CHSMA Welcomes Salome Sandoval and Laura Blankenship to our Faculty!

salome_sandrovalSALOME SANDOVAL MCNUTT, guitar, lute, voice

Salomé Sandoval sings and plays lutes, early and classical guitars. A native of Venezuela, she holds a Graduate Performance Diploma in Early Music voice and lute thanks to a scholarship awarded by Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. She also completed a Master’s in Arts with an assistantship from Middle Tennessee State University and a Bachelor in Music from Instituto Universitario de Estudios Musicales in Caracas, Venezuela, both in classical guitar. 

Salomé‘s experience extends to master classes, radio shows, theater, movie soundtracks and television, performing early, Latin American, and contemporary music in Venezuela and the US with groups such as Camerata de Caracas, the Church of the Advent choir, Harvard Early Music Society, Canto Armonico, Revels, El Mundo, Newberry Consort and the Boston Camerata Salomé‘s CDs “Singing with the Fire” and “Potions” as well as videos are available in ITunes and YouTube. In 2010, Salomé founded “El Fuego Early Music Ensemble” featuring Hispanic Baroque vocal music.

As a teacher Salome loves tailoring lessons to fulfill the needs of a diverse group of students, using the latest technology to appeal to younger generations as well as giving students live performance experiences. Believing that it is never too late to learn a musical instrument, she thrives on helping students succeed in their personal and academic goals. She understands that every student learns in a different way, and bases her teaching on the different sensory styles of learning. She believes that with patience and fun educational exercises, learning music is possible for anyone, and she also specializes in helping students self-accompany while singing their favorite songs.


laura_blankenship1LAURA BLANKENSHIP, violin & viola

Laura comes to us with a bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from UNCG and a master’s degree from the University of Wyoming. Equally comfortable with performing and teaching, she has performed with the Cheyenne and Wyoming Symphony Orchestras, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, and orchestras at both UNCG and UW.

Her teaching experience encompasses private teaching with violin and viola students of all ages as well as work with students in public school orchestras. Her college coursework included specialized training in working with children and in the teaching styles of Suzuki, Galamian and Havas, all of whom approached the teaching of strings with contemporary ideas and new methods.

Ms. Blankenship is very much looking forward to working with the students at CHSMA and enjoys the challenge of helping them find their own special pathway to musical growth and enjoyment.