Sara Zuhlsdorf-Allyn is the Site Director at B2R South Riding. Sara is from Rochester, NY where she graduated with a degree in history and taught preschool. Sara spent years being involved with marching band, WGI indoor percussion, and drum and bugle corps, as a marching member and as an instructor. She loves seeing the growth that music students make over time. Sara enjoys most genres of music, but really enjoys listening to musicals, Janis Joplin, The Beatles, Punch Brothers, Dave Matthews Band and Glen Hansard. To quote one of her favorite teachers, any musician can be great as long as they have “trust, commitment and desire.
Staff & Music Teachers
Brittani Whitten is an Assistant Director and music specialist. She grew up in Loudoun County. She spends her time being a marching band Assistant Director in Prince William County, adjudicating all-district and all-county band auditions, teaching sectionals along with lessons in clarinet, flute, saxophone, and piano. In her free time she volunteers at band programs in PWC and enjoys going on cruises with family.
Katie Rice Rogers is an Assistant Director at B2R South Riding. Her primary instruments are flute and piccolo, but she also enjoys attempting to play piano. Katie graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Master of Music in Flute Performance and secondary concentration in Music Theory. Prior to this, she received her Bachelor of Music from James Madison University and studied in England with the renowned flutist, Trevor Wye. Currently, she performs with the Columbia Flute Choir at various locations in the DC area. She is excited to be back home in Northern Virginia and to be a member of the B2R family!
Aaron S. is a Music Specialist at B2R South Riding. Aaron teaches guitar, bass, and is also is a band instructor. A certified recording audio engineer from The Recording Workshop in Ohio, Aaron's experience includes 25 years of live performance, studio work, group and private lessons. He enjoys most types of music and is always eager to expand his knowledge in the music/theory field. His musical interests include anything from King Crimson, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan to Death, At the Gates, and even Miles Davis.
Audrey S. is a voice instructor at B2R South Riding. She received her Bachelor’s degree in music at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She earned her Master’s in music and opera at the State University of New York at Buffalo. While at SUNY Buffalo, she was a three-time winner of the Cameron Baird Concerto Competition. In 1995, she was the recital winner of the Richard Tauber Vocal Competition, and was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera and New Jersey Opera auditions, as well as the New York Oratorio Competition. Audrey is an accomplished soprano, having performed solo works and operas nationally and internationally. She has performed in Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. She was a featured soloist in “Opus Classics Live” on WBFO Radio and performed with the Greater Buffalo Opera Company and Buffalo Opera Unlimited. She was also on the faculty of the Gow School in South Wales, the Director of Music at St. Philip the Apostle church, and the music director of the Kalina Singing Society, a Polish-American women’s choir in Cheektowaga. She served on the Board of Directors and as a judge for auditions for the Chromatic Club of Buffalo. She is excited to share her knowledge with the students of B2R!
Bryce C. studied music at Bridgewater College with a focus in bass and cello. He has played guitar and bass in multiple cover bands, cello in a string quartet, clarinet and percussion in his college's symphonic band, and bass in his college's jazz band. He has over a decade of experience in recording and repairing guitars, speakers, and amplifiers. He spends his time playing music and games with his friends and going on hikes.
Carolyn M. has actively been involved with music from a young age. She starting singing in church choir and picked up saxophone at age 12. Carolyn is adept in Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone and Bass Saxophone, with a Bachelors in Music Business and a minor in Marketing from Radford University. Carolyn also interned at local recording studios and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. She is currently working on a few recording projects, live sound engineering and is actively performing. Carolyn loves the thrill of teaching saxophone and hopes to inspire all of her students at Bach to Rock.
Collin G. is a part-time Music Specialist Assistant at Bach to Rock. He is a Freedom High School student and is active in multiple sports and clubs within the school. Collin has been playing guitar for 7 years under the instruction of Aaron at B2R South Riding. He has played in bands for the majority of that time and is currently a guitarist for Thee Establishment. He enjoys listening to and playing many different genres of music including classic rock, pop-rock, and acoustic pop.
Emily C. teaches guitar, ukulele and early childhood music classes at Bach to Rock. She is currently a student at Shenandoah University, where she is working towards a degree in Music Therapy. She has been playing guitar for six years. Although guitar is her main instrument, she also plays ukulele, piano, and loves to sing. (She occasionally plays mandolin, harmonica, drums, and bass guitar as well!). She enjoys working with people of all ages, though she especially enjoys being around young children. In her free time, she likes to write her own music and listen to anything Alternative. Since music has greatly impacted her life, Emily looks forward to sharing her passion for music with others.
Emily G. is a Music Specialist at B2R South Riding, teaching piano and voice lessons as well as Early Childhood classes. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Coastal Carolina University where she focused on Music Education. She has been playing piano as long as she can remember, and has had various teaching opportunities, including private lessons and leading University choral ensembles. Emily has an undying fascination with music theory, and strives to give her students a good theory foundation that will make the rest of their musical journey even more interesting and fulfilling. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing Bach, collecting minerals, taking care of her pets, and going on adventures.
