Guided by its core values of confidence-building, enrichment, empowerment, education, community building, quality and accessibility, BSMA seeks to provide such arts educational opportunities to all individuals regardless of age, race, religion, level of ability, or financial means, a philosophy shared by the 450+ members of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, to which BSMA belongs. To facilitate access to arts instruction and programming, many of BSMA’s programs are free or low-cost and increasingly provided at partner sites to reach more people and serve diverse audiences. With a developing focus on serving the Greater Cleveland community, BSMA has also prioritized a leadership role in the renewal of its distressed Slavic Village neighborhood, recognizing that arts participation can engender hope, improve lives and strengthen the fabric of urban communities.
To be a leader in connecting and empowering people through the transforming power of the arts
The Broadway School of Music & the Arts rents space in a landmark building that originally housed the Hruby Conservatory of Music (1918-1968)*. The building is prominently positioned in the broadway historic district of Cleveland’s Slavic Village area. Through the years, the conservatory served thriving polish and Bohemian/Czech neighborhoods economically dependent upon the area’s steel mills. Ten years after the conservatory closed its doors, the building was purchased by Dr. Nicholas Demmy and his wife Olean, who lovingly restored it and guided the establishment of the broadway branch of the Cleveland Music School Settlement in 1980. In 1983, the organization became an independent non-profit, the Broadway School of Music & the Arts, and later the building was sold to a private individual. A new owner took possession of the building in 2017. The Hruby of Music Conservatory was built by the Hrubys, Cleveland’s premier musical family in the early part of the twentieth century. Four of the Hrubys were members of the early Cleveland Orchestra, founded in 1918, the same year as the Hruby Conservatory was built. Learn more by clicking on the PDF file, “Musical Hruby Family History”*..
Dwayne is a music teacher, composer, musician and DJ. He has been a music teacher at Oliver H. Perry Elementary School (CMSD) in Cleveland since 1992, where he also conducts the school's Choir and Instrumental band, and leads the Drum Corp and Drill Team. Dwayne has taught music to children in many other venues throughout the city, including at U.M.A.D.A.O.P (where he is currently Drumline Instructor), Boys and Girls Clubs, Fatima Center, Nottingham Branch of Cleveland Public Library and others. He was a musician and Ensemble Director at Shiloh Baptist Church, currently plays drums and keyboard at Elizabeth Baptist Church, enjoys composing and recording songs in his home recording studio, and has his own DJ business under the name HITMAN*DDub and Me Psi Phi Entertainment (https://www.dddixon.com/.)
Education: Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, Cleveland State University; Bachelor's in Music Education, West Virginia University
Dwight was a voice student of Barbara Mattox at the Cleveland Music School Settlement, Helen Baker at Cleveland Institute of Music's Preparatory Division, and John Fleming, an African-American singer who had a successful opera career in Sweden. He has performed as a tenor soloist throughout the region in operas, musicals and recitals. He has performed with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Festival Chorus, Near West Side Chorale Singers, Mount Pleasant Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Opera, Duffy Liturgical Dance Company, Blossom Music Festival Chorus, and the Shaker Civic Orchestra. He was a recipient of the Albert Rees Davis Vocal Scholarship from The Singer's Club of Cleveland, and a 2020 Artist Fellowship from the Minority Arts and Education Fund of the Cleveland Foundation. Dwight has been on the faculty of The Music Settlement, St. Vitus School and the Rainey Institute in addition to Broadway School of Music & the Arts.
Education: Cuyahoga Community College
Mark studied organ, flute and classical guitar at Cuyahoga Community College before majoring in music theory and harmony. He also studied composition, advanced harmony, counterpoint and orchestration at Cleveland State University. He has been a composer and musical director in the film industry and has produced film soundtracks for The Hoods (1981) and other feature films as well as the CDs Another Listen is in Order (1989), Clearing the Air (1990), and his solo CD Umilenye on Latticesphere. records. He has taught at Beck Center for the Arts, the Bedford Schools, Cuyahoga Community College, Memphis-Ridge Music Center, the Family Learning Center for Music, and in the Cleveland Municipal School district. He was music director and performer for the Ground Zero Mime/Movement company from 1990-96, a performer in MorrisonDance modern dance company from 1999-2003 and toured and performed extensively across the United States with the Moscow Nights Russian folk ensemble on the bass balalaika.
Education: Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State University
Shayna has extensive experience in both music and early childhood education (in preschools and Montessori schools), which come together to shape her expertise as a music educator for young children and beginning string players. She has held a range of music teaching positions, including: Director of the Suzuki Strings Program, and a private and group music instructor, at Cornerstone Music Conservatory in Los Angeles; instructor of string players in the Mentor High School Orchestra Program; and instructor of Musicianship and Music Appreciation classes at Cleveland State University. She has taught private students in violin, viola, cello and piano since 1987. She has performed with the Youngstown and West Virginia Symphony Orchestras, among many others, including performances with Joshua Bell, Itzhac Perlman, James Gallway, Emmanuel Ax, and YoYo Ma. Every year she is a judge for the Music Educators National Conference and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs.
