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.   

 

Ken Hunnicutt

Piano Instructor

Ken graduated from the University of Southern California with a Masters in piano performance and accompanying.  He performs regularly as an accompanist and chamber musician throughout North  Central Washington.  He is a member of the Washington State Music Teachers Association and welcomes students of all ages and levels to his studio.  Ken's goal as a teacher is to help students discover the joy of making music and to give them the tools to make it a life time endeavor.

 

 Matthew Genther

Percussion

Matthew Genther is a self-taught drummer for 14 years. Playing in an array of groups as a teenager, Matthew developed a life long obsession with percussion and rhythm. The family of one of his band mates gifted to him his first drum kit and, although not classically trained, acquired a strong eclectic foundation entering regional contests and drum-offs wherein he met many seasoned drummers and mentor of all genres. In 2008 Matthew moved to Wenatchee with his family where he enrolled at Wenatchee Valley Community College for an associates degree in literature and musical theory with the inspiration to join the art of telling stories with his talent for rhythm and love for the drums. As an instructor of such an instrument, Matthew ventures to teach others not only how to play the drum but how to communicate with them.

Maija Henderson

Violin and Viola Instructor

Maija Henderson comes from Connecticut where she received a B.S. Music Education and a B.A. Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut. After graduating, Ms. Henderson developed a strong interest in early music, and formed The Jovial Beggars with a group of friends. They played at Renaissance Faires throughout New England and in 2001 recorded an album “Christmas on a Budget”. She continued studying Baroque Violin with Mary Hostetler-Hoyt. She has performed early music with Arcadia Players, The Fanfare Consort, and The Mostly Baroque Players throughout various venues in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Ms. Henderson also enjoys playing Irish fiddle, and, after winning third place in the Connecticut Audubon Fiddle Festival in 2003, joined the group The Other Irish Band, and recorded “Be Good or Be Gone!” in 2005. 

Ms. Henderson has been teaching violin and viola privately for 12 years, and is currently teaching strings for the Wenatchee School District.

Meredith Hunnicutt

 Meredith Hunnicutt

Cello Instructor

 

 Meredith Hunnicutt is a cellist from Wenatchee, Washington who has earned her Master’s Degree in Performance and Pedagogy from Central Washington University.  When she was a freshman in high school, she was invited to join the Coulston string quartet. They competed at the Fischo$ National Chamber Music Competition in Indiana, and gave performances of works by Beethoven, Mendellsohn, and Bartok in Leavenworth and Yakima. Meredith won 3rdplace at State Solo and Ensemble Contest as a sophomore.  She has worked closely with John Michel, Scott Hosfeld, and Sally Singer, and has been coached by Maria Newman, Francine Kay, Peter Longworth, Cheng-Hou Lee, among others. Her senior year of high school she was asked to play the Faure Elegy for solo cello with the Wenatchee Symphony Orchestra. She has attended advanced chamber music camps, including the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute, and the Kairos Lyceum.  Meredith won an audition for tenured section cellist with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra in 2005 and has been playing with them since. Since graduating from Central in 2014, she has been growing a private studio in Wenatchee and serves as the lower strings coach for the Icicle Creek Youth Symphony. She seeks opportunities to share her skills and musical knowledge with students.

Megan Cleary

Bass and Cello Instructor

Megan Cleary is a teacher and double bassist. She received a Masters in Music Performance on double bass from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and her music teaching endorsement at the University of Washington. She is a public school music teacher in the Eastmont School District—teaching orchestras, choirs, bands, and guitar. Awards to her include the 2004 "Public School String Teacher of the Year" from the Washington Chapter of ASTA, the WMEA 2004 "Wall of Fame" class, and the 2006 "Outstanding Music Educator of the Year" by her colleagues in the Elliott Bay MEA Region. Her double bass teachers include Bertram Turetzky, Frederick Tinsley, Carolyn Davis Fryer, and Barry Lieberman.  She currently performs with the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra.

 

Ron Bermingham

Vocal Instructor

Ron Bermingham studied voice with Pierre Fleta at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique in Liège, Belgium (Premier prix - chant; Premier prix - art lyrique; Diplôme supérieur), and with Canadian Bass Baritone Gaston Germain at the Université de Montréal. His acting skills were honed in the musical theatre program at Arizona State University (M.A.), and in the opera programs at Indiana University, the University of British Columbia, the Université de Montréal (M.Mus.) and McGill University (Ph.D.). A regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions (Seattle) and gold medal winner at the Francisco Viñas International Voice Competition in Barcelona, Spain, Ron has sung with the Canadian Opera Company, with the Vancouver and Edmonton, Operas, and with opera companies in Belgium, France, Holland and Germany.  He has performed the standard oratorio and operatic repertoire as a guest soloist with symphony orchestras across Canada and the United States, and has recorded for PBS, CBC radio and television, and the NDR in Hamburg, Germany. 

