Lafargue Pianos, Ltd
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 Adam Bock

New Orleans native, Adam Bock, was raised and educated in the musically rich culture of New Orleans. His early musical experiences involve playing guitar and drums in local rock n roll bands, touring around the country and honing his craft as a performer. In college, Adam studied Music Composition, Theory, Education and Performance, receiving a Bachelors degree in Classical Guitar Performance and a Masters Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance. A consummate student, Adam has sought out instruction from all the great musicians in town, including: John Rankin, Steve Masakowski, Hank Mackie, Bill Solley, Phil Degruy, and Jimmy Foster. Being a sideman and session player has allowed Adam opportunities to immerse himself in a wide variety of styles.

Adam's love for sharing and helping others find their musical voice continues to grow and he is always seeking out fun and engaging ways to help his students. He is a member of many educational organizations such as Phi Kappa Phi and Jazz Education Network, as well as being certified in the Suzuki method. Adam’s students have been awarded scholarships, composed songs and recorded albums, and have performed concerts around the world. He offers an integral approach to music education- encouraging and initiating studies in all styles of music, theory technique and performance.

photo Camilla Boles

Camilla was raised in the culturally rich and diverse performing arts scene of Southern Oregon where she learned to love music and art in all of its forms! She has been singing and playing the piano since the age of 5. She grew up performing in choirs, theater productions and church groups and writing her own music. 

Camilla graduated from Brigham Young University in Utah in 2011 with a BM in Commercial Voice.  During her university studies, Camilla performed in several choirs, including an elite 8-part jazz vocal group, toured in a musical theater production and studied jazz piano with Dr. Steve Call. She also performed as a solo artist and released an album of some of her original music.

Since graduating college, Camilla has maintained a private voice and piano studio based in Ann Arbor, Michigan and developed a teaching curriculum that balances music theory and fun activities in a way that sustains a healthy excitement for learning! She also taught preschool music classes while raising two small boys at home and graduating as a pastry chef from a culinary arts program. 

Camilla is thrilled to be teaching here in New Orleans and experiencing this unique and vibrant music scene! She loves working with children, teenagers and adults of all ages. She believes music should be fun and strives to instill a love and passion for music in all her students! 


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.

  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 Helga Parvu

Helga is originally from Bucharest, Romania and has played the violin since she was 8 years old, competing and winning several competitions in Middle School and High School. Helga took private lessons until May of 2018 when she presented a graduate violin recital under the instruction of Yuki Tanaka, LPO violin concert mistress. She is also skilled vocalist, able to perform in styles from Opera, Broadway, contemporary and pop, to hymns and chant like songs. She is still serving as the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Children's Choir Director and she taught privately to students interested in violin, piano, voice, drums and mandolin. Helga participated in regional voice competitions and played the main role in the performance of A Cinderella Story, singing the part of Cinderella in 2014. She also performed in various Broadway Revues organized by the Music Department at NOBTS.

Helga has also studied piano since the age of 11, and continues to play to the present day. She is able to improvise and play best using chord structures and until recently held the position of the main pianist at First Baptist Church of Madisonville, LA.

Helga tailors lesson plans and integrates a wide range of activities and materials to accommodate all learning styles; she offers positive encouragement to keep students motivated and eager to learn and progress. Besides helping her students work on performance pieces, she also instructed them in technique, ear training, sight singing, solfege, and rhythm numbers.

photo Bryan Shuler

Bryan earned a degree in Musical Arts with an emphasis in classical guitar from the Oklahoma Baptist University. Along the way, he also took lessons in voice and piano. Bryan moved to New Orleans to further his education and found the love of his life along the way, Maria Shuler. While at OBU, Bryan was an active teacher in the OBU Music Prepatory Department and an active member of the National Music Honor Society. In addition to actively performing on classical guitar, Bryan has performed in the OBU Men’s Choir as a tenor, the Bison Jazz Orchestra on bass, the OBU Pep Band on bass, the OBU Jazz Quartet on bass, the OBU Community Orchestra on percussion, and the University Ringers Handbell Choir. Bryan has also been a student conductor of the OBU Men’s choir, an assistant conductor of the Sanctuary Choir at Central Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN, and the conductor of the Youth Choir at Central Baptist Church. Bryan has also been active in church music ministries for 10 years and is currently the worship leader at Ames Blvd. Baptist Church.

photo Maria Shuler

Born and raised in Bucharest Romania, Maria started piano lessons at the age of 5 and has continued learning ever since. She won several music competitions in middle school and high school, and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Music with a concentration in Church Music and Piano Performance from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2017. While at NOBTS, she was a member of multiple choirs, as well as multiple Master/Doctoral conducting recitals. She has received private lessons in piano and voice and has taught many students throughout college. Maria has been teaching private lessons to different age groups since 2009. Currently, she is teaching private lessons while she is the pianist and children's choir director at "Ames" Blvd. Baptist Church.