Music Program at Episcopal
The music curriculum at the Beaches Campus for all students includes listening, instrumental work, and music reading. Rhythm instruments like xylophones, glockenspiels, and keyboards supplement the lessons. Parents and family are invited to attend student musical performances throughout the year. In addition, each fourth and fifth grade student can participate in the Band twice a week as part of the regular fine arts curriculum and Morning Music program. The Band features brass, wind, and percussion instruments. Students choose an instrument and practice to build musical skills and grow as musicians. Cameron Strine - Lower School Music Instructor and Band Program Director (Brass Specialist) -- works with students on the Beaches and Munnerlyn Campuses.
St. Mark’s Campus
The St. Mark’s Campus music curriculum provides a hands-on experience for all grades. Students practice skills and enhance their music reading abilities with both hands-on instruction as well as assistance through technology. Classroom instruction includes use of instruments such as non-pitched percussion instruments (drums, rattles, and bells), pitched percussion (xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels, and timpani), as well as guitars, ukuleles, and soprano recorders. Students also use the Music Ace computer program to learn music reading skills. Morning violin group instruction is available to kindergarten through fifth graders twice a week as part of the regular fine arts curriculum and Morning Music program. Susanne Dailey - Lower School Music Instructor -- works with students on the St. Mark's Campus.
Instrumental music is offered to students in all Middle and Upper School grades through classes and extracurriculars. Students perform band literature and develop performance skills through active participation in rehearsal and concert settings, as well as the ability to work as a part of a large instrumental ensemble. They gain knowledge of literature, listening skills, and overall musicianship, insight into the professional world of band performance, an appropriate repertoire, and performance practices relevant to the music studied. Students perform in Chapel, the Christmas Concert at St. John’s Cathedral, and at the spring band concert.
A fulltime Middle School Instrumental Music teacher is dedicated to Episcopal's Middle School music program. In addition, instructor Anthony Felton will assist with Middle School chorale classes as the program grows. A dedicated sixth grade band class is also offered.
Choral music is an integral part of the music instruction in Middle School music classes and is also offered as a yearlong option for seventh and eighth grade students. Chorus students perform throughout the year locally, at St. John's Cathedral for the Christmas concert, and present a spring concert. Chorus travels also annually to sing at state, national, and international venues, including Disney World and the Vatican in Rome.
Lower School Music Instructor and Band Program Director
Cameron Strine is a lifelong musician and trombonist who holds a bachelor's degree in music from the University of North Florida and a master's degree of music from the Manhattan School of Music. Cameron spent several years in New York City studying music and performing with many of the city’s top musicians, playing various styles from orchestral to jazz, big band, swing, and funk. Cameron was also an active teacher in NYC, running his own private music studio and working as a Teaching Artist at several NYC public schools. Cameron remains active in the music scene and performs regularly around the Jacksonville area.
Director of Music
St. Mark's Campus
Alexander Hernandez had the good fortune of growing up on the Gulf Coast of Florida, where he took full advantage of all the wonderful musical opportunities for which the area is so well known. Coached and mentored by some of the greatest performers and innovators from the Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, and Count Basie Bands from the time he was in seventh grade, he enjoyed an early and illustrious introduction to jazz. These local legends passed on their work ethic, as well as their passion to inspire future generations, so Alex went on to complete two majors at the prestigious University of North Florida School of Music: Classical Performance (clarinet) and Jazz Performance (saxophone). Alex is now an established classical clarinetist and has performed with several ensembles including the First Coast Opera and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. He is performs locally and internationally at festivals including Jazz a Vienne, Umbria, and Montreux.
Carolyn Tuttle '03
Director of Choral Music
Carolyn Tuttle '03 teaches Honors Chorale, Concert Chorale, Middle School Chorale, Treble Ensemble, Men’s Ensemble, AP Music Theory and sponsors the service club Music for a Cause. She earned her bachelor's degree in Music Education in Choir and Piano from the University of Florida and her master's of Music Education in Secondary Choral Education from The Florida State University. Prior to her current position, she taught middle school choir in Duval Public Schools and was the treble choir director at the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus for six years. She has presented sessions for teachers at the Georgia Music Educators Conference, the Florida Conference for Independent Schools, and UNF. In 2013, she was nominated for Teacher of the Year at Oceanway Middle School and was chosen as one of the top 15 Teacher of the Year finalists in Duval County. In 2019, she was awarded the Timothy Award at Episcopal. In 2021, she finished serving a two year term as the Florida Vocal Association’s District Chair, coordinating All-State, Solo and Ensemble and District Music Performance Assessment for the county.
