As an accompanist, Amy has accompanied numerous All-County, District, and All-State choral festivals and competitions in Pennsylvania, New York, and Virginia. As a pianist and saxophonist, Amy has performed with the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra, Fredericksburg Jazz Ensemble, the Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony, the Spotswood Community Orchestra, and played saxophone and keyboards for Alias, a local dance and wedding horn band.
Amy has served as Organist and Choir Director at numerous churches throughout Pennsylvania, New York, and Virginia since age 14. Some of the positions include the Mountaintop Presbyterian Church in Mountaintop, PA, Griffis Air Force Base in Rome, NY, and Trinity Lutheran Church in Utica, NY. She currently serves as Organist at the Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church.
At the Encore Music Camp of PA, Amy taught piano classes and accompanied several choirs, soloists, and theater groups. She has served as an adjudicator for piano Festivals and competitions in both New York state and Virginia. Amy performs regularly as both a soloist and accompanist in the Fredericksburg area. Professional affiliations include VFMC, MTNA, MENC, and the Rappahannock Music Society. Amy is also the author of several early level methods for rhythm and music literacy.
Damien earmed a Bachelor of Music in performance at West Virginia University, where he received a full tuition scholarship and studied with Dr. Virginia Thompson. He also studied with William (Bill) Caballero at Duquesne University. There he earned a Master of Music in performance/pedagogy and was awarded a John Hunter endowment and assistantship. He taught two years of musianship/theory at Duquesne and is an active clinician and adjudicator. He participated in the Duquesne Wind Symphony -- including a performance at Carnegie Hall -- as well as the Symphony Orchestra, Contemporary Ensemble and Chamber Ensemble. At WVU he performed with the Horn Choir, the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Winds Ensemble and Jazz Band.
Mr. Bollino also played with the International Horn Society Collegiate Horn Choir, Potomac Concert Band, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Seneca Chamber Winds and Arion Band. He has performed with the Mary Washington Orchestra, the Spotswood Community Orchestra. He participated in the Friday Morning Music Club Orchestra and the Fairfax Symphony. On various occasions he has taken part in performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
Mr. Bollino is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony, St. George's Chamber Ensemble, Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra and the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra. He is principal horn with the Washington Sinfonietta and performs regularly with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Bollino auditioned with performers from around the nation and was selected to play principal horn with the American Musical Ambassadors European Concert Tour. During six weeks with the tour, he took part in concerts in London, Paris, Milan, Venice, Belgium and other parts of Europe.
"A favorite quote to sum up my philosophy," says Mr. Bollino, is: 'In a moment of crisis, you will not rise to the challenge. Rather, you will default to your level of preparation.' I'm not sure who said it, but I love it." As a teacher, he adds: "I focus on simplicity and drill the fundamentals, because if you learn to master the instrument and everything it can do, making music with it is easy!"
Gary Carper (Spotsylvania), Tuba, Euphonium, Tenor and Bass Trombone.
In reviewing 22-year-old pianist Scott Cuellar's performance of the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Oberlin Orchestra, Daniel Hathaway of Cleveland Classical noted that Cuellar possessed "nerves of steel, a formidable technique, and an architect's understanding of the structure..." he went on: "his performance was consistently thrilling, his touch masterful and his rhythm rock solid, yet responsive to the humor and irony...he's a pianist to keep an eye on the in the future." Cuellar holds a BM in piano performance with from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied with Alvin Chow. He is the winner of three of the largest prizes offered to pianists at Oberlin: the Oberlin Concerto Competition, the Arthur Dann Piano Competition, and the John Elvin Prize for Juniors. Additionally, he has collected awards from more than fifteen competitions across the country, including eight first-place prizes. He has appeared with several orchestras, including the Oberlin, both the Minneapolis and St. Paul Civic, the Mississippi Valley Orchestras, and has upcoming engagements with a number of others. In the summer of 2009, Cuellar studied at the Banff Centre with Julian Martin in Alberta, Canada, and 2010 was named one of ten pianists for piano study with Jerome Lowenthal at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. He will continue his studies under the tutelage of Julian Martin at The Juilliard School as a MM candidate in piano performance, where, based on his entrance audition, he was nominated to compete in the school's Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.
