New NVMS Recruits Meet Growing Demand for Music Education

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North Valley Music School kicks off 2022 with three new hires to meet the growing demand for music education. D’andre Conant, Eunhwa “Katie” Park and Chloe Cheff were all welcomed to the music school’s roster in January. As a result, NVMS can offer more violin and piano lessons, and the public is encouraged to sign up.

Conant was born in Kalispell and began his professional journey with NVMS as its first intern. He started playing the piano at age 10, and at age 13 began studying classical piano with Melanie Monsour at Santa Fe University of Art and Design for two years. After returning to Montana, he studied with Dan Kohnstamm at the North Valley Music School, taking part in recitals and placing second in the state’s MTNA Senior Piano Competition.

“D’Andre is a great musician who has taken the necessary steps to develop his musicality both personally and professionally,” said Deidre Corson, Executive Director of NVMS. “From classes, to internship, to teaching…we hope others will be inspired and motivated by his journey. We also know that his students will have fun and learn a lot in his classes. »

Eunhwa “Katie” Park is originally from Seoul, South Korea and has lived in Kalispell since 2012. After moving to Montana, she pursued her passion for the piano and earned both her Bachelor of Music Studies Honors in piano and a master’s degree in piano. performance. She also received the Pi Kappa Lambda Graduate Award from the University of Montana. She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and the Montana State Music Teachers Association.

“I believe one of the best ways to share music is to teach,” Park says. “I am thrilled to pass on the enjoyment of music to others here at North Valley Music School.”

Chloe Cheff immersed herself in the violin at age 4 through a Suzuki program in Illinois. Her formal training continued as a violin student at Belmont University in Nashville. She studied with incredible teachers such as Allison Gooding and Tammy King, a Steeldrivers violinist. Chloe moved to Montana and continued her violin studies at FVCC where she studied with Wai Mizutani and earned an Associate of Arts degree. She has been giving private lessons for years and loves the challenge and joy of modeling correct and energetic play. Chloe plays professionally with a fiddle band and enjoys playing the fiddle for church worship. She has been playing fiddle with Glacier Symphony since 2018. Chloe Is Suzuki Book 1 certified with more certifications planned for this summer.

Other music professionals interested in teaching at North Valley Music School are encouraged to contact the office to request to be added to their potential instructor file. Even if the music school doesn’t need a particular type of instructor right now, NVMS probably will soon. NVMS keeps all information about potential teachers on file and refers to it when posting available positions.

Prospective students interested in private lessons can email [email protected] or call 406-862-8074. Scholarships are available. Registration tools and more details on all the talented NVMS faculty are available at northvalleymusicschool.org/faculty-staff/

North Valley Music School is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching communities through music education, appreciation and performance. NVMS provides quality education to students of all ages, strives to be a leader in musical education and excellence, and seeks innovative ways to integrate music into everyday life through performance. To learn more, visit their website at www.northvalleymusicschool.org

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