Faculty

Professor Julie Linder

Professor Julie Linder

Director of CCMA

Prof. Julie Linder-Gaulin teaches Applied Clarinet at Concordia University Texas and is the Director of CCMA, Concordia’s Community Music Academy. She is the founder of Musician Pro Workshops, a company that produces educational clinics connecting students with professional teachers and performers. She serves as the Director of the clarinet division’s summer camps - Clarinet Pro Workshops. In that role, Julie partnered with Selmer & D’Addario Artist Dawn Marie Lindblade of the University of Central Oklahoma to establish a curriculum that reflects their common core teaching philosophies. Ms. Linder-Gaulin also collaborates with the company’s saxophone faculty, helping to guide curriculum development, marketing and expansion.

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Dr. Linda Angkasa

Dr. Linda Angkasa

Piano Instructor

A native of Indonesia, Dr. Linda Angkasa is an active performer and has given a number of recitals in the United States, France, United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. An avid chamber musician, she has performed with vocal, string, wind, brass, percussion, and mixed ensembles in recitals and opera productions. As a teacher, Linda has been teaching for over a decade and has experience working with children, college students, and adults in individual as well as group class settings. It is her firm belief that the center of piano pedagogy should be to nurture and develop the individual’s own voice and convictions, and ultimately give him or her the proper tools to be able to express these visions with the greatest facility possible. Her main goal in teaching is to share her musical knowledge and make the study of playing piano engaging and fun for the students.

Professor Joshua Chai

Professor Joshua Chai

Organ Instructor

Professor Joshua Chai is the Director of Choral Activities, the director of the Director of Parish Music program, an Assistant Professor of Music, and the University Cantor at Concordia University Texas, where he conducts the University Choir and teaches courses in music theory, music technology, music history, conducting, and corporate worship. He has taught at CTX since 2009; previously, he was on faculty at Concordia University Irvine in southern California, directing three choirs and teaching courses in music technology and music appreciation.

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Dr. Janet Grohovac

Dr. Janet Grohovac

Guitar Instructor

Dr. Janet Grohovac has been on faculty teaching individual lessons and group guitar classes at Concordia University Texas since 2013. Janet completed her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees at the University of Texas at Austin with Adam Holzman as her main pedagogue. Originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Dr. Grohovac completed her Bachelor of Music with distinction at the University of Victoria studying with Dr. Alexander Dunn. As a dynamic concert artist, recent performances include appearances at the Festival Internacional de Guitarra de Taxco, Mexico with the Grohovac-Ibison Duo, and more.

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Professor Ann Kjerulf Knien

Professor Ann Kjerulf Knien

Flute Instructor

Prof. Ann Kjerulf Knien is a freelance flutist and music educator in Austin. She is the Adjunct Professor of Flute at Concordia University and heads the KjKn Flute Studio. Mrs. Kjerulf Knien enjoys performing with a variety of local groups, leading masterclasses, and coaching chamber music. An advocate of music education and outreach, she was President of Austin Flute Society 2008-2010. She is passionate about teaching, collaborating on chamber works, delving into the flute and organ repertoire, and premiering new works.

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Meagan O'Neal

Meagan O'Neal

Piano Instructor

Meagan has had a passion for music since she started learning piano at age 4. She loves teaching and believes music is for everybody, no matter the age. As a music teacher, Meagan enjoys asking students questions that inspire critical thinking, and encourage each student to reach their fullest potential. Meagan recently graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music-Performance (piano) at Concordia University Texas.

Denise Ro

Dr. Denise Ro

Cello Instructor

Nova​ ​Scotia​ ​native​ ​cellist,​ ​Denise​ ​Ro,​ ​has​ ​recently​ ​completed​ ​her​ ​studies​ ​at​ ​the University​ ​of​ ​Texas​ ​at​ ​Austin.​ ​​An​ ​avid​ ​chamber​ ​musician,​ ​engagements​ ​have included​ ​performances​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Aspen​ ​Music​ ​Festival,​ ​the​ ​Perlman​ ​Music​ ​Program, and​ ​Kneisel​ ​Hall.​ ​​As​ ​cellist​ ​of​ ​the​ ​former​ ​Ariadne​ ​String​ ​Quartet,​ ​​she​ ​was​ ​awarded the​ ​Barstow​ ​String​ ​Prize​ ​at​ ​the​ ​2012​ ​Coleman​ ​Chamber​ ​Ensemble​ ​Competition, Bronze​ ​Medal​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Fischoff​ ​National​ ​Chamber​ ​Music​ ​Competition,​ ​and​ ​First​ ​Prize at​ ​the​ ​Ohio​ ​String​ ​Teachers’​ ​Association​ ​Biennial​ ​Chamber​ ​Music​ ​Competition. Dr.​ ​Ro​ ​has​ ​recently​ ​completed​ ​doctoral​ ​studies​ ​at​ ​the​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Texas​ ​at​ ​Austin, where​ ​she​ ​was​ ​mentored​ ​by​ ​cellist,​ ​Joshua​ ​Gindele​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Miró​ ​Quartet.​ ​Previous education​ ​has​ ​included​ ​string​ ​quartet​ ​studies​ ​at​ ​Rice​ ​University,​ ​the​ ​Cleveland Institute​ ​of​ ​Music,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Juilliard​ ​School,​ ​where​ ​she​ ​completed​ ​her​ ​graduate studies​ ​in​ ​2011.​ ​

Professor Shelley Auer Schneider

Professor Shelley Auer Schneider

Voice Instructor

Shelley Schneider, mezzo-soprano, is excited to be a part of the music department at Concordia University Texas. She has been teaching and performing for 20 years. Before moving to Austin 2 years ago, Ms. Auer taught at Sam Houston University, Houston Community College and Alvin Community College. While living in Houston for 12 years, she performed with the Houston Grand Opera chorus for 10 seasons as well as performing with Opera to Go, HGOs educational outreach program. Other performances in Houston include operatic roles in Die Fledermaus, Trouble in Tahiti, Cosi fan tutti, Cabildo and musical theater roles in Camelot,Thoroughly Modern Millie, Company, and Sweeney Todd.

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