David Petrie is owner and founder of the Dearborn School of Music. Petrie earned both a Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Music in composition from Wayne State University. He has toured both nationally and internationally, and published Guitar and Theory Made Easy. Petrie has over 18 years of teaching experience.
Jannis Buhr earned a Bachelor of Science in Piano performance from Maranatha Baptist Bible College in 1981. She has worked as both a collaborative pianist and private instructor for over 30 years.
Brittannia Woodcock is a Detroit native and teaches piano and voice at Dearborn School of Music. Ms. Woodcock completed a Master of Music in vocal performance at Wayne State University in 2014, and a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance at Nyack College in 2008. A few of Ms. Woodcock’s many roles include Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, Königin der Nacht in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme. In September 2013, under the direction of Mark Vondrak, Brittannia became a part of Michigan Opera Theatre’s educational outreach program. She performed as Little Red in Barab’s Little Red Riding Hood, and Joy in Perera’s The Araboolie of Liberty Street.
Noor teaches piano and voice at Dearborn School of Music. Noor has over twenty years experience in piano performance, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music at Wayne State University. She is an active performer and accompanist, and is bilingual in Arabic and English.
Amanda Peters teaches voice at Dearborn School of Music. Amanda received her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from Bethel College in 2009, and has been teaching vocal lessons since 2007. During the summer of 2009 Amanda toured with Jerusalem Project, a music ministry team from Bethel College. Most recently she has been working with the Schaumburg Park District outside Chicago teaching private lessons, assisting with and performing the Park District’s musicals, and directing the Community Singers. Amanda is very excited to be back in the Detroit area with her husband Mike, as they continue to pursue his stage management career with Michigan Opera Theatre!
Russian born and graduated from Far Eastern State Academy of Art with degrees in music history, music theory and piano performance. Anna has taught music and piano for over 20 years at Catholic schools, music schools, as well as private instruction. Ms. Jones was formerly a choir director, accompanist, and composer of parts for the Russian Catholic Mass at Most Holy Mother of God Catholic Church in Vladivostok, Russia.
Sean Perlmutter is a drummer and bandleader based in Detroit, MI. Originally from the Grand Rapids area, Sean has performed professionally with many of the area’s finest jazz musicians in addition to working in a wide variety of other situations including pop groups, musical theater ensembles, and rock bands of many different styles. In addition to his extensive experience on the drum set, Sean also possesses an in-depth knowledge of orchestral and rudimentary snare drum as a result of his studies with both members of the Grand Rapids Symphony and world-class drum corps. In the jazz world, Sean has learned from professors at Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University, where he is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in jazz studies.
Amy Saari is a lifetime singer and songwriter with Masters degrees in Choral Conducting and Composition from Bowling Green State University. She has directed the Motor City Chorale for seven years and served as section leader of Rackham Symphony Choir. She is currently the Music Director at Grace Episcopal Church in Mt. Clemens and teaches voice and beginning piano.
Mandie Hendrickson began playing the piano at age seven and started teaching at fifteen. She received her Bachelor’s of Music degree in Piano Performance from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, and continued cultivating her love of teaching throughout and since. Besides teaching, she has used her love of music throughout the years to serve on multiple worship bands both playing and singing, playing at weddings and other collaborative efforts. She has over a decade of teaching experience with students of widely varying learning styles.
Madison Hilborn is a violist from Imlay City and is currently pursuing Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance and Music Education at Wayne State University. She has played in several orchestras including the Detroit Civic Youth Orchestra, Lapeer Symphony, and the International Symphony Orchestra. She has also taught at the Orion Chamber Music Society String Camp leading sectionals and coaching a quartet. She began studying violin at the age of 4 with Linda Huffacker using the Suzuki method. At age 11 she began studying with Katerina Poynter, at which point she began studying viola as her primary instrument. She now studies under Dr. Laura Roelofs, from the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra.
Zeinab Hassan is currently enrolled at Wayne State University. She is dual majoring, working toward a Bachelors of Art in Music (concentration in composition) and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Zeinab has been playing piano for 9 years and has been composing for 5 years. She recently had a composition premiered at the 45th Annual Student Composers Concert at Schaver Music Hall in Detroit. Zeinab also currently volunteers as a music therapist at Karmanos Cancer Institute, where she the patients with a soothing and relaxing environment to aid in the healing process.
Majed is a Computer Engineer with a passion for music. He is a “Oud” and Keyboard Player from Lebanon. He started playing the keyboard at the age of 6 and professionally attended the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music to learn the oriental Oud at the age of 11. He continued with it throughout his school and university years and has taken part in many concerts and performances in Lebanon. Majed is now located in Dearborn, Michigan and is extremely excited to connect with musicians in the city and to give lessons to Middle Eastern music lovers.
Hannah Waterstone is a Wayne State graduate with a Bachelor Degree in Music Therapy. Currently, she is a dance pianist at both Wayne State University and Marygrove College. Hannah has a strong musical education background with involvement in the shared time programs at Romulus schools and Michigan Tech Academy. She also taught music at St. Joseph of Trenton for five years. Additionally, Mrs. Waterstone has conducted concerts for Center Line High School Choir. Furthermore, Hannah has performed in several different ensembles while at Wayne State, as well as throughout the Metro Detroit area.