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Diana Andrews, Cello, Piano, & Violin

Diana has been teaching the Cello, Piano, and Violin at Snyder Music Academy since 2012.

Education
Interlochen National Music Camp (1968)
Central Michigan University Music Education program (1968-1969)
Tennesee Temple College (1969-1970)
Various Seminars in continuing music education (1980-2006)
Private instruction in cello, piano, and voice (1962-1986)

Experience
Berean Baptist Academy- Music Teacher, Fayetteville, NC (2005-2006)
Adjunct Professor at Tennessee Temple University (2003-2004)
Private Piano, cello, and violin teacher (1979-2007)
Mt. Clemens Symphony- Mt. Clements, Michigan
Chattanooga Symphony- Chattanooga, Tennessee
Fayetteville Symphony- Fayetteville, NC

ANASTASIA BRYANT, SNYDER MUSIC ACADEMY STAFF ACCOMPANIST

Anastasia Bryant is The Snyder Music Academy Staff Accompanist for our recitals.  Anastasia is from Voronezh, Russia where she taught at the Voronezh State Academy of Arts as a private and academy teacher for all proficiency levels and taught chamber classes for middle and elementary school. During this time she also worked as an accompanist for all string classes, and woodwind instruments. In this position Anastasia also prepared the academy choir for domestic and international competitions held in Russia, Italy, and France. Between Sept 2003 and June 2008 Anastasia was invited to and performed live with the Voronezh State Philharmonic Orchestra on several occasions with numerous solo performances. Her international experience as an instructor and performer includes working in the countries of Kuwait and United Arab of Emirates between 2007 to 2011where she coordinated, managed and performed in special music events with the cooperation of local sponsors and businesses as well as worked as a private instructor.Upon her arrival to the United States Anastasia worked in New Jersey as a private instructor and accompanist for Montclair State University, lead pianist and organist for several Churches and Van Hoven Music Studio. Since her arrival in NC she has performed as an accompanist in several recitals. Anastasia is also a member of the Fayetteville Piano Teacher Association.

Education
BA-Music Education (Classic & Contemporary) Musical College of Voronezh, Voronezh, Russian September 1996-June 2001
Master of Arts, Music Education/Orchestra Instruction,Voronezh State Academy of Arts, Voronezh, Russia September 2001-May 2006
Artist Diploma, (Piano) Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey September 2012-May 2014

ANNA N. BUNN, PIANO

Education
Master of Music in Music Theory, University of South Carolina, 2009
Bachelor of Music Education with emphasis in Piano/Instrumental, Minor in Sacred Music, University of NC at Pembroke, 2007

Experience
Fellowship Recipient, University of South Carolina, August 2008-Present
Kindermusik Instructor, 2008-Present / Music Library Assistant / Student Teaching Intern
Organist/Youth Choir Director at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Lumberton, NC, November 2004-July 2007

Affiliations
Gordon Institute for Learning Method / Society for Music Theory
Charter Member, Eta Beta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota
President, Sigma Alpha Iota Colony as establishing Chapter
Secretary, UNC-P Chapter of NCMEA / Leadership & Service Opportunities Program

ALINA CHERKASOVA, VOICE & PIANO

Alina is an opera singer, voice and piano instructor, and Laureate of European International Competitions.  She has performed in Philharmonics, concert halls, and many churches in the Ukraine and Italy.  Alina has given many Ukrainian Music Concerts in Italy with The Ukrainian Collective "Ukraine Together."  In 2016 she founded the charity organization "Opera vo Blago."  Over the past three years she has held more than 150 charity concerts to help benefit sick children, cancer survivors, the elderly and animals.  In 2018 Alina received "The Kindest Musician of the Year" Regional Award.  In 2019 Alina's charitable organization was awarded the "Best Creative Peoples of Ukraine" award and received a grant from the Governor of the Odessa Region.  Alina has been invited numerous times to participate on the Jury of Children's International Competitions in Ukrainian Music Schools.  Over the years, many of Alina's own students have entered competitions and have achieved top awards.

Education
Odessa National Music Academy A. Nexhdanova-Bachelor of Music
Opera, concert performer, voice instructor-Odessa, Ukraine 2015-2019
Dnipro National Music Academy M. Glinka Dnipro, Ukraine 2011-2015
Acting School Pavlograd, Ukraine Special Music School No3 Pavlograd, Ukraine 2001-2010
Art Studio, Obraz Music School No1 Theatre, "Opera vo Blago" Odessa Philharmonic Theater Bachelor of Music (Junior Specialist)

JOY COGSWELL, DIRECTOR OF THE SNYDER MUSIC ACADEMY & KINDERMUSIK INSTRUCTOR

Education
Bachelor of Music Education with piano principal from Florida State University
Graduate studies:  Florida State University and Meredith College
Licensed Kindermusik Instructor