Education: MM, Violin Performance, Cleveland State University; BM (cum laude), Violin Performance, West Virginia University; AA, Early Childhood Education, Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, FLA.
Reggie is a Cleveland native and Cleveland School of the Arts grad whose musical gifts have led him on an exceptional journey over the years, including working with accomplished artists such as Bobby McFerrin, and Smokie Robinson. After completion of his undergraduate studies at Howard University, he appeared on season three of NBC’s hit a cappella television show “The Sing-Off” as a contestant, arranger, and music director with Howard's vocal jazz ensemble Afro Blue (now Traces of Blue). This experience led him to found his summer A Cappella Camp in 2013 - and still going strong - which appeared on Fox 8 News’ Kickin’ It With Kenny. Reggie is an accomplished arranger in the a cappella and jazz communities, and his arrangements and performances have brought him recognition in DownBeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards over the years. He is an instructor of jazz voice at Cleveland State University, developing an inaugural course of study in the School of Music. Besides music, Reggie's other passion is cooking and he has his own vegetarian food business, Uncle Veggie's!
Education: MM, Indiana University; BM Howard University
Barbara Bachtell has been the Executive Director of Broadway School of Music & the Arts since 1997. Before coming to BSMA, she was Program Coordinator and Associate and Interim Director at the New Organization for the Visual Arts (NOVA). Key accomplishments with BSMA include an Americans for the Arts YouthARTS grant (one of ten nationally) to develop a training workshop for artists working with at-risk youth and programming partnerships with many non-arts organizations. She upgraded BSMA’s financial aid process and has brought to BSMA much needed operating and program support from government, foundation, and private funders. She is an Executive Committee member (and past President) of the Cleveland Arts Education Consortium, a member of Slavic Village Development’s EcoDistrict Planning Team and of the Kiwanis Club of South East Cleveland, and an alternate to the Cleveland City Planning Commission’s East Region Design Review Advisory Committee. She received her B.A. from Wesleyan University (CT) and B.F.A. from The Cleveland Institute of Art, has worked in Ohio schools through the Ohio Arts Council, and is a practicing artist.
Emily Hoag joined the BSMA staff in June, 2016, but has been a part of the BSMA community as a parent of students since 2009. Her career in non-profit administration has focused on community organizing, volunteer management, campus ministry and event planning. An art enthusiast, she brings creativity alongside her strengths in attention to detail and organization. She previously served in a variety of roles including Project Manager and Festival Director for FireFish Arts in Lorain, Project Manager and Volunteer Coordinator for Cleveland World Festival in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, Development Associate for YWCA Greater Cleveland, and Newman Campus Minister for the Diocese of Cleveland. She received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Dayton, and took graduate courses at St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology. She has also taken Youth Work Practices and Family Engagement Strategies classes through CWRU Weatherhead School of Management’s Cuyahoga County Youth Work Institute. When not at the Broadway School, Emily is working on her own art skills, volunteering for her Old Brooklyn community or pretending to exercise.
Denise was employed for 15 years at University Hospital of Cleveland in the nutrition service department. After early retirement she attended classes at Vocational Guidance Services. There she received certification as a Customer Service Representative from the Help Desk Institute and clerical training. She has over 40 years of experience working with the public. Through Vocational Guidance Services she was introduced to the University Settlement, where she became a long-time volunteer in the hunger center.
Denise began her work at BSMA, a partner of University Settlement, in September of 2018. Denise is a family person and enjoys spending time with her children and eight grandchildren, two of whom take lessons here at BSMA.
David is a long-time faculty member, having taught at BSMA for over 25 years. In addition to his private lesson work, he keeps our building clean and maintained. David is also on the faculties of the Community Arts School at Baldwin Wallace University and Cuyahoga Community College. An accomplished musician with performances at Severance Hall, the Cleveland Play House and Playhouse Square, David performs in the BW Alumni Brass Collective as well as in “Music for 2”, a duo specializing in recorder duets. He also appears in a variety of ensembles in performances throughout Northeast Ohio, including for many community theater performances.
Education: MM, Case Western Reserve University; BM, Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music
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2022-2023 Board of Directors
Financial Planner, The Oasis Asset Management Group; Violinist and Music Educator
Education Program Officer, KeyBank Foundation
Member, The Cleveland Orchestra;Faculty Member, Cleveland Institute of Music and Cleveland State University
Owner, Masonry Restoration Maintenance, Inc.
Cellist Cleveland Philharmonic
Attorney,Hahn, Loeser & Parks LLP
Private Music Instructor; Musician; Adjunct Faculty, Cuyahoga Community College
Broadway Community Activist; Retired Nurse
Retired Teacher, Community Volunteer