Middle School Music Instructor and Collaborative Pianist
Anthony J. Felton, a native of Jacksonville and a pianist, vocalist, and music director, is acclaimed for his performances with Vocal, Instrumental, and Musical Theater colleagues alike throughout the east coast. Anthony began his professional studies at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and continued his studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he holds both bachelor's and master's degrees. While pursuing his master’s degree he served as staff accompanist for the Alabama State Concerto Competition, audition accompanist for the Fletcher Opera Institute, and accompanist for the North Carolina district Solo and Ensemble Festivals. Anthony has had the privilege of serving as Musical Director for Broadway Musicals on the East Coast.
Director of Instrumental Music (Percussion Specialist)
Greg Hersey is a percussionist and educational artist who continues to make his mark in the music industry. Greg is an active member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, as well as the Percussive Arts Society, regularly attending the annual PAS International Convention. He holds a master's degree in percussion performance rom the University of North Florida School of Music . He has studied with renowned instructors Charlotte Mabrey, Kevin Garry, Danny Gottlieb, and Benjamin Wiseman. Greg actively performs for musical theater productions, BayKings Band, local musical acts, orchestras and various schools as a guest clinician and artist. Greg has competed in the Guitar Center Drum Off and was 1 of 30 semi-finalists nationwide, representing the state of Florida and southeast region. He has also been a grand finalist in the Blue Man Group Drum Off in Orlando, Florida. Greg also has been featured in a full length episode on the drumming podcast “Drumeogab” hosted by Seamus Evely.
Low Brass Specialist
Clement Petit is a multi-instrumentalist with a specialty is in tuba, but he has studied and performed on trumpet, trombone, euphonium and French horn. Clement’s has performed with The University of North Florida’s Jazz Ensemble One. With this group he performed at The Mid-West Clinic in Chicago as well as The Florida Music Educators Association Conference, held annually in Tampa. Clement was also a performing artist in The Holiday Hills Band at Busch Gardens. He performs regularly with Let’s Ride Brass Band, a local group based out of Duval County. He has had the chance to return to his native country of France to perform and teach with The University of North Florida's Brass Quintet and he was a finalist in the 2018 South Eastern Tuba Conference Orchestral audition. Clement is a senior music student at The University of North Florida and looks to finish his degree in 2022.
St. Mark's Campus
Corina Donica is a professionally trained European violinist who is highly passionate about performing diverse styles of music throughout the United States and Europe. She has performed as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician throughout the Corina has performed and studied at Meadowmount School of Music (NY), Brevard Music Festival (NC), Luby Violin Symposium (NC), and Eastern Music Festival (NC), where she received full scholarship to attend and served as the concertmaster. Corina has also performed in Paris, Jerusalem, Dresden, New York, Washington D.C., among others. Starting at only age 15 Corina served in the violin section with Charlotte Civic Orchestra, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Bel Canto, UNCG School of Music’s Opera Theatre, UNC Symphony Orchestra, and UNF Symphony. Corina received her bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance, with full scholarship, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Violin Performance, as a teacher’s assistant from the University of North Florida. Highly experienced in chamber music, Corina has performed various chamber music concerts along Lynn Harrell, Shanghai Quartet, Beo Quartet, and other world class musicians. Corina has taught instrumental music at the elementary through high school level. She served as a principal leader of the Charlotte Slavic Children Choir and Orchestra, Charlotte 2010-2017, and now she’s the associate conductor of the Living Stream Orchestra, teaching children at different levels to perform together. Corina also performs with the Donicas Band, which recently had tours throughout Washington, California, New York, and Alaska.