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.
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.
Given her first guitar at the age of 17, Teacher Lucy Barna has been singing her story through song ever since. An artist by nature, music was self-taught and her songs quickly became stories of her cross-country journeys and the deeper experiences of the human heart. Lucy’s passion lies in songwriting and in sharing herself through her lyrical storytelling. She enjoys inspiring and guiding others through the process of song-crafting, including lyric composition, arrangement and various instrumentation. Lucy’s background also includes experience working in education supporting various age levels from elementary-school years to adult students. With a homebase of Madrid, NM, Lucy performs locally and regionally as a solo singer-songwriter, as well as a duo or with her full band. Past band projects include Hot Honey, Hitchhike Honey, and High Hippie Associates. Outside of writing and performing music, Lucy can be found running her gallery, Alchemy Studio, in Madrid, designing and fabricating art jewelry for Votive Designs, and spending time with her twin teenage boys.
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.
Hailing from Washington, DC, Teacher Roger Farwell has loved music for as long as he can remember. As a kid, he was always seeking it out and was fortunate to grow up in a household where he had the opportunity to hear lots of it in a variety of styles: from Bob Dylan to the Brandenburg Concertos, from Joni Mitchell to the Beatles, from John Coltrane to Jimmy Cliff, from Van Cliburn to Van Morrison. However, it was only at the age of 18 that he began to study an instrument, when he picked up the guitar for the first time. After several years of picking up whatever he could through playing with friends, at 24, Roger began to study classical guitar. From there, he went on to earn two degrees in classical guitar performance, including a Masters Degree from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University. Roger also had the privilege to study jazz with the late Paul Wingo, who was for many years one of the DC area’s great jazz artists. Roger has taught and performed for over two decades and is comfortable teaching students of all ages and abilities in a wide range of styles, including classical, finger-style, blues, rock, and jazz. With a background in mindfulness training, Roger always aspires to infuse his teaching with that understanding. When not involved in musical pursuits, he loves to learn new things through travel and reading. He also loves a good comedy, especially anything with Gene Wilder in it!
Teacher Sarah-Jane Moody is a musician, writer, director, clown, activist, and mother. She’s toured with numerous music projects over the years on lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica, and percussion. Since 1996, she has worked with the social circus company Wise Fool as the lead physical theatre coach and performer, and she’s a graduate of the
Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Some project highlights include writing and directing a rock opera about labor organizer, Emma Goldman, co-founding the band The Dolly Ranchers, and working with Clowns Without Borders in Latin America, bringing comic relief to war-torn communities on several tours. Lately, she is really loving this opportunity to sing with children via Queen Bee.
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.
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.
Board of Directors
Melanie Garcia, President
VP/Accounting, Southwestern Title & Escrow
Cristina Salvador, Secretary
Associate Operations Director, Santa Fe Botanical Garden
Executive Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Santa Fe Community College
Assistant Principal, Santa Fe Indian School