We are expanding! In the next few months we will offer not only strings and piano, but also voice and dance classes as well. I’m excited as we move forward with our Academy. This format better reflects our commitment to ministry and our dreams for offering broader lesson options. Our current teacher bios are listed below.
One significant change is the payment structure. Upon the recommendation of our Church Controller, we will no long accept Credit Cards for payment. This is in an effort to protect our student’s personal financial information. Each student will now pay their instructor. You can still register for the Academy through the link provided here. Watch this page for more information as we grow!
Meet the Staff
Danielle Petersen, Violin/Viola Instructor
Danielle Petersen is currently pursuing her MM degree in Violin performance after graduating from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor’s in Music. At Oklahoma City University, she has performed as concertmaster for several concert sets and is currently in the graduate string quartet. In addition to violin, Danielle is an accomplished vocalist and uses her wide range of musical technique and knowledge to teach to all ages. With a strong belief that any child can learn to play a musical instrument and a background in Suzuki educational methods, Danielle is dedicated to serving Oklahoma through teaching music and building the character of each of her students.
Austin Rice, Violin Instructor
Hailing musically from Kansas City, Austin Rice began his studies on the violin at the age of 11. As a notable performer in the Oklahoma City area, he is performing regularly in distinguished ensembles such as the Oklahoma City University Cyan Graduate String Quartet, the Oklahoma Composer’s Orchestra, the Oklahoma Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and the Painted Sky Opera Company Pit Orchestra. Currently, Mr. Rice is studying as a Master’s candidate at Oklahoma City University where he also completed his Bachelor’s degree in performance cum laude. While at OCU, Mr. Rice has served in many leadership positions such as Concertmaster, Assistant Concert Master, and Principal Second Violinist in the OCU Symphony Orchestra and the OCU Opera/Musical Theater Company Pit Orchestra. As well as being a passionate performer, Mr. Rice is also a dedicated educator and believes that anyone can has the potential of enjoying the performance medium and become a successful violinist at any level. Mr. Rice is currently a violin teacher at El Sistema Oklahoma and maintains a small private studio of his own.
Jeremy Sheets, Cello Instructor
Jeremy Sheets, MM, is a native of Dallas, Texas. Jeremy came to Oklahoma City to attend Oklahoma City University where he studied cello performance with Tomasz Zieba. Jeremy graduated with his Masters in Music Performance in May 2014. He now teaches cello lessons full time and is involved in Oklahoma City community theatre.
Aline Boyd, Piano/Organ Instructor
Aline Boyd, a Brazilian born pianist from Rio de Janeiro, began her musical studies in the field of organ and piano when she was 10 years old. With a Bachelor’s Degree from the Federal University of Rio De Janeiro, Aline has had extensive experience performing, teaching, and speaking on behalf of music education. With a love of teaching, Aline pursued her post-graduate degree in piano pedagogy from Conservatório Brasileiro de Música and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Sergio Monteiro. With a passion for education, Aline works to share the joy and love of music with her students.
Daniel Taborda, Piano/Organ Instructor
As a Colombian born composer, Daniel Taborda began his musical training at the age of 10. Winner of numerous compositional awards, he has written, performed, conducted, and published many works around the globe. With a background in composition, conducting, wind instruments, and keyboard instruments, Daniel is currently working towards a double master’s degree in music composition and conducting at Oklahoma City University while also serving as assistant conductor for the Oklahoma Youth Winds and as Oklahoma Youth Orchestra’s Composer-in-Residence.
Danielle Kilhoffer, Piano Instructor
As a graduate of Oklahoma City University, Danielle majored in music composition with piano as her main instrument, and she is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Central Oklahoma. Teaching composition and piano since 2007, she has a passion for sharing her knowledge and experience with her students. To date, Danielle has had forty public performances of her works. With 18 years of experience, Danielle has performed solo at various concerts in Oklahoma City and has accompanied choirs, singers, and instrumentalists. In the summer of 2014, she traveled as a musical ambassador to Costa Rica with Friendship Force of Oklahoma. Most recently, she traveled to Italy as a soloist with Church of the Servant’s Celebration Choir in the summer of 2015. As a teacher, performer, and composer Danielle strives to use her talents to create a better artistic community for her home state of Oklahoma.