Vincent Richardson – Director, Piano Instructor
Born Vincent Richardson in a small Michigan town, V. Rich spent his childhood in New Haven, Connecticut where he learned the power of music and its ability to connect to the hearts and minds of its listeners. Growing up the son of a preacher, in a family of singers, musicians, and music lovers, the young V.Rich was exposed to a vast array of musical genres and quickly became fascinated by the greats: Bob Marey, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye and Oscar Peterson and the classical giants: Chopin, Debussy, and Beethoven. By thirteen, he had not only begun to explore his gift of transforming simple melodies into lyrical treasures, he had also learned to convert his passion and innate love for the piano into a means of artistic communication. He recalls, “The piano was one of my best friends. If I were angry I would play the piano. If I were sad, I would play the piano. When I needed to relax, I would play; it became an outlet for me.” With a firm but loving push from his parents, V. Rich took every opportunity to showcase his talents. From church to school, local event to local malls, he eventually gained his first major musical performance with the legendary Pavarotti, in the celebrated opera Tosca.
By the age of 14, shortly after moving to Washington D.C., V. Rich studied under the world-renowned classical pianist, Dr. Raymond Jackson. Under his tutelage V. Rich would become a prized classical pianist, earning a full scholarship into the prestigious musical program at Carnegie Mellon University. He would go on to graduate Cum Laude with a Bachelor of arts degree in Piano Performance from Howard University.
His fervor for music deepened in the eclectic musical hub that is Washington D.C.; known then as “keys”, he founded a critically acclaimed hip-hop band Lauda and began playing keyboards and singing backup for major R&B recording artist, Amel Larrieux. The exposure gave V. Rich greater desires to one day perform at the front of the stage. But he continued to add depth to his catalog and in 2005 he scored scenes in the BET made for TV movie “Multitude of Mercies.” He began to gain momentum in the music industry and began working with a number of local and national artists including Navasha of the underground giant “Fertile ground,” Grammy nominated performers Wayna and Raheem DeVaughn, and Grammy award winners Mya and Lauryn Hill.
The culmination of this diverse and eclectic musical journey is highlighted in his first self-contained solo EP project. “V Rich Songs from the album ‘Addicted’” released in 2009. On the edge of freshly defined tracks with the lyrical swagger of a virtuoso, this tunesmith and accomplished producer bares his seasoned soul. The beauty is not only in each chord and its progression, but also in V.Rich’s ability to write, produce, arrange, record, and mix most of this EP at his own studio, Vibrato Studios. In 2010 V. Rich released a mixtape entitled “Before the Addiction” which took on great momentum with backing from Jeannie Jones (WKYS 93.9) and Raheem DeVaughn.
In 2013 V. Rich opened the Richardson School of Music in Takoma Park, MD. The school has highly qualified music teachers in every instrument and has grown tremendously since its opening. Along with launching his music school V. Rich has been working tirelessly in the studio writing, producing, and arranging songs for artists. He has recently penned songs with Grammy nominated artist Maysa and Grammy nominated artist Wayna. V. Rich also is a writer on legendary hip hop artist Phife Daw’s (of A Tribe Called Quest) new single “Dear Dilla”. V. Rich is currently in the studio working on his new album which is sure to spark a lot of attention.
V. Rich has worked with and/or shared the stage with artist including: Ledisi, maysa, Phife Dawg, Bilal, Chrisette Michele, Lauryn Hill, Amel Larrieux, EnVogue, Mya, Will Downing, Melanie Fiona, Raheem DeVaughn, Laura Izibor, Anthony David, Howard Hewitt, Goapele, Res, Martin Luther, Melba Moore, Eric Roberson, Tony Terry and Chuck Brown to name a few. As well as platinum selling producers Chucky Thompson (Grammy), Glen Mosley, and the Heatmakerz. V. Rich also co-write Jay Hayden’s single “No Where,” which is currently in radio rotation and has already hit the Billboards charts at #98.
Taleesha Janine Scott – Operations Manager, Voice Instructor
A native of Buffalo, New York, Soprano Taleesha Janine Scott earned her Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy from the New England Conservatory of Music and Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University.
In her burgeoning, young career, Ms. Scott has already been the recipient of many awards, honors and accolades for her professionalism, beauty of sound, flexibility, interpretation, an intelligent sensitivity for varied repertoire, as well as acting abilities, and gracious generosity she brings with her gift.
