Faculty

Executive Director

Amber McHose

Amber's years of non-profit, sales and marketing experience make her an outstanding Executive Director to our organization. Amber started dancing at the young age of 3 and  has trained in ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, tumbling and hip hop over the years. She has 16 years of dance experience and has competed nationally in jazz and tumbling for many of those years. Amber also holds a personal training certification with a specialization in youth exercise from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.




Creative Director

Rebecca Carmack

Rebecca is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, and lyrical. She is a former member of the Orange Jazz Company of Orange, Texas. She has studied under many diverse choreographers throughout the country. Rebecca has also competed in various events throughout Texas and Louisiana.




Advanced Pointe

Hannah Bettes

Hannah Bettes began her training at The Central Florida Ballet School in 2007. In 2010 she joined The Patel Conservatory as a new artist.  In 2012 she joined the Royal Ballet school.  Shortly after her arrival she was chosen to as Nadia Nernia Scholar. During her time at RBS she danced with The Royal Ballet, performed at Buckingham Palace, and was able to work with world-renowned choreographers.  She then went on to join Boston Ballet in 2014 and was promoted to Second Soloist in 2017.    

 Hannah has won multiple awards in many different international competitions.  In 2011 she won the Gold Medal in the Junior Division at Youth American Grand Prix and received a Sliver Medal in the Pre-Professional Division in the World Ballet Competition.  In 2012 she was invited to compete at the Prix De Lausanne and was awarded the 2nd prize and selected won the "Audience Choice Award".   In 2012 she won the Gold Medal in the Senior Division at the YAGP and received a Bronze Medal at The Beijing International Dance Invitational. 
 

Hannah has been featured in Dance Spirit and Pointe Magazine




Ballet, Modern

Kristi Stere

Kristi Marie Stere - Originally from California, Kristi has been teaching Ballet and Pointe for over 25 years. She joined the teaching staff of Dancers Workshop in Austin, Texas in 1995. Ms. Stere is a certified Ballet Examiner and active member of the Texas Association Teachers of Dancing, Inc., and has served on the organization’s board of directors.  An award winning student at W.G. Enloe Magnet Arts High School, she received professional training from programs at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Atlanta Ballet, and the Raleigh School of Ballet where she also began teaching. She performed with the Raleigh Dance Theatre (Carolina Ballet) under founding director Ann Vorus.  Ms. Stere has also appeared with the Raleigh Civic Ballet, Kinesis Dancetheater, Ballet East, Slavin-Nadal Ballet, Third Coast Jazz, and as a guest principal with Mesquite Repertory Ballet. She received a full merit scholarship to Ballet Austin, where she apprenticed with costume designer Chip Seibert. Kristi now designs costumes, scenery, and props for the ballet company Ovation, which she co-directs with Libby Lovejoy and Inga Lujerenko.




Adult Ballet

Chandra Irvin

          Chandra has been teaching dance of various styles and levels at Harmony School of Creative Arts for many years and is currently teaching Adult Ballet with the intention of growing an adult ballet program.  An Evening at the Barre is for adults who want to learn ballet and improve to take higher levels of technique, if desired, as the student’s technique advances in the program.

 Chandra is also a Family Nurse Practitioner and practices full time in the Marble Falls area.  She has a passion for dance and is particularly interested in the latest health research that shows that dancing has many health benefits for adults, to include decreasing the risk for dementia, while improving strength and flexibility.

  Above all, Chandra believes that dance should be fun and accessible for all and desires to teach the art in a nurturing and supportive environment that is conducive to adult learning styles.




Pointe, Ballet, Creative

Amy Evans

Amy Evans has trained in dance at Harmony School for over 10 years.  She has studied Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, and Tap, with ballet and pointe as her main focus of study.  Amy has also spent many summers taking classes at different studios and with companies in Texas as well as Ballet Magnificat! in Mississippi.  Amy loves to share her passion for dance and movement through teaching and helping develop young dancers.  




