He taught privately at UGA Community Music School, UGA String Project, UGA Summer Music Camp, and free-lanced where his students have received All-Region/All-State Honors. Emory has studied under Ralph Jones, Jack Budrow, Lawrence Hurst, Bruce Bransby, Kurt Muroki, Craig Brown, and Milton Masciadri.
Emory began a Master of Music degree program studying performance at Indiana University-Jacobs School of Music. During this time, he became a member of both the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. While pursuing a performance degree, he worked closely with Dr. Brenda Brenner, Associate Professor of Music Education at IU and President of the American String Teachers Association. Under her mentorship, he trained extensively in the Suzuki method and worked as an assistant teacher for the IU Fairview Project and the IU Summer String Academy before moving to Houston to become the head orchestra director at T.H. McDonald Junior High in Katy ISD. While teaching in Katy, his students have received Outstanding Awards in both group performance and solo competitions. They have also received Superior Ratings at UIL competition. Emory has been teaching privately and leading sectionals for over 10 years. He has grown to love performing and teaching equally. He believes that music is a gift to be shared as it connects people and helps them grow as individuals.