Kathy D. - Director at B2R South Riding is excited to be back working at the school. Take all of my favorite things from past positions and put them together and that is my position here at B2R... my prior professional experience as sales coordinator, event planning, teacher assistant, multiple positions within the music parents association in our hometown in NJ has prepared me for everyday life as a director at B2R. Being involved in music for many years with my own children, one a Broadway musician today, was what drew me to apply at Bach to Rock when we moved to Virginia in 2007 and I haven't looked back since. I am very excited to be back in the school working with all of you!
Staff & Music Teachers
Josh P. is an assistant director at B2R South Riding. Josh grew up nearby in Fauquier county. His family was/is very influential in his music career. With family being musically inclined and having a sister, who learned clarinet and is currently teaching music, that influenced him to join band when he was young. Josh performed in multiple high school ensembles including marching band and drum line. He attended Bridgewater College, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance. While at Bridgewater he learned about live sound and recording technologies, as well as, being able to perform with the Symphonic band and play drum set for the Jazz ensemble. He hopes to one day be as involved with music as much as possible through audio and music production, performing, and fostering the minds of all ages.
Jane Anne - Assistant Director at B2R in South Riding. She grew up in Loudoun County Virginia, and pursued music through her youth and into college. Jane Anne lived in Sydney Australia for 3 years working and studying music at Hillsong International Leadership College. While at school in Australia, she focused on singing and songwriting. She participated in numerous performances at conferences, private events, restaurants, etc. What she loves the most about music is its ability to connect people in a unique and personal way. Jane Anne continues to write music in her free time, and enjoys sharing her music with anyone who will listen.
Jesse - Assistant Director at B2R South Riding. He first started playing guitar in high school and started singing, playing bass and drums shortly after. Jesse got a BA in Art and Visual Technology at George Mason University with a Minor in World Music, graduating in 2010. Jesse worked at Reston Bible Church as Music and Arts Associate before moving to Nashville to pursue a full-time career in music. Jesse plays locally in the DC area in the band Keeton, a 90s/Alternative Rock cover band as lead guitarist and vocalist. He also writes, records and performs as a solo artist while fronting the indie rock band “The Juniper Lights.” Jesse has always enjoyed teaching and working with young people, from leading music at summer and winter camps to teaching private guitar lessons and tutoring in Loudoun County Public Schools. He loves to find out what makes students excited to learn and help them by guiding them down that path.
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.
Andrew P. is a Music Specialist at B2R South Riding. Andrew teaches drums, guitar, bass, piano, and is also a band instructor. Andrew started music at a young age, beginning with piano. Once he entered middle school he stopped learning piano and switched to concert percussion. In high school he began to learn drum set alongside percussion. During this time he was involved with the high school's marching band, after school drum corps and the Youth Orchestras of Prince William. Once he got to college, he taught himself guitar and bass in between classes. Andrew attended Stony Brook University, working and managing the university's recording studio. While there he developed a new appreciation for different types of music, which he would have normally not been exposed to. Currently Andrew plays in a metal band and does recording and audio production for different rappers and musicians.
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!
Ben T. is a drum instructor at B2R South Riding. He has been playing drums for 10 years. In his free time he plays in a progressive metal band, Oculus.
Bennett H. is a Music Specialist at B2R South Riding. Bennett teaches guitar, drums, and bass, and is also a band instructor. Bennett started playing guitar at a young age, and has stuck with it for as long as he can remember. Bennett is currently enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College majoring in Social Science with a minor in recording tech. He enjoys playing rock music, and listens to bands such as Thee Oh Sees, Spacemen 3, and Tame Impala.
