Meet the faculty

Ana Cantú Ortega established ACO School of Music in the Cedar Park/Austin area back in 1999 but has been teaching privately for over 30 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Our Lady of the Lake University and a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from The University of Texas at San Antonio.  She studied under the direction of Sr. Elaine Gentemann and Dr. Elisenda Fabregas.  She is a member of Austin Music Teachers Association, Texas Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association since 2002.  Ana is currently also part of the piano faculty at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin.

Ana was voted ADMTA’s Teacher of the Year in 2009 and won awards as a teacher in the US International Piano Duo Competition from 2010-present.  She has been directing piano ensembles for ADMTA since 2010 with her groups performing at TMTA’s state conventions.  Her students have been awarded prizes in the Dallas Piano Solo Competition, JK Hodges Contemporary Competition, DeBose National Piano Competition, ADMTA’s Solo Contest, Schedler Piano Contest, and others around the state.  Her students have also been awarded TMTA theory awards for their high achievements in music theory.  Many of her students have been accepted to study at top music schools around Texas which include Baylor University, The University of Houston, The University of Texas at Austin, and The University of North Texas to study piano performance and composition.


Ana teaches piano and music theory and is an active adjudicator for ADMTA and NFMC.

Ana Ortega

My mission as a teacher is to provide the highest quality of music education at each individual student’s appropriate speed of learning.  My goal is for my students to become independent learners and not dependent learners.  I want to teach them the skills they need to figure out how to play their favorite piece of music on their own whether it be today or 25 years from now!

Patrick Lannan is a recent graduate from Baylor University with a degree in Music Composition. He has been playing piano and guitar from a young age and has always been passionate about music. He studied piano under Ana Ortega and guitar under Paul Clancy in high school. While at Baylor, he studied piano under Dr. Brian Marks and composition under Dr. Scott McAllister.

Patrick is classically trained in both piano and guitar. With Ms. Ana, he performed in the International Duo Competition in Colorado Springs in 2012 - 2014, was a member of the Austin TMTA Ensemble from 2011 - 2014, and performed in many local ADMTA piano festivals from 2011 - 2015. Outside of classical music, he also loves classic rock and has been in many bands performing in concerts on piano or guitar. In his bands, he has performed covers of songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, and Johnny Cash among others at venues such as Red7 or Ruta Maya. He also enjoys embracing the classical side of guitar such as playing transcriptions of popular Bach pieces.

At Baylor, he began his composition career writing film scores for many films in the Baylor Film School from 2015 - 2018. Within the school of music, Patrick worked on composition projects for recitals for fellow pianists, ensembles, and choirs in 2018 - 2019. In 2019, Patrick was nominated and inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society by Baylor faculty for outstanding academic and musical achievement within the school of music.

Patrick began teaching as a tutor for music theory at Baylor, which expanded into tutoring beginner piano students for their piano classes, teaching fundamental techniques to allow greater facility at the piano. Patrick's approach to teaching piano and guitar is to drill the techniques necessary to improve skills on an instrument while teaching music that is fun and engaging to reinforce the reasons why a student wanted to learn an instrument in the first place.

Patrick teaches piano, music theory, and guitar.


ACO School of Music is a member of national, state, and local professional associations

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"I often think of music. I live my dreams in music. I see my life in terms of music"

Albert Einstein

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