Staff & Music Teachers

Lindsey S.

Lindsey S. is an Assistant Manager at Bach to Rock Midlothian. She joins us with many years of events and sales management under her belt. Lindsey has been the vocal instructor and the fundraising and events chair for Girls Rock! RVA for the past 5 years. Since 2009 she has been the events coordinator for WRIR 97.3, a local LPFM radio station. Lindsey has been singing since she could talk. She has fronted several bands in Richmond. Her most recent band was a punk/garage outfit called Hot Dolphin. Her favorite performers/vocal influences include Freddy Mercury, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Michael Jackson, Marissa Paternoster, Ty Segall and Joan Jett. Look for Lindsey at a Bach to Rock event near you!

Cat P.

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.

Greg M.

Greg M. has been playing and teaching music for over a decade. He has played bass, guitar, keys, trombone, and euphonium in various bands since 2005 and graduated from VCU with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education in 2009. He is currently the music teacher at Millwood School, a PK-12 private school in Midlothian, VA. 

Jack T.

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.

Jasmine

Jasmine has been a musician since the age of five when she was given a toy piano as a Christmas gift, beginning a life-long love affair with music and performance.  She immediately began taking private piano lessons and continued to do so for many years, eventually teaching her own students and serving as the pianist and music director for a number of churches and event venues in and around her hometown of Mulvane, Kansas.  As part of her primary and secondary education, Jasmine picked up various other instruments and musical disciplines including clarinet, hand drums, ukulele, and vocal performance.  She performed regularly in symphonies as a clarinetist, in professional vocal ensembles, and in a wide array of musical theatre productions.  Jasmine relocated to Richmond in 2015, where she pursues work as an actor that frequently incorporates her skills as a musician, singer, and stage performer.  She loves sharing the gift of music with kids and adults alike and is excited to offer instruction in early child development music classes, private piano lessons, and individual and group voice coaching.

Leary D.

Leary D., is a graduate of Longwood University and East Carolina University, where she earned her bachelors and masters degrees respectively, in vocal performance. She was an active member of both schools opera theatre departments and has gone on to perform in opera programs in both Virginia and North Carolina. She is member of The National Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, whose mission is dedicated to the furtherance of music in education. Leary feels honored to be able to share her knowledge and love of music and performing with those here at Bach to Rock and at Saint Joseph Catholic School where she teaches Kindergarten through eighth grade general music.

Marissa R.

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.

Mikiyas N.

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

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 N.

Stephen N. has been working as a music educator for over 10 years.  As a saxophone and woodwind specialist, he's created award winning projects and brought his talents to a diverse and impressive list of performers and educational institutions. He currently leads his 15-piece Devil’s Workshop Big Band every First Tuesday at The Camel in Richmond, VA.

Stephen C.

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.

Vera C.

Vera C. is an elementary music educator, choral director, performer, and advocate for barbershop harmony. She graduated from Longwood University with her bachelor’s in Music Education and currently works full-time as an elementary music teacher for Chesterfield County Public Schools. Vera has always loved singing and when she was introduced to the barbershop style in high school, she became devoted to this form of a cappella music. Singing and competing in quartets throughout college led to Vera joining the Greater Richmond Chorus, a competitive Sweet Adelines chorus in Richmond. She is now the frontline director of GRC, a Sweet Adelines Certified Director, and has competed at the international level in quartets and with the chorus. At Bach to Rock, Vera teaches early childhood music classes, voice and piano lessons, and Glee.

Why B2R?

  • 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.

B2R Curriculum

  • 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.