Our Music Directors

Our wonderful music director:

Grace Gavrilas

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Grace is a graduate of Oakland University with a degree in Instrumental Music Education.  She has taught music programs in Grosse Pointe and Troy Public Schools as well as at United Methodist and Bethesda Romanian Pentecostal churches.  She is also a private music teacher and performer.

 

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Our fun with music teacher:

Jenna Barba

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Jenna has been involved in music since early childhood. She grew up performing in musical theatre, television and film on both the East and West Coasts. She has performed internationally in Europe and the Middle East. She is the center director and teacher at Mini Musicians in Rochester Hills.  Jenna was awarded Music Together® Certification Level I status, having demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy, and parent education.  She is the mother of two children, Isabella, and Gabriel, who are also very musical! She is very passionate about young children and their musical development.

Our choir teacher:

Rebecca King

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Rebecca is a graduate of Utah State University with a degree in music therapy. She has been practicing as a board-certified music therapist for 10 years in various settings including children’s hospitals, home health & hospice, and residential treatment centers. Rebecca has been involved with music from a very young age, playing and performing on the piano, guitar, percussion instruments and singing in choirs as well as individually. She is an accomplished composer and songwriter, and her music can be found on YouTube, Spotify, and iTunes. Rebecca has taught music lessons for almost 20 years, and finds great joy in especially teaching adaptive music lessons to individuals with special needs. She is a mom of two adorable girls, and loves spending time with them and her husband.

Our volunteer coordinator:

Liam Kilpatrick

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Liam Kilpatrick is a senior at Athens High School.  He plays the trumpet and is both a Volunteer Coordinator as well as one of the leads for the the NoteABLE Youth Beginners Clinic!  He has helped out with the Clinic since September 2019 tutoring trumpet, helping with experimenting different instruments, and helping to make sure everything runs smoothly!

In his free time Liam enjoys practicing trumpet, running, and listening to music (especially rock or metal), alongside doing Marching Band and Track & Field.

Our outreach chair:

Minwoo Kim

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Minwoo Kim (Brian) is a sophomore at Troy High School who started learning the cello and the piano at the age of eight. Minwoo has always enjoyed bringing the joy of music to many people. Currently he performs with the Troy High Symphony Orchestra as well as the Troy High Country Fiddlers. He has been a member of the Detroit Civic Youth Orchestra for the past 2 years before the pandemic hit and he has been selected for the MSBOA All-State, District Solo Ensemble and State Solo Ensemble. Minwoo was awarded as Outstanding Soloists of the MSBOA's 2022 State Solo, and selected for Concerto Soloist in the 2022 MSBOA Concerto Competition and performed at Central Michigan University. He was also nominated as Outstanding Members of the MSBOA's 2022 Spring Honors Festival Band and Orchestra. Minwoo performs with other ensembles and has performed in the MASTA Chamber Festival at Western Michigan University. Outside of cello, Minwoo loves to play tennis, play piano, and take a nap.