Kenna Favero-Shelton has over 20 years experience as a concert pianist and teaching piano, vocal, and guitar. Her experience as a music and performing arts director has led her to create and implement music programs for grades K-12. Kenna teaches music theory fundamentals to elementary, middle, and high school students as well as teaching multi level band classes. She has directed Musicals featuring over hundred students, coordinating fifty volunteers, performing sold out shows to audiences of two thousand. Kenna’s most recent productions are Disney’s Aladdin (2019), Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. (2018) and Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. (2017).
Kenna excels at composing and arranging original songs for live productions. She
designs and implements a full curriculum consisting of Music Education, History, Instruments, and Theory. Kenna has provided
instrument education and annual performances for the Recorder, Violin, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Percussion Instruments, and four octave Handbell Choirs. Kenna is passionate about private music lessons for all level students. She specializes in catering to the individual progressive need of each student.
Dan Li developed his passion for music early in his childhood where music constantly filled his household. Dan began piano lessons at a young age, and later discovered his true love, the guitar at age 14. Dan graduated from the guitar program at Los Angeles Music Academy in 2004. Dan has gained experience in the music industry over the course of the last 18 years, including live concert performances for Asian artists, and performances on network television shows. He has composed song arrangements and albums for Christian worship ministries since 2001. Dan toured as a guitarist in the States and in countries in Asia. Dan loves to share his passion for music by playing his guitar, but he also loves to share his passion by teaching and inspiring others to do the same.
Melissa Osborne is an active piano instructor and accompanist located in Central Florida. She has managed a private studio over decades, teaching students from a variety of ages, skill levels, and musical interests. As accompanist and collaborator, Melissa has the privilege of working with a variety of soloists, university/college students and ensembles, and K-12 students.
Mrs. Osborne holds a strong conviction that to be an effective teacher, one must be a perpetual student. Thus, she finds varying ways to challenge herself as a pedagogue and musician. This was most recently expressed in her studying and performing in Piedmont, Italy at the InterHarmony Music Festival in July 2021. After a hiatus of formal training, Melissa wanted to return to school to refine her pedagogical and piano skills. Thus, in August 2018, Melissa began graduate studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF) to pursue a degree in Piano Performance. Shortly thereafter, Melissa was awarded a two-year graduate teaching assistant position for class piano under the direction of Robin Jensen. In the final year of this position, Melissa taught five sections of nearly seventy-five students per semester in a hybrid online and face-to-face format. At UCF she was able to study solo and instrumental collaborative piano with Dr. Yun-Ling Hsu, former student of artists André Laplante and Earl Wild. Melissa was privileged to assist Dr. Hsu in teaching solo and collaborative piano, as well as basic music theory classes at the UCF All-Steinway Piano Camp held in June 2019. Mrs. Osborne graduated summa cum laude in May 2021 and was inducted into two honor societies.
Melissa completed her bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance (Pedagogy Emphasis) from West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where she was awarded the Miriam Gottlieb Piano Scholarship and membership to the music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda. A few years prior, as an impending high school sophomore, Melissa was awarded a scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of the Arts to study piano. This highly competitive state-funded program was pivotal in her determination to pursue a career in studying piano.
In the community, Melissa served as the accompanist of the Maitland Symphony Orchestra (Fall 2015-2018,) and sub for the Baroque Chamber Orchestra, both under the umbrella organization PAM, the Performing Arts of Maitland. In addition, for over two decades, Melissa enjoyed being a part of the worship band at her local church, playing the keyboard and occasionally administrating and composing special music.
Originally from Blue Springs, MO, Krystal has studied and performed around the world since she was in grade school. She holds a BFA in Acting along with Vocal Performance from the University of Utah; she also studied Music Education and Vocal Performance at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University in upstate New York. Amidst her studies in New York, Krystal was a member of the University Singers and the Hendricks Chapel Choir, with whom she toured and performed in both the US and South America. While a student in Utah, she also served as a co-founder and music director for Infrared A Cappella, a coed vocal ensemble made up of University students. She also competed as a soloist for the Utah college division of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), where she placed in the top 3 in multiple years. Upon graduation, Krystal began working as a singer and performer for Universal Studios Japan, where she remained for two years. During this time, she began teaching and took on a number of students along with her performance work. Once she returned to the US, she moved to Orlando to continue working as a singer and actor for Universal Studios as well as Entertainment Central Group. She is excited to continue teaching here in Orlando with Musical Minds Conservatory!
