Lafargue Pianos, Ltd
Teachers
photo Linden Uter - Music School Coordinator

Linden earned a Piano Performance minor and Public Relations degree from Louisiana State University, as well as a Master's degree in Music from Loyola University. She also teaches voice and piano, is an experienced wedding cantor and enjoys choir directing at a local church in New Orleans. She is as equally excited about music as she is in collaborating with others to help them discover the joy of music.  

 

     
photo Rachel Abbate

Rachel Abbate, Mezzo-soprano, is originally from the New Orleans area and enjoys a diverse and fulfilling career in classical singing. She earned a BM in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University and most recently earned an MM in Vocal Performance from the prestigious Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, TX. In addition, Rachel is a graduate of the musical theatre program at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA).

Rachel has performed locally with several companies in the New Orleans area, including Tulane Summer Lyric. Nationally, she has performed leading roles in numerous opera productions. Rachel has also received several awards, most recently the 2017 National Federation of Music Clubs’ 1st Place award in Collegiate Women’s Voice.

She has a passion for teaching healthy vocal technique in all genres, specifically in classical, musical theatre, and pop music. Rachel also enjoys teaching students of all ages. She is thrilled to be joining the teaching staff at Lafargue Pianos as she continues to pursue a career in opera performance.

     
photo Jill Adoue

Jill earned a degree in Music Education with a piano emphasis from the University of Southern Mississippi and then pursued graduate studies in Music Education with a conducting emphasis at Loyola University in New Orleans. She taught general music to students in grades Prekindergarten through eighth grade for seven years and has been teaching private piano lessons to students ranging in age from four to seventy-five since 1992. Jill is an active member of the National Federation of Music Clubs, and has served as a judge for the Federation’s Jr. Festivals held throughout south Louisiana. She is also an active member of the Music Teachers National Association, and her students routinely participate in both clubs’ many activities. Jill teaches the Yamaha Music Education System and the Musical Moments curriculum. 

     
photo Elena Bowes

Elena Bowes was born and raised in Russia where she studied at the Zheleznodorozhniy Music School in Moscow for seven years. She currently holds a MBA degree from Moscow and a Bachelor’s degree in piano from the University of New Orleans. For the last fifteen years, she has been instructing students of all ages and levels in piano. She can assess student’s skills and musical knowledge during the initial meeting and provide appropriate instruction in music theory and instrument technique so that students can progress toward their musical goals. Elena Bowes actively participates in recitals, concerts, and works with several music directors in religious organizations in the area. She is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Music Teachers National Association.

 

     
photo Vickie Dinh

Vickie Dinh began learning the piano at the age of six from her father and ended up in private lessons by the age of seven. At a young age, she began singing in the youth choir and eventually accompanying them at the age of twelve alongside her father. Through accompanying for the youth choir, she received opportunities to accompany for many other choirs, weddings, funerals etc. She now currently accompanies for an adult choir in Marrero, and a small church down in Lafitte. Vickie is currently a student at the University of New Orleans and will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree in music studies in the spring of 2019.

     
photo Sylvia Ferrera

Sylvia Ferrera has been studying violin since the age of 7, and playing professionally since 1991. She began her Music Education study at Loyola University and later finished at the University of New Orleans. She played on many recordings and around town with artists here in New Orleans, as well as Las Vegas and Denver during her time living in those areas. Those recordings are mainly of the rock and roll variety but also include some classical. Currently her performing is mainly limited to private chamber and solo gigs. In 2015, Sylvia was certified as a Music Together instructor and is enjoying working with the early childhood students and their caregivers.  She believes music education builds a foundation of happiness and fulfillment in our lives and strives to provide that for all her students.

     
photo Thomas Furtado

Thomas Furtado has been performing on the New Orleans music scene and touring the country with various bands since 2005. In 2019 he earned a degree from the University of New Orleans in Music Studies with an focus in Jazz Piano, studying with Victor Atkins. As the oldest of nine in a musical family, Thomas has a lifetime of experience sharing the joys of music with and working with students of all ages. As a devoted student himself, he is dedicated to further developing his craft by continuing to take lessons, determined practice, and finding inspiration from daily experiences. He tailors his lessons towards each individual student's needs and equips them with the tools and passion they need to achieve their musical goals. He believes that music education is enormously beneficial for every student and develops empathy, perception, and an outlet for creative expression. 
 

     
photo Jeanne-Marie Harris

Jeanne-Marie Harris has been singing since the age of 7, taking private voice lessons. She was a member of various choirs, including the New Orleans Children’s Choir and the Louisiana All-State Children’s Choir. As a member of Louisiana Kids, she performed and competed at the regional, state & national level, as well as at numerous fairs, festivals, weddings, and other events around New Orleans.

