Mary Loy

MARY LOY

Executive Director and Instructor

Mary Loy is an accomplished teacher and collaborative artist with over 40 years
experience in arts education and performance as a pianist, singer, actor, and director.
While working in New York, Mary studied Music Theatre at The Juilliard School and later earned a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Louisiana State University, where she served as LSU Opera accompanist and vocal coach. She also found a passion for teaching special needs and speech impaired children to play piano and to sing.

While sharing expertise in solo and ensemble classical, music theatre and other genres, she provides healthy instruction and opportunities in piano and vocal technique and performance that match the diverse needs of her students. LPA Studio is represented in Houston Grand Opera, TUTS, HFAC, Class Act Productions, chamber music and accompaniment collaboration, and other genres.


From Mary:"I am very excited for yet another opportunity to teach healthy techniques of piano, singing and audition preparation and acting, integrated with music theory and history. It is my goal for students to participate in competition and performance in different genres. Above all, I want students to develop a love for music and the arts."

   
 

DORIS LUM MEYER, NCTM

Piano and Theory Instructor

Doris Lum Meyer has been a Piano Instructor 50+ years, beginning her teaching career with young students as a senior in high school. Formal training was first in St. Louis Institute of Music, a division of Washington University where Ms. Doris received Advanced Teaching Certification in May in 1968, followed by a Fellow Certificate in August of 1974. Ms. Doris then audited college classes in music theory at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas where she studied private piano from various leading teachers. She has continued her education throughout her career with Piano Pedagogy classes under William Chaisson at Dominican College in New York and Sheppard School of Music at Rice University, Dr. Mannheim at North Dakota University, Dennis Alexander, an internationally recognized composer, and summer study at Ithaca College in New York, as well as other noted educational opportunities.

Ms. Doris joined Texas Music Teachers Association and National Piano Guild in 1969. During her tenure with the National Piano Guild, she produced more than 25 National Guild Diploma Students, many of whom earned Sonata Metal, Bach Metal, and Sonatina Metal. Doris retired from the Guild after serving as chair for Conroe Texas Guilt Center for nearly 30 years. In 2011, she joined the Proficiency Piano Examination testing program. Ms. Doris has served as adjudicator for TMTA, NPG, Texas Federation of Music Clubs Regional Gold Cup Festivals and various contests for other local associations and festivals.

Ms. Doris is active in the Conroe Music Teachers Association, an association she chartered. She has directed many Ensembles for the TMTA Conventions through the years and has attended all but two TMTA State Conventions for the past 40 years. Ms. Doris has had student winners in Local and State Performance Contest, Conroe’s Betty Clampett Piano Contest, Sonata/Sonatina Tournaments, and a student winner in the MultiEra Piano Solo Competition.

The Doris Lum Meyer Piano Studio was chosen as the Conroe Award winner in the Educational Field for 2016. Ms. Doris was honored at the TMTA State Convention 2016 with the TMTA Distinguished Teacher Award. She applied for and received the coveted Music Teachers National Certification in January, 2008. The 20162017 school year Ms. Doris will be Certification Chairman for CMTA and will serve one more term as TMTA Teaching Awards Chair.

She is proud to be part of the Loy Performing Arts Studio.
   
 

NICHOLAS WRIGHT

Guitar Instructor

My name is Nicholas S. Wright. I am currently pursuing an Associate of Arts degree in Guitar Performance at Lone Star College North Harris. As a member of the Boy Scouts of America I earned the rank of Eagle and learned much about leadership and organization. I began practicing guitar on my own as a freshman in high school and decided to further my education as a performer. I graduated from Aldine High School Class of 2014 where, as a student, I participated in choir and theater programs, earning the lead role of Seymour in the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” my senior year. Although I enjoy singing and acting, I have decided to focus my studies on guitar.

Currently, I perform with a horn funk band called Bow Legged Monkey. My professor, Dr. Brack May, noticed me when I joined his jazz band at Lone Star as a student. My ability to adapt quickly and improvise on guitar landed me a spot in his selective personal band. Bow Legged Monkey is an active gigging ninepiece band that includes trumpets, trombone, saxophone, drums, bass, guitar, keys, and vocals. We play popular songs from the 60’s to modern day pop music. Our repertoire includes songs made famous by Chicago, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Carlos Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many more. My personal favorite playing styles on guitar include funk, flamenco, Jazz, blues, and classical.

Although I am not pursuing a degree in music education, I am qualified to teach beginner and intermediate students the foundations of guitar. My collegelevel music theory and ear training classes, as well as musical training with professional performance knowledge help me as a quality teacher to train students. In addition to my personal studies, I am also in the midst of a teacher training course with my private guitar instructor. Students will learn guitar fundamentals, such as correct posture, note identification on a sheet of music, right and left hand playing technique, rest stroke and free stroke. For a more advanced student I will focus on chord structure, left hand picking patterns, major scales, minor scales, and studying the circle of fifths. I will personally be teaching on a classical solid top acoustic guitar, which has nylon strings, not metal.

The bulk of my repertoire is specialized in classical, flamenco, and electric guitar; however, I am also highly skilled in improvisation. I do read and play music that is written, as it is required in my own studies that I learn pieces and perform them in a professional manner for an audience. My classical repertoire includes pieces, such as Malageña, Sors Waltz by Fernando Sor, Borree by Leopold Mozart, and Capricho Arabe by Francisco Tarrega. I look forward to adding to my repertoire and growing personally from all of my experiences.

   
 

RENA KNAPP

Office Manager

Welcome to Loy Performing Arts! My name is Rena Knapp and I am very excited to be the LPA Office Manager. Some years ago my daughters, Emily and Amber, were preparing for a musical theatre audition. We met Ms. Mary who helped them prepare and achieve their goal of being in the production. Emily also worked with her to prepare for the Theory Exam. At that point Ms. Mary became her piano and voice teacher.

Emily has been involved in Chamber Music and has participated successfully in many events through Conroe and Texas Music Teachers Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and National Federation of Music Clubs. We have been very blessed to have Ms. Mary as a teacher for the past 5 years!

My husband and I live in Spring Trails with our two daughters. For the last 9 years, I taught preschool at Faith Kids on Rayford Road. I am excited to join Ms. Mary and Loy Performing Arts in this role as Office Manager. Please feel free to contact me.

Texas Music Teacher's Association
Conroe Music Teacher's Association

Music Teacher's NAtional Association
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Texas Federation of Music Clubs
Texas Music Educatords Association
Texas Music
Teacher's Association
Conroe Music
Teacher's Association
Music Teacher's
National Association

 

National Association of Teachers of Singing Texas Federation
of Music Clubs
Texas Music
Educators Association