Amy is an experienced musician and music teacher of students of all ages. Growing up, she took piano lessons, played the flute in concert band, and percussion in marching band. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, FL. While in school, she participated in Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, solo performances, and more. She then taught as a Music Teacher for grades Pre-K through 6th in a public school as well as a private instructor for piano and voice. She loves sharing the joy of music and learning with others!
Offers: Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute
Offers: Piano, Voice
Anna Yanova-Cattoor is a singer and songwriter, born and raised in Bulgaria, now living in St. Louis, MO.
At the age of 10 Anna had her first debut singing on national TV with the young talent music show “Kato Lavovete”. At the age of 11 she released a CD, professionally recorded and produced in a studio.
Anna moved to Los Angeles in September of 2010 and took the next step in her musical career by enrolling in the “Vocals in Performance” Program at Musicians Institute, Hollywood. On March 17th 2012, Anna graduated from the “Vocals in Performance” Program at Musicians Institute and was honored by the faculty and staff at MI with the “OUTSTANDING ARTIST OF THE YEAR” award.
Since her graduation from MI in 2012, Anna has been teaching voice constantly.
In 2013 Anna started working with EyeLevel Entertainment and was featured on various shows on their online TV channel, as well as on CBS’s “God’s Party”. In April 2013 she released her first album of original music, called “Up!”.
In 2013, Anna and her husband Jared created their own band, called “Two Cities One World”. Their debut EP came out in February of 2014.
Rebecca Hill is an active freelance musician and music educator in the St.Louis area. She is the principal clarinetist of the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, the GatewayFestival Orchestra, and second clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra in Kentucky. She has performed with Winter Opera St. Louis, St. Louis Wind Symphony,“A Fifth Above” Woodwind Quintet, and Masterworks Chorale.
She has received her Bachelors in Music from Southeast Missouri State University and her Masters in Music from Northern Illinois University. She has been teaching private lessons since 1995 and music classes including Music Appreciation, Jazz Appreciation, American Music Appreciation, and American Popular Music since 2000.
Offers: Piano, Violin, Viola, Voice
Becky graduated with a BA in music (Spanish minor) from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She has played piano for twenty years (taught for five yrs) and violin for eighteen years (taught for six years). She has been teaching at Mozingo since 2012.
She has played with the Kirkwood Community Symphony Orchestra and the University City Symphony Orchestra. She also leads worship at various churches in St. Louis including Faith Church, Grace Church, St. John’s Lutheran, Life Christian Church, Messiah Lutheran, Life Pointe Church, Gateway 61, Destiny Church, Southgate Church, and appeared in Drummer Boy 2011 at Grace Church playing violin and singing. Musicians Becky looks up to are Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Vanessa Mae, Christa Black, Jeremy Riddle, Joel Houston, Jon Thurlow, Mariah Carey, Lindsey Stirling, and The Civil Wars.
Becky has toured with the Josh Golden Band, sharing the stage with NeverShoutNever, performing at the PGA tournament in Dallas and Alabama Amusement. She is currently in a band with her husband, called ZIGO, playing violin, piano and singing (below is a link to their videos). She also has played with Kent Henry, Monroeville, Jars of Clay, Trent Dabbs, Kaleb Krueger, the Paisley Birch Band, and many more. ZIGO has performed at the Americana Acoustic Series and Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville in Nashville. ZIGO is currently working on their next album in Nashville.
Becky teaches many different musical styles, including classical, jazz, country/fiddle/bluegrass, folk, pop, worship and rock. She will instruct on ear training, technique, correct fingering, theory, rhythm… For violin, Becky teaches the Suzuki violin method. For piano, she teaches from the Alfred’s Basic Piano Library and Hanon 60 exercises (but is open to supplement with other methods and genres). Becky has two expectations for all of her students: work hard and have fun!
Offers: Violin, Viola
Brad has a BA in Music Education from University of Missouri, St. Louis. While attending UMSL, he studied violin and chamber music with David Gillham and John McGrosso. He currently studies with Julia Sakharova. Brad has been playing for 20 years and teaching for 8. Brad has been with Mozingo Music since 2007. He is the former assistant concert master of Alton Symphony Orchestra and had his first televised recital in September 2007 in Edwardsville, IL. He currently performs with the Webster University Chamber Orchestra, the Keough String Quartet, and his piano trio. From 2011-2013, Brad rebuilt the orchestra program at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in the St. Louis Public Schools. Currently, Brad is an elementary strings teacher in the Ferguson-Florissant School District where he teaches 300 students the orchestral string instruments.
Offers: Piano, Voice, Songwriting
Chrissy is a vocalist, songwriter, and arranger with a specialization in contemporary styles, including pop, r&b, and jazz. She completed an undergraduate degree in Music Therapy from Maryville University in 2015 and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Jazz Studies at Webster University.