Jeanne-Marie is a recent graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she received a Bachelors of Music degree in Commercial Voice with an emphasis in Music Business. She has been trained in both classical and commercial vocal styles, and can teach proper vocal techniques for all types of music. After gaining her degree, Jeanne-Marie stayed in Nashville to follow opportunities in the music industry. She worked at a music publishing company and an entertainment based PR firm, where she explored her own songwriting skills and learned more about the music business and the art of developing the sound, image, and stage presence of new artists.

Jeanne-Marie recently moved back to New Orleans and is merging into the music scene as a local singer & performer. She teaches voice and beginner piano at Lafargue Pianos and is extremely eager to share what she has learned about music with her own students. She strives to leave them with the joy, confidence, and love she has found in music.

     
photo Ty Henderson

Ty Henderson was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and began studying piano at age 6. He studied piano and organ at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota and the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Since graduating UMKC, Ty worked as a full time Director of Music for two Catholic parishes and kept a piano studio comprising students of all ages from the parish communities. In 2016 Ty relocated to New Orleans and is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in Piano Performance at the University of New Orleans.  He is inspired and excited by teaching piano. He works to help students develop their musicality, understanding of music theory, technique and ear training.

     
photo Dr Chia-Hsing Lin

Dr. Chia-Hsing Lin has received his Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Currently, he is a piano instructor at Lafargue Music School and a Piano Faculty member at the University of New Orleans Music Department.

Dr. Lin is the winner of the International Arlington Competition, the OMTA Piano competition, the Taipei Philharmonic Piano Competition, the First Taiwan Concerto Competition, and the Taiwan National Piano Competitions.

Dr. Lin’s recent performance activities include Moisés Kaufman's"33 Variations", a Broadway Hit and recipient of 2014 New Orleans Big Easy Awards. In addition, a fundraising concert for Blackwater Methodist Church Choir to perform at the Lincoln Center in New York, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art performance, French Quarter Festival, Bach Around the Clock Marathon Concert at Trinity Church, the Saint Louis Cathedral performance, Deutsches Haus performance, Snug Harbor performance, WWLTV (CBS affiliates) performance, an opening concert of the autumn season in the Arlington Philharmonic Concert Series, Music 2007 Festival, Grandin Festivals, Chicago Flute Club Competition, Indiana State University 43rd Contemporary Music festival (Midwest premier of a new Piano Concerto by Judith L. Zaimont, Composer and Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient), 2011 CCM Bassoon Concerto Competitions as well as the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, broadcast live on WFMT. He has performed as soloist with the Central Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing, the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, the National Institute of the Arts Chamber Orchestra, the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra, and Indiana State University Music Band. 

As an advocate of contemporary music, Dr. Lin has collaborated on both chamber and vocal works by Samuel Zyman, Christopher Mayo, Michael Ippolito, Laurie Anderson, Lee Hoiby, Jake Heggie, and others. In 2006, he was recognized as the best accompanist in the Grandin Festival. He has performed in master classes for leading musicians such as Alan Chow, Barry Snyder, James Tocco, Les Noumov, William Winstead, Kenneth Griffiths, Donna Loewy, Warren Jones, Jake Heggie, and Sergio Fiorentino. His past teachers include Sung-Jen Hsu (A renowned conductor, pianist and musicologist in Taiwan), Mei-Ling Wang, Boris Lvov, Sergio Fiorentino, William Black, and Frank Weinstock (2010-2011, Dean of University of Cincinnati, CCM)

Dr. Lin teaches Piano and Composition all ages – individual and group, and enjoys the process of investing in students and seeing his partnership with them come to fruition.

     
photo John Noel

John earned his degree in music performance from Loyola University in New Orleans with a focus in viola and violin. Along with teaching string orchestra and violin classes in the New Orleans charter school system and working with youth orchestras in Louisiana and Virginia, he has been teaching private lessons for eight years with students from five years old to students in their senior years.  He has also participated in music events and festivals across the east coast such as the Philadelphia International Music Festival and Brevard Music Festival.  Originally from Virginia, John has studied American and Celtic styles of playing along with classical and is an avid proponent of incorporating multiple genres and styles of music to educate, encourage, and inspire his students.

     
photo Dylan Torrance

Dylan Torrance is originally from the surrounding New Orleans area. He attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) where he studied with New Orleans greats such as Michael Pellera, Jason Marsalis, Michael Rihner, and Chris Severin.  Dylan received his Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance at the University of New Orleans.  He studied with guitarists Steve Masakowski, Brian Seeger, and Hank Mackie.  While attending UNO, Dylan also took instruction on guitar and piano from other great musicians such as Ed Petersen, Victor Atkins, Brent Rose, and many guest artists including Peter Bernstein, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lionel Loueke, Ron Carter, and many more.

Currently Dylan plays around New Orleans in many different groups including Tyler Kinchen and the RIght Pieces, Hector Gallardo's Cuban Jazz Trio, Fraulein Francis' Orchestra, various jazz ensembles, solo jazz guitar settings and more.  His students have performed in a wide variety of settings that range from jazz ensembles, classical recitals, rock shows, blues jams, and many others.