REDEEMER SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS

Experience the joy of music at the Redeemer School of Performing Arts. We provide quality music education from a Christian perspective. Our students, both children and adults, receive personal attention to help ensure their success.
Established in 1993


ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

The Redeemer School of Performing Arts is sponsored by Redeemer Lutheran Church. This program is for all ages and is open to the public.

Advantages of Music Study

  • Enhances academics
  • Enhances motor control, concentration, memory, and
    organizational skills
  • Enhances abstract thought
  • Enhances right brain activity, i.e. synthesis, creativity,
    intuition and more
  • Enhances attention span and concentration level
  • Enhances self-esteem and develops initiative

SAT Score Information for 2016-17 School Year

State average score: 1020
UIL all-state music student score: 1273

30-minute private lessons in the following courses of study for 1st grade and up:

Piano
Guitar
Voice
Violin

MEET THE TEACHERS

Cheryl Heck has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin and has taught music to children for many years. She accompanies adult and children’s choirs at Redeemer, as well as accompanying vocal and instrumental soloists at several high schools. Her husband, Joel, is a professor at Concordia University Texas, and you may see them ushering for performances at the Long Center. They also enjoy spending time with grandchildren, sports, and traveling. They have three grown children (who all took piano lessons), one with music as a career.
Contact: (751-9737) | email

Denise Kotrla has been on the Performing Arts staff since 2003. She completed a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a concentration in music and voice at Austin College in Sherman, TX, and a Masters of Music Education with a concentration in vocal pedagogy and early childhood education at University of North Texas. Since 2007, she has served as the Accompanist/Song Leader for the 8:30 a.m. Sunday service at United Christian Church in Austin. Denise is also a singer/songwriter and periodically performs publicly in and around Austin. She also plays guitar and has recorded a CD of her own music. Denise has recorded vocals on two children’s educational albums as well with Twin Sisters Productions. Denise has been teaching for 20+ years, since 1992, and has taught students of all ages, from 5 year olds to adults, and in the college/university environment as well.
Contact: (589-3774) | email

Bryan Sunderman At the age of 13, Bryan Sunderman, with the influence of a musical family, began his enthusiastic pursuit of guitar. By 15, he was coordinating a band, collaborating with other musicians, and performing in church. As a young adult, he began his classical study at the Austin Orpheus School of Music under the instruction of Robert Gibson. During that time, Bryan was awarded first place in the Eastfield Collegiate Guitar Competition, his first competition. He was then admitted to the prestigious Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with the highly acclaimed “University Distinguished Teaching Professor” and world-wide performer, Adam Holzman. Adam says that Bryan “is one of the finest young men I have been fortunate to work with” and has “strong technique, good sound and a mature presentation on stage”. He has performed his classical repertory in and around Austin and abroad in Cervo, Italy and Morelia, Mexico. Currently, Bryan teaches private lessons and is employed as guitar instructor at the Redeemer Lutheran School of Performing Arts. World renowned guitarists that he has studied under through private lessons and master classes include Andrew Zohn, Richard Todd, Jeffery McFadden, Lorenzo Micheli, Matteo Mela, Ana Vidovic and Elliot Fisk. In 2012, Bryan received his Master’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance, and continues to perform and teach in Austin.
Contact: (689-2615) | email

Clara Brill holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Violin Performance from the University of Austin. She has been writing music and performing with Austin band Mother Falcon since 2008, and began teaching in 2012. Clara seeks to share her passion for music while taking an individual approach to each student’s learning.
Contact:  email

Monica Kang is a versatile piano performer, teacher, and avid scholar. She has premiered solo, collaborative, chamber, and large ensemble works and has given presentations on contemporary repertoire in various theory and pedagogy conferences. Her book, “Post-Tonal Affinities in Piano Works of Bartók, Chen, and Crumb,” was recently published in 2016. Having pursued additional pedagogical training, Monica has experiences working with students ranging from children to adults, in group piano, chamber coaching, and individual lesson settings. As a solo artist, she has concertized in the United States, Taiwan, and Italy. In chamber and collaborative recitals, she has performed with vocal, string, wind, brass, percussion, and mixed ensembles in Austin, Chicago, New York City, and international festivals. One of these festivals led to a week-long tour of the Tuscany region with her trio. In Austin, she most recently performed as a member of Hear No Evil, a sextet (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion) dedicated to collaborating with living composers. Monica obtained her doctorate in Piano Performance from The University of Texas at Austin. She has a master’s from Manhattan School of Music and holds dual bachelor degrees in Mathematics and Piano Performance from Northwestern University.
Contact:  email

