Victor Battista is a music educator and performer from New York. A graduate of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, he has earned two Bachelors degrees in music education and clarinet performance, along with a Minor in conducting. He is currently studying with renowned clarinetist Jonathan Gunn as part of his Master of Music Program at UT Austin.
Victor was principal clarinet of the Opera Maya Orchestra, where he made history being part of the first opera company to play in Carillo Puerto and Isla Mujeres. His breadth of experience includes performing for renowned pedagogues Yehuda Gilad, Stephen Williamson, Eli Eban, James Campbell, and Charles Neidich. He has participated in the Domaine Forget de Charlevoix summer music festival, and has advanced in professional auditions for the US “Pershing’s Own” Army Band.
He has experience teaching not only clarinet and piano, but also beginning band, string instruments, and general music at various locations in Bloomington and Nashville, Indiana. Now an Austin resident, he teaches woodwinds, piano, voice, guitar, and ukulele. His aims to provide his students with a deep appreciation for music, which he achieves by creating a positive and inclusive learning environment for students of all ages and levels.
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.