Private Lesson Instructors

Karolina Radovani
Karolina Radovani is the founder and violinist of Bravura Duo string duet, an ensemble that has gained a large international following on social media since its inception, with videos shared by scores of music fans and notable broadcasters, such as Classic FM. A native of Albania, Ms. Radovani holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, summa cum laude; a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music; and an Artist Diploma from the University of North Texas. As soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, Ms. Radovani has performed in the most distinguished musical venues of her country; Europe and the US; has appeared on the Albanian Radio and Television; and is a winner of several music and merit awards. Many of her students have consistently received the highest ratings at various region and state events; they are scholarship and award winners, as well as hold leading positions in their respective orchestras. Ms. Radovani’s studio is intended only for dedicated students, who are serious about the study of violin.
Stephanie Moorehouse
Violin, Viola
Recently moved back from Los Angeles, Stephanie Moorehouse is a violinist and teacher in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s in violin performance from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master’s in violin performance from California Institute of the Arts. After spending six years in the California, Stephanie enjoyed performing with: Disneyland, San Bernardino Symphony, American Youth Symphony, Young Musician’s Foundation, Golden State Pops Orchestra, Bakersfield Symphony, and Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. Stephanie also had the privilege to perform with artists like: Lindsey Stirling, Andrea Bocelli, Deadmau5, John Debney, Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino, Mark Isham, Christopher Lennertz, Joel McNeely, Diego Navarro, John Powell, Brian Tyler, David Newman, Richard Sherman, Hans Zimmer, and John Williams. Since graduating with her Master’s in 2014, Stephanie took an interest in Suzuki education and received training for Suzuki books 1-3. Her Teacher Trainers include: Ed Kreitman, Judy Offman, and Sarah Bylander Montzka. Stephanie went on to teach with the Suzuki Talent Education of Pasadena from 2016-2018 where she lead group classes and collaborated with other Suzuki teachers in the area. With over ten years of teaching experience, Stephanie is excited to guide her future students on their own unique musical journey.
Larry Lattanzi
Violin, Viola
23 years’ experience as a public school orchestra director. 35 years as a private teacher. 40 years as a professional performer. Orchestras include Plano Symphony, Richardson Symphony, Ft. Worth Symphony and Las Colinas Symphony. Teaching style emphasizes a positive learning environment designed to achieve excellence in each student. References provided upon request. 
Lucia Neaga
Violin (in person or online)
Lucia Neaga is a highly accomplished violinist based in Allen, Texas. As Concertmaster of the Allen Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and regular performer with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, she brings immense experience to her teaching. With over 30 years of teaching experience, she teaches private lessons to students of all levels from her home studio. Lucia Neaga toured extensively throughout Europe as a member of various ensembles prior to settling in the United States in 2000. Since then, she continues to share her passion for music through private lessons. Her past pupils have gone on to successful musical careers of their own.
April Kim
Violin, Viola
April has received her degrees from the Juilliard School and Stony Brook University and has served on the violin and viola faculty of New York Music School and Concordia Conservatory. She has been teaching violin and viola in the New York Metropolitan area for over ten years and recently relocated to the Dallas area. Her current and former students have been accepted to Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes Pre-College programs, and youth orchestra programs such as New York Youth Symphony, NJSO Youth Orchestra, Region & All-State Orchestras, Manhattan String Orchestra, Bergen Youth Orchestra, and Camerata Youth Orchestra. They also have won top prizes at international music competitions including Camerata Artists International, Rondo Young Artist, Little Mozarts, Crescendo International, International Grande, New York International, and VIVO International Music Competitions and have performed at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, DiMenna Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium, and Symphony Space. April has served on the judge panel of Camerata Artists International Competition, Prima Volta Music Competition, and Stony Brook Pre-College Concerto Competition.
