ST. PAUL SAXOPHONE, BASSOON, AND FLUTE LESSONS

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SungAe Song - Flute

Available: Saturdays

SungAe Song was born in South Korea and she has been studying flute for 24 years. She won prizes in the various Music competitions in South Korea. She had a debut concert for outstanding students who were chosen by faculty among various universities in Seoul when she studied in SungShin Women’s University in 2003. She also had a professional career as Guest Principal Flutist of Seoul Academy Orchestra, SeongNam Philharmonic Orchestra, Gwacheon Symphony Orchestra and various orchestras and as a teacher for 4 years immediately following her graduation from SungShin Women’s University. She decided to study abroad to become an outstanding flutist and she obtained Master of Music degree and Professional Studies Diploma with scholarship from Mannes College the New School for Music in New York for 4 years with Judith Mendenhall. While studying in Mannes College, she was participated in various masterclasses and music festivals with Jeanne Baxtresser, Bradley Garner, Karl-Heinz Schütz and many famous flutists, and she had many recitals and various concerts with chamber ensemble and orchestras. She got a first prize in New York Artists International Competition and had winners concert at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall in NYC.     

Currently, she is a candidate of Doctor of Musical Arts at University of Minnesota with Immanuel Davis in a CLA fellowship. She is also a second flutist in Mankato Symphony Orchestra and traverso player in Oratory Bach Ensemble. She is one of director members in the Korean Flutists Society and the Korean Flutists Association.

 

 

 


Lucia Sarmiento- Alto, Tenor, Soprano Saxophone and flute

Available: 11:00-3:00 Saturday. 

Lucia Sarmiento is a Minneapolis-based Saxophonist, Composer & Educator, specializing in all styles of improvised music.
Born and raised in Lima, Peru, she grew up listening to and learning from the greatest: Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, to name a few. She studied Jazz Harmony and Improvisation in Peru with the great guitarist Andres Prado. In 2012, she moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina to study Jazz at the Conservatorio de Musica Manuel de Falla. Lucia won the Women In Music Scholarship at McNally Smith College of Music in St, Paul Minnesota, where she is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Brass/Woodwind Performance, under the mentorship of saxophonist Pete Whitman, trombonist Scott Agster and trumpeter Adam Meckler.

Lucia currently explores the depths of free improvisation with Eric Gravatt's Quintet, Source Code, and some of the finest jazz players in town. Eric Gravatt has performed and recorded with Weather Report, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, among many other heavyweights. Gravatt has taken Lucia under his mentorship since July 2015.

For the past year, The Lucia Sarmiento Quintet has been performing around town, all young musicians based in the Twin Cities.
They play a wide variety of music, from contemporary jazz with funky twists to afroperuvian music. The Lucia Sarmiento Quintet performed at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival 2014, and the State Fair, same year. Lucia also does a lot of studio work, and collaborates with artists in different genres of music, jazz, funk, r&b, soul, hip hop and latin music.

Teaching Philosophy

Learning an instrument as a child can be a life changing experience. If the teaching approach is done right, the child will be inspired to play their instrument and engage in musical activities after every lesson and for the rest of their lives. The process of learning will encompass the discovery of the instrument itself and the child's own creativity, and it should be enlightening and fun.

As a saxophone instructor, I want to establish a positive learning experience and a strong foundation for lifelong learning, as well as knowledge of the instrument and the use of proper technique. For the past year, I have developed a Saxophone Technique Method that focuses on building a solid foundation for the beginning and intermediate student. Nevertheless, I want all my students to be constantly creating, modifying and challenging music. I believe firmly that all human beings are artists, but not all of us get the opportunity to create in a safe environment from a young age. My goal is to show the students that music is as much of a language with grammar rules, as an art form with no boundaries and room for individuality. Composition and improvisation will be part of our lesson plan from the beginning. I want to expose my students to many different styles of music, specially where the saxophone is present, so that they know they picked one of the most beautiful and versatile instruments.


