Sunday, August 4, 2019 by Bonnie Kraxberger | Teachers
Ricky Chan is a passionate and enthusiastic lover of music, and began studying violin at age 10. He has studied under violinists such as grammy-nominated Adam LaMotte, Linda Vasey of Portland Opera and Kyung Sun-Chee of University of Washington. His piano studies involved five years of lessons with Victoria Drozdova of Moscow State University with an in-depth study of Russian repertoire. His masterclass experiences include Dr. Walter Mony, Eugene Fodor, Albert Markov and the Feldenkrais method from Uri Vardi. While at Portland State University, he participated in Tomas Cotik’s studio violin classes as well as body mapping instructor Lisa Marsh’s studio classes for piano. His teaching style focuses on body awareness for effortless playing, the importance of self-improvement and self-discovery through music. From self-improvement in building confidence to work-ethic, he believes that everyone has their own music that speaks to them.
Ricky joins Maestro Music in spring 2018 and enjoys teaching at both our Sandy and Beaverton locations.
Saturday, August 3, 2019 by Bonnie Kraxberger | Teachers
Hayley Hoffmeiester Green received both her Master's and Bachelor's Degrees in Vocal Performance with an emphasis in Musical Theatre from Oklahoma City University. Not only has she been teaching private voice since 2007 in various places in the United States, but is a working performer. As a performer, she has been on contract several times for Disney Cruise Lines as a mainstage performer and served as the vocal captain onboard. She has performed in national tours and regional theatres nationwide, serving as vocal captain in this capacity as well. As a playwright, she has had several projects produced in New York City as well as Washington DC and has had the privilege to work with renowned directors, stage managers, music directors, producers and performers in the performing industry. She also continues to maintain a private voice studio.
Hayley has a deeply embedded passion for the performing arts industry and works hard to instill this same passion in her students. She has coached many professional performers in acting in a play and acting in a musical. Since she is a playwright, she is very attuned to using the words and meanings in the text of songs, melodic lines and spoken lines to truly bring the work to life. Through the use of various techniques she teaches her students a combination of Bel Canto singing and the Caruso Method.
Hayley also inspires and nurtures her students to find their unique voice, both as a singer and as a performer. She joined Maestro Music at its inception in 2016 and has recently moved to manage our new Eastside location as our Chief Musical Innovator & Business Operations Manager in partnership with Sandy Community Center.
Thursday, August 1, 2019 by Bonnie Kraxberger | Teachers
Bonnie Monk Kraxberger began her career as a student teaching her peers in 2006. From the onset she offered general music education on voice, flute, and piano. She enjoyed volunteering with the Parrish Middle School band and South Salem High School choir, and had the privilege of directing Musick's Empire by Lloyd Pfautsch for the Willamette Chamber Choir under the guidance of Dr. Wallace Long. After graduating with a Bachelor's of Music Degree from Willamette University in 2008, she served the United Methodist Church for two years advocating for social justice and food insecurity in Appalachian Alabama. As part of her personal growth, she brought her musical talents to share with the community and offered private lessons, group singing classes, and weekly elementary music classes.
Bonnie returned to Oregon in 2010 and began teaching in coastal communities, and appearing as a soloist, guest conductor, and accompanist for the United Church of Christ in Lincoln City. In 2012 she chose to devote her days full-time to teaching and moved to the Portland area. Bonnie began offering online lessons, developing an online music university, and teaching group lessons during this time. Through the Piano Santa Foundation she reached out to elementary school students in low-income schools to offer group piano after school classes. In 2014 and 2015 she was privileged to dean Celebrating the Arts middle school music camp at Camp Magruder in Rockaway Beach, OR, including writing the curriculum for Bloom Where You're Planted for the 2015 full-time camp. As a student she attended MADD (Music Art Dance Drama) high school camp and has volunteered and counseled at it in past years. Bonnie performed with the Portland Symphonic Choir and has been an active vocalist with Consonare Chorale under the artistic direction of Georgina Philippson since 2013. She is a past president of the Phi Lambda chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon and the Portland Alumni Chapter and currently serves the Alumni chapter as secretary. She and her husband Bear have two young boys who make occasional appearances at work with her.