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Lifelong Learning

WKU Department of Music and WKU Lifelong Learning are pleased to host: String Explosion. July 22-26, 2013 Music Rehearsal Hall, WKU Campus. Camp Coordinator: Ms. Sarah Berry


Sarah Berry

Sarah BerrySarah 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 Bloecher

Alyna BloecherAlyna 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 Bloecher

Josh BloecherJosh 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.





Amberly Bush

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.

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