Redeemer school of performing arts
Advantages of Music Study
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 Spring 2018
State average score 1020
National average 1090
UIL all-state music student score 1273
30-minute private lessons in the following courses of study:
Recommended First Grade and up
Bryan Sunderman began his enthusiastic pursuit of guitar at the age of 13. 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. 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. He has performed his classical repertory in and around Austin and abroad in Cervo, Italy and Morelia, Mexico. Bryan also is a member of the Austin soul/funk band KP and the Boom Boom. 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.
Bethany Ammon is an active mezzo-soprano and voice instructor, and new to the Redeemer faculty. New to Austin, Bethany obtained her bachelor's in music and in French in her home state of Mississippi from the University of Southern Mississippi, followed by a master's in music from Manhattan School of Music. Bethany has taught all ages: from developing pre-k choirs, to private voice lessons for adults, and everyone in between, in both Mississippi and New York. Most recently, Bethany was on staff at the prestigious Young People's Chorus of New York City. Bethany has had the opportunity to perform around the country and abroad in Italy, and actively pursues a performing career both on stage in productions and in recital. Noteable theater credits include the opera Suor Angelica as La Zia Principessa and musical Ragtime as Emma Goldman. Enjoying all aspects of the theater, Bethany has experience as production manager for several operas and musicals, choreographer, hair and make up artist, event planner, diction coach, and even front of house manager on numerous occasions. Bethany looks forward to joining the Gilbert and Sullivan Society production of Ruddigore this June 2018 in Austin and also a recital of French art song at home in MS in the fall of 2018. She actively believes that everyone can and should sing and invites anyone to try out private lessons.
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 in Saigon, Vietnam. As an accompanist, she has worked alongside notable names in broadway: Lawrence Clayton (The Color Purple), 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.
Denise Kotrla is a singer-songwriter and piano/voice instructor who currently lives in Austin, TX. She performs as a singer-songwriter under the name “denise the beast” because, let’s face it, who can spell Kotrla correctly? Ms. Kotrla completed a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a concentration in music and voice at Austin College in Sherman, TX. She also completed a Masters of Music Education with a concentration in vocal pedagogy and early childhood education at University of North Texas in Denton, TX. She has recorded one CD, an LP, “Heart of the Beast” which is available for purchase. “Heart of the Beast” contains 5 songs which were all written or co-written by Denise Kotrla. Ms. Kotrla is also currently writing new material which she hopes to record on another album soon. She has recorded vocals on two children’s educational albums as well with Twin Sisters Productions. Ms. Kotrla has also been teaching piano & voice lessons 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. Since 2007, she has served as the Accompanist/Song Leader at United Christian Church in Austin for one of their services. She has been teaching at Redeemer School of Performing Arts since 2002.
Sunbeam Choi was born in Seoul, Korea and he began his piano studies at age five. He continued his education at the prestigious school, Seoul Arts High School with Hye-Sook Ryu and Jae-Eun Kim. He received the Bachelor of Music degree at Yonsei University in Seoul where he was awarded “The Jinli Scholarship” in addition to being awarded “The Honor Student”, studying with Yeong-Nan Han and Bang-Sook Lee. He continued his study in the Master of Music degree program at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University where he was awarded “The Norman J. And Sarah J. Groves Endowed Scholarship”, under the instruction of Marian Hahn. Sunbeam is currently a candidate for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin with Teaching Assistantship, studying with David Renner and Gregory Allen. In the course of his musical study, he has also had the privilege working with other great musicians, including Paul Pollei, Solomon Mikowsky, Felix Michael Deichmann, Christopher Harding, Albert Mamriev, Lydia Artymiw, John O’Conor and Irene Peery-Fox. Competitions include the Gold Prize in “The National Music Student Competition” in Korea, and in 2014, first prize in the American Protégé International Piano Competition, Honorable Mention in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, and in 2018, Second Place at The Sidney M. Wright Competition in Piano Accompanying. He made his first public debut in 1996 at Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall. He has performed numerous solo and chamber recitals in many cities in Korea including Seoul, Busan, Daegu and Geojea. Also, he has performed at Weill Recital Hall at the Carnegie Hall in New York in 2014 and has been featured in “The Thursday Noon Recital Series” at Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall in 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. His appearances in other states include Hawaii, California, Utah and Washington. A review by Carolyn Merrill Shumway states “[Sunbeam has] great strength, power, and excellence beyond all expectation, especially from one so quiet and unassuming.” As a soloist, he has performed with the Seattle Ensign Symphony at Benayora Hall in Seattle, Washington. He was also featured in “Temple Square Performances” at Assembly Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah and was invited as a guest artist to perform live at “Highway 89” radio show at “Classical 89 station”. Sunbeam had served the military service at the Republic of Korea Army. He had been an adjunct faculty at Brigham Young University and an adjudicator in several competitions and festivals. In April 2016, he has been invited to present at the MTNA(Music Teachers National Association) National Conference. Currently, with his wife and three children, he is residing in Texas where he is teaching Group Piano class at University of Texas at Austin as a Teaching Assistant, and teaching private piano lessons online and in his private studio.
Laura DeGraw is a native of Austin, Texas, and spent years involved in the University of Texas String Project, Austin Youth Orchestras, and Austin Chamber Music Center. A natural entrepreneur, Laura formed the string ensemble Anima with her friends in 2002, began playing for weddings and special events around Austin, and the group is still performing together today. She studied Marketing, Music Education and Violin Performance at Texas State University in San Marcos, and has enjoyed many years as a member of the Redeemer Celebration Orchestra, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin, the Gilman Light Opera Orchestra, and as a passionate violin teacher in the Austin area. You can also find Laura active in the barbershop harmony community, where she is a dedicated Marketing and Youth Coordinator and member of Great Gulf Coast Region 10 of Sweet Adelines International and the Barbershop Harmony Society, and recognized as a vocal and performance coach, as well as a competitive singer! Laura is thrilled to be part of the Redeemer School of Performing Arts, and knows that music will continue to enrich the lives of our students.
In order to provide optimum learning for each student there are some basic rules that need to be followed by parents and students.
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.
Students must report to their lessons promptly.
Daily practice. This can be determined by your goals. More practice results in more progress. An av-erage of 4, 30-minute practice sessions per week are recommended.
Students must be able to practice on an adequate instrument.
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 les-sons where they were not notified 24 hours in advance. This includes school sporting events and field trips. No refunds are given for unexcused absences
Water bottles are permitted (even encouraged) in lessons.
Students must be supervised by an adult before and after lessons.
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 pick-up/drop-off with music teacher
Regular tuition fees plus $25 registration applies for each additional instrument studied.