Lexy Parsons is a classically trained violinist with a Bachelor’s degree in music performance and an eclectic music background. Originally from Mount Airy, Maryland, she received her classical foundation under the tutelage of Charlotte Shifferin, a graduate of Peabody Conservatory. After several years of traditional classical technique, Lexy began focusing on Celtic and fiddle music with coaching from Berklee College of Music graduate, Alexander Mitchell, while still supplementing her classical training and repertoire with Donatus Hayes.
In 2007, Lexy was accepted to Stetson University as a scholarship student of Dr. Routa Kroumovitch-Gomez, where she continued serious classical training for violin performance. While attending Stetson, she performed in the University’s Symphony, Chamber and Opera Theatre Orchestras. In 2008 Lexy had the honor of performing with the orchestra at La Mortella in Ischia, Italy as part of the Festival of Youth Orchestras in memory of Sir William Walton. In 2009 Lexy began volunteering as a conductor and assistant for the Stetson Youth String Orchestra and enjoyed herself so much she began teaching privately as well, tailoring her lessons to fit each individual student while still providing a strong technical foundation.
Since graduating in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Music degree in music performance, Lexy has apprenticed as a luthier and spent 7 years working at and managing Atlantic Strings Violin Shop. She also actively performs with local groups Violectric and Fretless Rock, is a part of the non-profit Violectric Education Program, and has enthusiastically maintained her private lesson studio.
Harmony Bordinaro is a native of Buffalo, New York and has been living in Orlando, Florida since 2015. She holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Central Florida. She started her journey in music at a very young age, where she first performed at Lincoln’s Bicentennial Commission event as a soloist at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Growing up, she was a member of the Buffalo Niagara Youth Choir, who performed regularly with the Buffalo Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra. Later, she was invited into the International Children’s Choir in Hawaii and to sing in the National Tour of the Nutcracker Ballet at their Buffalo, New York performance. She continued her music studies as a participant in the New York State Music Association and has performed in choirs of all levels, including: All-County, Area All-State, New York All-State Mixed Choir, All-Eastern Women’s Chorus, and UCF’s Women’s Chorus. During her junior year of high school she was accepted into New York State’s Summer School of the Arts’ Acting Program, where she was featured in a documentary about the program on PBS. Her journey into theatrical performance allowed her to be a part of classics such as Les Misérables (Eponine), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), The Little Mermaid (Ursula), Phantom of the Opera (Ensamble), among many other works. During her time at UCF, Harmony made her New York City debut in a cabaret performance at Feinstein’s 54 Below. She has also held many roles in main stage productions and cabarets with Theatre UCF. Harmony has also had the opportunity to study music, performance, and vocal anatomy/pedagogy in-depth, making her a well-rounded and well-educated instructor. In 2018, she worked at Dommerich Elementary in Maitland aiding in their spring musical, which led her to an internship at Skyland Summer Camp for Girls in North Carolina as the Assistant Drama Director. It was here, working with the kids, that she discovered her passion for teaching. Since then, Harmony has strived for excellence in teaching music and drama and enjoys working with people of all ages and levels.
Ambika Ramdehal is a music educator currently teaching piano lessons to students from four to eighty years old. She introduces new students to proper posture, fingering and scales, and reading sheet music. Ambika specializes in theory and ear-training skills such as identifying chord structure, cadence points, non-chord tones and more. She has a passion for music and teaching others the benefits of implementing music in their daily lives. Ambika has ten years of experience in piano performance for recitals and accompanying solo brass, woodwinds, and orchestras. She has accompanied the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band at the University of Central Florida, as well as the 2019 Florida Intercollegiate Band at the FMEA conference. She also performs as an accompanist for schools throughout Orange County, and the Women’s Chorus group at the University of Central Florida. She has performed for the Orlando Philharmonic including the Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch with Jodi Benson, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Mahler’s 2nd Symphony. Ambika has played flute in several countries with the Florida Ambassadors of Music. Ambika teaches both private and groups lessons, and enjoys teaching students of all backgrounds and ages. Ambika graduated from the Visual Performing Arts magnet program at Dr. Phillips High School and is currently a Music Education major at the University of Central Florida.
