Metropolitan Strings Academy
Alla Aranovskaya was born in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad), Russia. She started to play piano when she was two and a half years old , and violin at the age of six. Ms. Aranovskaya graduated the Rimsky-Korsakov Music College in 1977. In 1985 she graduated the St. Petersburg Conservatory, receiving a Master's degree and Artist Diploma in 1988. She was a winner of the All-Russia Solo Violin Competition in 1985.
Ms. Aranovskaya 38 years of teaching experience include:
-Ass.Professor at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, St. Petersburg, Russia
-Faculty and artist in residence at Oberlin Conservatory(1997-2003)
-Assistant Professor of violin at Wichita State University (2010 – 2015)
Her master classes and workshops were attended by more than 2000 students and teachers all over the world.
Ms. Aranovskaya was a jury member of several major competitions including the 2003 Melbourne, Australia International Chamber Music Competition, 2014 Leopold Auer International Violin and String Quartet Competition.
Ms. Aranovskaya's students have won numerous prizes at National and International competitions ( See Ms. Aranovskaya full resume)
B.M.A., M.M.A., D.M.A. St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia.
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Ms. Aranovskaya teaches at 11806 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS 66210. She accepts beginning through Intermediate piano students.
Dr. Victor Penniman (piano, Adventus Musiq, composition) holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Operation of Early Music Programs from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute, a Master of Music in Historical Musicology from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Marylhurst University near Portland, Oregon.
He served as music director for the Tygre's Heart Shakespeare Company in Portland, OR, and has performed with The Oregon Renaissance Band, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra , the Waverly Baroque Ensemble, the Tallahassee Bach Parley, Indiana University’s Concentus Ensemble, The New York State Baroque Orchestra, and countless other individual projects and performances. He is a founding member of the electric-Baroque ensemble discontinuo, and is a frequent performer on and advocate for the Ruby Gamba, the first production-model fully electric viola da gamba. He has performed and recorded with the Ashley Cox Orchestra, Ben de la Garza, PerPlex, and, again, countless other projects. Dr. Penniman taught for ten years at Wells College in Aurora, NY, where he also earned his tenure. He has served as Director of the Music Program in the Communication & Fine Arts department at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO, and as adjunct faculty in Music History at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. His teaching repertoire includes Western Music History, American Popular Music History, Studio Recording, choral and chamber music ensemble direction, and he offers private instruction in piano, cello, viola da gamba, guitar and composition.
"Piano is the most fundamental instrument in Western music. No matter what instrument you play, the piano or keyboard is essential to your understanding of harmony and how music in our culture works. It's also a great instrument to play! Whether you want to play Jazz or Classical styles, or play synths and other keyboards, I teach all styles and types, from beginners through intermediate, all ages."
Victor teaches at both 11806 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS 66210 and 15208 S. Blackbob Rd., Olathe, KS 66062.
Nicholas Jarrett (violin, viola, piano, voice) has been a musician for over 27 years, starting violin at the age of four. He has studied violin, piano, and voice at the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Conservatory of Music. Nick maintains studios for private lessons and directs string ensembles in Leavenworth/Lansing, Prairie Village, Olathe, and Merriam, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to private lessons, he has worked with students with cochlear implants at St. Joseph's Institute for the Deaf in Lenexa, Kansas and was director for the summer school music program at St. Monica's elementary school in Kansas City, Missouri. Currently, Nick is chairman of the KCMTA Concerto Competition in partnership with the Heritage Philharmonic, co-founder of Strings For Uganda in partnership with Change The Truth, annually adjudicates for MAMA and is a contributor to the Gemini Project. He also performs as a freelance musician for all events. Nick is a member of the Kansas City Music Teachers Association, the Missouri Music Teachers Association, and the Music Teachers National Association.
Nick teaches at 11806 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS 66210. He accepts beginning through advanced piano & voice students.
Nathan Fabrizius (piano) recieved a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Fort Hayes State University. He taught general music classes in public school for 5 years and private piano lessons for 18 years. As a dedicated musician and teacher, Nathan appreciates the more focused, one on one venue of private instruction. In addition to teaching, performing, and composing, Nathan enjoys running marathons. Nathan has served with the US Army National Guard for 21 years. He currently plays piano and trombone with the 135th Infantry Division National Guard Band.
Nathan teaches at 15208 S. Blackbob Rd., Olathe, KS 66062. He accepts beginning through advanced piano students.