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Laura Cardin graduated in 2009 from Old Dominion University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She has been playing piano since the age of four and started her college career as a pianist. Laura finished her time at ODU as a voice major studying early music, operas, and musicals. She sang in many vocal ensembles including Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, Madrigal Singers and Opera Workshop where she performed the lead role of Amahl from Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Laura directs the choir at Centerville Baptist Church, where she also plays piano and sings in the praise band. She is an active member of the Hampton Roads Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, a music fraternity for women; National Association of Teachers of Singing; the Music Teachers National Association; Virginia Music Teachers Association and is a Past-President of the Tidewater Music Teachers Forum.
Laura provides each student with the love and understanding of music that will last throughout their lifetime. She strives to give the best educational experience for each individual student and to provide a welcoming environment for learning, catered to the unique needs of each student.
Specialty: Piano & Voice
Home Studio - Moyock, NC 27958
Donna Halleck is a graduate of Bob Jones University of Greenville, South Carolina, and has been teaching piano since 1977. Her piano studio is based on the belief that music is a gift that God has blessed us all with, and she strives to teach an appreciation of this gift of Music. Donna welcomes the opportunity to earn your trust and to teach you and/or your child to read and perform music. She is located between the Great Bridge and Hickory communities and welcomes public and private school students, home schoolers, and adults.
Nancy's desire is to transform lives through the joy of music. To this end, she engages with both children and adults in a variety of educational and performance opportunities in an effort to connect to the joy that music can bring. Not only does Nancy teach, she performs professionally as a solo artist, serves as a worship leader, and also writes original vocal and instrumental music.
She studied piano for 15 years, and is formally trained as a classical singer. In recent years, Nancy has returned to the classroom to learn the latest vocal techniques for CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music) singers. She is passionate about helping vocalists create their own signature sounds while attending to the use of healthy vocal technique. A particular area of interest for her is musical theatre. She has served as Musical Director for several local productions, including Side Show, Olympus on My Mind, Side by Side by Sondheim, and Violet.
Whether a beginner or someone who already has some prior training, Nancy believes that music enriches our lives, and wants to see all who participate in her studio offerings find joy in making music!
Specialty: Piano, Vocal Coaching, Musical Theatre Role & Audition Preparation, workshops & classes covering a variety of musical topics
Chesapeake, VA 23328
Jeanette Winsor received a Bachelor of Music degree cum laude in music education from Hidelberg College in 1974 and a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Ken State University in 1977. While at Heidelberg, her principal teachers were Shirley Harrison and Dr. John Rinehart. Jeanette taught piano in the Heidelberg Preparatory Department and won Heidelberg's piano concerto competition. At Kent State, she studied piano with Lois Rova Ozanich and musicology with Dr. Richard Shindle. She also taught undergraduate class piano. After moving to Tidewater, she coached with pianist Clifford Herzer for twelve years. She has occasionally coached with Thomas Schumacher of the Eastman School of Music.
Jeanette teaches piano at her own studio in Virginia Beach and is an adjunct music instructor for the Virginia Beach and Portsmouth Campuses of Tidewater Community College. She also taught at theVirginia Governor's School For The Arts for 12 years. She is the accompanist for the Virginia Beach Chorale. She is the pianist and president of the Hardwick Chamber Ensemble. She is also Southern Division Competitions Chair for the Music Teachers National Association MTNA).
She is a past president of Scherzo Music Club, an adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers, a faculty member of the American College of Musicians, and past president of both the Virginia Music Teachers Association and the Tidewater Music Teachers Forum. She holds State and National Professional Teaching Certificates from VMTA and MTNA. She was the piano instructor at the Virginia Beach Friends School for seven years.
Jeanette frequently performs in solo and chamber music recitals. She was a semi-finalist in the 1982 AMSA International Piano Competition. She has performed as a soloist on the Family Fun Series at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, and on the Virginia Beach Symphony Concert Series. As the HCE's pianist, she appears in about a dozen concerts in Virginia each year. She has also appeared with the HCE in New York (1992 and 1994), Philadelphia (1993 and 1995), Los Angeles (1995), and Princeton (1995). She has appeared as a soloist with the Virginia Governor's School for the Arts/ODU Orchestra and with the Virginia Beach Symphony.
