Music Faculty

Music Faculty

The Culture House School of Music
The Culture House School of Music

Brandon Graves

School of Music Director

** Prior to enrolling, please contact School of Music Director, Brandon Graves to secure the best teacher for your child, a specific day and time slot and to answer any questions you may have. Thank you! Brandon@culturehouse.com or at 785-550-7456.

Brandon Graves is a performer and educator based in Lawrence, KS. He is the Head Drumline Instructor at the University of Kansas and the Director or the Music School and Faculty Percussion Instructor at the Culture House in Olathe, Kansas. In addition to a full teaching schedule, Brandon is an in demand clinician and performer on drum set. He can be seen playing drums locally with his band the Wrong Kata Trio as well as backing up local artists such as Mandy Boothe and Christena Graves. Brandon has played hundreds of live shows across the country with artists such as Waterdeep, Tim Halperin, Christena Graves, The Khrusty Brothers, Don Chaffer, Sara Swenson, Brian Baggett, Amy Marcus, Darrell Evans, Brad Kilman, Paul Wright, Paul Clark, and Andrea Hamilton.

Brandon was a founding member of the band Waterdeep, with whom he spent many years touring the country and recording. Recently, he was featured on the Vic Firth home page performing his piece Between the Waters. Brandon is a Yamaha Artist/Clinician, REMO clinician/educator and a member of the Vic Firth Educational Team and can be found on his YouTube page Brandon Graves Music.

Highlights

-As a member of the Yamaha team, Brandon has performed clinics on both drum set and marching percussion for Sounds of Summer camps over the last 5 years. He also performs clinics at area high schools and middle schools.

-From 1998 to 2011, Brandon was on the percussion staff for the Blue Springs High School Golden Regiment who placed 16th at BOA Grand Nationals in 2011.

- Brandon has played hundreds of live shows across the country with artists such as Waterdeep, Tim Halperin, Christena Graves, The Khrusty Brothers, Don Chaffer, Sara Swenson, Brian Baggett, Amy Marcus, Darrell Evans, Brad Kilman, Paul Wright, Paul Clark, and Andrea Hamilton.

- Brandon has recorded on hundreds of tracks with artists such as Waterdeep, Don Chaffer, Lori Chaffer, Sara Groves, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken, Sara Swenson, Mandy Nousain, From the WoodsPaul Clark, Andrea Hamilton, the Wrong Kata Trio, Maeve, Gerram Matthews, Paul Wright, and Brad Kilman. - Over the years Brandon has had the good fortune to work with great musicians and producers like Steve Taylor, Darrell Brown, Dennis Matkowsky, Don Chaffer, Cason Cooley, Stan Sheldon, Phil Keaggy, James Ward, Brandon Draper, Jeff Harshbarger, Luke Sullivant, Micahjah Ryan, and UJ Pesonen.

- Brandon is a constant student of percussion and his desire to learn has led him to study with great percussion educators including, Tom Aungst, Mike Stevens, Ed Argenziano, Todd Strait, Dr. Tom Morgan, Bruce Becker, Kevin Bobo and Doug Auwarter. - Brandon is a former member of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corp and Masquerade Drum and Bugle Corp.

Kelsie Clark, The Culture House, School of Music
Kelsie Clark, The Culture House, School of Music

Kelsie Clark

Musical Theater, School of Music Faculty

Kelsie earned her degree in Theatre and film from the University of Kansas in 2008. Some of her roles include Sandra in Big Fish the Musical, Rose in Dogfight the Musical, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Evelyn in The Shape of Things, Meg in Little Women, Regan in The Bachelorette, Angelique in The Imaginary Invalid, Dina in School House Rock Live, Cinderella in Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Eve in Stephen Schwartz Children of Eden, and Susan in [title of show], Eva Peron in Evita, Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde, Brenda in Catch Me If You Can, Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q. Most recently, Kelsie starred in Big Fish as Sandra Bloom at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Kelsie’s musical directing credits include Little Shop of Horrors with Lamplight Theatre in Amarillo, TX, Spring Awakening at The Barn Players theater in Mission, KS. West Side Story, Big River, Honk!, High School Musical and Hairspray with The Culture House in Olathe, KS. She recently directed her first full scale musical The Little Mermaid at The Culture House with a cast of 80 kids ages 7 -19 years old.

Kelsie teaches acting classes, music classes and camps through The Culture House in Olathe, KS.