During her time at Webster studying under Debby Lennon, Chrissy has studied the Estill Voice Model, a leading pedagogical technique in commercial singing. Through this model and other evidenced-based commercial singing techniques, Chrissy is able to teach students how the voice works as well as how to produce the vocal qualities found in today’s popular music. In addition to vocal technique, Chrissy includes piano and music theory within lesson curriculum to encourage development of strong musicianship. Chrissy encourages discipline and hard work within the lesson setting and also believes music can be a tool to enhance well-being. A background in music therapy has made her a compassionate and goal-directed teacher with a holistic approach to education.
In addition to teaching, Chrissy is an active performer, session singer, and vocal arranger/producer. She is co-owner of Eightfold Studios, an audio recording and videography studio in St. Louis, MO. She is currently recording a modern jazz/future soul album titled Sample Kulture set to release in 2019.
Clara Richter received her Bachelor of Music, with a concentration in performance, at Eastern Illinois University and her Masters of Music at Northwestern State University in Louisiana. Her teachers include Diane Boyd-Schultz, Brian Luce, and Dennette McDermott. While in college, Clara played in numerous ensembles, holding principal chair in each schools' wind symphony and orchestra, as well as regularly subbing with the Rapides Symphony in Alexandria, LA; and she also started her teaching career, teaching minor-study flute students in graduate school, and working as adjunct Faculty at Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. After school, she moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Here, her teaching studio grew to over 60 students, and she co-founded and taught at an annual Summer Flute Camp, as well as became a member and festival co-chair of the Texas Flute Society (2005-2009).
Since 2009, Clara has been teaching and performing in the St. Louis Metro area. She is a faculty member at Webster Community Music School, a regular clinician at Parkway West and Mehlville High Schools, and has worked with the Rockwood School District as a clinician and private flute instructor. She has private flute students throughout the city and suburbs. She has played piccolo with the St. Louis Civic Orchestra, and currently plays in the Saint Louis Wind Symphony.
Offers: Piano, Guitar
Offers: Guitar, Bass
Joe Buerger has had the pleasure of performing and teaching in the Mid-West for many years. His outstanding performances have included the Washington University Orchestra and theÂ St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra. He also enjoyed being guest artist with the Forest Park Community College Stage Band. And currently, Joe appears regularly on the TV show, “Jazz is American Music”.
Joe was honored to be a guest artist at theÂ Annual National Association of Jazz Educators Convention. TheÂ Meramec Community CollegeÂ and the National Association of Jazz Educators invited Joe to judge the stage bands and give a drum-set clinic at their Annual High School Jazz Band Competition.
Joe Buerger is a member of theÂ National Association of Rudimental Drummers, and National Drum Association, and a contributing columnist for the “Percussive Arts Society” and “Modern Drummer” magazines.
Offers: Guitar, Bass
Offers: Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Offers: Guitar, Bass, Upright Bass, Ukulele
Offers: Violin, Viola
Mc Kayla Talasek
O’Fallon & Ellisville
Offers: Violin, Viola
Mc Kayla Talasek is a Specialist in Violin and Viola. Currently, she teaches private violin and viola lessons for all levels ages, four and up. She has experience in teaching group lessons, private lessons, and orchestral sectionals.
She received her BA in Violin Performance at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, along with an MM in Viola Performance at University of Nevada, Reno. She studied under the tutelage of Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio and Dustin Budish at UNR and received the Graduate Assistantship for Viola giving her the opportunity to perform as principal violist in the school orchestra and as a resident member of the Nightingale String Quartet. One of her biggest accomplishments during this time was receiving a contract with the Reno Philharmonic in April of 2016. Along with performing in the Reno Phil, she performed regularly with the Reno Chamber Orchestra and Susanville Symphony.
At UIW, she studied violin with Richard Kilmer and viola with Gerald Schoelzel. She has taught private lessons, group classes, and performed in quartets and regional orchestras all over Texas: Victoria Symphony, Laredo Philharmonic, Corpus Christi Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony, Symphony of the Hills, Kingsville Symphony, and the Mozart Festival.
For the past two summers, Mc Kayla had the privilege of being principal violist in the Prague Summer Nights Music Festival traveling all over the Czech Republic, performing in orchestra, opera, and chamber music settings. Recently, she studied viola with renowned teacher and soloist, Yizhak Schotten, who studied privately with William Primrose and Lillian Fuchs.
Offers: Guitar, Bass, Ukulele
Offers: Upright Bass, Bass
Offers: Violin, Viola
Offers: Guitar, Bass
Steve Johnston began playing the guitar at age 12. He Attended the University of Iowa where he studied music, music theory, Jazz improvisation, Jazz Combo performance and classical theory and composition. He played in the Jazz bands in his high school as well as at the University of Iowa.