Specialty: Piano & Voice (In-Home)Specialty: Piano & MTNA Certification
VA Beach, VA 23464
VMTA Professional Certificate in Piano (State of VA)
MTNA Professional Certificate in Piano (National)
NGPT Certificate of Approved Teacher (National)
Hugh Middleton – concert artist, conductor, teacher, and scholar – has achieved musical distinction on two continents. Following tenures as Head of Keyboard at Chowan College in North Carolina, Assistant Professor of Music at Southwest Baptist University in Missouri, and Associate Professor of Music at Tidewater Community College in Virginia, he has also taught at Paul D. Camp Community College, Elizabeth City State University, and the Visual and Performing Arts Academy in Virginia Beach. For over seventeen years he was Organist/Choir Director at Cann Memorial Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Currently, he serves on the faculties of TCC and the College of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City. In 2009 hebecame Co-founder and Conductor of the Carolina Chorale and in 2010 he founded the classical piano TrioÉlégance. A native of Greenwood, Mississippi, Dr. Middleton studied at Indiana University, the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and Louisiana State University and received his B.M. degree in piano from Mississippi College with Special Distinction and Highest Honors.
He received the M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Piano Performance from North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) under the tutelage of Stefan Bardas, with further study with Larry Walz, and completed postdoctoral study with Bardas in Sonnenbuhl-Erpfingen, Germany, and Merano, Italy. He has studied additionally with such eminent teachers as Ralph Taylor, Eugene List, and Sidney Foster and has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. While at North Texas he also served on the facultyas a Teaching Fellow for two years.
Dr. Middleton has become highly respected as an inspirational teacher and has developed a reputation forhis uniquely perceptive and articulate master-classes for teachers and students. A frequent adjudicator forpiano competitions on the regional, state, and national levels, he has been associated with a number of musical and academic organizations, including service on the Executive Board of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association. Having completed research on piano works of Ferruccio Busoni and with concertsscheduled nationally and abroad, he is regularly featured as soloist and chamber recitalist.
In 1983 he performed recitals sponsored by Schwaben International before enthusiastic audiences in Germany. The following year he received the Silver Medal from the National Guild of Piano Teachers in the Teachers Division of the International Piano Recording Competition. Since that time he has given critically acclaimed programs of major works for piano in leading cities and on college and university campuses. In 1989, he played highly praised all-Liszt recitals in Italy and again in Mexico in 1993. Dr. Middleton was named to Who’s Who Among American Teachers in 2005 in American Keyboard Artists for 1989 and 1992 as well as to International Who’s Who in Music in 1992 and was inducted into the National Guild of Piano Teachers Hall of Fame in 1998.
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
“Brilliant pianist…distinguished interpreter” – Stefan Bardas
“Scintillating quality…” – Despy Karlas
"His Beethoven was indeed ‘molto espressivo’, sparkling…the pianist obviously loves Beethoven…His Chopin and Liszt were striking tours de force”
–The News and Observer, Raleigh, NC
“…flair for virtuoso style” – North Texas State University, Denton
Teresa Compos-Falk, a resident of Yorktown, Virginia, received her earliest piano training in her Pennsylvania hometown at the Bethlehem Conservatory of Music. During her teen years, she studied with Eleanor Sokoloff of the Curtis Institute of Music and later, received bachelor's and master's degrees from Juilliard School of Music in New York City. She studied with famed pedagogues Ania Dorfman and Adele Marcus. Her extensive professional experience includes New York Times critically-acclaimed solo recitals at Town Hall, NY, Carnegie Recital Hall, NY and Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.
