teachers

photo Wendy Reznicsek

Owner / Certified Teaching Artist

Wendy has been committed to performance arts and artists throughout her professional life. She started singing along with her parents as a toddler and began performing in public at the age of five. She sang and studied music throughout her school years and into college and adult life, enjoying varied experiences including the Spokane Symphony Chorale and Encore Vocal Women's Ensemble in Tigard. Her love of singing simultaneously led her to the theater where she enjoyed studies in acting, lighting design, and more. She is a Certified Music Together® Teacher and holds a BS in Theater Arts from Portland State University. If you're curious about that proud family name, it's pronounced "rez-in-check" and hails from Hungary. 

Wendy believes that all children are musical, and all children may achieve basic music competence if they are given the proper environment, exposure, and opportunities for experimentation. Music educates us, grounds us, and creates joy within us. It is a certain way of "knowing" with equal parts order and whimsy. Music brings us together, and deeply solidifies our unique place in the world as humans.

     
photo Brandee Leibrand

Registered Teaching Artist

Brandee Leibrand has been a participant in Music Together classes as a nanny and a parent since 2012. An Oregon native, she is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and holds a Bachelor’s of Performing Arts in Musical Theatre from New School University, both in New York City. Since returning to Oregon, she has been very active with many local theatre groups and currently serves on the Board of New Century Players, a community theatre group based in Milwaukie, OR. She also shares her vocal talents as a Lay Leader at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Portland, where she sings in the choir and assists in leading worship services. She currently resides in Milwaukie, OR and is the mother of two little girls. Brandee is very excited and delighted to be joining Wendy’s team!

     
photo Elizabeth Ylaya

Guest Teaching Artist from Alley Bell Music, Edmonds WA

Elizabeth is originally from Orlando, Florida & has been living in the Pacific Northwest since 2015. She teaches Music Together Mixed Ages and Music Together con Español. She earned her B.M. in Vocal Performance at Stetson University & her M.M. at the University of Michigan School of Music Theatre and Dance. She completed her Music Together Teacher Training in October, 2018.  In addition to teaching classes at Alley Bell Music in the Seattle area, Elizabeth is a professional opera singer and a private voice teacher. In the Fall of 2019, Elizabeth made her Seattle Opera debut, performing the role of Toledo in the new American opera: The Falling and the Rising. She has also been a featured soloist with Symphony Tacoma & Tacoma Concert Band. Elizabeth has always loved music and children, so when her friend introduced her to Music Together, she knew she needed to be a part of the magic. Elizabeth is fluent in Spanish and has a black belt in Karate. She is thrilled to be a guest teacher for Willamette Valley Music Together. 

     
photo Ashley McConnell

Guest Teaching Artist from Music Together Panorama, Surrey B.C. 

Ashley McConnell is the center director and teacher for Music Together Panorama of Surrey,BC. She has been teaching Music Together since completing her teacher training in the summer of 2011 and summer of 2017 she completed her certification level 1 as well. Ashley loves music and has been singing since before she could talk, she plays piano and is working on learning the ukelele. She has a degree in History and French from Simon Fraser University. As well as being a musician and a teacher Ashley is a mom to 4 kids of her own ranging from toddler to 5th grader! Ashley has been a choral singer since she was a child and continues her love for that music by singing with the world renowned Elektra Women's Choir in Vancouver, BC.