Meet our Music Teachers
Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Drums, Ukulele
Marco Morales has been an active musician in the DMV area for the past 15 years. He is a wellversed musician in a variety of musical styles such as jazz, punk, funk, hip pop, blues, rock and pop. Marco has performed at many different venues including The State Theater in Falls Church VA, The Bitter End in Greenwich Village NY, and the venue where he always wanted to perform as a young local musician, The Black Cat in Washington D.C.
Marco keeps active as an instructor of several instruments including the Upright Bass, Electric Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar and as well as beginning Piano. He also keeps up with the music community by working as a sound tech at The Howard Theater where he works alongside many touring professional musicians.
Through the many "not so good" gigs Marco has become an ace Guitar & Bass Technician. In between his busy schedule, he likes to help out fellow artists by sitting in for live shows, studio sessions, sound engineering and or just consultation.
Kanysha Williams is a Washington Metropolitan Area native and a recent graduate of George Mason University. Born in Silver Spring, MD, Kanysha has been singing since the age of 3. She began her formal voice training when she was 14 years old; a freshmen voice major at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Upon graduation from Ellington, Kanysha studied voice performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; she then moved to Virginia and completed her musical education at George Mason University. Kanysha has had the honor of performing in the country’s most famous venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Kanysha has also shared the stage with music’s finest artists such as Renee’ Fleming, Denyce Graves, Beyoncé, and Stevie Wonder. Kanysha has been described as an “extremely versatile” artist who is “Broadway bound.” She currently teaches music and performs locally in the Washington DC area.
Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, Banjo, Piano, Drums, Ukulele, Mandolin, Aux Percussion
A 15-year veteran of the D.C. music scene and multi-instrumentalist, Will instructs guitar, upright bass, drums, ukulele, banjo, mandolin and piano throughout Northern VA. He also freelances as a sound engineer. Will has previously served as the Music Director of Virginia Hills Baptist Church Preschool where he taught over 200 students according to Fairfax County’s Guidelines for early Youth Development. He has been a member of the Washington Jazz Arts Ensemble playing upright bass and has volunteered for the McLean Youth Orchestra (MYO). Will instructs many styles of music including Rock, Pop, Blues, Classical and Jazz. Will develops lesson plans unique to each of his students.
Mijail Tumanov achieved his first major success in 1999, when he won the Young Soloists competition of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, with which he performed as a result. Mijail has performed, as well, with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica and the Ball State Symphony Orchestra and worked with noted conductors such as Vladimir Sirenko, Chosei Komatsu and Irwin Hoffman. In 2001, he won the 5th Pinault International Competition in New York, which granted him the opportunity to play at the Carnegie Hall, where he was subsequently invited to perform two more times.
Currently, Tumanov is working on his DMA at George Mason University, studying with Dr. Anna Balakerskaia.
Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano
Soc has been playing violin and viola for 50 years. While she performed with the McLean Orchestra for 25 years, judging juries and music competitions afforded her an opportunity to stay involved with students. In addition, playing for weddings, funerals, church services and charity events has allowed her to share music with others during important times in their lives. Soc teaches classical violin, viola, beginning cello and beginning piano. She is available to coach audition preparation as well as small ensembles such as duos, trios, and quartets. Adult students are very much welcome!
Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Bass, Ukulele, Lapsteel Guitar & Violin
Joseph "Jody" Chalk has 38 years of performance and instruction experience on stringed instruments. He has performed with bands such as Blue Mule, Riders in the Sky, Doc Scantlin Imperial Palms Orchestra, Way Out West, Deanna Bogart, Hank Williams Jr., Special Delivery Band and Virginia Woodpickers in venues from Nashville to New York City.