Andrew Juola holds a Bachelor of Music in performance from George Mason University and a Master’s of Music from the University of Maryland. He has attended collegiate chamber music and orchestral festivals including the National Orchestral Institute, the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Orfeo Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy. He names Peter Haase and James Stern as his most influential violin teachers. Andrew’s students have auditioned successfully for collegiate programs in music as well as in district and regional events at the pre-college level on violin and viola. He wants his students to discover a technique with which they can project their musical ideas through the instrument. Andrew performs frequently on violin and viola with orchestras and at other venues in Virginia, D.C. and Maryland.
Megan (Meg) Jones began her violin studies at the age of seven with Irina Briskin and later with John Merrill. Meg is currently finishing a BA in psychology with a minor in music from UMBC, where she studies with Dr. Airi Yoshioka. Meg has performed at chamber music festivals, including Festival Baltimore, where she worked under many influential, incredible musicians from all over the world. In addition to festivals, Meg performs in the UMBC Symphony Orchestra, various chamber groups and solo recitals. Meg’s teaching philosophy centers around technique, tone and musicality while fostering a positive and fun atmosphere!
Nick Sungenis began studying music at the age of five with Mia Coyne on the piano, and began his violin studies at the age of eleven with Tecla Heuring Walton, and a few other teachers including Deborah Stotelmyer and Ronald Mutchnik. Throughout high school, Nick enjoyed playing with the community orchestra, summer music camps, and string ensembles through the Cumberland Valley School of Music; he also earned a third place merit scholarship from CVSM as well as two scholarships from the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. After playing with the Shepherd University Preparatory Orchestra during his senior year, Nick continued playing the violin in various places, such as a church folk group, youth group band, and with his friends in the Erik Christensen band, with whom he has recorded two albums - the second of which in 2012 at Dark Horse Recording Studio next to Nashville. Since then, he has played alongside several recording artists, namely Mike Mangione, Marie Miller, Kevin Heider, Alanna Boudreau, Kara Klein, Tori Harris, and Dave Moore; also with local artists Patrick Mahon, Joseph White, Corrie Dubyoski and others. In addition to concerts, festivals, and conferences, Nick has played for many wedding ceremonies over the years, and continues to play for his church every weekend. Nick graduated from Howard Community College and then Providence College in 2014 studying philosophy, and enjoyed playing as a soloist with his college orchestra during his senior year. Between his time at Mike's Music and teaching philosophy at HCC as an adjunct instructor, he is currently recording his debut album of original compositions (to be released in 2018). Nick is "thankful for the gift of life," and is strongly committed to teaching his violin and viola students the importance of good technique, music theory, disciplined practice, and most importantly: the joy of sharing music with others, and having fun!