Our Teaching Artists
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Rick has been a professional guitarist for over fifty years. He has performed publicly since age 10 eventually serving in the U.S. Navy Music Program as a staff guitarist, conductor and assistant band director. He has performed throughout Europe, Africa, South America, Canada and the United States on classical guitar and in contemporary and jazz ensembles. His guitar artistry provided him the opportunity to represent the United States at State Department sponsored diplomatic functions and recitals hosting Presidents, high-level dignitaries and their guests from the United States and abroad. After retiring from the U.S. Navy Music Program he founded Washington Academy of Music. In addition to overseeing business operations he is a working musician with an active schedule of recording, teaching and curriculum development. Rick holds advanced degrees from The University of the State of New York, Excelsior College and the U.S. Navy School of Music. He is a Founding Teacher of the Royal Conservatory Certificate Program in the United States, a Royal Conservatory Certified Teacher and serves as a Presiding Officer for the Assessments and Examinations of The Royal Conservatory of Music.
Tim has been playing music for over twenty years. He began playing clarinet at age 10 which "lasted about a year." After clarinet he moved on to percussion which is an instrument class he's remained very fond of. At age 13 he began to play guitar. It was an easy sell as his father (Rick) was already a veteran player. As a guitarist, Tim has worked with several bands performing all kinds of music, some of it his own. He has put in countless hours of private study into music theory and composition as well as symphonic orchestration. Outside of guitar he is an accomplished composer and has worked on several independent film scores. In 2014 his score for the short film "Recollection" won best original score at the North West Short Film Festival.
Film Composer, Guitarist