Dr. Leobardo Guerrero, piano
Dr. Guerrero or "Dr. G" as some of his students call him, is a pianist, teacher, and a music educator. He holds degrees from the National School of Music (UNAM) in Mexico City, Masters of Piano Performance from Emporia State University, and a Ph.D. in Fine Arts with the concentration in Piano Pedagogy from Texas Tech University.
He has had the opportunity to perform and conduct research in countries such as Japan, Italy, Switzerland, and Brazil, in addition to the United States and Mexico. Dr. Guerrero has previously worked for different School Districts teaching piano classes in grades 4th through 12th.
Dr. Guerrero is currently the coordinator of the Group Piano Class program at Texas Tech University.
Travis Ebner, Violin
Travis Ebner is a native Arkansan and is currently in his second year as an undergraduate Music Performance Major at Texas Tech University. He resides in Professor Annie Chalex Boyle’s studio and actively takes part in the various music ensembles in the School of Music.
He has participated in masterclasses with prestigious groups such as the Ying Quartet and the New York Classical Players, as well as having the opportunities to perform for world-renounced pedagogues including Anthea Kreston, John Irrera, and Mari Sato. Mr. Ebner is an avid chamber musician and enjoys collaborating with his fellow colleagues at Texas Tech University.
Mr. Ebner has experience performing in different orchestra ensembles such as the TTU University Symphony Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, Conway Symphony Orchestra, and has held principal positions in the Arkansas Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has also participated in various festivals around the United States including the Faulkner County Chamber Music Festival, TCU Chamber Music Festival, Hot Springs Music festival, and the OU Solo and Chamber String Academy.
Jeremy Fulner, Cello
Jeremy Fulner Is an undergraduate in cello performance at Texas Tech University.
He teaches with the Texas Tech String Project.
He also works with many LISD schools and teaches sectionals.
Isaac Sanchez, Guitar
Isaac Sanchez is from Odessa, Texas. He is a performer and educator. Isaac is currently working as a freelance musician and teacher in West Texas.
Isaac has experience playing in various ensembles including Orchestras, Chambers Orchestras, String Orchestras, Jazz Combos, Big bands, Rock bands, Country bands, Motown, and Gospel groups.
His teaching experience includes teaching private lessons and sectionals at Lubbock Cooper Middle and High School, Laura Bush Middle school.
Isaac is interested in growing his students not only as instrumentalists but as musicians, while also becoming a better teacher.
Vivian McDermott, Viola & Violin
Vivian McDermott is currently pursuing a Master of Music in violin pedagogy at the
Texas Tech University. She served as a section violinist in the Jackson Symphony. As a soloist, she has played in recitals in Tennessee and Michigan. Vivian was a member of the Loraine String Quartet, the graduate string quartet at the University of Memphis. During her undergraduate years, Vivian was sought out as a violist, playing in her university’s string quartets. That doesn’t mean that she neglected the violin, as she often “doubled” in both violin and viola in these quartets.
Outside of performing, Vivian has done some teaching and administrative work. One of the more significant events during her undergraduate years was her job at her university’s string
department assistant where she worked under her teacher, Elisabeth Small. She holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Belmont University, as well as a Master of Music in violin performance and Artist Diploma in viola performance from the University of Memphis. Her primary teachers include Dr. Annie Chalex-Boyle, Lenny Schranze, Timothy Shiu, and Elisabeth Small.
Karla Piccio, Piano
Karla Rica Piccio is a dedicated graduate student in Couples, Marriage, and Family Therapy at Texas Tech University with a deep-rooted passion for music, evident from her piano playing since the age of 6. Originally beginning her musical journey in the Philippines, Karla Rica continued to develop her skills when she moved to the United States, showcasing her skills in church bands and piano recitals. She offers private piano lessons, uniquely integrating her undergraduate background in Human Development and Family Studies. This innovative approach allows Karla Rica to engage her younger students with creativity and enthusiasm, ensuring a holistic learning experience.
Peyton Matthews, Voice
Peyton Matthews is an undergraduate student, currently pursuing a degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education at Texas Tech University. She actively contributes her voice to The University Choir, while her dedication extends to the operatic stage. Peyton's musical journey is driven by a deep desire to empower vocalists with the tools they need to become healthy singers and expressive musicians. Whether on the stage, in the classroom, or one-on-one with students, Peyton is dedicated to fostering a passion and love for music.
Benjamin Schonberg, Violin & Viola
Mr. Schonberg is a violinist and violin instructor from Minnesota where he earned his B.A in Music Performance at the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2020.
He has served as concertmaster of the University of Minnesota, Morris Chamber Orchestra and assistant concertmaster of the Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra. He has performed at the Bravo! Summer Music Festival in Faribault, MN and the Pienza Music Festival in Pienza, Italy.
Mr. Schonberg is currently pursuing a Masters in Violin Pedagogy at Texas Tech University under the instruction of Professor John Gilbert and teaching private violin lessons at InterActive Music Studio in Lubbock Texas.
Amy Gilmore, Clarinet
Amy Gilmore is an undergraduate student at Texas Tech pursuing a degree in Music Education. She performs in various ensembles at Texas Tech, including the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Clarinet Choir.
She is currently in her third year studying with Dr. Shea. This summer she is attending the Music in the Marche Chamber Music Program in Italy. She is excited to continue to grow as a teacher through teaching lessons.
Jumyeong Lee, Piano
Jumyeong Lee is an aspiring Doctor of Music Arts candidate specializing in piano performance at Texas Tech University, where she holds a Teaching Assistantship. In addition to her doctoral studies, she is pursuing graduate certificates in Piano Pedagogy and Collaborative Piano.
She earned her Master of Music degree in piano performance from Temple University and completed her Bachelor of Music at The University of Suwon in the Republic of Korea. She also participated in the Master's program at Sookmyung Women’s University.
Jumyeong Lee excels in various fields, including Piano Performance at New York Carnegie Hall, Piano Pedagogy, and Collaborative Piano.
Christopher Markgraf, Voice
Christopher Markgraf is a bass from Midland, Texas, who is currently earning his bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education at Texas Tech University under the instruction of Dr. Rebecca Hays. Christopher is a current scholarship singer in various ensembles in Lubbock and is also a member of the Texas Tech University Choir. In December of 2023, Christopher was granted first place in the Charleston International Romantic Music Competition. In the near future, he will be performing as Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring and as Frank in Die Fledermaus.
In the spring of 2023, Christopher performed the role of Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni. In addition, he has performed the roles of Dr. Bartolo and Antonio in Le Nozze Di Figaro and Sarastro from Die Zauberflöte. In recent years, he has done chorus work in La Clemenza di Tito, Die Fledermaus, and, most recently, L’Elisir d’Amore. He also performed the bass solo from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Upon earning his degrees, Christopher intends to perform opera or teach voice.