Violin / Viola
Brittany graduated cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with her Bachelor’s in Music Performance on Violin. For the past four years, she has maintained a full violin/vla studio in Virginia and has been a clinician for various public schools.
She recently moved to SC to pursue her Masters of Arts in Teaching (Music Ed) from the School of Music at USC. Brittany also teaches for the String Project at USC and the Suzuki Strings at USC. She is knowledgeable in many different methods and has received training for the Suzuki approach.
Guitar / Bass
Drew Medlin has been playing guitar for fifteen years. He started at Musician Supply in 2002, where he teaches bass and guitar. He also has taught mandolin and ukulele. Drew started taking lessons at The Fine Arts Center in Greenville, South Carolina from Los Angeles Session Guitarist, Steve Watson. He later moved backed to Columbia and took lessons from inventor of the “Quantum Vision System” Robert Newton. Drew is now currently earning a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of South Carolina while studying under Bert Ligon.
He is well versed in all guitar styles and draws from his years of playing experience. Drew has played in all genres of bands. His experience with ear training, reading music, and playing in many different professional settings allows Drew to give his students a musical edge like no other.
Drew has had a successful teaching studio going ten years. He teaches his students to not only how to play music but also know how to improv, read music and to perform. His students participate in quarterly recitals where they get the chance to perform with a full band and play at local venues. Many of his students have gone on to have great success and have received scholarships from Berklee College of Music, University of South Carolina and Winthrop. His students also participate in their high school Jazz Bands, their churches’ praise bands and some have formed their own bands.
Drew has a passion for music and teaching. He loves challenging his students to get better through the many avenues the modern guitarist must know.
Guitar / Bass
James started playing guitar at 14 and never looked back. He is an accomplished musician working in the Columbia area and considers himself a chameleon of styles on the guitar, always trying to perfect that ability. He is a product of local guitar guru Robert Newton and tries to instill in his students the same discipline that Robert instilled in him. James teaches students to play their favorite music while emphasizing fundamentals, technique, theory, ear-training, and improvisation.
Kenneth Green II
Kenneth Green is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and has been music professor at Allen University since 2007. He graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2005 with a Bachelors of Music degree in Trumpet Performance, and received a Masters of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in 2007.
Kenneth is a member of the International Trumpet Guild, and has performed at numerous venues and festivals including The Eastern Music Festival, Sewanee Music Festival, Bach-Handel Festival, Indiana University Summer Festival, Shenandoah Performing Arts Festival, the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and Piccolo Spoleto Festival. His principal teachers include Robert Nagel, Susan Rider, Adel Sanchez, and Edmund Cord.
Eric Kesler holds a Master in Music Performance and Bachelor in Music Education degrees from Appalachian State University. He is currently a Candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC and has served as adjunct professor of voice at Coker College, Hartsville, SC. Mr. Kesler has performed in several venues throughout the Eastern US and Rome, Italy. He is a previous NATS 1st place winner in Advanced Men and Musical Theater categories and guest soloist for Handel’s Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Faure Requiem, Brahms Requiem, Dubois Seven Last Words, and Bach St. Matthew Passion. Opera roles include Masetto in Don Giovanni, Falke in Die Fledermaus, Husband in Amelia Goes to The Ball, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Plunkett in Friedrich von Flotow’s Martha, Vertigo in Offenbach’s Peptio, and most recently the role of Leporello in the Opera at USC production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Kesler is the voice instructor for the annual Windswept Music Conference and holds advanced level instruction certificates from the Creative Motion Alliance® as well as serving on the executive board.
Kenneth Beauchamp was born in Cocoa, Florida. He studied flute with Nancy Clew, Nicole Scott, and later with Dr. Tammy Phillips.
With Nicole Scott, piccoloist in the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and flutist in the Disney Orchestra, Kenneth focused his studies on the piccolo. While studding with Nicole Scott, Kenneth received 28 superior medals for his solo performances on piccolo and flute. During this time he also held the position of Piccolo in the Tri-State Festival for two years along with the piccolo position in the Festival of Winds. Before his graduation he was awarded a medal of excellence in music from the Brevard county school board for his efforts in improving the arts.
Kenneth then followed his studies with Nancy Clew the director of the Space Coast flute Orchestra, founder of the American Flute Orchestra, and delegate to China for the National Flute Association; who greatly expanded his classical repertoire. During this time he competed in the College symposium and once again earning him the position of piccolo. While studying With Nancy Clew he became a part of the Space Coast Flute Orchestra where he performed numerous contra bass flute features.
During his most recent studies with Dr. Tammy Phillips, the program chair of the Florida Flute Association, and flutist in the Southern Winds Kenneth gained extensive knowledge in extended flute performance techniques. Throughout his studies he has held the position of piccolo in all ensembles he has performed with. He has been the piccolo player for the Brevard Winds along with the Community Orchestra of Brevard since 2009.
Violin / Viola
Zoe is a Music Major with a concentration in Violin Performance at the College of Charleston studying with renown violinist, Lee-Chin Siow. Zoe is the Assistant Principal of the College of Charleston Chamber Orchestra, performer for the Tie the Note Wedding & Event Company and performed in C of C Composer’s Concert as well as Charleston Music Fest’s “Heart Strings II” Concert this spring. She recently performed works for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and was awarded the Mary Stewart Allen Award for Violin in March 2013. She has participated in the Erie County Orchestra in New York, South Carolina All-Region Orchestra, South Carolina All-State Orchestra and was Concertmaster of the Chapin Masterclass Orchestra. Zoe will be a senior at the College of Charleston in the fall where she will complete her Bachelor of Arts Degree and plans to further pursue graduate study in Music.
Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Drums
Matt is a multi-instrumentalist who teaches drums, piano/keyboards, guitar, bass, and ukulele. He began playing piano/keyboards professionally at the age of 16, touring the southeast on weekends with the remaining members of the Carolina beach music sensation, The O’Kaysions then onto the regional semi-legendary Wild Men From Borneo. After Matt had his fill of beach and cover band music, he trained at the Berklee College of Music for Piano Performance with an emphasis in Jazz, and discovered that he had a capacity to play guitar and drums as well. Matt continues to explore composition, production, and instrumental techniques in his own musical works. He also strives to inspire each student to begin and excel in their own musical journey. Matt achieves this by using positive reinforcement, proper musical direction and cutting edge technology during lessons. Matt has jammed, performed, and/or recorded with: Ricky Skaggs, Cactus Moser, Terry McMillan, Leigh Reynolds, Paul Richards, John Blackwell, Jordan Hardee, Matrimony (Columbia Records), Jay Joyce (Producer), Mark Farner, Phil Driscoll.