Shenandoah Conservatory is excited to welcome two new visiting artists to its roster of faculty artists and educators.
“I’m delighted to announce the hiring of these exceptional artists,” said Shenandoah Conservatory Dean and Professor of Music Michael Stepniak, Ed.D. “Both are wonderfully positioned to enrich student learning in these interim roles and we look forward to them joining our faculty and community this fall!”
Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy and Performance
Pianist Marika Bournaki has been dubbed “The Celine Dion of Classical” by the Huffington Post. As the subject of the feature-length award-winning documentary “I Am Not A Rockstar,” Bournaki has toured internationally as concert pianist and ambassador for the arts. She has empowered youth through her projects “Moi, J’en Parle” and “Let’s Play,” in addition to her work as a member of Piano Six – New Generation, bringing music to underserved populations in Canada. She is an artist-in-residence at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance in Canada and is a member of the Mile-End Trio, Frisson Ensemble, and collaborative piano faculty at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. She is represented by Parker Artists, NYC. Visit www.parkerartists.com/Marika-Bournaki.html and www.marikabournaki.com to learn more.
“It is with great honor and excitement that I am joining the prestigious faculty at Shenandoah Conservatory. I look forward to immersing myself in its thriving, nurturing and enriching environment, as well as supporting the piano division in its pursuit of student growth, experience and excellence. As a proud Winchester resident, I will enjoy sharing great art with the community.” – Marika Bournaki
Visiting Associate Professor of Acting
Cedric Hill has won multiple honors and distinctions as a writer, director, and producer of both film and theatre including being on the shortlist of the 2016 Academy Awards for short films. In 2005, he founded To and Fro Productions, a film company dedicated to telling gripping stories with depth and sophistication. As executive producer of To and Fro Productions he wears many hats, from developing scripts, creating budgets and casting to writing, engineering production strategy, and directing. Projects of note include “Noisy” (producer, director and writer), “Outwordly Fabulous” (producer and director), “Without Grace” (line producer) and “Dongmei” (producer and director). Visit www.cedrichill.us and www.imdb.com/name/nm2691995/ to learn more.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to mentor new students and create new and innovative art — the kind of art that changes people’s lives. I believe that Shenandoah Conservatory is the institution where this kind of work happens and I look forward to not only being a part of making it happen, but helping students experience the most satisfying art projects.” – Cedric Hill