Meet Our Teachers – PSL

Port St. Lucie Lesson Teachers

Joe Tierney-Saxophone & Clarinet

Joe Tierney is a professional musician with over sixteen years of saxophone experience in all styles and genres. He has performed and recorded saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, guitar, drums, and vocals in a wide variety of settings across the country. In addition to his performance experience, Joe has worked extensively with students of all ages in both ensemble and private lesson environments.Joe studied history and music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and graduated summa cum laude with Honors in 2012. During his time at UWEC he was very involved in the nationally-acclaimed jazz program under the direction of Mr. Robert Baca and had the privilege of performing and recording with many of the biggest names in the jazz world. Joe currently resides in Fort Pierce, FL and has spent the last two and a half years touring extensively with the nationally-recognized Alex Meixner Band. He also performs regularly along the Treasure Coast with a variety of other musical groups.

Alexis Thompson-Piano & French Horn

Alexis Thompson is the Manager of Music Man in Port St. Lucie. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education with Instrumental Emphasis in French Horn from the University of Florida, and a Masters Degree in Performing Arts Management from the University of Oregon. Alexis has performed with the 2011 Disneyland All American College band in Anaheim California, and was in The United States Navy Fleet Bands for four years. She was stationed in Naples Italy from 2012-2015, performing 250 concerts with the Naval Forces Europe Band in the Woodwind Quintet, Brass Quintet, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and Ceremonial Band. Alexis has worked for several non-profits including The Eugene Symphony, The Vermont Arts Festival, and Singing Creek Educational Center. Alexis has been teaching private lessons for 13 years.


Linn Kezer- Flute & Piano

Linn Kezer is the lesson coordinator at Musicman in Port St. Lucie. Mrs. Kezer began teaching flute lessons as a high school student. After high school she enlisted in the U.S. Army as a flute/piccolo player. After graduating from the U.S. Army School of Music she was transferred to the 4th Infantry Division Band at Fort Carson, CO. After her military duty, she studied voice with Dr. Robert Harris at Armstrong State College in Savannah, GA. She studied flute with Rebecca Jeffreys. Mrs. Kezer has performed in master classes for Per Oien, Rebecca Jeffreys, Chris Potter, and Alexa Still. She has performed with the Woodbridge (VA) Flute Choir at the White House and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. She was the founding director of the Rochester (MN) Flute Choir. 

Steven Knob-Brass

Steve is the Educational Sales Representative for Musicman. He has over 30 years of experience teaching all levels of bands from elementary school to college in Florida, Kentucky and Arkansas. He has also been an instructor for the Suncoast Sound, Florida Wave, and Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. Steve holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Florida, and a Master of Music Education from the University of Arkansas.  He has also judged for Drum Corps International (DCI) and the United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA, now USBands). Steve’s personal performance experiences include, The Guardsmen Drum and Bugle Corps, The University of Florida marching, symphonic, and jazz bands and other multicultural ensembles; and a number of instrumental groups at Walt Disney World, Florida, The Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches, The Gainesville Pops Concert Band, and the Central Florida Brass Band.

 

Matthew Karram- Trombone, Euphonium & Tuba

Matthew Karram is in his fourth year teaching music at Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce, FL. As an active performer on the tuba, Mr. Karram has been a member of the Treasure Coast Symphony since Spring 2015. Mr. Karram attended Michigan State University College of Music and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Composition. As a student at Michigan State, Mr. Karram was a member of the MSU Concert and Symphony Bands, the MSU Men’s Glee Club, Spartan Chamber Ensemble, Novum Voce collegiate choir, and Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble. He studied tuba with Phil Sinder and composition with Dr. Mark Sullivan. Mr. Karram is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Florida Music  Educators Association, and the Florida Bandmasters Association.

