Our instructors have advanced degrees from leading universities and conservatories across the country, as well as exceptional performing experience around the globe.
Kyle Albertson, Bass baritone, holds the BM from Northern Iowa University and the MM from DePaul University. He has sung with Glimmerglass, Minnesota, Santa Fe, San Francisco, Austin Lyric, Grand Rapids, New Orleans and Chicago Opera Companies as well as the Metropolitan Opera. He has been a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Competition as well as the NY Liederkranz Competition.
Alissa Anderson, Mezzo Soprano, is a graduate of The University of North Texas and The University of Maryland Opera Studio. She has been an apprentice with The Santa Fe Opera and has also sung with The Fort Worth Opera, Sarasota Opera, Opera New Jersey, Opera Southwest, Amarillo Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Tulsa Opera and Pensacola Opera.
Kiersten Baker earned a BM in Piano Pedagogy from Louisiana State University where she studied both piano and violin. During her time at LSU, she taught private piano lessons and served as the coordinator of the after-school music program at the University United Methodist Church. She is certified to teach Suzuki violin and has taught both private and group violin classes. She is currently at the University of Houston working towards a MM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Moores School of Music where she also holds a graduate assistantship teaching music theory and aural skills.
B. B. Bamberg
Barbara Bamberg is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University with graduate work at University of Houston. She has taught piano for over forty years as well as classroom music, coaching and accompanying for schools, churches and seminaries. Her interest in motivating students to enjoy making music for a lifetime has renewed her desire to return to the Bridges faculty after a hiatus of several years.
Andrés González, Violin, attended the University of Miami and received the MM from Rice University, where he studied with Sergiu Luca. Now, a resident of Houston, he regularly performs with Mercury Baroque, Houston Grand Opera, The Bach Society and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. He is experienced with Suzuki violin and teaches all ages.
Monica Griffin, Director
Monica joined Bridges Academy as Associate Director in 2007, then became Director in 2014 upon Beverly Laubach's retirement. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Texas at Austin and has taught voice for 15+ years to all ages and levels. As a teacher of music theater and contemporary commercial music, she is certified by the LoVetri Somatic Voicework® program.
Jasmine Hatem is a graduate of the Conservatory of the University of Cincinnati, holds the MM in accompanying and chamber music from both The University of Houston's Moores School of Music and Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. She teaches piano and accompanying at University of St. Thomas in Houston.
Beverly Laubach, Mezzo Soprano, received the BM and MM in Vocal Performance from UT Austin with DMA study at The University of Houston. She has taught voice for 30 years on the college level at UETP, Sam Houston State and Lone Star College, and is past president and district governor of Greater Houston NATS. As a teacher of music theatre and commercial music, she is certified by LoVetri Somatic Voicework®.
Clarinetist Molly Mayfield has been performing professionally in Houston for over 20 years. She received her bachelors degree in performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and her masters degree in performance from the Shepherd School at Rice University. She has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Symphony, the Houston Ballet, and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra.
A professional actress and vocalist, Chelsea has perfomed with The Alley, Unity, Stages Repertory, Black Lab, TheatreLab, and Mainstreet Theaters and appeared in the series Placeholders. She received a Broadwayworld.com award for Best Supporting Actress in a Play for her performance as Haley in TheatreLab’s “Really Really.”
Randy Murrow, Associate Director
Administration, Photography, Voice
Randy holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Oklahoma and Master of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Houston. In addition to a career teaching choral and solo singing to secondary students, Randy has sung several seasons with the Santa Desert Chorale, Conspirare, Cantare, and Houston Chamber Choir. In additions to his responsibilities for Bridges Academy, he directs the St. Cecilia Women's Choir at St. Luke's.
Jessica Myers received her BM and MA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Piano Performance and Music Theory. She is an experienced accompanist as well as a certified Suzuki teacher and has 15+ years of teaching experience in piano, music theory, and ear training. She teaches all ages.
