Meet The Team

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Here at Rachel Sandler Music we believe in high quality, individually-tailored instruction. All of Rachel's staff have been highly vetted and we know you are going to LOVE them!

Katie

Katie Sheldon

Her specialties: musical theatre for kids, dance, acting

 

Katie started her dance training with Baltimore County Rec and Parks at age 7 studying Ballet, Tap and Jazz through age 13. During her time at Mount de Sales Academy, she used her dance skills as a cheerleader. After a 4 year hiatus, Katie rekindled her love of dance at UMBC where she studied Ballet and Modern while also training at a local dance studio in the evenings. Katie continues to take local classes to improve her dancing.
 

It was during her time at UMBC that she discovered the world of Community Theatre and found her home on the stage. Katie started as a Stage manager and quickly worked her way onstage dancing in the ensemble. After a few years she found herself getting cast in small supporting roles and by 23 she had her first leading role as Nellie in South Pacific. By 26, she discovered directing and has since directed several plays and musicals. Katie continues to perform in Community Theatres around Baltimore.


Katie started her Vocal Training at UMBC and has continued to study with local voice teachers. She has learned many techniques over the years from her teachers as well as from the Music Directors that she has worked with in Community Theatre.

 

Katie has a B.A. in Biopsychology with a minor in Biology from UMBC and has been working at Johns Hopkins for almost 15 years. She is currently a Sr. Administrative Assistant for the Department Director and Clinical Director of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Bayview. Katie lives in Catonsville with her husband, stepdaughter and puggle named Oscar. She is also an avid runner and enjoys participating in 5Ks and 10Ks each year.

Simone

Simone Brown

Her specialties: classical & contemporary voice, musical theatre, beginning piano

Simone Brown is a Maryland Native with a BM from Xavier University of Louisiana and a M.M. from Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Denyce Graves. Simone enjoys and performs all styles of singing from Pop to Opera! She has been seen at Toby’s Dinner Theater, the Millennium Stage in the Kennedy Center, with Chicago Summer Opera and Opera Nova. Simone has a special love for all things Disney and started a Princess Party Entertainment Company, Black Princess Parties DMV. Her company focuses on transcendent casting, diversity, education and of course MUSIC! To learn more check out blackprincessdmv.com. Can’t wait to sing with you!

Nate

Nathan Royer

His specialties: piano, guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, brass, and beginning strings

Nate holds a Master of Music from Peabody Institute in Music Performance and a BS in Music Performance from Frostburg State University. Has been teaching privately for over 15 years.

Nate is an avid performer in all different types of groups, from rock bands and jazz groups to orchestras and brass bands. He is able to teach just about any age and skill level and cover anything you are interested in learning; whether it's a certain style, genre, technique or song.

Nate's lessons are laid back, with a focus on perfecting the basics. Most students work out of a method book appropriate to their skill level. Aside from that, the student will spend time learning songs and pieces of the student's choice. With the right amount of effort, you'll know your way around your instrument in no time at all!

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Lauren Yoon

Her specialties: piano, preschool students, advanced techniques

Lauren Yoon maintains an active career as a soloist, pedagogue, and MM student. Ms. Yoon is a 22-year-old pianist pursuing her MM degree in piano performance and piano pedagogy at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins, studying with Professor Benjamin Pasternack. She has performed to wide acclaim from audiences across the United States. Her concert engagements have brought her to work with Maestros Niel Deponte of the Oregon Symphony, Huw Edwards of Olympia Symphony, and many more. Ms. Yoon made her first orchestral debut at age 12 with the Oregon Symphony performing Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto.

 

Ms. Yoon also has been regularly working with the All-Classical FM 89.9 radio hosted by Christa Wessel in events such as On Deck with Young Musicians, Thursdays on air, and small performances. Now a regular performer and pedagogue, Ms. Yoon has been invited as a guest soloist most recently by the Olympia Symphony performing Beethoven’s full second concerto. Ms. Yoon also is a devoted and passionate chamber musician, performing frequently with her sisters forming the Yoon Piano Trio. Ms. Yoon and her sisters frequently perform for retirement homes, benefit concerts, and non-profit organizations to bring peace through music. In addition to the Yoon Trio performances, Ms. Yoon and her sisters are founders of Olivenbaum, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making lessons and instruments available for those in low income families. A most recent event took place at the border of South Korean and North Korea at the DMZ to host an orchestral concert for the residents in that area as a celebration of community and music.

 

Since being awarded the first prize in the senior division of the MTNA Piano Competition, Ms. Yoon has been awarded top prizes across many competitions. Ms. Yoon won a finalist position at the Van Buren Young Artist Debut!, receiving the Mary Tooze scholarship for pianists. She has also won the silver medal in the Seattle NW Chopin Competition, and was also featured with the Central Oregon Symphony in their concerto series performing the Chopin Concerto no. 2.

 

With a strong commitment to music education, Ms. Yoon strives to provide lessons to students to inspire creativity and reach higher goals as a musician. She has taught privately for 9 years, teaching students from ages 4 to high school. Ms. Yoon was also on music faculty for a summer festival called Metro Arts Inc. lead by Maestro Niel Deponte. Currently, she is focusing on providing classical piano instruction through private teaching, aiming to inspire, nurture, and guide future generations of young artists in the music world.