Dr. Karali Hunter - Dean and Founder, Piano Department Head

Award-winning pianist and pedagogue Dr. Karali Hunter has been teaching promising young musicians for over 15 years. Dr. Hunter made her Carnegie Hall debut performance in 2011 after winning first prize in the American Protégé Piano and Strings Competition. Hunter is a founding artist in the group Salonnières, a group that specializes in intimate salon style concerts based in the Phoenix metro. She is an active solo performer and collaborator, regularly performing across the western United States. Read More…


Karey Miles - Piano

Karey Miles holds a Masters degree in Piano Performance from Portland State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Piano with an emphasis on Ethnomusicology and Music History. She is pursuing a second Masters degree and a DMA in collaborative piano at Arizona State University. Ms. Miles established a career as a freelance pianist and teacher in Portland where she also the Director of Forte Music School. She was also a pianist, vocal coach, choral accompanist for the Portland State University School of Music, and the pianist for the PSU Wind Symphony… Read More…


Yuriy Vereshchagin - Piano

A native of Odessa, Ukraine, Yuriy Vereshchagin has been a prolific performer in the Kansas City area, winning first prizes in the 2005 Independence Orchestra Concerto Competition, 2005 Baldwin Piano Award – Solo and Chamber divisions, as well as the 2006 Robert M. Spire Omaha Piano Competition, concerto category. He won the Second Century Award in the 2013 Sigma Alpha Iota Scholarship Auditions, the Julia and Ferris Boutross Scholarship and ASU Special Talent Award Music Scholarship… Read More…


Shih-Ping Wang - Substitute piano

Pianist Shih-Ping Wang of Hualien, Taiwan, began piano studies at the age of five under the tutelage of Li-Zhen Hong. A graduate of the National Taichung University, Ms. Wang holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance, studying under Hui-Hua Liou, with minors in flute performance (with I-Che Lee) and composition (with Wan-Jen Huang). Ms. Wang has participated in master classes with the likes of Meng-Chieh Liu and Jerry Wong, and has received awards from celebrated competitions such as the National Taichung University's Concerto Competition, for which she played Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.1 at 3rd prize… Read More…



Melodie Gardner - Strings Department Head

Meet the head of the Strings Department, Melodie Gardner. Ms. Gardner holds a degree in Violin Performance from the University of Utah. She is a masterclass, technique and group teacher at the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, and her private students have won multiple awards, including the Phoenix Youth Orchestra competition winner, and 1st place in the Simon-Fizet Junior Strings Competition. She was a member of the Orchestra at Temple Square, and has personally performed with Steven Sharp Nelson of The Piano Guys, as well as many others…Read More



Jamie Alston - Vocal Department Head

Soprano Jamie Kay Alston has distinguished herself as a concert performer of the classical repertoire, particularly sacred and American music. Alston has performed leading roles across the country, including  Lucy in Menotti’s two person opera The Telephone, Laurey in Oklahoma!, and Sarah in The Forgotten Carols. She pioneered the role of Sarah Parker in 1856: The Musical, singing to sold-out audiences at the Mesa Arts Center and Salt Lake City’s Capitol Theatre and subsequently recording the role under the direction of the composer…Read More…

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Elisabeth Coleman, Soprano

Soprano Elisabeth Coleman is a dynamic opera performer who has performed lead roles in operas across the country. She holds a BM in Vocal Performance from ASU, and a MM in Vocal Performance from BYU. Ms. Coleman was the Metropolitan Opera National Council District winner in 2016-17, and is is a featured soloist with Millennial Choirs and Orchestras. She has over 10 years of teaching experience, and performs frequently as a freelance artist all over the state of AZ…Read More…

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