Marisela Smith, our studio’s founder and director, began playing piano when she was 6 years old under the tutelage of Professor Sidonia Stern. Mrs. Stern was a renowned german instructor who focused heavily on theory and agility, nurturing Marisela’s raw talent for music from an early age. She then attended the National Music Conservatory in Caracas, Venezuela where she was classically trained and learned performance, composition, theory, and music history.
Mrs. Smith first began teaching piano in 1982 after moving to the United States to study at the University of Pennsylvania. Her passion was to teach young students, which allowed her to develop the versatile and enjoyable teaching methods used at Opus Conservatory. In her own words “It seems to me that music is a great gift, that it enriches lives, and that it should always be fun!”
In 2008, Marisela Smith founded Opus School of Music and Conservatory, then known as Brambleton Piano Studio. Since then, the music school has grown into a full fledged conservatory with 4 branches, more than 200 students and 8 classically trained, full-time piano instructors and supporting staff. Mrs. Smith is a loving, lively teacher who instills a love for music in each of her students. Her goal is to help each student be the best they can be, for she believes that the skills acquired while learning to play an instrument have a positive impact on the individual’s academic and personal life.