Meet our instructors
Having over seven years of experience as a violin teacher, Natalie is as passionate
about teaching the violin as she is about playing. She believes in a loving and patient approach
to teaching and believes that given the right tools and skills, anyone can learn to play the violin
no matter their age or ability. In August 2018, she traveled to Pittsburgh and completed Unit One
of the Suzuki Violin Teacher Training program. During her year off of school, Natalie built up a
large private studio of eighteen violin students. While in Chicago, she taught for the DePaul
Community Music Division, giving private violin lessons and group violin classes. Natalie hopes
to instill a lifelong passion for music, learning, and creativity through violin playing in her
Diana is Ukrainian born pianist currently based in Cincinnati (OH), USA. She was
born in 1995 in Ternopil (Ukraine). Diana graduated from Mykola Lysenko Lviv Music
Academy in 2018, where she studied with Oksana Rapita. She is a laureate of many international
competitions: Competition after Myroslav Skoryk (Ukraine, 2016), the award “Golden
Parnassus” at the XII International Piano Forum “Bieszczady without borders” (Poland, 2017),
the II Prize at the VIII International Siegfried-Weishaupt-Klavierwettbewerb competition
(Ochsenhausen, Germany, 2018).
Praised for “beautiful performances of great warmth” (Classical Voice of North Carolina), Michael captures the listener with sensitivity and flair on both the modern piano and historical keyboards. Michael recently won the top prize ex aequo in the Ninth Jurow International Harpsichord Competition, shortly after being nominated to the Diapason 20 Under 30 Class of 2021. As a pianist, Michael has captured prizes in the International Crescendo Music Awards and Chautauqua International Piano Competition. He is the artistic director of Seven Hills Baroque and serves as organist at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. A native of Fresno, CA, Michael is a doctoral candidate in both piano and harpsichord at the University of Cincinnati and holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, and the Johns Hopkins University. Learn from the best and sign up with Michael today!
Kole Pantuso is an advocate for the uplifting power of music, a multifaceted
musician and educator who is comfortable in a number of different styles of music.
Raised in San Antonio, Texas, Kole holds a Masters in Trumpet performance at the
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he was awarded the
Graduate Brass Quintet fellowship. There, his primary teachers were Michael Mergen
and Phil Collins. His undergraduate degree is from the University of North Texas where
he studied with Keith Johnson, John Holt, Jason Bergman, and Allen Vizzutti.
Kole has played with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Corpus Christi
Symphony, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Blue-Ash Montgomery Symphony and has
served as the Principal Trumpet of Symphony VIVA in San Antonio.
Soprano Victoria Ellington received her Master’s of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she studied with Professor William McGraw. During her time at CCM, she was able to workshop several new operas including Blind Injustice and Awakenings with the Opera Fusion: New Works program, a joint collaboration between Cincinnati Opera and CCM Opera. In past seasons she has performed at Cincinnati Opera and the Kennedy Center among other places. She is looking forward to participating in the world premiere of Fierce by William Menefield with Cincinnati Opera in the 2021 season.
Josh Kim is a recent graduate from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a Master’s degree in cello performance. Currently, He is pursuing an Artist Diploma degree with a full tuition scholarship studying under Alan Rafferty. As a recipient of numerous awards, Josh has received masterclasses from Yo-Yo Ma, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Stephen Geber, Mark Kosower, Melissa Kraut, and Sara Sant’Ambrogio to name a few. Click on his image to learn more about Josh!
Seriously talented, Dr. Jason Richmond brings a plethora of experience to Tallant Music Studio and will be spear-heading our Music Technology department! You can study guitar (all styles), music composition, music theory, songwriting and music technology and recording with Jason. We at TMS believe that understanding how to write or improvise on your instrument is just as important as learning to play- Jason brings an expert level on this approach. Not to mention, he can teach you how to create an entire song or a piece from the tips of your fingers on a computer! Click his image for more info.
Alexandra (Alex) Doyle
Dr. Alexandra Doyle adores teaching and has worked with students from six-year-old beginners to blossoming young artists. Her students have gone on to study music performance and education at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), Wright State University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and more, but she also loves teaching kids and adults who play for the fun of it. Dr. Alex holds degrees from CCM and the University of Houston and has been on the faculty of Tallant Music Studio since 2021.
Caileen, director of Tallant Music Studio, truly believes that anyone is capable of learning an instrument and she is passionate about finding the unique approach that will work for you. Caileen approaches all instrument instruction from a compositional standpoint encouraging improvisation and creating music that is truly your own. Click on her image for more information. *CAILEEN IS CURRENTLY BOOKED FOR THE YEAR.*
Doctoral Candidate at University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, Nic comes to TMS with an incredible ability to discover the musical voice in all his students. He is a well-accomplished composer and violist with a keen teaching ability. He also works with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and in the CCM admissions office, bringing an expertise of knowledge in arts administration and the college admissions process. Click on his image for more information.
Julianna is an insightful, inspiring, and invigorating teacher for students of any age. Whether you want to learn to play the flute for the first time, get into a collegiate music program, youth orchestra, music festival, or just become a better flutist and musician, Julianna is here to help. Her rounded approach to learning focuses on developing healthy fundamentals, sharing practice techniques to increase confidence and efficiency, and empowering students to express their unique voice.
Eric has been teaching in the Fort Thomas and NKY area for several years and brings an ample amount of experience to TMS. He is patient and enthusiastic about teaching and watching his students thrive in their learning. His students of all ages rave about their time with him. Eric teaches all styles of music and is comfortable meeting you wherever you are on your musical journey. Click on his image for more information.
Mark is a very experienced teacher and brings a diverse background to TMS through his background in different musical styles including rock, blues, jazz, Appalachian music, and bluegrass. Mark is also an active performer throughout NKY and Cincinnati. Click on his picture for more info!
Velislava (Veli) Franta
Composer and pianist, Velislava (Veli) Franta, has been teaching piano instruction for almost 20 years. A native of Bulgaria, she began playing the piano at the age of 6 and received degrees in Piano and Music History in her country. When Veli isn’t teaching, you can hear her playing and writing beautiful, storytelling music echoing through the rooms of the studio from our white grand piano. Veli is patient, well-experienced, and excited to teach all ages how to master a beautiful instrument. Click on her picture for more information.