Beth Bader – CEO and Founder
Beth Bader is the Founder and Executive Director of the Young Musicians of Alamance. Having been inspired by the rich, wonderful, and transformational history of El Sistema programs in Venezuela and around the world, she set out to develop a new site for under-served children in Alamance County, North Carolina.Ms. Bader has held a variety of positions – most education-related — during her career. She began as a Special Education Classroom Teacher in Philadelphia, served as an Assistant Director of Administration at the American Cancer Society in Philadelphia, and as a Computer Systems Manager in New Jersey.
Bader then realized that her passions lay in education. Starting with an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania, she focused on Education Policy to be able to affect education at the state and national change level. In the following years, she worked as a researcher at the Federally-funded Center for Policy Research in Education in New Brunswick, New Jersey; served as Assistant Director of the Educational Issues Department at the American Federation of Teachers Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; fulfilled government contracts for the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C.; and worked with other regional laboratories on projects at the federally-funded Southeast Regional Educational Laboratory in Greensboro.
The El Sistema movement captured Bader’s interest because of its involvement with both education AND music. While not a practicing musician, Ms. Bader has a passion for the beauty, complexity, inspiration, and joy provided by classical music. She also appreciates other genres such as Jazz and Latin American and will include them in the repertoire of the Young Musicians.
Ms. Bader can be reached at the YMA office, 513 W. Front St., 336-524-6764.
Jerry Davis – Program Director
Jerry Davis is a native of Sumter, SC. He completed his Bachelors of Music degree from the University of South Carolina with an emphasis in Music Education. Mr. Davis taught in the public school systems for five years, teaching music to hundreds of students of all levels, elementary to high school.
During those years, he was the band director of the Palmetto Center for the Arts, and had the pleasure of conducting the Richland County Honor Band at the USS Missouri Battle Ship in Pearl Harbor. After his service in the public school system, Mr. Davis returned to school to receive his Masters of Music degree in Performance at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. After graduate school, Mr. Davis joined the Alamance Burlington School System as an orchestra teacher at North Graham Elementary school and teaches lessons for the Young Musicians of Alamance.
He currently resides in Greensboro, NC with his wife, and performs as a freelance musician and trumpet teacher. He is the founder of the Horns of Zion gospel horn-line, and performs with the North Carolina Brass Band. Mr. Davis is passionate about helping educate today’s youths and training talented musicians.
Byron Grimes – Lead Teaching Artist
Byron Grimes is a native North Carolinian who grew up in Charlotte, NC and began playing violin at age 5. He has studied violin continuously since then, and also added many other instruments to his repertoire, with a special emphasis on marimba. He attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he earned his bachelor’s degree (2005) and master’s degree (2007) in music education. Since that time he has been teaching in the Alamance-Burlington School System as one of the only full-time elementary orchestra directors in the state. He has grown and developed the orchestra programs at Marvin B. Smith Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary, and Grove Park Elementary Schools. These schools maintain 2 – 5 times the national average of participants in instrumental music. Byron joined the Young Musicians of Alamance in January of 2017 where he began as the after school instructor for Andrews Elementary. Outside of work, Byron shares his home with his spouse (also a music educator), dog, cat, parakeet, fish and backyard chickens, and enjoys gardening and making music for fun!
Kelly Jackson – Teaching Artist
Kelly Jackson is a teacher and musician from High Point, NC. He currently teaches music at North Graham Elementary A+ school. Kelly has been singing his whole life and was part of his first NC Honors Chorus in 5th grade. He continued his musical journey through middle and high school singing in many different choirs, learned to play guitar and began playing professionally at age 16. After high school Kelly studied music education at Appalachian State University. After graduating he went to Boston, MA where he performed weekly in historic Faneuil Hall and worked as a Coordinator for the Somerville Community Schools Program. After 4 years in Boston, Mr. Jackson returned to NC and became the music teacher at NGE here in Alamance county. He continues to perform professionally in the triad area and is proud to be a teaching artist in the Young Musicians of Alamance program.
Sara Realini – Teaching Artist
Sara Realini has been with the YMA program since January 2017. She graduated from Walter Williams High School in 2016 and is a Sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Sara is studying Elementary and Special Education for her undergraduate degree with hopes to eventually become a kindergarten teacher. She began playing the violin when she was in the fifth grade and has been playing with orchestras and chamber groups regularly over the last ten years. She had the chance to play with the Elon Orchestra her freshman year and a few members of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra her senior year. Sara also received the honor of being concert master for two of Williams High School’s Orchestra Concerts.
“I love working with the YMA program because it allows me to work with children, gain more teaching experience, and also allows me to continue playing the violin.” – Sara Realini
Andrew Sanchez – Teaching Artist
Receiving his BM in Jazz Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, composer, performer, and educator Andrew Sanchez has been teaching and performing all over NC for 10 years. Proficient in piano, trumpet, flute, and cello, Andrew teaches students ranging from 6 years old to 40 years old. Many of Andrew’s students go on to win All-District and All-State band competitions. A prominent composer in North Carolina, Andrew has written original music and arrangements ranging from solo piano to large orchestral music and jazz orchestra. Being highly adept in both classical and jazz music, Andrew seeks to bridge the gap between the two genres and educate future generations on the many similarities between the two styles.
Beryl Aldeberan – Executive Assistant
Beryl has been an Executive/Administrative Assistant for over 20 years. Working primarily in corporate positions, she is excited to bring her multitudinous talents to the non-profit world and especially to such a laudable organization as YMA. She encourages input, in the form of comments, suggestions and questions, from all. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone: 336-524-6764.