Artistic Advisor and Music Teacher
A native of the Czech Republic, Jan Pellant accepted the position of Artistic Director/Conductor of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony in July 2018. Previously, Jan had been Music Director of the Lexington Chamber Orchestra and has conducted more than 30 leading orchestras across the world including the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra and the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. He has led performances with the Pilsen Opera and the University of Kentucky Opera Theater, and led the Prague Karlin Theater on an eleven-city tour of Romania in 2007. Jan studied at the Prague Academy of the Performing Arts, and he holds degrees from the Prague Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Kentucky. Jan Pellant has served as professor of conducting and orchestra studies on the faculty of the New York Conservatory and the International Conservatory in Prague.
Chair of Piano and Director of Performance
A proud new resident of Sandpoint, Matthew Goodrich is a native of Syracuse, NY, and a graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory, where he studied with Julian Martin. He earned his DMA from the University of Washington under the direction of Robin McCabe. His dissertation, entitled Ricardo Viñes and Les Apaches, explored the life and talents of one of the twentieth century’s most enigmatic performers.
Andrew Maurer completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Idaho with bachelor’s degrees in Piano Performance and Marketing in 2018 and a master’s degree in Piano Performance in 2020. He was a winner of the 2014 University of Idaho Concerto Competition and performed the opening movement of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3. Soon after, he was awarded the gold medal as a Musicfest Northwest Young Artist and performed with the Spokane Symphony. Andrew has also been an active member of the University of Idaho Music Teachers National Association Chapter and has presented at the Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposiums in Texas and Florida and the MTNA 2018 National Conference. Andrew’s teaching philosophy begins by establishing and building trust with students and fostering confidence in themselves and their abilities. As such, he hopes to communicate what he has learned to the next generation of musicians.
Viola Teacher, Violin Teacher, Chamber Coach
Karen Sanchez is a graduate of the California State University, Long Beach where she majored in viola. She works as a freelance musician and teacher throughout Southern California. For 19 years Mrs. Sanchez was Youth Strings Conductor and Associate Artistic Director of the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra. She has a special ability to motivate and train young string players. Her kind and caring approach to young musicians produces a very high quality of music education. Her students excel and strive for excellence while learning and having fun.
Rhys Gerwin is a multi-instrumentalist based out of Coeur d’ Alene, ID. He offers musical services such as instruction for all ages in many musical styles and on multiple instruments (guitar, bass, ukulele and piano). He also performs, offers basic music production, arranging and composition. His styles range anywhere from Classical to acoustic-singer-songwriter as well as Jazz, rock and experimental styles. His expertise lies primarily in jazz, improvisation and other popular styles of music such as Rock, Indie, Easy Listening, Pop, R&B, Soul, and Blues. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, Rhys moved back to his beautiful hometown of Coeur d’ Alene. Since then, he has been teaching, performing regularly as a solo artist, and connecting with local musicians.
MariAnn is a performer and teacher located in Liberty Lake, WA. She teaches private lessons to students of all ages on horn and piano. She runs sectionals and coaches brass chamber ensembles for middle and high school music programs. MariAnn has a master’s degree in Horn Performance from the University of Idaho, and is also the Horn Instructor for North Idaho College, as well as Music Department Assistant. She is an active freelance horn player and teacher in the inland Northwest.
Kim’s background is in music education, with a degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She currently teaches and performs in Coeur d’Alene and is the harp instructor at NIC. Kim also plays the bagpipes and performs with the CdA Firefighter Band.
Percussionist, Pianist & Composer
Brantley is a percussionist, pianist and composer with degrees in Music Education and Music Composition and a minor in Jazz Studies. Music theory and aural skills are his true passions, and he believes they are vital for any musician seeking true mastery of the art form.
Caden Davis is a graduate of the Lionel Hampton School of Music, with a Bachelors degree in Trumpet Performance. He is the current Director of Worship Arts at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Caden has played and taught guitar for several years, as well as Zimbabwean marimba. In the Fall of 2021, Caden will tour the U.S. with Santa Fe-based group Polyphony Marimba. He loves conducting, composing, and arranging as well, and has conducted and written works for various high school and university ensembles.
