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

ian reichman

guitar / drums / Piano Instructor


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.

amy pikler

viola / violin / recorder instructor

Amy serves as section violist in the San Antonio Symphony, substitute violist with the Chicago Symphony and Fort Worth Symphony, and has been a member of the Austin Symphony, New World Symphony, and Ann Arbor Symphony. She has participated in the Vermont Mozart Festival, YOA Orchestra of the Americas, Aspen Music Festival and American Academy of Conducting Orchestras, National Repertory Orchestra, Chautauqua Music Festival, New York String Orchestra Seminar, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She received her BM viola degree with highest honors from the University of Michigan where she studied with Professor Yizhak Schotten.

Amy was first place winner of the American Viola Society 2014–15 Orchestral Excerpts Competition, has received a Farwell Trust award from the Musicians Club of Women (Chicago), and was a finalist in the NFAA/YoungArts program.

Amy is also an accomplished recorder player. She was featured as recorder soloist with flutist Mary Stolper in Telemann’s Concerto for Recorder and Flute with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque under the direction of Maestro Nicholas Kraemer. In 2011, Amy presented the United States premiere of Sir Malcolm Arnold’s Recorder Concerto with the I’Solisti Chamber Orchestra. Amy has also served as recorder player with the New World Symphony in performances of Water Music by Telemann and Handel.

Amy has appeared as violin, viola, and recorder soloist with several Illinois orchestras and most recently as viola soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Vermont Mozart Festival.

Gabe Gomez

guitar / drums Instructor

A long-time instrumental music teacher, Gabe has years of experience teaching students of all ages. Whether it is drums, piano, guitar, bass-guitar, or mallet percussion, his lessons emphasize the creative aspect of playing music, as well as learning genres most beloved by the students themselves. Having studied music through the University of the Incarnate Word, Gabe was a member of various ensembles including the UIW Jazz Combo, Wind Ensemble, and Cardinal Marching Band. Post-graduation, he toured the region with country singer Rich O’Toole as a bass player. In his free time, Gabe enjoys fishing, drawing, Star Wars, spending time with friends and family, and practicing his respective instruments.

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.