Brittany Frompovich is a well-respected bassist, multi-instrumentalist (guitar, drums, percussion, cello, electric and double bass), vocalist, songwriter, community builder, clinician, author, and music educator who has performed regularly in the Mid-Atlantic region for 20 years.
She is actively exploring cutting edge bass concepts, such as solo bass performance and looping. Her journey in the exploration of such concepts has literally taken her coast to coast to perform and give clinics. In the past two years alone, she has performed or given clinics at the Musician's Institute in Los Angeles, Bass Break Live, NAMM, Bass Up!, Gerald Veasley's Bass Boot Camp, the Richmond “Girls Rock!” Camp, the Bass Coalition's Summer Bass Workshop at Shenandoah University, the Alpha Music Bass Forum, the Virginia Bass Forum, house concerts, festivals, and many other events
As a free lance bassist, she performs in a wide range of settings; pit work for theater and choral productions, double bass in classical ensembles, electric and double bass in jazz ensembles, Celtic groups (traditional and fusion), funk, rock, and acoustic groups. Her free lance work regularly sees her traveling all over Mid-Altantic region; Richmond, DC, Central Virginia, Virginia Beach, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Northern Virginia. She continues her own ongoing growth by taking lessons with bassist Anthony Wellington (bassist for the Victor Wooten band). All of this hard work is definitely garnering attention from the bass community;
“Brittany is a consummate musician and educator. Her commitment to the art and her students is unparalleled! The dedication she shows to her students as well as the bass community has set an example for many others to follow.” - Mike Dimin, bassist, educator and author of The Art of Solo Bass and The Chordal Approach
Jazz luminary Gerald Veasley introduced her to bassist Jimmy Haslip as “a beautiful player on both electric bass and double bass.” Her clients describe her as a consummate professional. Her band mates describe her playing as “highly creative”, “solid”, and “beautiful”. Her performances are unique, poignant, earthy, organic and highly creative.
Ms. Frompovich graduated Cum Laude from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in applied double-bass and audio recording. During a necessary break from playing double bass due to an injury, she discovered and fell in love with the electric bass. It was the perfect medium to reconcile her backgrounds as a working guitarist and as a classically trained double bassist. She rapidly moved from fretted four string to playing fretless (successfully defretting the instrument herself) and then to fretted 6 string bass. After a period of healing, she was gradually able to return to performing on the double bass as well.
Brittany has a gift for community building. She combined that talent with her love for bass, leading her to create the Virginia Bass Forum. The Forum is an organization that hosts events to build bass community and assist bass players in the NoVa/DC/MD areas in improving their craft. Through the Forum, she has had the privilege of hosting major artists such as Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani band, solo artist), Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Steve Vai band, solo artist), Adam Nitti (solo artist), Michael Dimin (solo artist, author), Kevin Walker (Kayne West, Wilson Picket band), Steve Lawson (solo artist), Trip Wamsley (solo artist), and Dr. Donovan Stokes (solo artist, bass instructor at Shenandoah University Conservatory). She hosts, promotes and organizes every Forum event and teaches at least two Bass Forum clinics per year. Ms. Frompovich is also the founder of "Kids Jamming For Kids," a yearly benefit concert raising donations for Guitars Not Guns and the Fredericksburg Food Bank.
