Sarah received her Masters in Cello Performance from Rice University and her Bachelor of Music degree from Vanderbilt University with majors in Cello Performance and German. She performed most recently with the San Antonio Symphony, the Charleston Symphony and locally with the Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra. Mrs. Berry has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Charleston and was recently a Guest Artist at Southeastern College in Florida. In 2001, her string quartet won First Prize at the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition in Washington, D.C.
In addition to performing, Mrs. Berry has taught general music at Charleston Collegiate School, cello for the Shepherd Preparatory Program and substitute strings for the Charleston County School District. She has served on the faculty of the Tennessee Valley Music Festival and has spent her summers performing at the Spoleto Festival USA, the National Orchestral Institute, Brevard Music Center, and the Meadowmount School for Strings. She teaches pre-college and college cello lessons, public school strings classes, collegiate classes and performs as Principal Cellist with the Bowling Green Western Symphony Orchestra.
Alyna has recently completed a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Western Kentucky University (WKU). Alyna has performed with the WKU Symphony as a soloist and as an ensemble member, the Fairbanks YSO, Fiddle Storm Studios, Tetrafiddles, the Fairbanks Opera, the Pauli String Quartet and others.
Alyna has been teaching Violin since 2007 and currently teaches violin and viola at the Clay Sound Fine Arts Academy in Bowling Green, and in the WKU Pre-College Program. While at WKU, she has studied performance and pedagogy methods under Dr. Ching-Yi Lin and currently studies Violin with Mr. Ji-myung Kim and Viola with Mr. Andrew Braddock. Alyna plans to pursue a Masters Degree in Violin Pedagogy at WKU in the fall.
Josh received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Western Kentucky University (WKU) in May of 2012. Josh began teaching Violin and Viola in 2010 and has performed with numerous groups throughout Kentucky.
Josh is now pursuing a Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting at WKU and holds the position of Graduate Assistant to Dr. Bill Scott. He currently teaches Violin and Viola at the Clay Sound Fine Arts Academy in Bowling Green and conducts the Drakes Creek Middle School Orchestra.
Casey graduated from Western Kentucky Unversity with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education in 2006. She is a member of the American String Teachers' Association and KMEA/NAfME. Mrs. Powell has been teaching general music, piano, and guitar at Barren County Middle School since 2006. She has also started a thriving guitar program for all 8th grade students during the school day as well as an after-school guitar and piano program. Mrs. Powell served as assistant band director to the Barren County High school marching Trojans for 1 yr and then began to focus on developing a string program for the district. Mrs. Powell introduced the very first string program to Barren County in 2010 and now the program has grown to include 5th-12th grade students. The middle school beginning string orchestra has received Proficient and Distinguished ratings at KMEA Concert Festival.
In addition to teaching music, Mrs. Powell is very enthusiastic about training and qualifying new teachers in music education. In 2010, she sat on the review panel for the PRAXIS PLT and Music: Content Knowledge. She is passionate about helping kids develop a lifelong love for music and equipping educators to instill that love in their students.
Amberly is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor Degree in Instrumental Music Education and a Master's in Music Education. Ms. Bush started her string education career in the Bowling Green City schools for the 2009-2010 school year. The following year she was hired as the first full time string educator for the Warren County School district and stayed there for two years. During her time in Warren County, Ms. Bush facilitated the creation of strings programs in the following schools: Alvaton Elementary, Greenwood High School, South Warren High School and South Warren Middle School.
Ms. Bush is currently teaching orchestra in the Barren County School District in Glasgow, Kentucky. During her time there so far, Ms. Bush has created a strings class at the following schools: North Jackson, Hiseville, Red Cross, Eastern, Temple Hill and Park City Elementary, and Barren County High School. She also worked with administrators at the Middle and High schools to create a combined, advanced guitar course.