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Chas Arnold  

Chas Arnold is the Suzuki Strings Director at the Bermuda School of Music.  He has been head of the Department since 2005, responsible for programming, development and events.  Mr. Arnold joined the Bermuda School of Music as a Suzuki violin teacher in 2001 and also served as the Chairman of the Bermuda Suzuki Association from 2002 - 2005.  Prior to joining the Bermuda School of Music, Mr. Arnold ran events for the Education Department of Carnegie Hall in New York, NY.  In 2013 he was a guest clinician at the World Suzuki Conference in Japan and frequently speaks and teaches at workshops across the US. 

Mr. Arnold holds a BA in Biology and a minor in Music from The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO.

Mirei Tsuji-Barbier  

Mirei Tsuji-Barbier started playing the piano at the age of four in Algeria. After returning to Japan, she joined the Junior Toho Music College. She then moved to the UK in 1988 where she won a scholarship to study at the Junior Academy at the Royal Academy of Music London with Antonietta Notariello. She continued to further her studies with Christopher Elton. In 1996, Mirei moved to the Paris Conservatoire (Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Dance) as part of ERASMUS exchange scheme and studied with Gerard Fremy. During her course, she premiered a work by the Russian composer, Galina Ustovolskaya. She also took part in the Serbian TV documentary on Serbian composers "A Tempo" and "World is Music" which were broadcast in Serbia. She graduated from the postgraduate degree with a distinction in 1999.

She has worked with renowned musicians and professors such as Hiromi Okada, Dominique Merlet and Peter Feuchtwanger. She was a prize winner at the Karic Millenium competition held in London and a finalist at the Cantu International Competitions for Piano and Orchestra in 2001. She won the second prize in the San Sebastian International PianoCompetition in the duo section with pianist Tomoaki Kimura. She was the overall winner of the Rome International Competition in both Four-Hands and Two-pianos sections with pianist Miho Sanou and performed at Teatro Vale in Rome. Mirei continues to give recitals mainly as a soloist throughout the UK, France and Japan.

Joy Barnum  
Joy T Barnum graduated from Bermuda Institute and attended Oakwood College where she completed a B.M. in Vocal Performance/Pedagogy with Ginger Beasley.
She has performed with Kathleen Battle and the Aeolians as well as a rock band in Huntsville Alabama and now with The Channel in Bermuda. After placing in the first Bermuda Idol sponsored by Hott 107.5 Ms. Barnum enjoyed a night of Jazz with Adlev Entertainment and the Toni Barry Quartet and with the Toni Bari Quartet for the Fame Reunion. She has opened for Yolanda Adams, Seal, and Smokey Norful and was privileged to open for Patti La Belle during Bermuda’s 2005 Music Festival.
Joy has participated with Mathew Joseph and Friends at the Bermuda School of Music’s Annual Guitar Festival and was invited to share the stage with the Greenrock sponsored Heather Nova and Friends Music Festival with her band and Ms. Nova. Performances also include making music for charitable events such as with Gary Burgess for Bermuda School of Music’s Suzuki Violin “Tsunami Relief Concert”, with Milton Repose for the United World College Benefit Concert, soloed for the “Spring into the Arts” production hosted by schools within the Department of Education, with The Channel for the Philippine Independence Day and The Center’s Annual street Festival.
Joy T. Barnum won the 2006 Underground Music Awards Best Female Vocalist category and went on to perform for the show, the 2007 show and graciously host the 2008 show while opening the night with The Channel. She was nominated in the Cellular One Roc the Mic competition.
Shelton Bean  

Shelton Bean was taught the drums by his father, Clarence “Tootsie” Bean. After completing High School at The Berkeley Institute, he went on to  Berklee College of Music on a partial scholarship from The Bermuda Arts Council.  While at Berklee, his drumming instructors were Alan Dawson, Gary Chaffe and Keith Copeland.  After completing his degree in music he was hired by Ghandi Burgess to play with his orchestra at The Southampton Princess Hotel.   There he had the opportunity to play for acts featuring  Freda Payne, Melba Moore, Four Tops, Frankie Avalon, female impersonator Jim Bailey and many more.  Shelton has also played with several local musicians including Ghandi Burgess, Tony Bari, The Joe Wylie Trio and with the Greg Thomson Cabaret.

