Our Instructors

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

Kaela Swinson

Voice / Piano Instructor

Kaela Swinson’s music journey originated out of a small town in Southern Indiana where she taught piano to students of all ages out of her mother’s music studio called “Music House.” While being employed for Music House, she also acted as production assistant in teaching stage presence and performance preparedness for students both privately and in group voice lessons.

After graduating high school, she left her Indiana roots and moved to Virginia for college in August 2015 where she studied music pedagogy and vocal performance at Southern Virginia University for two years. While studying in college, she performed in multiple community and college choirs. Kaela finished her degree in Education with her concentration in music pedagogy in December 2018.

Kaela is a strong mezzo soprano with her vocal talent specifically groomed for musical theatre performance 10 years before going on to college. While in college, she received classical training for two years as well as receiving further training on how to better assist aspiring musicians such as herself so that she can spread the art form of music to her future pupils.

In May 2019, Kaela, her husband, and their two cats, Markus and Kronos, moved across country to Texas in hopes of furthering her dreams in the music community. She earnestly sought out career opportunities in the music field and started out volunteering as her church’s music director and choir maestro.

To this day, Kaela has big dreams for San Antonio in performing for the community musical theatre and hopes to take the city by storm with her talents. While teaching her students at Anthem, she hopes to help them express themselves in the music and theatrical arts and grow to be blossoming musicians so that they too can become fearless in spreading the joy of music.  

Marcea McGuire

Voice / Piano Instructor

Marcea is a singer and composer from Indianapolis, IN. She studied music composition with a focus in sonic arts technology at Ball State University. She has been singing for 14 years. She currently teaches elementary music and directs the school choir. 

Lydia Beasley

Voice / Piano Instructor

Soprano Lydia Beasley has appeared with the Peabody Opera Theatre, Emerald City Opera, The Figaro Project, Erie Opera Theatre, and the University of Alabama Opera Theatre in such roles as Mimì in La bohème, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, Rose Maurrant in Street Scene, Frau Fluth in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Marietta in Naughty Marietta, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, and Mrs. Garland in the world premiere of Amir Zaheri’s Freedom and Fire! A Civil War Story. Broadway World Birmingham praised her performance as Adele in Birmingham Music Club’s production of Die Fledermaus, noting "...the star of the show has to be Lydia Beasley… [she] has great comedic timing and fills the stage with her presence whenever she is there." An experienced oratorio soloist, she has appeared in Alabama, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Italy in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vivaldi’s and Poulenc’s Gloria, Honegger’s King David, Haydn’s Creation and Lord Nelson Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem, and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610.

In addition to her performance career, Lydia has had a decade of teaching experience, both in the private studio setting and on the college level. Previous appointments include voice instruction at the University of Alabama, Mercyhurst University, Southern Virginia University, and Judson College. She also has classroom teaching experience in the subjects of vocal literature, diction, vocal pedagogy, and musicianship skills. She holds a BM, summa cum laude, from Shenandoah Conservatory, an MM from Peabody Conservatory, and a DMA from the University of Alabama. As a part of her doctoral program, Lydia conducted research on the life and works of Pauline Viardot, with an emphasis on her operetta Le dernier sorcier. Lydia serves on the Opera Production Committee of the National Opera Association and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Nico Drenan

Guitar / percussion instructor


Jillian Scaff

Voice / Piano Instructor

Ms. Scaff is a versatile Soprano and has performed in various Operas and Musicals. Ms. Scaff has been invited to The Central Florida Lyric Opera and performed in the Feldenkrais Master Class presented by the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Ms. Scaff teaches all levels of Voice and beginning Piano. She has 15 years Vocal Experience and 4 years of Piano Experience; she has had 8 years formal vocal training; at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi with Dr. Hope Thacker (4 years Private Voice - Diction: Italian, German, French. Vocal Pedagogy). Dr. Ross Bernhardt - 3 years Choral and Professor Becky Walker at San Antonio College (Private Voice 2 years). 

Kiana Burciaga

Cello / Violin / Piano Instructor

Kiana Burciaga is a violin, cello, and double bass instructor, with her primary instrument being the cello. She is involved with the Suzuki Method and is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas organization. She has completed Stage 1 of the Early Childhood Education curriculum, in addition to Units 1, 2, and 3 of the Suzuki cello curriculum. She offers both traditional and Suzuki lessons.

Ms. Burciaga received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, TX. While there, she held positions as the principal cellist of the TLU Orchestra for two years, as the Secretary for Service Through Music (Music & Memory), and as the President for Mariachi Oro y Negro de TLU. She is currently a member of Symphony Vivá (San Antonio) and the Mid-Texas Symphony (Seguin), in addition to an up-and-coming San Antonio-based chamber group. She also plays the cello for four local bands in the San Antonio and Seguin areas, with genres ranging from experimental, math rock, pop, and alternative indie.