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Lainey Bernstein is a singer-songwriter who is known not only for her wide vocal range, but also for her wide range of singing styles. Her training and experience includes a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Texas Woman’s University, many years of studying voice, as well as her own regular solo performances.
She is the Music Director at Spirituality Today, a church in Irving, where she leads and writes congregational music. Before that she was the Music and Fine Arts Director at the Center for Spiritual Living, where she also directed the Choir and the music team.
In addition to being a private vocal instructor, Miss Bernstein teaches Performance workshops every summer, that include intensive training in mic technique, stage presence, and all styles of singing. She has also taught acting, and musical theater. This will be her eighth year teaching private Voice Lessons in several schools, and in her home studio. Lainey also taught as a Musikgarten-trained Preschool Music Teacher for 4 years.
In 2007, Miss Bernstein released her debut, inspirational CD, and she is currently working on CD number two, to be released by the end this year. As well as being a solo vocal performer, she performs as a drummer in a Taiko-style drum group.
In 2006, Lainey set out to make music her life’s work, whether singing, teaching, drumming, or recording. Since then, she has done just that.
Karen Moyer has always loved music. She began piano lessons at age 4 but switched to voice lessons at 11 when she was recognized for having a mature voice at an early age. She enjoyed playing flute in the school bands for many years, until her lip became frozen to the mouthpiece at a high school half-time show. At age 12, she fell in love with opera when her father took her to a performance of Rossini’s, “The Barber of Seville.” She has always loved the beauty and subtleties of the voice and her enthusiasm for song is contagious.
Karen was raised in Michigan and Ohio and lived in Chicago before moving to Dallas. She received Vocal Performance, Music Education and Vocal Pedagogy degrees from Alma College, North Park University and University of North Texas. Karen is a recognized classical singer and voice teacher in Dallas. For 20 years, she has taught private voice, performance techniques and music history at the middle school, high school and college levels. As a conductor, she has directed college and professional choirs. Her solo career includes performances with local symphonies and opera companies, as well as, nationally and in Europe. She worked for years as a Radio Announcer and Producer at WRR Classical 101.1. Karen is active on the boards of various local music groups and educational organizations. She is currently the Executive Director of Voces Intimae: The art of Song. An innovative music organization which brings the exceptional genre of art song to the DFW area.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Alex Beane began his musical career singing in the choir at the Episcopal Church. The end of junior year at Episcopal School of Dallas marked Alex’s decision to pursue music at the next level, and he began vocal training with Debra Scroggins that summer for college auditions. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance, with Songwriting and Arts Entrepreneurship Minors at Southern Methodist University. He has worked with Robyn Flatt at Dallas Children’s Theater on a number of performances including Velveteen Rabbit, Little House on the Prairie, and Honus and Me. After playing the lead role in Grease his senior year, Alex has stayed involved at the Episcopal School of Dallas by participating in various alumni musicals – Urinetown, Putnam County Spelling Bee, and backstage work on Little Shop of Horrors. He has previous teaching experience through Specialty Tutors, and he is looking forward to applying that knowledge and helping his students reach their maximum musical potential.
Hildur Heimisdottir, or Hilda, was born and raised in Iceland. She started taking music lessons at an early age and at age 8 she picked the cello as her main instrument and took piano and choir on the side. Hilda graduated from high school in Reykjavik in 2004 and started her Bachelor’s degree in Music at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts in the same year. She spent one semester in Finland as an exchange student. Hilda moved to Denmark in 2010 to obtain a Master’s degree in Music and Music Pedagogy. During her studies in Denmark, Hilda started researching Nordic folk music and Icelandic folk instruments. Since graduating in 2012 with a Master’s degree, Hilda has taught music to both children and adults in Denmark, Iceland and Texas. She has performed both classical music and folk music worldwide and she published her first CD with Icelandic folk music in 2015. Hilda is a mother of one daughter
Patricia obtained a Bachelor Degree in French Literature from Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan. Tsai was the elected 3rd vice president of Denver Music Teachers Association and the secretary of Colorado Pace Setters. She won top prize at the Atlanta Chinese Christian Church (ACCC)’s contest of Annul Talented Spring Festival, from her leading the performance of the 4th-grade class and the self-composition for chorus and piano accompaniment based on the poems of Tang Dynasty.
In recent years, Tsai has been selected as Teacher Performer at Piano Texas International Academy & Festival. She participated the Symphonic Workshops & Professional Development at Kromériz (Czech Republic). In the Workshop, she experienced the performance as piano soloist with the Kroméríz Festival Orchestra and the Hradec Kralove Philharmonic. She completed credit courses at TCU Piano Pedagogy Graduate Program with the content including preschoolers to seniors.
Tsai has been piano instructor since 2011 at the Tarrant County College Northwest Campus. On April and November of 2016 and 2017, Tsai was awarded Certificate of Appreciation from the College for her years of service and dedication to its Senior Education Program. Patricia Tsai is member of FWMTA, TMTA, FWPTF; Committee member of Fort Worth Piano-Instrumental-Vocal Solo Contest sponsored by FWMTA: Committee of FWPTF’s Group Communication. She enjoys teaching student of all ages.