|CYNDI BETTS | GRAND STRING ORCHESTRA
Cyndi holds a degree in violin performance and music education from the University of Michigan. She spent time teaching and playing in the Chicago area and did graduate work at Roosevelt University. She is currently the Director of Orchestras at Grand Rapids Christian High School and Middle School. An accomplished performer, Cyndi is the concertmaster of the Kent Philharmonic and has held that position since 1991. She formerly spent 9 years conducting the SCMC Concert Orchestra.
|ERIN DEYOUNG | SINFONIA
Erin holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in music education from Calvin College. She performs as a violinist and violist with a local string quartet, and has performed with the Calvin College Community Symphony as well as for other orchestras and events. Erin directed the orchestras at Calvin Christian High School for nine years and currently teaches in the Rockford Public Schools where she founded the district’s orchestra program in 2014.
|CULLEN MCCARTHY | CONCERT BAND + GRAND BAND
Cullen has been the Director of Bands at North Rockford Middle School since the fall of 2000. His responsibilities include teaching Sixth Grade Beginning Band, Concert Band and Symphonic Band. In addition to his middle school responsibilities, Mr. McCarthy also directs the Rockford High School Jazz Band and has a private saxophone studio. Bands under the direction of Mr. McCarthy have consistently received superior ratings at District and State Band Festivals. The North Rockford Middle School Symphonic Band has been selected to perform for the Michigan Music Conference in 2005, 2008, 2013 and 2017. Mr. McCarthy was recently nominated for the first-ever Music Educators GRAMMY award.
|DAN SCOTT | PHILHARMONIC
Dan holds a bachelor of music degree from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in technology education from Grand Valley State University. As a cellist he has performed with the West Shore Symphony, Signature String Quartet and numerous other orchestras and for special events. Dan is the orchestra director for Jenison High School. MSBOA named him Orchestra Teacher of the Year in 2014 and MASTA awarded him String Teacher of the Year in 2015.
|AMY TENNEY | ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR
Amy is a sought after instructor who holds a degree in music education from Calvin University. She has directed the orchestras in Traverse City Central High School and East Middle School, Byron Center High School, and currently teaches at East Rockford Middle School. In addition to her school teaching, Ms. Tenney also plays with several professional chamber ensembles and events, has a private cello studio, has worked at Knollcrest Music Camp, and clinics with schools throughout West Michigan. In 2017, Ms. Tenney’s orchestras were selected to perform as part of the Michigan Music Conference opening concert.
|PATRICIA WUNDER | CONCERT ORCHESTRA
Patricia holds Bachelors degrees in Music Education and Violin Performance and a Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Minnesota. She currently teaches in the Grand Rapids Public Schools – teaching Kindergarten through 5th grade students violin as part of their general music class as well as directing middle school orchestras. Mrs. Wunder is also an adjunct professor in the Music Department at Calvin University, where she works with chamber groups, and teaches music education courses and violin lessons. She performs in with the Holland Symphony.
|ELIZABETH VANZYTVELD | ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR
Elizabeth holds a Master’s degree in violin performance from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s degree in music education from Calvin College. Betsy directed string and vocal music programs in Michigan and California schools, founding the string program for the Valley Christian Schools. She later taught at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, spending summers on faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Betsy is currently active in West Michigan as a performer, string clinician, and private lesson instructor.
|JOSH ZALLAR | ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR
Josh is entering his 5th year teaching orchestra for Jenison Public Schools. Prior to Jenison, he taught orchestra for 8 years in West Bend, WI, where his orchestras toured internationally and routinely received high ratings at music festivals in Southeast Wisconsin. A violinist since age 4, Mr. Zallar is a graduate of the Milwaukee High School of the Arts and completed his professional training at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Since moving to Michigan he has been an active violinist with the Holland Symphony and the West Michigan Symphony, as well as a freelance musician, playing across West Michigan. He lives in Hudsonville with his wife Sara, and two kids, Olivia and Jack.
|MARILYN BRANNEN | STRINGS TO SCHOOLS – Stocking Elementary
During her school years, Marilyn was involved in St. Cecilia Music Center programs, participated in advanced string quartets and master classes through Grand Rapids Public Schools Educational Park String Program, attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and was a member of The Grand Rapids Youth Symphony for four years. She received her Suzuki Violin certification at The Interlochen Center for the Arts. After graduating from Calvin College with a degree in elementary education, she began teaching Suzuki violin for Grand Rapids Public Schools Educational Park String Program and later for the Arts Outreach Program at Grand Rapids Community College. She has been a member of the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra since 1982, currently serving as assistant principal in the 2nd violin section.
|TERESA BELLAMY | STRINGS TO SCHOOLS – Kent Hills Elementary
Teresa Bellamy received a Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance from the University of Akron and a Master of Music in Violin Performance from Bowling Green State University. She has held principal positions in the University of Akron Symphony, Bowling Green State University Philharmonia, Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra, and Perrysburg Symphony. Passionate about contemporary music and working directly with today’s composers, she has also performed regularly with the VIVE! Ensemble, a Bowling Green-based ensemble which focuses on contemporary music, and the Bowling Green State University New Music Ensemble. Teresa also plays with the Holland Symphony Orchestra.