Bethany Music Center is currently offering private lessons for the following instruments: Piano, Voice, Cello, Violin, Viola, Acoustic Guitar (rhythm), Acoustic Guitar (classical), Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums and Trumpet.
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Private Lessons are $30 for ½ hour lesson. Payment for Private Lessons is due at the beginning of each month.
Cello Teacher Sherrie McKay – BMC Director
Rev. McKay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Church Music from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts and a Master of Arts degree in Church Music from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Rev. McKay as served as Minister of Music at Bethany Church since 1993 and was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 2002 by Bethany Church. With over 20 years of music ministry experience, Rev. McKay has taught music and related arts to children and teens throughout the state of Maryland and the eastern seaboard. Rev. McKay has also led seminars for Maryland church leaders helping them to develop creative programs in local churches with small budgets. In addition to her experience as a trained vocalist, Rev. McKay is an experienced cellist who has studied with Eva Anderson, cellist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Joel Morshell, cellist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and more recently with local musician Catherine Mickelson Francis, cellist with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and Mulberry String Quartet. In addition to performing as a cellist at weddings and private events, Sherrie teaches at summer Cello camps for children with local Suzuki certified instructors. Rev. McKay has worked with a wide range of musicians with various skill levels and backgrounds. Her desire to develop the talents and gifts of young artists in a faith based environment. For more information about arts related programs and ministries created and led by Rev. Sherrie McKay, go to http://yourbethany.org
Piano and Voice Teacher Mercy Calhoun – BMC Private Lesson Coordinator
Mercy Calhoun is a third year undergraduate vocal performance major and music education major at the prestigious Peabody Institute. In the past, Calhoun has served as a section leader, choir assistant and student-conducting intern with the Appalachian Children’s Chorus (ACC). She has also been an elementary teacher’s aid so she exhibits the skills necessary to teach music to young children and is an asset to Bethany’s Children’s Music program. Performance is in her blood as Mercy has also performed several roles including the role of Susanna from Le nozze di Figaro at the Narni Arts Festival. In 2015, she performed the role of Dorinda from Orlando by Handel with the Peabody Opera. She has attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts and Brevard Music Center. She has also been a guest artist with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) and with ACC during their Italy tour. In addition to solo work, she has had a vast choral performing background with the Appalachian Children’s Chorus. This includes performing in Lincoln Center, the United Nations General Assembly Hall, Ireland, with the WVSO numerous times, and at many political events.
Drum Kit Teacher Gabe Petkaitis
Gabriel Petkaitis is a Jazz Drum Major and Recording Arts Major at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Gabe has performed in Jazz groups from
California to Italy and has performed in concert with notable artists such as Warren Wolff, Jimmy Greene & others. In addition to recently completing an internship with the Brevard Summer Institute as a recording engineer, Gabe is a lead sound engineer at Bethany Church facilitating streaming, recording and mixing a variety of bands, vocal and instrumental ensembles and solo artists.
Piano Teacher Noah Dion
Noah Dion is a recent graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music as a jazz pianist. Noah graduated May 2017 with a double major in Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. Noah has played extensively in ensembles in New York and Baltimore. In addition to studying and playing solo piano in Baltimore, he also works as an accompanist for the Peabody Preparatory program and as a private teacher. Noah is the primary accompanist at Bethany Church.
Trumpet Teacher Phil Respass
(Phil’s Bio is coming soon. Thank you for your patience)
Trumpet Teacher Eric Engler
(Eric’s Bio is coming soon. Thank you for your patience)
Guitar Teacher Alec Green
Alec Green is a guitarist, bassist, and audio engineer and currently studies classical guitar and audio engineering at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Green is a frequent performer with Live Arts Maryland and played guitar on a recording for the Baltimore based professional theater company Center Stage, for their production Twisted Melodies.
Also skilled as an audio engineer, Green’s credits include the album On a Wire by the band Ambit Orbit, Heart on Fire by Jacob Jasper, his own 2 EPs, a live recording of the Peabody Jazz Ensemble, and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Annapolis Chorale’s performance of the Mozart Requiem and Carmina Burana.
Violin and Viola Teacher Bronwyn Kure
Violist Bronwyn Kure is an active soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher in the Baltimore area. Her love of people and music has led her to find new ways to communicate with others through music. Originally from rural Canada, she attended the Victoria Conservatory and received her Diploma in Music Performance and is now pursuing her Bachelor in Music Performance at the Peabody Conservatory.
Bronwyn has played as a soloist with the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, and the Sydney Classical Orchestra as well as solo performances with the Victoria Conservatory’s Thursday Recital Series, Cheminais Prodigious Talent Concert Series, Peabody Pop-Up Concerts and Yellow Barn Music Hall Concert Series.
She has had the privilege of being Principal of the Peabody Concert Orchestra for two consecutive years, Principal of the Victoria Youth Orchestra and Principal of the Victoria String Sinfonia and Peabody String Sinfonia. She has also played with Pacific Opera Victoria in their production of Britten’s Noah’s Ark, Symphony No. 1 and Occasional Symphony.
Growing up in a family of fifteen gave Bronwyn a love and a desire to teach young children. From an early age she would take turns practicing with her siblings and organizing family quartet rehearsals. She is currently teaching violin group classes at the Waldorf School of Baltimore and hopes to start teaching at an after school program in Ellicott City. She has also taught with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids Program at Lockerman Bundy Elementary School and Highlandtown Elementary School. She hopes to continue teaching in the Baltimore area in order to empower children through music.
Bronwyn is also interested in using music to connect with her community. She is a site coordinator with Peabody’s Creative Access Program that takes music to people who are hurting or do not have regular exposure to live music. This year Bronwyn is coordinating with the Johns Hopkins Neurology Clinic and the Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital to bring music to the patients on a weekly basis.
Bronwyn began playing violin at the age of eleven and enjoys teaching violin as well as viola. In Bronwyn’s first year of college as a violinist, her violin teacher, Michael van der Sloot, suggested that she should try viola for a semester. Van der Sloot was a violist and convinced many of his violin students to switch to viola. The lush tone of the viola, the constant need for good violists and the quirkiness of violist culture were what ultimately drew her to the instrument.
Voice Teacher Sandra Goldstein
Voice lessons and classes are taught by Sandie Goldstein. Sandie Goldstein is a Senior at Towson University studying Vocal Music Education. Her studies include training in music theory, vocal skills, and music history as well as curriculum development and classroom management. Sandie’s career intentions are to instruct choral music at a public elementary or middle school. She is a member of the Towson Tiger Tones A Capella group and Towson University Chorale, as well as the Towson University student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Sandie is excited to share of her love of music with the students and families of Bethany Music Center!