Molly Bouffard is the Director at Bach to Rock Midlothian. She graduated summa cum laude from Longwood University with a BM in vocal performance and then went on to receive her MM in vocal performance from James Madison University. While working on her masters, Molly studied in Germany and performed as a soloist with the Mittelsächsisches Orchestra. Past roles include Sidonie in Zehn Mädchen und Kein Mann, Madmoiselle Silberklang in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor, and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas. Previously, Molly has worked as voice and piano instructor in various areas of Virginia. She loves meeting and working with students of any age and introducing them to all that music can offer!
Staff & Music Teachers
Yousef Sait, Assistant Director, is an early childhood educator with a specialty in guitar, piano, and ukulele. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Yousef studied Creative Nonfiction Writing and Spanish. Originally from the Washington DC area, Yousef started playing piano at age 5, as he began to improvise on the family Hammond organ. Yousef has performed extensively in Northern Virginia area coffee shops and open mic nights, both as a solo artist and as a founding member of experimental lo-fi band, The Vittles. His musical influences include Bob Dylan, Hector Berlioz, Fugazi, and George Harrison. Yousef loves to share his passion for teaching music to students of all ages.
Lindsey Allen is the Associate Director of Bach to Rock Midlothian. A Richmond native and lifelong resident, Lindsey is a Dean’s list graduate with an Associate’s in Early Childhood Education. She has been in the education field both as a teacher and Director since 2004. Lindsey grew up singing in youth choirs both at church and school and has performed at venues such as the National Cathedral, the Astrodome, and Comisky Park. She was first inspired to play guitar after she first learned The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood” on her Mom’s 12 string guitar. Lindsey started playing guitar at age 14 and prides herself on her profound appreciation and eclectic taste of music with influences such as Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Otis Redding, Billie Holiday, Pearl Jam, Keller Williams, YMSB, Del McCoury Band, and more! Lindsey enjoys hiking, singing, learning guitar, ukulele, & piano and volunteering at church, her children’s school, and in the community in her free time.
Akim M. graduated from Longwood University with a BM in Choral Music Education. He is a general music educator with a focus in the vocal development of children and is a teacher within Richmond Public Schools. Akim's musical journey has found him in the roles of an educator, conductor, accompanist, and arranger. While voice is his primary instrument, he has a deep admiration for the piano and enjoys teaching new students the joys of the instrument. Akim believes that anyone of any age or any background possesses the ability to rise to musical excellence.
Bentley C. Jr. is a Richmond, Virginia based percussionist. He has taught privately since 2002 and composed music for multiple dance companies in the Virginia, New York, Washington, and Texas areas. In 2014, he was given the honor to compose the score and serve as musical director for Virginia Commonwealth University’s production of Arabian Nights. Bentley currently performs with local live musical theatre and modern contemporary dance companies. Most recently, Bentley has worked with the Richmond Ballet from 2009 to present and later joined the Minds In Motion team in 2014. He has enjoyed the opportunity to both compose and record the music for BREATHE: a poem, created for Minds In Motion’s 2016 culminating performance. He has thoroughly enjoyed his international residencies with the Minds In Motion Israel team from 2016 to 2018. 2018 will be Bentley’s first year teaching with Back to Rock and is thrilled to be a part of the team.
Cassie F. graduated magna cum laude from Sweet Briar College with a BA in music and recently completed an MSt in musicology at the University of Oxford. A lifelong choral singer, her primary instrument is voice, although she is also fond of the piano and has a background in musical theatre. She loves working with ensembles, having served as the musical director for the SBC “Sweet Tones” a cappella group for two years, and participated in several workshops where she studied choral and orchestral conducting under world-renowned conductors such as Alice Farnham and Dr James Jordan. Outside of the rehearsal room, Cassie listens to anything and everything, but some of her favorite artists include The Beatles, Bonnie Raitt, and Regina Spektor (plus a not-so-secret love of ABBA). She admires the Bach to Rock curriculum’s emphasis on technique, theory, and fun, and looks forward to helping teach the next generation of musicians!
