Building Faith – Developing Minds

Mrs. Jamie Byrd

Mrs. Jamie Byrd teaches first year Sign Language (ASL) and serves ECS as our music teacher, band director, and Fine Arts Coordinator. She is originally from New Jersey but has fallen in love with the mountain state. Her servant’s heart and Love for Christ are evident to all who know her and she delights in serving Christ’s church along with her family. God has given her her heart’s desire to serve in local church ministry while being able to teach music in the same ministry context. She is an accomplished musician and among other things is actively involved in the music ministries of both the church and the school.

  • Education:
    • M.A. Worship & Music (Currently Enrolled) Liberty University /SBTS
    • M.A. Counseling (Halfway Complete) Bob Jones Univerisity
    • B.B.S. Sacred Music (Magna Cum Laude) Ambassador Baptist College
    • Student of Beth S. Chen, Accomplished Juilliard Musician – Piano
    • Student of Betty Valenta, Renowned Sacred Pianist – Piano
    • Student of Steve Shotwell, Garden State Philharmonic – Trumpet, Clarinet, Flute
    • Student of Barbara Taranto, Garden State Philharmonic – Violin
    • Student of John Holland, Festival Orchestra Director – Double Bass
  • Experience:
    • Clevland County Public Schools – ASL Interpreter
    • Private Studio Lessons since 1997
      • Beginner – Advanced (Piano, Trumpet, Clarinet, Voice)
      • Beginner – Intermediate (Violin, Flute, Trombone)
    • Band Director- Garden State Christian School, MICAH Homeschool Band
    • Held recitals and performances for students
    • Instructed in theory, rhythm, harmony, technique, and musicality
    • Member of various bands, orchestras, choirs, vocal ensembles.
      • Traveling College Ensemble (soprano)
      • College Orchestra (trumpet)
      • Phoenix Drum and Bugle Corps (mellophone, trumpet)
      • Toms River Jazz Band (trumpet)
      • Gateway Orchestra (trumpet)
      • Festival Orchestra (clarinet, trumpet, bass)
      • Garden State Orchestra (violin, trumpet, clarinet, bass)
      • New York Philharmonic Choir Handel’s Messiah Performance (alto)
  • Performances & Awards:
    • 1st Place Carnegie Hall Award (Invited to perform at Carnegie Hall)
    • 1st Place Steinway Hall Award (Invited to perform at Steinway Hall)
    • 1st Place, Sacred Piano, AACS National Competition in Greenville, SC
    • 3-Time 1st Place, Sacred Piano, NJ AACS Statewide competition
    • 1st Place, Classical Piano NJ AACS Statewide competition
    • 1st Place Classical Piano Duet NJ AACS Statewide competition
    • 1st Place Sacred Piano Duet NJ AACS Statewide competition