Private Lesson Staff

Suzanna Hilliard

Madelyn Moore



Dr. Madelyn Moore is currently Professor of Woodwinds at Kilgore College in Kilgore, TX. She is also an active free-lance musician in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Dr. Moore recently completed her DMA at the University of Kansas, where she held a graduate teaching assistantship. She has a Masters of Music in clarinet performance from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelors of Music Education from Texas Christian University.

Dr. Moore is an active performer, having given chamber performances at The Juilliard School and Mannes College of music, and at the Midwest Double Reed Society Conference. She has also performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, the Sinfonietta of Fort Worth, the New Texas Symphony and the Illinois Valley and Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestras. She performed as a soloist at the Southeastern United States Band Directors Conference held at Troy State University in Troy, Alabama. Dr. Moore has performed as principal clarinet of the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra and has given chamber concerts as part of the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival. As principal clarinet of the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble she was featured as a soloist on their CD “Landscapes” which was released on the Naxos Label. With this group she also premiered Mohammed Fairouz’s piece In the Shadow of No Towers at Carnegie Hall in the spring of 2013. This performance was also recorded and released on the Naxos label.

Madelyn Moore has taught extensively in the Chicago area, in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, and has been on staff at Midwestern Music Academy, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the TCU Band Camps. Dr. Moore was asked to lecture at the 2006 Clarinetfest in Atlanta, Georgia as a finalist in their call for papers where she received Honorable Mention. She has also been published in The Clarinet journal. Her major teachers include Dr. Stephanie Zelnick, Ana-Victoria Luperi, Dr. Greg Barrett and Gary Whitman. Miss Moore is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Sigma Honorary Service Sorority, Kappa Delta Pi Music Honors Society, Pi Kappa Lambda Education Honors Society and the International Clarinet Association.

Connor O’Meara



Connor O’Meara is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance with a minor in orchestral conducting at the University of North Texas where he studies with Dr. Kimberly Cole-Luevano. Mr. O’Meara completed his Masters of Clarinet Performance at the University of Texas At Austin and received his Bachelors of Clarinet Performance at the University of Northern Colorado in 2010. Primary teachers include Bill Jackson and Brad Behn (University of Northern Colorado), Richard MacDowell (University of Texas), Victoria Luperi (Principal of the Fort Worth Symphony). Mr. O’Meara has had additional study with Dr. Stephanie Zelnick (Univrsity of Kansas), Gregory Oakes (University of Iowa), and Joaquin Valdepenas (Principal clarinet of the Toronto Symphony). Mr. O’Meara has also attended summer music festivals at Rocky Ridge Music Festival (2008) and Aspen Music Festival (Local Scholarship Student, 2005).

Since moving to North Texas, Mr. O’Meara has been an active member of the performance and teaching community. He has had the privilege of performing with the San Angelo symphony as well as a multitude of performances as Bass Clarinet and 2nd Clarinet with the Fort Worth Symphony. Mr. O’Meara is a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra since 2013 and has performed with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra Clarinet Choir at the Oklahoma University Clarinet Symposium. As a teacher, Mr. O’Meara is currently working for the Celina, Frisco, and Hurst Euless Bedford independent school districts. Many of his students have attended honor bands, All-State band and All-State solo contest. During the summers, Mr. O’Meara teaches at the University of North Texas ClarEssentials Workshop, a weeklong camp for advanced high school clarinetists.

Trizah Holland

James Sims

Amanda Kana
Amanda Kana grew up in Katy, Texas. Amanda has participated in numerous music festivals, including the Brevard Music Center Institute and Festival, the Spectrum Brass Seminar at the Bay View Music Festival, and the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific. Ms. Kana currently teaches private low brass lessons in Keller I.S.D., Hurst-Euless-Bedford I.S.D., and Northwest I.S.D. She plays in several ensembles in the DFW area, including the Northeast Orchestra, the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, the TCU Trombone Choir, the Jazz Monsters Big Band, and the Langdon Center Big Band. She received a Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics with a Minor in Music, summa cum laude, from Baylor University and a Masters of Music in Trombone Performance from Texas Christian University. Her primary teachers include Brent Phillips and Dr. David Begnoche.

Jeff Keene
Jeff Keene has been teaching privately for 19 years. His students have ranked as high as first in the state of Texas and have gone on to attend some of the best music schools in the country. Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Texas Tech University and a Masters degree from Southern Methodist University. He has studied throughout the country with the Principal players of the Dallas, Houston, Cleveland, National, and Honolulu Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Keene has held positions or performed with the Forth Worth, Plano, Irving, Richardson, Garland, Las Colinas, Arlington, East Texas, Midland Odessa, Roswell, and Hobbs symphony orchestras as well as the Dallas Wind Symphony and the American Wind Symphony. He was a finalist for the President’s Own Marine Band and the West Point Academy. In addition to teaching, Jeff currently holds positions in five of the above listed orchestras, plays in a percussion duet that does educational concerts for children, and plays with various cover bands, musicals, and theater productions.

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