Private Lesson Staff
Phone: (970) 691-7449
Catherine Moree is a San Antonio based flutist and educator. Currently she teaches private lessons and master classes, plays with Fiesta Flutes and the San Antonio Wind Symphony, repairs flutes, and enjoys playing chamber music regularly with colleagues and friends. As an educator Ms. Moree has taught students ranging from kindergarten to college undergraduates. Ms. Moree loves teaching about the flute in any setting, however, she particularly enjoys being able to watch students make rapid progress when they take private lessons.
Ms. Moree graduated from Florida State University in 2017 with a Masters of Music in flute performance. Prior to that she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Northern Colorado with Bachelors degrees in music education and flute performance. Her primary teachers include Eva Amsler and Dr. James Hall.
Maleah Martin attended California State University, Northridge where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance and Music Education under the instruction of Dr. Julia Heinen. During her time in college, Maleah earned the principal clarinet position with both the Wind Symphony and the Wind Ensemble. She also coached chamber music and helped teach undergraduate lessons. At the 2011 ClarinetFest, hosted by California State University, Northridge, she was named concertmaster for the Wind Ensemble’s prestigious concert series where she performed alongside Alexander Fiterstein, Bob Spring, Hakan Rosengren, Julian Bliss and the Vendome Quartet. Maleah has over 15 years of experience and currently teaches clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, flute, and piano. Most recently, she has been instructing students from beginner to high school levels in San Antonio, Texas and performing regularly with the Prickly Pear Clarinet Ensemble and the Heart of Texas Concert Band. Maleah performed with the Prickly Pear Clarinet Ensemble at ClarinetFest in Orlando in 2017 and Knoxville in 2019. Her private studio has produced several state musicians and future music majors.
Phone: (512) 773-8180
Sara Braisted has been teaching master classes and private lessons on all forms of clarinet in San Antonio since 2009, as well as lessons on piano, sax, and flute. Miss Braisted began her musical vocation playing piano at the age of seven before adding the clarinet in 5th grade. During her time at The Woodlands High School, Miss Braisted expanded her clarinet knowledge with the inclusion of the Eb clarinet, an instrument she would continue playing while at the University of Texas at Austin (UT). Miss Braisted received her Bachelor of Music with honors in Music Studies -Instrumental (Emphasis: Clarinet), and acquired an all-level teaching certificate for music education. In addition to the program’s requisite studies, Miss Braisted sought out supplementary coursework in conducting and all woodwind instruments, becoming a woodwind specialist. This background has enabled her to expand her teaching capabilities. While at UT, she played in numerous ensembles, including the Longhorn Band. Since graduation, Miss Braisted continues to be active in the music community. Her performance list includes the San Antonio Symphony, numerous private events as both a soloist and part of an ensemble, and as a proud member of the Longhorn Alumni Band. She has been a judge for various musical competitions and assists at local instrument drives. Her students regularly make region band and beyond. Miss Braisted hosts recitals twice a year for her students. She is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, attending their convention annually so she can implement the latest advancements and innovations in the music education field. Sara Braisted is passionate about music and improving the lives of her students.
Celestino Rodriguez is trumpeter and educator born and raised in San Antonio. He attended Southwest High School and was a part of the school’s first Texas Future Music Educators chapter. Celestino began giving lessons at the age of 17 and has taught students in Southwest ISD, Medina Valley ISD, and Alamo Heights ISD where he was also a marching band technician. He was Principal trumpet of the San Antonio Youth Wind Ensemble where he had the privilege to work with Larry Livingston and perform in Carnegie Hall. In 2018, Celestino applied to the UTSA Summer Band Institute and was given a full scholarship to attend the institute. There he was awarded Outstanding Brass and Outstanding Camper. While still in high school, Celestino has performed as a guest with the San Antonio Jazz Orchestra and Primetime Jazz Orchestra. He is currently a student at The University of Texas at San Antonio where he is pursuing a bachelor's degree in music education. During his time at UTSA, Celestino has performed in the UTSA Wind Ensemble and Orchestra as Principal Trumpet. He is also a brother of the Nu Eta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In 2021, Celestino was the winner of the UTSA Concerto and Aria Competition performing the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto. Celestino is now heading into his fourth year and UTSA and is a marching band technician and on the private lesson staff at William H. Taft High School.
Trombonist and Educator Robert Soto is a native of El Paso, Texas. He has performed and taught across the United States, Mexico, Canada, England and Brazil. He has worked with such artists as Sir Neville Marriner, Dave Taylor, Gary Foster, Brad Leali, Bill Reichenbach, Tito Puente Jr and jazz legend Dave Brubeck as well as composers Alan Silvestri, Eric Nathan and Frank Ticheli. Robert has also recorded/performed with a variety of groups including the El Paso Wind Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Golden State Pops Symphony Orchestra, Clare Fischer/Brent Fischer Jazz Group, Elliot Deutsch Big Band, Conjunto Oye and on the IFC series Comedy Bang, Bang! He has performed with the Yale Philharmonia at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Hungarian Revolution at Carnegie Hall in NYC, Birmingham and Wigan Jazz Festivals in England, the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) convention, the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) convention and the Music for All National Festival and Summer Symposium sponsored by Yamaha.
Euphonium soloist and conductor John Caputo is a sixteen-year veteran of the US Air Force Bands Program, where he built an international reputation for excellence as a performer and educator. As a chamber musician and clinician for the Air Force, he traveled to top university programs throughout the US with the USAF Reserve Brass Quintet. The quintet is featured on Firepower, which has played on NPR’s Performance Today over forty times in the last ten years.
John is a seasoned soloist, having performed numerous times in front of both the Band of the USAF Reserve and the USAF Band of the West, including a premiere performance of Eric Frank’s Watercolors at the International Euphonium Institute. John was also a critical member of the Georgia Brass Band, where he performed as their Solo Euphoniumist from 2003-2010. He was featured as a soloist with that band many times, including a performance at the 2011 Southeast Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference. John has given additional solo performances at the Great American Brass Band Festival, the Mid West and Southwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conferences, and the Northwest Big Brass Bash.
Since retiring from active duty in 2015, John has become an active teacher and clinician throughout South Central Texas and Louisiana. He is currently the Music Director for the Austin Brass Band and the British Brass Band of Louisiana. John plays Solo Euphonium for the San Antonio Brass Band, and is in demand as a soloist and clinician throughout the US. He currently resides in San Antonio with his wife Elizabeth Jones and their cat Lily.
Mr. Mavani is a tuba player who grew up in Grapevine, TX up near DFW and attended Colleyville Heritage High School. He was a 5A All-State Tuba player and for 2 summers he marched with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and 1 summer with The Santa Clara Vanguard. Mr. Mavani is currently attending The University of Texas at San Antonio where he is pursuing a degree in Music Education with a focus on Tuba under the instruction of Gary Poffenbarger. During his college time he has spent 2 years with the Spirit of San Antonio as a member and 1 year as the Rowdy Texan Tuba Section’s music staff, and has also joined the Nu Eta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. This will be his 3rd year teaching in San Antonio, but his first year at Taft HS. In his limited free time he enjoys playing his guitar, hiking, rock climbing, motorcycle rides, and taking care of his new puppy Winter!