Cat P. teaches voice, piano, early childhood, bands, and vocal ensembles. Her musical background comprises of singing in and directing church choirs, playing instruments, vocal coaching, and performing. She is part of the vocal frontline of Big Ray and the Kool Kats, a 12-piece event band. Cat has been in the education field for more than 10 years with experience teaching students with special needs. Originally from San Francisco, CA, she moved to the Washington DC Metro area and worked at B2R Bethesda. Now she brings her combined experiences to B2R Midlothian, eager to be around inspiring and aspiring musicians. Cat holds a BA in Child and Adolescent Development with a minor in Music from San Francisco State University; she continued studying voice at Berklee College of Music. She likes soul, funk, 90s R&B and hip hop, and gospel music. Her musical influences include Stevie Wonder, Donny and Lalah Hathaway, Lauryn Hill, Gladys Knight, and Lisa Fischer.
Cathern H. is an undergraduate Music Performance student at Virginia Commonwealth University, expecting to graduate in May 2021 with Latin Honors. She just recently graduated from VCU with a degree in Music Education with latin honors in May 2020. She has held leadership roles within VCU Music such as being the co-conducting assistant of the VCU Commonwealth Singers, the University’s elite auditioned chorus. As a soprano in the ensemble, she has performed with the Richmond Symphony and Richmond Ballet and participated in world premiere works by Caroline Shaw, Antonio Garcia, and Deen Entsminger. Her private studies include vocal lessons and coaching with Margaret Woods, James Smith-Parham and Melanie Kohn Day, conducting lessons with Erin Freeman, and piano lessons with Daniel Stipe. She has also spent two summers with Berkshire Choral International as a scholar and a conducting apprentice where she was able to work with conductors such as Betsy Burleigh, Joe Miller, and Tom Hall. She is a soprano choral scholar at All Saints’ Episcopal Church but has also been a frequent soloist at other Episcopal Churches across the Richmond Area. As a future educator, Cathern has plans to pursue teaching private voice and piano as well as graduate studies in conducting and vocal pedagogy.
Ethan H. built his first drumset out of cardboard boxes at the age of 10 and has been playing ever since. His formal education in music comes from school bands such as the wind symphony, marching band, and school jazz band. In high school Ethan participated in the all-state band and marched with the Cadets2 drum and bugle corps where he earned a gold medal in 2016. Ethan currently studies psychology at VCU and is a promising participant in the local Richmond music scene, having played and recorded with bands such as Poison Joy, Dog the Pilot, and Plastic Nancy. Ethan is also a capable audio engineer, working with the WVCW radio station to record professional quality audio for their live studio sessions, and having self-composed, produced, and mastered a full length solo album and EP. Ethan emphasizes a positive, high-energy approach to teaching and is very excited to teach at Bach to Rock!
Jack T. has been playing and studying the guitar since 2002. Like many young guitarists, he began by studying the classic rock guitarists of the 60’s and 70’s. During high school he attended intensive programs at Berklee College of Music and Interlochen Center for the Arts, where he became acquainted with jazz music. He is currently studying jazz guitar performance at VCU. Jack has performed professionally in various jazz, pop and rock outfits, and as a singer/songwriter in Richmond and the DC area. He teaches guitar, piano, bass and ukulele.
Kim R. has been playing piano since she was 4 years old and picked up the guitar as her primary instrument at 12. She sang with various church and community choirs, including Sing Out South, The Greater Richmond Children's Choir, and Sweet Adeline's. While playing in high school jazz band she connected to blues guitar and classic rock, especially Stevie Ray Vaughn, Chuck Berry, Allman Brothers Band, and Doobie Brothers. She went on to study music at Liberty University, take voice courses through Berklee College of Music, and guitar lessons from notable guitarist Antoine Dufour. With a passion for music and a heart for early childhood education, during a 20 year career at a local daycare, Kim regularly used music as a teaching tool and self produced two albums of some of the children's favorite songs. As a Children's Music Director she has taught preschoolers hand bells, arranged and composed music, assisted in program production, and accompanied and led children's choirs. Currently, her personal music development is focused on blues, especially emulating vocal styles of powerhouse singers like Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Big Mama Thornton, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, and Beth Hart. Kim has received so much encouragement from family and friends to pursue music, even when it has been difficult. Her primary desire now is to pay it forward, to encourage aspiring musicians to honor their own gifts and passions. "The gifts we have, we've been given to share."
