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Scholarship Judges

Achia Floyd

Achia Floyd received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance at the Florida State University, a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from Florida State University. In her professional career, Achia founded the Terpsichore Winds, served as the executive assistant and private music instructor for Music Lessons Express, as the assistant director of the Javacya Arts Conservatory after school program. More recently, Achia worked as Executive Director of the Tallahassee Youth Orchestras and Development Coordinator for the Florida State University Foundation.

Brandon Robertson 

Brandon Robertson is a Emmy Nominated Music Director and notable Upright and Electric Bassist from Tampa, Fl. He is the Director of Jazz Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music in Fort Myers, Fl. His debut album “Bass’d on a True Story”, was released in 2019 and reached all the way to #16 on the ITunes top 200 Jazz Charts.

Gaby Alvarado

Venezuelan Native, Maria Gabriela (Gaby) Alvarado, is a modern and baroque flutist with a passion for bringing classical music to nontraditional places. Her mission is to make classical music accessible and relatable to those who might not otherwise experience it. Gaby has worked in the performing arts community as a facilitator, grant panelist, educator, speaker, and consultant. When not performing or researching for her next upcoming project, she enjoys spending time taking care of her plants, watching Netflix, and raising awareness for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

Scholarship Recipients

Claudia Alvarado | Think Create Teach Academy

Venezuelan Native, I am a passionate teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience and a life-mission to educate teachers and parents about the importance of accepting different in the classroom. At age 16, I moved to Massachusetts where I acquired my BA in Music Education and minor in Educational Psychology. Since then, I've gone back to school focusing in education psychology, neuro education, and international teaching. 

My mission is called Think Create Teach Academy. TCT Academy is focused on educating teachers to make all education inclusive, but also to educate parents to be the best support system their children can get. CYC will help me reach out to the education community so that children may grow in a more inclusive society.

Jenny Bement | Bement Music Studio

Boozhoo! (Greetings!) Ndizhinikaaz (My name is) Jenny Bement and I am a direct descendant of the Anishinaabe-Ojibway people of Minnesota. I currently live in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. I am an Indigneous Tuba/Euphonium player at heart but specialize in all things brass! I own and operate Bement Music Studio, which services students & families who are low income and come from marginalized communities. With having a learning disability of my own, I teach students in a different way than traditionally taught and I believe that is why my students are so successful and my families keep reinvesting in my business.

My goal in this course is to make my business more adaptable online so students of all abilities are able to access lessons “pay to play” on my website whenever and wherever they are. This will help to service our very diverse Indigenous communities that span our state as well as others looking for this option. I am looking forward to utilizing the SEO tips and social media tricks as well as learning how to make my brand more cohesive and work for itself! I want to say Chi- Miigwech (Thank you very much) for the judges for choosing me and my business for this great scholarship from Nicole!

Tyler Martin | Flutist • Teacher • AV Engineer

Hey there! I’m Tyler, a flutist, teacher and creative. I am also thrilled to have been awarded one of the BIPOC Scholarships for the Create Your Career digital course. Until recently, I was dead set on a career as an orchestral musician, and while that’s still a dream of mine I’ve recently come to realize that I have the capability to be/do so much more. I am also passionate about teaching, audio/visual engineering, and freelancing. I’d like to make an impact by sharing my music making with a broader audience, gaining more students to help shape the next generation, and providing high quality AV services to musicians. I’m excited to incorporate new ideas and gain additional tools and strategies to help grow my business and improve it. Keep reading to learn a little bit more about my experience and recent accomplishments!

TYLER MARTIN, enjoys a versatile career as a musician, teacher and AV engineer. His diligent study and innate musical expressivity has led to success in performances and auditions, including appointments in the 2020 Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Brevard Music Center Orchestras, and Texas Music Festival Orchestra. Other notable accomplishments include solo performances at the 2020 National Flute Association Convention, Honorable Mention in the 2019 Boston Woodwind Society: Doriot Anthony Dwyer Flute Competition and an appointment with the Houston Symphony Orchestra as substitute flute. As a freelance artist, Tyler has performed in countries across the globe including; Spain, France, Italy, Brussels, Switzerland, and the Dominican Republic. In addition to performing Tyler is passionate about teaching and music advocacy. He produced various workshops, residencies and outreach concerts and community engagement events. As a sought after private instructor, Tyler has taught flute students throughout the Boston and Houston metro areas. Currently, he coaches sectionals, gives masterclasses and maintains a studio of talented high school age flutists in Pearland and Clear Creek ISD. Tyler received a Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University’s School of Music, a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, and is currently enrolled in the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. His pronouns are he/him/his.