Anna Maria Smith - VIOLIN -
Anna Maria Smith received her Bachelor of Music in violin performance from East Carolina University where she studied with Ara Gregorian, and was a student of Dovid Friedlander prior to attending East Carolina University. While a student in college, Anna Maria was invited to perform in Ara Gregorian's Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival's Next Generation concerts beside internationally-renowned musicians. During her time at ECU, she held both Principal and Concertmaster positions in the East Carolina University Orchestra. She has attended the Masterworks Summer Festival, Summit Music Festival, Catskills High Peaks Summer Chamber Festival, Music in the Mountains Summer Music Festival, and was invited as an apprentice to the Mallarme Youth Chamber Orchestra Festival. Also while a student, Anna Maria has had masterclasses in both solo and chamber settings with artists such as Axel Strauss, Bonnie Thron, Elina Vähälä, Hagai Shaham, Jennifer Koh, The Philadelphia Trio, Philip Setzer, Stephen Clapp, The Tokyo String Quartet, The Weilerstein Trio, Xiao-Dong Wang, and The Ying Quartet. She is currently living in Raleigh, North Carolina as a freelance chamber and orchestral musician and is married to husband, and cellist, Jesse Smith.
Erin Moorman Wenger - DIRECTOR/CO-OWNER, VOICE (classical, musical theater, popular styles) -
Erin received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Appalachian State University and her Master of Music in vocal performance and pedagogy from East Carolina University. A former elementary school music teacher in Wake County Public Schools, she has been teaching voice students since 2005. Ms. Wenger directed an outreach opera for high schoolers at Long Leaf Opera, directed many summer musicals, and has directed opera scenes for East Carolina Opera Theatre. In addition to directing, Ms. Wenger stage managed two operas for Asheville Lyric Opera. As a performer, Ms. Wenger has sung with the North Carolina Opera, the Asheville Lyric Opera Company, Opera Company of North Carolina, the East Carolina Opera Theatre, the Appalachian State Opera, the UNCGreensboro Opera, and the Durham Savoyards. In 2017 she will sing Mimi in Boheme with Capitol Opera Raleigh. In 2009, she completed a performance internship with the Asheville Lyric Opera Company where she performed an opera concert series all over Western North Carolina. She performed the role of Cio-Cio San in Puccini's Madama Butterfly with East Carolina Opera Theater and Pitti-Sing in The Mikado with the Durham Savoyards. She sang the role of Nedda in Triangle Opera Studio's I Pagliacci. She has studied with Dr. John Van Cura, Marion Pratnicki , Dr. Perry Smith, Dr. Louise Toppin, Judie Bruno, and Dr. Joseph Amaya.
Alex Woodcock - Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukelele -
Alex comes from Columbia, SC. He received his Bachelors of Music from Coastal Carolina University where he studied classical guitar under Dr. Daniel Hull. He later went on to study Jazz and Jazz Theory as well as Western Swing under Wayne Cockfield, who now teaches Jazz Guitar at Coastal Carolina University. He also studied the Robert Newton division system under Don Russo. He has played in several pit band theatre productions, sang baritone with the Long Bay Symphony, held first chair in the Coastal Carolina guitar quartet, and has played in an eclectic array of bands ranging from the University POP-101 Band overseen by Pr. Dan O’Reilly to Tavey Lean and the Solid Gold Dream Machine, a nine piece funk/soul band which won the award for best live band by Beijinger Magazine, which also recognized Alex as one of the predominant guitar players in the Beijing music scene. He was Co-Owner/Creator of Inspire School of Western Music in Beijing and was a critical part of the curriculum design and overall idea of the program. He has a fervid passion for teaching guitar and its history to anyone who wants to learn. He has been an educational professional for six years teaching Music and English in Beijing, China, Atlanta, G.A., and Camden, S.C. In 2013 he began to pursue another passion which lies in the Sciences. He studied at the University of South Carolina for two years before transferring to Campbell University to pursue a Doctorate degree in Pharmacy. He believes that Medicine and Music live together for the betterment of individuals over health and well-being.
Hailey Blount -violin and viola -
Hailey is from Zebulon, NC and now lives in Raleigh, NC. At the age of eight, she began playing violin with her elementary orchestra program. Having considered music a vital part of her life she decided to study music education at Meredith College. She has played with the Meredith College Sinfonietta since her senior year of high school and has played with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra for a few seasons. Past teaching experiences have been with the Lamar Stringfield Music Camp as a camp counselor for the youngest group, Mozart Music Makers. Hailey is excited to begin working with the North Raleigh School of Music, teaching one of her largest passions, violin!
