Tracy Stuever

Tracy Stuever,  Studio Owner - harp, piano, guitar, voice, drums

Tracy Stuever, Studio Owner - harp, piano, guitar, voice, drums

Tracy started playing piano (self taught) at the age of 7.  She added on many instruments over the years, singing and playing guitar proficiently by the age of 13.  By this point in her life, she began composing songs as well.

In the fifth grade, her formal training started with the snare drum.  Her self-developed skills as a pianist aided her in class as she quickly added timpani and mallet percussion to her skill set.  From there she participated in the GMEA District Band in 8th grade, and then did so again every year until she graduated high school.  

In her senior year of high school, she attended the Governors Honors Program for percussion, made the All-State band, and was a member of the prestigious Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.  In addition to her commitments with the school band, Tracy was a dedicated member of the High School Choir and even student taught the Women's Choir during her senior year of high school.  She performed in over ten musicals and played guitar and sang in every talent show.

In 2007, Tracy graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education.  She also received certification from the GAPSC (Georgia Professional Standards Commission).  During her time at the University, she performed in the Wind Symphony, Wind Esemble, Tropical Breeze Steel Band, Georgia Brass and accompanied many other musicians in solo rectials.   She trained on over 40 different instruments during her college years!

Tracy has been teaching in privately in Downtown Monroe for over 9 years now. It is her vision to fill the community with musicians who wish to share the gift of music for all the hear. She believes that music brings us together, enriches our lives and is always there to speak for us when words fail. She welcomes students of all ages and all ability levels!  

Kimberly Rooker

Kimberly Rooker,  Instructor - cello, vioin, piano

Kimberly Rooker, Instructor - cello, vioin, piano

Kimberly Rooker Cellist

      Mrs. Rooker is a native of Atlanta, Georgia.  She attended Lakeside HS and played in the Dekalb Youth Symphony and the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestras.   She received her degrees in music from Converse College.  She has a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance, a Masters in Music History and an Education Specialist Degree in Integrating the Fine Arts in the Curriculum from Lesley University.   She has been an orchestra teacher for Gwinnett County Public Schools for 29 years.   She was on the inaugural faculty of Richards MS in 1987.  In 1996, she became the orchestra director at Snellville MS and since 2010 she has been an inaugural faculty member at Grace Snell MS in Loganville.   Kimberly and her husband Mark have lived in Monroe since 2001.  They have two children Marla Rooker of Savannah and Davis Rooker attending Kennesaw State University.   Kimberly plans to continue playing cello professionally and teaching music lessons in Monroe, Georgia.

Jessica Jarrett

Jessica Jarrett,  Instructor -   violin, cello, voice, guitar, piano, mandolin. Picture with her fiance Duncan and their pups.

Jessica Jarrett, Instructor - violin, cello, voice, guitar, piano, mandolin.
Picture with her fiance Duncan and their pups.

Jessica's journey as a musician began at a young age. She began taking piano lessons at age 6, and began playing the violin a few years later in an elementary orchestra class. She began taking private lessons on violin starting in middle school and studied with formal instruction through her senior year of high school in 2012.

She participated in All-State in both middle and high school as well as the Fulton County High School honor orchestra all four years of high school. She was also a member of the Buckhead Youth Symphony Orchestra for three years. She served as concert master of her orchestra at North Springs Charter High School of Arts and Sciences for three years as well.

She began teaching herself how to play the guitar her sophomore year of high school, and continued to play through undergrad at the University of Georgia. Jessica studied violin under Dr. Michael Heald at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and graduated with a degree in Music Therapy in 2017. Jessica became a Board Certified Music Therapist in June of 2017.

Jessica went on to pursue her Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Georgia and graduated in May of 2019. She currently works full time as a Residential Therapist at Twin Lakes Recovery Center in Monroe, but still enjoys playing and teaching music in her spare time.

Jessica worked with Stuever Studios beginning in January 2015, but took a hiatus due to scheduling in April of 2018. Now, Jessica is thrilled to be able to begin working with Stuever Studios again!

Jessica has training on the violin, piano, guitar, cello, the ukulele, the mandolin and with voice.

Jessica is now accepting students on any of the instruments she plays, and looks forward to work with students ready to make music!

Carly King

Carly King,  Instructor - violin, piano, guitar, voice, drums

Carly King, Instructor - violin, piano, guitar, voice, drums

Carly King began formal training in violin at the age of 4 under Mary Locke in Fulton County, Ga, and continued through under the instruction of Becky Klein in Atlanta, Ga for her last two years of high school until she graduated in 2012.  She then continued her violin studies at the University of Georgia. She began studying piano at the age of 6 and took lessons for 10 years.  As a junior in high school she received a hand-me-down guitar from her older brother and has been playing for the past seven years.