Elliott Wachs- Saxophone

Available: Coming soon!

Elliott is a Twin Cities based Musician, Composer & Educator. He has been teaching since he was 17 and started playing professionally in the Twin Cities when he was 18. He Currently plays in several groups around the Cities including Frogleg, McNasty Brass Band, Canadian Girlfriend, and Improvestra (performed on Ted X). As a performer, Elliott has played stages around the cities ranging from Jazz Central to First Ave Mainroom and has opened up for Steven Tyler, Galactic, Lettuce, Soul Asylum, Orgone, The New Orleans Suspects and many other great acts on both a national and local scale. His next album release is coming up on August 19th with Frogleg and willbe featuring George Porter Junior and John Cleary.

Teaching Style:

I believe that each student has a different set of strengths and weaknesses unique to their own interests and skills. My teaching style balances consistent, measurable work on the fundamentals of the instrument while actively seeking out the types of music that spark my students curiosity and interests in the horn and in music as a whole.


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Sean O'Phelan- Harmonica

Availability:  Wednesdsay 5:00-9:00 PM Saturday: 1:00-3:00

Sean “Wailin” O’Phelan is an experienced harmonica player and lifetime student of music. He recently moved back to the Twin Cities from the Big Island of Hawaii where he focused his time in the music industry as a booking agent, open mic host, event organizer and an all-around advocate for music instruction and expression.

Picking up harmonica in 2005, Sean has since had opportunities around the country  to perform in a wide variety of live music venues with a mixture of bands, playing Rock and Roll, Blues, Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Celtic style and a modern twist on harmonica called Harp boxing, a combination of beatboxing and playing harmonica.  He has been offering private lessons since 2012. Sean spends most of his time planning annual harmonica workshops which are currently held in 4 locations around the country, each year. The harmonica workshop business was a natural fit for “Wailin O’Phelan” and he has continually expanded his reach and gained recognition in his field of harmonica instruction.

While planning and organizing his events he is able to network with the best harmonica players and educators in the world. One of the bonuses of hiring the best in the world is that he has a chance to take bits and pieces of their technique, skills and teaching approach.

Sean is a Liberal Arts graduate of the University of Hawaii Hilo with a certificate in Human Services. His mission is to teach as many people, no matter their age or experience, to understand and fully enjoy this pocket-sized music maker.

Sean uses the harmonica industry’s top resources and tools to help his students learn the fundamentals necessary to continue on for a lifetime. He has had the pleasure of building a relationship with Lee Oskar, a famous and longtime harmonica player and top manufacture of harmonicas. Sean uses primarily Lee Oskar Harmonicas while teaching, as they are a very user friendly harmonica and with these specially tuned harmonicas, can offer the student a diverse variety of musical genres to explore and master.

 Sean offers instruction to students with any level of experience, from complete beginner up to seasoned pro. Harmonica takes a lifetime to master, but can be played skillfully within a matter of months or years, with only a few moments needed to sound musical. Sean is very excited to be offering private lessons and sharing his passion for harmonica at the St Paul School of Music.

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Dr. Trent Jacobs- Bassoon

Available: Coming soon!

A native of Owatonna, Minnesota, Dr. Trent Jacobs completed DMA and MM degrees from the University of Illinois, and received his bachelor's degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Trent is an innovator on the bassoon, expanding the possibilities of electric bassoon amplification and effects processing as the creator of the "Little-Jake" electric bassoon pickup, and actively pursuing non-standard performance opportunities to use these innovations. Trent has become well known as an authority on bassoon equipment after many years as a bassoon specialist at Midwest Musical Imports. Trent's musical interests are unique and varied, having a history of jazz guitar and barbershop quartet singing, as well as a strong commitment to the performance of contemporary and improvised music. In addition to playing with several rock/jazz bands, and active freelancing in the Twin Cities, Trent serves on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and Anoka-Ramsey Community College.