Moving to the United States for more musical experience, he met the trumpeter Joe Robinson and frequently worked with him.  While working with singer Janis Price, he met the keyboardist Bob Sanger with whom he collaborated on his first CD called “No Words”.  The trio played with several artists around Greensboro, North Carolina - Melva Houston, Joe Robinson with whom he recorded two CDs “Moving On” and “Better Late than Never”.

While in Greensboro, North Carolina, he played for East White Oak Baptist Church and Reid Memorial CME Church. He is currently playing for Vernon Temple AME Church and teaches drumming at The Bermuda School of Music.

Amy Beekhuizen  

Amy Beekhuizen   enjoys teaching and performing on both the violin and viola.  She holds a BA in violin and an MM in viola performance from the University of Northern Iowa.  She’s done Suzuki teacher training with Pat D’ercole, Ed Kreitman, Ed Sprunger, and Teri Einfeldt.  While living in Iowa, Amy taught at the UNI Suzuki School and performed with Orchestra Iowa, the Des Moines Symphony, and the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony. She especially enjoys playing chamber music, and was previously a member of the Linwood Quartet in Boston.  Amy Beekhuizen has also taught at the Suzuki School of Newton, the Rockford Music Academy, and she was a guest clinician at the Massachusetts Suzuki festival from 2010-12.

Steve Crawford  

Stephen Crawford was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He took an interest in playing guitar at age 15 listening to recordings of his favourite rock music and performing with friends at  the local youth club. After a period of time he began studying with James Polland  who was a profound musical influence.

He has performed in masterclasses in Scotland, England and the US. His debut concerto was 1998 at St Theresa’s Cathedral where he performed the Vivaldi Guitar Concerto in D Major. In 1999 he passed the Advanced Certificate of the ABRSM with Grade A in performance and in 2001 the licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music. He has given Concerts in the Scotland, England and Bermuda, notably the Bermuda Festival 2002 in which he performed Rodrigo’s Concerto Aranjuez. In 2004 Stephen founded the Bermuda Guitar Festival, which is now in it’s sixth year.

Antoinette Davis  

Antoinette Davis began her teaching career at the Bermuda High School and at Saltus Grammar School after completing her professional training in Canada and Australia.  In Sydney, Australia she studied flute briefly at the Sydney Conservatory before working with Avril Williams from the Guildhall School of Music and William Bennett from the Royal Academy of Music in London , UK.  In 1987 she was awarded the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in Flute Teaching.  She has performed with the Bermuda Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bermuda Heritage Orchestra and the Bermuda Festival Chamber Orchestra.  She has also performed with the English Chamber Orchestra with flautist William Bennett in a Bermuda Festival Performance. She is a member of the Bermuda Chamber Choir, a semi-professional choir attached to the Bermuda School of Music where she currently teaches Flute, Piano and Music Theory.

Toni has served as a trustee of the Menuhin Foundation, and is currently a trustee of the Bermuda School of Music.  She is the Local Representative of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and was General Manager of the Bermuda Festival from 1995 until 2003. She has attended many international William Bennett Flute Summer Schools in the UK and considers William Bennett her mentor and guru – along with an informal international band of followers known at “Wibbletts”!

Apart from being a keen flautist and having a life-long love of teaching, Toni has spent many years  associated with boats both in Bermuda and in France where she lived on a large motor cruiser  ‘Bermuda II’, with her late husband  while exploring the inland waterways of France, Belgium and Holland from 1990 until 1993.   She has a son and a family of 4 cats.

Caroline Eaton  

Caroline Eaton graduated from Bath Spa University in BA (Hons) in Music in 2001. She then went on to complete her Music Teaching in Professional Practice Post Graduate diploma.  Then taught privately and in schools in Derbyshire UK. She joined the Derby Concert Orchestra in 2001 and later became the cellist in what is now the Derventio String Quartet, where she still performs for events when back home in Derbyshire.

