A concert pianist, Ms Georgia has always had a yearning to share the joy and creative freedom that music offers to others through her performances, lectures, early childhood music classes, and private coaching.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from U.C.L.A., Georgia earned two graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano). She was chosen as a Fulbright Scholar to continue her studies in Vienna, Austria, where she performed, studied, and completed research articles for various professional music journals. While studying in Vienna, she and her husband, Philip, who plays French horn, had the opportunity to perform together throughout Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, the Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia. Upon return to the states, Georgia served as an adjunct professor at St. Martin’s College and California State University.
Georgia assisted in developing the Early Childhood program as part of the Yamaha Music Corporation’s Research and Development Team in Irvine, California. Since then, she has had children of her own to teach, and has continued to teach others privately and through children’s ministries at church. Her dream has always been to create a creative arts school for children, and she is living her dream!
French Horn, Trumpet, Euphonium, Trombone, Baritone, Guitar
Mr. Philip has performed with his horn throughout the world, as a soloist, orchestral player and recording artist. He was trained by the great masters of horn while earning his Bachelors of Music at Indiana University, his Masters of Music at the University of Southern California, and his advanced studies at the Conservatory of Music in Vienna, Austria. He has concertized throughout Austria, China, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Serbia and Croatia and performed with numerous large ensembles including the Utah Symphony, the Tacoma Symphony, and the Vienna Hochschule Orchestra. Philip’s soundtrack recordings include “Cool Runnings” and “The Nightmare before Christmas”.
Esther Bonney has studied music since the age of 4, when she started piano. Soon thereafter, she began playing the violin with Sabine Eubanks of NCAC. Esther now studies with Dr. Teri Lazar of American University. Esther performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and Assistant Concertmaster in her local orchestra. She has performed at many public concerts and competed in state and national competitions, taking first place in Charles County Youth Orchestra’s 2021 Concerto Competition. Esther has also been recently invited to solo with the Charles County Youth Orchestra for their 2022 Winter Concert. In addition to teaching and playing music, Esther enjoys reading, caring for her five goats, solving the Rubik’s Cube, swimming, and building websites, including those of NCAC and The Thinking Kid. Esther is excited to share her love for music with others through teaching!
Brittany’s life has been filled with music since she was a little child. She is an accomplished cellist. She remembers attending the symphony with her grandmother and being enthralled by the sound of the cellos section. She was thrilled to learn they had a 1/4 size cello that she could play at such a young age. She is also an avid vocalist and musical theater director, having directed a variety of Broadway Jr. shows with middle schools. Brittany has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and loves working with children of all ages. She has a passion for teaching music and is very excited to be part of the NCAC team.
Ms Sabine has been involved in the arts from an early age. Beginning at age six she studied ballet through the Royal Academy of Dance in Europe, as well as contemporary dance, Jazz, ballroom and Tango Argentino. She studied violin at first with a private teacher and then moved on to the Peabody Preparatory School. She was a member of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra for four years and began giving private lessons at the age of fifteen. As a young adult, Sabine taught orchestra and violin at the Village School in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she also was a member of the Blue Ridge Chamber Orchestra, and appeared as a guest soloist with local community orchestras. While living in Berlin, Germany she continued teaching violin and expanded her musical abilities in choral conducting, voice training and music theory and notation.
Sabine holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Germanic Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Early Childhood Movement
Ellen Blumhardt is delighted to be sharing music with young children at the Neighborhood Creative Arts Center. She holds an undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she studied clarinet and bass clarinet and was a recipient of the Linehan Artist Scholarship. After starting an elementary general music position in Charles County Public Schools, she completed her Master’s of Music in Music Education from Michigan State University. She completed her Level 1 certificate in Gordon’s Early Childhood Music Learning Theory as well as Level 1 in Elementary General Music Learning Theory. Ellen loves being a member of the La Plata community, where she lives with her husband, Andrew, and now stays at home with her three young children, Francis, Mary, and Thomas.
Ms. Miriam has studied and performed piano for the past eight years. She is pursuing the study of liberal arts at the College of Southern Maryland. She has studied voice formally and is an experienced accompanist. "There are so many children with talent and potential. I love seeing how proud they are of themselves after performing their first piece. It's really amazing!" Miriam began teaching in 2016, and is excited to begin her third year teaching to talented young minds. Miriam's hobbies include swimming, running half marathons, in-line skating, and reading.
Laura earned both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she studied with Robert Gerle. She also studied abroad with Denes Zsigmondy at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She has performed in orchestras throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan area including Annapolis Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, Maryland Symphony, National Chamber (Philharmonic) Orchestra, National Gallery of Art Orchestra, Salisbury Symphony Orchestra (as concertmaster), and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony (as assistant concertmaster). She performed in Carnegie Hall with the Annapolis Chamber Symphony. She has been a member of the International Orchestra in San Diego, CA and the Tijuana Orchestra in Mexico. As a member of the Catholic University Symphony, she twice met Pope John Paul II during performances at the Vatican in Rome. Laura is also an educator and has taught at the University level as well as in public and private schools. She has held positions with Salisbury University as an instructor of violin/viola, chamber music, and string pedagogy. She taught for the Alexandria City Schools as the orchestra director for TC Williams High School, Minnie Howard School, George Washington Middle School, and Alexandria All-City and Sinfonia orchestras. Her orchestras consistently received superior ratings at the county and state festivals. She has also taught for the Prince Georges County Schools and held positions with Kenmore Middle School, Benjamin Tasker Middle School, Robert Goddard Middle School, and Greenbelt Middle School.
Dr. Krisztina Dér
Flute, Voice, Piano
Hailed by the Washington Post as a musician with “…a clean, full-bodied tone and fleet fingers,” Dr. Krisztina Dér is a member of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and Lecturer of Music at Guilford College in North Carolina. First-prize winner of the 2017 RAFA Artist and the 2009 FSW Competitions, she has performed and studied internationally, earning her doctoral degree in flute performance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro with academic concentrations in music theory and history. Her growing flute/light project, featuring concerts that integrate music and light, has been invited to the 2018 National Flute Association Convention, 2018 Light City Baltimore, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Liberty University.
Krisztina is also a pianist with years of classical training, often accompanying her students in community performances. As a pedagogue and ensemble director, she believes strongly in nurturing her students’ curiosity to excite them about learning.