Susan W. Site Director at B2R Bristow. Susan has a lifetime of music experience including teaching Flute, Piano, Vocals, Brass, Early Childhood and directing choirs of all ages and sizes. Susan attended college at Seton Hill in Greensburg, Pennsylvania majoring in Music Education. She has been playing the flute, piano and singing since the 2nd grade. Susan has been working with youth ages 2-21 for over 25 years. Teaching music is her passion. She has directed and instructed multiple youth choirs and worked individually with each youth to enhance their musical talent. She is the Minister of Music at a local church and plays the piano for Worship Services. Susan has a natural ability to work with children of all ages understanding the needs of each age group. Over the years, she has also worked closely with at-risk youth and children with disabilities. Music will always be an important part of her life.
Staff & Music Teachers
Brandon C. is an Assistant Director and Music Specialist. He teaches guitar, piano, ukulele, and bass. He holds a bachelor’s in music from Shenandoah Conservatory and a master’s in jazz studies from George Mason University. He was given the Senior Award for hard work and dedication to his instrument at Westfield High School. After graduating, he attended Berklee College of Music for one year on scholarship before transferring to Shenandoah Conservatory. Once he arrived at Shenandoah, he made the top jazz combo. He also played guitar in the university big band. Brandon has a deep understanding of jazz vocabulary and language. He has transcribed many improvised solos in order to thoroughly understand the roots of the music that he performs. He has played at many different venues such as recitals, social gatherings, restaurants, concert halls and weddings. He studied with Shawn Purcell who is the guitarist for the Navy Commodores and went on tour in Costa Rica with the Promising Artists of the 21st Century Ensemble led by Victor Provost. He has a love for performing, playing, and teaching music. Brandon specializes in Jazz, Rock, Blues, and Folk music.
Aaron S. is a Music Specialist and Audio Engineer. He teaches guitar, piano, bass, strings, drums, and early childhood. Aaron has been picking up new instruments since the age of 6. He started with piano and quickly branched out to cello and guitar. He graduated from High School with 6 years of orchestra under his belt; performing at local banquets and even at Universal Studios in Florida. He currently is the lead guitarist in the local band Better Homes and has 8 years of experience in the east coast music industry as an active musician. He is striving to be a professional audio engineer, recording local bands over the past few years in his own house and gaining producing experience along the way. His love for music and the arts shows through his teaching and passion for the industry.
Al Q. is a Guitar, Ukulele, and Bass Guitar Music Specialist. Al is a well-rounded guitar player. A native New Yorker raised during the explosion of Rock-n-Roll. Al started private guitar lessons at age 6. In addition to playing guitar, he studied drums. By age 9, Al was performing in local venues and recording in music studios. Al spent a few years dedicated to big band jazz, he spent time at Lynn Oliver Studios in NYC. During those years, Al was also busy helping arrange and record music written by clients for demos. Al played bluegrass guitar alongside renowned bluegrass artists, such as Butch Waller, Laurie Lewis, Dan Nunnally and Steve Pottier. Al taught guitar privately to students of all ages in the Bay Area and California. In recent years, Al co-founded a bluegrass troupe. Al says, “It’s exciting to see a new student become one with the instrument and have fun while making beautiful music together!” Being a part of that adventurous journey should be mutually gratifying, and Al is ready to give his all to his students!
Austin F. is a Music Specialist. He teaches brass and piano. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Bass Trombone Performance at Shenandoah University. He currently plays in the top ensembles at Shenandoah Conservatory including the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Big Band, where he had many opportunities to perform in many different venues, from soloing with the the Shenandoah University Trombone Collective on Millennium Stage to Performing to sold out crowds in the largest concert halls in South America. After graduation Austin Will be attending the University of Maryland to Pursue his Masters in Music in Performance. Austin has acquired many skills over his time at Shenandoah such as arranging, transcribing songs by ear and conducting in all genres. He has a love for teaching and inspiring the next generation in whatever they’re most passionate about in music.