Kelsie is an established voice over artist in Kansas City. She is the voice of the audio book 21 Ways to Find Mr. Right and she has fielded such clients as Worth Harley Davidson North, Hallmark, Bakers University, St. Mary’s, BMW San Francisco, BancAbility, Phiten, Studio 7 Casino, Vally View Financial, Winks Body Shop, CASA, Furniture Deals and MOCSA.

Kelsie traveled as a Dueling Piano Player for 6 years before deciding to take a break and settle down in Kansas City! You may have seen her at Ernie Biggs Westport & Branson or at Sgt. Pepper’s in Long Beach, CA. While living in Los Angeles, Kelsie studied sketch comedy writing and stand up comedy.

The Culture House School of Music
The Culture House School of Music

Aaron Fry

Music Faculty, Guitar

** To find out about available lesson times, prices, please contact Aaron Fry at 913-620-1243 or at info@guitarlessonskc.com
For all other information regarding The Culture House School of Music and selecting the best teacher for your child, contact director, Brandon Graves at brandon@culturehouse.com or at 785-550-7456.

Aaron Fry has taught Guitar and Composition since 2004, and is passionate about the success of his students. “Many of the students who started years ago as complete beginners have developed into really good musicians. Whether it be a career in music or simply to enjoy it at home, I love seeing students achieve their music goals.”

Aaron has a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the UMKC Conservatory of Music where he studied guitar with Doug Neidt. Since then Aaron has taught lessons for guitar, composed and played music for church settings, and has helped a few of his students record their own compositions. Aaron is a jazz aficionado and can be often found listening to his ever growing collection of jazz albums. Aaron lives in Olathe with his wife and daughter and their dog.

The Culture House School of Music
The Culture House School of Music

Audrey Herren

Music Faculty, Cello

** To find out about available lesson times, prices, please contact Audrey Herren 402-515-4312 or at audrey_herren@yahoo.com.
For all other information regarding The Culture House School of Music and selecting the best teacher for your child, contact director, Brandon Graves at brandon@culturehouse.com or at 785-550-7456.

Award-winning collaborative and solo cellist Audrey Herren has conquered both studio and stage with her striking musical performances. Graduating from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance in 2011, she spent much of her time there participating in various ensembles and projects ranging from baroque to contemporary art and experimental music. A number of these projects also featured Ms. Herren on percussion and voice. A dual major in Psychology, she studied the effects of music on cognition, particularly its effects on attention. Currently she is studying at the University of Kansas toward a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance with Professor Edward Laut.

Ms. Herren continues to manage and book multiple chamber ensembles, including a string quartet, and her newest endeavor, a cello and classical guitar duo. Her ensembles perform for weddings and other events, as well as at restaurants, coffee shops and other venues. Ms. Herren also works as a freelance cellist, contributing to all ranges of projects locally and regionally, from classical to rock and pop. She has shared the stage with acclaimed groups including Kansas, Yesterday and Today, Sleeping at Last, Skypiper, Benjamin Shafer, and her twelve piece group Danny Sabra & Friends among others. She accompanies national acts regularly, such as Tim Halperin, Rave On!, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Studio collaborations
include local and regional artists Danny Sabra & Friends, Skypiper, Adelaide, A Million Pardons, and Aaron Hadenfeldt, to name a few.

Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Ms. Herren held a strong interest in music at an early age, learning familiar tunes and making up her own on toy instruments and singing to the classics with her Barbie microphone as a child. Exposed to a wide array of genres—rock and pop through the decades to country and of course, classical masterworks—from the toddling stages, she maintained an avid interest in music and began cello lessons in elementary school. As the true depth of her musical passion started to flourish, she began studying with cellist and professor, Dr. David Low. Throughout high school she performed with friends in folk, rock, and metal groups. The catalyst for her classical performing was joining the Omaha Area Youth
Orchestras and Chamber Ensembles. In fact as she entered her college career, Ms. Herren took on a position with OAYO and discovered her love of teaching in the musical realm.

Ms. Herren maintains a modest studio, teaching beginner cellists and coaching groups as requested. She also performs with a number of worship bands for churches in the Omaha metropolitan area, as well as in Lawrence, KS. These include Christ Community Church, Westside Baptist Church, and Faith Westwood Church, all with typical weekly attendance in the hundreds; also Christ Community Online Campus and Westside Online Campus, both of which attract congregation members viewing from around the world.

When not performing or teaching, Ms. Herren enjoys photography, shooting and editing for her family and friends, and delving into other creative projects. Ms. Herren is a leadership board member of the Omaha Film Festival and an ambassador and artist instructor for the 402 Arts Collective. Through these and other outlets, Audrey enjoys finding and creating opportunities to bring arts and music to the community in new and exciting ways.

