Linda was born and raised in Hays, Kansas. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Fort Hays State. She taught for six years in Spartanburg, South Carolina and played in the Spartanburg Symphony. She was president of the South Carolina ASTA organization. She then made the move to Nevada and has taught in the Washoe County School District ever since. She also plays violin with the Reno Pops Orchestra and directs two bell choirs with her son Ben. She started teaching RPA Kids in two schools last January. Mrs. Brown is married with two sons. She loves to spend Saturdays hiking on a mountain trail or curled up with a book.
Hyeyoung Choi was born and raised in Korea. She started playing cello at age 8 and won a 3rd place at Korean National Youth Competition 3 years later. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Chong-Shin University in Seoul, Korea. After receiving Bachelor’s, she had played in a few professional orchestras in Seoul as a substitute cellist before she came to the states to study. She completed a M.M and professional studies in cello performance with Jeffery Solow who is a professor in Temple University, PA. Hyeyoung had been principal cellist with Temple Symphony, Opera and Chamber Orchestra as well as Germantown Academy Orchestra where she had played for 5 years. Hyeyoung moved to Reno in 2009 due to husband’s ministry. She joined RPA Kids program in 2012. She teaches both violin and cello in the program. She is married with two children and they both enjoy playing in RPA Kids.
Caroline is a graduate of The University of Michigan School of Music-Ann Arbor where she studied cello with Jerome Jelinek and music education with Robert Culver. After receiving her Bachelor’s, Caroline taught orchestra in the Atlanta Public Schools where she co-directed an honor orchestra and completed a M.M. in music education from the University of Georgia-Athens. Upon finishing her Master’s, she returned to her home town of Livonia, Michigan to direct the Franklin High School Orchestras. In 2006, Caroline relocated to Reno where she currently directs the orchestras at Kendyl Depoali Middle School, and teaches the Reno Philharmonic’s RPA Kids after school violin program. During her 20 years of public school teaching, she has taught orchestra, band, and general music to students in grades K-12 and has been honored with inclusion in Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Education. Caroline, a Suzuki trained teacher, is an active member in NAfME and ASTA.
Katie La Pointe is an English teacher at Robert McQueen High School who began playing the violin at eight years old. Music has always been a passion of hers, and in high school La Pointe travelled to Reno each week to participate in the Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra. During her adolescent years, La Pointe also played with the Carson Valley Symphonia, the Carson City Symphony, and a private ensemble group in addition to taking private violin and piano lessons. After graduating college, music came back into her life, and in addition to teaching the fabulous students of RPAK, La Pointe enjoys performing with the Reno Pops Orchestra, Toccata (Tahoe Symphony), the Ruby Mountain Symphony, and the Carson City Symphony. The impact that music can have on a life is so profound that La Pointe believes that every child should be exposed to programs like RPAK. It is because of a similar program started at her school in the early 90s that La Pointe has had the privilege of a life of music, and she wants every student to have the opportunity to experience that kind of joy in life, because there is no joy like the joy of music.
David Navarette is a graduate of the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific, Stockton, California. At Pacific, under the tutelage of Eric Hammer and Ruth Brittin, David received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Cum Laude. David has taught public school orchestra, band, choir, and mariachi in addition to private cello lessons. As a cellist, David has studied with Nina Flyer, Gloria Noble, Janet Witharm and Cheryl Fippen. David has worked extensively with students in underserved communities, growing programs in Sacramento, CA and Reno, NV. David has been with the Reno Philharmonic’s RPAK after-school music program since September, 2012. With RPAK, David works with beginning violin and mariachi students.
In addition to his work with RPAK, David has been the orchestra and mariachi director at Traner Middle School. Under his leadership, the music department at Traner has flourished. David has begun work on a Master of Music at New Mexico State University. In his free time, he enjoys arranging and writing music; his arrangements have been performed by the Reno Pops Orchestra and the Reno Philharmonic. David lives in Reno with his fiancée and turtle.
Noelle Rader is the orchestra teacher at Mendive Middle School in Sparks, Nevada. Under her direction, the Mendive Orchestra program has grown to have over 200 members each school year. She received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Sierra Nevada College and graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance. As a professional musician, she has performed with many local and national orchestras and studied with Lynne Ramsey at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She also worked at the Primrose International Viola Archive and presented grant funded research at the International Viola Congress in Cincinnati.