After a 20 year career on the operatic stage, Ron’s curiosity about musical theater was piqued by the growing interest of students in his voice studio. By the time the final page had been turned on the 20th century, his curiosity had turned into a fascination, and his fascination into a new profession. In 2001, Ron accepted a position in the Musical Theatre Division at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA/Riverfront), and after a year teaching musical theatre students how to sing, was appointed to the Theatre Arts Department as an Assistant Chair and head of NOCCA's Musical Theatre Division. During this time, Ron served as music director and conductor for all musicals produced at NOCCA, including the New Orlean's premier of Side Show (Russell and Krieger) and Floyd Collins (Landau and Guettel).  In 2006, he was among a handful of teachers nominated for the  Distinguished Teachers in the Arts award by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Guest conducting appearances with Jefferson Performing Arts in New Orleans ensued (Oliver, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Evita, Annie and Mike Artell's Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood), with Baton Rouge Little Theater (Pajama Game and  Showboat), and with New Orleans' Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré (Damn Yankees). 

Post Katrina, Ron kept his voice studio in New Orleans thriving while working as Director of Artistic Operations for three of Louisiana’s symphony orchestras: the Baton Rouge Symphony (2006-2009), the Louisiana Philharmonic (2010-2012), and the Shreveport Symphony (2013-2015). While in Shreveport, Ron joined the music faculty at the Hurley School of Music, Centenary College, as a Lecturer in voice and musical theatre, and while at Centenary, directed and conducted the Tony Award winning Urinetown, the Musical (Hollmann and Kotis), and in the Spring of 2015, a new production of Rags (music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Joseph Stein). 

Today, as a result of their perseverance and hard work, many students who have trained in Ron’s voice studio have auditioned for and been accepted by many of North America’s finest BFA programs in Musical Theatre, and those now graduated, are appearing in major regional theatres across North America, on national tours (Cats, A Christmas Story, Cinderella, Book of Mormon, Matilda, Memphis, Mamma Mia), and on Broadway (Book of Mormon, Beautiful). Recently settled in Wenatchee, Ron looks forward to welcoming new students to his voice studio at the Columbia River Music Conservatory. 

 

For more information, visit www.ronbermingham.com

 

Member - Lifetime member: Actors Equity Association (Toronto)

 

 

Suzanne Carr

Flute, Piccolo and Recorder Instructor

Director of the Columbia River Community Flute Choir

Flutist Suzanne Carr loves to play the flute and has worked with flute students of all ages and abilities.  She holds a Masters of Music Degree in Flute Performance and Pedagogy.  Her teachers include Scott Goff, Felix Skowronek and Dr. Hal Ott.  

In addition to her private studio, Suzanne holds the principle flute position with the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra and is the flute coach for the Icicle Creek Youth Symphony and Summer Symphony. 

Suzanne has been involved with flute playing over the years in many ways.  She served as President of the Seattle Flute Society and also as their flute choir director. She taught flute and flute choir at North Seattle Community College.  Although unusual for a flutist, she has taught beginning band, elementary music and middle school choir.  Suzanne even owned a music store in Seattle for 10 years which offered new and used flutes for sale and initiated her involvement with the National Flute Association.  

Suzanne admits that she has other musical interests.  Her beginning compositions for flute can be heard during her studio recitals, and some have been heard during her degree recitals at the University of Washington and Central Washington University.  She has written and composed music for movie shorts and has done studio work on a commercial. 

Excited to commission a piece for flute and piano trio, she premiered it with the Cascades Trio in June 2010.  2011 offered her the opportunity for a 20th Century music recital at a small music school in Yangon, Myanmar where she and her husband were living for two years as music teachers at Yangon International School.  

Suzanne volunteers her time and performing abilities for arts fund raisers, community ensembles and events, so watch for her around town. 

Tanya Lawson

Strings, Guitar, Mandolin, etc. Instructor

Director of CRMC Mandolin Choir

Tanya Lawson teaches violin, viola, mandolin, and guitar at the Columbia River Music Conservatory in Wenatchee, Washington. She has been performing and teaching for over 25 years. She started violin lessons with the late Carroll McManus. She played with the first Performing Arts Youth Symphony in Wenatchee directed by her high school music teacher Stephen Nelson. Before graduating she toured and performed overseas with Cam Floria's Continental Singers and Orchestra. She toured England, Wales, Holland and Belgium then returned to the states her senior year and studied with Zita Smetko. After graduation she was offered a music scholarship to study at Central Washington University, but instead opted to travel to
Argentina where she studied at the Buenos Aires Conservatory of Music. She studied theory, conducting, and performance violin with Edgardo Cattaruzzi, and sang with El Coro de Haedo.

Tanya also studied violin with Carol Sindell at Portland State University. She has a Certificate of Performance in violin and a degree in Management and Supervision. She has played with The Buenos Aires Provincial Orchestra, Southwest Washington Symphony, and the Wenatchee Valley Symphony. She has performed with numerous bands and a huge variety of performers both local and foreign. She plays frequently for musicals with Music Theater of Wenatchee, and enjoys playing at various churches around the valley. She is also the musician for North Central Washington's Playback Theater .