WYSO Music Makers Staff

Paran Amirinazari, Director & Violin/Viola Instructor

Currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UW-Madison in Violin Performance, Paran Amirinazari is an active performer and teacher in the Madison, WI area. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Willy Street Chamber Players and a violinist of the Kipperton String Quartet.

Since moving to Madison in 2013, Paran has become a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s first violin section, concertmaster of the Middleton Community Orchestra, as well as the Wisconsin Chamber and Dubuque Symphony Orchestras. Soon after moving to Madison she had the experience of a lifetime performing alongside the Pro Arte Quartet for Live at the Chazen’s Mendelssohn String Octet broadcast in 2013.

Paran’s passion for teaching and education has fueled her graduate studies. Currently working on her dissertation topic titled ‘Harmony for Violinists,’ Paran explores the ways in which teachers can infuse harmonic thinking into the lessons of high school aged violinists to better prepare students for their post high school paths.


Juliana Mesa Jaramillo, Membership Coordinator

E-mail Phone (608) 960-9068

Colombian bassoonist Juliana Mesa Jaramillo is currently the WYSO Music Makers Membership Coordinator and a Bassoonist in Black Marigold Wind Quintet. She is a Doctoral Candidate in Bassoon Performance at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, a University Fellow, and Teaching Assistant and the winner of the 2016 Irving Shain Woodwind/Piano Competition.

Juliana was Principal bassoon at the EAFIT Symphony Orchestra for five years in Medellin-Colombia and the bassoon instructor at the Medellin Philharmonic Academy for three years. On top of her orchestral activities, she has performed as a soloist and recitalist in her native Colombia as well as around the USA. She is a passionate pedagogue as well as a fervent advocate of bringing music to places where it is usually not present. Juliana Mesa Jaramillo was a beneficiary of the Ministry of Culture of Colombia International Award for Colombian Artists “Becas de circulación internacional para músicos, agrupaciones e investigadores musicales – II Ciclo -Estímulos 2017.”

Micah Behr, Piano Instructor 

Micah Behr received his DMA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied viola with Sally Chisholm and collaborative piano with Martha Fischer. He has performed viola at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Britten-Pears Young Artist program in the UK, and the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, and was a staff accompanist for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. He maintains a string and piano studio in Madison, Wisconsin, where he also performs with the Madison Bach Musicians, and serves as the Artist-in-Residence for Geneva Campus Church.

Ariel Garcia, Bolz Center Intern, Violin/Viola Instructor

Violist Ariel Garcia was born and raised in Chicago’s La Villita neighborhood where at the age of eight, he began his formal training on the violin. Ariel holds degrees from the DePaul University School of Music and the University of Nebraska Glenn Korff School of Music. He has had extensive performance experience with orchestras such as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and the Madison Symphony Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Music of the Americas Ensemble (MAE), a Chicago based group consisting of classically trained Latino musicians. In addition to serving Chicago’s Latino neighborhoods, the MAE strives to promote classical music written by composers of the Americas. Ariel is currently a second year doctoral student at UW-Madison.


Luis Dominguez, Violin/Viola Instructor

Spanish violist Luis Dominguez has extensive experience as an orchestral performer, chamber musician and educator. Luis began playing the viola in his hometown of Sevilla and earned his bachelor degree at the Amsterdam Conservatory (The Netherlands). After completing his degree, Luis freelanced in Spain with Malaga Philharmonic and Almeria City Orchestra. In 2012, Luis gained a tutti viola position with the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra in China. Luis has performed chamber music concerts in Germany, The Netherlands, Spain and China. In addition to his performing experience, Luis has a great passion for teaching. He has taught private and group lessons in Spain, China and The United States. When he isn’t performing or practicing, Luis enjoys cooking and experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes.

Bonnie Greene, Violin/Piano Instructor

Bonnie Greene, violinist, has enjoyed a long and varied career as performer, teacher, composer, arranger. Greene has a long history of writing and arranging materials for private studio, strings festivals, and middle and high school orchestras. She is currently publishing materials to be used to supplement method books, allowing all instruments to focus on melodies as well as ensemble parts. She has been recognized for her many years of public school teaching in urban settings, her work with disadvantaged students, and her use of musically and culturally diverse repertoire. Her printed and digital music for string teachers is available at ONE WORLD STRINGS.

For 20 years she was active in the Milwaukee area as a freelance violinist and teacher, in both private and public schools. She founded and directed a community orchestra for young people. Maintaining a lifetime interest in various musical styles, she has written music for young string players and student orchestras, using classical, world-folk, and jazz idioms. Greene maintains a private studio for violin, viola, and piano in Madison. In 2006 Greene founded Madison Music Makers to make quality music study available to children whose families cannot support the cost of lessons.

Paul Hastil, Keyboard Instructor

Keyboardist/composer Paul Hastil is active in the Madison area as both a performer and teacher. He is an annual participant in the Isthmus Jazz Festival, in the “Jazz at Five” series, and has performed throughout the Midwest as a leader and sideman. In addition to being a member of the New Breed, Paul is the music director for vocalist Gerri DiMaggio. He has performed with her with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, at the Telluride Jazz Festival, and at the 2008 Montova Music Festival in Montova, Italy. He has performed with jazz legends Archie Shepp, Sheila Jordan and Frank Morgan.

Ria Hodgson, Violin Instructor

A native of central Texas, violist Ria Hodgson began violin lessons at the age of 6 through the Suzuki Method and continued through her undergraduate degree at Arizona State University where she studied violin and viola. In 2015 she earned a Master of Music degree in viola performance from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. After graduation Ria stayed in Chicago where she performed frequently with the Civic orchestra, as well as the Northbrook, Rockford, and Quad City symphonies. In addition to her career as a performer, Ria is a Suzuki-certified violin and viola teacher. While in Chicago, she taught private lessons, group classes, and chamber music across the city and was a part-owner of the South Side Suzuki Cooperative- a collective of teachers providing music education to students in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Ria is excited to be starting the next chapter of her Midwestern journey in Madison, and she is thrilled to be a part of the Music Makers family.

Louka Patenaude, Guitar Instructor

Louka Patenaude, a veteran of the Madison music scene, is a performing guitarist, teacher, recording studio artist, songwriter and composer. As a professional teacher, his career goes back almost 20 years. He has appeared on many recordings and has toured throughout the Midwest, Europe and Pacific Asia.While studying anthropology at UW-Madison (B.S., 2000), Patenaude studied guitar and music theory with Roger Brotherhood and jazz performance in Professor Richard Davis’s Black Music Ensemble. During this time he began teaching and performing professionally with many of Madison’s best jazz artists, and is currently Instructor of Jazz Guitar at UW-Madison.


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