Mr. Brandon (a.k.a Dj Childsplay) is a DJ instructor with Beat Refinery for Bach to Rock Herndon and Lansdowne and partners with Bach to Rock South Riding for community events. Mr. Brandon teaches scratching, mixing, DJing and Music Production to all age groups and has been rocking the DMV (DC, MD, VA) nightlife scene for almost 2 decades. Bringing the sounds of Drum n Bass, Break Beat, Top 40, Hip Hop & Old School music together, he provides his audiences with a true "multi-genre" experiences. When performing, DJ Childsplay is best known for using multiple platforms, including Turntables, CDJ's, multiple mixers, and is sometimes accompanied by an MC or live performers. He has also teamed up with production heavyweight's, Bradley Drop & Eric EMZ, forming the group Pump Pump, who have charted multiple times on beatport.com's Breakbeat top 10, including the track "Set it Off", which sat at #1 for 8 weeks. Until the recent pandemic, Childsplay has been playing shows all around the east coast, including (WMC) Miami Winter Music Conference, which he has been invited to play 4 times. Recently, Mr. Brandon has been laying low from travel and shows, instead taking full advantage of this time to put full focus on his production, teaching and hosting his own radio show Wednesday's on Radio.
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.
Chris F. is a musician and audio engineer native to the Northern Virginia area. He graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory class of 2019 with a B.M. in Music Production and Recording Technology and teaches violin, piano, guitar, and bass at Bach to Rock South Riding. His musical experience began in the classical tradition of piano and violin before having a jazz-focused degree in college. Outside of school Chris pursued gigging and recording with varying rock bands of the punk, metal, and experimental practices and continues to pursue his career in record engineering with freelancing and interning at a local recording studio.
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.
Don teaches a little bit of everything at Bach to Rock--guitar, piano, bass, drums, bands, etc. When he's not teaching, he performs at nightclubs, restaurants, weddings, and private functions as a lead vocalist, guitarist, electric bassist, pianist and drummer. Don was a lead guitarist and lead vocalist with the U.S. Air Force Rock Band, Mach One, for five years. He was also a Baritone vocalist with the National Philharmonic orchestra at the Strathmore for two years. Don has completed many college level music courses including pedagogy on all instruments with the exception of low brass; private instruction in classical and jazz guitar; and music theory. Don believes the best way to master an instrument is to teach others how to play and teach every instrument with a music theory base.
EJ D. is a music specialist at B2R South Riding, teaching guitar, bass, drums, voice, and band. He started his musical journey taking piano lessons and singing in his school’s choir at the age of five and since then, has toured nationally as a drummer, bass player, and multi-instrumentalist, playing the lower 48 states and Canada. He’s played festivals including SXSW, CMJ, and Graveface Fest, and has appeared on radio and tv stations that include NPR, KEXP, WSVA, WFMU, DayTrotter, and Fearless Music. In addition to playing, EJ has guitar teched for Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo of the Gym Class Heroes and Micko Larkin (Courtney Love), and has produced/engineered various pop, rock, indie, and electronic projects. EJ is currently recording his own music under aliases sπs and THEJOY, plays with NYC based Brian Bonz, and produces/engineers several podcasts.
Gabriel teaches piano and guitar at Bach to Rock South Riding. He has been composing and playing piano since age 9. While in high school, Gabriel studied piano with Dr. Noel Lester, and music composition with Dr. Wayne Wold as part of Hood College’s Music Preparatory Program. Before leaving for college, Gabriel was invited by Dr. Noel Lester to perform at The Annual Summer Chamber Music Festival at Hood College. He attended The Catholic University of America (CUA), obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition, Cum Laude, and his Master’s degree in Piano Performance. Some of Gabriel’s favorite composers are J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, and Chopin. He loves to compose a variety of different styles, genres, and instruments, including classical, electronic, and rock music. Along with his strong classical background, Gabriel is also the founder, lead singer & guitarist of the Northern Virginia based Pop-Punk/Post-Hardcore band “Watersdeep.” The group has released several EPs online and has played venues such as Jammin Java, Baltimore Soundstage, Rams Head Live, and many more! They have also done several small tours along the east coast and have begun building a global online fanbase through online advertisements and marketing. Music is Gabriel’s biggest passion in life, and he is very excited to share that passion with his Bach to Rock students.