Ms. Frompovich is a exceptional and gifted teacher; her students wholeheartedly recommending her to potential students without reservation. She successfully teaches both recreational music makers and serious students who have started their own careers in music:
“She has the unique ability to facilitate learning for her students by taking difficult concepts and presenting them to her students in a practical-easy to understand fashion.” – Joseph Connell, former student at Gerald Veasley’s Bass BootCamp
“She has the rare quality of patience and a desire and ability to take musical concepts, break them down and interpret them into components understandable to expert and novice alike, without making them into platitudes. These qualities make her a rare commodity among professional musicians who might otherwise show little patience for the musically challenged, and is the basis for her being an extraordinary teacher. I would recommend Brittany to both novice and journeyman musician alike without reservations.”
– Blaise Corbett, adult guitar student
She is also a productive writer, blogging for the Music Teacher's Helper Blog site (a resource used by teachers internationally) and her own blog site at ladybassmusic.net. She has been published in Songwriter’s Monthly Magazine, Bassics, and Bass Frontiers Magazine.
Ms. Frompovich is passionate about music, community, and music education. She is always advancing her creative journey as a musician and as an educator.
Jim George began playing the viola at the age of 13 in Lynchburg, VA. While qualifying for the Regional Orchestra every year he was eligible, he served as principal violist for his high school, the Lynchburg City Combined School Orchestra, and was asked to perform with the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra. He furthered his studies on viola and ensemble playing at James Madison University where he held the principal viola position in JMU's Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Opera/Theatre Orchestra. He has also performed with the Roanoke Symphony, the Oratorio Society of Virginia, the University and Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra, and played principal for the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra while also having extensive chamber group performing experience both as a recording artist and live. As a conductor, Mr. George was the orchestra director at Walker-Grant Middle School and James Monroe High School for six years where he built the program up to earning a "Superior" rating at District Assessment for the past three years for both schools. Under his baton, he was the music director for the JMHS productions of Into the Woods, Once Upon a Mattress, Guys and Dolls, and Sweeney Todd. Currently, he is attending James Madison University to earn his masters degree in Orchestral Conducting under the guidance of Dr. Robert D. McCashin, the Director of Orchestras at James Madison University. At JMU, Mr. George conducts the James Madison University Chamber Orchestra and the James Madison University Symphony Orchestra while also assisting with teaching the instrumental conducting class. In the fall, Mr. George will also be taking Choral Conducting Lessons from Dr. Jo-Anne Van der Vat-Chromy, Director of Choral Activities at JMU. He has also worked at James Madison University's Spring String Thing, a string music camp, for the past eighteen years as counselor, clinician, and the head boys dorm counselor. Mr. George is anticipating his masters lecture recital and masters degree in the spring of 2013.
Cellist and founder of Forte Music Studios, Christine Hartigan, has been an active musician in the greater Fredericksburg area for over 20 years. In addition to performing with the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra, the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra and the St. George's Chamber Series Program and other various chamber ensembles throughout the region, Mrs. Hartigan volunteers on a regular basis as a visiting consultant providing music clinics in various schools in our region.
Alongside her teaching and performance experience, Mrs. Hartigan, taught strings at Fredericksburg Christian Schools, has worked with the Rappahannock Youth Symphony, served on numerous boards and committees, performed with the Spotswood Community Orchestra, University of Mary Washington Community Orchestra, Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg of which she also a founding member.
Mrs. Hartigan teaches cello and violin and is the Artistic Director for Forte Music Studios.
M.M., Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University , B.S., Music Education from Greensboro College (NC).
Aaron Noe conducted high school bands in Virginia since 1999 and currently serves as Director of Bands at Riverbend High School in Fredericksburg, VA (Spotsylvania County). Under his direction, ensembles have been recognized with top honors at district, state, and national festivals and have been invited to perform at various civic and public occasions.
In the spring of 2010, Aaron Noe founded the Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony. This wind ensemble is comprised of music professionals from throughout the Fredericksburg and Northern Virginia region. The goal of the ensemble is to bring professional level wind band performances to the Fredericksburg area and to promote the American Wind Band tradition through the music performance of classic and contemporary wind band composers.
