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
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: Piano, Voice
Bethany Coad is an accomplished pianist with 15 years of experience. Specializing in improvisation, she has performed at several local venues, including the Spring Art Walk in Historic Downtown St. Charles. She has served as pianist for several local churches. She has taught piano intermittently for 8 years, and has accompanied several choirs, including the St. Charles Christian Home Educators (SCCHE) Concert Choir, the Choral Arts Singers, and MCCA Vocal Fusion.
A skilled vocalist, Bethany has studied with MCCA Artistic Director Wendi Dicken. She has participated in the SCCHE Concert Choir as a student, the Choral Arts Singers, the Missouri Choral Society, and is currently part of the Mozingo Choristers. She is involved in the music ministry at Grace Baptist Church where she attends, and directs the Youth Choir, as well as participates in the orchestra and regular solo work.
Bethany has had experience in choral conducting with the Choral Arts Singers. She is currently the director of MCCA Mozingo Kidz, MCCA Synergy, and the SCCHE Kinder Choir. She instructs children in basic vocal technique, music theory and rhythm, and uses music that is simple enough for beginners, yet musically sound and fun to sing and listen to. While teaching voice, she applies the same foundational technique there as in the choir. Her passion is teaching students to develop the natural beauty and resonance of their own voice, and to be comfortable singing without imitation.
Bethany graduated in 2013 from Louisiana Baptist University with a BA in Communications and a Minor in Music. She continues to study to be better equipped at teaching and is pursuing a second music major degree. Bethany enjoys helping students of all ages to discover their own individual strengths, and delights in working with young beginners.
Brittany started piano lessons at the age of 11 when her family was given a piano and, since she always wanted to learn piano, she was thrilled to finally be able to begin her musical journey! She continued taking lessons throughout her teenage years and also began teaching a few elementary level students. It was during this time that she discovered how much she loved teaching piano. After high school graduation she went to college in Greenville, SC where she completed a bachelor's degree in Piano Pedagogy and a graduate degree in Counseling. During her six years in school she continued to teach on the side, with a studio total of 10 students at the end of her college career. After graduating in May of 2016 she moved back to Missouri and since that time she has been working to build her own studio here. Her specialty is working with beginning through intermediate level pianists of all ages and she strives to make each lesson enjoyable and rewarding. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to pass on her love for and knowledge of music to her students!
Offers: Bass, Upright Bass, Guitar
Dave holds an Associate of Arts degree from Mineral Area College where he studied percussion and music theory with Mike O’Brien. Dave has also studied with Rich O’Donnell (St. Louis Symphony Orchestra), Steve Davis (Lynne Arriale Trio, Jamey Aebersold) and Jim Chapin (author of “Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer”). He has played U.S.O. tours in Alaska, Haiti, Turkey, Italy, Greece and Spain, as well as playing throughout the continental United States. Dave currently plays with the band “Usual Suspects” (Voted “BEST ST. LOUIS COVER BAND 2007” by The Riverfront Times) and also performs freelance work. Dave has been teaching drums for over 30 years.
Offers: Piano and Voice
Erin Olson received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Musical Theatre from Lindenwood University. While attending Lindenwood she participated in collegiate choir, Nick of Time Improv Troupe, and performed in many of their musicals. Her favorite roles were Diana in Next to Normal and The Homeless woman in A New Brain. Erin started developing a love for voice and theatre from a very young age. She has taken voice lessons for over 10 years and studied under 5 instructors in the St. Louis area. Being a student for 6 years with Stages St. Louis Performing Arts Center she was able to blend her love for music with acting, singing, and directing. Erin loves teaching music technique while also ensuring the highest performance quality.
Offers: Guitar, Bass
Offers: Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Baritone, Tuba, Euphonium
Josiah has been teaching music since he was 15 years old beginning his teaching career at Providence Fine Arts, and now teaches at Mozingos Music since 2008. He is dedicated to teaching, performing, recording, and leading worship. Josiah attended Revolution School of Worship two years and now is finishing his BA in Business Administration and BS in Marketing at Missouri Baptist University. Performing is a weekly thing for Josiah. He has played with people such as: PJ Morton, Kent Henry, Nevershoutnever, Jai, and many others. Currently he tours with Josh Golden and plays at several churches around St. Louis.
