Dr. Michael Berthelot established Rockin’ Mozart Academy formerly, Westside Music Academy in 2005 first in Brusly on East Main Street. He is passionate about music, with a rich background in the field and on the mission to bring the new culture to the westside area. Dr. Berthelot has developed a model Music School, where all orchestra instruments can be learned. The Rock School branch were students from 10yrs-up beside their private lessons create different bands, and perform regularly during year for different events. With unmatched curriculum and unique system were Music meets Science, Rockin Mozart has many talented students all over WBR meeting regularly at Plaquemine Church Street, or Port Allen Court Street.
Beside the high skills in Entrepreneurship, Dr. Berthelot’s endeavors include his successful music program at MSA Academy. Since their first opening in 2008, the program has been awarded with gold trophies in prestigious music competitions throughout the country. His role as a leadership figure for generations of students is unsurpassed. Many of which continue/ hold music degrees or minor in music.
His portfolio of skills and goal to create and expand the culture across town benefiting our future generation and evolving the education through music.
Dr. Berthelot holds Master Degree from Louisiana State University and Ph.D in Music Composition from Louisiana State University (2008). He has completed alternative teacher education program from SouthEastern Louisiana University in 2011 and currently holds Level 3 teaching certificate.
Dr. Berthelot playing at La Contea Restaurant.
Dorela Hyka-Berthelot’s passion for music began at an early age. She embarked upon her cello studies at the age of five, taught by her father and encouraged by her schoolteachers until the age of twenty. Once Dorela graduated from the college “Academy of Arts” in Tirana, Albania, she continued to invest in her education in cello performance at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany honored with a Solo-Performance Diploma. Furthermore, in 2006, she received a Master’s degree in 2006 from Louisiana State University (LSU).Recipient of the First Prize in the “Young Instrumentalist” competition in Tirana at the age of fourteen. Also, at the young age of twenty, she was awarded the honor to perform as a soloist Dvorak cello concerto with the TOB orchestra of Tirana. Praised for “rich tone, elegant phrasing and absolute pitch ” Prof.Christoph Henkel(Freiburg 2001).
Dorela has served as a member of the chamber orchestra “Virtuosi of Tirana” – a well-known and respected orchestra within Europe. In this capacity, she was the recipient of many prizes and recordings, not limited to: the First Prize Pro Archi Hungary (1996); First Prize in the European festival in Belgium “Summa eum Laude” (1997); First Prize in the festival “Youth and Music” in Vienna, Austria; and the Big First Prize of the Commune of Vienna (2000). During her years in Germany, Dorela was an active orchestra musician and soloist in Bayreuth’s “Young Orchestra” (1999-2001). Within this role, she was selected to perform and record in a chamber quintet with the Great violinist Professor Konrad Ellegiers (Essen) and Violist Prof. Ferenc Gabor (Berlin). In sum, Dorela has performed in many orchestras throughout the world. These positions include: an understudy for the Opera of Tirana; part-time in the Freiburg Philharmonic; principal cellist of the Opera of Musikhochschule Freiburg music director Ulrich Furrer; Principal cellist of the part-time chamber orchestra of Freiburg, conductor Michael Vollhardt; Principal Cellist of Chautauqua New York; Principal cellist of Louisiana Sinfonietta; sub-cellist at Louisiana Philharmonic; and Co- Principal of BRSO.
Dorela is sub cellist with LA Philharmonic in New Orleans, Former Sinfonietta's Principal cellist and co Principal cellist in the BRSO. She is an active concert musician performing multi genres from classical, pops, jazz and worship music. Applauded by a local LA art critic in one of her solo performances: "The most moving performance of the concert was Dorela Hyka-Berthelot's cello solo in Gabriel Faure's "After a Dream". To label her solo lyrical would be an understatement. She wasn't merely performing a solo -- she was telling Faure's musical story, its moournful tones filled with overwhelming emotion......" The Advocate Jan 25 2011-R.Miller. She works with our Rockin’ Mozart Family using her extensive experience and knowledge to broaden the local minds of aspiring musicians. She and Dr. Michael Berthelot have two children, aspiring musicians like their parents! Dea sings plays piano and started learning cello at the age of 6. Dorian plays the trumpet and the piano. Their family has touched many lives around the world, and together they are making history in our local southern home.
Mark had a passion for music since early age. He began performing live at the age of 12. He is a graduate of St. John High School (2008) and lead the school drump corps for a total of ten years, three of those years while still in high school. He continued his education at Southern University and BRCC after high school and to expand his mind while also expanding his performance skills. Mark played in the worship rock band of First United Methodist, Plaquemine alongside Dr. Michael Berthelot and Terry Granier locally.
Since 2002, Mark has performed all around the Baton Rouge metropolitan area, New Orleans, Lafayette, New Iberia, Lake Charles, Texas, Mississippi, and Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. Mark has performed with many bands and has been invited to perform with some great local artists, such as Purple Sidewalk, Short Round, The Patsies, Heath Ransonnet, Jason Martin, Jude Dupont, Luis Mariani, The Anteeks, The Helldörados, and Hitchhiker. Notably, he has opened shows for Black Star Riders (former members of Thin Lizzy), famous actor Michael Shannon, and Jimmy DeGrasso.
Mark has volunteered at St John High for the past 10 years to lead the school drum corps. Mark is an remarkable instructor of Rockin Mozart and is the leader of the Rock School. He works with students on Guitar, Bass, Vocals, or his specialty, Drums, and creates bands of different experience levels with students performing for recitals, concerts, or other local events.
Mr. Mike is a Multi -Genre musician. He holds a BM degree from LSU in Classical Guitar Performance. He is very patient, encouraging and guides our students in Guitar and rock bands !
Tyler is a caring instructor of our Plaquemine and Donaldsonville studio. Beside his rock band performances he has a love for teaching. Inspired and taught by Dr. Berthelot since his early years has a knowledge of multi-instruments in his portfolio.
Allyson began studying music at a very young age. In the fifth grade she started on the recorder as her first wind instrument and piano as her first percussion instrument. From there, she advanced to the drums and clarinet. She is a alumni of Rockin Mozart early years. Throughout middle school and high school, she played in the Math, Science, and Arts Academy's orchestra as First Chair Clarinet. She has competed in many award winning musical festivals across the country. From there, her musical journey became her first job when she began teaching at RMA. In the later years of her musical journey, she picked up singing. She guides young minds in clarinet, piano, and vocal performance. Allyson is currently studying Accounting at LSU with the goal to finish her undergraduate degree in 2020. She is flexible, intuitive and patient with young children.
Mr. Elizondo is one of our instructors at RMA Port Allen. Holding a Master's from Colorado State and finishing his doctoral degree in Clarinet. Guitar and piano are the next 2 instruments he loves and performs beautifully beside clarinet. Our students love Mr. Elizondo.
Mr. Anton is a multi-genre violinist. Highly classically educated holds a master in Jazz performance as well. Serving as First violinist of South Louisiana Virtuosi for almost a decade, a cover string quartet founded by Dorela Berthelot has touched our community with his mazing talents and love for teaching. SLV performs regularly educational concerts and other events and is a String Quartet in residence for RMA summer camps.
Eirini is a doctoral candidate at LSU. She is a fantastic instructor of our schools. Eirini holds a Masters from Rice University in Houston. She is passionate about music and wants to guide our local youth to the wonders of string instruments and piano.
Chase has a Master degree from LSU in Percussion studies! He is highly trained in multi instruments benefitting greatly our Rock students. Chase brings the highest quality in each and every lesson enhancing our student's lives in the wide world of musical knowledge.