Catherine Farrelly
Experience, professionalism, and results make Catherine Farrelly a sought after violin teacher in the DFW area. Her students benefit from her 22 years of experience as Assistant Concertmaster of the Dallas Opera Orchestra, and they consistently place well in All Region and All State Orchestras. A specialist in audition preparation, Mrs. Farrelly is able to guide students through the audition process with success, producing the Concertmaster of the Texas All State Orchestra in 2016 and the Concertmaster of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. She welcomes students of all ages and levels of experience. A member of TMEA, DMTA, and MTNA Mrs. Farrelly implements current teaching methods and materials. She teaches beginning students to read music and understand music theory along with their repertoire and instructs advanced students in methods to increase their sight reading aptitude and performance skills
Joplin Lu
Violin & Viola
Joplin Lu is an accomplished performer, experienced teacher, and the founder of Dallas Asian Strings. She owns a Bachelor Degree from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Master Degree from UNT and a Performance Diploma from SMU (full scholarship winner). Joplin played in Richardson Symphony and Las Colinas Symphony for years, currently, she teaches over 70 weekly private violin and viola lessons in her home studio located TX 75070, and she also worked with the Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra (DAYYO) as a professional string coach, many of her students won GDYO, DAYYO, All-Region, and All-State orchestras' auditions.
Mary Winkler
Violin, Viola
Mary Winkler grew up in Arlington, TX and has been teaching in North Texas for 15 years. She is currently one of the orchestra directors in Lovejoy ISD. Ms. Winkler received her Bachelors of Music Education from Northwestern State University. Ms. Winkler specializes in assisting students with skill refinement necessary to be successful in today’s music programs. 
Yuko Mansell
A native of Nara, Japan, Yuko Mansell began playing the violin at the age of four. She gives performances across North America and Japan. Yuko holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where she studied under renowned violinists Henryk Kowalski, Ik-hwan Bae, Koichiro Harada, and Federico Agostini, as well as with Stanley Ritchie on Baroque violin. She is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance at the University of North Texas under the guidance of Julia Bushkova. As an avid educator, she holds a large studio in Plano, TX, and performs with local ensemble groups across the Dallas – Fort Worth vicinity.
Susanne Zacharias
Violin, Piano
Online lessons available
Born in Germany, Susanne studied both instruments at the Musikakademie Tübingen with Wei Tsin Fu and Julia Galic. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Musicology and a Master's Degree in Pedagogy from the Eberhard-Karls-Univerity in Tübingen, Germany. Susanne also earned a Master's Degree in Art History at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. Throughout the years she has performed with various orchestras in Europe and plays violin with her worship team at church. Being a member of the Plano Music Teachers Association her students play frequently at festivals and receive high marks, they are also taking the annual State Theory Test.
Ann Grosshans
Mrs. Grosshans has been a Suzuki violin teacher for over 25 years and has also taught orchestra in the public school system for 20 years. She has a Music Education degree from Trinity University in San Antonio where she studied with Dominick Saltarelli and has attended many Suzuki camps in order to complete her Suzuki training. Not only has she been a Suzuki teacher, she is also a Suzuki mom. Mrs. Grosshans began playing at an early age studying violin with Doris Welborn and William Kirshke and piano with Margaret Donahue and Andrew Mihalso. Her students have participated in All- Region Orchestras, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, Dallas Asian Youth Orchestra and All State. Her students have received college scholarships as both music majors and non- majors. She is most happy when former adult students call to tell her they still love playing their instrument. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and Texas Music Teachers Association. Mrs. Grosshans enjoys students of all ages and is now accepting students from Plano, Allen, Frisco and McKinney in her studio.