Marissa R. started playing the violin at 4 years old after seeing Itzhak Perlman jam to “Put Down the Duckie” on Sesame Street. From an early age, she has performed all around the Northern Virginia area with the American Youth Philharmonic, and in small ensembles. Her love for Led Zeppelin caused her to pick up the guitar when she was in middle school. Marissa has a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied jazz guitar with Mike Ess, classical guitar with David Toussaint, and violin with Susanna Klein. She sat as concertmaster of the VCU Symphony her junior and senior years. Marissa has also played in the orchestra pit for several Richmond theatre companies such as Cadence Theatre Company, Richmond Triangle Players, and TheatreLAB. She has also recorded and performed improvisational violin with artists such as Fool’s Errand, The Dharma Bombs, McKinley Dixon, and Jody Porter. She teaches violin, guitar, ukulele, piano, and Early Childhood.
Micheal N. is a graduate of Longwood University, where he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Music. He plays and teaches multiple instruments including guitar, bass, saxophone, and oboe. When not performing or practicing one of his instruments, Micheal enjoys composing and arranging. Micheal believes that everyone is musically inclined and he enjoys introducing new musicians to their discovered talents. He’s excited to be apart of the Bach to Rock team!
Mikiyas N. is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Jazz Studies program with his main instrument being Jazz Guitar. During his time at VCU he had the privilege to study with local and national heavy hitter musicians such as Mike Ess, John D’earth, Skip Gailes, Doug Richards, David Robinson, John Patykula and many more. Studying Jazz Guitar with Mike Ess, Mikiyas was able to explore the intricacies of Jazz and self-expression, and was also rewarded with the Jazz for Justice scholarship in 2015-2016. Mikiyas also studied Classical Guitar with David Robinson, and had the opportunity to explore the vast traditions of Classical guitar also being awarded with the Jesus Silva Classical Guitar scholarship in fall 2015 and spring 2016. During his time at VCU, Mikiyas has played as soloist in the VCU guitar ensemble, having the opportunity to play Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Concerto and Cadenza, and guitarist in VCU’s Jazz Orchestra I. Currently, Mikiyas is exploring the intricacies of Math Rock with his band Deer Eat Birds, and leads his own jazz trio, The Mikiyas Negussie Trio.
Neema has been playing drums since he was 5 years old. First starting out on Djembe (an African hand drum) he quickly grew into his first drum set shortly thereafter. Growing up he was heavily involved in the concert, marching, and jazz bands in both his middle and high schools. In 2001, he was accepted in and joined the Jazz Studies program at VCU. It was there where he met a group of like-minded musicians and decided to take their music on the road! Neema traveled up and down the east coast performing professionally for several years. Throughout the years, Neema has had the distinct pleasure of studying under some of the country's most finest drummers, including Howard Curtis and Robert Jospé. Neema loves to play it all, from rock, jazz, latin, and funk to classical, hip-hop, and breakbeat.
Stephen C., also known as “Dewon”, is an American singer, songwriter, and producer. He started playing the drums at the age of four, the piano at age eight and was recording his own music by age 12. While at the Art Institute of Nashville earning a Bachelor of Arts in Audio Production, he completed an internship at Blackbird Studios. He recently worked as Assistant Director and Sound Designer for the Heart TV series. He teaches drums, piano and audio engineering. Dewon know he’s “here for a reason” - music is his reason.
- Individual instruction with proprietary curriculum
- Students are motivated by playing with others in a band
- A band builds teamwork, develops social skills, fosters self-esteem and leads to lasting friendships.
- Everyone learns faster playing music they like
- Students are motivated to learn when they see early results
- Introducing very young children to music supports cognitive development and motor skills.
- A well-balanced music education consists of Music Theory, Technique and Repertoire.
- Students learn faster playing music they like.
- Simplified versions of modern songs allow students to see results more quickly.
- Audio recordings of each simplified arrangement are available to students. This allows them to hear how their part should sound.
- Lessons are catered to the needs of each student's learning style.