Our Teachers & Staff

Kat’s Artist Tree has the best teachers available in their discipline.  Every one of our teachers is an expert in their field and have a passion for passing their knowledge on to their students.  Most importantly, they are loved and respected by our students.  An Academy is only as good as its teachers, and we have the best!  Learn more about the fantastic family of Kat’s Artist Tree teachers below:

Sarah Peters ~ Violin

Sarah Peters has been playing violin for almost 20 years. She holds a bachelors degree in Music Education from Youngstown State University. While she was there she performed with the Dana Symphony Orchestra, Dana Chamber Orchestra, and Dana String Ensemble. She has also played with the Cleveland Women’s orchestra and several other community groups. She … Continue reading Sarah Peters ~ Violin

Filip Voia-Tipei ~ Drums

Born and raised in Romania, Filip Voia-Tipei grew up in a musical environment from an early age. At the age of 7, he was enrolled into a music school and studied violin for the next few years. While there, he won several local and national competitions. This helped establish a strong musical education and performing … Continue reading Filip Voia-Tipei ~ Drums

Matthew Tolman ~ Brass, Woodwinds, Piano & Guitar

Matthew is currently a trombonist and flutist with the 108th Army Band in Phoenix, Arizona and is an elementary school teacher, grades Kindergarten – 8th grade for the Dysart Unified School District at Kingswood Elementary School in Surprise, Arizona. Matthew has a lot of talent with helping students overcome a variety of struggles; specifically, how … Continue reading Matthew Tolman ~ Brass, Woodwinds, Piano & Guitar

Michael Paiser ~ piano

Michael was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Music has been his passion since age 10.  He was fortunate to have an outstanding teacher for seven years and then proceeded to the Conservatory of Music at Marquette University.  He graduated from there with a bachelors degree in Music Performance. Michael has played over 2000 performances … Continue reading Michael Paiser ~ piano

Ewa Medynska ~ Fencing

Ewa Medynska has been coaching internationally and locally for 21 years. She was a fencing coach in AZS Wroclaw and AZS-AWF Wroclaw team (both are academic sporting clubs) from 1990 to 1996. The fencers trained by her achieved high scores in junior’s classifications and tournament in Poland and Europe. Ewa held also duties in the … Continue reading Ewa Medynska ~ Fencing

Elisa Egli

Elisa grew up in the wild Alaskan wilderness. Despite the lack of resources and opportunities available to her as an aspiring actress and musician, Elisa was determined to realize her dreams for herself as an artist. Elisa has performed for international figures such as Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, and has toured Europe and the state … Continue reading Elisa Egli

Dalton Attig

Dalton is a new addition to Arizona, after leaving his lifelong home of Illinois. He is thrilled to have the opportunity of becoming part of the Kat’s Artist Tree family. Dalton first became interested in music at the age of 13 when his parents bought him a guitar for Christmas, it didn’t take much time … Continue reading Dalton Attig

Jesenia Legaretta

Jesenia Legarreta was born and raised in the inner city of Chicago. She received a full scholarship to Benedictine College in Kansas and studied Theatre Arts. She has 4 beautiful children she loves to nurture and spend time with. Her dream is to one day open a non-for-profit youth outreach organization or theatre and offer … Continue reading Jesenia Legaretta

Josh Snider ~ photography

Josh got his start in media by way of television broadcast and had the wonderful opportunity to work on many national productions including Super Bowl XLIX.  He’s been photographing the world around him for the last 10 years. During that time he also had the pleasure of working for The Walt Disney Company as a … Continue reading Josh Snider ~ photography

Alyssa Craft ~ Dance

Alyssa Craft was born in Columbus, Ohio and started dancing the age of 4. She quickly fell in love with the Art and continued with a new studio when she moved to Arizona at the age of 8.  Through this new studio where Alyssa was fortunate to receive a wide range of experience including competing … Continue reading Alyssa Craft ~ Dance