Carly was a member of the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra, a community orchestra in Roswell, Ga, for two and a half years from 8th-10th grade and participated in All-State Orchestra in her junior and senior years of high school.  In 2017 she graduated from the University of Georgia as a double major in Violin Performance studying under Dr. Michael Heald, and Music Therapy under the provision of Dr. Roy Kennedy and Dr. Ellen Ritchey.  From 2012-2016, Carly was a member of the UGA Symphony Orchestra as well as various small ensembles such as trios, quartets, a sextet, and an octet with other undergraduate students, graduate students, and doctoral students. 

Carly loves writing her own music, both instrumental and set to lyrics, and also plays ukulele, mandolin, and banjo. She is an active singer/songwriter and has toured the southeast United States. She currently has an an album out and aspires to continue her career as a professional musician. She loves improvising on the instruments she plays and strongly encourages playing by ear as well as learning to read music. Aside from music, Carly loves to read, paint and draw, is experimenting with photography.

She looks forward to building relationships with her students through music!

Kathryn Koopman

Kathryn Koopman  composition, woodwinds, brass, piano, voice, beginner guitar

Kathryn Koopman composition, woodwinds, brass, piano, voice, beginner guitar

Kathryn Koopman is a performer, music educator, and electro-acoustic composer originally from Dallas, Georgia. She began taking piano lessons in the 2nd grade, and later began playing the clarinet in the 6th grade. Her formal instruction as a clarinetist began her senior year of high school under Kennesaw State University's clarinet professor, John Warren. While in high school, Kathryn participated in the Georgia honor band, All-State band, Janfest, and the Roswell chapter of the Conn-Selmer Honor band, which played alongside guest artists such as the Canadian Brass. She also received the John Philip Sousa award from her band program at East Paulding High School.

Kathryn received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia as a double major in Music Education and Music Composition. During her time there, she has studied clarinet under Dr. Ray McClellan and performed in ensembles such as the Wind Symphony as principle player, Wind Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she has played mellophone with the UGA Redcoat band, and has sung with the UGA Repertory Singers and University Chorus. Currently, she is working on her Masters degree in Music Composition at the University of Georgia, focusing her work on creative electronic projects and collaborations with soloists and chamber ensembles.

As a composer, Kathryn’s music is often inspired by the natural world and by cross-collaborations in the disciplines of art and dance. She has written for many mediums, including wind band, choir, chamber ensembles, and electronics. Her works have been performed by Dal Niente Ensemble, Southland Ensemble, Transient Canvas, Bent Frequency Duo, Pie for Two, Safety Second, Rote Hund Muzik, and D@wgbyt3s Electronic Ensemble. She has played in bands and ensembles around Athens that specialize in improv/free jazz, and has led several recording projects and album releases. She is also a founding member and clarinet/bass-clarinet performer in the Athens-based new music ensemble, Incongruency, dedicated to performing and commissioning new works. She has studied composition under Natalie Williams, Jesse B. Jones, Adam Roberts, and Peter Van Zandt Lane.

Samples of her work may be found at https://kathrynkoopman.com/.

Kathryn is looking forward to sharing her deep joy of music-making with her students!

Nathan Trivers

Nathan Trivers, voice, piano, guitar, composition

Nathan Trivers, voice, piano, guitar, composition

Beginning with his first piano lesson conducted in his father’s lap at the age of six, Nathan has been a lifelong musician. Many years of piano, guitar, composition, and voice lessons later, Nathan graduated Summa Cum Laude from UGA in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition and Certificate in Music Business.

As an instructor and leader, Nathan has had the pleasure of being Music Director for several musicals such as Big Fish and Mary Poppins. Currently he serves as Assistant Conductor for Veritas, a select choral ensemble comprised of UGA students and alumni. In addition, as Minister of Music at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church Nathan rehearses, conducts, and accompanies the church choir.

As an instrumentalist and vocalist, Nathan has performed in a wide variety of venues with diverse repertoire. Whether in a coffee shop or a concert hall, he feels at home on a piano bench, a guitar stool, or behind a mic. Nathan has sung in choirs since high school and as a Hodgson Singer at UGA he performed in All-State choirs, GMEA and ACDA conferences, and gave numerous world premieres of new pieces. One standout experience for Nathan was when he was invited as a guest lecturer to Colby College to perform and present on Morton Feldman’s Palais de Mari, a mystical twenty-five minute piano piece requiring constant focus and counting.

