Our Teachers    



Shawnte' Floyd

B.M., piano performance 

shawnteflo@gmail.com  (225) 301-0749

My name is Shawnte’ Floyd. I am a native of Zachary, Louisiana, wife and mother of four children who all are musically inclined. I am a Minister, and new and upcoming Gospel Music Artist. I have obtained a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Southern University. I have twenty seven years experience of Classical training in piano. I also have twenty years experience of being Minister of Music, organist, and choir director for churches. I enjoy making music, teaching, and watching young and seasoned musicians perfect and flourish in their craft.

Patricia Bretas

B.M., M.M., D.M.A., progress,
piano performance

patbretas@globo.com  (225) 328-2873

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Patricia Bretas studied piano with Maria da Penha and Myrian Dauelsberg in Brazil and with Eliane Richepin in Paris. From 1997 to 2014 she was a Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Patricia was awarded the 1st Prize in a South American Piano Contest in São Paulo in 1995 and started to perform in the main stages all around Brazil as well as in Europe. Since 1995 Patricia Bretas and Josiane Kevorkian joined their talents to form the Bretas-Kevorkian Piano Duo. She also kept a duo with Swedish violinist Jaroslav Sonsky between 2001 and 2009.

Soloist in several Brazilian orchestras, Patricia premiered in 2006 as a soloist of major European orchestras and has recorded several programs for TV and Radio, such as the "Magyar Rádió" Budapest, the "Cesky Roszlas" Prague and the "Swedish Radio" of Stockholm. She has released three CDs ("Bretas-Kevorkian" / "Czech and Brazilian music," Prague / "Patricia Bretas - piano solo") and has participated in various Brazilian CDs.

Patricia was a soloist in the International Festivals of Junsele (Sweden), "Music and Poetry" (Prague), "Martinu" (Policka-Czech Republic), Pardubice (Czech Republic), Budapest, and Bratislava (Slovakia). In 2009 she was a soloist of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra performing the Concertino of Martinu at the main theaters in six cities, including the Slovak National Theater in Bratislava (Slovakia) and the Rudolfinum in Prague. In 2010 her solo CD was released under the patronage of Ourocap. As a result of this, she performed in 13 cities all over her country. In May of  2011, she launched it in Luxembourg-Berlin-Prague and in September in Rakovnik-Prostejov-Policka. In 2012 Patrícia recorded the unique piano works CD by the Brazilian composer Ronaldo Miranda, which was launched in March 2013 in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo acclaimed by the critics and public.


For more than one year Patrícia interrupted her career because of serious breast cancer and came back to the stages in Europe in 2014. In 2015 her piano duo Bretas-Kevorkian celebrated its 20 years with a new CD, “Pares”, with music by Mark Hagerty (USA) and Sergio Roberto de Oliveira (BRA), in partnership with the cello Duo Santoro. In 2016 her duo played the great Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion and toured in 8 cities in Europe (Czech Republic, Belgium, Luxembourg , and Hungary). Since August.2018 she is doing her Doctoral in Musical Arts at LSU, with Professor Michael Gurt.

Nayoung Choi


B.M., M.M., piano performance

nayoung.choi@selu.edu  337-889-6679

Born in South Korea, Nayoung Choi began studying piano at age 4. She was the winner of the International Youth Music Contest in Seoul while studying with Eun-Hyun Kim. Ms. Choi received her Bachelor of Music from Southeastern Louisiana University where she studied with Dr. Kenneth Bolton and Dr. Henry Jones. She holds a Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University. She studied under Dr. Willis Delony. Ms. Choi has been invited as a judge for the DeBose Fine Arts Piano Competition for the past three years. She has performed solo recitals in South Korea and the United States and maintains an active teaching and performance schedule that will include her Carnegie Hall debut in May 2021.

Dr. Weiying Tang


B.M., M.M., D.M.A., piano performance

Dr. Tang has moved back to her home country of China. She is no longer available for students enrolling through the Music Tree.



Ruth Roland

B.M., M.M., violin performance

ruthviolin@cox.net    225-205-6225

Ruth Roland holds a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance. In over thirty years of teaching, she has run a successful private violin studio, taught at Cornell University, and directed the string department at St. Joseph School of Music (St. Paul, MN's largest community music school). She has been an adjudicator for Solo and Ensemble, All-State Orchestra, and the LMTA Strings Rally. She has also conducted workshops with the Louisiana Youth Orchestras and in the Baton Rouge and Ithaca (NY) public schools. She holds lifetime memberships in ASTA and ASCAP, and is a grant-winning composer. 

