About Christiana Quick-Cleveland, Director
I have been involved with music my entire life.
I sang through my childhood and adolescence, participating in choirs in junior high and high school and learning to play the piano and the guitar along the way. My college years were about biology and psychology, but my guitar was never far away, and I managed at least one very intense choir experience. After graduating from Boston University with a BA in Psychology, my faithful guitar accompanied me into the Coast Guard where I sang to keep my sanity and promote the sanity of those around me. It was afterwards that my real formal musical training began at Holy Names College in Oakland where I received my second degree - a Bachelor of Music specializing in Vocal Performance.
Since that time so long ago – 1983 – I have performed as a soloist in many different venues – churches, concerts, musicals, and operas. I have been the director of music in different churches. I have developed music curriculum and taught in elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as in colleges. I have sung in large choirs and small ensembles and have directed the same. I have directed handbell choirs. I have given workshops and been involved in trainings of various descriptions. I have composed original music, and arranged music to suit the occasion. All of this I have done, and will continue to do, in loving service to Music.
In addition to my Bachelor of Arts and my Bachelor of Music, I am certified at the Advanced level as a TaKeTiNa Rhythm instructor. I play a variety of secondary instruments – recorder, C-flute, lyre, surdo, channgo, and still, on occasion, my beloved guitar.