Columbia River Music Conservatory
Music for All
Instructors

 
 

Amy Edwards

Vocal Instructor

Early Childhood Music Program

Amy Edwards recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Central Washington University with her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. Born and raised in the Wenatchee Valley, Amy is a long time student of Leslie McEwen, and is modeling her teaching style after her mentor.

After high school Amy left the Wenatchee Valley to study voice with Janeanne Houston at Pacific Lutheran University. In her two years at PLU Amy was a member of the Choir of the West and the University Chorale. After marrying her husband Paul in 2006 she transferred to Central Washington University where she studied voice with Dr. Diane Thueson Reich and Mia Spencer. She was in The CWU Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, as well as President of the Vocal Music Alliance and coordinator for the regional NATS competition. In addition to leading roles in Meanwhile Back at Cinderella's, and scenes from Fidelio and The Magic Flute, her college successes include performing in the 2008 and 2009 Seattle Opera Master Classes. 

Amy is a big believer in community service and enjoys being a member of Circle K and Omicron Delta Kappa. Amy also enjoys all genres of music and has devoted a large amount of time to musical theater. She has comprised many roles both large and small, and is conducting the chorus for Leavenworth's Amberleaf Theatre.

 Amy is thrilled to combine her love of music, teaching, and people into creating a successful vocal studio and Early Childhood Music

Charlie Solbrig

Guitar Instructor

Charlie Solbrig originates from Idaho where he fell in-love with the captivating sounds of the guitar. As a boy, a family friend introduced Charlie to the guitar which sparked a relationship with music that has defined and encompassed Charlie's life. After learning to play acoustic guitar in his teens, Charlie chose to study classical guitar and music performance at Idaho State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Performance degree in 1992. While at Idaho State, he studied under Bill O'Brien. Upon graduation, Charlie's musical ambitions brought him to Seattle in the early 90's. In addition, he has taken master classes with Ricardo Cobo, Sharon Isbin and David Tannenbaum, as well as flamenco lessons from Omar Torrez. 

Charlie built his reputation by endeavoring to share his passion for music with students while working at The Rosewood Guitar, to where he eventually shifted to exclusively performing and giving private lessons. Charlie has performed several occasions with the Seattle Classical Guitar Society. As a classically trained guitarist, his performance history includes a wide variety of venues in the Seattle area featuring his skills in classical, Latin and flamenco styles, as well as an original rock group, Tilted Blue, all featuring his original compositions. He has also accompanied award winning guitarist Andre Feriante at Benaroya Hall, where Charlie debuted his original Latin piece "Apollo".   

After almost 20 years, Charlie has built his own business based on performance and instruction of various styles of guitar. Charlie continues to pursue his passion of music and endeavors to inspire and motivate others to discover their own way through music. 

Connie Celustka

Piano,Guitar,Hammered Dulcimer, Recorder, and Harp

Connie Celustka performs on the dulcimer and harp in the local group "All Strings Considered" and teaches music at Columbia River Music Conservatory and Valley Academy. She began in Wenatchee at the Woods House Conservatory of Music in fall 2004 from the Seattle area where she had taught piano, clarinet and hammered dulcimer since 1985. Connie studied piano with Calvin Knapp of Pacific Lutheran University, and later with David Kaiserman of University of Puget Sound. She discovered hammered dulcimer while tuning instruments for the Folk Music Center in Claremont, California while completing her Masters in Theology at STC. She continued with her music while serving in youth ministry for several years, and later completed a 2 year certification in piano pedagogy through Western Washington University.

Connie has been a member of the Washington State Music Teachers Association and greatly enjoys teaching both children and adults. Her interests in folk music and piano tuning led her to Dusty Strings Handcrafted Musical Instruments in Seattle where she worked for 10 years stringing, tuning, and regulating folk harps and hammered dulcimers. She has performed on the dulcimer and harp in many settings, including Seattle's Folklife Festival, with a repertoire of Celtic, Classical, Scandinavian, American Traditional, and original music. 

Glenn Carr

Clarinet and Saxophone

Mr. Carr has taught music, played music and conducted music in the Wenatchee Valley for over fourty years.  He has been on staff for two fine marching band programs and has served both as clinician and adjudicator in various venues around Washington and Oregon.  Glenn currently teaches private lessons at the Columbia River Music Conservatory, works part-time for the music program at Vale Elementary and Cashmere Middle School in Cashmere, plays polka music with Bob Otto’s Polka Pals in Leavenworth and taught music for a number of years in the Eastmont School District.

He attended Central Washington University and received a degree in Instrumental music education. Later he received a Masters degree in Music Composition and Theory. He studied with Bob Panerio, Paul Creston and Raymond Wheeler.  Glenn taught for 30 years at Eastmont Junior High School. He taught Junior High Band. Hundreds of kids went through Glen's bands. He took them to contests, parades and performed at many concerts throughout his years. Glenn also taught English. He was fluent in Spanish and spent 4 years in 8 week long sessions in Mexico learning Spanish. When he returned to Wenatchee Glenn was able to communicate to his Spanish speaking students.
Glenn plays clarinet and saxophone. He was a member of the Wenatchee Valley Symphony and many local music groups. During his career Glenn directed Church Choirs, Wenatchee Music Theater, Leavenworth Summer Theater, and Chelan Music Theater. He was an adjudicator around the Pacific Northwest at School Contests in Band and Instrumental Music.

 

Kerry Travers

Violin Instructor

Kerry Travers is a violinist and trained violin teacher who uses the Suzuki Method. She has maintained a private studio for over thirty years in many different communities in Utah and Washington and currently maintains studios in Wenatchee, Cashmere and Chelan.  In addition, she has taught at festivals and institutes throughout Washington state.   

Kerry also teaches Body Mapping to address the alarming rate of injury among musicians.   Since 2007 she has been certified to teach the course “What Every Musician Needs To Know About The Body” as a Licensed Andover Educator.  Kerry began studying Body Mapping with Barbara Conable in 1998 because of personal injury.  During the journey to recovery, she began including this information in her own teaching to help prevent injury and promote good body use in her students.   Kerry has presented lectures on injury prevention and Body Mapping internationally including at the University of British Columbia, Boston University, Central Washington University, Luther College, the Kairos Lyceum, the Ottawa Suzuki Institute, Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute, the Suzuki Association of Washington State and the Suzuki Association of the Americas.   

Kerry is active in professional organizations including the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the Suzuki Association of the Washington State where she serves on the Board of Directors as Membership Coordinator.   She has been an active member of Andover Educators since its inception and is currently finishing a four year term as secretary for the Board of Directors.   For the past twenty years Kerry has served in many capacities on the Board of Directors of the Lake Chelan Bach Fest and has been Co-President since 2011. 

Kerry performs regularly with her trio “Classic Pizzazz” and is a member of  the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra.  She has four grown children and resides in Chelan with her husband.