Meet our Adult Education instructors
Frank Leto is a multidimensional artist who has found a balance between professional musician and professional educator. His lifelong pursuit of musical knowledge has led him to appreciate the music of many cultures. Frank is a talented instrumentalist who plays Brazilian percussion, Afro-Cuban percussion and Trinidadian Steel Drums. Frank's band PANdemonium, features Frank on vocals, steel drums and percussion.
Grammy nominated songwriter and recording artist Zenobia began her singing career in her church choir in Los Angeles where she taught herself to play the piano at 5 years old and wrote her first song at 8. At 18,she debuted in the LA company of the rock musicial, HAIR, then was sent to New York to join the original Broadway company. While in HAIR, Zenobia became a reliable studio singer on sessions and live gigs. In her debut CD, “Home”, Zenobia earned her 3 Grammy nominations for Best New Artist, Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Instrumental Composition.
Lewis Winn has been a working musician and teacher for nearly 40 years. In addition to various classes at the New Mexico Jazz Workshop he has also taught at UNM, College of Santa Fe, and University of Montana. He is the leader/arranger for the group “The Alpha Cats”.
With a deep soulfulness rooted in the Gospel-driven churches of her youth, a classically trained vocal instrument that’s a natural wonder, and a natural instinct for swinging a lyric, vocalist Hillary Smith has been electrifying audiences across the United States for more than 30 years.
Patty Stephens is a member of the band “VINYL” and appears on the recently recorded CD, Bert Dalton's “The Brazil Project.” She teaches group and private lessons from her studio. Patty is developer and facilitator of “Song Spiral”, a program for families with infants and toddlers, that develops an awareness of.
Lisa Nichols: biography is coming soon!
Aaron Lovato has garnered a reputation and a strong presence as a tenor saxophonist in New Mexico. He has performed with the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. Aaron continues to play with several jazz ensembles in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
.Michael Anthony is a musician’s musician. Throughout the sixties and seventies, Michael Anthony built his reputation and his chops as a professional studio musician. Today, Michael Anthony applies his talent and his experience as a musician in the realm of education, teaching guitar workshops and master classes on both the secondary and university levels
Micky Patten has a degree in music from the University of Minnesota and did graduate Jazz Studies at Oakland University. He is a working bassist and owner of Grandma’s Music & Sound.
Rodolfo Gonzalez, originally from Guatemala, is a flutist/arranger/composer, has lived in New Mexico since 1991. He is the Music Director for two local salsa bands and two Latin jazz groups.
Romeo Carrido has played music professionally since 1961 throughout the US and Canada, with musical greats such as Sonny and Cher, The Drifters, The Coasters, Poncho Sanchez, Pharaoh Sanders and many more. Along with his knowledge of percussion, Carrido is well-studied in music theory, bass, flute, and saxophone. He has taught for California Music Studios and the San Diego Unified School District.