About Our Music School

Our Mission

North Raleigh School of Music has one mission: To Cultivate Confidence and Beauty Through Music

Founded by a family of music teachers in 2012, the mission of the school is to be a place where musicians of all ages and skill levels can get personalized instruction in a friendly, communal atmosphere.

The teaching staff includes experienced music educators with advanced music degrees who offer instrumental and vocal training. Not only do the teachers provide top-notch lessons, but they also connect students to local performance opportunities.

Motivated by their love of music, the instructors are passionate about sharing their expertise with others so their creativity and talent can shine.


Erin Wenger - owner/Director and Voice Teacher


Erin received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Appalachian State University and her Master of Music in vocal performance and pedagogy from East Carolina University. A former elementary school music teacher in Wake County Public Schools, she has been teaching voice students since 2005. Ms. Wenger directed an outreach opera for high schoolers at Long Leaf Opera, directed many summer musicals, and has directed opera scenes for East Carolina Opera Theatre. In addition to directing, Ms. Wenger stage managed two operas for Asheville Lyric Opera. As a performer, Ms. Wenger has sung with the North Carolina Opera, the Asheville Lyric Opera Company, Opera Company of North Carolina, the East Carolina Opera Theatre, the Appalachian State Opera, the UNCGreensboro Opera, and the Durham Savoyards. In 2017 she will sing Mimi in Boheme with Capitol Opera Raleigh. In 2009, she completed a performance internship with the Asheville Lyric Opera Company where she performed an opera concert series all over Western North Carolina. She performed the role of Cio-Cio San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with East Carolina Opera Theater and Pitti-Sing in The Mikado with the Durham Savoyards. She sang the role of Nedda in Triangle Opera Studio’s I Pagliacci. She has studied with Dr. John Van Cura, Marion Pratnicki , Dr. Perry Smith, Dr. Louise Toppin, Judie Bruno, and Dr. Joseph Amaya.

Jacob Wenger - owner and cello teacher


Cellist Jacob Wenger is a native of Raleigh. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music.  He is Assistant Conductor of the Triangle Youth Orchestra and Triangle Youth String Orchestra.  Mr. Wenger currently holds positions in the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Tar River Philharmonic, the North Carolina Theatre pit orchestra, the North Carolina Opera orchestra, and subs with the North Carolina Symphony.Mr. Wenger performed with the contemporary music ensemble, New Music Raleigh. He has also performed with several touring Broadway shows at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Mr. Wenger has performed with the “Requiem for Darfur” Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, an orchestra which included some of the best orchestral and chamber musicians in the United States. In addition to teaching at the school, he is also on the faculty at Ravenscroft School. Mr. Wenger studied privately with Margo Drakos, Zvi Plesser, Marcy Rosen, and Jonathan Kramer. He has also studied chamber music with Robert Mann, the founding first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, as well as Sylvia Rosenberg and Jeffrey Cohen.

Anne Moorman-Smith - staff development coordinator and piano teacher


Anne taught public school music to elementary and middle school children for thirty-three years. She has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University and a Master of Arts in Music Education Degree from Texas Woman’s University.Ms. Moorman-Smith has sung with the Dallas Symphony Chorus, the Raleigh Oratorio Society and the North Carolina Master Chorale. She was a charter member of the North Carolina Master Chorale ‘s professional Chamber Choir and has been a soloist in performances in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dallas, Texas, and Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition to teaching private piano and voice lessons for over twenty years in Dallas, Texas and Raleigh, N.C., she has directed church choirs for children, youth and adults for thirty-five years. She currently directs the adult choir at Community United Church of Christ in Raleigh and was the music specialist at Aldert Root Elementary School in Raleigh for almost 30 years. In November 2011, she was selected as the North Carolina Elementary Music Teacher of the Year by the North Carolina Music Educators’ Association.