Aaron Noe is also recognized as a performing artist on trumpet. The Aaron Noe jazz ensembles have performed at clubs and events throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and have backed some of the top performing artists in the business including James Moody and Eric Marienthal. Aaron Noe is also heard regularly in church events performing his own arrangements of Traditional and Contemporary Christian music.
Aaron Noe has taught music at all levels through college, including the University of South Carolina (Jazz T.A., 1997-8) and the University of Mary Washington (Private Trumpet & Class Brass, 2007-10).
Paul Rawlins' musical career began at age 4, singing soprano with the church adult choir. At the suggestion of the pastor and the choir director, at 5 years he recorded “Bless This House” backed by a professional orchestra. Piano lessons began at 6, and at 7 he discovered his favorite instrument – trombone. By fifth grade Paul was playing first trombone in the high school band, and in eighth grade he joined the local college band, again as first trombonist. Along the way he taught himself to play guitar and bass, and he played his first professional “gig” at 13, entertaining regularly in the coffee houses of Santa Fe, NM.
Educated at New Mexico Highlands University, The College of Wooster, and the University of Nevada, Paul graduated with a major in Music Theory/Composition from the University of Miami, studying with J. Clifton Williams, Alfred Reed and Frederick Fennell, Low Brass with Connie Weldon, and jazz with Jerry Coker, Dan Haerle and Larry Lapin. During his time in college, he played in the pits of Miami Beach behind such notables as Frank Sinatra and Ann-Margret, and co-founded 'Impact of Brass,' which entertained regularly in Miami and Las Vegas and played the state fair circuit during the summers.
Upon college graduation, Paul auditioned for and was hired by the USAF Band, Washington D.C., as an arranger and bass trombonist for the Premier Jazz Ensemble of the Air Force, the Airmen of Note. He shared the stage, both in and out of the Air Force, and recorded with the likes of Sarah Vaughn, Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen, Lou Rawls, Reba McEntire, Roy Clark and countless others. Retiring in 1993, Paul toured with the stage production, 'In The Mood,' and with Pia Zadora, Hanson, U2, and with his own group, 'Driftwood,' aboard Norwegian Cruise Line ships.
Paul finally left the “road” 6 years ago, but has remained extremely active in the local music scene. He plays with the Mid-Atlantic Wind Symphony, the Spotswood Community Orchestra, the Rappahannock Pops, The Fredericksburg Big Band, the Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra, The Fredburg Brass and in the pits of the Christian Youth Theater (CYT) and the LOW Players (Lake of the Woods). Additionally he maintains a low brass and guitar studio, and writes custom arrangements for several local groups.
B.S. Music Education and Performance, Ithaca College. Founder, Lead Man and performer in Alias. Instrumental Music Director, Louisa High School; Performances with the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra, Fredericksburg Big Band. Lead Alto Saxophone in Grammy-Nominated Jan Lewan Orchestra; Voting member of NARAS; Recital Soloist.
Katie Valadez (Fredericksburg), Flute, Flute Ensemble.
Katherine Valadez is an active musician and flute teachers in Fredericksburg, Virginia. In addition to the Rappahannock Summer Music Camp, she teaches flute at Roberson's Music and The Music Studio in Stafford. Katherine recently won first place at the Flute Society of Washington's Wallace Mann Orchestral Audition Competition. She has performed in masterclasses for Paul Edmund-Davies, Carol Wincenc, Thomas Robertello, Carolyn Christie, and George Pope. In 2007 she attended the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC. She holds a Master of Music in Orchestral Flute Performance from McGill University in Montreal and a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance (Magna cum Laude) from Arizona State University. Her principal teachers include Timothy Hitchens (Principal of Montreal Symphony), Dr. Elizabeth Buck (former principal of Phoenix Symphony), and Brian Gordon (piccolo of Pheonix Symphony).
