|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.
|DR. PAUL BREWER | JAZZ BAND
Director of instrumental music at Aquinas College, Paul holds a doctorate of arts in music composition and jazz pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado. Paul was on the jazz faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp for 22 summers and continues to direct the Aquinas College Jazz Camp every June. His method book, The Jazz Trombone Soloist: Studies in Interpretation and Improvisation, was developed over the past 20 years of teaching jazz improvisation. Dr. Brewer is also often called upon to adjudicate jazz festivals and to perform as a guest soloist in school jazz band concerts. While jazz is his main endeavor, he has played in everything from classical to rock and roll bands. He has appeared with over 50 major artists, including Mel Torme, Max Roach, Urbie Green, Lena Horne, Bob Hope, The Temptations, Leon Russell, and Mickey Rooney. His own jazz groups and arrangements have received much critical acclaim.
|DR. ROBIN CONNELL | JAZZ COMBO + GRAND BAND
Robin holds a Doctorate of Arts in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Northern Colorado. A professional musician for four decades, her schedule alternates between performing, teaching, and conducting in both jazz and classical music. Her teaching/conducting credits include Grand Rapids Community College (17 years), Aquinas College (since 1999), and the Interlochen Arts Camp (20 summers). She has appeared as jazz pianist, composer, guest conductor, clinician, and/or adjudicator throughout much of the United States and continues to perform locally as jazz pianist (or jazz pianist-singer).For more info/calendar: www.robinconnell.com
|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
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. When asked what he loves about being part of the SCMC School of Music, Dan said, “What I love most about teaching at St. Cecilia Music Center is seeing student musicians achieve something they didn’t think they would be able to do. It brings me so much joy when we start working on a master symphonic work and the students think I’m crazy for trying it. Then, after the concert, they are so proud of what they achieved. The Philharmonic is a place where this happens year after year!”
|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. Mrs. Wunder has been an active music educator for many years teaching for the Strings to Schools program at SCMC, Knollcrest Music Camp at Calvin University, at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis Public Schools. She performs in with the Holland Symphony. She has also performed at the Baroque on Beaver Music Festival on Beaver Island, the Rochester Orchestra in Minnesota, and a variety of other ensembles.
|MARILYN BRANNEN | STRINGS TO SCHOOLS – Stocking Elementary
Marilyn began playing violin in elementary school and continued through college. During her school years, she 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. After teaching for 32 years with GRPS she retired at the end of the 2013-14 academic year and is thrilled to be teaching for the Strings To Schools Outreach Program through St. Cecilia.
|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. Her love of chamber music has led to her involvement in many small ensembles with varying instrumentation. In her eight years of teaching experience, she has taught private lessons to violin and viola students of all ages and experience levels. She has also coached chamber ensembles as well as directed workshops for school string programs.Teresa is very excited to be back in her home state of Michigan to teach and to play with the Holland Symphony Orchestra.