Thomas Lovasz is a cellist and music instructor based in Los Angeles. He received his BM in Cello Performance from the University of Pecs in Hungary and his MM in Cello Performance from California State University, Northridge.
As an active soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, Thomas had the privilege to perform with artists such as John Williams, Zoltan Kocsis and Kristof Barati in multiple countries such as Hungary, Germany and the United States. Currently, he is a member of numerous LA and Santa Barbara based chamber ensembles. His most recent collaborations include performances with the LA Cello Quartet and the Atlantic String Ensemble. Thomas performs with many orchestras such as Orchestra Santa Monica, and as principal cellist of the Valencia Symphony Orchestra. He has also recently performed as a soloist with the Vietnamese American Philharmonic Orchestra.
Besides performing, Thomas is passionate about teaching. He started teaching in 2011 at his Alma Mater, the Ferenc Liszt School of Music in Hungary.
Dillon Yoder began drumming as a young teenager and almost instantly he knew that music was what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. He began pursuing his passion in high school by being a part of many bands, including playing drums in his church band. He pursued his education from many skilled and renowned drummers, as well as by attending CSUN as a Music Performance major in Percussion.
Through out the years, Dillon also picked up other instruments such as guitar, bass, and piano, among others. While at first he just learned each instrument to be a better drummer and have a better understanding of music, it has ultimately allowed him to be so much more than just a drummer. Dillon's knowledge has afforded him a unique perspective, as he knows what it's like to play each role in a band scenario. He is a well-rounded musician.
Dillon has an extreme passion for music and drumming, which he partially attributes to his own teachers, and is thrilled pass that on to his students. Dillon has been teaching drums at Anthem Music Lessons since he was 18 while simultaneously attending college, joining and creating a multitude of bands, playing countless shows, playing for multiple churches, and recording. Dillon continues to do anything and everything to express his passion of music!
Brooke Van Grinsven started studying voice at six years old and has carried her passion for singing into adulthood. In addition to a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and a Minor in Musical Theatre from CSUN, she has over 25 years of classical and non-classical vocal training. She loves to sing various styles whether it be opera, rock, jazz, pop, country, musical theatre, etc and encourages students to explore different genres as well.
Brooke truly understands the importance of nurturing one’s talents according to their age and experience level. She strives to ignite a passion in her students to create goals together and give them the confidence to explore their potential throughout their vocal journey. Her theatrical background gives her an edge to find the balance between vocal technique and performance.
Brooke is a well-rounded performer whose singing has garnered her professional work as a voiceover artist, performances in musical theatre productions throughout Los Angeles, and even national commercials. She has served as a worship leader in church, sung in tight harmonies with ensembles, and is currently the lead singer of Faultline, a country cover band.
Matt Gordy is a drummer / percussionist / arranger / composer who has performed with international orchestras all over the world, including the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Maracaibo Symphony, Maracaibo, Venezuela. He has also performed with star attractions such as Joni Mitchell, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Jr., and Aretha Franklin, to name a few. Originally from the Boston area, he now resides in Los Angeles, where he is the drummer for Steve Huffsteter’s Big Band and a regular feature at Herb Alpert’s club, Vibrato. He also leads his JazzTonite Sextet. He has three recordings as a leader, Two/2/Two on Hook Records, Almost Spring on Brownstone Recordings and Eclipse, on Everafter Productions. Recently he performed as part of the US Jazz Delegation at the 2013 Changsha Music Festival in Changsha, Hunan Province, China.
His latest CD is Be With Me with an all-star lineup.