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Private Piano Lessons

The piano instructors at Richland Academy are pleased to provide quality piano instruction to students of all ages.  No matter what your skill level and abilities, we provide a fun and comfortable environment for you to learn. Taking private piano lessons allows you learn at your own pace, and at a time that specifically fits into your schedule! 

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Diego Santamaria (Piano)

Diego received a Licensure and Bachelor’s in Music Education Studies (K-12) from Universidad Libre de Costa Rica and is a Keyboardist, Pianist and Organist. He also studied popular music and Improvisation from the Omar Arroyo Academy of Music (Costa Rica). Diego has been working in education for 8 years. Currently, Diego is also a substitute teacher at Mansfield City Schools and Spanish tutor.


Alicia Porter: Private piano lessons at Richland Academy

Alicia Porter (Piano)

Alicia received both her BS and MS in Math Education from Pensacola Christian College, Florida. She is a student in the Royal Conservatory, London methodology. Alicia has been teaching private piano lessons since 1998 and provided accompaniment for many recitals and special events. Currently she is the Music Director and a math instructor at Temple Christian School.


Anne-Marie: Private Piano and Voice teacher

Anne-Marie Trohanovsky     (Piano & Voice)

Anne-Marie received her BME and MA in Bilingual Education from the University of Maine, at Orono Graduate, where she published her master's thesis based on Acadian Folk Songs. During her time as an instructor at Richland Academy she has performed in the Richland Academy Faculty Trio, Academy Singers, and Adult Opera Theatre and continues to perfom in numerous student, and faculty recitals. Anne-Marie is a long-time member and soloist in the Mansfield Symphony Chorus, and the Chanel Choir at 1st Congregational Church. Anne-Marie has performed at Baldwin Wallace and the Renaissance Theatre. She is a member of NATS (National Assoc. of Teachers of Singing, Inc.) and taught extensively in Ohio, Maine, and California.


Rachel Ballitch: Piano Instructor

Rachel Ballitch (Piano)

Rachel is currently a Piano Performance Major with a German Studies Minor at Ohio Wesleyan University. She has studied under the tutelage of Dr. Gulimina Mahamuti for four years. Rachel has performed at various master classes including: the 2013 OhioMTA State Conference Pre-College Piano Master Class, and at the piano master classes at Ohio Wesleyan University given by the Cleveland International Piano Competition winner, Alexander Shimpf, by Oberlin’s Peter Takács, and by the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing piano professor, Guan Changxin. Rachel most recently worked as an intern at Richland Academy of the Arts and is currently teaching Music for Little Mozarts, ages 4-6 and piano.







Chesley Talisse': Piano Teacher at Richland Academy

Chesley Talisse' (Piano)

Chesley received her BME from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music where she received her licensure to teach general music. She began her teaching career as a K through 8th grade General Music Teacher and Band Director at Brice Christian Academy-Columbus. Currently she is the K-8 general music teacher at RASE and also directs the A ‘capella choir and Rock Ensemble. Chesley is currently the Director of Reynoldsburg Community Band, and is affiliated with New Horizons Band. She is certified Music Play and Drama Kids, and teaches Mommy & Me music class in addition to private lessons.


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