Molly Orlando is recognized as a soloist, collaborator, teacher and adjudicator throughout the metropolitan Washington, DC area. A native of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Molly graduated summa cum laude from the Catholic University of America, where she received her B.M. and M.M. degrees in Piano Performance as a scholarship student of Thomas Mastroianni and Marilyn Neeley. Molly has received several honors, including winning the 2000 CUA Concerto Competition (Liszt's Piano Concerto No.2). Molly has performed solo recitals at the National Gallery of Art and on the Second Sunday Series at St. Lukes Methodist Church in Washington, DC. She plays with the U.S. Air Force Band... read more
Heather Adelsberger maintains an active career as a pianist, organist, vocal accompanist and piano instructor in the Washington D.C. area. She holds an undergraduate degree in Piano Performance from the Catholic University of America, and a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from the University of Maryland.
A sought-after music educator and member of MTNA, Heather has maintained private studios in Maryland and Virginia for the past seven years. Heather stresses an individualistic approach to each student's.... read more
Audrey Alessi is a violist and violinist, with degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Her principal teachers, all students of violist Karen Tuttle, include former and current members of the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras. Audrey has performed as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, including with the Akron Symphony and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.
As a teacher, Audrey has experience with all ages and levels of students. She completed her Suzuki teacher training... read more
Julia Aguayo, Piano
Spanish-born pianist Julia Aguayo began her career at age 16 at the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid in 2005, as one of five candidates selected from a field of over 100 candidates.Following her success in Spain, Julia moved on to The Netherlands to pursue her Master's degree. In 2010 she placed in multiple competitions, one of them resulting in a seven-performance tour around The Netherlands that culminated with a performance in the De Doulen hall in Rotterdam – one of the country’s most prestigious performances venues. That same year, she won the chance to participate in a professional recording with Peter Arts... read more
Benjamin Altman is an active concertizer, chamber musician, and concert soloist, having played with the Macon Symphony Orchestra, the Ocmulgee Symphony, the Colorado Guitar Quartet, and the Arvada Center Chorale.
In addition to his activities as a performer, Mr. Altman has been a dedicated teacher for nearly 10 years. Having served on faculty at Nazareth College, the Eastman Community Music School, and the Rocky Ridge Music Center, he now teaches guitar for Arlington Public Schools and teaches privately across the Washington, D.C. area. As a graduate assistant at... read more
Mezzo-soprano Hannah Baslee has been an active consort singer, soloist, and music educator in the DC area since 2015. She holds a BA in Music from Concordia University Texas where she focused her repertoire studies on concert works. Her master’s degree is in Vocal Performance from the University of Texas at El Paso, where teaching, conducting, and vocal pedagogy became a passion.
With almost ten years of private studio experience, Hannah is equally at home teaching a variety of vocal styles including classical, opera, musical theater, belt, and pop. In addition to voice lessons, she lectures weekly at the College of Southern Maryland for Ear Training and... read more
Ali Cook has always been passionate about the role music can play in the lives of people of any age, and she has enjoyed numerous opportunities to be a part of the music education of many. Her experience includes eleven years of teaching piano, bass and cello. She can be seen regularly performing orchestral, opera, chamber, and new music in Washington DC, Baltimore, MD, and Detroit, MI. Ali has toured Russia with the National Symphony Orchestra as well as Germany, Turkey, Spain, and Austria with the Christoph Eschenbach and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. While earning her Masters degree at Indiana University she won a Tanglewood fellowship as well as the double bass concerto competition, performing... read more
Originally from Newark, Delaware, Emily Foster is an active musician in the Washington, DC area. She holds the rank of Technical Sergeant in the United States Air Force Band where she is both an oboist and the English hornist. Since coming to DC in 2013, Emily has performed regularly with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Washington National Opera, and the Fairfax Symphony and enjoys being a sought after freelancer in both DC and Baltimore.
A passionate chamber musician, she has collaborated with the City Choir of Washington, the Cathedral Choral Society, and the Thomas Circle Singers.