Experience
Formerly Director of the Methodist College Performing Arts Program (1984-2002)
Founder and Director of the Methodist College Summer MusiCamp (1987-2002)
Kindermusik Instructor (1990-present):  Holds the distinction of Kindermusik Maestro
Private and Group Piano instructor (1970-present)
Pianist-Snyder Memorial Baptist Church (1974-2018)
Director of the Snyder Youth Choir (1986-1999); former Assistant Director of the Snyder Youth Choir
Children’s Choir Coordinator, Snyder Memorial Baptist Church (2007-2014)
Solo piano performances with The Fayetteville Symphony
Frequent accompanist for vocal and instrumental soloists

Special Awards
Outstanding Faculty Award, MethodistCollege, 1996
Kindermusik Maestro 2000-2018
Kindermusik Maestro award for Outreach and Masterful Teaching 2004
Fayetteville, NC Music Hall of Fame

MARY-ANNE GREENE, DANCE

Mary-Anne Greene holds a BA in Dance Education from Meredith College and a MA in Dance Education from UNC at Greensboro. She also had the opportunity to study abroad at the Laban Centre in London, England. This will be her ninth year teaching dance in the public school system, and her third year teaching dance at Fayetteville Technical Community College. She is looking forward to continuing her relationship with Snyder Memorial Baptist Church by sharing her love of dance and now working with Snyder Music Academy.

ALYSSA HALL, HARP & PIANO

Alyssa is a native of Stedman, NC, where she resides with her family.  She is a devoted Christian and is active in her local church.  Her ultimate goal in life is to glorify God and bring others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Music is both her God-given talent and her passion.  Being the eldest of a large family of children, she is well equipped to relate with children young and old.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Music, Methodist University, currently enrolled with 4.0 GPA
Bachelor of Arts in Communication   Thomas Edison State University, 2017
Homeschooled, K-12

EXPERIENCE
Methodist University “Grace Notes”, Harp Accompanist   •   Methodist University Chamber Singers, Harp Accompanist
Methodist University Chamber Orchestra, Harpist   •   Fayetteville Symphonic Band, Harpist
“Friends of Music” with Winifred Garrett, Harpist, Oct. 2018   •   Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra, Harpist, 2017
Chopin Festival, July 2012   •   Stedman Pentecostal Holiness Church, Pianist

PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS
Contributor, Conciliar Post  •   Youth Worship Director at Stedman Pentecostal Holiness, 2016-2017
Youth Small Group Leader, Sept. 2016-March 2017   •   Summit Ministries Graduate, 2015
Recorded “Blessed Assurance” CD, 2013   •   Recorded “Heavenly Peace” CD, 2017
Co-Author of The Ten Commandments for Business   •   Academic Tutor with ages 3-17

ANNA HALL, VIOLIN

Anna is a native of Stedman, NC and has studied piano and violin since the earliest age.  She is a music major at Methodist University, studying the piano.  She enjoys performing professionally and as part of the music ministry at her local church.

Experience
Teaching private piano and violin lessons
Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra, Concertmaster/Associate Concertmaster
Member of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church Orchestra
Violinist, Stedman Pentecostal Holiness Church
Violinist, Village Baptist Church

KERRI HURLEY, KINDERMUSIK INSTRUCTOR

Education
Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Relations/double major in Economics –
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1984)
Studied piano, organ, and theory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Studied vocal music at Methodist College
Licensed Instructor with Kindermusik International (1996)

Experience
Licensed Kindermusik Instructor since 1996 and has been awarded distinction of Kindermusik Maestroand Maestro in Outreach.
Faculty of the Preparatory Performing Arts Program/ MusiCamp- Methodist College, 1996- 2002
Kindermusik Instructor with Snyder Music Academy (2002 – present)
Kindermusik Instructor in Pre-K classes in Cumberland County Schools (1997-present)
Children’s Music Clinician and Conference Instructor/Trainer

SYREETA JACKSON, FLUTE, CLARINET, PICCOLO, RECORDER, & SAX

Syreeta is deeply motivated and committed to music education. She is compassionate and empathetic with children, advocating for the importance of musical instruction in their lives. Ms. Jackson is energetic, imaginative, and passionate toward teaching.

Education
Master of Music Education  UNC-Pembroke  December, 2015
Bachelor of Music                  UNC-Pembroke  August, 2012

Professional Experience
Band Director    West Hoke Middle  August, 2013-Present
Music Teacher   Piney Grove Elem.  August, 2005-June, 2013
Woodwind Instructor     2010-2014
Clarinetist for Bella Venti Woodwind Quartet     2008-Present
Guest Clarinetist Fay. Internat’l. Orch.     May, 2012-Present
Clarinetist Fay. Symphonic Band     2008-Present

Affiliations
MENC (Music Educators National Association)
NCAE (North Carolina Association of Educators)

BOB JAMES, JAZZ GUITAR & PIANO

Education
Graduated with honors from Hampton University, Hampton, VA. with a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies (concentration on guitar)   May 1991

