Cory received a Bachelors of Music from Ohio State University, studying under Mark Rudoff. Now an active performer and teacher in Austin, he is currently pursuing a Masters of Music degree at UT. Cory serves on the faculty of the UT String Project, a program recognized as being one of the world’s finest for the training of teachers and the development of young talent. He also conducts the program’s Advanced Orchestra in addition to teaching. During the summer, he spends his time performing as a member of Wundertrio, a three-piece group consisting of violin, cello, and piano.
For Cory, cello lessons are more than just about learning to play. Music is meant to be thought-provoking, challenging, and fun, and he believes cello lessons should reflect those qualities. His main goals for his students are to be creative, be attentive listeners, and to foster a love for the cello and music in general.
Office Manager: Stevie Hawes (Flute, Piano, Sax, Clarinet)
Born in England but raised right here in Austin, Stevie has been a passionate musician since they started learning piano at 5 years old. In middle school they picked up the flute, then saxophone towards the end of high school–and the hoard of instruments has continued to grow since then. Stevie graduated from Knox College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. Alongside participation in many chamber groups on flute and piano, they led the sax section of the Knox Jazz Ensemble for two years, then came back for a post-baccalaureate year which they spent working for the music department. They also helped raise over $12,000 for the KJE to support a cross-cultural exchange trip to Beijing and Xi’an, China.
Since graduating, Stevie has been actively working and performing in the Austin music scene. They lent their time to Conspirare, Austin Chamber Music Center, and Strait music before becoming GAMA’s office manager in the fall of 2018. Currently, Stevie is also a piano accompanist at both Ballet Austin and the University of Texas. Their active bands include Primo Musique, Oh Antonio & His Imaginary Friends, ReGeneration, and Sheilava.
Also a massive Nintendo fan, Stevie spends their free time creating instrumental covers of video game music, which you can find on their YouTube channel. They are working towards being a freelance composer in addition to a performer and session musician.