Emily is also the oboist in the Atlantic Reed Consort... read more
Pianist Elizabeth Hill is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and educator. Her concert appearances in the Washington, DC area include performances for the Embassy Concert Series, the Arts Club of Washington, and the Lyceum. She has most recently performed internationally in Freiberg, Wörlitz, and Zwickau, Germany.
After receiving her early musical training in her hometown, Anchorage, Alaska, Elizabeth earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance through the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted at... read more
Aleks Izotov is a pianist, composer, and educator originally from Phoenix, AZ. He is passionate about improvisation, contemporary music, and music from other cultures, and these influences are reflected in his own compositions and performances.
In Arizona, he was a member of two forwarded thinking ensembles: Nautabot and OpenScore Ensemble, both of which featured his compositions. Aleks was also the featured composer two years in a row in the OhMyEars Marathon concert. As an educator, Aleks is interested in helping... read more
Katherine Kellert began studying piano at the age of eight years old, and that early foundation has led to a twenty-year career in sharing her love of music with students of all ages and inclinations. She strongly believes that a lifetime love of music has a profound effect on learning, development, and success and strives to ensure that every student she comes in contact with takes away a deep love of music in whatever form inspires them.
As a music educator, Ms. Kellert has served as an instructor and clinician for programs across the United States, presenting master classes... read more
Originally from West Texas, Ms. Devree Lewis now enjoys teaching and
performing throughout the D.C. Metro area.
Recently, Ms. Lewis performed as soloist with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and various venues in Lima, Peru, as well as the prestigious Al Bustan Music Festival in Beirut, Lebanon. A member of Chesapeake Strings, she also performs with the rock cello group Primitivity.
Ms. Lewis received her masters degree in music performance... read more
Allysa Packard, soprano, has sung all over the world including China and Italy, with various choirs and study programs. This last summer, her travels took her to Prague where she sang Countess in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaroin the Estates Theater with Prague Summer Nights. Allysa has performed various roles and scenes from both opera and musical theater repertoire. Musical Theater roles include Belle from Beauty and the Beastto Marian the Librarian in The Music Man.She has participated in other shows such as Show Boat, Pirates of Penzance, and Trial By Jury. Opera roles include, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, and Madame Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmelites. ... read more
Ariana Lee Parks was born in Paradise, California but spent most of her growing up years in Salem, Oregon. She has loved music since she was born and started picking out tunes on the piano and singing harmonies with her brother when she was three years old. She began taking piano lessons that same year. Throughout her middle school and high school years she studied with the late Pamela Miller, who had a huge impact on her life. Over the years she has won multiple awards and competitions including being selected for the state recital 11 times in the Oregon State Junior Bach Festival and getting the chance to perform with the Salem orchestra. After high school she began her piano performance degree at Walla Walla University in Walla Walla, WA... read more
Jason Solounias is an actively performing D.C. pianist and is currently pursuing his Doctoral degree in Piano Performance. He has a Master of Music Degree from The Catholic University of America, where he studied with Jim Litzelman, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from Shepherd University, where he studied with Dr. Scott Beard.
Jason has competed in several solo competitions, including the International Young Artist Piano Competition and area competitions sponsored by the West Virginia Music Teachers Association and... read more
Mark teaches private lessons on guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin and bass guitar. Drawing on his diverse performance and compositional background in folk and world music, classical, jazz, rock, soul, bluegrass, blues, and musical theater, Mark offers his students a wide musical perspective and tailors lessons to match student interests. He works with students on music of their choosing to improve technique and develop an understanding of music theory, improvisation and composition.
Mark composes and performs instrumental guitar music... read more
Hannah is Opal's studio coordinator. She loves being a part of our students' musical journeys, and believes music education lays a foundation for of lifetime of passion and creativity. When students learn to play an instrument, they are mastering a skill they will take with them as they navigate their life paths.
A drama major at Vassar College, Hannah has taught Kindermusik and Young Musicians, drama and public speaking, worked on scores for films, and led countless groups of children in scouting, caroling, and general adventures in Old Town. In addition to her work at Opal, Hannah produces... read more