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


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 2015-16 School Year

State average score: 1437
UIL all-state music student score: 1829

30-minute private lessons in the following courses of study:

Piano & Guitar beginning at Grade 1
Voice beginning at Grade 4
Band Instruments beginning at Grade 4
Violin/Viola beginning at Age 4
Now Available—Piano & Voice, K-2nd, for after school child care students


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

Sarah Werner grew up in Austin, Texas. The daughter of two musicians, she began singing and performing at a young age, participating in children’s choirs and musicals through her teenage years. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Business from Texas A&M where she was a member of the mixed choir, Century Singers, as well as Century Sounds, an 8-voice select a cappella group. After college, she studied privately with Nationally Recognized Jazz Vocalist, Suzi Stern. Sarah has performed with country cover bands, pop, and Christian bands around Austin. She has recorded various choral pieces over the years for Shawnee Press, Joseph Martin, David Angerman, and the Mark Foster Choral Series. Sarah has also recorded back up vocals for the Andy Melvin Band Live EP and Austin Stone Community Church Live Worship album (2011). She has been teaching private voice in Austin since 2013 in public and private schools, as well as her own private studio. She also teaches voice classes and camps at the Zach Theatre Performing Arts School. Sarah is married to her high school sweetheart, Matt, and serves as a worship leader at their church, Austin Christian Fellowship.
Contact: (512-626-5233) | 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

Grace Rishell  grew up in a musical family and has loved to sing and play the piano since childhood.  At the age of 13, Grace began to sing professionally and in 1981 the renowned Eastman School of Music in New York offered her a scholarship to begin her undergraduate studies.  Choosing to stay closer to home, Grace attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and graduated with a degree in music with a concentration in voice and a minor in pipe organ.  From 2004 to 2010 she taught students, ranging in age from 4 to 74, voice and beginning piano at Vibe Performing Arts Studio in Santa Clarita, California.  Currently, she is an instructor at Northwest Academy of Music and is excited to start her third year teaching with the Redeemer family.  Grace has 4 beautiful daughters, loves animals, the outdoors, and helping others discover the joy of music.  Her favorite quote is, “happiness is not having the things you want, but wanting the things you have.”
Contact: (809-1048) | 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 (Metropolitan Opera), Sandra Joseph (Phantom of the Opera), and Ron Bohmer (Book of Mormon). She is active in the Mother Falcon Music Lab camp, which provides students with an opportunity to learn songwriting and work with other musicians, and currently performs as a singer/songwriter in Austin, accompanies the SOCO Women’s Chorus as well as plays in several bands around town.
Contact: email


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. Neatness is expected. Students should come to their lessons with clean hands and trimmed nails.
  7. Water bottles are permitted (even encouraged), otherwise no food or drinks are allowed in the lesson.
  8. Students must be supervised by an adult before and after lessons.
  9. 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
  10. Regular tuition fees plus $25 registration applies for each additional instrument studied.

2016-2017 SCHEDULE

Fall 2016 Schedule
Registration deadline: Friday, August 24
Fall semester lessons: Monday, August 29 – November 18 (12 weeks)
Make-up and additional lessons given: November 28 – December 16

Spring 2017 Schedule
New student registration begins December 1
Spring semester lessons: Monday, January 9 – Friday, April 7 (12 weeks)
Spring recital Sunday afternoon, March 26, 1-3 p.m. in Redeemer Sanctuary
Make-up and additional lessons: April 10 – May 26

Summer 2017 schedule
Registration begins May 1

2016-2017 Calendar


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***

2016-2017 Rates
Fall 2016
• 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 21 and three (3) monthly payments of $100, due in September, October, and November

Spring 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 December 1 and three (3) 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 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)


 School of Performing Arts Enrollment Form


Elaine Lehmann
Contact: (246-2578) | email