Originally a native of Cape Town, South Africa, Neal Faul has lived, studied and performed around the world before settling down in Orlando, FL during the summer of 2009. In 2003 Mr. Faul relocated to Sydney, Australia where he studied both for an Advanced Diploma in Ministry with a focus on Guitar Performance, and a Bachelors of Music with a focus on Jazz Performance. During his time at the Sydney International Conservatorium of Music he collaborated with various student musicians in shows ranging from jazz ensembles at corporate functions to multiple concerts celebrating guitar music at the Riverside Theater. His final recital, which led to him being named Student of the Year, was a collection of original pieces ranging from blues and jazz to experiments in acoustic aleatory collaborations between guitar, cello, piano and Dizi (bamboo flute).
Upon completing his studies Mr. Faul travelled, along with his wife, back to South Africa where he resumed performing and teaching for a short time. During this period his focus was mainly on providing performance coaching and instruction in guitar technique, in a ministry context, as well as performing with various local musicians. His travels then took him finally to Orlando, FL by way of the United Kingdom and Lincoln, NE. Since moving to Orlando in mid 2009 Mr. Faul has established his own private teaching studio as well as teaching at various schools in the area.
Most recently he has become involved in the Orlando musical theatre scene, and has performed in musicals ranging from high school productions of Rent through to Tommy! at the Mad Cow Theatre. He has music directed Rent for the Maitland Academy of Performing Arts, and has worked with various directors and music directors such as Tim Evanicki, Don Hopkinson and Heather Langs. He has been a pit guitar player in Aida, Seussical, Once on This Island, Little Shop of Horrors, Tommy!, The Addams Family, The Whiz, Pippin, and Spring Awakening. In 2014 he performed with the Shawn Starbuck Band at Rock the Universe. He has also worked with local Orlando musicians such as Jarritt Sheel, Don Sanderson and Gregory Parnell.
Mr. Faul has currently graduated from
the University of Central Florida with his MA in Music with a focus on jazz performance, and continues to teach as well as perform.
Gary earned his Associate’s Degree at Pensacola State College before earning his Bachelor of Arts in Music at the University of Central Florida. He has continued his education there as a graduate student and teaching associate, specializing in music research and piano instruction. His interests in musicology have resulted in studies including the development of keyboard mechanisms in Medieval and Renaissance-era Europe and critical reactions to the early operas of Richard Strauss.
Additional teaching has included a four-month period instructing English in China as part of the International Language Program in 2014. The experience found Gary teaching lessons through the use of piano and guitar performance, instructing on a variety of English-language poems and songs.
Gary has additionally collaborated in both ensemble and chamber events, taking him from Orlando, Florida to Acqui Terme, Italy where he served as a UCF student representative at the 2021 InterHarmony International Music Festival. Additional collaborations have included those with the UCF chamber orchestra and the UCF Knights Trumpet Ensemble. He has also accompanied both undergraduate and graduate students for composition recitals and performance competitions, participating as an accompanist in the 2021 UCF Concerto/Aria Competition. The experiences have fostered his passion for musical collaboration and teaching, allowing for communal expressions of artistry through an array of musical styles.
Isabella Bui graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music incorporating piano pedagogy classes in music performance, music theory, and music education. She has studied music for 15 years and taught piano pedagogy for five years. Ms. Isabella has won all state awards with the Florida Federation of Music Clubs in Piano Solo and Piano Duet categories. As a teacher, Ms. Isabella is passionate about music. She strives to make every lesson educational, motivating, and fun! Ms. Isabella specializes in instructing children ages 4 to 18 in the formative years of their musical journey.
