Brandy Reese Sloan has had a lifelong journey with music. Studying piano from the age of four, she began teaching her first piano student at the young age of 13 years old. Since then, Brandy has taught many students of all ages, from very young children to senior citizens. She is passionate about sharing her love of music and expertise with the next generation of musicians.
Prior to opening Sinfonia Music Academy, she taught piano in home studios, in elementary schools and Montessori schools, at Alamo Music Center in San Antonio, and at Music and Arts in Stone Oak. Brandy has a unique approach when it comes to teaching music, and has an affinity for teaching very young students and students with special needs.
Brandy is a Licensed Kindermusik Educator, and is passionate about using music to teach babies, toddlers, young children, and their parents and caregivers. In her spare time, Brandy uses her musical gifts to give back to the community. She spearheaded the implementation of a children’s music program at the local Battered Women’s and Children’s Shelter and has volunteered with Dress for Success San Antonio. Brandy also volunteers her time with the LGSM Foundation, a local organization that assists individuals with special needs in private music study. She is passionate about making a positive impact on the world with music.
Owner, Piano Instructor, Licensed Kindermusik Educator
Brandy Reese Sloan
Francisco “Pancho” Garza has been involved in multiple facets of the music industry. He has written and recorded music for MTV, VH1 and has been featured as a studio musician on several albums.
With over twenty years of teaching experience, Pancho has previously taught at Bulverde Academy of Music, Music and Arts Stone Oak, and Alamo Music Center in San Antonio, TX.
Pancho believes students should have fun in their music lessons, and is excited when his student look forward to their weekly lessons. Music theory is at the core of Pancho’s teaching and believes that if you can engage a student in what they love, they will learn faster and be more enthusiastic about their music study.
Instructor of Guitar, Ukulele, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Jazz Improvisation
Kate Redmon holds a degree in Music Education from The University of North Texas. During her time there, she performed with multiple ensembles including the UNT Chamber Singers, the UNT Collegium Singers, and the UNT A Cappella Choir. Since college, she has taught private voice lessons, directed multiple ensembles, and played in a band. She is looking forward to building relationships and making some great music with her new students!
Instructor of Voice
José Antonio Guerrero Ortiz, the founder of the international classical guitar magazine, "Memoirs Classical Guitar Magazine", was born in 1979 in Corpus Christi, Texas, raised in Monterrey, N.L., Mexico. Guerrero holds a Bachelor from Texas Lutheran University and a Masters fromTexas State University. Having been a performer for thirty years, five years of those have been devoted to the study of Flamenco guitar and its music with the Ballet Nacional Folklorico of Corpus Christi, Texas.
He began studying music at the age of 8 under the teachings of classical pianists Kim Bryce and Sarah Reina, as well as classical guitarists Philip Hii, Tony Morris, Michael Soupkup, Michael Perez, Gabriel Ayala, Mark Anthony Cruz (Composer/Classical Guitarist) and under the tutelage of Dr.Kürsad Terci.In addition to this superb instruction, Mr. Ortiz has performed in master classes which included the likes of Los Romeros Guitar Quartet (Pepe and Celin Romero), Flamenco guitarist Juan Serrano, Fernand Vera from Kithara Duo, Dr. Matthew Hinsley (Director of ACGS), Bolivian guitarist Javier Calderon, and many more.
At the age of 18 years, Guerrero Ortiz further expanded his musical direction by joining LatinTalk. As a member of Latin Talk and salsa combo, Mr. Ortiz has shared the stage with such influential artists as Strunz and Farah, Jose Feliciano, Lara and Reyes, and Guadalupe Esparza(from the Mexican Norteno group) “Bronco”. Aside from performing in the nationally recognized Texas Jazz Festival, Mr. Ortiz has taken his skills to various regions of Texas including Houston, Dallas, the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo andSan Antonio to mention a few. He has also performed in Monterrey, NL, Mexico, and Turkey.
As a composer Guerrero Ortiz has been honored to have three of his compositions for solo guitar, "Prelude, Nocturne, and Fantasia (Homenaje a Dimitri Fampas)" premiered by the dedicatee and daughter of Maestro Fampas, Ms. Eva Fampas in Athens, Greece in the year 2009, as well as in Campo Grande, MS, Brazil, by Professor Cibele Pedroso Rodrigues and Viver BemBallet and Academy of Music, in 2015. In 2017, Guerrero Ortiz has the first world premiere of his "Poèmes Romantiques" written for guitar solo by the Norwegian Classical Guitarist, Tino Andersen. The following year the "Fantasia Poética y Apasonada" also for guitar solo, performed in Italy by the Italian Classical Guitarist, Antonio Molfetta.
Instructor of Classical and Flamenco Guitar
Jose Antonio Guerrero Ortiz
Haile G Uriarte was born in Havana, Cuba in 1977. He attended to ENA (Escuela Nacional de Artes), in Havana, Cuba in 1996 and received his B.A. degree de Instrumentista-Profesor de Trompeta y Practica de Conjunto (Instrumentalist- Professor of Trumpet and Orchestra Assemble). He relocated to USA in 2001 and since then he has been working as a band director and a lead trumpet in a well-known orchestra. From 2014 to 2017 he attended Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, completing his M.M. in Music Performance. While in school, he was an ensemble’s teacher assistant, and lead trumpet in “Texas State Jazz Ensemble”, and “Salsa del Río Orchestra.”
A trustworthy educator with exceptional interpersonal communication and leadership skills, that cultivates strong relationships with parents, students and members of the school community, Haile develops and presents stimulating lesson plans that cover a wide range of topics and foster music appreciation. He instructs students in the technical aspects of music; conducts rehearsals and evaluates student progress, one-on-one. Haile is bilingual, so he is able to communicate and teach lessons in both English and Spanish Currently he works as a musical director and lead trumpet in different orchestras in the city. Haile is lead trumpet in the renowned orchestra "Afro Cuban All Stars " and tours around the world.
Instructor of Trumpet and Latin Percussion
A proud Texas Native with a life-long passion for music, Daniel Sanchez is accredited with a Bachelor's Degree in Contemporary Music, and a minor in Improvisation from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.