TALENT LIKE NO OTHER
Dr. Jeff Uban has been an educator, composer, and active musician for over 20 years. He received his Bachelor's degree at Grand Valley State University, Master's Degree at Denver University, and his Doctorate Degree at the University of Illinois. Dr. Uban has performed professionally around the world and is passionate about teaching music and the impact music can have in the growth of students.
Marcos J. Rodriguez is the Elementary Band Director & Music Teacher at TCS. A graduate from Florida International University in 2001, he has over 20 years of teaching as Band Director, Choral Director, and Orchestra Director where he has accumulated various accolades. At his previous school he was the Teacher of the Year in 2016 & 2019, Broward County School ArtsED Teacher of the Year Finalist in 2017 & 2018, recipient of the 2019 FMEA Enrollment Award, and was a quarterfinalist for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award from 2018-2022. In 2019 he was awarded by South Florida Spanish news station Univison 23 as “Un Maestro Especial” (A Special Teacher) and was a finalist for the 2021 Henry Ford Innovation Nation Innovated Teacher Award. He has been a presenter at the FMEA All-State Conference in 2020, 2021, & 2022. His programs have obtained superiors at FBA, FVA, & FOA. As a performer, Mr. Rodriguez was a professional Flutist. He was a member of the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble from 2004-2007 and was principal chair from 2006-2007, the Broward Symphonic Band from 2009-2014 where was principal chair from 2012-2014, and has performed with the New World Symphony. Outside of his teaching profession, for 31 years Mr. Rodriguez continues to serve with the US Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol where he specializes in Air/Ground Search & Rescue, Emergency Services, Cadet Programs, and was a member of the 71st Maryland Wing Band. He is a recipient of CAP Gen. George C. Bobick Music Award, Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Life Saving Medal.
Strings Director | Music Department Chair
Ms. Essilevi Nadal is an active teacher and performer in South Florida. She has served on the cello faculty of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra (2014-2016), Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (2011), Lynn Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division (2010-2012) and the Schwob School of Music Preparatory Division (2006-2008). She has performed with many of the area’s leading ensembles including: Miami Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, Palm Beach Symphony Orchestra and the Dominican National Symphony Orchestra.
Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Ms. Nadal completed her studies at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música. 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 Masters of Music Performance from Shenandoah University, a Professional Performance Certificate from Lynn University-Conservatory of Music, and a Masters of Music Education from the University of Miami, where she was a Teaching Assistant for the Donna E. Shalala MusicReach program from 2014 to 2016. She is also an alumna of the Brevard Music Center. Ms. Nadal is a registered Suzuki teacher, and she has been an Orchestra Director at The Conservatory School @ North Palm Beach since 2016.
Kelsey Lin began her love of music at an early age, receiving her first violin at age six. She participated in many music festivals such as the Florida State University Summer Music Camps, Brevard Summer Music Festival, Indiana University Summer String Academy, and Domaine Forget Summer Music Festival. During those festivals Ms. Lin studied violin with Austin Hartman, Helmut Lipsky, and Marie Berard. She participated in string ensembles receiving instructions from the Biava String Quartet and the Nash String Quartet. Kelsey has been asked to play in many master classes with great violinists including Oleh Krysa, Regis Pasquier, Elmar Oliveira, and Mimi Zweig. She attended both Bak Middle School of the Arts and the Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts..
In 2005 she began formal private lessons with Carol Simmons, violinist of the former Florida Philharmonic. Shortly thereafter in 2006 she studied with Rebecca Lautar, violin professor of Florida Atlantic University. In 2008 Ms. Lin was accepted to the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University where she studied with Carol Cole until she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music Performance.
After college, Kelsey pursued a career in teaching. During her first year as a full-time teacher Ms. Lin was selected as one of six finalists for the “Beginning Teacher of the Year Award” representing the Palm Beach County School District. She taught with the Youth Orchestra of the Palm Beaches and for many years she ran the El Sistema program at U.B.Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts, a program modeled on the world-renowned social and music education project from Venezuela. Her elementary-aged El Sistema Beethoven Orchestra competed in the Music USA Festival in Orlando, FL, and was awarded first prize competing against middle school students. Because of her dedication to music education throughout Palm Beach County, she was elected and served for two years as the District Chairperson for the Florida Orchestra Association’s District 14 which includes Palm Beach, Martin, and Glades Counties. Currently, Kelsey is teaching with Palm Beach Atlantic University Preparatory Department as a violin and viola instructor. She also works with students around Palm Beach County in both public and private schools. Kelsey continues to spread the joy of music through teaching and performing.