Having headed the Music Department at Galilee Baptist Academy until 2014, Nina has maintained her own studio at her home in Denham Springs, LA, teaching private voice, piano, cello and violin lessons since 2006. She has found her purpose in teaching others what she has learned throughout her lifetime. It is a joy for her to watch her students grow and progress over the years as they learn how to polish their musical skills and branch out on their own, pursuing their musical dreams.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Nina has grown up around diverse music, her mother (and grandmother and great-grandmother and so on and so forth) being a music teacher and vocal instructor. She began her string, piano and voice studies at the age of 10. Nina worked in recruiting at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach in the late 90's and has been enmeshed in the music industry ever since.
February 2019 was a landmark month as Nina got to perform on stage with renowned performing artist Sarah Brightman as part of her small choir on her stop in Houston on her world tour "Hymn." Nina has had the humbling opportunity to work with other Grammy and top recording artists in the music industry. Having headlined Jade's Jazz Festival in Oregon in 2009 and 2010, her vast vocal repertoire ranges including jazz, blues, sacred, country, opera, and even Hawaiian. Due to her love for teaching music to others, her public performances are limited but will be posted on this site as they are scheduled. Please contact Nina using the "Contact Us" link for vocal bookings at your event. She sports an impressive vocal range from tenor to soprano.
Nina is the strings and theory chairman of the Music Teachers of Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of the Louisiana Federation of Music Clubs (MTGBR). Her studio is an active music club listed as "Wachter Music." All private students have the option to participate yearly in LFMC competitions. She is proud to collaborate with colleague Kathy Heine Overfield and her students in annual Christmas and Hymn Festivals.
Nina returned to higher education in the beginning of 2019 and is currently a student at BYU-Idaho pursing her degree in Music Therapy.
A visible presence in the studio for some years now, Makana has formally assumed the role of Student Teacher in Violin, Piano and Theory studies. First Violinist in the Double Stop Quartet, Makana loves the camaraderie playing in ensembles offers.
Makana has performed with the Baton Rouge Symphony youth orchestra since 2010. She is currently a member of the Louisiana Youth Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony's premier youth orchestra, under the direction of Associate Conductor of the Baton Rouge Symphony, Mr. David Torns.
Makana is entering her 16th year of piano study and 12th year of violin study. She has participated in the NFMC Festivals since 2009 in both piano and violin, having received 8 gold cups. In 2015 Makana was awarded 1st Place in the NFMC's state-wide competition for Class I Piano Hymn Event.
Miss Makana has her own roster of violin and piano students, and assists with violin and piano make-up lessons in the studio.