Thomas Fay studied piano in a Franz Liszt style conservatory from ages three to nineteen. During this time he also studied oboe and voice in addition to performing guitar, bass, and other woodwinds in jazz, rock, and R&B groups. He received a BA in piano and oboe performance from The University of Mary in North Dakota and a MM in piano performance with an emphasis in music theory and history from University of Wisconsin, Madison where he studied with two-time Van Cliburn award winner Christopher Taylor.
Thomas has performed with an array of artists including Lenny Pickett, Henning Kraggerud, Lisa Henry, and Frank Mantooth. He enjoyed the position of Principal Oboist in The Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra for three seasons. He was an alternate for The Minnesota Orchestra from 2006 to 2009, and performed with The National Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin. He has given piano recitals and held master classes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa. He also composed for esteemed music firm Hest & Kramer and Carlson Marketing Group in Minneapolis, MN before moving to Los Angeles in 2010.
Thomas has been teaching piano, guitar, voice, bass, and woodwinds for twelve years. His teaching style is a successful blend of traditional methods and embracing innovation and individuality. He believes in a balance of structure and enjoyment in private instruction that is different for every student. He is passionate about the progress of all his students and the continued enjoyment, appreciation, and celebration of music.
Margot Lane is an American Indie-pop songwriter and multi-instrumentalist originally from Buffalo NY. Her music incorporates elements of rock, country, and blues within the pop genre. The Los Angeles California based musician has built a following from sharing the stage and working alongside some legendary artists such as Dick Dale, Marco Antonio Solis, Elton John, and Kamyar. As well as orchestra work with Asia Entertainment, Fullerton Symphony, Occidental Symphony, and Hollywood Light Orchestra, Margot has had several appearances on TV and soundtracks as a musician with ABC’s hit TV series THE CATCH, the Saigon Broadcasting Station for Asia Entertainment, and the recording of the world release of “With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story”.
She has worked alongside and toured with many artists both on world and US bound tours as a performer and music director. She is an endorsee artist for NS Design for her electric violins and uses Super-Sensitive Strings from Red Label Strings.
Margot has been teaching in Los Angeles for 9 years and 4 previously in New York and is adept at teaching students of many ages and abilities, incorporating theory, composition, note-reading and rhythm comprehension in her lessons. She currently teaches piano, violin, strings and voice.
Blenda Lau, who grew up in Hong Kong (China), had been playing the piano and violin since the age of 7. In 2013, with the Berklee Entrance Scholarship, she began her study at Berklee College of Music, with Film Scoring and Contemporary Writing & Production as her dual majors, minoring in Recording and Production for Musicians. Her principal instrument is piano/keyboard, but she also performs as a violinist and pipa-ist.
In July 2013, half year after she moved to Boston, she joined the Rhythm of the Universe. Enlightened with the fusion music that they were doing, she performed and arranged a traditional Chinese tune with beatboxer, Gene Shinozaki, and didgeridoo player, Max Jackson.
In July 2014, she started the band, Jong Jazz, of her playing the pipa with Billy Yeung on Dizi/Saxophone/Ewi, Jason Lee on violin and Victor Gonzalez on double bass. Then they began performing around Boston area. In January 2015, they were invited to tour for 10 days in Guangzhou, China.
Graduated in May 2015, she now moves to Los Angeles, CA and has started her music career as a film composer.
Marta Olson is an accomplished alumna of the Thornton School of Music where she studied voice. Marta spent the last year founding the music program at KIPP Excelencia Community Prep in the Bay Area and she is thrilled to continue her work in Los Angeles. In addition to her passion for music education, Ms. Olson loves world languages and can be seen performing her own arrangements of songs in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French throughout the city of Los Angeles. During the course of her career, she has had the opportunity to participate with ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and the USC Chambersingers and sing under the baton of James Conlon, Simon Carrington, Helmuth Rilling, Eric Whitacre and Morten Lauridsen. Other notable performances include singing back-up vocals for the Rolling Stones on their 50 and Counting Tour and for Barry Manilow at L.A Live.
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