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Teacher Profile: Sarah Kienle, viola

Violist Sarah Kienle teaches beginning violin for 20 fourth graders at Peak Preparatory Academy, an East Dallas charter school. The FACP violin program at Peak, which just concluded its fifth year, is the only music program on campus and fourth graders are the youngest students to participate in our program. Ms. Kienle has taught for

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Teacher Profiles: Bo and Gretchen Gerard–the Dream Collectors

Husband and wife performing duo Bo Gerard and Gretchen Walz Gerard are co-founding members of FACP’s education outreach program, joining Rogene Russell and Winston Stone to become the Dream Collectors. Their first performance in April 1989 was part of the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration at the Dallas Museum of Art where they won “Best Live Performance.”

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Teacher Profile: John Tatum, piano

Pianist John Tatum is in his fifth year teaching class piano and private piano lessons through Fine Arts Chamber Players at David W. Carter High School in south Dallas. In addition to teaching for FACP, he maintains a private piano studio, he is an in-demand accompanist for many professional groups and soloists, he is an

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Teacher Profile: Linda Strummer, soprano

We are so glad to have Linda Strummer as one of our Teaching Artists with FACP. A soprano, Ms. Strummer is in her fourth year teaching at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Before teaching, she enjoyed a career as an international opera singer for over 35 years (read more

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Teacher Profile: Karen Gerardo, violin

Karen Gerardo is in her second year as a violin teacher with FACP at Peak Preparatory. She teaches the fourth grade class, and a combination class with sixth and seventh graders. Outside of FACP, Ms. Gerardo regularly performs with Mariachi Rosas Divinas,  an all-female mariachi group. A freelance musician, she is also principal master with

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Teacher Profile: Alfrelynn Roberts, soprano

We hope you enjoy our new series we’re launching – Teacher Profiles! With our free concerts, our community of supporters can get to know the performers we have on stage, but there has not been an opportunity to meet our dedicated and talented Teaching Artists who work with our music education programs. This fun Q&A

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