The Culture House School of Music
The Culture House School of Music

Karen Klein

Music Faculty, Violin

** To find out about available lesson times, prices, please contact Karen Klein at 913-731-3250 or at k9loverklk@live.com.
For all other information regarding The Culture House School of Music and selecting the best teacher for your child, contact director, Brandon Graves at brandon@culturehouse.com or at 785-550-7456.

Originally from NY Karen is a graduate of the Mannes Conservatory of Music with a degree in violin performance. while in NY Karen performed with the NYC Symphony, the Queens Symphony, the Rosalyn String Quartet and the National Orchestral Association of Carnegie Hall. in 1978 Karen was awarded a position with the KC Philharmonic and later became a member of the KC Symphony with a career spanning 36 years of professional orchestral playing. Karen has also performed with the KC Chamber Orchestra, the KC Camerata, the Liberty Symphony, The St. Joseph Symphony and the Athena Duo. Karen has had training in chamber music coaching and has worked much getting students ready for orchestra auditions, college auditions and more. Karen is a frequent performer at the Unity Church Universal and the Congregation Beth Torah. Karen is an instructor of violin and viola and has taught at Antioch Music Center, School Music Center, DeWitt Music Center and is now on staff at the Culture House. Karen is now a volunteer at the NorthCare Hospice House where she brings her music to end of life patients and their familiesand the staff. in addition to her music Karen has volunteered at the Humane Society of Greater KC socializing dogs and getting them ready for adoption and has also volunteered for the Great Plains SPCA in Merriam, KS working with clients on the phones and scheduling appointments. Karen has given numerous recitals with her students and other professional musicians raising money benefiting animal shelters and rescues.

The Culture House School of Music
The Culture House School of Music

Eddie Moore

Music Faculty, Piano

** To find out about available lesson times, prices, please contact Eddie Moore at 832-758-9067 or at moorepiano1@gmail.com
For all other information regarding The Culture House School of Music and selecting the best teacher for your child, contact director, Brandon Graves at brandon@culturehouse.com or at 785-550-7456.

Nominated Best Soloist, and Jazz Band (Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle)by Pitch Magazine, while he is also the recipient of the 2016 Charlotte
Street Generative Performance Arts Award. Eddie Moore is an accomplished pianist, composer, music director, educator and bandleader.
Raised in Houston, Texas Moore is a lifelong musician traversing a number bands and styles before going back to school to get a master’s in jazz
studies from UMKC. His music reflects that "Texas cool" that is so hard to explain, but immediately felt. "The Freedom of Expression", Moore's debut
album as a leader was given 3.5 stars from Downbeat jazz magazine while reaching national and international acclaim. This album incorporates
elements of soul, r&b, and hip-hop into his take on contemporary jazz. "Moore's compositions exude a sophisticated soulful elegance that create a
tastefully fulfilling venture into a range of dynamic pieces, with the musicianship to match." (Downbeat) Moore's sophomore album "Live in Kansas City" which captures the final night of the group's tenure at The Green Lady Lounge. More in the experimental vein, the album was listed as top jazz releases of 2015 by NPR. As well as, top local releases in KC by jazz blog Plastic Sax. The Outer Circle's anticipated third album "Kings & Queens" which features Jazz Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Watson will be released under Rope-ADope Records summer of 2016.
Eddie’s skill and diversity have allowed him to work as a professional musician touring internationally as a pianist, composer, producer, and
educators performing and or recording with artist such as Bobby Watson, Pam, Watson, Logan Richardson, Maurice Brown, Joe Chambers, Andre
Hayward, Tivon Pennicott, Kemet Coleman, Various Blonde, Book Of Gaia, IamNobodi, Dominique Sanders, Roy Hargrove, Lonnie McFadden and
Neon Collars which has shared the stage with Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Bilal, and the Robert Glasper Experiment.

The Culture House School of Music
The Culture House School of Music

Nate Nall

Music Faculty, Trumpet

** To find out about available lesson times, prices, please contact Nate Nall at 816-223-8700 or at natetrumpet@gmail.com
For all other information regarding The Culture House School of Music and selecting the best teacher for your child, contact director, Brandon Graves at brandon@culturehouse.com or at 785-550-7456.

