Katharine Smith is a classically trained cellist and pianist born in Las Vegas. While she began her musical studies on the piano, her passion for the cello took over as she grew up. Her love for orchestral performance has brought her opportunities to perform in venues all over the world, from China to France and Austria. In 2012, she received the first prize in the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra concerto competition, and soloed with a full orchestra at the Smith Center. Under the instruction of Dr. Andrew Smith, she graduated in 2016 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a bachelor’s in cello performance. She currently enjoys working in Las Vegas as a cello and piano instructor, and a performer for gigs and shows throughout the city.
Natale Muro is a composer/pianist/violist. She has been classically trained and has played the viola for approximately five years and the piano for over 13 years. She has been classically trained and competed in several regional, state, and national piano competitions. Recently her musical ability earned her a Student of the Year award. She has been the pianist and choir director at several different Churches for over 5 years. She has played for over 5 different choirs in Las Vegas. She has been playing professionally since high school. She has been apart of several live orchestras, theatre performances, jazz band, marching band, and live orchestra performances throughout Vegas, and in several different parts of the country. She has composed several pieces. She also has absolute pitch, or also know as, “perfect pitch”. That is the auditory phenomenon in which a person has the ability to identify or re-create a given musical note or notes without the benefit of a reference tone. One which one in ten thousand people have. She has been teaching piano lessons for awhile now and loves working with beginner and intermediate students to help enhance their natural musical ability. She specializes in playing virtually anything from show music, classical pieces, jazz songs, to rock. She is currently studying at the University of Las Vegas Nevada with a concentration in economics and music.
Arturo Hernandez was born in Mexico and moved to the U.S., where he began music lessons at an early age. He graduated from the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, where the focus of his studies were orchestral studies and chamber music. Arturo then attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, specializing in music composition and music education.
Arturo is the founder and artistic director of the Las Vegas-based string quartet, String Valley, where he has played violin 1, violin 2, and currently plays viola and cajon. As a composer and arranger, Arturo’s compositions have been premiered at LVA, NSA, and UNLV, while his arrangements for string quartet, and other chamber ensembles, have been performed around the world, notably at the Latino Network of Southern Nevada Forum 2015.
Guitarist Barry Levenson’s distinguished career includes 25 years of private guitar instruction at the Palos Verdes Academy of the Arts in Southern California. Barry has a passion for teaching all styles and many of his students have gone on to become professional musicians. He is the author of the critically acclaimed guitar instructional book Exciting Concepts for Blues Guitar Soloing. His multi-faceted studio experience: producing, arranging, songwriting has made him an in-demand musician for every situation. A W.C. Handy nominated blues and jazz artist, a member of one of America’s most iconic bands, Canned Heat, five solo CD’s, and numerous tours all over the globe both under his own name and with Canned Heat are some of the highlights of his career. He was also a producer for the legendary Storyville Records jazz and blues label. He now resides in Las Vegas with his wife and son.
Pierre Dube has toured the world with Orchestras, Symphonies, and Choirs. He has been performing with his Taiko drums and Vibraphone in the Cirque De Soleil shows of Mystere and the Lion King in Las Vegas Nevada. Pierre is also a gifted composer and has composed many pieces that have been used in many different professional forums. Now Pierre is excited to teach you the art of Taiko Drumming, Hand Percussion, Drums, Vibraphone, and Piano. From beginning to advanced Pierre is ready and willing to teach you whatever it is you are looking for and make it fun and exciting at the same time. As they say in the Lion King “There is more to do then can ever be done”.
Ben Stewart earned a Bachelor of Music degree (trumpet performance) from California State University Northridge in the 90’s and then worked as a Brass and Percussion Coach at Highland Hall Waldorf School for nine years. Ben has over 20 years of private instruction experience to high and low brass students of all ages. He was a Navy Musician for eight years, stationed in Jacksonville, FL and Norfolk, VA. Ben is currently on his way to earning a Masters in Music Education degree and Graduate Licensure from UNLV.
Amy Crosley is a drummer/percussionist who is currently a Jazz Performance major at UNLV. She is knowledgeable in various drum set grooves like: rock, funk, jazz, latin, etc. She is also knowledgeable in variety of percussion instruments like: four-mallet marimba and classical percussion. While attending the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts High School, she won the Outstanding Soloist Award at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Her jazz combo took first place at the Reno Jazz Festival. She helped her big band in getting a Downbeat award. And she performed at the world renown Midwest Clinic in Chicago with the jazz band and the philharmonic orchestra. Amy will teach you how to read music, help you with a piece for school, or will help you learn anything your heart desires!