Casie Luong received her Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance with a focus on composition from Austin College in Texas, May 2010. She has had the opportunity to study in Milan, Italy under Roberto Andreoni for composition and Angela Lazzaroni for piano at the Milano Catholic Conservatory in Spring 2009. Casie expanded her studies abroad by teaching music at The Little Rose shelter for girls at risk for sex trafficking in Saigon, Vietnam. As an accompanist, she has worked alongside notable names: Carter Calvert (Cats), Lawrence Clayton (The Color Purple), Raymond McLeod, Sandra Joseph (Phantom of the Opera), and Ron Bohmer (Book of Mormon). She serves as a volunteer with Girls Rock Austin and Mother Falcon Music Lab camp and currently performs as a singer/songwriter in Austin, TX.
Contact: email

Janeene Williams has a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University, 40 hours toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of Texas at Austin, and completed a two-year acting program at The Acting Studio in New York City. She has maintained a private voice studio for over 25 years; was on the Music Faculty at Angelo State University for three years; and has taught studio voice at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas for the past three years. Ms. Williams is also an active professional soprano soloist and sings with several professional choral ensembles including Conspirare, Ars Longa Ensemble, and San Antonio Chamber Choir. In 2014 she shared a Grammy award with Conspirare for their recording, “The Sacred Spirit of Russia.”
Contact: email

STUDIO POLICIES

In order to provide optimum learning for each student there are some basic rules that need to be followed by parents and students.

  1. Students need to have all necessary materials at each lesson: Music (parents are responsible for the purchase of lesson books), instrument (where applicable), pencil, and other materials as requested by the teacher.
  2. Students must report to their lessons promptly.
  3. Daily practice. This can be determined by your goals. More practice results in more progress. An average of 4, 30-minute practice sessions per week are recommended.
  4. Students must be able to practice on an adequate instrument.
  5. If a student must miss a lesson it is imperative that the PA teacher be notified 24 hours in advance.
    • Please note: PA teachers are not networked through Redeemer Lutheran School office and not automatically notified of absences. PA teachers are not required to make up lessons where they were not notified 24 hours in advance. This includes school sporting events and field trips.
    • No refunds are given for unexcused absences.
  6. Water bottles are permitted (even encouraged), otherwise no food or drinks are allowed in the lesson.
  7. Students must be supervised by an adult before and after lessons.
  8. Child care policy states that Performing Arts students enrolled in after-school care up through Grade 2 must be escorted to and from lessons by an adult. Parents must:
    • Notify child care your student will be taking lessons and when
    • Coordinate pickup/dropoff with music teacher
  9. Regular tuition fees plus $25 registration applies for each additional instrument studied.

2017-2018 SCHEDULE

Fall 2017 Schedule
Registration deadline: Friday, August 25
Fall semester lessons: Monday, August 28 – November 17 (12 weeks)
Make-up and additional lessons given: November 20 – December 20

Spring 2018 Schedule
New student registration begins December 1
Spring semester lessons: Monday, January 16 – Friday, April 13 (12 weeks)
Spring recital Sunday afternoon, March 25, 1-4 p.m. in Redeemer Sanctuary
Make-up and additional lessons: April 16 – May 25

Summer 2017 schedule
Registration begins May 14

2017-2018 Calendar

TUITION INFORMATION

Please Note: As always, our goal is to offer quality music lessons as affordable and convenient as possible for families while retaining the best teachers. Students MUST commit to twelve (12) lessons each semester. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR EARLY WITHDRAWAL. Teachers are required to fulfill lessons and schedule excused absence and make-up lessons. Tuition fees must be paid to reserve your time slot. First come, first served.

***Please note updated tuition pricing***

2017-2018 Rates
Fall 2017
• 12 weekly, 30-minute lessons
• Two methods of payment:
o Payment in full of $325 which includes non-refundable registration fee, or
o $25 non-refundable registration fee due on August 18 and three (3) FACTS monthly payments of $100, due in September, October, and November

Spring 2018
• 12 weekly, 30-minute lessons
• Two methods of payment:
o Payment in full of $325 which includes non-refundable registration fee, or
o $25 non-refundable registration fee due on December 1 and three (3) FACTS monthly payments of $100, due in January, February, and March

Students finishing their 12 lessons early may purchase additional lessons at $25.00 each. If you wish to do this, please contact Elaine Lehmann (512-246-2578 or elehmann@redeemer.net) and your child’s teacher.

Tuition fees must be paid to reserve your time slot. First come, first served. Your lessons/payment status is always accessible via FACTS (formerly RenWeb)

ENROLLMENT FORM

 School of Performing Arts Enrollment Form

RSPA COORDINATOR

Elaine Lehmann
Contact: (246-2578) | email