Monty - guitar/Ukulele/drum teacher


Monty is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. He was given his first guitar at the age of fourteen. After his first gig playing with a band called The Villagers at a lawn party, word spread about this exciting new folk group. After performing extensively in surrounding states, the band received its big break with an invitation to perform at the White House.  The Villagers went on to open for groups like the Beach Boys and the Bitter End Singers. The Villagers were also invited to perform as part of a presidential whistle stop tour.  Monty has since developed a passion for performing bluegrass music, a passion that he still pursues today. He now concentrates on teaching guitar, ukulele, and drum students. Monty welcomes the opportunity to help each student find and pursue his or her own musical passion.

Shannon - oboe teacher


Shannon received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she also studied the oboe under Dr. Ashley Barret. As a music education student with a concentration in instrumental and general music, Shannon has worked with several band and elementary music programs. She has also worked as a counselor and rehearsal assistant with the UNCG Summer Music Camp. Shannon moved to Raleigh in August 2016 where she now teaches general music at a local elementary school, plays as the principal oboist in the Raleigh Civic Symphony, and teaches Kindermusik at the North Raleigh School of Music.

karen - violin teacher


Karen received her Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and has studied with renowned teachers including Charles Castleman and Robert Lipsett.  A native of New York City, she was inspired to play the violin at age five by her father, a member of the New York Philharmonic.  She attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy and has participated in world-class music festivals such as Encore, Meadowmount and Quartet Program.  Karen has performed in a variety of settings including orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, from Disney World to Heidelberg.  She has played in master classes with Camilla Wicks and Mitchell Stern and performed alongside celebrated musicians such as Marvin Hamlisch and Chuck Mangione.  Karen is experienced in teaching all ages and levels of violin and has developed a unique style that combines the Suzuki method with traditional techniques and personally designed exercises.  Her top priority is focusing on the individual needs and goals of students while making learning violin a fun and creative process.

Catherine - wind instruments and piano teacher


Catherine began making music at age 4 playing Piano. Music has been her life ever since. A product of the Junior Guildhall School of Music in London at age 18 Catherine was awarded a merit scholarship to British conservatoire the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. During her time there she attained a BMus and Master of Music in Solo Performance on the Bassoon. Since then, Catherine has worked as a freelance Bassoonist and music teacher in London with pupils studying Bassoon, Clarinet, Piano and more throughout England. Highlights include a European tour with the European Opera Centre Orchestra and two seasons playing with the orchestra in residence at the Dartington Festival, as well as being part of their chamber ensembles and baroque orchestra. Catherine particularly enjoys baroque music and can sometimes be found playing on her replica period instrument, although she is just as likely to be found listening to rock music or playing Chopin. Catherine later returned to school to study for a teaching certification in 2013 and has worked for five years teaching elementary music in the UK, while continuing to teach private music lessons after-school and at the weekend. Catherine moved to the USA last fall and is really excited to be teaching music once more!

Loren - viola and violin teacher


Lorén, a violist and violinist, is a recent arrival to the Triangle area. She is excited to
plant roots in North Carolina and explore the region’s creative and educational
opportunities! She holds a Viola Performance degree from the New England Conservatory
of Music as a student of Walter Trampler and was the Graduate Assistant to Ann
Danis at the University of Rhode Island.

While performing in the New England area, Lorén maintained a large private studio of
40+ string students, was Adjunct Professor of Viola at Fairfeld University and the
Assistant Director and head Ensemble Coach for the Connecticut Alliance for Music’s
Summer Chamber Music Programs. In addition, She has been on the string
faculty of the University of Rhode Island’s Preparatory Program, Creative Music & Arts
School, Professional Music Center and Westport Music Center.
Lorén’s Chamber Music highlights include; violist with the Myriad String Trio,
Bowstix Piano Quartet, Alexander Piano Quartet and the Scirocco String Quartet. Orchestral highlights include; Associate Principal Viola with the Atlantic
Classical Orchestra, Co-Principal Viola with the Paul Mellon Chamber Orchestra, Principal
Viola with the Palm Beach Pops and violist with the Palm Beach Opera.
During the course of her musical career, Lorén has had the pleasure of instructing
numerous violin and viola students of all levels, beginners to University, and all age
brackets, from 5 year olds to senior citizens. In her string coaching, Lorén endeavors
to instill excellent musical habits with an emphasis on solid fundamentals – all the
while encouraging the Love & Joy of Music!

alex - guitar teacher


Alex is a guitar player, composer, and music teacher specializing in classical, flamenco, and world music.