Channing Dance, mother of 7 children, has been teaching children’s music classes for 20 years, combining her two greatest loves – children and music. Channing’s music classes create a bonding experience for children and their caregivers with rhythm, pitch, creative movement, and imagination, drawing on children’s curiosity and natural love of music. Channing’s teaching career began at Gymboree Play & Music. She incorporates aspects of Kindermusik and Music Together music in her early childhood classes. She attended BYU and graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders.
Dr. Erik Sloyka
A native of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, guitarist Erik Sloyka holds a B.M. in Guitar Performance from the Eastman School of Music, and a M.M. and a D.M.A. in Guitar Performance from Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts—School of Music, where he also taught private guitar lessons and guitar methods courses. He has taught at the Ahwatukee Music Studio, Foothills Music School, Destiny Community School, and Youth Development Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to winning numerous prizes at competitions, Dr. Sloyka has extensive performance experience, including radio broadcasts and appearing as a guest soloist with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. He is also a faculty guitar instructor at Arizona School for the Arts, Phoenix College, and Kirk’s Studio for the Performing Arts.
Jacquelyn Claxton M Ed, MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
Jacquelyn currently conducts Music Therapy sessions with special needs clients in the Post Falls/Coeur d’Alene area. At the Conservatory, she is available for individual and group sessions using the intrinsic characteristics and elements of music to enhance the engagement and social connections of people with different challenges.
Jacquelyn’s life work has been to find ways to enhance the lives of special people with music. She sings and plays the guitar and utilizes drums and rhythm instruments in her sessions. Additionally, she uses non-traditional melodic instruments, such as chimes, xylophones, and keyboards in her sessions. Jacquelyn has provided Music Therapy in many different settings over the course of her career and finds joy in discovering new ways to share music with new people.
Richard Altenbach performs as Concertmaster for the new North Idaho Philharmonia and occasionally as First Violin in the Spokane Symphony. Formerly Concertmaster of the Auburn Symphony (CA), InConcert Sierra, Mozart Camerata and the Apollo Arts Ensemble, he is an active chamber musician. He was First Violinist with Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (25 years), Joffrey Ballet, LA Opera and Hollywood Bowl Orchestras. An A-list Hollywood recording musician, Richard has been involved in over 1000 film scores (including the Jurassic Park series) working with John Williams, Hans Zimmer, and Danny Elfman (Principal 2nd), and has participated in hundreds of albums for artists such as Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Yo-Yo Ma, Aerosmith and Puff Daddy.
As an educator, Richard has served as Director for the district-wide junior and senior high school string orchestra program in Omaha, NE and as Director of the Music in the Mountains Youth Orchestra (CA). Richard privately teaches composition, notation and violin. Community and Digital Arts College courses he has offered include History of Music Production and two popular seminars: A Century of Music in Film and Home Studio Recording on a Budget.
He also composes music for film, video games and concert stage.
Bobby Meador is a guitarist, educator, and composer currently residing in North Idaho where he teaches lessons in guitar, composition, music theory, ukulele, and electric bass. He was raised in Orofino, Idaho. He developed his love for music by playing Metallica in his childhood basement! Deciding that there was more to music than hard rock and metal, Bobby chose to study classical guitar under James Reid at the University of Idaho (Moscow) where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Guitar Performance. He served as instructor at U of I teaching courses in Music Theory, Aural Skills, History of Rock and Roll as well as private guitar lessons. At the Moscow (ID) Music Conservatory, Bobby also taught guitar, electric bass, voice and ukulele.
In accord with his pedagogical philosophy of music, Bobby’s current research project, a guitar method book, focuses on building the understanding of classical, jazz, and rock theory simultaneously with mastering the physical concepts of guitar playing, with the aim of helping develop well-rounded players who are equipped for success in music theory and performance.