Ballroom Dance instructor  

    Crystal brings experience in Performance Arts from many years of training in Oklahoma and in New York City. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Theatre Performance and Vocal Music Performance from East Central University. We are excited to see where she will lead the Servant Academy of the Arts program. Servant Academy of the Arts offers classes in Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Organ, Trumpet, Saxophone, Music Composition, Ballroom Dance (Crystal is the teacher), Voice, and Guitar. 

  • Danielle Petersen, Violin/Viola Instructor

    Danielle Petersen is currently pursuing her MM degree in Violin performance after graduating from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor’s in Music. At Oklahoma City University, she has performed as concertmaster for several concert sets and is currently in the graduate string quartet. In addition to violin, Danielle is an accomplished vocalist and uses her wide range of musical technique and knowledge to teach to all ages. With a strong belief that any child can learn to play a musical instrument and a background in Suzuki educational methods, Danielle is dedicated to serving Oklahoma through teaching music and building the character of each of her students.

  • Austin Rice, Violin Instructor

    Austin Rice began his studies on the violin at the age of 11 in the Blue Valley Public School System in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. As a notable performer in the Oklahoma City area, he is performing regularly in distinguished ensembles such as the Cyan Graduate String Quartet, the Oklahoma Composer’s Orchestra of the Oklahoma Modern Music Collective, the Oklahoma Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and the Painted Sky Opera Company Pit Orchestra, and has recently begun performing with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. Mr. Rice has a passion for education and has taught string pedagogy in the OKC area for a number of years. Along with teaching a private studio, Mr. Rice has served on the faculty of El Sistema Oklahoma since 2016 and has also been working as a Private Instructor and Sectional Coach to various schools in the Putnam City School District. Mr. Rice studied Violin Performance at Oklahoma City University where he completed his Bachelor's and Master's degrees with High Honors. While at OCU, Mr. Rice served in many leadership positions such as Concertmaster, Assistant Concertmaster, and Principal Second Violinist in the OCU Symphony Orchestra and the OCU Opera/Musical Theater Company Pit Orchestra.

  • Danielle Kilhoffer, Piano Instructor

    As a graduate of Oklahoma City University, Danielle majored in music composition with piano as her main instrument. She also holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma. To date, Danielle has had forty public performances of her works. With 21 years of experience, Danielle has performed solo at various concerts in Oklahoma City and has accompanied choirs, singers, and instrumentalists. In the summer of 2014, she traveled as a musical ambassador to Costa Rica with Friendship Force of Oklahoma. She also traveled to Italy as a soloist with Church of the Servant’s Celebration Choir in the summer of 2015. Teaching composition and piano since 2007, she has a passion for sharing her knowledge and experience with her students, who regularly compete in area competitions. As a teacher, performer, and composer Danielle strives to use her talents to create a better artistic community for her home state of Oklahoma.  

  • Evelyn Talbot, Brass Instructor

    Evelyn Talbot, MM, is a local from Deer Creek Edmond, Oklahoma. Her journey on the trumpet took flight when she began studying the William Adam method under the guidance of Dr. Karl Sievers at the age of 15. Her studies with Dr. Sievers continued at the University of Oklahoma where she received a Bachelor’s of Music in 2015. After earning her BM, Evelyn decided to pursue a Master’s Degree with Greg Wing at Morehead State University, which allowed her to stay within the Adam pedagogy. After the completion of her Master’s Degree in 2017, Evelyn returned home joining the staff at the Academy of the Arts and the Rosenbalm Academy of Music. Evelyn frequently gigs in the area and is regularly involved with the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band and the Masopust Polka Band. Recently she was a part of Painted Sky Opera’s production of La Tragedie de Carmen and will be returning in the fall for the production of The Barber of Seville. As a second generation Adam student, she believes the trumpet is a therapeutic tool that anyone can use to develop and grow as an individual. Evelyn is excited to continue onward with her journey while helping others with their own.

