Faculty


PAINTING FACULTY


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Maria Isabel Delgado

(Owner / Director)

Maria Isabel is a South American Artist from Colombia. You might be surprised that besides Maria Isabel's Artistic Talent, she is also a graduated lawyer from the "Univesidad Autonoma of Bucaramanga" (www.unab.edu.co) in Colombia - South America, class of 1994. After graduation, Maria Isabel worked for the Colombian government at the "Fiscalia General de la Nacion" (www.fiscalia.gov.co) - equivalent to the "Attorney General's Office" in the USA. Nevertheless, her passion for Art started at a very young age. Maria Isabel started to paint since she was three years old. Her parents were very encouraging, and decided to cultivate that aptitude by bringing her to Painting lessons with great local artists. One of her first tutors was a nun named Ma. Graciela from the "Colegio de la Presentacion" in Bucaramanga. Later, she attended a great number of Art Schools, among them she studied at the "Academia de Bellas Artes de Santander" (Academy of Fine Arts of Santander). She was also disciple of a well-known artist named "Christian Toledo Rueda". Maria Isabel developed skills on various painting techniques like Acrylics, Oils, Charcoal, Ink and Pastel, which shaped her own painting style. In the USA, she studied Art History at Brigham Young University (Utah). Maria Isabel's love for Arts never was an obstacle to keep up with her regular studies. Quite the contrary is that discipline that has given her strength on pursuing her goals. Art has strengthened her a sense of balance, sensitivity and persistence.

DANCE FACULTY


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Natalia Magnicaballi

(Ballet Instructor)

Natalia Magnicaballi, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been a principal dancer with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet since 1999. A graduate from Teatro Colón, she became a principal dancer at the age of 19 with Julio Bocca's Ballet Argentino. Since 2002 she has performed with Ballet Arizona as a principal dancer. Her classical repertoire includes the lead roles in Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, Raymonda, Paquita, La Sylphide, Don Quixote, Coppélia and Giselle; the leads in Balanchine's Tzigane, Don Quixote, Apollo, Divertimento No. 15, Duo Concertant, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Agon, La Valse, Prodigal Son, Allegro Brillante, Serenade, Bugaku, Meditation, Episodes, La Sonnambula, Liebeslieder Walzer, Monumentum Pro Gesualdo, Movements for Piano and Orchestra, Diamonds, Rubies, Clarinade, Ballade, Who Cares?, Variations for Orchestra, Stravinsky Violin Concerto and Four Temperaments; and Robbins' Afternoon of a Faun and In the Night. Natalia has premiered works by Jirí Kylián, Mauro Bigonzetti, Roland Petit, Dwight Rhoden, Oscar Araiz, Mauricio Wainrot, Christopher Weeldon and Ib Andersen. She has been featured as one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" and named the Best Dancer of the State of Arizona by The Arizona Republic.

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Amanda Eddleman

(Ballet Instructor)

Amanda attended one of the most prestigious ballet schools, The Kirov Academy of Ballet (https://www.kirovacademydc.org) in Washington D.C., under the direction of Ludmila Morkovina, and Jacqueline Ackmedowa. At the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Houston (www.rafadance.com), she received her ballet instruction from Miroslov Bart.She is an accomplished ballet dancer, with great skills in tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and modern dance.Amanda danced with the Ballet Arizona for 3 years.She has been featured in many different ballets including, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and many different Balanchine pieces.

MUSIC FACULTY


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Stefan Mark Dollak

(Guitar Instructor)

Mr. Dollak learned piano at an early age from the concert pianists Diane DiDio Dollak and Gilman Collier, then in college he studied Classical Guitar with Barry Eisner, a former student of Christopher Parkening (himself a student of Andres Segovia), and Medieval and Renaissance music with the composer/gambist/baryton player Roland Hutchinson. Stefan has been teaching guitar since the early 1990s, a curriculum that is a synthesis of classical fundamentals and contemporary techniques, tailor-made to the individual student's abilities and concerns. In addition to playing many styles of guitar (including folk, jazz, blues and classical), Stefan also plays (and teaches) lute, recorder, mandolin, Irish whistle, hand percussion, pipe & tabor, and the amazing medieval "hurdy gurdy".

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Karen Burns

(Piano-Vocal Instructor)

Karen's been teaching music for 11 years and dance for 17 years. She studied piano privately from a Julliard professor while growing up and continued as much as possible in college. Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, plus has slowly pursued a degree in music performance since moving to Arizona 11 years ago. For voice, Karen studied in college and studied opera for the technique while living in New York. Musical Theatre is her personal preference for singing and teaching. She worked professionally as a dancer, singer, actor in New York and Los Angeles for approximately 10 years.In teaching voice, Karen's focus is on breathing techniques, opening and bringing the voice forward. Primarily, she finds teaching an individual to like the voice they've been given and how to confidently let it out to be the most productive. For actor's who sing, Karen works on the song as a monologue and approaches the lesson looking for the character behind the song. Some of her students have gone on to professional work in Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Japan as well as competing and placing very highly on the national level.

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Julie Sebag

(Violin Instructor)

Julie started playing violin in France at the age of four. She has been part of many orchestras and string ensembles throughout her school education.

Julie won first place for two consecutive years in the Tucson Civic Orchestra young artist competition and placed honorable mention three times in the concerto competition with the Tucson Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra. She continued her education in violin at the Arizona State University music program with Dr. Jonathan Swartz. She has a Musical major from the Arizona State University.

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Michael Shoi

(Piano Instructor)

He is originally from Hong Kong. He is a distinguish Pianist, that has a Doctoral of Music in Piano Performance from Arizona State University. He holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Arizona State University, and also a Bachelor of Art (music in piano performance) from Baptist University in Hong Kong.

He has taken classes from acclaimed teachers like:
- Caio Pagano, Regents Professor, Arizona State University
- Robert Hamilton, Professor, Arizona State University
- Ms. Hui Ling, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Art
- Mr. Raymond Young, Baptist University of Hong Kong.

Michael has multiple Honors and Awards:
- Piano division, 2nd place, Hong Kong's Schools Music Festival (2005)
- ATCL piano recital diploma with distinction, London Trinity Guildhall (2006)
- LTCL piano recital diploma with distinction, London Trinity Guildhall (2008)
- Young Musician of the year, Hong Kong (2009)
- Silver Prize, ASIA International Piano Academy & Festival, Korea (2009)
- Music Talent Award (2010-2012) AZ
- 3rd place at ASU Piano Concerto of Soloist

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Karen Nguyen

(Piano Instructor)

Karen is a classical pianist. She has played the piano for 16 years, and her accomplishments include prestigious awards and scholarships from numerous competitions.Karen has attended "TheAdamant Music School Tradition Season" and the "Semana Internacional de Piano de Obidos Master Classes in Obidos", Portugal. She studied with world renowned pianists, Paul Badura-Skoda, Luiz de Moura Castro, and Manuela Gouveia. Her repertoire primarily consists of solo classical works, and chamber music as well. Here in Arizona, she has been under the direction of Dr. Caio Pagano during her major in Piano Performance at Arizona State University. Karen enjoys teaching and sharing her love for music with her students.