James Roman holds a BM and MM in Organ Performance and Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ where he studied with Ken Cowan and Alan Morrison. He has also had additional private studies with Grethe Krogh in Copenhagen, Denmark. James is the winner of the 2013 Joan Lippincott Organ Competition for Excellence in Organ Performance. Beginning in the Fall of 2018 James will begin work on a Certificate in Music Performance at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music as a student of Daryl Robinson. James is currently the Associate Organist/Pianist at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Houston, TX.
Grace Roman is a lyric soprano and performs frequently in the Houston area. Previous roles include Flora Bervoix (La Traviata), La Bellezza (Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno), Flaminia (Il mondo della luna), and Belinda (Dido and Aeneas). Ms. Roman made her professional debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin in the spring of 2015 in Bach’s St Matthew Passion (Ancilla II). She has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Florida and a Masters of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College. Ms. Roman is currently the Manager of Operations for the Houston Chamber Choir.
John Edward Ross
John Edward Ross has 25 years of teaching experience, and enjoys working with students of all ages and levels. He performs professionally as a jazz, rock, gospel and folk musician; he also works as a composer, producer, and recording engineer. His musical output ranges from scoring films, to producing popular music, to writing music for musicals, to boundary pushing collaborations with modern dance choreographers and video artists, to creating a series of instructional books and recordings for guitar. In addition to offering guitar instruction, John Edward offers lessons in recording technology, music theory, and music production and composition.
Lauren Ruhl, Mezzo Soprano, holds a Bachelor of Arts in vocal performance from Pepperdine University. She recently performed in The Magic Flute with the Amalfi Coast Music Festival and Madame Butterfly with VAS in Colorado Springs. Lauren enjoys teaching voice to all ages and levels in Katy ISD, HISD and at Bridges.
Shauna Thornton began taking yoga in 2004 and was so inspired by the way yoga transformed her life, she decided to take Yoga Teacher Training from Dearblah Kelly, Sean Tabor, and others. She teaches yoga with an emphasis on mindfulness and the breath in our daily lives. Shauna also teaches Spanish and Yoga at St. John’s School.
Josh Wharton received his Bachelors in Music Performance in percussion at the University of Kentucky. After graduation, he taught in the Clear Creek School district in south Houston for 4 years, directing percussion and teaching private lessons at both the Junior high and High school levels. He currently is a private instructor and freelance percussionist.
Steven Wiggs, Cello, plays with the Houston Grand Opera/Ballet Orchestra. He was principal cellist for the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, and studied at the University of Kentucky. He has also been a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Oklahoma Symphony. Steven is experienced with students of all ages.
Amy Saxton Wiggs is an honors graduate of the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, where she earned her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Flute Performance as a student of Albert Tipton. Ms. Wiggs held the position of 2nd Flute with the New Orleans Symphony/Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra from 1990-1994. Currently Ms. Wiggs is Principal Flute of the Baytown Symphony Orchestra along with free-lancing and performing with the various arts organizations in the Houston area. She teaches as an adjunct professor at Sam Houston State University and Lone Star College – Kingwood, Montgomery and North Harris. Amy is the owner/manager of Accent Chamber Music.
Kris Woldy received a BA from Knox College in Illinois, and continued her music studies at Moores School of Music at UH. Experienced as an accompanist and Music Director at various churches and a piano teacher at Johnston Middle School, she continues to play, sing and direct throughout the city.
Daniel Zajicek is an American composer, artist, and pianist, whose works have been described as both “significant” and “unsettling.” His creative output consists of installation and video art, as well as electronic, orchestral, operatic, and instrumental works. He studied composition and piano at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, electroacoustic music and composition at the University of North Texas, and composition and video & installation art at Rice University. Presentations of his works have taken place with the Fort Worth Opera and Diverse Works, as well as in Portugal, the Czech Republic, France, England, Cuba, Canada, China, and Taiwan. Daniel is also active as a performer of both the electric and acoustic bass, performing regularly with bluegrass, gospel, and rock ensembles.