Meet our talented team of instructors! We are proud to partner with some of the most talented, caring, and professional people in Orlando. Our instructors are actively involved in performing, recording, and vocal producing in the Orlando area and hold various degrees in music, as well as years of performance/teaching experience and are members of different music associations. Commitment and relationships are important to us…most (if not all) of our team has been a part of our studio for at least 2 years or more! We are not only instructors, but a team of music ‘mentors’ who are dedicated to musical growth, building character & self confidence, igniting passion, and encouraging a guided discipline to practice! Each of our instructors have been carefully selected & undergo a thorough background check.
Elizabeth Chaves (Owner) | Voice & Piano
Vocal instructor and Founder of The Music Box, Elizabeth fell in love with music at a very young age, and has been singing ever since! Her formal training began at age 14 under the instruction of Eleanor Tracey and continued throughout her college career.
A lead singer and recording artist of the former girl group R.E.A.L, Elizabeth has had the opportunity to perform at local venues such as Hard Rock Live, Universal Studios, House of Blues, and the Amway Arena to name a few. R.E.A.L’s success led to a national tour with the HealthSouth GoForIt! Roadshow, in which the group performed for thousands of people on a weekly basis. They headlined their own Pop Sensational Show at Walt Disney World, Orlando and sang at the Grand Opening of Epcot’s Test Track, and The Groove Night Club at Universal’s City Walk. Additionally, they opened for bands such as LFO, Earth, Wind and Fire, and The Spinners.
After many years of performing in church, school, girl groups (you name it!) and being classically trained in college (under the tutelage of Leah Pace-Berkley, Dr. Rebecca Brown-Bedell, University of Mississippi, and Dr. Michael Battruccio of The Boston Pops), graduating from the University of Central Florida, Elizabeth decided to begin teaching.
Recognizing the need for a more relevant style of musical training, Elizabeth began mixing her backgrounds of both pop/contemporary and classical training & performing to achieve a training style that students could relate to, get excited about and grow from!
She adores her students and loves the many relationships she’s had the privilege of building while teaching private voice since 2006. Elizabeth encourages and assists her team of instructors to keep their finger on the pulse of new musical developments and research, and recently completed Estill Vocal Training (a world renowned vocal training method) courses 1 & 2 at the University of Central Florida, along with other members of the Music Box team!
In addition to teaching at and co-owning The Music Box with her husband, Louis, Elizabeth leads worship at Grace Church, and is a mommy to Isaiah, Ana and Lily. She and her family reside in Tuscawilla.
Paul has been a lover of music since a young age, he learned the basics of guitar at the age of eight years old along with his two older brothers. He’s now played for nearly twenty years, and has added drums and voice for the last fifteen years. He started writing songs when he was fourteen years old, and performed his original music for the first time when he was fifteen. As an adult, he has worked professionally as a musician for the better part of the last ten years. He has played in every corner of Central FL and has now begun to expand to South FL and across state lines in Las Vegas and in New York. Although he was self taught for many years, his “formal” training began training when attending College where he first obtained his A.A. Degree, and then his A.S. in Sound Production. He is very passionate about songwriting and music production, and hopes to make it his full time career one day.
The last 7 years he has been teaching private lessons to nearly forty students a week, and has truly loved every minute of it. He hopes to instill inspiration, creativity, motivation, and out of the box thinking into his students so they can one day chase a path that keeps them hungry for more! He is thrilled to be a part of the Music Box team and have the opportunity to inspire students each day.
Rebekah Sandiford | Piano & Flute
Rebekah’s love and appreciation for music started at an early age and she always knew she wanted to share her love of music through teaching. Beginning piano lessons at the age of 6, and flute lessons at age 9, Rebekah has a solid music foundation to support her desire to teach. Since 2003, Rebekah has had the opportunity to teach students from the age of 4 to 52! Over the years she has had many opportunities to use her talents for the Lord teaching at a Christian academy, as a church pianist, choir and solo accompanist, and orchestra and ensemble member. Additionally, she taught as a music instructor/accompanist for a children’s music club and performance choir. Rebekah joined the team of instructors at The Music Box in 2015! Currently, Rebekah accompanies at Grace Bible Church in Winter Springs, and is excited to further her education with the Royal Conservatory of Music, in which she will be pursuing a certification in music education, with a focus in piano.
Rebekah loves being a member of The Music Box team and looks forward with joy to each lesson with her students!
Addison Horner | Piano, Voice, & Guitar
Addison has been playing piano since he was four years old, but it wasn’t until college that he considered becoming a teacher. He was trained classically until high school, when he started playing and writing pop and rock music. He studied Music Production & Recording Arts at Elon University in North Carolina, where he focused on pop songwriting, a cappella arranging, and eventually piano pedagogy. He was the music director for the a cappella group Smooth Progressions for three years in college, and he arranged for several high school and collegiate groups across the United States. For his undergraduate Honors thesis, Addison created a ten-month introductory piano curriculum entirely based on 15-second Instagram videos. After graduating in May 2016, he spent the summer presenting his research at national and international conferences and touring Italy with the Elon Jazz Ambassadors as a keyboardist. He moved to Oviedo in August 2016, where he teaches music and works as a freelance composer and arranger. Addison worked as the director of music for Tuskawilla Presbyterian Preschool, and currently leads worship at City Awakening Church. Addison has been a part of the Music Box team since 2016 and recently completed Estill Vocal Training (a world renowned vocal training method) courses 1 & 2 at the University of Central Florida, along with other members of the Music Box team!
