About Us

Joey Tkach

A native of Leander, Texas, Joey Tkach is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance at Baylor University, where he studies with Wiff Rudd, Mark Schubert, and Alex Parker.  Prior to Baylor, Joey served as principal trumpet of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Interlochen Arts Camp.  While there, he was named the Second Prize winner in the festival's concerto competition, and was awarded the prestigious Interlochen Maddy Summer Artist Award.  During his time at Baylor, he has won First Prize in both the small and large trumpet ensemble divisions of the National Trumpet Competition, as well as Second Prize in the Undergraduate Solo Division.  In 2018, Joey was named a winner of the 30th Annual Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, as well as the First Prize winner of the Ictus International Trumpet Competition.  As a winner of Baylor University's Semper Pro Musica Competition, he has been blessed with the opportunity to perform at the highly-esteemed Carnegie Hall as both soloist and ensemble musician.  He has also been a semi-finalist in the Houston Symphony’s highly-regarded Ima Hogg Concerto Competition, and in addition, was selected as one of three finalists in the International Trumpet Guild’s Orchestral Excerpts Competition.  Joey is also an avid composer, and has composed for various chamber ensembles, namely the Sol Brass Quintet.  Joey currently teaches privately in Waco ISD, and enjoys watching his students grow to their potential.

Abby Barto

Abby Barto grew up in Midland, Texas where she studied trumpet with Michael Santorelli, co-principal trumpet with the Midland-Odessa Symphony. While in Midland, she attended Midland High School where she won numerous awards and performed with two 6A All-State Ensembles. Currently, Abby is about to be a junior at Baylor University where she is working to obtain a degree in Music Education. During her time at Baylor, Abby has performed with the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Marching Band. For the last two years, she has been a member of two trumpet ensembles that have competed and won first place at the National Trumpet Competition. After her time at Baylor, Abby plans to continue her education and pursue a Masters degree in Music Performance. In the future, she hopes to be both a performer and a teacher to anyone who is open and willing to learn about music. 

Lizbeth Barerra

A native of Rio Grande City, Lizbeth Barrera is an upcoming Junior majoring in Music Education at Baylor University with Jeffrey Powers as her lesson teacher. Throughout middle and high school, she was taught by her father, Rudy Barrera, and earned spots in 5A and 6A Texas All State ensembles 4 years. Last summer, she attended the Brevard Music Center Institute, where she managed to survive the 4th of July without Texas BBQ. She has also attended the Eastern Music Festival and Mountain Light Music Festival. After Baylor, she hopes to continue with a masters in performance and eventually win a job anywhere she is needed or called to, whether it be an orchestra, band, opera pit, and so on. 

Collin Napper

Collin Napper is a Junior music performance major at Baylor University studying with Brent Philips. Throughout high school, he was twice a member of the Texas 6A all state band and a 3 year member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, with whom he toured China during the summer of 2015. He hopes to someday win a job in a professional orchestra or military band.

Ethan Gordon

Originally from Austin, Texas, Ethan Gordon is an upcoming junior studying Music Education at Baylor University under Dr. Kent Eshelman. Ethan started playing the euphonium in 6th grade and switched to the tuba his sophomore year of high school. Throughout his high school career, Ethan experienced great success in the All-State audition process, Solo and Ensemble, and was the principal tubist of the Texas Youth Wind Symphony his junior and senior years of high school.

At Baylor, Ethan has expanded his musical horizons through the secondary study of piano, composition, choir, and weekly service to the special needs community as a part of Oso Musical. Ethan also acts as a private lesson instructor for young musicians in the Waco and Austin areas.

Last summer, Ethan was one of six students selected as semi-finalists for the International Falcone Festival.  

In the future, Ethan aspires to teach at the high school and collegiate levels, along with preforming research in the fields of music education and learning.

Paulina Aguirre

Paulina Aguirre is an upcoming sophomore majoring in Horn Performance at Baylor University, and is the manager of Sol Brass. Prior to studying with Mr. Jeffrey Powers at Baylor, Paulina was a student of Mr. Stuart Womble in Frisco, Texas. While in high school, Paulina performed with the 4A and 6A Texas All-State Ensembles and earned membership in the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra performing under Mr. Richard Giangiulio. While at Baylor, Paulina has been grateful for the opportunity to perform alongside talented musicians in the Baylor Wind Symphony and Baylor Symphony Orchestra and is excited to experience other incredible performance opportunities while she continues her studies in Waco. Paulina has also served as an intern at the Mountain Light Music Festival, where she had the opportunity to perform alongside the Sol Brass and Baylor Brass quintets while developing a deeper relationship with Christ in the beautiful wilderness of Pagosa Springs. After completing her degree at Baylor, Paulina will continue her study of Horn Performance at a graduate school while also exploring her passion for film and media. Ultimately, she hopes to win a professional job performing in an orchestra, opera pit, wind band, or anywhere God leads her to be.