Arianne is a native of Florida, but will refer to herself as a “Michigan Girl” as she grew up and spent 20 years in the Pinckney area of Michigan. Most of her family is still residing in Michigan, but she moved to Miami for a teaching job in 2007.
Arianne has been teaching music in schools and after school hours for over 12 years. She studied Vocal Performance at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan on a full scholarship, and continues to be “taught” by the hundreds of students who inspire her through this special art form.
Arianne was no stranger to the Arts-performing in Community Theater as a young child. And as a teenager, she saved to have tickets to the Operas, Symphony and Broadway Shows! During her time at WSU, she participated in several concerts, some solo performances and Operas as well as singing in her church choir, which often performed with members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Through these performance experiences, a great love of acting and coaching drama developed!
Many of her students have gone on to actively participate in their community theater, grade school and high school choirs, bands, orchestra’s and theater, and even continued to study the Arts in a college atmosphere.
Arianne is the owner of the Artz Nook, which is a happy little bungalow where the Arts can be experienced daily! She also continues teaching music at Epiphany Catholic School in South Miami, where she has been for almost 10 years. She sings in the Epiphany Church Choir, which regularly performs with musicians from several South Florida orchestras and organizations and actively participates in the concert series “Music at Epiphany.”
Errol Rackipov is a composer, jazz musician and educator. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and a Master's degree from the University of Miami. Errol has been working as a professional musician, composer and producer in various styles of music from Jazz to Hip-hop and has participated in numerous projects throughout the world.
He was also principal percussionist with Miami Symphony Orchestra (1995-2013) and performed as a percussionist with The Symphony of the Americas, New World Symphony, Boca Pops, Sunshine Pops, Palm Beach Pops and many other Florida orchestras.
Errol is also very active as a Jazz musician in the South Florida's scene regularly performing with his group as well as other leading jazz musicians. His recordings can be found on Amazon, cdbaby and various other locations.
Errol Rackipov's compositions, arrangements and transcriptions are published by Errol Rackipov Publications.
Currently Errol Rackipov is a professor at Florida International University, Florida Memorial University, Broward College and the University of Miami.
In addition to his performing career Errol Rackipov works as a writer and records for his music production company.
Bass player, Guitar player, arranger and Composer. He was born in Venezuela and lives in Miami since 2001. He has played in Symphony Orchestras for about 18 years.
He received a Bachelor of Music from Florida International University in Double Bass Performance, and he is currently a Master Degree student at Florida International University.
He also plays Jazz, theatre and chamber music. He is member of Miami Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, Nuestro Ensamble, El Cruzao, Bolivar Soloists among others. In Chamber music he has toured around Europe with El Cruzao and Bolovar Soloists.
In theatre he has played Broadway and off Broadway Musical productions such as The Kid From Brooklyn, Respect, Saturday Night at Groossinger, Full Monty, White Christmas, La Cage Aux Folles, The Sisters of Swing and recently Bombshell among many others.
He toured with Nestor Torres in 2002. In Venezuela with Luciano Pavarotti and Devora Voight while he was member of the Carabobo Symphony Orchestra, and shared stages with many important artists, such as Mercedes Sosa and Facundo Cabral among many others, while touring with Nuestro Ensamble around Venezuela.
All of our teachers have years of experience in teaching within their craft and at a high level of expertise. All of the musicians on staff have been in multiple performances and performance venues and our artists have sold and shown their work in several venues as well! We love what we do and we spread this love to all who come through our doors!
Martha Govin was born in Havana, Cuba and attended American Dominican Academy and the School of Languages at the University of Havana. In early 1960 she migrated to the USA and continued studies at DePaul University, Chicago, III.
She developed an early interest in art at her mother's side the artist Catalina G. del Valle. Martha has lived not only in Cuba but also in Chicago, Mexico, Texas and Miami and has been fortunate to travel abroad numerous times. All these experiences have influenced her work which is lush, fluid spontaneous and full color.
She started her career as a self-taught artist and later had the opportunity to be tutored in the techniques of acrylic and oil painting. The mediums learned became her obsession - her delight. Light accentuated by shadow intrigued her. As a result, her paintings are bold, vibrant and unique reflecting her passion to interpret nature unto canvas. Her well-known series of Malaysian Coconut Palms showcase the broad spectrum of her ability.
Masters who have influenced her work are the late Francisco ( Paco ) Casas and Manuel Canovaca, the Colombian artist Jorge Bustamante and the eminent Cuban artist Baruj Salinas.
Her work has been shown in numerous events like Carnaval on the Mile Miami, Beaux Arts, Pinecrest Arts, South Miami Arts, MDC and various private and gallery showings locally and in Chicago Illinois.
Martha's work has been and is currently collected by numerous collectors nationally and aboard.
Jessica graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She taught visual art in public and private schools for 9 years. She is a Florida certified Art K-12 teacher. She is also a certified reading teacher and 2-D Advanced Placement Art teacher. Her students all scored 3-5 on the AP exam. She has shown and sold her art in Grace Cafe Gallery. She is also a freelance artist, selling paintings, drawings, and mixed media work.
