Our Instructors

MICHAEL KEPLINGER

Guitar Instructor

Michael began his classical guitar studies at the University of Texas at Brownsville under the direction of Dr. Michael Quantz, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education.. Privately, he has studied with Mr. Jose Luis Escobedo, Dr. Jonathan Dotson, and currently, Dr. Matthew Dunne. Michael has also participated in numerous masterclasses with world renown artists such as the Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Latin Grammy nominee Berta Rojas, Guitar Foundation of America winner Johannes Möller, and Russian guitarist Dimitri Illarionov. In 2012, Michael placed 1st in the University of Texas Pan Am Solo Guitar Competition and was a semi-finalist in the Texas A&M International Guitar Competition. Since then, he has continued to compete and perform on the professional level and most recently, completed his Master’s in Music for Guitar Performance from the University of Texas San Antonio, expecting to graduate in December 2016. Aside from his classical studies, Michael has experience playing in various rock and metal bands and composes his own songs which have been professionally recorded and released.

MARK MARTINEZ

Percussion Instructor
Mark Martinez received an Undergraduate degree in Music from the University of Texas at San Antonio. While at UTSA he studied with Dr. Graeme Francis and Sherry Rubins. Mark was a part of the Wind, Jazz, Percussion, Men’s Chorus, and Jazz Combo ensembles at UTSA. He was also a part of the founding members of the UTSA New Music Ensemble (Spectrum).

Notable Performances:
Percussion Ensemble: Nathan Daughtrey’s Vibraphone Concerto 2012
UTSA Concerto Comp: Nathan Daughtrey’s Vibraphone Concerto 2012
Wind Ensemble: CBNA 2013
UTSA New Music: SoundSpace at the Blanton 2013
UTSA Jazz Ensemble: Greely Jazz Festival 2013
54th Fiesta Jazz Festival 2016
UTSA Jazz Combo: Greely Jazz Festival 2013

Mark has served as a percussion instructor at Marshall HS, Somerset HS, and St. Mary’s Hall. Mark also works as a freelance musician in the San Antonio area. He has worked with SanAnTrio, Ortega Jazz, Adam Zuniga, Pochos Chidos and many others. He has played music ranging from jazz, latin, rock, world, and other experimental styles. He has recorded with different groups including Ortega Jazz, Seth Ransom Osborn & the Sagauro Canyon Ballroom Band, Pochos Chidos, and others. He has also had the pleasure of being a part of the music ensembles for the Brauntex, Woodlawn, and Overtime Theatres. Mark has experience with performing and recording on drum set, percussion, latin percussion, and world percussion instruments.

FRED MASINTER

Violin Instructor
Fred Masinter has been playing the violin for 64 years and has taught violin for 30 years. His wedding website with music clips is http://sanantonioweddingviolinist.com

DENISE WATHEN

Voice / Piano Instructor

Denise Wathen, mezzo-soprano, has performed extensively in operas for children, with her most recent credits being the role of Rita the Rat in Fantastic Mr. Fox for Emerald City Opera, as well as Chorus for Florencia en el Amazonas, and Dido and Aeneas. Ms. Wathen has also performed as the devious thief Flou-Flou, in Joseph Clokey’s The Emperor’s Clothes, and 3 seasons for Opera on the Run as the less-than-dainty Wood Nymph in The Pied Piper, and the Mother/Grandmother in Little Red Riding Hood. She also is an active chorus member for Opera San Antonio, and has performed in Madama Butterfly, as well as Carmen. In 2014, she was a soloist for the San Antonio Mastersingers for their performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria. Ms. Wathen has been teaching private voice for students young and old for 7 years, and focuses on a steady grounding in fundamental technique—healthy singing is beautiful singing—and having each student find their own voice instead of trying to emulate others. While specializing in Bel Canto and Broadway styles, she has also coached pop and folk singing, and strives to have students sing the best they can within their style. Ms. Wathen received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Howard Payne University and is  a recent graduate of UTSA, with a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance. She is a dedicated church musician, currently serving as Alto Section Leader for St. Paul’s Episcopal in San Antonio, TX.

