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Vivace Music Academy

At Vivace Music Academy, it is our mission to equip students with the skills and guidance necessary to make prudent and thoughtful decisions that will enable them to succeed in any and all of their future endeavors.

Our dedicated and professional staff, state of the art facilities, and innovative programs will help, inspire and mentor all students to stay motivated and engaged, regardless of whether music is their primary focus, or merely a hobby.

Our Centralized location in West Palm Beach is walking distance to City Place, about 5 mins from many Elementary, Middle and High-School of Arts, Vivace Music Academy provides flexible hours to accommodate today’s busy families.

Joins us and together we can experience a life-time passion for music one note at a time.

Vivace Music Academy offers private music lessons in violin, viola, piano, guitar, cello, voice and more, group lessons in keyboard lab, chamber music, string orchestra, conducting, music theory, solfege, lessons for ages and levels all in ONE location!

Antonio Rincón
Antonio RincónFounder and Director

About the Founder and Director

Antonio Rincón was born into the heart of a musical family consisting of several generations of classically trained musicians and professional violinists.

He began his formal training under the tutelage of his father Augusto Rincón at Santo Domingo’s National Conservatory of Music, where he later continued his studies with violinist Jolanda Janckar.

Mr. Rincón was chosen to study under full scholarship at the New World School of the Arts with former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Rafael Druian, as well as Sigrun Edvaldsdottir, Cathy Meng Robinson, and legendary violinist Ida Haendel.

Mr. Rincón holds undergraduate and graduate performance degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied with renowned violinist Victor Danchenko, pupil of the virtuoso David Oistrakh.

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About our Faculty

From decorated soloists to celebrated orchestral performers, our faculty members are dedicated to helping you achieve your personal musical goals. With our highly trained and performance-oriented staff, we are confident that we will exceed your music education needs. Our instructors boast instrument-specific university degrees from prestigious institutions including the Peabody Conservatory, Miami University, Cleveland Institute of Music, Lynn University and Florida Atlantic University. Here at Vivace Music Academy, our staff is dedicated not only to teaching and performing, but also to spreading our philosophy of personal growth and community development.

Ariannys M. Lalana – Guitar Teacher

Ms: Ariannys Marino Lalana holds a Master’s Degree in Music Composition from the University of Arts(ISA), in Havana-Cuba and a Bachelor of Music from Amadeo Roldan Conservatory of Music (Havana-Cuba) in Guitar Performance.

Ms. Marino was a guitar professor at the Municipal Conservatory of Music “Guillermo Tomás” and the University of Arts in Havana-Cuba. She has received master classes from renown guitarists Joaquin Clerch, Ernesto Tamayo, Jorge Luis Garcell, among others. As composer, her music has been played and commissioned by important performers, cultural institutions and Festivals around the world, such as: Visions Sonoras International Festival- Mexico,  “Music & Film” (with composer Robert Kraft and The20thCentury Fox), the Berklee College of Music, Musicoacustica-Bejin Festival,The Cascadia Composer, and The Juilliard School.

Ariannys has received numerous awards such as Composition Award for Guitar(Spanish Consulate in Cuba), Composition Prize for Guitar (Festival Musicalia-University of the Arts, Cuba) and Musical Composition Award Alejandro Gracía Caturla (Cuban Institute of Music and the Association of Composers, ACDAM).

Essilevi Nadal – Cello Teacher

Ms. Essilevi Nadal is an active teacher and performer in South Florida. She has served on the cello faculty at the preparatory divisions of the Schwob School of Music, Lynn University-Conservatory of Music, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the South Florida Youth Symphony Orchestra.

She often performs with many of the area’s leading groups including Miami Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra and the Dominican National Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Nadal completed her studies at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Santo Domingo. She served as the principal cellist of the Orquesta Nacional de Cámara and the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil Juan Pablo Duarte. She was awarded first prize in the third Concurso de Interpretación Musical sponsored by UNESCO.

Ms. Nadal holds a Bachelor of Music from Columbus State University, a Professional Performance Certificate from Lynn University and a Master of Music Education from the University of Miami where she was a Teaching Assistant for the string department and the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach Progam. She is also an alumna of the Brevard Music Center.

Sarah Rogers – Voice Teacher

Sarah Rogers has been a classically trained vocalist for over 15 years, and continues to further her studies by pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

A Florida native, she attended both Bak Middle School of the Arts and A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, majoring in vocal music. Notable achievements include first place at Florida Gold Coast NATS competitions, superior ratings at Solo & Ensemble Festivals, and numerous concert and opera scenes programs.