As a composer, Nathan enjoys writing and arranging for all manner of instruments. He has received commissions and awards for his music along with performances at notable events such as the Hodgson School of Music’s 2018 Commencement Ceremony. He especially enjoys composing for the piano and voice, and his proudest composition is a fifteen-minute song cycle for soprano and piano entitled Of Longing.

Nathan chose to make music his vocation because his lifelong aim is to teach people to recognize, appreciate, and strive for beauty. He considers music to be one of the sweetest gifts the earth has to offer and is eager to share its blessing with all.

Delaire Gackle

Delaire Gackle:  piano, ukulele, guitar, saxophone, composition

Delaire Gackle: piano, ukulele, guitar, saxophone, composition

Delaire Gackle is a senior at Loganville Christian Academy and has been involved in music from her earliest years. She began the study of piano in private lessons 10 years ago which allowed her to develop a solid foundation in the fundamentals of music. She took this knowledge and added ukulele, guitar and saxophone to her skill set. She has played alto saxophone in the high school band for 7 years during which she has been selected for many prestigious groups such as the GISA All-Select Band.

Besides being a instrumentalist, she also composes and arranges her own songs on the side. She scored the soundtrack to a short film titled “Lane” and arranged the second movement of her sophomore year marching band performance, “Mary Poppins”.  She also enjoys music theory and looks to pursue a career in film composition in college.  

Aside from music, Delaire also enjoys drawing, reading, petting her cat, and teaching. She has been teaching private lessons for over a year and is excited to bring her talents to Stuever Studios. She is also currently teaching 4th-5th grade band class after school and is taking ECE with the school’s lower school music teacher in the fall. She believes that teaching kids music is important and helps them in many ways throughout their years, forming them into more creative and inspired individuals. She loves having the opportunity to pass on her passion for music to others. 

Kirk Redman

Kirk Redman,  guitar, ukulele

Kirk Redman, guitar, ukulele

As a young kid, Kirk heard a fellow elementary school student playing classical guitar. Although the student was not any sort of prodigy, hearing what another young person could do on a guitar was enough to hook him on music for good.

Kirk Redman is a lifelong guitarist and musician originally hailing from Michigan where he studied privately as well as in a pre-college program at Olivet College. After many years of study in Michigan, Kirk began attending one of the oldest guitar programs in the country at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music on scholarship. While in Ohio, he had the chance to work with some of the most renowned guitar educators in the world, including Clare Callahan, Jason Vieaux, and Oscar Ghiglia.

Following a few gap years as a working musician in Ohio, Kirk resumed his studies in Colorado where he earned a masters degree with Jonathan Leathwood. As a part of the program in Denver, students were required to participate in various chamber ensembles. Building on his already significant chamber experience, Kirk eventually formed the DNT Guitar Trio with his two classmates, who continue to present concerts of newly composed and rarely heard pieces for three guitars, despite the three musicians being spread between Colorado, Georgia, and Denmark.

Kirk is currently pursuing his DMA at the University of Georgia, where he teaches both beginning guitarists and those majoring in the instrument. In addition to guitar, he also teaches academic courses in musicology and history. The environment at UGA also offers Kirk a chance to collaborate with many other performers and composers. In his short time in Georgia, Kirk has performed world premiers of numerous new works for guitar.

When not practicing, arranging, or teaching, Kirk can often be found outside running and preparing for his next race or indoors tending some slice of nature in his home.

Thomas Letke

Thomas Letke is a senior at Loganville Christian Academy and began his musical journey in the middle school Orchestra playing the violin.  He then jumped to the LCA Marching Band for three years where he has served as the Drum Captain and a member of the Leadership Team.  He was selected for GISA All-Select Band and received the “LCA Most Outstanding High School Musician Award” and “Student Leadership Award”.

During his freshman year of high school he added guitar to his skill set and has played guitar for LCA Concert Band, Chapel Band and Marching Band, as well as local events.   He has led music as a guitarist for the Youth Group at Hope and Life Church for the past year and a half and served as a guitarist for the Sunday morning worship service.

Thomas has been teaching private music lessons for the past year and specializes in guitar, drums, and ukulele.  In his spare time, he enjoys writing and recording his own music. 

To view his guitar videos, go to @thomas.letkeguitar on Instagram.

Thomas Letke, guitar, ukulele

Thomas Letke, guitar, ukulele