Shaun Jurek

Double Bass  |  Electric Bass  |  Cello

Dr. Mandy Wang

Violin  |  Viola

Sung Hee Choi

Violin  |  Viola

JennaMarie Warfield

Flute  |  Piano

Justin Mason

Electric Bass  |  Guitar
Piano  |  Drums

Paul Bernfeld

Drums  |  Percussion

Andrew Velez

Trumpet  |  French horn  |  Piano
Voice  |  Composition/Arranging

Thirteen Bahizi

Production  |  Song/Lyric Writing
Piano  |  Drums  |  Guitar

Our Values

Our mission is to help students of all ages and levels foster a life-long love of music. We help them find their voice and joy in playing strings!


All are welcome

Music is a language
we all share


Each student is unique

Lessons are catered to an
individual’s interest and ability



We connect, share, and
build each other up

Our Parent Organization

Maple Avenue Fine Arts Academy is a non-profit organization in Vienna, Virginia. It is home to Shaun’s String Studio and Little Creators Fine Arts. 

Shaun's favorite resources

Atomic Music

Buy, sell, and trade used musical instruments and gear in Beltsville, MD

Shank’s Strings

Restoration, repairs, services, and sales of acoustic string instruments

Upside Down Audio

Recording, mixing, and mastering by Sean Robinson

Shaun has taught our children for 5 years on bass, cello, and guitar. His consistent positive supportive demeanor has kept our children motivated — especially helpful during the covid and online education era.


Not only is Shaun a very talented musician and teacher, but he’s also been a very positive and motivating person in my life. He constantly encourages me to try my best and supports my goals in every way possible.


Shaun is a good listener; he always has a plan and extra energy to motivate you to play even when you don’t feel it that day. He finds ways to make you enjoy playing and you always end up leaving his class happy and inspired to play more.


Shaun has been our daughter’s bass teacher for five years. He has inspired her to achieve state and regional honors in both jazz and classical bass.


I like having lessons because Mr Shaun makes it super fun.


Shaun makes learning the double bass easier. He’s a lot of fun to work with he also inspired me to play the bass guitar.


Shaun has been a wonderful influence and teacher for our son with ADHD over the last five years, teaching him cello for his school's advanced orchestra and improv jazz on guitar.


Shaun is the best teacher I’ve ever had.



Shaun Jurek


Shaun Jurek is a professional upright bass player and music educator. He graduated with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition. Since then he has been performing professionally and teaching throughout the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area.

Shaun has nineteen years teaching experience including ten years as an adjunct professor of music at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland. Shaun currently teaches upright bass, electric bass, and cello, and loves teaching and sharing his love of music with his students!

Dr. Mandy Wang


Violinist Mandy Wang is the first prize winner of the 2015 MTNA Kansas State and West Central competition, third prize winner of the 2015 Enkor International Chamber Music Competition, honor prize of the 2016 Misbin Memorial Chamber Music Competition. Other competitions she got top prizes include 2010 Shandong Young Artist Competition and Golden Award of the Music Competition in Beijing. 

She has performed extensively as a soloist and member of the CNU String Quartet throughout Beijing and Shandong. From 2000 to 2006, Dr. Wang was frequently invited to perform in Japan, Korea and Taiwan with the Shandong Youth Philharmonic as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. In the summer of 2017, she performed in Aspen Music Festival under the baton of Ludovic Morlot of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and prominent British conductor Jane Glover, where she studied with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Robert Chen and Cornelia Heard. Dr. Wang was a member of the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico in its inaugural season in 2017 and continues to receive invitations to perform with prestigious ensembles.

Dr. Wang’s talent for music was noticed when she was very young, and she began studying the violin at the age of 5 in Shandong. In 2007, Wang was admitted to the Beijing Capital Normal University (CNU) as a top student. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with the most prestigious scholarships. In 2018 Mandy Wang received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance from the University of Kansas, where she studied with Dr. Véronique Mathieu and served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the university orchestra. In 2021 she received her Master of Music degree in viola performance from the University of Kansas under the instruction of Boris Vayner. 

Since 2017 Dr. Wang has served as a faculty member at Ottawa University and performer-artist at NAVO Organization. In 2017 Dr. Wang joined the Community School for the Performing Arts at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, where she serves as string division chair.

Sung Hee Choi


Violinist Sung Hee Choi has been a soloist, chamber musician, orchestra member and leader, and music educator for over 30 years. She graduated with a BA in music from Seoul National University and a Master of Music from the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with Eric Gruenberg and Simon Standage (baroque violin). Thereafter, she studied at Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore with Martin Beaver where she graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts. While a student at Peabody Conservatory, her recital performance at the McLean Alden Theatre was reviewed in the Washington Post.

Upon moving to Korea in 2002, she has been actively engaged as a soloist and chamber musician and performed in England, Finland, Germany, Singapore, Russia, Estonia, US, as well as numerous venues in Korea. She was also a long time member of the Korean Chamber Orchestra, widely recognized as the leading chamber orchestra in Korea.