Teri was a faculty member for fourteen years at three colleges in the New York/New Jersey area where she performed a number of university concerts. As a piano soloist, she gave faculty exchange concerts at Dartmouth (Hopkins Hall), Seton Hall, Moravian College, and numerous colleges on the Eastern Seaboard and in the Midwest. She also performed chamber music programs at Tanglewood, Aspen Music Festivals, and Federal Hall on Wall Street. She performed concerts in Korea as part of securing a visiting professorship in Seoul, Korea.
In 1987, Teresa received a teacher certification from Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and returned to the United States after having lived in Korea with her husband, John,who served two years as an Army Chaplain in Seoul. In 1988, Teresa opened a piano studio in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and became the treasurer for the Virginia Music Teachers Assocation (VMTA). She has served as a VMTA judge for piano competitions sponsored by Baldwin and Yamaha and her studio has yielded winners for MTNA's state, southern division, and national competitions. More recently, Teri has served as president of the local Peninsula Music Teachers Association.
Her studio with 50 plus students has won state and national awards and competitions. Several have won $200,000 scholarships to Harvard, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Eastman School of Music, Peabody/Johns Hopkins, Oberlin, UCLA, Northwestern and other notable schools. Several former students are now college music professors. These students and many others who truly love music have been a joy and inspiration to Teresa.
Susan has been teaching piano for 26 years and has owned the Piano Learning Center since 2007. She began her piano study at age seven and has studied with Enid Lindborg of Omaha, NE, and Rose Tomlin of St. Mary’s College in Leavenworth, KS, both of whom were graduates of the Juilliard School of Music. Miss Tomlin was also a protégé of Sergei Tarnowsky, a piano teacher of the young Vladimir Horowitz. Because Susan’s husband served on active duty for the first 17 years of their marriage, she has had the opportunity to teach piano and preschool music to students around the world, including Germany and Saudi Arabia.
Susan is a certified piano teacher with the Music Teachers National Association. She is a member of the National Federation of Music Teachers, former president of the Tidewater Music Teacher's Forum, and current president of the Virginia Music Teachers Association. Susan’s students have garnered superior ratings in the Junior Festival hosted by NFMT for the last four years. Susan's students participate in many local piano events and competitions including the Virginia State Theory Test, Keyboard Skills, Sight Reading test, Eastern District Competition, Levels of Progress and Honors Auditions. Her students also participate in her studio recitals and TMTF recitals. Susan has also worked as a church pianist, organist, and keyboardist with church praise bands. She has extensive experience as an accompanist for high school, college and community choirs. Susan also volunteered with many different children’s choirs, and was a children’s choir director for seven years. Currently, she is a freelance musician.
Mun Lee Han, NCTM is an experienced and qualified music teacher. She is responsible, caring, patient, organized and creative. She teaches an innovative and fun Yamaha Junior Music Course group class curriculum plus private lessons. She is able to communicate in English, Chinese/Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay. Her students (from Age 3 to 83) perform in various recitals and festivals yearly.
Nationally Certified Teacher of Music
Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance, Trinity College, London
Licentiate Diploma in Piano Teaching, Guildhall School of Music, London
Harmony Road Certification
Yamaha Music Education Certification
Music Teachers National Association
Virginia Music Teachers Association - Treasurer
Tidewater Music Teachers Forum - 2019-2021 President, Skills & Sight Reading Tests Chairperson and Webmaster
National Federation of Music Clubs
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
Specialty: Piano & Yamaha Junior Music Course
Jordan Kitt's Music
5164 Virginia Beach Blvd, Va Beach
Julie Heard received her Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in piano performance in 2013 from James Madison University. Since graduating she has had the unique opportunity to live overseas in the United Kingdom where she played the organ at local parish churches and taught private piano lessons. December 2019 the U.S. Air Force brought her family to Spokane, Washington. She is an active member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and has been a presenter at both the local and state level. While in Spokane she worked as Director Music at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Coeur d’ Alene, accompanied middle school choirs for the Central Valley School District, accompanied at the local community college North Idaho College as well as kept a full online and in person piano studio. Julie currently lives in Chesapeake, Virginia and is looking forward to filling her studio with local students!