Trumpeter Nate Nall has performed at Kansas City's most prominent jazz venues, including the Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum and Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. He has been a featured soloist on the nationally syndicated "12th st jump" jazz radio program. and a residency participant in "Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead" performing original music at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center. In 2016, Nall won 2nd place in the distinguished National Trumpet Competition's Jazz Division.
Other highlights include performing with The Temptations, Michael Feinstein, Bobby Watson’s 18th and Vine Big Band with Jon Faddis, Jerry Bergonzi and KU All Star Big Band, The New York Voices and Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, and Paducah Symphony Orchestra w/ trumpeter Allen Vizzutti. Nate performs regularly around Kansas City with Chris Hazelton Quartet, Clint Ashlock's New Jazz Order Big Band, the David Basse/Joe Cartwright Septet, and his own group, the Nate Nall Quintet, performing his original compositions and arrangements. Nate is a talented composer and arranger and student of saxophonist Bobby Watson.

The Culture House School of Music
The Culture House School of Music

Joey Panella

Music Faculty, Acoustic Bass

** To find out about available lesson times, prices, please contact Joey Panella at 601-620-9660 or at joey.panella@gmail.com
For all other information regarding The Culture House School of Music and selecting the best teacher for your child, contact director, Brandon Graves at brandon@culturehouse.com or at 785-550-7456.

Joseph Panella has been performing (Upright bass and Electric bass) professionally for a decade, along with full-time touring and recording with the Nashville-based Annie Moses Band from 2013 to 2015 after receiving his B.A. at the University of Southern Missouri in Jazz Performance.

Joseph grew up the son of a jazz saxophonist who had uprooted from Chicago to build up a jazz program in the heart of South Mississippi. Shortly after taking up the bass, Joseph heard Jaco Pastorius, who was a gateway into Bebop, Swing, and Modern Jazz. Naturally, because of close proximity to New Orleans and Josephs' family upbringing, jazz was central to his musical experience. However, Mississippi itself is a historical cradle for blues, rock ’n roll, country, gospel, and funk. It also has a high concentration of South American and Caribbean culture because of the Universities and ports on the Gulf of Mexico. This environment, plus years of classical training, led to a deep appreciation for many kinds of music.

Currently, Panella resides in the Greater Kansas City Area, performing as a freelance bassist and teaching as a bass instructor at The Culture House in Olathe, KS.

The Culture House School of Music
The Culture House School of Music

Jay Pfeifer

Piano

** To find out about available lesson times, prices, please contact Jay Pfiefer at 913-271-1551 or at jay@jaypfeiter.com.  

For all other information regarding The Culture House School of Music, contact director, Brandon Graves at brandon@culturehouse.com or at 785-550-7456.   

Jay Pfeifer... 

The Culture House School of Music
The Culture House School of Music

Nick Rowland

Music Faculty, Saxophone

** To find out about available lesson times, prices, please contact Nick Rowland at 913-558-0329 or at nickrmusic@yahoo.com.
For all other information regarding The Culture House School of Music and selecting the best teacher for your child, contact director, Brandon Graves at brandon@culturehouse.com or at 785-550-7456.

Nick Rowland grew up in Olathe, Kansas and currently resides in Kansas City. Nick has studied under many of Kansas City's most reputable musicians and pedagogues, including Jan Faidley, Joshua Sclar, Stanton Kessler, Todd Wilkinson and Jim Mair. He is a graduate of Olathe East High School and holds a Bachelors degree in music education from Ottawa University.
Nick began playing professionally and teaching in the Kansas City area in 2005. He has recorded with The Chris Hazelton Trio, Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7, Tony nominee Mary Bridget Davies, and The Good Foot. He has performed with many of Kansas City’s most reputable musicians, including: Kerry Strayer, Tim Whitmer, Gerald Spaits, Bob Bowman, Clint Ashlock, Rob Whitsitt, Rod Fleeman, Danny Embrey, Ben Leifer, Matt Leifer, Hermon Mehari and many others. He currently performs with Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7, Tim Whitmer, The Moonlight Serenade Orchestra, and his own small jazz groups. Nick has expertise in jazz, R&B, classical, and funk styles, as well as in improvisation.

The Culture House School of Music
The Culture House School of Music

Julia Scozzafava

Voice

** To find out about available lesson times, prices, please contact Julia Scozzafava at 913-940-5074 or at jjscozz@aol.com  

For all other information regarding The Culture House School of Music, contact director, Brandon Graves at brandon@culturehouse.com or at 785-550-7456.   

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School of Music, Voice
School of Music, Voice

Laura Stratton

Voice

** To find out about available lesson times, prices, please contact Laura Stratton at laura.stratton3@gmail.com .  

For all other information regarding The Culture House School of Music, contact director, Brandon Graves at brandon@culturehouse.com or at 785-550-7456.   

