Jim has been a professional musician for over 30 years. During his career he led three successful bands as they performed in venues across the United States, he owned and operated his own recording studio and won five American Song Festival awards. He has been a music director for several high-impact contemporary churches and regularly performs on many instruments in the community and surrounding areas. Jim is currently Music Director of Family Life Baptist Church in Ashland, Virginia.
Jim teaches all styles and levels of guitar, including jazz, contemporary, and classical. In addition to guitar, Jim is also a well-loved and highly skilled piano instructor, teaching beginning to intermediate levels in classical piano, with advanced instruction in jazz, pop, and music theory. Jim can customize a course of study for those seeking chord theories, improv, and ear training. He is an experienced teacher whose style is informal, relaxed and motivating. Jim welcomes students of all ages and all skill levels.
Scott P. Cory, a native of Fort Lauderdale, FL, has performed as a professional guitarist for ten years in the Richmond area. Scottís solo guitar repertoire is an eclectic mix of classical, jazz and contemporary styles. As a soloist he has played for receptions, corporate functions and private parties, in local restaurants, churches, art galleries, public recitals and in concert. Scott has also played for organizations such as the Virginia Museum, the Valentine Museum, the Science Museum of Virginia, MCV, Johnston Willis Hospital, the United Way, the Sierra Club, and Habitat for Humanity. As an accompanist, he has performed in many musical settings with musicians and singers throughout Central Virginia.
As a professional educator, Scott holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music Degree in Guitar Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Scott has been an adjunct faculty member with VCUís Department of Music, Trinity Episcopal School, Collegiate School, and other local organizations. He is a founding member of The Cory/Davis Flute and Guitar Duo and has performed at 300+ events with his partner of twelve years, Susan Davis Farmer. He has played jazz guitar with the ShoreLeaveBand, and also currently enjoys performing jazz and acoustic guitar with the new group ChillCast. Scott lives in Richmond with his wife Tonya, also an accomplished singer, performer, educator and musician.
Scarlett has had the pleasure of providing music education to students of all experience levels and ages for the past twelve years. She graduated from Boston University with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and upon graduation served as a studio musician in Chicago. She has had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and perform in the orchestras of musicals such as Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls, Nunsense, and many more. Having settled in Richmond she continues to be involved with local musical productions and regularly serves as an organist for churches throughout Virginia. Along with her passion for performing she also delights in offering her recording abilities for students who wish to take their education to a more professional level. She is excited to welcome all piano and vocal students with an interest for exploring their talents. She is passionate about music and wishes to inspire the same passion and fire within her students as well.
Kim received her Bachelor of Music Degree from Appalachian State University and is a candidate for the Masters Degree in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an accomplished collaborative pianist and musical director for many local theatres, including Richmond Triangle Players, Cadence Theatre Company, Firehouse Theatre Project, and Virginia Repertory Theatre. She currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Piano and Staff Accompanist at Randolph-Macon College, and has over eighteen years of teaching experience at various music studios. Kim teaches many styles and levels of piano including classical, contemporary, and jazz. Her passion for music is something she strives to cultivate in all of her students.
Ivy is entertained and enriched daily by her students and believes anyone who loves music can unlock their own abilities. She is an established chamber and orchestral musician and enjoys being a freelance bassoonist throughout the area. Ivy is a member of quux collective, a group of musicians who collaborate to perform a mix of music that blends acoustics with electronics. In the NJ/NY/PA area Ivy played with Tripleplay Winds, Riverside Symphonia, and Chelsea Opera and was a clinician for Princeton Symphonyís outreach program, BRAVO!. While living in NJ, Ivy taught bassoon and piano at several schools including Westminster Conservatory, and was the woodwind conductor for Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey. She holds degrees Music from Rutgers University and Virginia Commonwealth University.
David Kim graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a Bachelor degree in Composition. During his high school years he attended the International Institute of Young Musicians first as a student and later as a counselor to help young pianists from all over the world develop a higher musicianship. David participated in master-classes and studied with such acclaimed artists as Dr. David Kreider, Judith Ferencz (McDaniel College), Judith Schultz, Awadagin Pratt (Cincinatti- College Conservatory), Dr. Jack Winerock (Kansas University), Gabriel Kwok (Hong Kong Academy of Music), and Gustavo Romero. David also studied composition with acclaimed composers such as Dr. Keith Fitch (Cleveland Institute of Music), Tania Leon, Joan Tower, Robert Beasley (Juilliard School of Music) as well as conducting with Michael Adelson (Cover conductor of New York Philharmonic).
Davidís passion for music led him to share his knowledge in piano music with his students, and some of his past students are now attending music institutions such as the Juilliard School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music and Yale School of Music.
Ilona has a Masters Degree in Music from Catholic University in Lublin, Poland. She has experience playing and studying the piano, organ, musical theory and history, liturgical music, singing and conducting. She has served as an organist, conductor, and voice instructor at churches, performing masses, weddings and funerals. She has also taught at music schools and through private lessons. She enjoys teaching, and finds it exciting to bring out the hidden talents within her students, and help them to believe in themselves.
Sallie has ten years experience teaching private piano and violin lessons. She is currently a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University pursuing a bachelorís degree in violin performance. She currently studies violin under Susanna Klein, former principal second of the Richmond Symphony. Sallie grew up in Richmond, VA where she was exposed to music and music education from a very early age. Her continuing love and passion for music was first instilled in her by her mother who introduced her to the piano as soon as she could pull herself up to touch the keys. But when Sallie picked up the violin she knew she had found the instrument she wanted to pursue. When she had reached the age of thirteen she began her own teaching studio. Her hard work has given her many performing opportunities and she has been a member of many orchestras including the Bob Jones University Orchestra and Collegium Musicum chamber orchestra in Greenville, SC as well as the Masterworks Philharmonic Orchestra and the Masterworks Festival Orchestra in Winona Lake, Indiana. She currently serves as member of VCUís Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Daniel Myssyk. She also studies the organ under Dr. Ardyth Lohuis. She is a very motivated performer and holds high standards for preparation and excellence. Her desire is to instill her same passion and love for music in all her students.