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Derrick Deluca has been playing and touring in different bands all over the city and Country. With 15 years of drumming experience, the last 7 have been spent actively gigging and touring. Derrick Deluca has played in multiple bands that have been featured in numerous magazines such as Smash Magazine, and the Las Vegas Weekly. He has also shared the stage with worldwide touring bands that have been featured on Ozzfest such as Winds of Plague, Shadows Fall, and Sworn Enemy to name a Few. Derrick has also received his associates in education in 2014 from the College of Southern Nevada and is a current UNLV music major. With a vast array of different music knowledge and theory, he will take you from a beginner/intermediate level student to advance. With working in the Clark County School District, he can teach students how to perform and excel both academically and outside of the classroom.
Steve Bonacci is a Las Vegas native whose favorite bands are The Who, The Allman Brothers Band, and Metallica. He graduated high school with the prestigious CCSD Music Scholar Award, and after two years studying music education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, left the program in 2006 to become a full-time working bassist at the young age of 20.
In addition to now being one of Las Vegas’s most in-demand bassists, playing all genres live and in-studio, Steve has toured nationally with acts as the widely popular Texas alt-country act Reckless Kelly. He has also toured internationally with country, and rock groups.
Steve has also played in many Las Vegas production shows. He currently plays in the Elvis tribute show, “All Shook Up: A Tribute to the King” at Planet Hollywood, and is the bandleader for Las Vegas-based country rock group Easy 8’s.
Steve is an easy-going instructor who cares deeply about helping his students to not only reach their personal goals, but to develop musical skills and comprehension that will help them evolve into the best players they can be in any genre.
My name is Dylan Dice and I am a lead guitarist and songwriter currently playing for Mandy Lion (ww3). I enjoy all styles of music and love to rock out on stage to the live energy of the audience. Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, I have lived in Hollywood, California where I attended Musicians Institute, and appeared on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ music video “Tell Me Baby.” Then, I lived in Las Vegas, Nevada where I played with Zombie Shaker Box and Dirty Pairadice. Zombie Shaker Box won Best Hard Rock Band at the Vegas Rocks Awards in 2010 and Dirty Pairadice won the same award in 2011. In both bands, I have played mulitiple shows in Utah, Las Vegas and Los Angeles including playing the Fremont Street Experience for a 5 night a week summer tour in 2012 and regular shows at Count Vamp’d (owned by Danny “The Count” Koker of The History Channels’ Counting Cars). Other shows in Hollywood were played at the Whiskey-a-Go-Go and The Viper Room. Played with opening act for Steel Panther on the 2014 All You Can Eat Tour. I have also played on stage with established artists Dave Navarro (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s addiction), Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot), Steven Adler (Guns and Roses), and Gilby Clark (Guns and Roses).
Leo Fodor Simons is a recent graduate from the classical guitar program at the University of Arizona. Originally from Bullhead City, Arizona, Leo began his musical career at the age of 15 playing guitar for several heavy metal bands. Throughout high school, Leo toured across the southwest playing in various shows and competitions. Leo eventually calmed down and with a close friend, initiated an Acoustic / electric duo, whose enthusiasm laid weekly in local coffee shops and street performances. Leo continued his passion for performing throughout college, playing frequently in school recitals, concerts and local bars with an indie rock band. Leo is now pursuing a musical career in Las Vegas, Nevada with many goals and ambitions
Genevieve Dew started singing with the St. Louis Symphony at age 17. She started working with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Nancy Wilson and Johnny Hammond who were her mentors in learning jazz vocal technique. She performed singing engagements at various hotels and jazz bands in Los Angeles, headlined and produced shows at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and performed with jazz trios and quartets at most of the prestigious Hotels on the Las Vegas’ strip, along with the Stirling Club at Turnberry Place. She performed and was featured with different headliners in the Las Vegas Hotels and headlined herself at various hotels on the strip such as Orleans, Sam’s Town, Sun Coast, Rio, Sahara, Hilton, Bellagio, along with summer concerts at Lake Las Vegas, Anthem and other outdoor venues. She has traveled extensively performing in different countries from Europe to Australia from the Middle East to Asia. She’s performed with the electric jazz violinist Michael Ward, several Big Bands, Grammy nominee Larry White, the Great Andre Bocelli, the one and only Neil Diamond and the high light of her career has been to perform with the world renown Michele LeGrand. Her first CD, “Class”, a diverse representation of singing styles which includes jazz, Broadway, country, gospel and opera, has been popularized all over the country and internationally. Her next CD will be released in later 2011. She is currently producing and performing a one woman show, “Tribute to Billie Holiday” and headlining at the Sun Coast Casino and Sam’s Town. August, 2011 just finished a cd for Japan called “From Las Vegas with Love”.