Along with regular recitals and performances at PBAU, she currently sings at Royal Poinciana Chapel and will be performing with Palm Beach Opera in their upcoming production of La Traviata.

Anneliese Walrath – Percussion Teacher

Hailing from Belleview, Florida, Anneliese Walrath is a senior percussionist pursuing her B.A. in Music at Palm Beach Atlantic University. A true multi-instrumentalist, she was introduced to music at a young age when she began piano lessons, but has since added a wide array of instruments to her arsenal, including clarinet, flute, oboe, violin, viola, trombone, euphonium, guitar, voice, and, of course, percussion.

She was heavily involved with the band program at her high school in Belleview, and received various awards for her outstanding achievements, including being the first musician to go to states from her school in fifteen years. Despite having not received formal percussion instruction until her arrival at PBA, Anneliese is among the youngest concerto competition soloists the university has featured, having entered and won as a mere freshman. She was on staff leading worship at Hope Fellowship church, has volunteered as a percussion instructor at The King’s Academy, and has performed with multiple community groups, including the Orchid City Brass Band and the Indian River Pops Orchestra.

She is currently in the studio of Seth Wexler for percussion and Robin Arrigo for piano and has studied with many world renowned percussionist including Leigh Howard Stevens and Nancy Zeltsman. Outside of her multifaceted musical endeavors, Anneliese is an avid runner and coffee enthusiast, and has an unparalleled affection for mooses.

Ericsson Hatfield – Violin Teacher

Ericsson Hatfield is a violinist, composer and theorist based in the Palm Beach and New York area. His time playing the violin spans two decades, during which he studied with local teachers Maree Sawhney, Antonio Rincon and Anna Tsukernavik. He attended three years at the prestigious Meadowmount Summer Academy for strings where he studied with the pedagogue Sally Thomas, a professor of the Juilliard School of Music.

He received his Bachelors in Performance from New York University where he studied with Cyrus Beroukhim and Stephanie Chase. Ericsson has also performed in multiple prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall and New World Center. Though Ericsson has held numerous concert master positions and enjoyed a long career in symphonic playing, his passion is in chamber music.

In just the past four years, Ericsson has performed with more than 20 chamber groups that have included his colleagues, teachers and various professionals. Ericsson is noted for his interpretation of Haydn and Ravel.

Andrew Winters – Theory and Wind Teacher

Andrew Winters has taught music, band, chorus, strings and musical theater at the Benjamin School for the past fifteen years. Before teaching at Benjamin, he taught in Miami and at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming.

Mr. Winters is also an active musician, playing the saxophone, flute and clarinet in the community. He is the former principal clarinettist for the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra.

He has also performed with numerous ensembles including: The Florida Philharmonic, Symphony of the Americas, Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and many jazz groups. Mr. Winters lives in Palm Beach Gardens with his wife Laura and his daughters, Emily and Leah.

Nelson Armitano – Viola Teacher

Studied at Mannes College and the Manhattan School of Music, in New York, His teachers were Paul Doktor and Lillian Fuchs. Got his first orchestra job in the Netherlands after winning the position of Assistant Principal Viola of the Nederlands Balletorkest. A year later moved on to the Neder- land Kamerorkest, a job he held for several years. He often collaborated with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and as guest Principal of the now extinct Nord-Hol- land Philharmonic.

He combined his activities in Europe with periodic appearances with different or- chestral and chamber music groups in his birth place, Caracas. He taught at the Conservatorio de la Orquesta Nacional Juvenil – later known as ‘El Sistema’. In 1990 he was hired as Principal Viola of the OSPA, Symphony Orchestra of the Principality of Asturias, in Oviedo, north of Spain.

In 1992 won the Principal Viola position at the ‘Orquesta de Córdoba’, south of the country, a post he held until 2011. After retirement and since 2012, he has been freelancing in the Miami-Fort Laud- erdale area and teaching privately. He has been collaborating with the Palm Beach Symphony, the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, Orches- tra Miami, and more recently with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra.

Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us

Since 1998 we have helped hundreds of students of all ages and levels begin and continue on their musical journey. We are one of the largest performing music schools in Palm Beach, and offering a variety of private and group lessons under one roof.

We know you are busy and understand the challenge of finding the right school for you or your child. That is why we go above and beyond to find the best music teachers in Palm Beach area, so you don’t have to.

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