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Nexus Art And Music Center

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Samantha Burke

Soprano and Violinist Samantha Burke, is a student of Amy Shoremount-Obra (The Metropolitan Opera, NY) at Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music(M.M) and Erika Kiesewetter (Concertmaster of The American Symphony, NY) (B.M.) from Bard College. She also studied closely with renowned Hungarian musicologist Peter Laki, to develop a senior thesis on the opera Otello from Desdemona’s point of view and later, a concert lecture series focused on making opera accessible to audiences. She is a frequent scholarship recipient and has won awards in Georgia and New York competitions.
Ms. Burke is the founder and director of The Atlanta Concert Series, which seeks to promote young artists’ involvement in the Atlanta community through a series of performances in the Fall and Spring. Previous

engagements through the project have included: a recital series started in 2014 featuring eclectic young New York pianist, Richard Hagemann, young artists from all over the United States, and musicians from Georgia State University, and a 2016 concert of Spirituals and pieces by African American composers held at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in solidarity with Black Lives Matter Movement.


As a young child, her love of music led her to perform in the Sydney Opera House with the Atlanta Young Singers at the age of 13.

In the Spring of 2021, Samantha premiered a Recital-Documentary called ‘Essential’. Also in the Spring of 2021, she will debut the title role of Carmen in the Brooklyn College Opera (Virtual edition). During the 2020 season, Ms. Burke was scheduled to perform as a soloist with The New York Philharmonic at David Geffen Hall with the Brooklyn College Conservatory choirs (canceled due to Covid-19), additionally she was a semi-finalist in the New York Art Song Preservation Society Competition, and in 2022 will debut the title role of Elle (in Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine). Samantha has sung for numerous masterclasses featuring artists such as: International Soprano, Angel Blue, and American composers, Ricky Ian Gordon, Libby Larsen, and Jake Heggie to name a few.
As a musical ambassador and activist, Samantha was asked to perform for the 2018 United Nations education fundraiser and convention as a young artist with the International Masters of Opera NYC.
Her recent competition credits include: 2017 Finalist of the Kennedy Center’s VSA competition, 2016 Regional Finalist for the National Association of Teacher Singers. Both at home to recital and opera, Ms. Burke has performed numerous recitals and roles most notably: Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Miami Opera Institute and The American Symphony), and the title role in Massenet’s Manon (The American Symphony), and portrayal of principal roles in Bard College’s Opera Workshop. She was the Soprano soloist for the 2014 Southeastern premiere of Alan Bullard’s A Light in the Stable oratorio.


Equally proficient as a violinist, Ms. Burke has studied the violin for over 20 years and has performed in orchestras and ensembles in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and New York. Her concert repertoire spans from Mozart to Shostakovich, and modern music as well. At the age of 15, she won the Tim Redovian Scholarship of Atlanta, and attended the Philadelphia International Music Festival hosted by members of the Philadelphia Philharmonic.

Samantha is currently pursuing her Masters in Opera at Brooklyn College’s Conservatory (virtually) while teaching privately voice, strings, and piano.

Beau Talley teaches guitar plus piano and has toured with Regina Belle, Ledisi, Algebra, and Kirk Franklin.

Beau Talley has created musical segments for the White House.

Beau Talley has toured in in several different countries.

Beau Talley is a master musician.

Everett Collins met The Isley Brothers while in college, and toured with the Isleys and several other famous recording artists such as Jermaine plus Rebbie Jackson for over 20 years.

Everett Collins Performed as the drummer and background vocals for The Isley Brothers, Jasper Isley, Surface, Jermaine Jackson, Rebbie Jackson, and Sunrise. Everett has Co- Produced, Arranged, Composed, Performed, and served as an expert technician in the music industry for over 20 years. 


Everett has a Masters Degree in Music and Composition. As an Educator, Everett is a knowledgable Music Director with over 35 years of experience. 


Mr. Collins teaches:
Drums, Electric Bass, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Flute, Clarinet, and piano.


Gavin Gardner obtained a BFA degree in sculpture from the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts and an MFA degree in painting and drawing from Laguna College of Art and Design. He has trained in numerous ateliers and under internationally celebrated artists. He is a two-time winner of the Portrait Society of America’s prestigious International Portrait Competition. International Artist’s Magazine featured his work next in November 2019. Gardner’s other noteworthy achievements include creating over 16 major sculptural works for churches, numerous public and private figure statues in bronze, winning the National Sculpture Society’s Dexter Jones award for excellence in bas relief, designing a series of coins for the U.S. Treasury, creating a relief for a Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, working on statues for the Baltimore Orioles, the Boston Redsox, the Miami Dolphins, and numerous government entities.

Craig Cunningham played lead guitar for Stevie Wonder for 3 years. He has a Masters in Musicology and is enrolled in a Doctorate program in Music. Craig is also a lawyer and an Adjunct Professor. Barack Obama was his professor and they have remained friends.

Craig Cunningham is a musician, and an educator.

Craig Cunningham with his mentor Barack Obama.

President Obama was Craigs Professor in law school.

ABOUT

Nexus Art And Music Center is an art school, as well as, a music school offering workshops and private lessons in art and music. Additionally,  we have a musical instrument store within our art center located in Snellville, Georgia. We carry several brands of musical instruments, including Casio, Washburn,  Jasmine, KMC, Cecilio, Natal, and Hunter Musical Instruments. Our artists are trained in Classical Realism, Russian Academic Art, and Contemporary Art. In order to offer you the highest quality instruction, we have meticulously recruited musicians from the following categories: Piano, Drum, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Saxophone, Trumpet, Clarinet, and Flute Instructors.




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