James German began playing guitar in 1991 at the age of 14. He took 3 years of private lessons with Rick Lawhorne. James was the Jazz Band guitarist at North Stafford High School from 1993 to 1996. He has been teaching and performing professionally since 1996. As a performing musician James has opened for Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Bret Michaels, .38 Special, Colt Ford, Cadillac Three, Love and Theft and Jana Kramer, among others. Along with teaching and performing professionally, James is also an experienced studio session player. He teaches all ages and levels with emphasis on theory, improvisation and ear training. He is well versed in most styles of music and specializes in Blues, Country and Rock.
Eliane is a native of Brazil, and is a graduate of the Federal University of Goias, Brazil (UFG). She performed nationally for four years as a UFG. She gave piano lessons, and played in choir rehearsals for the Conservatory of Music of Anapolis, Brazil for seven years. She has previously played piano for the Brazilian Baptist Church and for Hilside Baptist Church in California, and currently plays piano at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Stafford, Va.
Ms. McCreary began playing the oboe in the 5th grade, in Prince William County, Virginia. She continued to play through high school, participating in many All-County and All-Regional Bands and Orchestras, festivals, and honors groups. She attended West Virginia University, after having received a full-tuition performance scholarship. While at West Virginia University, she played oboe in the University Symphony for four years. She played alto saxophone with the University Marching Band and played oboe with many small ensembles. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1992, with a bachelor's degree in music education.
After graduating, Ms. McCreary worked in Harford County, Maryland as an orchestra teacher. She taught in the public school system for seven years, and at John Carroll Catholic School for two. While in the public school system, Ms. McCreary worked with all levels of string students, from beginners through high school. She taught herself viola and performed with the Sesquehanna Symphony for several years. She was also manager of the Harford String Orchestra and the Harford Youth Orchestra, out of Harford Community College.
In 2002, Ms. McCreary moved to Fredericksburg and began playing viola with the group now called the Mary Washington University Philharmonic. After a three-year break to attend school, she returned to Fredericksburg in 2007. She continued to play with the Mary Washington Philharmonic on viola. She also played oboe and viola with the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra at that time.
Currently, Ms. McCreary performs with the St. George's Chamber Ensemble at St. George's Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg. She also plays with the Fredericksburg Community Concert Band and as needed with the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra. Primarily, she plays oboe and english horn, with viola as an alternative.
Julianne Boyce - Piano Tues. Wed. Thurs.
Julianne was raised in Stafford County and had over 14 years of private classical training and tutoring in her youth. She was performing with her teacher in an 8 hands 4 piano performance group by the age of 16. She collected many accolades and awards throughout her teenage years at regional and national festival and Guild competitions. At the age of 12 Julianne became the organist and pianist for her church. She also serves as the regional Music Director and Chairman for her church, as well as playing organ and piano and directing choirs for several local churches.
Julianne plays and teaches a variety of music from Classical to jazz and blues. She has performed in a local rock band for the past 5 years and enjoys teaching her students about performance readiness and dealing with performance anxiety.
Julianne worked full time for 6 years for Prince William County schools under the direction of Alan Weburg, The Prince William County Music Chairman as a professional accompanist. She now works for Fauquier County Public Schools part time as an accompanist for several different schools.
Julianne is a member of several music associations and clubs including: The Rappahhanock Music Society, Virginia Federation of Music Clubs and The National Association of Music Educators. Through these associations she is able to offer her students an unlimited amount of performance and scholarship opportunities, as well as participation in bi-yearly local music festivals held at the University of Mary Washington. She also holds private recitals 2 times a year at her home. She believes these opportunities truly help the students grow and learn to use and share their talents with others as well as gaining personal confidence in performance and social settings which help them in any aspect of life.
Juan Somarriba - Guitar, Ukulele Mon. Tues. Fri. Sat.
Juan Somarriba started playing guitar at the age of 14. He went on to study classical guitar and music theory at Radford University where he recieved his BA in Music. He has performed and recorded with numerous DC rock and metal bands, among them are Garden of Shadows, Brave, While Heaven Wept, Black Horizon, and Modulus. Juan brings to his teachings not only years of experience with students of all ages and levels, but most remarkably his ability to address the spectrum of guitar techniques and musical fundamentals in a uniquely thorough and well organized way.
Randy Bradley - Drums, Percussion Tuesday, Wednesday
Randy Bradley is a percussionist and educator in the Richmond area. He has extensive background in many fields of percussion, including marching, drum set, world percussion, and concert percussion. He has studied with various teachers, including; Kristopher Keeton, T. Howard Curtis, Michael Schutz, Tony Martucci, and Mike Boyd. Randy was also a member of the Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, where he marched in the snare line from 2006 to 2008. As a performer, Randy has performed with many groups around Richmond and Fredericksburg as a freelance percussionist, and tours extensively with the band Murphy's Kids performing up and down the east coast. As an educator, Randy is a current member of the Vic Firth Education team, and serves as an active arranger and consultant of many percussion programs throughout the area.
Leia Meredith - Voice and piano Mon, Tues, Wed
Leia Meredith was raised in a small town in Southern Illinois and is trained in both piano and voice. Recently, Leia graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor of Music Education. While at Murray, she studied voice under Dr. Laura Hynes and Dr. Maribeth Crawford and piano under Dr. Matthew Gianforte. During her undergraduate career Leia performed major works with the top concert choir including Carmina Burana, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Mozart's Requiem and Brahms' Requiem. Along with performing major choral works Leia had the rare opportunity of music directing two musicals, Sister Act and The Addams Family. Through these directing experiences she had the opportunity to teach musicians of varying age and musical ability. Her students will study different musical styles, genres and performers all while building fundamentals. Leia hopes her students have a fun, well-rounded musical experience.
Stephen Patterson - Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Bugle, Percussion
Stephen Patterson is a Fredericksburg Virginia native. His interest for music began at an early age, hearing the sounds of Gospel, Soul, Funk, R&B and Jazz in his household. He spent his formative years singing in youth gospel choirs, playing bugle for his scout troop, and playing in school band and orchestra programs where he studied trumpet, double bass and percussion. Throughout his time in scholastic music programs, Stephen was frequently a member of Regional Honor Ensembles on both Trumpet and Double Bass.
In addition to these performance experiences, Stephen has performed with The Cadets2 Drum and Bugle Corps(2012,2013), The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (2015), The Fredericksburg Community Concert Band, The Riverside Dinner Theatre Orchestra, The University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Orchestra (including performances featuring Kristen Chenoweth and Tony Bennet), The Fredericksburg Big Band, Lake of the Woods Theatre Orchestra, and the bands Super Doppler, Murphy’s Kids, and Elby Brass Band
Aside from performing, Stephen spends his time teaching percussion, brass and visual techniques to many high school marching band programs around the mid-atlantic region. He has been a staff member at The Cadets2 Drum and Bugle Corps and the George Mason University Indoor Drumline. He also maintains a private studio of trumpet students each week, as well as performing trumpet clinics and tutoring at local music programs.