Steve has been teaching for over 30 years and has been teaching at Mozingo Music since 1987. Many of his former students have gone on to become prominent players in the St Louis music scene as well as nationally, including members of El Monstero, Plastic, Los Angeles recording artist and Breedlove Guitars sponsor Chris Van Duyn and many others.
He continues to do recording sessions and write/record music of his own and teach private lessons. Steve has experience teaching rock, bluegrass, jazz, blues, metal, country, acoustic fingerstyle, funk, fusion, and classical music as well as music theory, solo improvisation in all styles.
Offers: Drums, Percussion
Tolkin graduated from Tashkent State Conservatory obtaining a Master degree in Music, and also a post-graduate degree at the Moscow State Conservatory, equivalent to a PHD. He has been a timpanist and percussionist for 14 years with the National Symphonic Orchestra of the Republic of Uzbekistan (republic of former USSR). He was a senior teacher of percussion at Tashkent State Conservatory in Uzbekistan for 12 years.
As a senior teacher of percussion, he was also a soloist orchestra and concert performer. Tolkin’s performance skills and pedagogical practices are of the highest level. He has been a solo percussion performer for international concerts and festivals, an ensemble soloist for international concerts and competitions and a teacher of music clinics and workshops at universities and colleges throughout the Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Turkey, Russia, the Central Asian countries of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Austria, France Germany, Switzerland, Greece and the United States. Tolkin has worked as musical director and performer with the internationally renowned Ensemble “Yalla,” the National Ensemble of Uzbekistan.
Tolkin has been an arranger, studio folk percussionist and musical programmer for Studio Audio Records. He has a recording contract with Imagina Production for Yalla, the State Honor Ensemble of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Their music is distributed internationally through Tower Records. Some of the more popular releases are: Jinouny — Imagina Productions, Seattle, Washington, The Beard of the Camel — Imagina Productions, Seattle, Washington. He is an expert in Middle Eastern and Asian rhythms.
O’Fallon & Ellisville
Offers: Guitar, Voice, Ukulele
Victoria took private voice and guitar lessons from 5th grade and all through college. She doesn't remember a time when she wasn't singing! Growing up in a Lutheran church, choir has always been a constant in her life.
She believes that lessons are an investment, an opportunity to learn from someone more experienced than yourself, and a chance to build a relationship with another musician.
Victoria taught voice and guitar lessons for about 3 years at a non-profit music academy for low income students. She graduated in May of 2018 from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology. She was in the Augustana Choir for all four years that she attended. She was also a member of the ukulele club, playing many open mics at the local coffee shop, and was president of the Sigma Alpha Iota, National Music Fraternity during her senior year.
In June of 2018, Victoria moved to the St. Louis area to pursue her Masters in Music Therapy at Maryville University.
Bill has been a private music teacher and freelance performer in the St. Louis area for 35 years.He currently serves as Lead Trumpet in the Missouri Big Band and is a recent past member of the St Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Louis Brass Band and a local St Louis Oldies Band called GTO. Bill has also performed in the Missouri State High School All District and All State Bands, Missouri Lions Band, Belleville Black Nights Drum and Bugle Corps, Missouri All State Collegiate Concert Band, Missouri All State Collegiate Orchestra, Missouri All State Collegiate Jazz Band, NAJE National All Star Jazz Band, Bob Waggoner’s Monday Night Big Band and the Jim Widner Big Band. Bill has also had the privilege of performing for U.S. Congressmen and two former U.S. Presidents.
He is the recipient of numerous awards including honor “One” ratings at District and State Solo and Ensemble Festivals, the John Phillip Souza Band Award, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and other Outstanding Soloist awards at Jazz Competitions across the country. He is a former member of the International Trumpet Guild, International Association of Jazz Educators and Missouri Music Educators Association.
His studies have taken him to almost all of the finest schools the state of Missouri has to offer including Jefferson College, Truman State University, Missouri State University, Washington University, Evangel University, and Drury University.
He has had the pleasure and privilege of studying and or performing with some of the greatest players of the past 50 years, including Maynard Ferguson, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Jay Sollenberger, Dennis Deblasio, Mike Vax, Nat Adderly, Ellis Marsalis, and Crispian Steele Perkins.
As a teacher, Bill is very passionate about music with and emphasis in performance and the students themselves! Many of his students have distinguished themselves through local and regional awards. Many have achieved positions in local and regional groups such as the St Louis youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Missouri District and All State Bands. In addition, some of his students have received prestigious music scholarships at distinguished colleges and universities such as Truman University, Missouri State University, The Kansas City Conservatory of Music and The Berklee School of Music. Some former students have gone on to play professionally or direct their own programs at the middle or high school level. Bill is especially proud of a select few of his students who have chosen to use their talent in service to this country. The United States Marines, Air Force and Navy have all received students from this studio!