 

Mary Elizabeth Murphy-Voice

Soprano Mary Elizabeth Murphy is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre, and was a voice performance major at University of Central Florida. She has sung roles with several New York City opera companies including Dell A’rte Opera Ensemble, where she sang the role of Zerlina in Don Giovani, Operesque Classical Concerts, where she was seen as Donna Elvira also in Mozart’s Don Giovani. Mary was also seen on the Amato Opera Stage as Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore and Papagena in The Magic Flute. She also participated in Dicapo Opera Summer Young Artist Program where she was seen in opera scenes from Le Nozze di Figaro singing Suzanna, and Alice Ford in Falstaff. Mary has sung with the Palm Beach Opera’s chorus for several seasons in Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Thais, La Traviata, Fidelio and Turandot. Some regional Musical Theatre credits include Guys & Dolls (Sarah), Hands on a Hard Body (Heather), Reefer Madness (Mae), and Curtains (Georgia).

 

Forrest Brandt-Guitar

A musician for more than 40 years, Forrest has been performing, writing and teaching guitar with a love for music that spans all genres from classical to country to pop to rock.  His on-going education includes a recent workshop with Tommy Emmanuel, recognized as of one the best guitarists in the world.

 

Ms. Shakiya Drayton-Percussion

Ms. Shakiya Drayton was born in New York, New York, but raised a southern girl in Orangeburg, SC.  Ms. Drayton began her musical journey in 4th grade when she started piano lessons.  Ms. Drayton knew she wanted to be a Band Director in 8th grade when she was given the opportunity to conduct her middle school Band on their final concert.
Ms. Drayton earned her Bachelor of Music-Music Education from the School of Music at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC in 2009.  Ms. Drayton is a proud alumna of the USC Percussion Studio where she has had the privilege of being taught by Dr. Scott Herring and Dr. Ryan Lewis.  Ms. Drayton has also studied with Dr. Paul Buyer at Clemson University.  Currently, Ms. Drayton continues her growth as a percussionist with the Port St. Lucie Community Band and the Stuart Community Band.

William Cromer-Violin, Cello, Viola, & String Bass

William Cromer is currently the strings lesson teacher at Music Man inc and the band director at Allapattah Flats K8. Before moving back to his home town of Port St Lucie, he studied music education and was the principal bassist at Florida Atlantic University. Aside from teaching, William enjoys playing bass and cello in the pits for theater productions along the Treasure Coast.

 

Tristan Komorny-Drums, Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, Bouzouki

Tristan Komorny is a national award winning jazz guitar player, (Worldstrides, New York 2016) and an actively touring guitarist/multi instrumentalist. He has studied with the Fort Pierce Jazz and Blues Society for over three years, plays throughout the country with his band GILT and is currently signed to two different record labels.

Shazkya D. Fernandez-Piano & Flute

Shazkya D. Fernandez is a National Certified Teacher of Music in Piano with the Music Teachers National Association, and has a Bachelors in FluteMusic Lessons in Port St. Lucie, Florida with the National Conservatory of Ecuador. She has 30 years of organized music experience and 15 years as a professional musician and teacher. She is an expert in classical, baroque, romantic, jazz, blues, and Latin music. Ms. Shazkya has taught piano and flute at the following distinguished schools: St. Lucie Christian Academy, Bible Baptist School, Golden Rule Academy, Little Prodigy School of Music, The Pine School, and currently at the Lutheran Redeemer School and Church of Stuart. More than 100 of Ms. Shazkya’s students have entered in Festivals, Music-thon, Guild auditions, and Honor’s Recitals which all have earned highest scores and prize winning results. Ms. Shazkya received 11 years of training in the National Conservatory of Music in Quito, Ecuador for flute and piano. Ms. Shazkya is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, Florida State Music Teachers Association, Florida Federation of Music Clubs, Treasure Coast Music Teachers Association, Palm Beach Music Teachers Association, the American College of Musicians, and Piano Guild Teachers Auditions. She also earned certificates of appreciation from the Hispanics in Action Inc., and the Indian River State College.

 

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