He has played countless festivals and venues across the country and around the world. Alex started playing classical guitar at the age of eleven and graduated from Glier Music College in Kiev, Ukraine, as a Jazz performer (guitar), arranger and composer. In 1988, he debuted at the International Jazz Festival in Ukraine and then started touring, performing Jazz and World music. At this time, he started thinking about how to infuse world music with a Jazz vocabulary. In 1991 Alex moved to Israel, and became a part of the Gesher Theater Company where he explored the theatrical application of his original works. Four years later, Alex moved to the United States and currently lives in Raleigh.

Jennie - Advanced Piano Teacher


Virginia was Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Studies during her career at Peace College in Raleigh. She received the Bachelor of Music degree from Salem College and the Master of Music degree from Yale University. As a Fulbright Scholar, she was able to spend a year studying music at the Music Academy in Vienna, Austria.

At Peace College she taught courses in music theory and organ, and she also accompanied the college’s choral ensembles. Since leaving Peace College, she has accompanied choral groups at North Carolina State University and Meredith College. She is also accompanist for The Rocky Mount Chamber Choir and is organist at First Presbyterian Church in Rocky Mount. She has also taught music theory classes at Meredith College. She continues to be an active recitalist.

kevin - voice teacher


Kevin has enjoyed a successful career as a singer, conductor, composer and educator, serving as vocal/choral department head at Shepherd University, leading scholastic and professional music ensembles, and serving on the faculty of several prominent university music departments including St. Bonaventure and Virginia Tech, where he was Delta Omicron Professor of the Year in 2002. He holds the DMA in choral conducting from Stony Brook University, where he was a student of Timothy Mount. Kevin has presented performances and workshops on small ensemble singing at the American Choral Directors Association conferences in New York, Virginia, and West Virginia, and given workshops at the national conference of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network.

Kevin has appeared in numerous compramario roles for Opera Roanoke and Capital Opera, and most recently was featured as Monsieur Vogelsang in Mozart’s The Impresario.  He has served as chorus master for productions with Opera Roanoke, Capital Opera, and the Opera Company of North Carolina. Currently he is the artistic director and arranger for Avante, a nationally acclaimed vocal jazz octet which garnered an international nomination for Best Vocal Jazz Album 2015, to which he contributed several arrangements and original pieces. Kevin has been vocal director for a dozen community and university musicals, and has numerous theatrical performing credits.  He is the co-creator of the touring production STEM: the Musical, which has seen 100 performances in public and private schools along the East Coast. He lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife Lara and too many animals to mention.

Dave - brass teacher


An active trombonist in the NC area, Dave currently serves as principal for both the Durham and Raleigh Symphony Orchestras. He also frequently performs with the Carolina Philharmonic and other various groups across North Carolina. He received his Bachelors of Music from UNCG in 2016 and is currently studying at UNCG to get his teaching licensure certificate as well as his MM in Trombone Performance.

Ashe - flute and piano teacher


Originally from San Antonio, Ashe came to the Triangle by way of Pittsburgh, where she studied music and established a dynamic career with involvement in almost every aspect of music. In 2008 she established her own studio with class offerings for Musikgarten, an early childhood music program, as well as private lessons for flute, piano, and music theory. In addition to freelance and chamber work, Ashe played flute with Undercroft Opera and Edgewood Symphony Orchestra. She also worked in management for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Most recently, Ashe earned a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Psychological Science at University of California, Irvine — a pursuit initially sparked by her curiosity for the interactions between audiation, learning, and early childhood development. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and a Minor in Piano from Duquesne University, and calls Raleigh home. Ashe loves working with beginning students. She strives to provide foundational musicianship skills and to instill joy through the learning process, adapting each lesson to support individual student needs.