In 2006 Caroline accepted the job of cello and piano teacher at the Bermuda School of Music where she is currently teaching, cello, piano, Kindermusik, accompanying Suzuki group classes, and performing for corporate events as a solo cellist and as part of small ensembles. She has performed for larger events including being part of the backing strings for Smokey Robinson in 2007 and has worked alongside the singer song writer Heather Nova for the IBM event in 2008 and other corporate events. She has also performed larger classical works alongside her colleagues such as the Mendelssohn Octet for Strings and the Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor. Other performances have included playing cello with the Bermuda Chamber Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra.

LaTannia Ellerbe  

LaTannia Ellerbe is a violinist, educator, arranger, and conductor from Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a doctoral candidate in violin performance at the University of Minnesota with an anticipated graduation in the fall of 2011. Her violin teacher at the University of Minnesota is renowned pedagogue, Sally O’Reilly.  She earned a Masters Degree at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and a Bachelors Degree from Vanderbilt University. A versatile musician, she has been featured in various genres of music including classical, jazz, gospel, and salsa. LaTannia will appear on the upcoming album of national recording ensemble, Sounds of Blackness (due to be released in October). In addition to working with Sounds of Blackness, she has collaborated with composer Daniel Roumain, classical Pianist Lorin Hollander, and gospel artist Tonia Hughes-Kendrick. Ms. Ellerbe has performed in many places including Singapore, Los Angeles, Chicago, and even Bermuda in 2008. She is happy to return to Bermuda, this time as member of the Faculty at the Bermuda School of Music.

Courtney Fadlin  

Courtney Fadlin, woodwind

Jane Farge  

Jane Farge studied voice and piano and is a graduate of The Royal College of Music in London, England.  She is an experienced  vocalist, accompanist  and chamber music player having performed in England, Germany, France, Sicily and the United States.

In Bermuda Jane has performed at City Hall Theatre and Ruth Seaton James auditorium with organizations such as The Bermuda Philharmonic Orchestra, Bermuda Heritage Concerts, Saltus Concert Society and the Suzuki Concert Society, to name a few.

Jane studied voice with  Lyndon Van Der Pump, Margaret Kingsley, Heather Harper and in Bermuda with Dr. Gary Burgess.  Her piano studies were with Thalia Myers, Ian Brown,  Stephen Savage, and accompaniment with Alistair Graham.

Jane is delighted to be on the staff of Bermuda School of Music and is looking forward to working with students of all ages and accompanying Suzuki Group classes.

Raymond George  

Raymond George was born and raised in Toronto and obtained a BA in Music from the University of Toronto. He has had the privilege of studying piano with William Aide, Larysa Kuzmenko and choral music with Brainerd Blyden-Taylor. He received the Lloyd Bradshaw Prize and an Ontario Service Award for choral excellence and music direction in community programs. Raymond’s diverse musical background in jazz, gospel, rock, choral music and piano performance has taken him all over the world. In 2009, he toured Canada with the Sean Jones Band for WIDEawake Entertainment. He was Director of Music for the Toronto Children’s Concert Choir that toured England in 2007 and produced their Covenant Award wining record “Our Message”. Before moving to Bermuda he was Director of Music for the Christ Church B.M.E Conference in Toronto.

Oliver Grant  

Oliver Grant studied piano in Madrid Conservatoire and later in Bath Spa University and Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He has performed in London, Bath, Chester, Manchester, Derby, Nottingham, Madrid and Bermuda.

Concertos include Rachmaninov`s second piano concerto with the Bath Philharmonic and later with the Derby Concert orchestra. He performed the Liszt Piano Concerto #1 with the Chester Philharmonic orchestra. Since September 2006, he has been teaching piano at the Bermuda School of Music and is the Organist at Christ Church, Warwick.

Kent Hayward  

Kent Hayward, Born to Bermudians Winslow and Gloriajean Hayward, Kent’s musical career started in the Salvation Army as a Bermuda Music Camp student at the age of 7 playing the E flat Alto horn. His playing continued as a Warwick Academy music student under Warren Jones, where he was switched to F Horn. He majored on the F horn as a Music Education Major at Asbury College in 1996 and went onto get his Master’s Degree in Horn performance from Western Michigan University in 1998. While studying in Michigan Kent subbed for the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.

On his return to the island Mr. Hayward served as a Primary school music teacher in the public education system for two years. His second appointment at a teacher was as Head of Music at Warwick Academy for 15 years.