Heather a soprano, has over 20 years of experience teaching students at the secondary, collegiate and professional levels. Heather teaches voice, piano and woodwinds. She holds a Master of Music Education Degree from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. She has been seen on the musical and operatic stage and is a former frequent soloist and assistant conductor with the Master Singers of Virginia. She began her career as a music teacher and choral conductor in the public school system, and has served as Director of Vocal Activities at Northern Virginia Community College in Sterling, VA. She has additionally served the Northern Virginia area as a private voice teacher for over 13 years. She is in frequent demand as an adjudicator, voice specialist, and places special emphasis on healthy vocal technique and vocal health. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with creative teams, mentoring young people in the uses of technology in service of the community, engaging in the culinary arts, and enjoys playing with dogs and children.
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 at B2R SR. He teaches guitar, bands, and group classes. 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!
Lesia M. teaches woodwinds, piano, and early childhood. Lesia was born and grew up in Ukraine in a small city Kamianske. She received an Associate Degree in Music Education from the Music College of Kamianske. She also has a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and Flute Performance from the Kharkiv National University of Arts. After graduation, she played in the orchestras of the Dnipropetrovsk Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, and Theatre of Music and Drama in Kamianske. In 2012, my family and I moved to the United States and has lived in both California and Florida. As a teacher, my goal is to teach children to love music as I love it. And I believe the more beautiful music in the world, the happier the world would be
Liam C. is a brass, piano, and early childhood instructor with Bach to Rock. Liam has always held music close to his heart and is very passionate about the fine arts. He has been playing trumpet for over 10 years and can also play a handful of other instruments, including piano and french horn. He is currently enrolled at both Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University studying engineering and participates in the Green Machine pep band at George Mason. After working as an assistant elementary music teacher this past year, Liam learned how much he loves working with others to find the joy in music!
Michelle H. is a musician from Chicago and graduated from Columbia College, Chicago. During her time at Columbia College she took private guitar lessons with Frank Dawson and was also a reading/English tutor. Since she graduated, she has continued to work, study and perform. She has played in ensembles with Shirley King (Daughter of B.B. King), Maggie Brown, Diane Ellis and Lurrie Bell and she was the opening act for Buddy Guy at his famous club Legends in Chicago. One of her most notable events was performing in the Chicago Blues Festival. She is experienced in teaching guitar, bass, piano and drums. She is an accomplished singer and can demonstrate the techniques for vocalizing. She has the leadership skills that it takes to lead a band. She is the current band leader in her own band and performs in Northern Virginia and Northern Shenandoah Valley Region and looks forward to working with all of the B2R South Riding 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.
Rob S. is an early childhood music instructor and voice teacher at B2R! He excited to be a part of the Bach to Rock team. He has performed in many shows, and some of his past show credits include: Red Lamp (Harold Deering), Wedding Singer (Ensemble), Hairspray (Seaweed J. Stubbs) and currently is Sebastian in the Little Mermaid! Rob is also getting a teaching certification in Theatre Education. Rob would like to give a shout out to his totally hip voice teacher, James McCulley. May you all have a great time rocking out!
Mr. Thom R. is a music instructor and multi-instrumentalist at Bach to Rock South Riding. Graduating from George Mason University, Thom received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with a concentration in Music Technology, with Double Minors in Business and Ethnomusicology. In addition to being a music instructor, Thom also enjoys applying his creativity as an audio engineer in studio recording and live sound reinforcement. He has been involved in music from a very young age and has over ten years of classical training in violin, as well as nearly a decade of proficiency in mandolin, guitar, piano and voice. Thom began writing original songs while in college, and has recorded, produced, and released his original music under the name Brother Kestrel since 2015. Since then, he has continued to work on new songs and collaborate with local artists in Northern Virginia. Thom’s takes his influences from Folk, Rock, and Alternative genres, including bands like Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, The War on Drugs, and Alt-J."
- 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.