Violin Faculty

Violin Teacher in Santa Clarita, Ca Andrea Hammond

Andrea Hammond | Violin, Voice, Composition

Santa Clarita | In-Home, Studio

Andrea Hammond is a dynamic and sensitive violin, voice, and composition teacher. Calling on her 15 years of teaching experience, she has worked with many skill levels while keeping in mind the goals of each student. She began teaching in High School while assisting her orchestra director, Kirt N. Mosier, in a cadet teaching program. There, she learned how to ignite a passion in the hearts of young musicians. She also began composing and conducting for large string ensemble. In Spring of 2004, her composition, Light Cast was chosen to be in the top ten of the ASTA with NSOA Merle J. Isaac composition contest and was also played by her schools concert orchestra at their Festival. In late 2004, she began her musical training at California Institute of the Arts. There she received a BFA in Musical Arts and the training she would need to become a prolific musician in the LA area. Andrea has taught in the LA area for 10 years, drawing from Suzuki and Mark O' Connor teaching materials as well as many others.  She enjoys seeing her students blossom into well educated and balanced musicians. 


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Alexis Lepard | Violin

Santa Clarita | In-Home

Alexis Lepard grew up surrounded by music. Alexis started piano lessons when she was three and later switched to the violin at age ten. She spent much of her childhood playing in the Lincoln Youth Symphony and the Wichita Youth Symphony programs as well as in the Kansas All-State orchestra. Alexis graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2015 with a degree in Music Performance where she served as the concertmaster for the orchestra and opera and where she completed a teaching internship at Nissa’s String Studio. Upon completion of her degree, Alexis accepted a teaching position at Nissa’s String Studio and taught privately from her home. Alexis also performed regularly with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and her ensemble, the Nebraska Sonata Project. 

Alexis has taught violin lessons for seven years. She teaches beginner through advanced lessons on the violin. Alexis’ true passion lies in helping beginners of all ages build a stable foundation in violin technique and music theory. Based on training received from Rebecca Fischer of the Chiara String Quartet, Alexis is equipped to help students of all backgrounds find the most natural way to hold their instrument. Having worked with many students over the years, Alexis understands the importance of personalizing each lesson to best encourage students growth towards their goals. Alexis hopes to inspire a lifelong love of music in all of her students and a desire to share that with others. 

Alexis enjoys spending time with her husband Justin and their dog Lucy. They love making music together, traveling, and going on long adventurous walks.


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Joshua LeMaster | Violin

Simi Valley | In-Home

Joshua’s love for violin first started after hearing superstar violinist Hilary Hahn in concert. Having already had piano lessons for several years, Joshua added violin lessons. Eventually, he chose to focus solely on the violin. From 2010 to the present, he has studied violin with Michael Ferril, former professor at California State University, Northridge. Joshua has had many opportunities to play with several ensembles, including CSUN’s String Ensemble and The Master’s University String Ensemble and Orchestra. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music from Thomas Edison State University in 2015.

Joshua has taught private violin lessons to students of various ages and skill levels. He also taught a semester-long violin workshop at Placerita Junior High School. One of the most fascinating aspects of teaching for Joshua is the ability music has to impact all of life. Music is an avenue for each student to develop and mature. Joshua wants his students to have fun, learn, discipline, and express emotion through the violin. Seeing his students grow their personalities in and through learning the violin is the true excitement and reward of teaching.

In addition to playing violin, Joshua enjoys laughing together with family and friends. Joshua recently celebrated his first anniversary with his wife, Brigitte. They love camping and backpacking in the Sierras and playing ultimate frisbee together. 


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Katie Chivari | Violin

The World | FaceTime Lessons (based in Harvard, IL)

Katie Chivari is a violinist in Harvard, Illinois. Her training began as a child as a private student of Stephanie Preucil. Katie went on to become the first chair violinist of the Chicago youth Symphony, and from there she continued to flourish in her performing. She studied violin at Eastern Illinois University. Katie also was a member of the Milwaukee Symphony orchestra. She currently performs and records in the Chicago area. She works with a robust studio of students whom she loves to pieces!