Cynthia Gabriel
I have taught violin for over 30 years in New York, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and the great state of TEXAS. My teachers of note were Dino’s Constantinides at LSU and Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School. Many of my students have gone on to study at Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School and Cornell School of Music. Here is a link of two of my students:
Janetta Tang
Violin, Viola and Ear Training
Based in Allen, TX, Janetta Tang is an active violinist and core member of Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sherman Symphony Orchestra and Lewisville Lake Symphony. Janetta has received her bachelor’s degree from South China Normal University in Music Education, specializing in Ear Training and Solfege, and master's degree from the Ohio State University, majoring in Violin performance and String Pedagogy. Since moving to Texas from 2015, Janetta has established a diverse string studio from students of all ages. Recently, Janetta has helped students with winning auditions of DSO Young Strings Chamber Music Camp and Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra. Besides multiple successes of orchestra auditions, Janetta also has students rank in top 10 in auditions of All-Region and All-State every year, both for violin and viola. She provides nurturing environment and well balances between fun lesson contents and challenging technique to her students, combining music theory and ear training skills with students’ repertoire.
Megan Darovich
With 40 years of playing experience, and 20 years of teaching experience, Megan Darovich is an excellent and highly sought after violin instructor. Megan began playing the violin at the age of 4. She learned very quickly, and by the time she was a teenager, she was composing music, and playing in symphonies and chamber orchestras throughout Southern California. She received many awards and recognition as a classical and bluegrass violinist, and was a recipient of The Young Musician Scholarship. Growing up in Southern California, Megan had the opportunity to go to Hollywood frequently and play violin for audio recordings and for music videos for various artists including Michael Bolton. She performed at the Rose Bowl, and with Michael Jackson at the1993 Superbowl, and played multiple times at Disneyland and Universal Studios for various concerts and events. Megan attended Brigham Young University and played in the Philharmonic Orchestra while earning her Bachelor's Degree. Megan is a trained Suzuki Violin Instructor, and received her training in 2001 from Ed Kreitman. She has had great success teaching students of all ages and skill levels in her violin studios in Utah, Ohio, and Texas. She also led the after school strings program in San Antonio Texas for several years where she taught groups of 30-40 students at a time at numerous elementary schools for the Northside Independent School District. Her students consistently received superior scores at competitions, and many have since gone on to study and play violin in college. Over the past 20 years, Megan has taught children as young as age 3, how to not only play the violin, but to find joy in making music. As a mother of four now adult children herself, Megan understands how to keep students of all ages and abilities engaged and actively learning. Through excellent instruction, positive reinforcement, and teaching to each student's strengths, Megan is able to help all of her students be successful and achieve their goals.
Ha Dang
Dr. Ha Dang is a professional violinist and teacher based in Allen, TX serving the north DFW area. She has over ten years’ experience in teaching the violin and viola. Dr. Dang has performed at music festivals across the world such as the American Bach Soloists Academy, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Canada, Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, Valdres Music Festival in Norway, Vietnam Connection Music Festival, and the Canton International Summer Music Academy. While she was a member of the Fantasmi Baroque Ensemble and Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra, she toured in Germany, Austria, and France. Currently, she performs with the Dallas Bach Society, the Sherman Symphony Orchestra and the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra. A native of Vietnam she began her musical education by taking up residence at the Vietnam National Academy of Music at the age of nine. She completed her Bachelor's degree at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore with full scholarship. She then received her Master's degree along with her Doctor of Musical Arts in violin performance from the University of North Texas. Since graduating with her doctorate, Dr. Dang teaches at the LISD, FISD and maintains her own studio in Allen. Her students consistently achieve high placement in All Region auditions and string competitions as well as retaining leading placements in their respective orchestras. Through her teaching, she hopes to instill the love of music to her students while making an impact on students' musical success no matter their experience level
Ellen Townley
Ms. Townley enjoys a diverse music career as both an educator and player. Recently retired after 33 years as an Orchestra director in Texas, she is resuming her private teaching studio. Ms. Townley holds a bachelors in Music Education from University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and a Masters in Viola Performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Her main viola teachers were George Papich, Wayne Brooks, & Peter Slowik. During Ms. Townley’s teaching career, she has maintained an active playing schedule, performing with Richardson Symphony, Allen Philharmonic, Symphony of Southeast Texas, Brazos Valley Symphony, as well as freelance work in the Houston and Dallas areas. Ms. Townley accepts viola students of all levels, and violin students who are beginner or intermediate players.