Her teaching experiences in Korea include serving as an adjunct professor at Seoul National University, Kyung Hee University, and Sejong University among others, as we all as a full time professor and director of musical programs at Daegu Kyungbuk Institute of Science and Technology.

As a faculty at various colleges, she has taught violin performance, violin pedagogy, string ensemble, chamber ensemble, string orchestra, symphony orchestra, music theory, string performance practice, music history, and 20th century music.

Dr. Choi also served as a juror for many string competitions including KCO String Competition, Music Journal Competition and Daejon City String Competition.

Dr. Choi currently resides in Northern Virginia with her family.

JennaMarie Warfield


JennaMarie Warfield (Ms. Jenna, She/her) is a performer, musician, and educator in the Northern Virginia area. As an educator, Ms. Jenna has over a decade of experience. She enjoys teaching in her private flute and piano studio, in which many of her students have placed in district bands, won local competitions and have successfully auditioned into college music programs, such as Shenandoah Music Conservatory and Berklee School of Music. 

Ms. Jenna has taught all ages and levels of students, but especially enjoys working in early childhood settings. She most enjoys experiencing music through a child’s eyes and discovering new things alongside her students. Ms. Jenna holds a masters degree in music performance and an undergraduate degree in music performance and pedagogy. In addition to joining the faculty at Shaun’s Strings Studio, she has developed programs and curriculum for early childhood music at local Montessori Schools, the Mason Community Arts Academy and in other group lesson settings.

As an active performer, Ms. Jenna performs with the Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of Northern Virginia, and Capital Wind Symphony.

In her free time, Ms. Jenna enjoys reading, fostering dogs for A Forever Home Rescue, gardening and hiking with her husband, Chris, and dog, Gizmo. Ms. Jenna’s favorite children’s books are anything that encourages individuality including “Pete the Cat” and “Giraffes Can’t Dance.”

Justin Mason


Justin Mason is a professional bassist with over thirteen years of live performance and touring experience. He started performing at the age of fourteen and hasn’t stopped! His wide range of experience includes a national tour of original music, off broadway shows in NYC, multiple church bands, and even being signed to a major record label.

Justin brings his real world experience to his students in a fun and focused way. His primary goal in teaching is to give students the tools and confidence to create and perform music—and have fun doing it!

Paul Bernfeld


Paul Bernfeld (he/him) is a performer and educator from Annandale, VA with over 20 years of percussion experience. At George Mason University he studied Classical Percussion Performance and performed with 12 ensembles ranging from the Wind Symphony to the Green Machine Pep Band. Paul was also the co-founder of the GMU Fife & Drum Corps.

After graduating in 2014 with a BA in History and minor in Jazz Studies, he worked with the Mason Green Machine Ensembles as an office administrator and coach of the rhythm section, consisting of a multitude of instruments. From 2018 to 2022, Paul worked in both theater production and advertising based in Manhattan.

Now back in the Northern Virginia area, Paul regularly performs with the Dirty Gold Brass Band and the 8th Regiment Brass Band, a branch of the GMU Green Machine. This upcoming NFL season he will be performing on snare drum with the new Washington Commanders Marching Band, and has also recently been brought on at Oakton HS to teach drumline.

While drumset is Paul’s speciality, he has performed across percussion mediums at such venues as the Kennedy Center, Capital One Arena, and Hylton Performing Arts Center.

Andrew Velez

Trumpet | French horn | Piano | Voice |
Composition / Arranging

Andrew Velez currently lives in Northern Virginia while maintaining a vibrant voice in the D.C. and Maryland areas. His talents as a trumpeter, vocalist, composer, lyricist, and bandleader have propelled him to both national and international stages alike with various artists.

Along with an active performance schedule, he has 10 years of teaching experience through clinic work, private instruction and coaching at the collegiate level. Andrew holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies and Master of Education in English Secondary Education (both from George Mason University) and was recently featured on NPR’s “Tiny Desk” series with Jessie Reyez for Hispanic Heritage Month 2022. That same month, he released parts 1 and 2 of “Rubie Route: Volume One”; a lofi-video game inspired collaboration project with Twitch streamer Rubie Heart and producer John Wehmeyer. The full collection of 20+ tracks is expected to be released in 2023.

Thirteen Bahizi


Thirteen Bahizi is a professional Music Producer with a focus on Electronic Music Composition. He began studying music at the age of 10 and plays a wide variety of instruments.

Thirteen started his career guiding local DC bands and artists through their songwriting development phase. Since early 2017 he has spent the last 5 years teaching Music Production, Lyric Writing, and Song Writing in Argentina.

Currently Thirteen teaches Music Production through a wide range of DAWs (music production software) in a variety of styles and genres. He loves helping students learn to express themselves through music using the tools they already have, or that are modestly achievable. He believes that participating in music is called PLAY for a reason! Learning music in a structured but fun exploratory way (almost like a video game!) will keep students engaged and consistent on their journey. Even with minimal resources, but consistent effort, anyone can create music at any level.