Leslie Erickson, violin earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from East Carolina University and a Master of Music in Violin Performance from Ithaca College in New York. She has been playing the violin for 20 years – years of local orchestras, chamber music, solo recitals, weddings and fiddling. Leslie is the owner of Club Violin and the contact person for booking weddings and events.
Bruce Erickson, trumpet graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He has played trumpet for 24 years and was trained in classical and jazz. Before becoming a Captain and Carpenter, he worked with numerous high school bands and marched in the Drum and Bugle Corps, Star of Indiana; World Champions in 1991 and Brass Champions in 1992. Bruce performed at the 1996 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference in California.
John Buford received a Masters in Music from Morehead State University (Kentucky) where he studied as a piano major. His academics focused on both piano and vocal performance and education. He has performed in both fields as soloist, ensemble, and accompanist throughout the Tidewater area and North Eastern North Carolina. From 1995-2005 he worked as music director at several churches in Tidewater, Virginia. As a vocalist, his appearances include performances with the Bel Canto Italia Opera Festival in Rome, Italy; the Virginia Opera; Virginia Symphony Chorus; Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra; Norfolk Art Song Society; and the Carolina Choral in Edenton, North Carolina. As a pianist, he instituted and performed as soloist and accompanist in the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Recital Series in Newport News, Virginia. John currently teaches elementary music at First Flight Elementary in Kill Devil Hills and works part-time as PR and Marketing Director at The Lost Colony in Manteo, North Carolina.
Nancy Monaghan, violin is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of music education from West Virginia University. Upon graduating, Nancy began her teaching career as an orchestra director with the Chesapeake Public School system in Chesapeake, VA. Ms. Monaghan is currently in her 25th year teaching in Chesapeake and is the orchestra director at Hickory Middle School, where she teaches 220 young string musicians daily. Nancy also maintains a private violin and viola studio in her home, and is excited to be heading up the new division of Club Violin – Club Violin Hampton Roads.
Missy Braddy, cello began her Suzuki musical studies at the tender age of three. Although music was not her study of choice at East Carolina University, where she received both Bachelor & Master degrees in Accounting, she has played in numerous youth orchestras, including ECU’s Youth Orchestra and the Wilmington Academy of Music’s Youth Orchestra. She has played in numerous weddings & frequently plays solo recitals and special events. Missy is currently employed by Dare County Schools as their Payroll Technician and enjoys spending time with her husband & three beautiful children.
Mike Frohnapfel has been playing cello for eight years. During this time he has played in many ensembles including Hickory High School’s Chamber Orchestra and Bay Youth Orchestra of Virginia. Mike was also accepted into the Virginia All-State Orchestra and the Governors School for the Arts. His teachers include Janet Kriner and Leslie Frittelli, both members of the Virginia Symphony. A gifted musician, Mike is attending Old Dominion University where he is studyingMusic Education and Cello performance.
Déborah Ramos graduated with a double major in cello performance and music education from East Carolina University in 2010. She is an active cellist and educator performing often for weddings, musicals, concerts, and other local events. Ms. Ramos has taught or performed professionally as a member of the Tar River Symphony since 2012, a member of the metal band Darker Shades of Symphony since 2011, as a chamber music coach at the North Carolina Suzuki Institute, and has been an active educator in public schools since 2010. She currently teaches orchestra at Deep Creek Middle School, G.A. Treakle Elementary, and Grassfield Elementary in Chesapeake, VA as well as maintains a private cello studio.
Stephanie Gleason, cello graduated from Sweet Briar College Summa cum Laude with a concentration in Music Performance. She has 15 years experience with various ensembles and orchestral groups, such as the Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra, Multi-Cello, The Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra, and the Elizabeth City Symphony Orchestra. She frequently plays solo and chamber recitals, special events and weddings in Virginia Beach, Elizabeth City and the Outer Banks. She has taught cello privately for the last 6 years in Virginia and North Carolina and currently resides in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
John S. Husser III earned an Bachelor’s Degree in Music education from Virginia Tech. He has been performing as a Bassist and Cellist for the past 25 years at local events, weddings and as a sub with the Virginia Symphony. John has been a public school Orchestra Director for the past 17 years and currently teaches at Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. When not teaching or performing, he enjoys golfing, fishing and spending time with his wife and son.
