These amazing guest artists will enable you to create your own sound

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Susan Dias Karnovsky

Susan is Founder of PLAY BY PLAY: Computational Thinking for the Creative Arts™.

In her  workshops, artists, teachers and, students  learn how to use computational thinking to create and perform original songs and musical stories based on any STEM subject, any topic, any issue.. 

“Computational thinking will be a fundamental skill used by everyone in the world by the middle of the 21st century. By fundamental, I mean as fundamental as reading, writing and arithmetic.”  It’s a process of thinking that is recognized as the ABCs of the 21st Century.” 

Jeannette M Wing, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft Research

She has written for Sesame Workshop, Disney, Nickelodeon, Jim Henson’s Muppets, and Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes. Her syndicated music segments for Kids America were distributed by American Public Radio. Her non-fiction interviews and articles have appeared in MONEY and Converge. Teaching Artist credits include workshops at Berklee College of Music, Boston; The American Stage Theatre, St. Petersburg FL; Boys & Girls Harbor, Harlem; and with PLAY BY PLAY™ Music Director, Taylor Haun at Odo Sound in Austin, Tx.  Find her work on wikiasoundcloud, and odosound.

Members of The Kraken Quartet

(Austin only)

A massive force of percussion and electronics, The Kraken Quartet is a genre-crossing group known for its highly energetic and engaging performances. Since their formation in 2012, the Austin-based group has been heralded for merging elements of math rock, minimalism, indie, post-rock, electronica, and the avant-garde. The Kraken Quartet has been featured on festivals and broadcasts including South by Southwest, Fast Forward Austin, Audiotree Live, Austin Instrumental Music Festival, WNYC, KUTX, SoundSpace, and more. Their debut full-length album, Separate | Migrate, is available now. 

The Kraken Quartet is Chris Demetriou, Andrew Dobos, Taylor Eddinger, and Sean Harvey. The group is proud to use Vic Firth sticks and mallets, and Grover Pro Percussion and Hammerax instruments.


(Austin only)

The Afrobatics sound is an exuberant explosion of African and Caribbean rhythm and song. Dance is a crucial part of this energetic fusion of rhythm, melody, dance, soul, and culture.

Afrobatics is comprised of Giles Smith, Owen Towles, Taylor Haun, Matt Schiemer, Ursula Walker, and Ricardo Jesus Maga Rojas.

Nicholas Rothouse

(Plano only)

Nicholas Rothouse received his Bachelor Degree in Percussion Performance at the University of North Texas. While at UNT he had the privilege of studying with Dave Hall, Mark Ford, She-e Wu, Christopher Deane, Robert Schietroma, Ed Soph, and Jose Aponte. He performed with the Symphonic Band, UNT Percussion Ensemble, 2:00 Steel Band, Brazilian Ensemble, Afro-Cuban Ensemble, Christian Valdes Sextet, Drew Zaremba UNITY Orchestra, Avenue C, Jazz Singers, Zebras, Latin Jazz Lab Band, Two O’ Clock Lab Band, and the 7 time Grammy nominated One O’ Clock Lab Band.

Nicholas has performed with artists such as Chuck Findley, Eddie Gomez, Robert “Sput” Searight, Mark Letteri, Chantae Cann, Myron Butler, Tito and Tarantula, RC and the Gritz, Snarky Puppy, and Bobby Mcferrin. He has recorded with AMP Trio, MAYTA, The Kwinton Gray Project, Columbian Special Problems Class, Christian Valdes Sextet, UNT Symphonic Band, UNT Wind Symphony, the Two O’ Clock Lab Band, and the One O’ Clock Lab Band.

In the summer of 2014, Nicholas toured Europe with Rock band, Tito and Tarantula. He had the opportunity to play in Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Bosnia, Serbia, and Kosovo. In May 2016, he toured Australia with the One O’ Clock Lab Band in Sydney, Melbourne, and Mount Gambier.

He is currently playing in RC and the Gritz, The Kwinton Gray Project, MAYTA, and Friday’s Foolery.

Outside of performing he is currently an active teacher in the Dallas Metroplex. In the past he taught at Denton High School, Hebron High School, and North Mesquite High School.