William Wassum, native of Huntington, West Virginia, is a graduate of Marshall University, from which he holds the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and the Master of Arts in Violin Performance. Having been taught in the traditions of Carl Flesch, Szymon Goldberg, and Ivan Galamian, his major teachers were Alfred P. Lanegger, Patricia Green, Lucie Furlie, and Dr. Reed Smith. William has performed in violin master classes with Benny Kim, Alcestis Perry and Gerald Fischbach, and has attended master classes with Midori, Dorothy DeLay, Brian Lewis, Mimi Zweig, William Preucil, Sergiu Schwartz, Almita Vamos, Jerrie Cadek Lucktenburg, Paul Rolland, Lara St. John, and the Turtle Island String Quartet. Mr. Wassum has also had workshops in advanced violin technique from Peter Sacco and Sally O’Reilly. He has also participated in conducting master classes with Elizabeth Green and Dr. Marvin Rabin.
William is Director of Orchestras at Thornburg Middle School in Spotsylvania, Virginia where he helped found the orchestra program 11 years ago. During his 32 years as a music educator, he has directed award-winning ensembles from the elementary through high school levels in Texas, West Virginia, South Carolina, and Virginia. In Virginia, he has had the honor of guest conducting several orchestras including, the Hanover All-County Orchestra, the Chesterfield All-County Orchestra and the Central Virginia Junior Regional Orchestra.
As a registered Suzuki violin instructor, he taught for the Marshall University Preparatory Department for eight years and the Converse College Pre-College Department for three years. He served on the faculty at the Sam Houston State University Summer String Camp for two summers, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for 12 years, and currently is on the string faculty with the Rappahannock Summer Music Camp in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
William has 33 years of professional experience performing in symphony orchestras, chamber music groups, opera orchestras, and for innumerous musicals and oratorios. Previous orchestral experience includes: the Charleston Symphony, the Huntington Chamber Orchestra, the Brazos Symphony, the Brazos Valley Symphony, the ASTA National String Orchestra, the Huntington Pops Orchestra, the West Virginia Symphony, the Ohio Valley Symphony, the Lilliput Orchestra, the West Virginia Opera Theater Orchestra, the East Carolina Suzuki Institute Orchestra, the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Festival Orchestra, the Blue Lake Faculty Chamber Orchestra, the Blue Lake American Quartet, the Greater Spartanburg Philharmonic, the Charlotte Philharmonic, the Petersburg Symphony, the Lynchburg Symphony, the Washington Symphony, the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra, the Veterans Affairs National Medical Musical Group Orchestra, the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, and the Spotswood Community Orchestra. William has performed as Concertmaster with the Spotswood Community Orchestra, the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra, the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, and the Greater Spartanburg Philharmonic. William has had the particular pleasure of playing under the baton of Anshel Brusilow, former concert master of the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy and conductor of the Dallas Symphony, and Richard Hayman, staff arranger, and assistant conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra during Arthur Fiedler’s tenure.
Mr. Wassum toured France in the summer of 2000 as a member of the American String Quartet and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Faculty Chamber Orchestra, which performed in the Festival de Paris and at many historic churches throughout the south of France. Some other performance venues have been, the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the National D-Day Memorial, the John F. Kennedy Stadium, the Belk Center, the Landmark Theater, and the Greenbrier Resort. In February 2006, he had the honor of performing with the Veteran's Administration Medical Musical Group Orchestra at the Pentagon as a Valentine's Day tribute to our troops around the world, and has performed with them in their annual Congressional Flag Day Concerts, and recently at the National Basilica to honor all of our men and women in uniform. Mr. Wassum is currently performing with the Lynchburg Symphony, the Rappahannock Pops Orchestras, and the New Life in Christ Church Orchestra, his church orchestra.
