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Marcus Roper is a classical guitarist from New York City who is completing the Bachelor of Music Education degree. He has been teaching guitar since he started playing and believes in teaching music first through ear and then through notation because we learn languages in the same way. He believes that all children should have experience with different genres of music. Curiosity is the greatest spark that a student can have because it makes the student ask questions, which leads to answers, which leads to knowledge. He has learned that the students that give him the hardest time are usually the students that he has the most impact on because he will stick it out with them and has the patience to work through all of the trouble that they might have.
Sarah Rice is a violinist and senior Music Education student at Buffalo State College. In 2015, Sarah was featured with the Buffalo State Philharmonia performing Mozart’s Symphonie Concertante in E-flat Major. She was awarded the Paul and Kathryn Homer Endowed Music Scholarship in 2015, and has been selected by the Buffalo State Research Foundation to mentor string students at Windermere Elementary School. She has taught violin at Buffalo String Works, and the Buffalo Urban Music Project, and was formerly a member of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. She is currently student teaching at West Seneca West High School, and is looking forward to furthering her musical education.
Kacy Harrison is a Senior at SUNY Buffalo State, graduating in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music. At Buffalo State, Kacy majored in Clarinet and Voice, and additionally to her musical studies has had the opportunity to study Italian, German, French, and Acting methods. She has been part of numerous ensembles including BSC Wind Ensemble, Philharmonia, Chorale, Chamber Choir, and Elmwood Swing Choir. She has also participated in musical productions off campus with companies such as Theatre of the Mist. This will be Kacy’s second solo experience with the BSC Philharmonia, as she was the Soprano Soloist for Faure’s Requiem in Spring 2016. She has also had the pleasure of being a section leader for the Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir for their 2015-2016 season. Kacy is currently teaching voice at Matt’s Music in North Tonawanda, and plans to earn a masters degree in Vocal Performance focusing on Opera after graduation.
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