  • Jenni Rose, Voice Instructor

    Jenni Rose has been singing since she was six years old and recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Music from Oklahoma City University. She taught students in Oklahoma and in her hometown of Houston throughout her undergraduate career, and fell in love with the practice. She is excited to be partnering with Church of the Servant to begin her professional music studio and spread the love of music to children and adults of all ages. 

  • Katie Barrick, Fiddle/Violin Instructor

    Katie Barrick is a fiddler/violinist, based in the OKC area. She has a range of experience in solo and ensemble performance, composition, studio work, private instruction, and a colorful variety of gigs around the state. Her works for string quartet have been featured on nationally released albums, highlighted in the Chickasaw Nation’s “Profiles of a Nation,” and most recently performed in Seattle by the Spokane String Quartet and in Chicago by the Crossing Borders Music initiative. She is a graduate of Oklahoma City University’s Wanda L. Bass School of Music with a bachelor’s degree in Music Business and served as Education Coordinator for the OKC Philharmonic & Oklahoma City Orchestra League for three years. Katie maintains both a private teaching studio and serves as a Staff Violin Teacher at Servant Academy of the Arts.  She performs and records locally with the Kent Fauss Trio, and currently serves as Program Manager/Violinist for the Oklahoma Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.

  • LaVonne McDaniel, Violin Instructor

    LaVonne McDaniel is a highly esteemed violin teacher and performer in the Oklahoma City area. LaVonne graduated in 1983 from Glendale High School in Springfield, MO. She attended Evangel College in Springfield with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, and received an MM at UMKC in 1989. There, she studied with Tiberius Klausner, the former concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony. Lavonne also played with the Springfield Symphony from 1980 to 1987. 

    In 1987, LaVonne opened her private violin studio, which is still thriving today. Lavonne actively taught at Northland Cathedral School of Music, UMKC Continuing Education department, and JCCC (Johnson County KS Community College) in the late 1990s. She was also a professor at MNU from 1990 to 2000. LaVonne participated in the Northland Cathedral church orchestra from 1988 to 2017. She later joined Kansas’ Sunflower String Quartet in 2008 and played with them until 2019, when she relocated to Oklahoma City. LaVonne is also a member of the federated music teachers of Kansas City. 

    LaVonne currently resides in Edmond, OK, and teaches in the Oklahoma City area.

  • Kangwa Mundende, Guitar & Bass Instructor

    Composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, and recording artist, Kangwa Mundende, enjoys a career spanning various genres. His passion for music began in high school when his arrangement of Coldplay's “Viva la Vida” premiered in Chicago's Symphony Hall by the Edmond North Orchestra. Since that moment, his fervor for music has led him to perform with symphony orchestras, jazz and blues artists, folk bands and theatre orchestras in the Greater Oklahoma City area and throughout the United States.


    His recorded bass work on Americana artist Jason Scott's 2017 Living Rooms EP was featured on NPR's Heavy Rotation list alongside the likes of Moby and MGMT. His score for the short film Facades was nominated for Best Score/Soundtrack at the 2018 Red Dirt Film Festival. Cellist Dr. Tess Remy-Schumacher commissioned him to write a piece for her project Music for Peace. D'Addario Woodwinds and Henri Selmer Paris Performing Artist Dr. Dawn Lindblade- Evans commissioned him to write trios for the Sugar Fish Reed Trio and Otis Trio. He was also commissioned by the University of Central Oklahoma to write an alma mater for Cashion High School in Cashion, OK in commemoration of "The Middle C Project" - a partnership between the Cashion Public School District and UCO to revitalize and cultivate a vocal, band and strings program in the school district.


    In addition to teaching at Servant Academy of the Arts, Kangwa is the Music Director and Arranger for Oklahoma City Jazz and Blues phenomenon, Chanda Graham, Director of Modern Worship at Choctaw United Methodist Church and Bass Teaching Artist for El Sistema Oklahoma.