 

Laura Stratton is a professional Musical Theatre performer, director, and vocal coach. Upon graduating from TCU she served as Director of Theatre at LifeStage Theatre in Dallas. She quickly realized her passion for one-on-one coaching, and accepted the private vocal coach position at the Children's Performing Arts Conservatory at Casa Mañana, a regional professional theatre in Fort Worth, TX.

Laura's students perform at Equity theatres in the Dallas area, have made the Top 100 on American Idol, and have won the Talent portion at the Jr. National Miss Pageant.

Laura also has international experience, acting and directing for Sydney's Short + Sweet Play Festival, music directing for Kids Up Front Australia, and teaching Master Classes in Auditioning at the Roo Theatre in Shellharbour, Australia.
 
Laura additionally served as the on-camera host of MeTV, an affiliate of NBC in New Orleans. She's done voiceovers for dozens of commercials and can also be seen in the movie Trumbo.

Laura is currently a Master's of Theatre student at UMKC. She loves teaching her TCH students Classical (Bel Canto method) as well as Musical Theatre style singing and piano.

 

The Culture House School of Music
The Culture House School of Music

Tai-Jung (Fofo) Tsai

Music Faculty, Percussion

** To find out about available lesson times, prices, please contact Tai-Jung (Fofo) Tsai at 785-766-4377or at taijungtsai@gmail.com.
For all other information regarding The Culture House School of Music and selecting the best teacher for your child, contact director, Brandon Graves at brandon@culturehouse.com or at 785-550-7456.

Tai-Jung (Fofo) Tsai is a current doctoral student at the University of Kansas pursuing a degree in percussion performance under the instruction of Mike Compitello. As a soloist, Post-Crescent news in Appleton described “Tai-Jung Tsai's technique was sheer perfection”. She currently serves as the principal percussionist of The University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, described by the New York Times as “one of America’s most esteemed concert bands.”
Ms. Tsai is a founding member of a new music percussion quartet, Ad Astra Percussion. Ad Astra Percussion performs the work of living composers throughout the Kansas City and Lawrence area. In 2012, they co-commissioned and premiered a percussion Quartet piece, Locomotion (2012) by American composer Dave Hollinden. Ad Astra Percussion is sponsored by TreeHouse Drums. Ms. Tsai received her Master of Music with honor from New York University and her Bachelor of Music in Chinese Music from Tainai National University of Arts in Taiwan.

Matt Richardson, School of Music, The Culture House
Matt Richardson, School of Music, The Culture House

Matt Richardson

Voice

** To find out about available lesson times, prices, please contact Matt Richardson at mtrich44@gmail.com 

For all other information regarding The Culture House School of Music, contact director, Brandon Graves at brandon@culturehouse.com or at 785-550-7456.   

 

Matt Richardson is a voice teacher, performer, and music director based out of the Kansas City area.  He joined The Culture House School of Music in 2016 and has been teaching private voice for 7 years to students throughout the Kansas City Metro.  His training includes undergraduate work at Northwest Missouri State University (2002-2009) in voice, voice pedagogy, foreign language diction (German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Latin), music theory, aural skills, conducting, and piano.  He has also studied voice consistently for 17 years under Millicent Daugherty - MAI, Dr. Stephen Town - Northwest Missouri State University, Dr. Rebecca Sherburn - Chapman University and UMKC, and Dr. Robert Mance - William Jewell College and KU.  

In addition to his successful voice studio, Matt is an active solo and ensemble performer as well as music director in the Kansas City area. He has performed a diverse repertoire of opera, oratorio, art song, and musical theater selections for recitals, concerts, and competitions in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Illinois, and Minnesota, and has earned several first and second place finishes at regional and state NATS auditions/competitions.

Most recently, Matt has taken up an interest in musical theater performance and music directing, working for a number of theater companies in the metro.  His most recent performance credits include Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd (Leawood Stage Co.), Edward Fairfax Rochester in Jane Eyre (The Barn Players), Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie (The Barn Players), and The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance (Theater in the Park).  Recent musical direction credits include Crazy for You at Theater in the Park, Big Fish The Musical at The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts presented by The Culture House, and A Chorus Line with the Mid-Life Players of Kansas City. Richardson is a member of Central Standard, Men's A Cappella Ensemble, the current 2nd Place International Silver Medalist Chorus in the Barbershop Harmony Society.  He is also a member of Schola Cantorum, a professional chamber ensemble of 13 singers, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (Kansas City, MO).  Richardson is also a regular guest performer for churches and ensembles throughout the metro.  

Matthew Richardson resides in Gardner, KS with his wife, Alisha, a well-known performer and singer, and their daughter, Aubrey.