Ms. Scott sang for the 57th Presidential Inauguration with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. She was also in the 75th Annual National touring production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess as the Clara cover and funeral soloist. Ms. Scott sang the role of Livella in the 2011 world premiere of the American Opera Highway to Canaan by Dr. J LanYe. And revived the role in 2012 at the Ohio Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2010, Ms. Scott was cited by the “Baltimore Sun” in the title role of Cendrillon by P. Viardot as “…[offering] the most impressive singing, with a gleaming tone, sensitive phrasing and admirable clarity of articulation.”
In 2009 Ms. Scott became the Soprano Soloist for the chamber ensemble Opus Nine, based in New York City. Ms. Scott sang the role of Lucy in Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha for the Opera Providence’s 2007-2008 season. In the role of Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff she was cited by the “Baltimore Sun” as “…[going] well beyond as Nannetta revealing a delicious shimmer to her voice and telling nuance in her voice and telling nuance in her phrasing.”
Additional roles include Cissie Woodger in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring, Naiad in a concert version of Ariadne auf Naxos, and Soprano Soloist in Camille Saint Saens’ Christmas Oratorio with Buffalo Opera Unlimited, as well as concert and scene work such as Adele in Die Fledermaus, Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Susanna in Le Nozze di FIgaro.
Among Ms. Scott’s awards and honors are 1st place Gold Medal at the National NAACP ACTSO, Classical Vocal Competition, 1st place Gold Medal in the Western NY Regional NAACP ACT-SO Contemporary Vocal Competition, a two time winner of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s annual Competition and runner up in the Maryland Regional “Leontyne Price Competition.”
In 2007 she participated in the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium, Spoleto, Italy, where she coached with Enza Ferrari and performed at the Teatro Ciao Melisso. Additional activities include performing with a backup ensemble for Kenny Rogers’ Christmas Show for two years, participation in the “Juilliard Experience” and various programs, ensembles, recitals, public events and other artistic genres.
Ms. Scott helped open the Richardson School of Music in 2013 with Owner and Director Vincent Richardson. The school has highly qualified music teachers in every instrument and has grown tremendously since it’s opening. In addition to her role at the Richardson School of Music, she is a working freelance Artist and Teacher in NYC and the DMV.
Arthur Rogiérs – Voice and Piano Instructor
Many, many things could be said about the singer-songwriter-producer-musician (pronounced Ro-ghe-ay). Some may recall his 2005 single with the Platinum Pied Pipers & Mark de Clive-Lowe on the worldwide underground hit “50 Ways to leave your lover”. Others know him for his 2008 debut album single “Hollywood Story”, the hot collaboration with Grammy Jazz/Alternative faves Robert Glasper & Bilal or the backing voice for Stax recording artist, N’Dambi. Some recognize Rogiérs as the voice of jazz-fusion group Soul Cycle and a few fans still refer to Rogiérs as Alicia Keys’ “former keyboardist and background singer.”
Whatever comes to mind, since 2002 Rogiérs’s creative portrait has established him as a premier voice within the echelon of independent R&B/Soul/Jazz/Deep House music artists. Eclectic musical icons Questlove (The Roots) & Lo Down Loretta Brown (a.k.a. Erykah Badu) have both playlisted his records in their DJ sets. And of his two independently released albums, two EP’s, various singles and compilations, Rogiérs’s singles have broken commercial R&B-Urban/Pop and specialist radio in the U.S, Europe, Canada, Russia, Australia, Japan and received coverage from Okayplayer, Vibe Magazine, SoulCulture, Rolling Out Magazine and IDJ Magazine among other international publications. He maintains an active schedule performing throughout the country and worldwide for fans, celebrities and music enthusiasts promoting releases. Rogiérs’ newest recordings will cross Alternative R&B, Electronic and Soulful House music with the some of the industry’s best global production talent. His latest album “theShedding” was released in Spring of 2014.
