University at the young age of 6. She moved to Huntsville, AL and continued studies with Art Cotruvo, Melanie Richardson, Barbara Poularikas, Lee Coker(Julliard grad), Dan Nedelcu and Charles Hogue(principal violist of HSO) in whom she studied with at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She has attended masterclasses with Itzhak Perlman(violinist), and performed for
a masterclass given by Marcus Thompson(violist). She has performed in a small ensembles with
Smokie Robinson and the Black Jacket Symphony. As a chamber musician, she performs regularly with the Blue Sky Quartet/Quintet, and Felicity String Quartet. She has also performed with various chamber groups such as the: Valley Conservatory Chamber Orcherstra,
Gateways Music Festival(Eastman School of Music)Chamber Orchestra and Quartet, Mimosa String Quartet, the Interlochen Music Camp Quartet, and many others.
As an orchestra musician she has performed with various organizational and church orchestras, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Shoals Symphony Orchestra, Valley Conservatory Lyceum Orchestra, Gateways Music Festival Orchestra, UAH Collegium Orchestra, the former Huntsville Opera Theater Orchestra, Interlochen National Music Camp Orchestra, Huntsville
Youth Symphony, and Metro Youth Orchestra. As a soloist she has received outstanding and
performance awards from the Alabama Orchestra Association. She has made guest appearances
in the Virgin Islands, and local and regional churches. Currently Mrs. Tharpe teaches with Valley Conservatory, Adjunct University Instructor, and also gives private lessons in viola, violin, and piano.
David Bond studied music at the University of Alabama in Huntsville before finishing at Auburn University where he also earned minors in History, Economics, French and took a degree in International Business. David plays with various types of groups and orchestras around the area with differing styles and has been involved in various church music teams for 14 years. After working three years with the government in business, David taught high school literature, economics, math and government for three years before going full time into music. David has coached soccer for several years and has been an assistant scoutmaster in Boy Scouts. His specialty is Trumpet and Violin and also teaches Piano and Guitar. David is continuing his training in music and other fields but has come down to music teaching and playing as his passion. David uses his wide net of interests to bring a holistic approach to teaching and playing encouraging students to incorporate the uplifting ‘civilizing force’ of music into their whole lives.