Elena S. is a Piano and Violin Music Specialist. Elena was born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. She began her musical education at the age of five when she learned to play violin at the local School of Music. After graduating, she was accepted into Music Lyceum at the Krasnoyarsk Institute of Arts where she continued her studies in Musical Theory, Pedagogy and Music History. Elena then went on to receive her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the M.I. Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory where she studied under the tutelage of Professor G.G. Feldgun, a renowned scholar, music book author and art critic. At that time, she also performed at the Music Theatre, Conservatory Chamber Orchestra and offered private lessons. Soon after moving to Virginia, Elena continued her teaching carrier as her primary occupation in Northern Virginia Art schools. She continued her musical career performing with such orchestras as Fairfax Symphony, Arlington Philarmomic as well as Falls Church Chamber and National Chamber Orchestras. Elena is a winner of the Regional Round for the UNESCO International Competition “New Names”. She is also a recipient of Scholarship for the Winners of Krasnoyarsk Festival of Young Musical Talents. Elena compliments her life-long passion for music with studies in yoga.
Jennifer W. is a music specialist focusing on voice and piano with Bach to Rock Bristow. She has been active in the Northern Virginia and DC Metro music scene for nearly 40 years. She attended Cornell University, where she studied voice with Maestra Susan Davenny-Wyner and Prof. Barbara Troxell, and music theory and composition with Professor Edward Murray. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies, Summa Cum Laude, from Ashford University. Through Jennifer’s 9 years of piano study with the late Bella Hatfield, what was a student of Carl Friedberg at Julliard, she is the “Great-Grand Student” of legendary 19th century pianist and composer Clara Schumann. Jennifer is an internationally-recognized operatic soprano who has performed leading roles with the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Oper Leipzig, Florence’s Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Oper Frankfurt, the Israel Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony, the Barcelona Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and many others. A voice instructor for more than 25 years, Jennifer’s students include SAG/AFTRA actors and international classical singers as well as young people just embarking on their great musical adventure.
John L., Music Specialist, teaches drum set, snare drum and percussion. He is an experienced private drum set instructor and musician in the Northern Virginia area. John began studying and playing at the age of 12 and has over 40 years of experience performing, recording and teaching drum set. John studied drums and percussion all through his junior high, high school and colleges years playing in jazz, marching and concert bands. John graduated from the University of North Texas where he studied percussion/drum set/music and jazz performance. He also studied classical percussion with the lead percussionist in the Houston Symphony Orchestra at Houston Baptist University. John has taught at several music conferences throughout the years including the “Drums in Worship” class at the National Worship Leaders Conference in Northern Virginia. John is experienced and skilled with incorporating acoustic drums, electric drums, loops and tracks in his music. Over the years John has also played, performed and recorded with a variety bands including jazz combos, rock, pop, country, and contemporary Christian music bands. John enjoys teaching students of all ages and skill levels. He teaches reading, proper grip and stroke techniques including both traditional and match grips. John works with his students to develop a strong foundation in rudiments, stick control and solid infectious grooves to improve the student’s independence and drumming vocabulary to help them to develop the skills needed to prepare to be a powerhouse drummer in any band situation.
Joshua L., Music Specialist teaches electric and acoustic guitars. He has 9 years of experience studying and performing with the electric guitar. Joshua began playing guitar at the age of 10 studying under professional guitar and music theory instruction with guitarist/teacher Dan Leonard, the Navy Commodores guitarist Shawn Purcell and Virginia local musician Johnny Cerisano. He began playing in bands in middle school and continued through high school as lead guitarist for multiple bands in the Northern Virginia area. In addition to studying jazz with his private instructors, Joshua studied jazz music at the George Mason University National Jazz Workshop summer camps playing and performing big band tunes. In addition, Joshua is the lead guitarist in his own band called “Joshua”, playing classic rock covers from the 70’s and 80’s featuring the electric guitar. Joshua’s band has been performing over the years at local town fairs, community events including the Leesburg First Friday, the Warrenton Father’s Day Car Show and other corporate events. Joshua also enjoys writing and recording original songs in his home recording studio. Joshua also enjoys teaching guitar students how to read music, develop ear training, and picking techniques that will develop the skills they need to play any style of music. Joshua brings his knowledge and experience to his students teaching them what it takes to make bands work well together, to grow in their talent, develop a professional sound and have fun.
