CULTIVATING THE TOTAL MUSICIAN
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Karl Straub

Guitar Specialist

Karl Straub has been writing, performing, and recording music for thirty years. He has played and written music professionally in a wide variety of music genres, including rock, jazz, folk, blues, country, and classical. He has a Music Education bachelor's degree from Howard University. His songs have been performed and recorded by numerous artists in many different styles. Straub's most recent musical project is Hangtown Dancehall, a musical he co-wrote with Eric Brace of Last Train Home; the show has been performed in Nashville, Tennessee, and locally at the Birchmere. Sir Tim Rice (lyricist for Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar) described the Hangtown songs as "muscular and tuneful."



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Kanysha Williams

Voice Specialist

Kanysha Williams is a Washington Metropolitan Area native and a recent graduate of George Mason University. Born in Silver Spring, MD, Kanysha has been singing since the age of 3. She began her formal voice training when she was 14 years old; a freshmen voice major at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Upon graduation from Ellington, Kanysha studied voice performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; she then moved to Virginia and completed her musical education at George Mason University. Kanysha has had the honor of performing in the country’s most famous venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Kanysha has also shared the stage with music’s finest artists such as Renee’ Fleming, Denyce Graves, Beyoncé, and Stevie Wonder. Kanysha has been described as an “extremely versatile” artist who is “Broadway bound.” She currently teaches music and performs locally in the Washington DC area.

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