Experience
In addition to teaching at Snyder Music Academy, Bob is currently the Minister of Music at Hood Memorial AME Zion Church in Fayetteville, NC., since 2010.
Fine Arts Resource Center Coordinator at Fayetteville State University   1993-2002
SmartMusic Lab Attendant at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville   2002-2003
Full-time student- Attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in pursuit of a Masters in music composition   2003-2005
Performed professionally with various ensembles and taught guitar privately   2005-2007
Guitar Instructor, Mount Olive Music Adademy, Knoxville, TN   2007-2010
Guitar Instructor, Bravura Music Academy, Knoxville, TN   2009-2010

Performances
Perform guitar, keyboards, and vocals professionally with local R&B/jazz group Pete Everett & The Total Package Band and the Gospel group, The Prodigal Sons   1993-2002, 2014-present
Performed professionally on guitar, keyboards, and vocals with world-renowned, The Fatback Band   1996-2010, 2014-2016
Also performed on guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, and vocals professionally with many other groups in North Carolina and Tennessee, including various church groups.   1996-2014

Composition
Has composed over 100 original, complete works, including “Of Sin and Sainthood” and “Scrap,” which were included on the CD-ROM “Current Work: 2001,” compiled and released by the visual arts area of Fayetteville State University’s Fine Arts Department.
Performed an original piano composition, “Untitled #3,” at the Composers’ Forum at the University of Georgia, Albany, in 2003.
First movement of an original brass quintet (“Ode to Adjustment: Arrival”) was performed at the Composers’ Forum at the University of Georgia, Albany, in 2003.

WILLIAM MORROZOFF, III, VIOLA, VIOLIN, & VOICE

Education
UNC-Pembroke:  Bachelors of Arts in Music Education    May 2016

Experience
In addition to teaching at Snyder Music Academy, Billy is currently the Music Director and Pianist at Grace Baptist Church in Rockfish, NC., since November 2005.  He is proficient on multiple instruments and has an understanding of many of the solo audition pieces for the Cumberland County Orchestra Programs.

Achievements
Primary Education:  Participated in the Cumberland County Youth Orchestra Program, the All-County Orchestra, and the All-State Orchestra
College Education:  Participated in the Orchestra/Choir Program and the String Quartet at UNC at Pembroke

KARA SMITH, PIANO, CELLO, & UKULELE

Kara Smith grew up learning music all across the United States, studying under many teachers across the country including Michael Johnson, Jason Roy and cellist Lindsey Smith-Trostle. She has performed with the Sparkling Keys and Strings orchestra under the direction of Simone Parker and has served in worship as the pianist and cellist for numerous churches.

Education
Kara has a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with a Piano Performance focus from Thomas Edison State University where she studied under Sheila Threlfall and performed Mozart's Sonata K. 283, Bach’s Praeludium VI, BWV 875 and Rachmaninoff’s Elegie, Op. 3, No. 1. She has performed at venues such as APSU Mabry Concert Hall, as well as for private parties and special events.

She graduated with a Masters of Arts in Media Arts and Worship from Dallas Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Military Resilience from Liberty University.

Experience
Kara has over eighteen years of experience in piano and has taught with music studios in Washington D.C. and Dallas, TX. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and delights to watch students grow in their skill and enjoyment of their instrument.

ANGELA TOURON, GUITAR

Angela began learning guitar when she was in junior high school.  She continued her instruction with Parks Boyd at Sunset Music in Rocky Mount, NC, where she was living.  She particularly enjoys teaching children and helping them to realize their skills through guitar.

Education
Music Performance, Methodist University
Guitar lessons with Greg Euton

Experience
Instructor, Sandhills Music Center, 2006

LAUREL WACHTLER, VIOLIN

Laurel has been a member of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra for fourteen years and is a member of the Vilasi Quartet and the Dogwood Trio. She is also the violinist and a soprano for “The Coventry Carolers” and sings with “Cantate.”

Education
B.S. Biology NMSU

Experience
NMSU Symphony
NMSU Chamber Orchestra
Phillips Symphony
Chamber Orchestra of Southern Maryland
Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra

AKEMI SHIKANAI WILLIAMS, PIANO

Mrs. Williams began her formal training on piano at age four in Tokyo, Japan.  Her heritage and Christian faith have forged a work ethic that compels her to meet the needs of her students from beginners to advanced with grace and perseverance.  Akemi is delightful and a joy to know.  Her easy smile and contagious enthusiasm put her students at ease and make lesson days something for which to look forward!

Education
College of Music High School – piano
Tokyo College of Music – piano

Experience
University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Staff Accompanist   2005-2018
Church Pianist/Organist   1991-Present
Pianist for choral and solo artists   1985-Present
Instructor:  Ft Bragg Youth Recreation and School-Age Service Branch   1999-2005