The different styles he teaches are as follows: modern rock, classic rock, blues, jazz, classical, metal, acoustic, country, bluegrass, folk, worship, pop, and alternative.
Offers: Trombone, Euphonium
Kayla has over 15 years of experience playing trombone and is currently attending Lindenwood University studying Music Education. She has had the honor of studying under Dr. Matt Hoormann, a versatile performer and educator in the St. Louis area, for over ten years studying both jazz and classical music.
As a performer, Kayla has played in a variety of genres such as jazz, classical, brass ensembles playing trombone and euphonium, commercial brass bands, wind ensembles, orchestras, and musical pits. Some of the most memorable groups she has performed with include the Missouri All-Collegiate Jazz Band, Lindenwood University SymphonicOrchestra, and the musical In The Heights.
Kayla’s passion for music is contagious and evident in all aspects of her teaching and playing. As a beginning band student, Kayla was overwhelmed by the joy that music brought to her life and is constantly inspired to pass that joy and excitement onto her students. When teaching lessons, Kayla combines her positive enthusiastic approach as well as her knowledge in trombone, theory, and performance in order to help the student better understand, grow as a musician, and achieve their goals.
Offers: Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Offers: Guitar, Bass, Upright Bass, Ukulele
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: Upright Bass, Bass
Offers: Violin, Viola
Raymond Cabello was born and raised in Long Beach, CA, and started studying viola during eighth grade in the Long Beach Unified School District. Upon moving to St Louis in 2011, he started school at Missouri Baptist University and is currently perusing his Bachelor of Arts in Music with Instrumental Certification. During his time at Missouri Baptist, Raymond studied with Mr. Michael Dunsmoor and Mrs. Alison Rolf, and has recently performed his Senior Recital and looks toward graduation next Spring. Raymond performs regularly on viola with the Alton Symphony Orchestra in Alton Illinois, as well as serves on the Board of Directors for the Orchestra. He currently serves as Associate Pastor of Worship and Ministry at Castlewood Baptist Church in Ballwin, MO. Raymond resides with his wife, Emma, in Maryland Heights, MO and are expecting their first child next Spring.
Offers: Guitar, Piano, Bass
Sean Trost has over 25 years experience in guitar playing and performance. Sean sought lessons with guitar master Kevin Ray, who has shared the stage and studio with many major label recording artists. Sean was able to combine his skill and training when he performed with his high school jazz band and his own guitar driven heavy metal band. Sean’s passion for teaching continued at St. Louis Community College, where he was employed as a teachers assistant in the music department, and majored in classical guitar. It was during Sean’s college years that he had an opportunity to study with the President of the Classical Guitar Society, and concentrate on music theory with classical concert pianist Bertram Ward. Sean has found this extensive theory training pertinent in performance and one of the most useful tools in guitar instruction. For several years Sean has taught private and group guitar lessons in residences, music stores, and a community college in the St. Louis, Mo area. Performing in a variety of bands since his teens, Sean has played alongside of many of the regions most talented and respected musicians in rock, punk, blues, country, pop, funk, and Metal. He can currently be found performing in the band Captain Kickass.
Offers: Guitar, Bass
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.
Offers: Piano, Voice, Flute
Wendi Dicken began her performance career at the age of four in the role of Michael Darling in Peter Pan. Wendi graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a master’s degree in Opera.
Privileged to perform around the globe, she performed with Boris Goldovsky’s Young Artists Opera Theatre in New York, coached with Stanley Sontag at the NY Metropolitan Opera, and studied with Philon Ktsanis, and was featured in concerts in seven European countries.
Always seeking musical knowledge, Wendi was not content to simply perform in the theater. From the age of six, she studied piano with Margaret Styling, was accepted to study flute at the Cincinnati Conservatory (age 11) with Maestro Robert Cavally and his wife, and began vocal coaching in opera (age 13) with Mr. Bard Suverkrop.
From that class grew an appreciation for theory and composition, leading to further study with Winfred Cummings (protege of Walter Piston [Harmony] of the Hindemeth School of Music).
Wendi has also performed in 20 operas and operettas, and has many concert/recitals to her credit.
For almost nine years, she served as director and artistic director of the St. Charles County Concert Arts Association, accepting invitations to perform at venues and events such as the 90th anniversary of the Hawaiian State Library in 2004, Carnegie Hall in 2005, and Kennedy Center in 2007.