Rogiérs majored in voice and studied with classical soprano Kathryn Wright and Broadway-theater legend and Tony award nominee, Vivian Reed. He holds a B.A. in Music Business Management from Berklee College of Music, Boston and a M.A. in Global Entertainment & Music Business from Berklee Valencia, Spain. -Fibby Music Group, LLC
Audrey Jean Childs – Piano Instructor
Born and raised in Washington DC, and a product of the District of Columbia Public Schools, Jean started playing piano at a very young age. She grew up in a very musical household. Her mother was a music major in college, and her father played trumped early in his education. Jean grew up in a household where everything from jazz to classical music was heard on a daily basis, either through her mother’s playing and teaching; or her father’s record collection. She graduated from Eastern High School, and attended Howard University, where she at first majored in zoology, but later switched to music education, with an emphasis in piano performance. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in 1980. She continued her education, earning a Master of Arts in Teaching/Early Childhood Education, from the University of the District of Columbia. She is a National Board Certified teacher, and is currently a Pre-Kindergarten teacher in the DC public school system. Jean continues to keep her piano playing as sharp as possible, studying bi-weekly with her piano professor from Howard, Dr. Raymond Jackson, who retired from that position last year. She has performed each year, twice yearly, at the Montgomery County Music Teachers’ Association Adult Piano recitals; and at the Christmas celebrations at the home of Dr. Jackson. One of her greatest joys is seeing her students come to enjoy and appreciate music!
Nicole Greene – Piano Instructor
Ms. Nicole Lynette Greene is a native Washingtonian with a life long love of the arts but favorably for music. She began music studies at age eight in a different way than most: learning music theory in a group class under the late Mrs. Carol Sellars-Kirk at her elementary school, Washington McGlaughlin Christian School. Because she excelled quickly, Nicole immediately began taking classical piano lessons with Mrs. Sellers-Kirk at nine years of age. After six months of loving beginnings, her musical growth led her to study under Mrs. Sellars-Kirk’s colleague, Ms. Nevilla Ottley, at The Ottley Music School, and Nicole quickly excelled to mid-intermediate level. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Scott Joplin, H.T. Berleigh, and other composers became regular in her studies and prevalent in performances, and she performed her debut solo recital at age eleven. During Nicole’s four years with the nurturing and great musical influence of Ms. Ottley, she performed in many recitals at the music school, her church, and some small private events in the metropolitan area.
In 1995, Ms. Greene went on to audition for and was accepted to attend Duke Ellington School of the Arts for high school as a classical piano major. Her piano instructor, Mrs. Sukey Goh, encouragingly challenged Nicole to participate in classical piano competitions for confidence building along with solo piano recitals which came with many blessings of personal and musical growth. During her junior year of high school and continuing throughout her senior year, she became a jazz piano minor under Mr. Davey Yarborough and was able to travel to Marcias and Paris, France to participate in the Jazz Festival each year. Also, during her junior year, Nicole auditioned for and was accepted at the Raymond Jackson Studio for private classical piano studies under the remarkable Dr. Raymond Jackson. He is also the former piano instructor of Mrs. Sukey Goh, I might add. Ms. Greene’s experience under Dr. Jackson is one of her most positively memorable times of her life. She performed in the Raymond Jackson Studio recitals, where I might also add that she also studied alongside close colleague and friend, Mr. Vincent Richardson, even more private events and competitions, and received many awards and honors. Nicole’s time with Dr. Jackson nearing the end of her senior year was filled with tedious preparations of auditions for music conservatories and colleges like Julliard School of music, Mannes School of Music, Peabody School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, to name a few. Her most intrigued choice was New England Conservatory where she gained knowledge that Dr. Jackson had graduated from there and was still on the board of overseers. She auditioned and was accepted to attend New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts.
From 1999-2001, she attend the conservatory and studied under Dr. Jockum, then she transferred to the “real” HU, Howard University in Washington, DC to resume her studies under Dr. Jackson where she attended from 2001-2002. Difficult life experiences from personal challenges led Nicole to take a break from music but her love for it never ended. Because of her extensive experience of music studies and making acquaintances with many people from events in which she participated in piano performing, her name was suggested for becoming a church pianist at a small church in DC, Church of God’s Love in 2004. This new experience was the rebirth to playing music again and led to her playing hymns and even some former classical pieces for church events. Since then, she became the mother of two beautiful daughters, Imani and Adama Yates, and has been a church pianist/choir director for many other churches, some being McKendree-Simms-Brookland United Methodist Church, East Washington Heights Baptist Church, Lincoln AME Church, and several others. Ms. Greene’s longest residing ministry of music involves being a children’s, youth, adult choir director, praise team singer/pianist, and church pianist for her now home church at McKendree going on nine years, and her children even participate in the children’s choir.
