|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.
|ANNE THOMPSON | CONCERT ORCHESTRA
Anne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance and Music Education from Western Michigan University, and a Master’s degree in Cello Performance from the University of Notre Dame. Now in her eighteenth year as an orchestra teacher, Anne began her career in Kentwood Public Schools and is currently in her eighth year with Forest Hills Public Schools. Anne won Orchestra Teacher of the Year for MSBOA District 10 in 2015.
Anne is a sought-after private cello instructor, and has maintained a thriving private studio since her arrival in Grand Rapids. Anne continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor of Music Education at Grand Valley State University, where she has taught the string techniques course since 2008. During many weekends throughout the year, she can be found performing with the Signature String Quartet.
|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.