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Dr. Yelena Balabanova, NCTM
Area(s) of Instruction:
Piano, Music Theory, Chamber Music


Marilyn Lewis Droz, NCTM
Area(s) of Instruction:

Suzetta Glenn – Studio Openings Available
Area(s) of Instruction: Voice and Piano
I am a Charter Member and Past President of EMTA. I’ve maintained a private studio for 25 years, including the years I taught at two universities. I’m located in the south Everett / Mill Creek area.
Voice: I accept child, adolescent, and adult students. Lessons for all students include standard vocal techniques (appropriate to age and ability) to safely build and strengthen the voice and, ultimately, to be the tools allowing students to sing with confidence in many vocal styles. I have successfully prepared students for auditions and performances in opera, music theatre, oratorio, choir solos, college auditions, scholarship competitions, school talent shows, weddings, and for the joy of accomplishing personal singing goals.
Piano: Because I believe that piano lessons provide the foundation for all musical explorations, I teach beginning through intermediate level students of all ages. Additionally, I offer coaching sessions for piano collaborators who work with vocal soloists.
Academic Experience:
Voice Faculty, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkansas, 2006 – 2016 (Retired).
Private lessons and Recital preparation for Voice Majors in Opera, Music Theatre, Music Education and Worship Arts. Piano Adjunct Faculty, James Madison University, Virginia 2004-2006
Class Piano Instructor. Piano Accompanist for Music Theatre Performance Class.
Master of Music in Vocal Performance, University of Southern California.
Bachelor of Music Education, magna cum laude, University of Memphis.


Louise Hullinger
Area(s) of Instruction:
Piano, Voice, Accompanist


Valerie Munns Gathright, NCTM – Studio Openings Available
Area(s) of Instruction:
Piano, Preschool music classes
Valerie Gathright is serving as the Vice-President for EMTA. Valerie enjoys being a part of the wonderful festivals and events that EMTA offers. She first fell in love with the piano while playing hide and seek under the family’s grand and listening to her Dad play ragtime. She has been teaching for 10 years and loves introducing students to different musical styles and genres. Valerie also enjoys playing the flute, singing in the choir at church, hiking and dancing.