Music on the Menu - May 29th

The final presentation in the 2013/2014 MOM series sponsored by Stepping Stones: Baroque meets Broadway
Arek and Nicole will perform May 29th (voice and piano), with intro and appearance by Glen Inanga.
6.30pm start – welcome drink and canapes on terrace
7.30pm seated – dinner orders taken
concert followed by dinner
Tickets $100 Tables of 6-10 can be reserved in advance. Seating will be allocated before the performance.
Arek Nicholson is a home grown talent, right here from West Bay. He began the study of musical instruments at the age of 12 under the direction of Mr. Mike Galvin and Fran McConvey and later Ms Lorna Bjorklund. Arek has performed in choirs for much of his life from early childhood. A true passion for music was honed during his high school years. Arek completed the Performer's Certificate on Saxophone from the Trinity College of London in 2004. His passion led him to the University of Regina in Regina Saskatchewan where he studied and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Music Education. Whilst at the University of Regina, Arek studied Voice under the direction of Ms Lynn Channing who fostered and encouraged the development of his maturing High Baritone Bass voice. During his time in Canada, Arek was involved with numerous Choral and Instrumental ensembles, as well as having soloed in a few concerts with the university choral ensembles. He was also invited to perform as a guest soloist with the Regina Male Voice Choir in 2010, which is offered to one talented young singer each year. He had the privilege to attend master classes with American choral director Geoffery Boer, Saskatchewan born pianist, accompanist and coach Audrey Andrist, and Edmonton, Alberta's very own Scott Leithead, director of Kokopelli; along with a host of other great musicians and teachers. After returning home in 2010, Arek has been employed with John Gray High School as a teacher of Music where he directs choir, instrumental tuition as well as classroom music. He recently completed a Master of Business Administration from the University of Cardiff in Wales. Arek was gifted with the privilege to direct the Cayman Youth Choir from April 2011 to June 2012 before he departed to complete his master's degree. He has been a long standing member of the Cayman National choir, and performed in the Cayman Drama Society's hit musical, Hairspray.

Nicole Bodden had the privilege of growing up in a musical family. As a result, she was introduced to music at an early age. Her parents, Curtis and Christine Barnett, quickly recognized her musical talent and encouraged her development. Her early years of music education began right at home in West Bay with her mother as her first piano teacher. Her gift of music was developed further at Wesleyan Christian Academy especially during her teenage years under the tutelage of her music teachers, Ronna Craig and DeWayne Joslin. It was during this time that she traveled with her classmates to the United States on several occasions for competition both as a soloist as well as in ensemble playing and singing. Nicole was the proud recipient of numerous awards at these events.
After graduating from Wesleyan Christian Academy in 2000, Nicole headed off to New York to pursue higher education at Houghton College. She spent four memorable years there mostly engaged in an array of music making before graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. While at Houghton College, Nicole studied the piano with Dr. Robert Galloway.
In 2004 Nicole moved back home to Grand Cayman to begin her career as a music teacher at John Gray High School. After one week with her students, Hurricane Ivan interrupted her first year of teaching. What a welcome to teaching! During her time at John Gray High School she taught instrumental and vocal lessons and classroom music as well as directed the choir, concert band, and swing band.
Following five years of teaching at the local high school, Nicole joined the family business at Barnett Music Centre and started teaching private music lessons in 2009. She currently owns and operates her own business (Nicole Bodden's Studio), where she enjoys teaching her students the language of music. Most of Nicole's time on the piano these days is spent in the art of accompanying. Over the past ten years she has successfully accompanied her own students, as well as the students of other teachers, from the Initial level through Grade 8 and Performer's Certificate exams.
Nicole and her husband, Dalmond Bodden, are part of the First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman family where she is a member of the Sanctuary Choir and director of the Junior Choir.

29 May 2014 – LUCA
Tickets $100