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John Renner was something of a musical spectacle, learning to play music ‘by ear’ as a teen.

Next came jamming with the local jazz stars… Analyzing and absorbing the ‘secrets’ of knowing what to do with chord changes and song forms.

Lenny Rosen was about to record some of the major talent from Philadelphia and John was asked to write and sing background vocals. This led to Lenny recommending him to Frank Virtue of the 'Guitar Boogie Shuffle’ Virtues. Number 3 record in the Country. The Virtues sax player ‘moved on’ and John became a permanent member. (All are currently being considered for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.)

Enrolled at The Philadelphia Conservatory of Music studying Music Theory with Dr. Donald Chittum, Composition and Modern Harmony/Composition with Dr. Vincent Persichetti, from Julliard…and etc.

Here he added piano/arranging… in addition to specializing on saxes.

Drafted into the Army, auditioned and was accepted by the 179th Army Band, Fort Carson Colorado. Was made Band Director, Arranger of “The Statesman”, The Post Dance Orchestra.

Re-located to Nevada and worked with well-known ‘Acts’ including, Don Rickles, Bobby Darin, Glenn Miller Estate Orchestra, Woody Herman, and other ‘Lounge’ Attractions.

A series of concerts in the Caribbean with Aretha Franklin was a highlight.

A stint with The Boca Raton Pops Orchestra as Jazz tenor soloist and classical flute, ‘legitimized’ John.

A Summer with the Beach Boys added to an established reputation.

Next, came the move to Phoenix and a period of various music projects, including studio recording, organizing and performing with lounge groups, and beginning a period of bringing music to children.

While associated with RS Private Schools we began studying the maturing research having to do with music education and it’s impact on childhood development.

suzie renner

Everyone has heard the stories about the mean old piano teachers, and they are out there according to Suzie, who had an experience with one in high school. “I always had the desire to learn to play the piano, but we really couldn’t afford lessons, so when I got a job my senior year, I immediately started lessons with Sister Joan, our high school Music teacher.”

“Sister Joan was a wonderful player. Our church, St. Joseph’s Catholic in Chillicothe, Mo., had a beautiful pipe organ, and she really made the whole church vibrate with her performance of the Mass.

“Unfortunately, she had very little patience, and she dismissed my long awaited desire to learn after the first lesson with a statement that stays in my head to this day. ‘You’re too old to learn piano’, she declared.

“Being the authority on the subject, I let years go by before I examined fully what she said that day. I found that I am dyslexic, that learning is not just for the young, and that you don’t have to suffer, or be insulted while learning to play the piano. “That’s what I want the kids to know. It’s so much fun!”

Suzie Renner is the ‘best kept secret’ in The Valley of the Sun. She is the versatile, consummate performer with a 5-octave vocal range, unmatched by other professionals.
She is the sound of the singer on the radio.

She was able to front a big band at the Hope Ball at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida and within days don tight leather pants for her latest Pop music concert.

She has written hundreds of Pop songs and has the luxury of being the friend and fellow performer of Al Jardine of the Beach Boys.

Suzie has been a professional performer/musician all her life, and has worked uncountable venues across the nation.

She is, to this day, the only female vocalist to record with the Beach Boys emulating the voice of Brian Wilson! (“Still Cruisin’ After All These Years”).



Jeremy is a skilled Composer/Musician with a Bachelor’s in Music Composition from West Virginia University and a Master’s from Arizona State University.

Jeremy studied composition at ASU with James DeMars, Jody Rockmaker, and Rodney Rogers.

He has been an active member of the Society of Composers, Inc. since 2002. He has served as President of the WVU chapter and Secretary of the ASU Chapter.

He also has served as a Teaching Assistant for the School of Music at ASU. For two years he managed ear-training classes for an undergraduate music theory curriculum. As a teacher, Mr. Jarvis strives to impart a special love for music to the students.

Mr. Jarvis anticipates further adventures in music. His short-term goals are quite varied, while his long-term goal is to spend an entire career teaching, composing, performing, listening, researching, writing, and publishing.

Jeremy has been lending his expertise to Young Mozarts since early in 2007.
We are excited about the possibilities of YM with the assistance of this talented musician.


Kam began teaching with Young Mozart’s in 2007.

Began musical training early, singing in the Phoenix Boys Choir. This 5 year experience included International travel.

Kam has also performed in the local theatre productions of “Bye, Bye, Birdie”, “Much Ado About Nothing”, and others.

Performances with the “Greater Phoenix Honor Choir” and the “Greater Phoenix Honor Band” are among his accomplishments.

Currently majoring in Vocal Performance with a double major in Psychology and minor in Classical guitar

Studies at Julliard are in his future.


Laura has been teaching with Young Mozart’s since Fall, 2006.

Laura began her musical training at the age of five singing in the children’s choir at church.
At the age of eight, Laura began violin study and continued through high school.

During this time Laura participated in summer music camps, private study, and school orchestra programs.

Starting Phoenix College, Laura continued to sing in choir and had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall as a part of a Community Music Event.

While at Phoenix College Laura began studies in Art History and Classical Guitar Performance.

Currently Laura is a senior at Arizona State University where she will obtain a Bachelors degree in Art History Fall-2007.

Laura is also involved in music studies at Glendale Community College where she plays in a large guitar ensemble, guitar quartet, and duo group.

After graduating Laura plans further guitar study.


A student at Glendale Community College…Randi has been teaching with Young Mozarts since 2006… And, is involved in guiding 2 children’s choirs.

Currently working towards a double major in voice performance and music education. Studying voice privately for 6 years and piano for 7 years. 

Has a passion for music, singing since the age of 3 and excited to teach and share music with students.

At present, preparing to transfer to a University where she will continue this music adventure...


As a child Nicole Ellis attended Rancho Solano Private School, Union Hills Campus. That’s when she announced to her mom that she knew what wanted to do with her life… Her Christmas gift that year was a guitar and she began many years of voice, piano, and guitar lessons.

Soon she was accompanying herself on the guitar, and in high school appeared on all the local TV channels. After a year at Glendale Community College taking music classes, she applied to Berklee College of Music in Boston and was accepted. While at Berklee she performed in the Boston area. 

Nicole joined Young Mozarts in 2006.

“I have found something I dearly love. I love the kids and love teaching them.  They are enthusiastic and fun. I want them to enjoy the music lessons as much as I enjoy teaching them.
Music is a real source of happiness to me, and I want my students to experience that.”
Nicole performs around the valley at many venues and celebrations.


Julia began teaching with Young Mozart’s in 2007.

A talented musician; plays piano, clarinet, trombone. Currently playing trombone in the Sun Devils marching band. In her 3rd year at ASU working on a degree in Music Education.

Julia is also in her 3rd year of clarinet studies with one of the countries best-known performers: Robert Spring, Professor of clarinet studies at ASU.

This year, traveled to Belgium to attend the Belgium Clarinet Academy hosted by Robert Spring and Guido Six.

2004-2005, Julia was Texas All-State musician on clarinet.



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