Elona McKee began taking piano lessons at age 7 and has spent many years performing, teaching and enjoying music. Graduateing from high school at 17, she received the distinguished High School Diploma from the National Guild of Piano Teachers. To receive that diploma, Mckee performed a ten-piece, memorized program comprised of literature from school year and graded on her performance by the Guild. Elona studied music at Wheaton Conservatory in Wheaton, Illinois, as well as Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. Elona has been accompanying church services and other groups since she was 15 and has performed in many different venues. She loves teaching all ages, beginners through advanced. She teaches a variety of music from classical to popular and includes music theory as part of her curriculum.
Hannah Sutherland has been playing piano for over 15 years. She began teaching piano at Patrick’s Music in July of 2018. Sutherland loves teaching beginners of all ages, helping them develop their own musical tastes and styles while learning fundamentals. Her favorite forms of piano music to teach are beginning to early intermediate classical, improvisational pop, and basics of jazz and ragtime. Hannah is trained in Celtic folk music, which makes extensive use of ear training and unusual rhythms and time signatures. She is the director of the Celtic Motion Ceili Band.
Ernest Martinez, born and raised in Fresno California, grew up in a music loving household. At 10-years-old, he was not only allowed, but encouraged to start studying drums and percussion. At the age of 16 he joined the local professional scene with his parents. By age 18, Martinez started performing with the Latin Rock Band Malo, while also attending college, learning guitar and piano. Martinez has played concert and latin percussion, as well as drum set in pop, rock, jazz, funk, latin, and more. In addition, he has studied under such greats as Joseph Lizama, drummer for the Dave Matthews band, Brian Hamada, former percussionist of the Jazz Composer's Orchestra, and many more.
Isaac Lopez is currently attending Fresno City College, studying Music Education with an emphasis on violin. He is currently apart of the Fresno City College Symphony under the direction of Elisha Wells, where he has served as Principal Second. He is also apart of the Hopeful String Quartet which is affiliated with the nonprofit, A Hopeful Encounter. Throughout high school, Isaac was involved in multiple ensembles ranging from the REC Chamber Orchestra, Violin/Viola Festival Ensembles, Youth Orchestras or Fresno, FMCMEA Honor Orchestras, ASTA Chamber Ensembles, Independent High School Chamber Orchestra, etc. Driven by passion and purpose, he aspires to hopefully be teaching in schools in the valley and sharing his passion through music post college.
Joshua Bravo is a vocal music student at Fresno State University. He is an active solo vocalist with aspirations to perform professionally. Bravo was a member in the All-National choral ensembles and recently completed a national tour with his band, The National Debt, playing guitar, bass, piano, ukulele, and accordion in various live performances. Bravo has also had the opportunity to work with in masterclass settings with various professional solo artists in the opera genre; Baritone Igor Viera, and Canadian Opera singer Gerald Finley. In addition, he also performed in many choral ensembles under the direction of Julie Dana (FCC) and Cari Earnhart (FSU). Moreover, he just recently was a winner in the 2021 Art Song Festival at Fresno State University, an international event. You can hear Bravo every morning on 105.1, The Blaze and Q97.
For the past five decades, Marilyn George Has been teaching the members of the orchestral string family. She received her Bachelors in Arts from the University of Minnesota, as well as her Masters of Arts from Bob Jones University shorty after. Not only that, but George has been certified by the Suzuki Association of America. She is responsible for founding multiple music initiatives in Tulsa (OK), Gilroy (CA), Salt Lake City (UT), and more. George has also taught at such institutions as the USD, UNC, Earlham College in Indiana, and beyond. She currently is performing with the Reedley Community Orchestra on cello.
Sheldon Schlesinger grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and performed in the California Youth Symphony on string bass. He studied piano throughout his school days and in junior high began playing the double bass. Schlesinger Graduated from UC Santa Barbara, double majoring in History and Music, and performed with the Santa Barbara Symphony. After receiving his bachelor’s degree and teaching credential, he taught in Bakersfield while also playing in their local symphony orchestra. Schlesinger then moved to Fresno, and taught in Fresno Unified for 37 years, 33 of which were at Hoover High School head the band, orchestra, and guitar programs. Since retiring, he continues to play with the Fresno Philharmonic and teach here at Patrick’s Music.