Our Instructors


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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!

Ceranda Silva

Piano / Voice Instructor

Ceranda Silva is a student, currently working on her Bachelor's of Arts with an emphasis in Music Industry Studies at University of the Incarnate Word, while also double majoring in voice and piano. She has been playing piano and singing for 8 years. She began studying piano and voice under the instruction of Nancy Munn at the age of 12. She has been performing various styles of music since then at places like Hollywood Blvd California and the Apollo theater and has also sang the National Anthem in front of thousands at the Alamodome, American Bank Center and Whataburger Field. She is a member of the Incarnate Word Chorale who recently performed at the Lincoln Center in New York, and the piano studio where she has performed in several piano recitals. Ceranda is studying piano under the instruction of Dr. Ara Koh and voice under the instruction of Catherine Nix at the University of Incarnate Word.

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.



Maggie Sorrell is a private voice and piano instructor. She has a Bachelors of Music in Music Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Texas teaching cetificate in Music EC-12. She is the director of the Legacy Handbell Choir at St. Brigid's Roman Catholic Church and director of the Children's Choir at University Presbyterian Church. From 2013-2015, she was the music director for the Theta Gamma chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota while also serving as the Vice President of Membership and Corresponding Secretary. In her time as an undergraduate, she has gotten to observe the music and choral teachers at Scobee Elementary, Elison Elementary, and Stevenson Middle School. Her student teaching semester was spent at Mireles Elementary, under the tutalage of Christopher Giles, and Marshall High School, under the tutalage of Sherry Milican. Currently she works as a substitute music teacher for NISD fine arts teachers and has done two long term choral jobs at Brandeis High School and Bernal Middle School.

At UTSA she has sung in the Women's Choir, Concert Choir, and Chamber Choir. She has also had the privilege of performing with the UTSA Lyric Theatre from 2013-2016. In the summer of 2015, she travelled to Beijing, China to take part in the Beijing Summer Opera Program and Festival. In the summer of 2016, she attended the Spotlight on Opera Summer Program at Texas State University.


Percussion Instructor

Cory Sales, a San Antonio native, is an active performer, educator, and student. Cory is a percussion section leader with the award-winning 36th Infantry Division Band and a percussionist in the San Antonio Wind Symphony. Cory has been affiliated with the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra, was an artist at the Round Top Festival in 2015, and he continues to strive towards excellence by performing in the San Antonio and Houston areas. As an educator, Cory has held the position of Front Ensemble Tech for the John Stevens High School Band in San Antonio, TX; Alamo Heights Band in San Antonio, TX; Smithson Valley High School Ranger Band in Spring Branch, TX; and the Brazoswood High School Marching Band in Lake Jackson, TX.

While serving in Iraq, Cory was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal. Currently, Cory is a full time music student at University of Texas at San Antonio working on obtaining his Bachelor of Music in Education and a Minor in Jazz. Cory’s influences throughout his education include Mr. Michael Mixtacki, Dr. Graeme Francis, Mrs. Sherry Rubins, Mr. Charles Fricker, and Mr. Jeff Yates.