Cynthia Roque, was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is both a Music Education and Music Performance major with an emphasis in violin under the instruction of Dr. Ambroise Aubrun at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Cynthia began playing violin at the age of 10 as a CCSD mariachi student and has had the opportunity to learn both privately and in conferences from professional groups such as Mariachi Vargas and Mariachi Sol de Mexico. She continues her mariachi career to this day as a member of local community group, Mariachi Alma del Sol. With plans to join the select group of CCSD music educators after earning her degrees, Cynthia loves being a part of a student’s musical learning process and enjoys watching them improve with each lesson. She understands that learning any instrument takes time and is sometimes difficult but her patience allows her to find different ways of teaching students to understand the task at hand. Cynthia has learned that making mistakes is perfectly normal and she highly encourages them since they usually always end up as your best lessons in music!
Azhane Hereford, age 19, was born and raised in Las Vegas. She began playing piano when she was 6 with a few lessons before ultimately studying as a self taught pianist. Music was always something that interested her, throughout middle school she worked to teach herself what she could in music theory. In high school she accompanied her school’s choir and played for the orchestral pit, and jazz and concert band. Currently she studies Music Composition with piano as her instrumental focus, studying piano with Professor Timothy Hoft and accompanying for students across the valley. She also assists teaching group keyboard classes at Bozarth.
Studying with Azhane students will focus on technique, precision, and artistry. However the number one priority will always be enjoyment and fun. She is of the belief that a musician who enjoys what they do will make music, while one who does not will only make noise.
“I look forward to meeting you all, let’s make some music together.”
Christopher Vivas is a Las Vegas born and raised violist. He has practiced viola for 11 years and
is completing his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at the University of Nevada Las
Vegas with fully payed tuition. Christopher’s previous education include the Las Vegas Academy
of the Arts and the Interlochen College of Creative Arts.
Christopher has been commended for his technique, musicality, and even received awards for his
excellency in leadership and artistry.
He has from Chicago, to a tour in Hawaii, and even studied abroad and performed throughout
different cities and conservatories in Italy.
Christopher has studied with notable musicians as Leanoard Schranze, Michael Ouzounian,
Jason Bonham and currently studies with Kate Hamilton.
Christopher teaches all levels of viola and beginning piano.
“I love to teach… and I have the intent with every lesson to have my student walk out with a
smile having honed their practice or learned something new.”
Hannah Hafen is a classically trained cellist and pianist. She started cello at the age of three, and began her piano studies at the age of 12. She has received 1st and second place awards in multiple string competitions, and was the featured soloist in the Smith Centers production of Lamb of God. She has subbed for the HSO, toured Germany and Poland, and performed in local rock groups on the strip. She currently studies at UNLV as a cello performance major, under the instruction of Dr. Andrew Smith. She has taught private lessons in both cello and piano for 5 years, and has taught ages from 4-70. As a teacher, she is kind and friendly, and pushes her students to conquer their fears and push themselves to become better! She is great at teaching all ages, and adjusts the teaching curriculum based on the students needs. Her teaching style is fun and engaging, and she always has treats!
Born in Newark-NJ starts studying music with his grandfather Giuseppe Valeriani (violinist/conductor). He earned a Bachelor’s in saxophone performance and music-arranging from the National Music Conservatory “San Pietro a Majella” in Napoli (Italy).
Also attended CPM in Milano studying with jazz saxophonist Michael Rosen (from Berklee College of Music – Boston) while touring around the country and performing on Italian tv networks.
In 2003 Franco moved back to the US,
earned a Double Major (Music History & Literature – Romance Languages) from the University of Las Vegas Nevada (UNLV) and a Master’s in Music Education with University of Florida (UFL).
Besides teaching with the Clark County School District and the College of Southern Nevada, Franco currently performs in many venues on the Las Vegas strip (MGM, Aria, Wynn, Cosmopolitan, Rio, etc.) as “The Zephyrus Project”, and “Bricks” (Pink Floyd Tribute Band).
JT Odell is a Las Vegas Native with over 10 years of performing and teaching experience. He graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in musical performance. His life’s passion has been playing and teaching others the art of music. He has played with the top musicians in Las Vegas, and regionally as well. He has played and taught all genres including: Classical, modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre and more. He is honored and humbled to pass on his knowledge and love of trumpet and brass instruments
Micaela Nielson, 23, is from Las Vegas and has been playing since she was 11 years old. She is currently studying viola performance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on scholarship.
Micaela was active in regional orchestras throughout her High school days. She is presently the assistant principal violist in the UNLV symphony. In performances, she has worked with artists including Arturo Sandoval, Peter Nero, and Grace Vanderwaal, as well as playing for the renowned Circ Du Soleil. Viola has taken her all around the United States including Carnegie Hall and China. Micaela chose music as a platform to express herself because this is the area that inspires her the most in life. Whenever she takes the center of the stage, she never held back in dishing out her best when it comes to creating a musical mix. Micaela Nielson is multi-talented as she has been seen playing musicals for the Golden Rainbow Theater Company; opera for the UNLV Opera, and playing electric rock music.
To educate and inspire people with and about music and the viola is the driving force behind everything she does.
Austin Lightfoot is a Las Vegas based professional violinist and the co-founder of the Sorry In Advance Violin Duo. Originally from Philadelphia, He moved to Boston and studied Music Therapy at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and received pedagogical training through the Suzuki Institute of Boston. Having both conducted and taught at various institutions extensively – including YoFes (youth and family enrichment services), Saint John Paul II Catholic academy, and The Boston Dream Academy. Austin has always stood by the belief that music should be not only an educational experience for students, but an enjoyable one. He emphasizes finding the balance between creativity and technique
Jon Jacquemoud is a life-long resident of Las Vegas and has been playing the guitar for 40 years. Jon passionately honed his craft and soon became recognized locally as an exceptional talent. He gained more recognition during his time with rock acts The Enemy, and The Greg Hampton Band, performing at venues like The Whiskey, FM Station, and the Roxy in Hollywood. He was also featured in the Spotlight for New Talent column of Guitar Player magazine in November 1987. Jon’s interest soon turned to jazz fusion and he began intense study and teaching, as well as performing and recording. Currently he does studio session work, and plays with Streetology, a local fusion ensemble. Throughout his musical career, Jon gained a reputation as a solid guitar instructor with a strong, loyal following. Because of his diverse background, he’s equally comfortable teaching multiple genres including rock, pop, and jazz. He’s committed to sharing his passion for the guitar with his students and giving them the tools and knowledge to be confident musicians.
Adrienne has followed a long family history and has been teaching for the past 35 years in Las Vegas.
As a musician and vocalist, I have traveled extensively, performing in the USA and internationally in 5 countries in Europe. Most recently, I took some students and a choir to sing at Carnegie Hall in 2015; in 2016 I was with the Musical Arts Singers as we sang with Andrea Boccelli at the MGM Grand.
I have received many honors and accolades and am currently employed as a church organist, accompanist and choral director. I am a member of the National and local music teachers association.
I love to teach. I make music interesting through the methods I use. I give students choices by letting them play or sing songs they like. Many of my students have stayed with me for 10 years and longer. Some of them have gone on to professional work or music scholarships.
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.
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).