Jake Wenger - CO-OWNER, CELLO -
Cellist Jacob Wenger is a native of Raleigh. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music. He is Assistant Conductor of the Triangle Youth Orchestra and Triangle Youth String Orchestra. Mr. Wenger currently holds positions in the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Tar River Philharmonic, the North Carolina Theatre pit orchestra, the North Carolina Opera orchestra, and subs with the North Carolina Symphony.Mr. Wenger performed with the contemporary music ensemble, New Music Raleigh. He has also performed with several touring Broadway shows at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Mr. Wenger has performed with the "Requiem for Darfur" Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, an orchestra which included some of the best orchestral and chamber musicians in the United States. In addition to teaching at the school, he is also on the faculty at Ravenscroft School. Mr. Wenger studied privately with Margo Drakos, Zvi Plesser, Marcy Rosen, and Jonathan Kramer. He has also studied chamber music with Robert Mann, the founding first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, as well as Sylvia Rosenberg and Jeffrey Cohen.
Martha Anderson - PIANO -
Martha Anderson is a North Carolina native classically trained pianist and singer. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music from NYU and East Carolina University respectively. She attended NYU on a full scholarship as a Trustee Scholar. She was a recipient of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Sophomore Book Award, and is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor fraternity. As a teen she placed third in the First Holiness National Teen Talent Competition for Piano in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She has been teaching piano since 2013 and voice since 2011. From 20015-2016 she served as the organist for the Armed Services Main Post Chapel in Fort Bragg. From 2004-2006 she served as the Director and Accompanist for the Children's Choir at Saint Philips' Church in Durham. Ms. Anderson enjoys a rich performance career as a mezzo-soprano and made her debut appearance this season with North Carolina Opera in the role of Persephone (Hercules vs. Vampires). She has appeared with numerous opera companies and orchestras including the North Carolina Symphony, the New York City Metro Chamber Orchestra, and most recently, Duke Symphony Orchestra in “Serenade to Music."
Charles Everett - all brass and woodwind instruments -
Charlie Everett is a native of Oxford, Alabama. He received his Bachelor’s in Music Education with a focus in instrumental music from Samford University in 2011. While at Samford, he studied Horn under the tutelage of Kevin Kozak, a member of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. He then moved to the Phoenix area and taught middle and elementary school band for the next four years. Following his wife (a bassoonist) he has recently moved to Cary and is excited to be teaching lessons for the North Raleigh School of Music.
Anne Moorman-Smith - PIANO, VOICE, KINDERMUSIK -
Anne taught public school music to elementary and middle school children for thirty-three years. She has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University and a Master of Arts in Music Education Degree from Texas Woman's University.Ms. Moorman-Smith has sung with the Dallas Symphony Chorus, the Raleigh Oratorio Society and the North Carolina Master Chorale. She was a charter member of the North Carolina Master Chorale 's professional Chamber Choir and has been a soloist in performances in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dallas, Texas, and Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition to teaching private piano and voice lessons for over twenty years in Dallas, Texas and Raleigh, N.C., she has directed church choirs for children, youth and adults for thirty-five years. She currently directs the adult choir at Community United Church of Christ in Raleigh and was the music specialist at Aldert Root Elementary School in Raleigh for almost 30 years. In November 2011, she was selected as the North Carolina Elementary Music Teacher of the Year by the North Carolina Music Educators' Association.
Shannon Neu - OBOE, KINDERMUSIK -
Shannon received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education in May 2016 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she also studied the oboe under Dr. Ashley Barret. As a music education student with a concentration in instrumental and general music, Shannon has worked with several band and elementary music programs. She has also worked as a counselor and rehearsal assistant with the UNCG Summer Music Camp. Shannon moved to Raleigh in August 2016 where she now teaches general music at a local elementary school, plays as the principal oboist in the Raleigh Civic Symphony, and teaches Kindermusik at the North Raleigh School of Music.
Karen Fohr - VIOLIN -
Karen Fohr received her Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and has studied with renowned teachers including Charles Castleman and Robert Lipsett. A native of New York City, she was inspired to play the violin at age five by her father, a member of the New York Philharmonic. She attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy and has participated in world-class music festivals such as Encore, Meadowmount and Quartet Program. Karen has performed in a variety of settings including orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, from Disney World to Heidelberg. She has played in master classes with Camilla Wicks and Mitchell Stern and performed alongside celebrated musicians such as Marvin Hamlisch and Chuck Mangione. Karen is experienced in teaching all ages and levels of violin and has developed a unique style that combines the Suzuki method with traditional techniques and personally designed exercises. Her top priority is focusing on the individual needs and goals of students while making learning violin a fun and creative process.
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