Keegan D. is a Music Specialist and Audio Engineer. Keegan teaches piano, drum set, guitar, bass, strings, rock band, and Early Childhood. He is a musician born and raised in Northern Virginia, who shines through versatility. He is a singer/guitarist for the local rock band the Offbrands, but also has received training as a violinist, picking up the skills necessary to play various instruments. During the last few years, he was involved in multiple music programs, such as Music to Heal, and has played many benefit concerts with his band, in addition to being a part of the orchestra. His interest in music led him to start writing and recording his own music at a young age, opening a gateway into multiple genres. He has experience producing tracks with genres ranging from rock to rap, to EDM. An overall love of the arts inspires his curiosity when it comes to new sounds and types of music and drives him to always strive to create and share his passion with as many people as possible.
Lauren S. is a Music Specialist. Lauren teaches strings, piano, ukulele, and Early Childhood. Lauren is a Virginia native with music experience spanning over 17 years and is versed in a variety of styles including classical, old time, Celtic and bluegrass, as well as 18th century and civil war dance music, with ventures into symphonic metal, alternative and folk rock. Playing with multiple groups over the years, Lauren has performed at such venues as the Frostburg Appalachian Festival, Watermelon Park Bluegrass Festival, Virginia State Fair, Virginia Scottish Games, Stratford Hall, Winchester and Fredericksburg First Nights and multiple wineries, Irish pubs and coffee houses. Lauren currently plays with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, Celtic Machinations (Duo), the Dixie Belles (All female bluegrass band) and Marshall and Company (Historical period music), and has recorded multiple CDs with these and others bands over the years. She also has experience playing piano, mandolin and ukulele and has been singing with multiple groups including chorales, bluegrass and Irish folk ensembles.
Luann C. is a string Music Specialist. Born into a musical family in Tennessee, Luann wanted to be just like her big sister and play violin. After a year of pestering her mother for lessons, she finally began playing at almost 4 years old. Growing up she learned to play piano and viola as well. Luann took any music class that would fit into her schedule at college including cello, piano, voice, and conducting. She also performed in two different orchestras as a violinist and a cellist. Luann graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in History. With over 30 years of performing experience, Luann is eager to pass on her passion for music to her students.
Nick S. is a music specialist who teaches piano and trumpet. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from Shenandoah Conservatory. Nick Studied trumpet performance under Dr. Chuck Seipp (Army Concert Band – ret.), Craig Fraedrich (U.S. Army Blues – ret.), and Dr. Robert Larson (director of Jazz Studies, Shenandoah Conservatory). After receiving his degree from SU, Nick studied on scholarship at the University of North Texas (he was also a member of UNT’s 3 O’clock Lab Band in Fall ’18, and is a featured soloist on the 2 O’clock Lab Band album in 2019). While studying his undergrad at Shenandoah Conservatory, he recorded the debut album of “Bees?”, a jazz fusion group based in Winchester, Virginia. Nick also recorded a live album with L.A. recording artist Roger Ingram while in Dallas, and has 2 featured solos on the album. After studying at North Texas, in early 2020, Nick was contracted as the sole trumpet player for the Majestic Princess, a cruise ship of Princess Cruises that is based in Australia. Now back in Virginia, he teaches in the northern Virginia as both a trumpeter and pianist.
Trevor H. Music Specialist with proficiency in Piano, Drums, Guitar and Vocals. Trevor grew up in Northern Virginia. His love of music began at an early age. He started playing drums at just five years old and by the time he was eight, he was performing in a band that he formed with family and friends. At the age of thirteen, Trevor decided to learn to play the piano and by sixteen, he was self-taught in both piano and guitar. He took an interest in singing at an early age as well and was accepted into multiple honors choirs including the Virginia All-State Choir. Trevor is a multi-instrumentalist whose goal to make every lesson fun and musically enriching.
Zach A. Guitar, DJ and Music Production Specialist. Zach picked up the guitar back at the age of 9, while living in Centreville. He later moved to Gainesville and became the front runner of a local band. While this sparked his love for music, his passion for music production wouldn’t be realized until he started recording music with a band in high school. In doing so, Zach expanded his instrument repertoire to include bass, drums, piano, and mandolin. Now, Zach has a decade’s worth of experience in audio engineering and music production, having worked freelance in the DMV and Columbus, Ohio areas, as well as working as the A/V Tech Director for New LifeChristian Church in nearby Chantilly. Over this time, in addition to typical studio production work, he’s worked on projects like backing track production, scoring, and live performance post-production. He enjoys making music of almost any genre but especially enjoys space rock, post-hardcore, and house music.
- 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.