Ciara Alexander recently joined the Soundscapes team as the Level 1 Teaching Artist for the 2016-2017 school year. She has had the pleasure of working with the Crispus Attucks Theater; teaching guitar and voice and currently orchestrates the repertoire for Favor Nation Church. Ciara received her Bachelors of Music from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia.
Westley Benson is a native of Virginia Beach, VA. In 2004, he graduated with a B.M. in percussion performance from the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore, Maryland. He is currently the Music Director at Global Outreach Church and teaches music lessons to school-age and preschool children in Virginia Beach.
High Strings Instructor
Todd Beyer has been playing the violin since he was six years old. He is currently teaching the first and second year violin students for Soundscapes. He also gives private violin lessons and performs in the first violin section of the Northern Neck Orchestra. Todd holds a B.S. in Music from Indiana University and a M.S. in Acoustics from Pennsylvania State University. He has taught at Centerstage Academy (2002-2004), performed regionally with the Williamsburg Symphonia (2002-2004), and was concertmaster of the York River Orchestra (1986-1991). He enjoys singing tenor with his church choir and also plays in the handbell choir. Todd has been married almost 25 years and has three children.
Rebecca Sinclair Kim
Full & String Orchestra Director
Orchestra director Rebecca Sinclair Kim finds her greatest life joy in both performing and teaching music.
As a teacher, she has worked with students of all ages, from high school orchestra and guitar classes, middle school youth orchestras, and beginning strings classes at the elementary school level. In addition to her classroom experience, Rebecca has taught private lessons since she was seventeen years old, and has worked with students ranging in age from four to sixty-five.
Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from James Madision University, but her most recent academic pursuits include graduate degrees in music performance from The Boston Conservatory and East Carolina University. At East Carolina, Rebecca was a regular participant in the Four Seasons Next Generation program, where she played alongside faculty members Ara Gregorian, Hye-Jin Kim, Emanuel Gruber, Keiko Sekino, and guest artist Zvi Plesser.
As a performer, Rebecca is passionate about collaborating with composers to perform and promote their work. Together, she and her husband Paul co-founded and co-direct New Music Norfolk, a concert series that strives to bring together local performers and composers to share and promote contemporary art music for the benefit of Norfolk and surrounding communities.
Catina Horton Billups is the Behavioral Specialist for Soundscapes and has served in this capacity for over five years. She is currently a Collaborative First Grade Teacher at Carver Elementary School where she has been educating young minds for 22 years. Catina received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education and Sociology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She was a part of the clinical faculty at Christopher Newport University for Student Teacher Interns for six years and has completed post graduate work in Adolescent Literacy from the University of Virginia. Catina also received a certification in Child Development from Thomas Nelson Community College.
Carver Program Counselor
Transportation Liaison (Carver)
William Peck has been the Physical Education Teacher and Bus Coordinator at Carver Elementary school and Soundscapes since 2003. He became National Board Certified in 2010. Previous positions include 20 years in the United States Navy where he qualified as a Master Training Specialist, and as a Martial Arts instructor. He holds Black Belts in both Hap Ki Do and Tae kwon Do where he has taught children, teens, and adults. Mr. Peck graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2002.
Christopher Spar is a psychology major, and a cellist at Christopher Newport University, interning with the Level 1 program.
Christopher "believes that music is an incredible avenue through which to promote positive social change. While it may not seem intuitive, there is so much beyond simple music education that occurs in a music classroom. These children are able to learn about how a group functions and how one should behave in such situations. Also, they are granted a large responsibility since they are entrusted with how to take care of their instruments. Above all, this program is able to provide something crucially lacking in many of their lives; structure. Being held accountable for sticking to a schedule every day and practicing in time for concerts gives them such fundamental life skills that extend far beyond their involvement in Soundscapes."