Ballet Technique

Van Dykes




Ballroom & Two-Step

Taylor Grey




Piano Instructor

Carlene Jasper

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Carlene Jasper began piano study at the age of 7 in Alpine, Texas. After graduating from high school, she attended Sul Ross State University on a music scholarship to accompany the choir under the direction of Dr. Glenn Davis. While at Sul Ross, she studied piano under Dr. Paul Korvonan and Georgette Gettel and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree. She completed requirements for her elementary education certification at Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos. 

Mrs. Jasper’s teaching experience includes having a private piano studio for seven years in Midland, Texas where she was a participating member of the local piano teachers association. She taught public school music for 18 years in Killeen, Midland, Odessa, and Marble Falls. After upgrading her certification, she taught 5th grade language arts for nine years in Marble Falls. Mrs. Jasper was an active member of Texas Music Teachers Association and Texas Classroom Teachers Association.

After retiring from public school teaching, Mrs. Jasper joined the faculty at Faith Academy where she taught 6th grade language arts and social studies for four years. At that time she also began teaching private piano at Harmony School of Creative Arts in Marble Falls where she is currently teaching. She has been a participating member of The National Guild of Piano Teachers since 2001. She enjoys teaching students of all ages, including adults. Mrs. Jasper is an active member of her church and has served as pianist for many years. 




Piano Instructor

Lynda Freeman

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Lynda has been part of the Harmony music faculty since 2011.  Her love of piano was influenced by her grandmother, a music conservatory graduate, who was still teaching piano lessons when at  the age of 103.  Lynda inherited her grandmother's students in 1979, upon her grandmother's retirement. Lynda enjoys working with piano students and especially loves to see the  smile when they enjoy playing a song.  She graduated from Concordia University  with a bachelor of business .  Her studies at Concordia also included music coursework in piano, organ, and guitar. Lynda has also earned master degrees with an emphasis in accounting, marketing, and clinical mental health. She is  pursuing a doctorate in clinical mental health, with an emphasis in music therapy as she believes that  music heals the soul.




Piano

McKenna Foley

From an early age McKenna Foley was drawn to music which prompted her to pursue piano at the age of six. She has studied under an accomplished pianist in the Texas Hill Country area for  more then ten years. Her teacher inspired in her a love for piano which she wishes to impart to her students. She enjoys all kinds of musical genres including classical, hymn arrangements, and jazz. She uses her training in various settings including accompaniment and performance. Her desire is to pass on her passion for piano so others may experience the joy of playing music.




Voice Instructor

Robert Schneider

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Robert L. Schneider bass

BA at Eastern Michigan University in Music Ed.

Masters in voice at U. of Michian

Doctoral work at U of Texas

 

Sang in German Opera Houses for over 20 years

Contracts with Luebeck, Detmold and Bremerhaven Operas

On board of Directors at Gilbert and Sullivan Austin

Sings with Austin Opera

Teacher of private voice and guitar at Harmony School of Arts since 2005




Woodwinds, Brass, Music Composition

Michael "Bear" Schwartz




Guitar/Bass

Joyce Weaver

Joyce started teaching guitar again for Harmony School in January 2019, relocating to our main campus when the Burnet satellite campus was discontinued.  She is currently a worship leader and bass guitar player for Genesis Lutheran Church's Praise Band in Buchanan Dam.  She retired from the Austin music scene about 20 years ago after playing in many bands, moved to the Hill Country and became involved in the local music scene as well as teaching guitar.  A self-proclaimed rhythm player, Joyce is passionate about teaching music and guitar to the next generation.  Her college degree from University of Houston may be in sociology & psychology, but her music training is all from the School of Hard Knocks.  There is so much more to playing and learning guitar than just the notes.  The guitar is the perfect instrument for expression, improvisation, and creativity.   This summer Joyce will lead "Creative Kiddos" classes to teach infants & toddlers and parents about music, dance, coordination and will be the leader for Harmony's future "Music Together" classes.




Guitar Teacher

Brandon McHose




 
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