Karen Diaz, Founder - Director (Piano, Voice, Early Childhood Music, Theory, Sightreading *1992) Early studies in choral music, piano and violin led to Karen Diaz's audition, matriculation, and diplomas from the famed High School of Music and Art, NY, (Diploma with Music), The Boston Conservatory, MA, (BM in Music Education), and Prairie View A&M University, TX, (MA in Applied Voice), with additional studies at the Manhattan School of Music (NY) and Hampton University (VA). In addition to voice and piano, Mrs. Diaz also studied violin, flute, clarinet, cello, guitar, and music theater (including dance). A firm believer in continuing education, Mrs. Diaz is also a graduate of the AMICI Summer Institute, sponsored by the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts.
Karen Diaz taught music in the public schools for nineteen years, and privately (ages 4 - adult) for more than twenty years before devoting her full energies to the development of her dream - a fine arts school. Mrs. Diaz has held positions of Soloist, Pianist, Organist, Choir Director, and Church Music Director (NY, MA, TX) for more than twenty-five years and was Assistant Minister of Children and Youth at The Church Without Walls for two and a half years. Her music expertise has included performing in concerts, workshops, and operas along the east coast and in Texas, composing and arranging music in a variety of genres, and serving as production specialist for JACUWA Productions (MA).
Byron Caine (Saxophone- Alto, Soprano, Tenor, Baritone *2010) studied music education at Sam Houston University and Prairie View A & M University while becoming a free - lance saxophone artist. Mr Caine taught for a number of years and has performed with gospel recording artist as well as in churches throughout thr United States.
Duane Daigrepont (Percussion, Theory * 2001, 2008)graduated from the High School of Performing and Visual Arts, majoring in percussion, an attend Sam Houston State University. Mr Daigrepont teaches percussion and theory at KDMA while pursuing his degree in education.
Clayton Dyess (Guitar, Bass Guitar *1995) has been teaching guitar for more than thirty years in the greater Houston/Katy area, as well as giving clinics and master classes internationally. His performing experience includes numerous solo and ensemble tours in Europe which have resulted in two guitar albums, a trio recording, and three CD's, the most recent being Leslie's in the Kitchen, a jazz collection currently heard on radio stations and available at KD Music & Arts. Mr. Dyess has performed with such greats as Nat Adderly, Dizzie Gillespie, Arnett Cobb and Joe Pass.
Jawan Jenkins (Voice, *2010) studied at Louisiana State University and is currently completing his Vocal Performance Degree at Prairie View A & M University while singing leading roles with Houston Grand Opera's Opera To Go Outreach Program, and participating in Houston Grand Opera's main stage performances as a member of the HGO Chorus.
Ashla Jackson Rogers (Piano, Piano Prep *2008) studied piano at an early age and participated in KDMA recitals and community performances Mrs Jackson joined the staff at KDMA after assisting with all areas of the educational process. She is completing her Music Education Degree at Houston Baptist University.
Juan Correa (Guitar Bass Guiatr, Double Bass *2012 ) attend University of Houston, Moore's School of music completing his music degree, and performs locally on the weekends.
Jack Bevil (Violin, Viola, Cello *2012) earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma Baptist University, a master Degreefrom the University of North Texas and a Doctotate Degree, also from the University of North Texas. His musical arears of concentration, in addition to Strings, include Musicology, Choral Music, Piano, Theory, and English. A certifiedmusic educator, Dr Bevil has taught all levels from elementary ( including early childhood ) through College. As a retired public school instructor / Orchestra Director. Dr Bevil uses his vast knowledge to compose and arrange musicas well as lectureacross the country on a variety of topics.
Melissa Joseph Matthews (Piano *2004, 2007) earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music and Sociology with concentration in Piano from Prairie Vew A&M University. Mrs. Matthews worked with music and arts in summer programs at Harris County Precinct 1 and Galveston ISD. She was Music Director at several churches including Johnson-Phillips All Faiths Chapel even before she began teaching music in public school. Currently teaching Choral Music and Theory to High School students Mrs.Matthews teaches piano-all ages and levels at KDMA and is a sought after accompanist for UIL competitions.
Lisa Gregory (Clarinet - Soprano, Alto, Bass Saxiphone - Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone *2011) is a graduate of Western kentucky University with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Music and Visual arts. She has taught all medium of Art, including Photography abd Art Appreciation at various levels. Mrs Gregory is principal clarinetist with the Houstin Community College / University of St. Thomas Orchestra.
Carol " Chris " Robinson (Piano, Piano Prep *2011) is a graduate of Oachita Baptist University, Arkansas earning both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Music Education Her public music education experience includes teaching elementary and middle school general music, directing choirs, handbell and handchime ensembles, and coordinating a MIDI keyboard music lab. Ms. Robinson also taught Voice at Garland Community College.
Nancy Strege (Piano *2009) is a graduate of the University of Minnesota earning a Bachelor degree in ELEMENTARY Education with additional studies in Music at Hamline University, Minnesota. She taught elementary through junior high students and since retirement continues to work as a substitute teacher. Mrs Strege is also an experience accompanist for church choirs, and UIL.competitions.