Gokul C. is a music specialist and band coach at Bach to Rock. He has over a decade of musical experience and recording with a concentrated Certification in Music Recording Technology. He has been a strings player in several live and studio musical arrangements with performances being involved in jazz ensembles, orchestras symphonic and string, bands Duo to Quintet, string Trios, and, Quartets. Gokul also has the honor of running sound for many events small and large, local and national, urban and rural, private and public, domestic and foreign. He is a lifelong student of the guitar. With musical beginnings in classic rock and metal, his influences include and go beyond Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, J. Brahms, F. Chopin, M. Mussorgsky, The Beatles, GNR, RHCP, Iron Maiden, The Smiths, SRV, Stevie Wonder, Gojira, LoG, DMB, Prince, and many others in various genres of music. With a lifetime of music ahead, he shares what he learns with others along the way!
Grace Q. is a Music Specialist Assistant at B2R South Riding. Grace has a huge passion for music. She started lessons at B2R several years ago and is still a student to this day. She plays piano, guitar and ukulele. Grace is excited to help out with birthday parties, camps and events!
Jennifer R. started playing trumpet in the 4th grade, and continued with it through middle and high school, where she loved playing in the marching, jazz, symphonic, and all-county bands. She received a Bachelors of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts in German, at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. She then went on to get a Masters of Music in Trumpet Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. She now enjoys teaching and performing in various settings and styles across Northern Virginia.
Jin P. teaches piano at Bach to Rock. She is a classically trained pianist, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from James Madison University’s School of Music. Jin is an experienced teacher, having taught piano and music theory to many students of various ages and musical backgrounds. She enjoys attending master classes and concerts, as well as participating in piano pedagogy seminars and piano festivals in the summers. She is passionate about music education and is always striving to become an influential musician and teacher.
Jorge A. is a strings and piano teacher at B2R South Riding! He is an accomplished cellist and holds a B.A. in music with a concentration in cello performance from Shepherd University. While at Shepherd, Jorge received the Friend of Music scholarship; played with the Two River Chamber Orchestra, performed at the Honors Band recital in 2009-2010 and played in the Preparatory Orchestra as principal. He also sang as a Baritone in the Masterworks Chorale, played the xylophone in marching band, as well as participating in the pit of several musical productions. Throughout his music career, Jorge has received cello instruction from various teachers, among them are his first cello instructor Katiuska Yuztiz, from Venezuela, Taylor Cruz Almao from Piedmont School of Music, Camilo Perez from Winchester, VA, Dr. Shaw from Shenandoah University, and former cello instructor Stephen Czarkowski, from Shepherd University. Jorge currently plays with several orchestras in Northern Virginia.
Justin V. is a Music Specialist Assistant at B2R SR. Justin got his start in the musical world at the early age of 10 when his father suggested playing guitar. Soon after picking up the guitar, he joined a local music school where he progressed in guitar while learning theory, technique, composition, and recording. He began playing songs by bands such as Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Metallica, and Guns N’ Roses. After mastering basic technique, he joined his first band who played shows in the DMV area and performed at several Battle of the Bands competitions. Two years later he left his band to focus on school, but still continued his studies in guitar and music. Justin attended Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, VA. And during this time he began exploring a variety of genres such as metal, hard rock, jazz, and blues. He assisted in teaching a guitar class as a student assistant teacher and received the award “Excellence in Guitar.” He then became interested in recording music and switched over from guitar lessons to recording lessons where he learned how to produce, mix, and record. He then joined another band called Lunar Freefall and they currently perform at several locations in the DMV. They have two albums, both of which were recorded and mixed in Justin’s home studio. Justin is currently studying Music Technology at George Mason University with a concentration in guitar performance and composition. He is excited to join the Bach to Rock team in their pursuit of excellence in music!
Madison W. teaches Early Childhood classes, guitar, bass, piano, and voice lessons as well as a band instructor at B2R. She has instructed private lessons in voice, piano, bass guitar and guitar, writing composition and early music lessons for 12 years. She also served as a worship director for the United Methodist Church, while holding a position as a preschool teacher. More recently, Madison chose to be involved with the Music Bridge program at the University of Lynchburg, which aims to give musical instruction to children from families of need. Madison has a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with a vocal emphasis. She has been a solo vocal artist, Braille Music Transcriber, Music Media Coordinator, and sound engineer. She’s acted as a section leader, singer, and guest conductor for choirs in both Virginia and Texas. In addition to teaching experience, she has had a varied and successful performance career. Madison worked as a sound and lighting technician, music studio engineer, composer, and musical arranger. While in San Antonio she performed as lead singer of the feature bands for the 2007 and 2013 Fiesta River Parades. She performed with her personal projects such as Madison and The Square Garden, and Madison and The Avenue. She has sung and played piano in: blues, country, soul, folk, Tejano, funk, jazz, big band, and classical music. Her funk horn band (Madison and The Funk Directive) was nominated for best band in San Antonio in the annual music awards, the SAmmys, who also named me best singer in both 2011 and 2012. She was also featured in the Who’s Who of San Antonio in 2012. Other notable performances include performing at the Texas Music Educators’ Association Conference (2003), the American Choral Directors’ Association Conference (2004), and the Virginia Music Educators’ Association Conference (2018), where she presented in the field of ethnomusicology (2016).
