Matt Curreri – Rock Out! Camp

Matt Curreri is a Charlottesville-based songwriter, band leader, and teacher.  His “catchy rock-and-roll chanteys capture the warm joys and cold sweats” of life. (The New Yorker)  A graduate of The University of Notre Dame with a degree in literature, his melodic songs are melancholy or silly, dark or playful, but they always have a significant poetic content.  Matt currently teaches math and music at The Charlottesville Waldorf School, and he plays regular local shows, both solo and with his garage rock band, The Exfriends.  This summer Matt led a songwriting camp and a recording camp at The Front Porch followed by a performance of the groups’ original works at Tomtoberfest.  Visit www.mattcurreri.com to listen and read more.

Clara George – Songbirds Camp

Clara George is a multi-­‐instrumentalist and music educator from the San Francisco Bay Area who is currently relocating to Charlottesville,  VA to  join The Front Porch. She is a graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Interlochen Arts Academy. As a versatile  performer in both classical and popular genres, Clara has shared the stage with artists as  diverse as Itzhak Perlman, Sarah McLachlan,  and John Williams. She has  released three albums: a children’s album and two alternative rock albums. Clara offers lessons in piano,  guitar, voice, bass, and oboe/English Horn. As an educator, Clara places a strong emphasis on teaching the fundamentals of music, as she  believes that strong  fundamentals serve as the cornerstones that will help students achieve their musical goals. Clara aims for all students to have fun in their music lessons, with the ultimate goal being for her students to continue to play and enjoy music throughout their lifetimes.

Molly Murphy – Ukulele Mini Camp

Molly’s love of music came at an early age, singing in choirs from age 4, participating in all the school musicals, and making music with her family for as long as she can remember. She attended Stuart Hall School in Staunton VA as a music student in the Visual and Performing Arts program from 1999-2003, and attended James Madison University where she continued to study music.

Her performing career in music began with her first band, The Bourbon Specials, based out of Charlottesville, VA in 2005. A few years later, she and a group of friends formed The Judy Chops, and have been performing regionally, as well as up and down the east coast since 2007.  “Molly’s solid musicianship and dedication have been the background for the band’s solid arrangements.” She plays rhythm guitar, sings, writes, and arranges. Molly also performs in a duo ensemble, The Marvelous Murphy Sisters with her sister Sally Murphy, in which their mother (Lorie Lichtenwalner) and younger sister also occasionally join.

She has performed  and/or recorded with several musicians including Michael Glabicky of Rusted Root, Midnight Spaghetti and the Chocolate G-strings, Acme Swing Mfg. Co, Pete Stallings,  Lost Indian, Sally Rose Band, Sarah Lynna and the Misfit Toys, Brian Patrick Band, Ludwell Joseph, and Den Fruman. She loves to share in making music as a jam host in Staunton, as well as in old time/ neo-trad gatherings such as at the Appalachian String Band Festival, and will be attending the Swannanoa Gathering as a camp counselor for the children’s camp for the first time this year.

Debi Ryan – Songbirds Camp

Debi is a native Texan, but has lived throughout the United States. Her artistry comes from many different industries, beginning with film and music in college to working at Jim Henson and Associates in New York. She found her passion in Georgia teaching elementary art, before relocating with her husband and two children to Virginia in 2013. Most recently she worked with Wine and Design where she was an art instructor and developed holiday and summer camps. Deb is also a true animal lover with a background in horse husbandry and dressage. She is currently is living with her husband Beau and their four amazing hound dogs, Piper, Marvin, Daisy and Duck.

Devon Sproule – Rock Out! Camp, Songbirds Camp

Devon Sproule grew up at Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, VA.  She moved to Charlottesville as a teenager, busking on the downtown mall and making friends within the local music world.  Now a professional touring musician, Sproule plays regularly in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia.  Her releases have garnered praise from Village Voice, New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Observer, Guardian, and have featured collaborations with (among others) fellow Virginians Mary Chapin Carpenter and the late Jesse Winchester.   As a teacher, Devon’s specialty is one-on-one “musical mentoring,” helping people young and old improve their playing and singing while learning to process life’s joys and pains creatively, through songwriting.  She also offers guidance in performance and music business, if desired. In general, Devon’s approach is intuitive and revolving around ear and feel, with a dash of basic music theory.  The 34-year-old, in addition to being a musician, is a bird enthusiast, doula, and a student of Deaf Culture and sign language