As a violinist he has accompanied many renowned musicians and entertainers including, Sarah Brightman, Sandy Patti, Zuill Bailey, Rita Coolidge, Jimmy and Donna Dean, Aaron Rosand, Anner Bylsma, Andres Cardenes, Sergiu Schwartz, William Warfield, Marcus Thompson, Claude Frank, Leon Bates, Lainie Kazan, Shirley Jones, Ray Stevens, Faith Prince, Mark McVey, and has sung in concert with Michael Card.
William is a former president of the West Virginia String Teachers Association and is a current member of the American String Teachers Association, the Suzuki Association of the Americas, the Music Teachers National Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the Virginia String Teachers Association, the Virginia Music Teachers Association, and the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, as well as the American Federation of Musicians' Local 123 Richmond, VA and Local 161-710 Washington, DC. He has been a faithful ASTA member since his days as a college student.
He continues to teach about 70 private violin, viola, and cello students in the Ashland and Fredericksburg, Virginia communities through his own Wassum Violin Academy and performs for weddings and receptions with his gig quartet, the Seraphim String Quartet.
William resides in Spotsylvania, Virginia with his lovely and amazing wife and God given helpmate, three sons, a daughter, and a huge dog named Zod.
Jordan Barry is a student at West Virginia University where she is studying Music Education and minoring in History. She has been playing the violin for nine years and plans to become a high school orchestra teacher. She also knows how to play the piano, and various percussion instruments. Currently, Jordan is teaching beginner violin privately, and hopes to teach at a studio one day in her spare time.
Ben Brosche has been playing piano since age three, composing various original pieces of music, and performing nationally and internationally. He has been sponsored by the Yamaha Music Education Systems Corporate division to perform his original compositions in New Jersey, Washington DC, California (Biola), Arizona, Canada, and at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California. Ben has also been playing the alto saxophone since 6th grade and he added singing into the mix in 11th grade.
Currently, he works at St. Patrick Catholic Church and St. Jude Catholic Church singing and playing organ/piano for multiple masses. Ben, a Jazz Studies and Music Industry piano major, has performed and still plays with the top Jazz ensemble of JMU this past year, getting the opportunity to play along side: John Hollenbeck (famous jazz Composer/Arranger/Drummer), Theo Bleckman (acclaimed Jazz/contemporary vocalist), Bobby Mcferrin (vocalist), in different shows. He also is apart of a Jazz combo that plays in the local Harrisonburg area. Ben will now be continuing his studies at JMU this year as a Sophmore and start taking recording and producing classes from his Music Industry Major and preparing for his Jazz Studies classes. Ben studies under two different teachers, for classical Paulo Steinberg and for Jazz Bob Hallahan. Ben has a passion for music, he loves to share this passion with others, and he is thrilled to be a Counselor for the RSMC camp.
Kati Bullock, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Percussion, Voice, 2012 Counselor
One of the few who has had the full-blown experience of RSMC, Kati began in middle school as a camper when RSMC opened and is now going into her second summer as a counselor. She is a graduate of King George High School where she was involved in Concert Band, Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Bands, and Theater Pit Bands. She is now a junior at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. She is currently a Business Finance and Economics double major, with minors in Accounting, Music, and Spanish. She is an active member of the Marching Thunder Marching Band, Marshall University Choir, and Delta Zeta sorority. She plays multiple instruments in various ensembles such as clarinet, bass clarinet, piano, baritone saxophone, percussion, bass guitar, and euphonium.
Carol Farn, Piano, Violin, Accompanying, 2012 Counselor
Carol Farn is a senior Music Education major, studying piano with Dr. Linda Apple Monson. She is an active performer and accompanist throughout the Northern Virginia area. Recent solo piano performances include the 2012 and 2010 GMU Honors Recital, GMU All-Steinway School Piano Celebration, Arts by George, and Dedication of Gregory Theater in the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Carol serves as the piano accompanist for Grace Church in Burke, VA. Recent projects include accompanying for Fairfax Villa Elementary School's Spring musical, Beauty and the Beast, tuba studio recitals, and Stone Middle School's musical, Bye Bye Birdie. Also trained in violin, Carol has played in the GMU Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, and sang in the GMU University Chorale and University Singers. She is a member of the Green Machine, as well as the Honors College. She is a recipient of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Award and the Ruth Haycock Spotlight on the Arts Piano Scholarship Award.