Matt B. teaches guitar, piano, french horn, percussion, Early Childhood classes and coaches bands at Bach to Rock South Riding. Matt graduated with his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classical Guitar from Bridgewater College. He has played in a cover band, played french horn and percussion in his college's symphonic band, and also played in a guitar trio in college. He volunteers his time with local charities in Loudoun County. Matt currently likes to work in his garden and play music when he has free time.
Micaela F. is a Teacher's Assistant here at Bach to Rock South Riding. She started coming to Bach to Rock in 5th grade. Her first instrument was the violin and she is currently in the top orchestra at her school. After 5 years of violin she decided to learn guitar! Micaela helps with birthday parties, events and with classes. Music has been a very influential part of her life and she hopes that she can make it a part of many others.
Nicole K. is a piano teacher at B2R. She started playing the piano at the age of 5 and competed in the DMV for 10+ years. She also has experience in accompanying choirs and bands; in high school she was awarded the Nick Kervin Music Scholarship. Nicole just moved back to Northern Virginia after graduating from UVA with a degree in Biology. While in Charlottesville, she kept up with piano by playing at nursing homes, the UVA hospital, and accompanying friends at their various performances! She is excited to pass on the joys of music to all of her students!
Patricia S. is a music specialist at Bach to Rock. Patricia studied percussion for over 10 years in a variety of settings, she intends to utilize an eclectic background in percussion to equip beginner to intermediate students with fundamental theory concepts, site reading comprehension, and rudiments in order to fulfill their role in the rhythm section. Patricia became well versed in jazz and big band instrumentation while performing with the Middlesex Jazz Orchestra in Concord, MA. She continued her studies at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL where she enrolled in a rigorous 12 month course concentrating on the history of Latin music, Brazilian grooves derived from the Samba, and the genre’s many other basic rudiments. Patricia currently plays percussion for three locals bands - The Charlie Bare Quartet, Young Hands, and The Stump Devils. Patricia devotes significant time and attention to in-studio work and spends most weekends performing at popular venues across Northern Virginia and Maryland. Patricia admires tasteful drummers such as Carter Beauford of The Dave Matthew’s Band and Stewart Copeland of the The Police. Most of all, Patricia enjoys teaching and hopes each and every student will acquire the confidence and skill set to develop a lifelong passion for music.
Sammi C. specializes in voice, piano and early childhood music education programs with the Bach to Rock South Riding team!! She is also trained in guitar, percussion, flute/piccolo and organ. An avid supporter of arts and arts education, her formal studies began when she was five years old. Sammi holds a Bachelors of Arts in Music from Seton Hill University and attended Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University for graduate Music Therapy studies. Favorite musical theatre performances include A Funny Thing Happened… (Philia), Cinderella (Cinderella), Brigadoon and Cabaret. She is proud to celebrate, support and advocate for music education in Virginia - "Bach to Rock On!"
Shane M. was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1992. Music has always been a passion of his. He was raised listening to all different kinds of styles and genres of music from classical, to blues, to electronic, or rock. Shane has been playing guitar for 6 years, though both of his parents are talented musicians. He also knows how to play bass guitar, ukulele, piano, and dabbles in a multitude of other instruments. Shane absolutely loves working at Bach to Rock and enjoys teaching children. He believes that music is a fundamental part of human society and various genres show the social-political status of human beings through the times.
Torrey B. is a voice, guitar and band instructor at B2R South Riding. He began performing in church choir at the age of 7 and has had a passion for music ever since. He was a part of several choirs throughout high school, including the Mount Vernon Madrigal Choir, and attended Radford University to study Vocal Performance and Media Studies. Torrey B. is a Singer/Songwriter who has taken part in several recording projects including his own debut EP, and currently performs live in the DMV area nearly every weekend. He is the leader of a local band called "FreeSoul" that specializes in Soul and Rock N Roll covers as well as several original songs. Torrey is dedicated to the idea that music can make life better and takes joy in spreading that sentiment to those around him.
- Individual instruction with proprietary curriculum
- Students are motivated by playing with others in a band
- A band builds teamwork, develops social skills, fosters self-esteem and leads to lasting friendships.
- Everyone learns faster playing music they like
- Students are motivated to learn when they see early results
- Introducing very young children to music supports cognitive development and motor skills.
- A well-balanced music education consists of Music Theory, Technique and Repertoire.
- Students learn faster playing music they like.
- Simplified versions of modern songs allow students to see results more quickly.
- Audio recordings of each simplified arrangement are available to students. This allows them to hear how their part should sound.
- Lessons are catered to the needs of each student's learning style.