Claire Fowler has played the viola for over twenty-three years. She graduated cum laude from State University of New York at Stony Brook with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in music. She graduated from Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, England in 2011 where she received a Masters in Music Performance. She has studied with violists Yoram Youngerman, Katherine Murdock, Daniel Panner, and Rachel Roberts. She has received chamber music coachings from Emanuel Gruber and the Emerson String Quartet. As an orchestral musician, she has performed under such conductors as Susan Deaver, Martyn Brabbins, Sir Colin Davis, James Gaffigan, and Clive Davis. Claire has performed in the New Carolina Sinfonia, with the Crystal Coast Choral Society, and is a member of the Wilson Symphony. Currently Claire performs for weddings and events throughout North Carolina.
Kim Kalman, vocals/guitar is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She earned her degree in business management while performing in local venues. After careful consideration, Kim chose to apply her business management skills to her own career in the music business. She followed her heart and never looked back. That road took her all the way to Nashville, Tennessee, where Kim has recorded all of her current CDs: Moonlight, At Last, Close, and her most recent releases, I’m Not Alone, A Christmas to Remember and Let the door swing wide. Visit her online at www.kimkalman.com
Sam Ballard, flute, was born and raised in New York City where he studied privately and in the jazz night clubs of the city. He received his music degree from ECSU in flute & saxophone. He was a public school music teacher for over 33 years before retiring.
Now he teaches privately and performs professionally in New York and North Carolina.
Shannah Boone, violinist and singer/songwriter, is from Elizabeth City NC. Growing up on Long Island, she always had an affinity for the music and the arts. Shannah began her formal musical training at the age of 5 starting with the guitar, and then transitioned to violin at age 8. She continued classical violin training through high school studying at The East End School Of The Arts with Daniel Gladstone. After graduating high school, she attended The Crane School of Music and studied with Eriko Sato of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. During her time in college she was introduced to bluegrass music and was instantly hooked! In 2003, Shannah moved to North Carolina and really began to connect with her new love, FIDDLING! She had the opportunity to hone her skills at the now Outer Banks Jubilee, learning the ropes of bluegrass and country fiddle from some of the top musicians in coastal Carolina. Throughout this time she maintained her guitar playing skills, focusing on popular and folk guitar playing. She’s comfortable singing and playing violin/guitar in any style and looks forward to being a part of your event!
Dr. Steven Raisor attended the Berklee College of Music, received a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies from Barton College, a Masters in Music Performance from Norfolk State University, a Masters in Music Theory from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in Humanities from Florida State University. Dr. Raisor is the Associate Professor of Music, Miles Clark Endowed Chair at College of the Albemarle where he teaches Music Theory, Music Appreciation, Applied Music, and Humanities. He serves as the director of the Community Band and musical theatre ensembles at COA. Dr. Raisor was voted 2008 Teacher of the Year at COA.
Heather Smith has been playing the violin for ten years and has performed in an Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Central Park, the Kennedy Center, and the Vienna Concert Hall in Austria. She has also played as a violist in a string quartet at The Haydnsaal in Eisenstadt. In addition to her musical studies, Heather spends her time as a violinist and violist performing for weddings and teaching young students in the Hampton Roads area. She is also a dedicated education and performance major at Old Dominion University.
Sue Waters, viola is a graduate of the University of Maryland, majoring in music education. She has played in freelance groups in the Washington, DC area at the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap. She has been in the Pensacola, Virginia, Corpus Christi and Maryland Symphonies. Currently, Sue is the media specialist at Manteo High School, she teaches the strings program at Manteo Middle School and performs with Trio La Mer.
Ruth Wyand graduated from Richard Stockton College with a Bachelor Degree in Music Theory & Composition. She studied voice with acclaimed voice coach Kathryn Agresta in New York City and received a scholarship from The Martin Guitar Institute to attend Master Classes at Duquesne University. She has been playing and touring on various stages throughout the US, New Zealand, England, Bermuda, France and Canada for over 25 years.
Photography by Brooke Mayo