Chad has over 20 years of experience as a performing musician and music educator. He earned his Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and has studied with many jazz greats including Pat Martino, Jimmy Bruno, and Mimi Fox. He taught at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania and later at Central Texas College in Killeen.
Chad has experience with both private lessons and group music classes. While his focus is on guitar, he also offers bass, voice, and beginning piano lessons. He enjoys creating a fun, encouraging atmosphere for students to learn and grow on their instrument.
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, 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 also livestream on Twitch every Thursday, Friday, and Sunday evening. They are working towards being a freelance composer in addition to a performer and session musician.