Julia has been been playing the violin for 27 years and teaching for 15. Her approach to teaching is multi-disciplinary. She believes that the violin is an extension of the body- an appendage for unique expression. Her teaching incorporates a balance of ear-training, technique, phrase-building, individual voicing, and group collaboration. While practice makes (dare she say perfect), it surely invests in discipline, a body of musical literature, and opportunities for self-realization and sharing musical talents. Julia studied the violin at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, served as concert mistress at the Connecticut College orchestra, and earned her B.A. in Music from Furman University in 2007. She has since taught the violin privately and at music camps. She has been living in Charlottesville since 2012 and performs regularly with local singer-songwriters Ben Eppard and Matthew McAllister.
Patrick is a classically trained violinist and traditional fiddle player who grew up in the heartlands of
Virginia beneath the Blue Ridge Mountains. Patrick started playing violin at the early age of four, learning the instrument with Mary Hardy of Scottsville through traditional bluegrass and old-time fiddle tunes, and transitioned to classical study at the age of ten. Throughout high school he studied under Suzuki instructor Julie Wilkinson, and went on to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Patrick has played in many ensembles both classical and traditional, most notably the Castleton Festival Orchestra under the direction of the late Loren Maazel of the New York Philharmonic, the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, and the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, among others. Today he lives in Charlottesville, where he is training in pedagogy with his former Suzuki teacher, and assistant-teaches with Laura Thomas of the Charlottesville High School Orchestra as he continues to work towards sharing his passion for music with others through one-on-one instruction and community involvement.
KAY COTTON--Combo Classes
Kay Cotton hails from Southern Maryland where she studied dance and loved it so much she started a career in teaching. She has over thirty years experience teaching ages two to eighty. Before retiring from the area of Charles County Maryland and moving to Scottsville last year, she was employed with the Department of Aging (16 years) and owned and operated "Hope You Dance" dance studio, Kay teaches traditional subjects including tap, ballet, jazz and acrobatics/tumbling. She also teaches clogging, hula, belly dance and line dance. Two favorite dance experiences stand out in her career: traveling with "The Guys and Dolls Cloggers" on the east coast where they performed at the 1982 Worlds Fair and performing with Country Music legend, Marty Robbins during his concerts. Tap and clogging are Kay's strongest and most favorite subjects. Kay describes herself as a "Fair but firm old school" teacher with a lot of "outside the box" sprinkled on top. When not dancing or teaching dance, she is assisting her sister and niece caring for their elderly Mother, volunteering for Scottsville Lions Club and hanging out with her family. She has one daughter, Kayla, she and her husband will be celebrating our twenty-eighth wedding anniversary on November 11th. And, she has two German Shepherds, two goats, six ducks, and one parrot!
Kay is in her second year teaching gymnastics for us. She had her operation at Camp Friendship for several years, and recently set up her Crossroads Gymnastic Center--main location at Zion Crossroads.