MADI BAILEY

Piano Instructor

Madi has been playing piano for twelve years and singing for five. She held her first personal piano recital in 2012 at Elizabeth City State University. She has studied piano under Dr. Roosevelt Newson at Elizabeth City State University and Dr. Ilonka Rus-Edery at Sam Houston State University and will soon be studying under Dr. Ara Koh at University of the Incarnate Word. She has studied voice under Randi Wooding and is currently studying under Dr. Orit Amy Eylon at University of the Incarnate Word. Madi is currently studying for Bachelor's of Music in Music Therapy at University of the Incarnate Word.

ADRIAN SOLIZ

Voice / Piano Instructor

Adrian Soliz recently received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Texas San Antonio. He has become a steady performer locally: performing with both the Community Theater, UTSA Lyric Theater, and local churches. With regards to opera, he has premiered a work with Opera San Antonio and has performed numerous times with UTSA Opera and UTSA Opera On the Run. As a performer he also traveled to Beijing, China to perform lead roles in a summer opera program. Piano being his secondary instrument, Adrian has taken lessons with some very prolific local piano teachers, one being Dr. Scott Donald who was on piano faculty at UTSA and is a nationally regarded performer. With piano, Adrian has had some background in accompanying students during solos.

TONY BROWNE

Guitar Instructor
Tony Browne is a professional performer based out of Austin, TX and Nashville, TN and has performed all over the United States with professional music acts.

Tony began playing music purely out of curiosity and enjoyment at a very young age. He received formal education and training in Jazz Guitar at The University of Texas at Austin, where he expanded his musical boundaries to include almost every genre including Jazz, Rock, Blues, Country, Gospel, Latin/Salsa, Funk, R&B and Hip-Hop. He has since recorded, performed, and toured with numerous Independent and Signed artists including Sons of Fathers, Luke Bell, and Rick Treviño.

Tony is currently 26 years old and lives in New Braunfels, TX where he continues to perform and record music all over the greater Hill Country area and at notable venues and festivals across the country.

NADINE MANSOUR

Voice / Piano Instructor

Born to an Egyptian father and German mother, Nadine Mansour has been crossing cultural and musical boundaries for two decades. After winning a green card in the lottery Nadine's mother relocated with her two daughters to America in hopes of a brighter future. Nadine was exposed to a melting pot of people and music. Determination and relentless passion stirred her desire to inspire and bring hope through music. While still in high school, Nadine was performing at international venues in places such as Aramco Dubai, Frankfurt Germany and Cairo Egypt and starred as a lead singer for Sea World in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from Berklee College of Music at the age of 20, Nadine set out to complete her debut album and has worked with producers and instructors such as Rodney Darkchild Jerkins (Micheal Jackson, Beyonce, Mariah Carey), Jeff Ramsey (Celine Dion, Brian McKnight), Donna Mcelroy (Bebe and Cece Winans, Reba Mcintyre, Amy Grant) and Ron Wilkins (Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Wicked, Lion King). She is gearing up to launch her second record “I’m Still Here” and working on an anti-bullying suicide prevention short film to premiere at her fall tour “It Gets Better”. Nadine is now starting her own production company in hopes of bringing a fresh sound and message to her generation! The sky is the limit for this up and coming artist and entrepreneur!

Samantha Serrano

Voice / Piano Instructor

Soprano, Samantha Serrano, has performed with UTSA Lyric Theatre as Laurie Moss in The Tender Land, Laetitia in The Old Maid and The Thief, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Giunone in La Calisto as well as in the San Antonio community in roles such as Catherine in Pippin at The Playhouse San Antonio and a Laker Girl in Spamalot at The Woodlawn Theater. Miss Serrano also attended the Crittenden Summer Opera Program in summer 2014 in Washington D.C and will be performing in Manhattan Opera Studio's Summer Festival in June 2017 at Carnegie Hall and The National Opera Center in New York City.


Miss Serrano received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance, Cum Laude, from The University of Texas at San Antonio. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Music degree in Vocal Performance at The University of Texas at Austin.