About us

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A mother & daughter team – Executive Director Virginia Peacock-Makkers & Artistic Programs Director Doreen Murray.

OUR FOUNDERS

Virginia Peacock-Makkers -M.Ed, Co-founder, Executive Director

Ms. Makkers has provided music education, music theory and was co-musical chorus director, along with her daughter, Doreen Murray at KIPP Academy, and the Robert Ford Community School. She is an accomplished classical and gospel pianist and has served as Minister of Music at Zion Baptist Church. Her professional musical experience spans over six decades.

Doreen Murray -Co-founder, M.Ed, Artistic Programs Director

Ms. Murray acts as choir director for “Follow Hymn Community Choir”, vocal coach, and is an instructor of traditional West African dance at Building Bridges. She is a gospel choir workshop presenter, professional soloist, performing artist, and playwright. She directs and provides vocal support for the choir for Zion Baptist Church. She has an extensive background working with at-risk children, youth and families as a former social worker, independent court investigator, and family advocate.

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Administrative Team

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VIRGINIA MAKKERS

Executive Director -

Music Instructor

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TINA BAKER

Family Coordinator

Teacher

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KEVIN COBB

Music Director/Teacher

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MATT MENACE

Teacher (Music)

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CARLY BAKER

Learning Leader

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ERICA BRANCH

Teaching Assistant

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DYLAN MEJIA

 Lynn Summer Youth Program Assistant

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NOAH 
HAMMERSHMITT
LE GAL

 Lynn Summer Youth Program Assistant

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DOREEN MURRAY

Executive Programs Director

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JANINE ELKHOURY

Communication and Business Coordinator

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ADAM SILVIA

Teacher (Music)

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GREY DEVLIN

Teacher (Music)

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JASMINE PRAZA

Learning Leader in-Training

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BRANDON CRUZ

BBTMusic Peer Mentor

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ETHAN CHEVALIER

 Lynn Summer Youth Program Assistant