Faculty & Staff
Flora Nevarez, Program Coordinator
Violinist Flora Nevarez is currently studying with Professor Brittany MacWilliams, having just completed a 2nd MM in Pedagogy. She recently studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark, working with Professor Serguei Azizian as well as Fredrik Oland and Rune Sorenson of the Danish String Quartet. A versatile performer, she can be heard in a variety of genres from electronic music to film scores. Miss Nevarez is an active orchestral player and chamber musician throughout the region on both violin and viola. She is a native of Edmonds, Washington and is a registered Suzuki violin instructor.
Jared Murray, Librarian
Jared Murray is currently a senior at the University of Louisville, studying cello performance with Paul York. Jared has excelled at the cello since starting in the 4th grade, earning Gold ratings at ISSMA Solo and Ensemble since elementary school for both solo and chamber performances, as well as serving as Principal cello for multiple youth and school orchestras, such as the Louisville Youth Orchestra, the Floyd Central Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Louisville Symphony Orchestra. During the summer, Jared has attended camps and festivals at IU Bloomington and Sewanee, Tennessee, studying with esteemed teachers such as Richard Aaron and Susan Moses as well as performing with solo artists such as banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck. In 2013, Jared was selected to participate in the first ever National Youth Orchestra of America, sponsored by Carnegie Hall. During this summer, Jared performed under the baton of Valerie Gergiev and performed with soloist Joshua Bell in a 5 concert tour of the United States and Europe.
Michael Hill, Viola
Violist Michael Hill is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He began his viola studies at the age of seventeen and continued his education with Masao Kawasaki and Dr. Catharine Carroll earning a Bachelor of Music at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Moving to Louisville, Michael completed a Master of Music at the University of Louisville’s School of Music with Dr. Chien-Ju Liao and Dr. Yen-Ting Wu. He was a member of the Graduate String Quartet and also served as principal viola and teaching assistant to the viola studio throughout the program. He served as principal viola for the KMEA Intercollegiate All-State Orchestra, and has appeared as a guest soloist for KMEA. Completing a Master of Music in string pedagogy in 2016, Michael works frequently with viola students and chamber music ensembles at the University of Louisville.
Michael has performed as an orchestral and chamber musician at the Aspen Musical Festival and School and as principal violist with the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. He has collaborated on chamber music performances, recordings, and new works by local composers. These ensembles include Bourbon Baroque, the Choral Arts Society, WUOL’s Lunchtime Classics, Orchestra Enigmatic, The Classical Hour, as well as new music for Hear + Now. He has performed with several orchestras in Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky, and on Baroque viola with Bourbon Baroque, The Bloomington Bach Cantata Project, and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. He is currently a member of the viola section in the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, as well as a member of the Concentus String Quartet, working regularly in educational and performance settings.
Continuing Suzuki teacher training, Michael has completed Violin Books 1-10 through the University of Louisville through long-term form teacher training under Dr. Timothy Durbin, and is working his way through the viola courses each summer under William Preucil, Sr. He teaches through Indiana University Southeast and the University of Louisville and visits local schools regularly for sectionals, chamber music coaching, and performances and demonstrations. Michael has been a guest for masterclasses for college and pre-college students in Louisville and surrounding areas, as well as a guest judge for various youth competitions.
In performing and teaching Michael seeks to share music with others through education and efforts making classical music more accessible to the public. In his spare time he enjoys exploring the city of Louisville and spending time at home trying new vegan-friendly recipes and gardening with the help of his cat Maja.
Deborah Dierks, Piano
Marissa Pollock, Music Theory
Lillian Aguilera, Piano Accompanist
Aubrie Yeh, Piano Accompanist
Alex Enyart, Chamber Orchestra Conductor