Nicole sparked the desire to become a classical piano teacher long ago but didn’t realize it until she became a choir director, teaching others about music though song and influencing others of how to find their own love of music with expression. Her friend, Vincent, remembered her early days of their classical piano studies and was encouraged by him to join his team of music teachers at the Richardson School of Music. With some thought and a leap of faith, she gladly joined the RSM family in 2014 and has truly been blessed to experience this venture. Teaching others has warmed her spirits to see what she received in her studies now being passed on to her students. She encourages everyone to bring the best of themselves out of each piece of music so that others can be a part of one of the greatest arts of all: MUSIC!
Integriti Reeves – Voice, Violin and Piano Instructor
Integriti Reeves is a dynamic vocal powerhouse whose “Modern Vintage” style exists at the crossroads of jazz music, embodying the past, present, and future of the genre. Her voice elicits comparisons to the dulcet purity of Ella Fitzgerald and the smoky effortlessness of Nat King Cole. Her experimental outlook is inspired by contemporary artists such as Feist and The Bird And The Bee, whilst her signature retro look pays homage to icons of the 1950s.
In early 2014, Integriti participated in the highly selective, Betty Carter’s Jazz ahead program, a residency for young composers and performers. The residency is held at the John F Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts. In 2013 Integriti served as an Artist-In-Residence at the prestigious Strathmore hall arts center.
Integriti is perhaps best known for her performances with Afro-Blue, Howard University’s award-winning vocal ensemble. The group advanced as finalists on the 3rd season of NBC’s The Sing Off competition. Integriti has performed with many renowned contemporary jazz and pop artists including; Herbie Hancock, Ernie Andrews, Geri Allan, Eperanza Spaulding, Stevie Wonder, Bobby Mcferrin, Terri Lyne Carrington, Liz Wright, Patrice Rushen, Hugh Masekela Smokey Robinson. Integriti also performed as a featured soloist with The National Symphony Orchestra.
Her musical experience is also grounded in academic excellence. She is a proud local product, a graduate of DC’s storied Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Baltimore’s venerable Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. After receiving the Max Corzilius Scholarship, she studied under the tutelage of renowned vocalist Jay Clayton at the Peabody, and took private lessons from Howard University Jazz Professor Connaitre Miller.
Integriti has performed at venues including the newly restored Howard Theatre, The Hamilton The historic Bohemian Caverns, Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center, Strathmore and The White House. Festival performances include; Baltimore’s Artscape, The Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival, the DC Jazz Festival, the Blue Note Jazz Festival, Capital jazz Festival, Jacksonville Jazz Festival and Celebrate Brooklyn!.
Her debut solo EP Stairway To The Stars was released in March of 2014. It features an eclectic mix of jazz standards, Brazilian rhythms and pop influences. In May of 2014, Integriti received the degree of Master of Music from Howard University. Integriti’s music occupies the genre of straight-forward/ modern jazz. Her original compositions reflect her roots in classical jazz, whilst incorporating the storytelling elements of folk music. Her musical influences range from jazz standouts Sarah Vaughn and Dexter Gordon to hip-hop groups like A Tribe Called Quest. Her creativity, however, extends beyond her music. Integriti also has a love for vintage clothing, interior design and is an avid, visual artist, and poet.
Integriti Reeves’ rising star shines brightly.
Alex Galiatsatos – Guitar Instructor
Alex Galiatsatos received his Bachelor of Music degree in jazz guitar from The University of Maryland. Prior to college, he was self taught from the age of 10 in the styles of folk, blues and rock and roll, and later attended the Levine School of Music where he was introduced to jazz. Performing all over the DC, Virginia and Baltimore areas, Alex works with many jazz groups, theater pit orchestras, and rock bands and has recently launched a solo acoustic project. He enjoys songwriting and hopes to be releasing an original album in the near future, all of which can be found on his facebook page and YouTube channel under the name Alex Galiatsatos.
Noah Booz – Guitar Instructor
I grew up in Brookeville, MD in a house echoing with my father’s guitar and voice harmonized by my mother voice. I took piano lessons for three years until I switched to playing guitar when I was a 12 year old attending Sandy Spring Friends School. I immediately started picking and strumming whatever tune I could with family and friends knowing that my life path was going to be a winding, musical one. When I attended Sherwood High School I played in the theatrical Rock ‘N Roll Revival show for four years. I also played in the Jazz Band for two years and chambers choir my senior year. After graduation I studied jazz guitar at Montgomery College for two years before transferring to University of Maryland College Park. I taught climbing courses at the Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School for over four years along with private guitar lessons. I received my Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance at UMD.