Jarell Beausivoir is an accomplished musician and composer that thoroughly enjoys teaching. Mr. B. is creative, excellent with children, and can play piano, violin, and trumpet. He has performed with the Orlando Philharmonic, as an all-state and all-county musician, and in solo and ensemble festivals. His education is from the University of Central Florida in piano performance as well as composition. In his latest programs he has performed Beethoven Sonatas and Chopin Etudes. Lessons with Mr. Beausivoir are energetic, focusing on musicianship and passion in playing and interpretation.
Kevin Joslyn is a pianist and an organist and a graduate of the University of Central Florida School of Music. He loves to teach and has a passion for music theory. Kevin is a substitute pianist and organist at several churches around Orlando and is a member of the St. James Cathedral Choir in Orlando. He enjoys composing music for choir and organ and is working towards publishing a setting for the liturgy later in 2021. Kevin was a leader in the Marching Knights at the University of Central Florida and participated for several years in the concert band playing the French Horn. Recently, he has given concerts on the organ at the San Pedro Spiritual Retreat Center in Winter Park.
Jennifer Juttelstad is a music educator, voice and instrumental coach, conductor, piano and guitar teacher, and singer-songwriter. She has been extensively trained in music, holding a doctorate in Music Education, two Master’s Degrees in Music and Arts from Boston University, and an Advanced Graduate Certificate from University of South Florida. As an experienced music educator and band conductor, she has been working with students of all ages, levels of abilities, and cultural backgrounds in public and private institutions in Central Florida since 2004. She designed and delivered the first songwriting course for Music Therapy students while working as a professor at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA. She has thirty years of experience, dedicating her last five years to a personal mission of improving public health in her community through arts education. She is a full-time teacher in the Lake County public school district. She teaches piano, vocal, guitar, flute, clarinet, and ukulele. Jennifer is bilingual in Spanish and English.
Cynthia has spent the last 17+ years training young and aspiring performers to discover and achieve their performing goals. She has experience as both a successful and professional director, performer, and writer, and a trained Juilliard Creative Classroom performing arts instructor. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Central Florida. She has been seen around Orlando in professional theatre productions at the Orlando Broadway Dinner Theatre, the Children’s Theatre of Florida, and the Florida Children’s Repertory Theatre. Cynthia has taught acting and voice to both children and adults at the University of Central Florida, The Children’s Theatre of Florida, the New York Film Academy at Disney/MGM Studios, and other Orlando studios. For eleven years she was the full-time Middle School Drama teacher at Windermere Preparatory School. She directed multiple productions including Dear Edwina, Starmites, Tom Sawyer, The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White, Peter Pan and Wendy, Shrek the Musical, Murder at the Banquet, Nobody to Murder, Lion King, Jr., A Broadway Musical Revue; The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe; High School Musical, Jr., 21 Guaranteed Ways to Get A Detention; Peter Pan, the Musical; Hoodie, Crumpled Classics, Passing Periods at Pomegranate Prep, The Little Mermaid, 13 the Musical, and others! Cynthia is proud to be featured as the online Theatre Arts instructor for World Upside Down’s Narnia Series. She has also established her own private professional studio providing acting, voice, piano, and speech training to performing artists of all ages and business professionals. Cynthia enjoys helping young performers blast through self-doubt and nerves and bring their best performance to every audition and performance, as well as close skills gaps and achieve success as a performer (before entering college). She loves to help performers build confidence and reach their performance goals and dreams!
Elise Levesque is an experienced piano teacher who has served beginner to advanced piano lessons in the Central Florida area since 2017. Elise fosters a warm, kind, and creative environment for students of all ages and backgrounds to learn piano! Elise has played piano for over twenty years, while continuing to fulfill her dreams to become a piano teacher. Elise still remembers her sweet piano teacher that left a musical mark on her life. Through the years, Elise has performed countless times at churches as a singer/songwriter in town. She studied piano and opera in college and has her Associates in Music from Valencia. Elise toured seven different countries in Europe with music and has since settled down in Orlando where she currently resides.