Kirkland Fehrman, Violin and Piano, 2012 Counselor
Hello, my name is Kirkland Fehrman, and I am a rising senior at Courtland High School. I began studying piano at four years of age at Yamaha Music School in Fredericksburg. I became fascinated by the violin in sixth grade and have studied under Mr. William Wassum since that time. This past year, I served as concertmaster in my high school’s orchestra, the orchestra at the church I attend, and also the Rappahannock Youth Symphony. I’ve participated in James Madison University’s annual “Spring String Thing” event and related workshops under the direction of Dr. Robert McCashin. This upcoming year, I plan on auditioning for the University of Mary Washington’s Orchestra as well as picking up a few musical gigs along the way. My college search has begun, and my intended major is not certain at this point. However, music will definitely be incorporated into my future studies in some way, shape or form.
Hi, my name is Stephanie but everyone calls me Steph. I'm a rising junior at Hollins University majoring in English/Creative Writing and minoring in Music. I have played the clarinet for almost seven years, the piano for three, and I've been singing for three years. I also song-write, compose, and conduct. I am a member of the Hollins University Concert Choir and I'm currently working towards the Teaching Certificate in Piano. While attending my high school, Fredericksburg Academy, I was a part of the Concert Band and Upper School Mixed Choir. I also taught the after school 5th Grade Band program for two years.
I am a rising sophomore at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. There, I am studying music education, and I participate in concert choir and a big band jazz ensemble. I have been playing trumpet for 7 years, piano for 9 years, and have been singing for 3 years. Upon graduation, I hope to become a high school music director. In my free time, I love to compose choral music and conduct. I am incredibly thrilled to have such a wonderful opportunity to participate as a counselor at RSMC. This will be my first summer as a counselor.
Hey guys! My name is Brieana and I'm a senior at Massaponax High School! My primary instrument is the cello, but I am learning how to play the Chinese Violin, or Erhu. I have been playing cello for about nine years now, and erhu for a couple of months. My future plans include going on to Randolph-Macon College and perform in local chamber ensembles around the Ashland/Fredericksburg area. I hope to one day play in the Japanese Eminence Orchestra. If you have no clue who they are, check out this site: http://www.eminenceonline.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/EminenceOnline. Hope to see you all soon! ~Peace and Love, Brie :D
Sara, a graduate of Colonial Forge High School, is a rising senior and current Music Education major at George Mason University. She has been playing euphonium for more than 10 years, studied under Roger Behrend, U.S. Navy (ret.) and performed twice with the U.S. Navy Band. She teaches low brass, has helped with the Forge Sound and Guard at Colonial Forge High School in Stafford, VA, and is an instructional staff member with the Marching Atoms at Annandale High School in Fairfax, VA. She is an initiated member of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity and currently serves as President of the Mu Omicron chapter at George Mason. This is Sara's 8th summer at RSMC.
Hello, my name is Chelsea and I am a rising senior at the University of Mary Washington. I have been playing clarinet for ten years, studying with Ben Titus in high school and Doug Gately through college. I am a music major on clarinet and I am the principal clarinetist in the UMW Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, I play bagpipes with the UMW Eagle Pipe Band. I began playing pipes a year ago under Dr. Scott's instruction. I play with many ensembles in the Fredericksburg area, my favorite being the pit orchestra of Christian Youth Theater productions.
Kristina is a rising junior at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. There, she studies music therapy and psychology, as well as being an active cello player through the symphony and pit orchestra (which is her favorite performance venue!). Upon graduation, she hopes to work with war veterans suffering from PTSD as a music therapist. In her spare time, Kristina is an avid knitter, photographer, cook and reader.