Aaron Civic – Guitar Instructor
Aaron did not begin his career as a classical guitarist, however. In October of 2004, he had his first guitar lessons with George Fletcher in Saratoga Springs, NY. A few months later, he had established a small repertoire of cover songs, which he would continue to expand upon, and in April of 2005, he started busking in Saratoga Springs. Soon after, he was performing at open mikes, and putting on his own shows at certain venues throughout the larger capital region.Between 2007 and 2009, Aaron’s musical styles evolved as he incorporated the use of a Digitech Jamman looping pedal, and eventually, a Korg M50 keyboard workstation. As a result, the new music was almost solely instrumental material which focused on the one-man band aspect of his performance. As time progressed, he continued to expand upon his new musical foundation, and incorporated the new style of playing into his rock and roll background.Currently, Aaron is pursuing new opportunities to perform in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area as both a classical guitarist, and a one-man band. To date, he has performed at a multitude of venues in the New York Capital Region, the New York Finger Lakes region, New York City, and other cities in the northeast. In addition to his work with Richardson School of Music, he holds teaching positions at Cardon Studios in Washington, D.C., Ottley Music School in Hyattsville, MD, and other private music schools in the surrounding area.
Jason Mullinax – Drums and Percussion Instructor
Jason Mullinax is a songwriter and percussionist with over 25 years of drumming and performance experience. He has performed widely in the D.C. metro area at venues including the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the French Embassy and the Atlas Performing Arts Center. As a composer, he’s written soundtracks for documentaries and films, and has considerable experience recording, producing and releasing original material on his own record label. He currently teaches drum set at the Richardson School of Music and facilitates music workshops for children and adults at various locations around the DC region.
Brittney Allen – Flute/Woodwinds Instructor
A native Southern Californian, Brittney Allen is a flutist and educator based out of Washington, D.C. Ms. Allen has obtained her B.M. and M.M. (both in Music Education) from Howard University under the tutelage of Dr. Sais Kamalidiin. Other instructors include Norman Brentley of the United States Army Band (Pershing’s Own), Lori Bell of San Diego State University, and Valerie Coleman: founder, composer, and current flutist of Imani Winds. In addition to studying with the flutists aforementioned, Brittney Allen has performed alongside Deepak Ram, Holly Hoffman, Ali Ryerson, Nicole Mitchell, and James Spaulding. An active educator and freelancer – most recently, Ms. Allen has performed as first flutist with the 2016 Colour of Music Festival in Charleston, S.C., Brittney Allen actively seeks opportunities to develop her musicianship and skill-set as an educator (Ms. Allen actively performed and participated as a part of Imani Wind’s 2015 Chamber Music Festival and Project Trio’s 2016 Teacher Training Workshop). Currently, Ms. Allen teaches flute and general music as well as performs within the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Rochelle Rice – Early Childhood Music Instructor
Rochelle Rice received her B.M. in classical voice from East Carolina University, and attained her Master’s degree in jazz studies from Howard University. While at Howard University, Rochelle was a member of the multiple DownBeat Magazine award winning premiere jazz vocal ensemble, Afro Blue, and was the graduate teaching assistant to the award winning and well noted arranger, clinician, and jazz vocalist, Connaitre Miller. She is featured on the group’s recording, The Best is Yet to Come. Stepping outside of her jazz and soul background, Rochelle was the lead singer of DC’s only live house music band, House of Soul, and is featured as a vocalist and songwriter on the band’s album, Let’s Move.
Dedicated to social justice and music education, Rochelle has performed at protest rallies, and recently sang in honor of the work of Congressman John Lewis. She has also developed the interactive music history and early musicianship skills class, Da Capo! This popular and engaging children’s music class is geared towards 2-6 year olds, and focuses on the music of America’s greatest music artists. Rochelle currently teaches Da Capo! at the Richardson School of Music as well as several of the area schools and at the community arts organization, BloomBars, where she serves as an Artist in Bloom Resident.
Rochelle’s sound is a woven tapestry of jazz influenced contemporary pop and soul. Her highly personal, yet relatable original music reflects her deeply rooted love of jazz and singer/songwriters. While continuing to perform, write, and educate, Rochelle is preparing for her debut CD release, Wonder.