Mayalisa Bordenkircher graduated from the University of Idaho in 2002 with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, studying under Sandy Mauchley. She has been the organist and pianist for Moscow First United Methodist Church since 1999, and has been an active member of the church handbell choir for several years. Her love for accompanying and collaborative work prompted her to return to the University of Idaho in 2018 to pursue a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano, studying with Professors Yoon-Wha Roh, Roger McVey and Eneida Larti, graduating in December 2020. She continued to teach and collaborate in the Pullman-Moscow area upon graduation, and was most recently hired as staff pianist at WSU in the fall of 2022. Mayalisa enjoys teaching all ages and levels and focuses on a comprehensive musical understanding for her students, with a goal of lifelong music enjoyment and injury-preventive technique.
Clara Brown began studying piano at the age of 7 and is pursuing a degree in piano performance and Spanish at Washington State University. Currently, she takes piano lessons and piano pedagogy courses with Dr. Fabio Menchetti. She is also involved in the Pullman Music Teachers National Association chapter, granting her students the chance to perform in recitals and participate in events throughout the year, and she is the vice-president of the WSU MTNA Collegiate Chapter. Outside of school, Clara has experience accompanying for church services and choirs. She has also taken lessons in jazz and improvisation. She is passionate about exploring the different styles of music available to the piano, and seeks to use her knowledge to personalize her lessons for each individual student.
Kayden Warwick is a piano performance major in her senior year at WSU, studying under Dr. Yoon-Wha Roh. She has been teaching piano for six years, both at the Piano Pedagogy Laboratory School and privately in the Clarkston/Lewiston area.
She teaches around 15-20 students a year, ranging from 4 years-old to adults. Thanks to her vast experience she adapts her teaching to the needs of each student, and she is in high demand particularly for teaching young children. Active in professional organizations, she is the president of the WSU Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chapter, a member of the Pullman and Lewiston/Clarkston MTNA chapters, and she is the treasurer of Mu Phi Epsilon, a fraternity for music students.