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About Us

Queen Bee Music Association's mission is to support musicians in every stage of their career, no matter age, aspiration, or ability. 

Founded in 2019, Queen Bee offers group music classes for children and adults, summer camps, and free community programs including the weekly Kids Sing Along classes, and music enrichment programs in Santa Fe schools. 

 

In 2021, the organization provided more than 1,000 musical engagements to Santa Feans and opened a permanent location in January 2022, affectionately called The Hive. 

Our Team

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 Executive Director Lindsay Taylor has worked with thousands of students, teaching theatre, Spanish, folk dance and music. Whether in public schools or summer camps, she loves watching learners of all ages explore their own talents and possibilities. A proven leader in the nonprofit sector, she has worked as Director of Institutional Advancement for the Santa Fe Botanical Garden and Director of Marketing for Swallow Hill Music in Denver. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for New Mexico Folk Music & Dance Society and Santa Fe Classic Theater.

Artistic + Educational Programming Director Brian Nelson is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied a variety of instruments and musical styles. He has played music for more than 25 years and taught music for 15 years. From West African drum and dance to ukulele sing alongs to guitar lessons for all ages, Teacher B brings his passion for music and life into the classroom. In addition to teaching and playing music, he is a sound engineer and videographer.

  

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Teacher David Bronstein (the grandson of a Cantor, son of a Klezmer Pianist) has been finding home in music for a while now.  Growing up in the suburbs of Washington DC, he got to travel around the country and beyond singing in the Children's Chorus of Washington. In college at St. John's in Santa Fe he started an acapella group called the Soul Miners and he's been leading others in personal empowerment, collective belonging, and cultural repair through music in song circles, voice lessons, and community ritual ever since. David is also a forever student in the piano, guitar, and more recently banjo. He moved back to Santa Fe three years ago and is looking forward to serving the folk music community here at Queen Bee this year.

Teacher Karina Wilson has more than 15 years experience teaching violin and fiddle music. After starting as a Suzuki kid at the age of 5, she studied classical music through her mid 20s, and has since appeared on stages and in dance halls around the world. Her time is now spent teaching private students, small string orchestras, fiddle classes, freelance recording projects, and collaborations with local musicians. She is currently performing and touring with the New Mexico music group Lone Piñon, and songwriters Bard Ederington V, and David Berkeley, and the occasional dance weekend with the Gaslight Tinkers, Pianist George Paul, and guitarist Larry Unger. 

Teacher Tito Rios was born in the city of La Paz, Bolivia, South America. He recognized the guitar as his musical instrument at the age of 8 years old, and has worked with this instrument ever since. At 12 he began his classical guitar training in San Francisco, CA, with guitarist Paul Binkley. Throughout his career he has won numerous awards, both in Bolivia and the USA, including an original composition award by Ballet Repertoire Theater of New Mexico, in 2010, where his music was choreographed and performed live. He has toured in Bolivia, the USA and Asia. In addition to performing, he shares his love for music with the community, in the form of presentations, workshops, group classes and private lessons.

Board of Directors

Matt Brown, President

Musician, Teacher, Producer

Melanie Garcia, Treasurer

VP/Accounting, Southwestern Title & Escrow

Cristina Salvador, Secretary

Associate Operations Director, Santa Fe Botanical Garden

In the News

Santa Fean Magazine

Queen Bee Music Association

October/November 2020

Santa Fe New Mexican

Queen Bee Will Teach Instruments in Aspen Plaza Building

December 21, 2021

Santa Fe Reporter

Three Questions with Executive Director Lindsay Taylor

March 16, 2022

Financial Statements

Queen Bee Music Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, founded in 2019. Our Federal Tax ID Number is 83-4233514. 

2020 Tax Return: Form 990

2019 Tax Return: Form 990

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