Baltimore Music Teachers

Girl having piano lessonThis is Maestro Musicians Academy’s official list of Baltimore Music Teachers. Click on the links below to jump to the instrument of your choice and read about our fabulous faculty members! If an instrument you are interested in is not listed, please let us know and we will be very happy to find a teacher for you! All of our faculty members are hand-picked for their great rapport with both kids and adults and their extensive training and performance experience. Our Baltimore Music School is located at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Towson. If you are interested in studying with our Baltimore Music Teachers, feel free to contact us and sign up for your first lesson!

Our Baltimore Music Teachers are experts in the following instruments:

Cello and Double Bass

Our Baltimore Music Teachers


Cello/Double Bass Teachers

Kassandra Ferrero, Cello Teacher and Double Bass Teacher Baltimore

Cellist/Double Bassist Kassandra Ferrero, M.M.

Cellist/Double Bassist Kassandra Ferrero began her musical studies at the age of 5 on piano, 9 on cello, and 10 on double bass. Ms. Ferrero performs regularly as an orchestral and chamber musician as well as teaches in various settings throughout the Greater Baltimore area. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Jeremy McCoy, and her Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Ira Gold. She has also studied privately with Craig Brown, Curtis Burris, Kevin Casseday, and John Wieland. During her time at Peabody, she was the recipient of the Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Orchestral Scholarship, which granted her a full tuition during her studies.

Kassandra is also an alumna of the Brevard Music Center Orchestras, Chautauqua Institution Music School Festival Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra, where she was awarded the Shaw Breast Cancer and Cancer Center Chair. Ms. Ferrero has played in many master classes for renowned bassists, including but not limited to Nicolas Tsolainos, Max Dimoff, Rinat Ibragimov, Scott Pingel, and Owen Lee. In her free time, Kassandra enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with her husband and cats.

Watch our featured video about Kassandra here!

Piano Teachers

Pianist Tsveta Dabova

Pianist Tsveta Dabova, M.M.

Pianist Tsvetanka (Tsveta) Dabova is a winner of the Steinway & Sons International Piano Competition in Hamburg, Germany, a winner of the concerto competitions in Interlochen Arts Camp and Academy, and a recipient of multiple scholarships including Interlochen Arts Academy and Peabody full educational scholarships, Levine & Hoffman LLP scholarship, and Helen J.Iliff scholarship. Ms. Dabova has also appeared live on IPR radio, and was featured in numerous recitals throughout Europe, Russia, and the United States. Her teachers include Alexander Khazanov, Stephen Perry, Yong Hi Moon, Alexander Shtarkman, and Benjamin Pasternack.

Ms. Dabova has a High School Diploma and a Fine Arts Award in Piano from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, and she received her  Bachelor of Music, Masters, and a Graduate Performance Diploma, majoring in Piano Performance from Peabody Conservatory of the JHU in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Dabova started teaching piano in Baltimore City and its surrounding areas in 2004 and is now very active in Music Development and Education. “There are great rewards in being able to help one’s voice develop and sing!”- Tsvetanka Dabova


Pianist Richard Drehoff

Pianist/Composer Richard Drehoff, B.M.

Pianist/Composer Richard Drehoff Jr. is based in Baltimore, MD. Richard’s works have been premiered and performed internationally by the ECCE Ensemble and by the New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble as a composition fellow for the James Tenney Memorial Symposium. An active pianist, Richard performs regularly with earspace, a North Carolina-based ensemble dedicated to cultivating invigorating, site-specific performances of modern works. Richard also founded the Chapel Hill Contemporary Music Ensemble, which premiered over twenty new compositions during his tenure as conductor.

Richard is currently a graduate student at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. He previously attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, focusing on music education, classical and jazz piano, and math. Richard firmly believes in working with students to come to their own realizations about music from all genres, encouraging students to diversify their musical interests

Trumpet Teachers

Baltimore Trumpet Teacher, Brandon Cave

Trumpeter Brandon Cave, M.M.

Currently living in Baltimore and performing around the Baltimore/DC metro, trumpeter Brandon Cave has built a reputation for his impeccable musicianship and virtuosic performances. Mr. Cave has the wonderful opportunity of being the second trumpet of the American Pops Orchestra, and teaching as the head of brass faculty at the Baltimore School of Music and on the brass staff for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.

Cave has had the opportunity to perform and collaborate with many different artists including: Kristin Chenoweth, Leona Mitchell, Brandon Ridenour, Zuill Bailey, Leon Fleisher, Marin Alsop, Hannu Lintu, Juanjo Mena, Tim Gunn, Arturo Sandoval, Ginuwine, John Lloyd Young, Tommy Tune, Rita Moreno, Christine Ebersole, Marilyn Maye, Elaine Paige, Matt Doyle, Lila Downs Gabby Moreno, and many others. His performances have led to his involvement with many different ensembles as well, such as: The Washington Chamber Orchestra, The 2 Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, The Occasional Symphony, Cimmaron Opera Company, The Norman Philharmonic (substitute), The Omaha Symphony (extra), The University of Oklahoma Symphony Band, The University of Oklahoma Wind Ensemble, and The University of Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, The Peabody Symphony Orchestra, The Peabody Camerata, Peabody Wind Ensemble, Peabody Brass Ensemble, Peabody Conductor’s Orchestra, The Sooner Theatre Pit Orchestra, Elation Brass, Monument Brass, Patriot Brass, Archipelago Brass Ensemble, Brassivity Brass Quintet, Marquee Brass Quintet, and the American Pop Orchestra. His playing can be heard on the Naxos label performing with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra in their recording: American Classics – Kevin Puts, Symphony No. 2, Flute Concerto, Rivers rush; conducted by Marin Alsop.