At the Artz Nook she will teach drawing, painting, 3-D sculpture, and crafts using a wide range of media. She believes God gave her artistic talent, and wants to use it to glorify him, and bring hope, joy, peace, and happiness to others.
Julian Santacoloma, was born in Roldanillo, Colombia. He began his musical studies with his father Alfredo Santacoloma. Later he joined the Antonio Maria Valencia Conservatory of Music, where he studied under Emilio Montoya and Juan Vargas. He was part of the State Symphonic Band. He moved to Bogotá to study at the National University of Colombia. There he furthered his clarinet studies under the direction of Robert DeGenaro. During his time in Bogotá he was part of the District Symphonic Band of Bogotá and participated in numerous concerts with the Symphonic Orchestra of Colombia. In 1997 he immigrated to the United States, where he completed his Bachelors and Masters at the Florida International University under the direction of Paul Green.
He has completed additional studies with Carlos Avarhoff and Todd Levy, principal clarinetist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
n 2001 he won the soloist competition with the Florida International University Orchestra.
He currently Plays clarinet with the Florida Grand Opera and Palm Beach Symphony.
He played Principal Clarinet with the Miami Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2013.
He also plays with the Symphony of the Americas and the Boca Raton Symphonia. He is an active participant of the Nodus Ensemble, which focuses on new music.
He has also participated in several international contemporary music festivals in Costa Rica, Colombia and Mexico. Among them the “Festival de Musica Contemporanea” in Lima, Peru.
Ari have spent the past three years living in Miami where he completed my Masters Degree in music education. During this time he was an active trumpet player in south Florida playing with orchestras, brass bands, jazz groups, and quite regularly latin bands due to the popularity of salsa/latin styles in that region.
His Bachelors degree was completed in 2006 at the Univeristy of Delware. He also completed their music teacher preparation program, participating in both educational studies and a wide range of music ensembles including wind band, brass choir, marching band, and jazz band.
Ari has taught in a variety of musical settings with a wide range of students and abilities. He has taught independently as well as for organizations such as the Youth Orchestra of Central NJ. In 2012 Ari worked for Camp Encore Coda where I taught trumpet lessons, directed the Symphonic Band, coached jazz combos, and taught music theory/musicianship class.
Jonah Udall is a guitarist, composer and bandleader from Berkeley, California. Though primarily a jazz musician, he is often found collaborating with songwriters or writing for large ensembles in addition to playing with jazz groups of all kinds. He has a passion for discovering new styles of music, and he is currently studying the traditional music and instruments of Bulgaria.
An experienced performer, Jonah has played at countless venues in the Miami area, across California and around the world. Jonah released his debut album with his jazz trio "Sound Underground" in May of 2014 and toured Eastern Europe with the group in August.
Jonah has taught private lessons to young students for several years in the Miami and Berkeley areas, in addition to instructing at several summer music workshops. He loves working with children, striving to ignite the same passion in them that set him on his own journey through music.
Siobhán Cronin, classically trained violinist, performs regularly with internationally recognized artists and touring shows including the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Michael Bublé, Earth Wind & Fire, Katharine McPhee, Sarah McLachlan, Bobby Vinton, Rod Stewart, and Il Volo. She recently performed with five-time Tony Award winning singer and actress, Audra McDonald, as well as Grammy award-winning American classical pianist, Emanuel Ax.
Ms. Cronin has performed with a number of orchestras, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where she served as mentor and principal violist for the Civic Orchestra, as well as the Michigan Philharmonic, where she served as assistant concertmaster.
In 2008 and 2011 Ms. Cronin performed several solo and chamber music recitals in Europe while attending the International Music Academy in the Czech republic, where she also studied with faculty from the Prague and Paris Conservatories. She has performed in numerous master classes for a number of distinguished artists and professors such as Midori and Heidi Castleman.
In the 2013-2014 season, she served as principal violist for the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the University Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Cronin played on the 2015 Grammy-nominated recording of Milhaud’s Orestian trilogy.
Ms. Cronin was recently appointed concertmaster of the Miami Chamber Orchestra. She also regularly performs with the Miami Symphony Orchestra as well as at a number of local shows and events.
Ms. Cronin received her undergraduate degrees in Violin performance and Economics at the University of Michigan where she also completed her Masters Degree in Violin and Viola performance.
Pianist, vocalist and violinst, Mr. Saavedra has had a strong connection with music ever since he can remember. He began his musical journey at the age of seven when he was accepted at the Vocational School for the Arts in his native city of Matanzas, Cuba where he studied piano, voice and solfeggio under the direction of the most prestigious musicians on the Island. As he furthered his education, Mr. Saavedra took up the violin and the flute to fill in the orchestra positions as needed. After moving to the States, he continued his musical studies at Miami-Dade College and then at FIU where he received his bachelors. He has had the privilege of performing with renowned organizations including the Russian National Orchestra, The Master Chorale of South Florida and Izhak Perlman. He is currently a Section Leader at Epiphany Choir where he performs regularly in the concert series and at weekly Masses. He loves sharing his musical gifts with students and everyone who surrounds him and his philosophy is to have fun while making music. Mr. Saavedra is currently persuing a medical degree.