Beth Lawrence
August 1 2022- I am out on maternity leave for the next six months. Mrs. Beth Lawrence (Romig) is a violist and former Orchestra director living in the Plano area. She has directed award-winning Orchestras for over 10 years and has taught private viola students for over 20 years. She has consistently performed with local symphonies and her church orchestra at Stonebriar Community Church. Mrs. Lawrence holds her Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Hardin Simmons University and her Master of Viola Performance Degree from the University of North Texas. While studying at North Texas, Mrs. Lawrence held the position of Teaching Fellow with viola professor, Dr. Susan Dubois. As a member of TMEA, ASTA, and TMAA, Mrs. Lawrence maintains professional relationships with orchestra directors and private instructors across the state of Texas.
Dan Totan
An active soloist, chamber and orchestral performer, Mr. Dan Totan performed on four continents in a variety of venues and ensembles featuring a repertory ranging from the Baroque to contemporary music and various styles from "classical" to pop, rock, jazz, and more. He obtained his Bachelor degree at the University of Music in Bucharest. He held the Assistant-Principal Cello position with the Sinfonia Cultura Orchestra in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He graduated the Artist Diploma Program at McGill University with Antonio Lysy, a Master’s Degree with Matt Haimovitz, and a Diplôme d'Études Supérieures Spécialisées with Yuli Turovsky at University of Montreal. He is pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of North Texas with Prof Eugene Osadchy. He is Principal Cello of the Irving Symphony Orchestra, member of the Plano and San Angelo Symphonies and teaches as Adjunct Cello Professor at the South Western Adventist University. 
Zachary Mansell
Zachary Mansell was appointed Principal cellist of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra in Spring 2017 by music director Richard Lee. He was the first prize winner of the Cleveland Cello Society Scholarship competition. Having played throughout North America and Europe, he recently performed Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra on their Veteran’s Day concert. He regularly performs with the Mount Vernon Music Association in chamber music concerts and community outreach concerts. Zachary has performed at numerous international festivals including Schleswig-Holstein and Salzburg, and has given chamber concerts with such musicians as Mark Kosower, Peter Salaff, Mark Jackobs, and members of the Cleveland Orchestra. Originally from Georgia, Zachary Mansell studied with Mark Kosower at the Cleveland Institute of Music and with Emilio Colón at Indiana University where he played as Assistant Principal of the Indiana University Chamber Orchestra. He began cello at the age of six, studying with Nan Kemberling until high school when he studied with Martha Gerschefski (Georgia State University)."
Daniel Nix
The Daniel Nix Bass Studio ranges from beginners to college level players. Mr. Nix's students have gone on to study music in pretigious universities such as the New England Conservatory, McGill University and the Juilliard School. His students also compete in international solo competitions such as the Sphinx, ASTA (American String Teachers Association), ISB (International Society of Bassists), and Klein competitions. In addition, students in the studio participate in orchestral competitions such as NYO (National Youth Orchestra), TMEA All-State, and perform with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras, Dallas Asian-American Orchestra and Sherman Symphony Orchestra. 
Sean Michael Casey
Sean Michael Casey teaches and performs Double Bass throughout the North Texas area. After graduating with a Bachelors of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music (2012), and a Masters of Music from Arizona State University (2014), Sean relocated to the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area, and opened a teaching studio in Plano before moving to Allen in 2017. As a performer, Sean performs regularly as a member of the Allen Philharmonic and McKinney Philharmonic (formerly the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra); additionally, he substitutes regularly with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed solo recitals in the area during this time, and was a semi-finalist for the PRISMA Concerto competition in 2019. As a teacher, Sean also maintains a private studio in Allen, TX, producing numerous first-chair TMEA All-Region and All-State students. Students are active in youth orchestras throughout the area, including the Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra (DAAYO) and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra (GDYO), and have won the DAAYO concerto competition in the past. In 2021, Sean received The Foundation Award from The Foundation for Music Education, recognizing a career of exemplary music teaching, leadership, and passion for excellence in music.