Natasha Dealecio | Voice & Piano
Natasha holds a vocal performance degree from the University of Central Florida and has been teaching voice and beginner/ intermediate piano for almost 10 years now.
Her emphasis on healthy singing and preserving the integrity of the natural voice has helped many of her clients achieve their musical goals. Natasha specializes in Artist Development for vocal artists who are serious in taking their craft of singing and songwriting to the next level. Two of her success stories include clients landing a recording and publishing deal with Atlantic Records. Her experiences include songwriting and vocal producing alongside the writers, musicians and producers of The Black Eyed Peas, Demi Lovato, Beyoncé, Fergie, Meghan Trainor and Usher. Natasha is also active in the Orlando music scene and sings in two local bands, Natural Instinct, and Spayed Koolie Band. She’s had the pleasure of opening up for artists such as Charlie Daniels, Pat Benatar, Scooter Brown Band, Colt Ford and Chris Janson. Natasha has been a part of the Music Box team since 2017, and recently completed Estill Vocal Training (a world renowned vocal training method) courses 1 & 2 at the University of Central Florida, along with other members of The Music Box team!
Nick Pandolph | Guitar (Acoustic, Electric, Bass) & Ukulele
Nick was born in Miami, Florida where he began his music career with private piano lessons by career musician and scholar, Dr. Revis Ann Massey. After moving to Kissimmee, Florida in 2003, Nick continued piano lessons with several instructors at Florida Christian College’s Community Music School. Nick was homeschooled by his parents from second grade to ninth grade and always maintained a level of excellence in his studies. At ten years old, Nick started learning the guitar and was accepted as a student by World-Class Jazz Guitarist, Terry Bradds. An expert in music theory, Bradds taught Nick the skills and practice habits that would make him an accomplished musician on not only the guitar, but on his original instrument, piano and bass guitar, as well. Nick played in worship bands on Sunday Mornings starting at the age of twelve. For his high school years, Nick attended Astronaut High School in Titusville, Florida where he played piano and guitar in the school’s jazz band under the direction of David Ammerman for the remainder of his high school career. Nick is currently is a full-time student at Seminole State University studying Mechanical Engineering and on staff with C3 Church playing guitar and piano on Sunday mornings. Nick started his teaching career in 2011 and has been a part of The Music Box team since 2014.
Paul is a freelance percussionist and educator in Central Florida. He is the Director of Percussion Ensemble with the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestras. As a performer, Mr. Yorke has appeared with ensembles including The Bach Festival Society Orchestra, Orlando Ballet, the Alterity Chamber Orchestra, the Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra, and the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his studies Mr. Yorke has guest instructed for Stryke Percussion World and performed as a member with Infinity Percussion World where he was awarded “most valuable member.” He recently served as a guest artist for the UCF Summer Percussion Institute. He has taught at a variety of high schools and alongside his work with percussion ensembles he continues to teach private lessons.
Paul has received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Central Florida studying under Thad Anderson, Kirk Gay, and Jeff Moore. During his time at UCF he has recorded with the New Music Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Steel Pan Ensemble. He also served as principal percussionist with the UCF Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. In addition to his studies he completed 2 terms as Vice President for the Collegiate Percussive Arts Society. Performance highlights include a tour with the UCF Wind Ensemble and chamber performances alongside Anders Astrand, Andy Harnsberger, and Brian Zator. He is also an alumnus of the Yarnwire Institute.
Paul is especially passionate about collaborating with new composers and he particularly enjoys pairing traditional ideas with modernists’ elements.
Kayla’s love for music has been with her since she was a little girl. She was raised in Orlando, FL, and began taking voice lessons in high school with fellow The Music Box instructor Natasha Dealecio! She went on to graduate from Berklee College of Music in 2019, where she studied Songwriting, Music Business, and Voice. At Berklee, she was involved in both a collegiate and professional a cappella group, Upper Structure and Cape Harmony respectively. With Upper Structure, she performed all around the Boston area, and even got to travel to Miami, New York City, Hong Kong, and Beijing for performances. She is a featured soloist on a song Upper Structure recorded for Berklee College of Music’s YouTube channel. In Cape Harmony, she toured around Cape Cod for 3 summers, performing in a weekly concert tour as well as at parties, events, and schools on the Cape. She also toured with the band Tall Heights as a background singer and bassist, as well as recorded background vocals on two of their singles. In addition to performing with groups, she also performed her solo music around the Boston area, accompanying herself on guitar and piano.
Kayla is excited to bring her love of music to students of any age. She believes that music lessons should focus on two things: having fun and building confidence. Music has helped her overcome her nerves both on and off the stage, and she wants to help her students find that as well!
Kelsey Trent | Voice & Piano
Megan Stoffer | Studio Manager
Megan, our studio manager, has been with us here at the Music Box since 2016! Although she does not consider herself to be musically inclined, she truly excels in all things that keep our studio sane. From scheduling to recitals, you can find her behind the scenes working on ideas for us to better serve our families and community.
Prior to her joining our team, Megan received her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Development & Education from UCF. She spent many years working with children in a variety of settings including the public school system and in her volunteer work at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Currently, Megan enjoys spending her free time with her husband and daughter making memories and enjoying the FL sunshine!
Gabrielle is new to the Music Box team, having just started with us in 2022! More info to come : )