Biographies/Contact



Miss Laura
           Laura began studying the piano when she was six and loved it so much, she decided to pursue a career in music.  In high school she began taking voice lessons and started teaching a few piano students.  She went on to major in piano performance at The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.  She received her Bachelor of Music with honors in performance in 1993.  Laura then continued her education and received her Master of Music from Indiana University in 1996.
Laura loves performing with others and so for a couple of years she performed with The Felici Klavier Trio, a group comprised of violin, cello and piano.  The group toured several times in Germany’s Rheinland-pfalz.  In 1996 Laura moved to San Francisco to teach at the SF Community Music Center, Marin Music Conservatory and privately.  She was also the staff accompanist for San Francisco State University.  In 1998, after moving home to New Jersey in order to be close to her family, Laura met Mr. Will.  They fell in love, were married and began their family. 
           Naturally, Laura teaches her own children to sing and play piano from a young age.  In 2009 she began teaching other children and a few adults at Gibson’s Music on Main Street.  Her students perform several times throughout the year, sharing their talent in nursing homes, family gatherings and recitals.  





Virgil
         Virgil Bowlin comes from a background rich in Appalachian heritage. His musical and cultural background started before he was knee high to a short sheep. Virgil’s maternal grandfather was a one room school teacher and  old time shaped note singing music teacher. His maternal grandmother was a self taught, accomplished piano player.  The cultural side of Virgil’s background also comes from his daddy’s side of the family, as well as the fact that he was raised  in the southern Appalachian hills of Kentucky in Whitley County right outside of Williamsburg, living a true Appalachian existence.


He not only learned from his family and friends but he also studied music and attained a B.A. in music from the University of the Cumberlands. His music training has been enhanced by bluegrass legend Larry Sparks with whom he traveled as a full-time band member.

Virgil has kept his daily life as close to the way he was raised up as is possible during these modern times. He still fills his freezer from the woods, and his entertainment comes from visiting with friends and family and sharing traditional Appalachian music and song.
 
Virgil is the owner and engineer of Peerless Studios where he provides recording services for other artists and private music lessons. He has also worked as a music educator in the public school system at the elementary level.  Virgil's email: virgil@virgilbowlin.com  Virgil's Phone: 606-304-8654 (cell)  606-877-4117 (home)




Jim

Jim started playing guitar at the age of 10 and has had experience playing folk, rock, jazz, and classical. He studied classical guitar at the University of Vermont and has played solo classical guitar locally at Weavers in London and the Seasons in Corbin. He can help you learn how to read music and use music theory so you can play with other people in a variety of settings. His main focus these days is playing classical guitar. In addition to playing music, Jim built and repaired stringed instruments for many years through Santa Fe Violin & Guitar Works, and offers expert repairs through his shop in Barbourville, with drop offs available at Gibson's Music.  Contact Jim by phone at 615-218-3915.






























Jenny   Jenny Stead is a freelance graphic designer and concept designer.  She is the author and artist of the web comic Ninja'd and has been for its current four year run on the internet.  

Jenny is also a student in the visual communications program at Somerset Community College.  She has earned her certificate in Digital Imaging.  Jenny spent a year's internship in the Walt Disney World College Program.

You can reach Jenny to set up private or small group lessons at jennymstead@gmail.com

You can reach Jenny by email at jennymstead@

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