He is current working as the Executive Director for the Bermuda School of Music . In the local music community Kent conducted for the Bermuda School of Music and for the Bermuda Philharmonic Society where he also served as President for seven years.

Locally Mr. Hayward has played with the Daylesford Symphonia,  BMDS, Bermuda Philharmonic Society Orchestra , the Bermuda Regiment Band and the Wall Street Band (playing Trumpet). Music al Highlights in his career include joining the Danbury Brass Band on a tour of New Zealand and Australia (2000), playing in the Edinburgh Military with the Bermuda Regiment Band (2004) and playing horn for the Quincy Jones Orchestra in 2009. Solo Performance highlights include F Horn Concerto Performances for the Bermuda Festival in 2009 & 2011 and a recent Haydn Concerto performance with the English Chamber Orchestra in 2015. Kent lives in Southampton with

Janice Pearman  

Janice Pearman received both her Certificate in Music in 1997 and Bachelor of Musical Arts in 2001 from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. A self taught guitarist at age ten Janice also possess up to Grade 8 in Music Theory. Before migrating to Bermuda in 2002 Janice taught for 12 years at the primary level and was the Music Director of both the Church and School choirs. This meant performance every weekend at church and other related functions.

Janice also holds a Master in Education Curriculum and Technology from the University of Phoenix. She is presently the Music Teacher at Paget Primary School and runs the only steelband programme in the public school system. Within this programme, she arranges and directs the band which has performed at different events including The Music Festival, Drumline and Premier’s Concert. Mrs. Pearman has recently joined the staff of the Bermuda School of Music as the Steelband Teacher.

Jennifer Sheridan  

Jennifer Sheridan is originally from Chicago, Il and began playing violin at the age of 4 in the Northfield Suzuki String Academy. Jennifer received a Masters degree in violin performance from DePaul University and received a Music Education/Performance degree from Western Illinois University in her bachelor studies.  Her teachers have included Lydia Monahan, Gabriel Pegis, and Joseph Genualdi.  Jennifer also did her Suzuki teacher training with Nancy Jackson, Linda Fiore, and Tanya Carey. 

Jennifer has taught and performed in Bermuda since 1997 and has been a member of the Bermuda Chamber, Festival, Sinfonia, and Philharmonic orchestras. She has also been part of the orchestra for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society productions that include Les Miserables,  Cabaret, and Beauty and the Beast. She especially enjoyed playing in the orchestra for Quincy Jones and Smokey Robinson as part of the Bermuda Music Festival.  

She currently teaches cello and violin in the Suzuki String program at the Bermuda School of Music and has two children Chase and Sloane with her husband Chas Arnold. 

Jerremiah Smith  

Jerremiah Smith studied classical guitar performance under Warren Haskell at California State University, Chico, earning his BA in music in 2004. He continued his studies at CSU, Chico with Warren Haskell, Tobin Roye, and Rocky Winslow, earning his MA in music in 2006 with a focus on classical and jazz guitar performance. After graduation, Jerremiah continued his studies through private lessons with guitar master Charlie Robinson.
Throughout his studies, Jerremiah supported himself through private guitar instruction at local music stores and the Chico School of Rock, as well as performing throughout California at restaurants, weddings, corporate events, and with numerous bands in various nightclubs. He has performed original guitar compositions for the Alfred Loeffler New Music Symposium, performed for musical theater, and was honored to perform live on Northstate Public Radio. He also won 1st prize in MakeAStar.com's online international solo guitar competition in 2009 with his original composition, "Joy".

Norman Brown  

Services -

Piano : Tuning; voicing; regulating; re-stringing, rebuilding including new soundboard and pinblock.

Violin: Sale of hand made full size violins, chin rests, strings, pegs, tail pieces etc. Repair/replace sound posts, bridges, strings, crack repairs, fingerboard repairs, re-set necks etc. all sizes.

 

Piano: Graduate of  the North Bennett Street School, Boston. 

Registered Piano Technician (Boston Chapter).

Violin : Four and  a half years apprenticeship at the Chimneys Violin Shop in Boiling Springs, PA under Ed Campbell.

 

 

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