Mac Ross is one of Tulsa, Oklahoma's most notable Guitarists. His career as a Performer, Songwriter and Teacher spans over 20 years. Known best for his work as a founding a member of Tulsa favorites The Groove Pilots and Mollys Yes, Mac has enjoyed not just local success but also national recognition with the 1999 major label release of "Wonderworld" a record by Tulsa band Mollys Yes on Republic/Universal/MCA. In 2003 he recorded the sophomore effort "Roundabout" by Tulsa band Fanzine at famed Abbey Road studios in London. Mac is also a first call session musician and his guitar playing has been heard on television music for ESPN, Fox Sports Net and ABC Sports. Mac's guitar lessons are private, half-hour weekly lessons focusing on modern teaching methods that keep students challenged and engaged.
In December of 2010, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett appointed Mac to the Tulsa Arts Commission and in February of 2011, the Tulsa City Council approved Mac's appointment. Mac will serve an initial two years in the "musicians" chair for Arts Commission.
Drums, Percussion, and Guitar
Dustin Rhodes, one of Tulsa's most prominent Drummers, has worked as a professional Drummer and Guitar Instructor for 20 years. He is well known in the Tulsa music scene for his work with such local bands and artists as: Rkaine, Screaming Jimi, Jakob, Old Harry, Jungle Blue and Jenny Labow. He has divided his time as a Teacher, Touring Artist and Studio Session Drummer on the local, regional and national level. As a student, Dustin was involved in concert band, marching band, jazz band, show choir and choir. Dustin has recorded and performed many styles of music including Modern Rock, Classic Rock, Progressive Rock, Pop, Metal, Industrial, Techno, Funk, Jazz, Latin and Country.
He employs a modern approach to teaching that gives students the skills and confidence necessary to play in a live band situation as well as the ability to perform solos on the drum set and snare drum. Technique, ear training, groove and sight-reading are heavily emphasized in his curriculum.
Guitar, Piano, Voice, Bass, and Ukulele
Nathan Wright studied classical piano and voice with Juilliard graduates Claire Jones and Dr. Burton Parker, attended the University of Tulsa on full scholarship, earned a BA in Music Composition, earned the position of assistant conductor for TU's Capella Choir, and was the winner of the Bella Rozsa Composition Competition in 2012. Nathan actively directs, arranges, and performs, ranging in styles from classical music to R&B, jazz, rock, and modern electronic music. Nathan is experienced in songwriting, composition, recording, and musical arrangement. Lessons with Nathan may include an overview in recording, mixing and mastering in the studio, live recordings with students, musical notation training, perfect pitch training, world music exposure, and improvisational training.
Nathan’s creative and intuitive approach to teaching compliment his friendly and personable style and make him an excellent choice for any student.
Voice, Piano, and Guitar
Jenny Labow is one of Oklahoma’s most recognizable and beloved singer/songwriters. Beginning her career after attending Oklahoma State University in the early 90’s, she was the lead singer of the wildly popular Tulsa band “Glass House.” While playing in packed venues almost every night of the week, the band also released two independent CD’s of original music. In 1997, Jenny released “Flourish.” It was her first independent release of all original work as a solo artist. Since releasing Flourish in 1997, Jenny has released three more solo records and is currently working on her fifth solo record slated for release soon.
Jenny has spent much of her musical life studying with prestigious classical musicians. Growing up in Ontario, Canada, Jenny studied classical piano under the direction of notable Canadian pianist Esther Brosgall. Her music studies continued as she pursued a degree in Music Performance from Oklahoma State University. While in college, Jenny studied piano, voice, guitar and clarinet. Jenny was awarded an instrumental music scholarship from Oklahoma State for bass clarinet. She has also studied classical voice with Juilliard graduate and Tulsa native, Claire Jones.
You can catch Jenny performing around Tulsa regularly as a solo artist and also with Tulsa band, The Jumpshots. As a young beginner specialist, Jenny’s warm and friendly approach to teaching young children is a perfect fit for parents seeking a positive and nurturing first encounter with music.
Andy Chrisman is a Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, and professional musician who's logged over twenty seven years in the music industry, most notably as one fourth of the chart topping group 4HIM. Andy has recorded dozens of albums and has been recognized by his peers in contemporary Christian music with seven Dove Awards for his outstanding achievements in music. Andy’s records have sold more than seven million copies internationally and he has performed thousands of concerts to audiences all over the world. Andy is now a resident of Tulsa and the worship pastor at Church on the Move. Every week, over three million listeners tune in to Andy’s nationally syndicated radio show, “Worship with Andy Chrisman.”
In addition to teaching proper vocal techniques, Andy also employs a variety of unorthodox routines that are designed to push students toward strengthening their vocal performance and stage presence. Andy’s unique experience as a professional singer and performer, will help any voice student quickly achieve their goals while receiving confidence boosting validation from one of the best in the business.
Mary graduated with a masters degree in vocal performance from the University of Oklahoma where she studied with baritone Kim Josephson. She is currently employed with Tulsa Opera, and has been teaching voice to children and adults for 4 years. She has sung with the opera department at the University of Oklahoma, Cimarron Opera, the International Summer Music Institute in Naples, and with the opera department at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Mary is a classically trained singer and has experience performing and teaching classical, musical theatre, and pop style singing to students of all ages.
Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Cello
Hailing from Kansas City, Matt Magerkurth is a composer and multi-instrumentalist and has recently completed his Bachelor's degree of Music Composition at the University of Tulsa. His work has been performed all over the US by collegiate and professional ensembles and has recorded in the UK on RMN Music. At the Gilcrease Museum of American Art he recently organized the Landscapes and Soundscapes Installation of Composers, featuring a walk-through installation of pieces written by composers in response to works at the museum. Matt performs in a diverse number of genres, including new chamber music, film scores, bluegrass, and jazz. He has premiered numerous original pieces with the American Creators Ensemble at the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, and in Croatia with the Milna Ensemble.
Matt infuses technical instrumental study with elements of theory and composition, and encourages all music-writing efforts by students.