Currently, Brandon is pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Peabody Conservatory. Along with his many other studies, Brandon’s work at Peabody has led to the formation of Marquee Brass, a brass quintet dedicated to community outreach concerts. Marquee Brass was recently added to the roster of Young Audiences of Maryland (a non-profit organization dedicated to arts integration in public schools) and was the winning recipient of Peabody’s Young Artist Development Series (a partnership designed to bring the study of musical performance beyond mastery of technique and musicianship and into the context of community engagement) giving them the opportunity to work with Zuill Bailey.

Over the course of his life Cave has spent a large majority of his summers participating in Drum Corps International. In 2005 and 2006 he was a member of the trumpet section with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in Dubuque, Iowa before moving to the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle in 2007. Brandon marched with the Cavaliers from 2007 to 2011, in 2009 he was named as horn sergeant and in his final two summers he was made the head drum major. Since then Brandon has had the great joy of returning home to teach on the brass staff for the Cavaliers beginning in 2016. In the summer’s of 2014, and 2015 Cave participated in Domaine Forget International Music Festival where he was able to perform and get lessons from Manon Lafrance, Geoffrey Thompson, Mark Gould, Guillaume Jehl, Phil Smith, and Eric Aubier.

A very passionate teacher, Mr. Cave has held a private studio for the past seven years holding teaching positions at Sonder Music, Edmond Memorial High School, as well as having his own private studio. Mr. Cave has also been apart of several teaching workshops including drum major workshops with Edmond Memorial High School and Moore High School, and a trumpet workshop with Moore Central Middle School. Brandon currently teaches at the Baltimore School of Music and at the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.

A prolific arranger, Mr. Cave has arranged pieces performed by Beaucoup Brass, Elation Brass, Monument Brass, Brassivity Brass Quinete, Marquee Brass and the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Bands at the University of Oklahoma.

Brandon Cave has both an undergraduate and masters degree from the University of Oklahoma where he was a student of Dr. Karl Sievers. Mr. Cave is currently pursuing his Doctorate at the Peabody Conservatory where he is a student of Mr. Josef Burgstaller.

Watch our featured video about Brandon here!

Voice Teachers

Voice teacher Elizabeth Sarian

Voice teacher Elizabeth Sarian, M.M.

Voice teacher and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Sarian is quickly gaining recognition for her beauty of tone and versatility as a young performing artist. At home in both operatic and concert repertoire, Elizabeth’s engagements for the 2017-2018 season include Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Bel Cantanti Opera, Alto soloist in Messiah with the Frederick Chorale, and the title role of Massenet’s Cherubin with Peabody Opera. This summer, Elizabeth looks forward to being a member of the 2018 Apprentice Singer Program at the Santa Fe Opera.

Elizabeth was most recently a Studio Artist in Central City Opera’s Bonfils-Stanton Artist Training Program, where she covered the role of Mercédès in Carmen. During Elizabeth’s studies for her Master of Music, Elizabeth was Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Hansel (cover) in Hansel und Gretel, Dorabella (cover) in Così fan tutte, Mae Jones in Street Scene, and Third Lady in The Magic Flute with Peabody Opera. Additionally, Elizabeth sang the role of Cherubino with the Amalfi Coast Music Festival.

In competition, Elizabeth has been awarded an Encouragement Award from the Capitol District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2017 and 2016, selected as a Semi-finalist for the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, and selected as the Alto winner of the Choralis Young Artist Competition, where Elizabeth was the Alto soloist Mozart’s Coronation Mass. Elizabeth has also won First place in both the NATS Eastern Region Competition and the NATS-NYC student auditions, and was recently awarded the George Castelle Memorial Award in Voice from the Peabody Conservatory.

Elizabeth earned her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in 2017, and is currently pursuing her Graduate Performance Diploma in the studio of Dr. Stanley Cornett. Originally from Long Island, New York, Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science from Hofstra University in Vocal Performance.
As a vocal pedagogue, Ms. Sarian enjoys her position as the Vocal Instructor at the Maestro Musicians Academy. Ms. Sarian teaches students of all skill levels vocal technique, diction, and musicianship in various genres, and she has prepared students to be invited to the All-Eastern, All-State, and All-County choruses. Ms. Sarian is currently working on a teaching residency at University of Maryland Baltimore County, in collaboration with the Peabody Institute.

Watch our featured video about Elizabeth here!