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Private Lessons

Flute Lessons

Rachel Ciraldo

Rachel is the principal flutist for the Meridian Symphony Orchestra and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. A performer and instructor of 20 years, Rachel offers flute lessons for all ages in 30, 45, or 60-minute increments. 

To schedule lessons, contact Rachel at (601) 297-5172 or

Violin & Viola Lessons

Stephen Gwozdz, Violin

Stephen began playing with the Meridian Symphony Orchestra in 2005 and has been providing private lessons on behalf of the MSA since 2011. He has experience in teaching and performing with symphonies around the South and is well suited to tutor students of all ages and abilities.

To schedule lessons, contact Stephen at

Daniela Pardo, Violin & Viola

Daniela is an active teacher in the Mobile and Baldwin counties, and a successful administrator and music contractor. Daniela performs regularly with the Meridian, Pensacola, Gulf Coast and Mobile Symphony Orchestras, offering violin and viola lessons.

To schedule lessons, contact Daniela at

Courtney Grant, Violin & Viola

Courtney is a professional violinist who has 15 years of experience in teaching a wide variety of ages and abilities. She is an orchestral musician who has played with numerous orchestras including the Meridian Symphony Orchestra  and Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. Courtney is on staff at Mississippi State University and enjoys opportunities of playing music with her husband, Kris, who is also a professional musician.

To schedule lessons, visit Courtney's website.

Voice Lessons

Dr. Kristen Johnson Gunn

Kristen Johnson-Gunn is the Director of the Meridian Symphony Chorus and previously served on the music faculty at Mississippi College as associate professor of voice and coordinator of musical theatre and opera productions. Kristen offers vocal lessons for all ages.

To schedule lessons, contact Kristen at

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