Among her performance credits are shows with such artists as Dionne Warwick, Smokey Robinson, Bryan White, and the Moody Blues, as well as with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baton Rouge Symphony, and Opéra Louisiane. She has played violin/fiddle both on and off-stage with companies such as Theater Baton Rouge and Swine Palace. A recording artist as well, she has worked on several CDs, both as a backup musician and as a member of the eclectic string band Water Bear. She played regularly with the Nashville Addition band. 

Ruth has lived in Baton Rouge for over fifteen years with her husband and two children. She teaches a variety of styles, including classical, fiddle, and jazz.  Her students sound good and have fun, some going on to conservatories and professional careers.

Hanna Panamarenka

B.M, violin performance, -in progress

hannapanam@gmail.com  225 301 708

Anna is currently receiving her bachelor’s degree at Louisiana State University with Violin Performance major and Piano minor. She was born and raised in Belarus and moved to USA five years ago. She has played violin since she was six years old. First at Gomel Tchaikovsky Children’s Music School, then at Music College at the Belorussian State Academy of Music. She has played with multiple orchestras and ensembles.

For the past five years, Anna has been taking lessons with Dr. Deborah Ribeiro and Dr. Espen Lilleslatten. She has awards from MTNA Association as a state winner (2016), a participant of the South-Central Division Competitions (2017), Monroe Concerto Competition (2018), a winner of LYO Concerto Competition (2018), and the winner of Woman’s Club Scholarship award (2019). She has attended festivals such as Brevard Music Festival (2017), Chloe Trevor Music Academy (2018), and Aspen Music Festival (2019) that became an unforgettable experience and opportunity to learn from different renowned teachers and artists. Since 2016, she enjoys playing with Louisiana Youth Orchestra and serves as a faculty at Zachary Music School “Music Tree” and Kids Orchestra program.



Andrian Harabaru


B.M., M.M., D.M.A in progress, cello performance

andrian.harabaru@gmail.com   (985) 662-1347

Andrian Harabaru is originally from Moldova, currently a Doctoral Candidate in Cello Music Performances with a minor in Orchestra Conducting from LSU. In 2019 won the concerto competition at LSU and will perform with the LSU Symphony Orchestra as a soloist. In addition is a tenured cello section player in Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and collaborates with other orchestras in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Currently he is also the assistant conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Baton Rouge. 



Greg Richard


B.S., Computer Science
Band Member-Last Minute / T&T /
Guitarist—World Shakers Church International/Studio music production

gregrichard65@gmail.com  225-281-6202

Greg has been a guitarist for over 13 years. His musical journey began with the trumpet in which he was taught since elementary school through high school (Zachary High School). His musical knowledge has allowed him to be a part of various bands including but not limited to a Jazz Combo at University of Laffayette, T & T Band (special event band), and the Last Minute Band. He is a member of World Shakers Church at which he serves as the guitarist and lead musician. Greg also produces music at Few Editorial & Creative Suite in Gonzales, LA.

Arnold Cardon

themusician979@gmail.com   (575) 241-3527

As a Professional Guitarist/Vocalist, 25+ years of group/ tour support in multiple genres with credits to include Paul McCartney, Jennifer Batten and much more, AC offers many facets in music performance/ production, from studio producer/ musician to concert venue performance to corporate high profile events.

As an educator and business owner, 25+ years experience in public and private school instruction, from Guitar master class to Rock Band / multi-instrument instruction, AC offers all age beginning instrumentation to advanced theory implementation 



John Jones


B.S., music performance; M.A., Jazz Studies

drumtek101@hotmail.com   225 573 5535

John Jones, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana is an accomplished musician, producer, and arranger with an expansive musical background. Performing since the age of 12, John has established himself as a multi-instrumentalist experienced in various styles of music such as Gospel, Jazz, Latin, Funk and R&B. In 2001, John studied with world renowned clarinetist Alvin Batiste and later graduated from Southern University of Baton Rouge with a Bachelor of Music Performance degree. He continued his graduate studies at the University of New Orleans - Ellis Marsalis Jazz Institute.  


John's professional career has afforded him to tour in  Germany, Italy, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other locations, as well as perform with many musical greats.



B.A., vocal performance; Manhattan School of Music

nancyhendrick@mac.com  (225) 288-3441


After graduation, Ms. Hendrick’s love of teaching led her to open a private voice studio in New York

City where she taught for several years, continuing voice studies with Shirlee Emmons and Leyna

Gabriele. She also remained active as a performer in New York City, performing Despina in Mozart’s

Cosí fan tutte, Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze de Figaro, Oscar in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera
and Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème. Since returning to Baton Rouge in 2003, Ms. Nancy has

maintained a private studio in Baton Rouge.


In addition to teaching voice on the faculty of The Music Tree, Nancy Hendrick is also a certified

Kindermusik instructor, and has taught pre-K music with the East Baton Rouge School System.


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