SSM’s Community Music Academy Gains New Master Teachers

September 17, 2020

Eri Isomura, percussionist and pianist, and Dr. David Crittenden, guitarist, have joined James Zabawa and Dr. Luke Williams as faculty of Shattuck-St. Mary’s School’s new community Music Academy.

While the community Music Academy officially launched last year, COVID-19 put several limitations on what the Academy was able to offer last spring. However, with safety precautions in place, the Academy is back up and running!


Eri Isomura

Ms. Isomura is a freelance percussionist, music librarian, piano and percussion instructor, and music administrator. A second-generation Japanese American and Twin Cities native, she is a key member in multiple local ensembles, such as the 10th Wave Chamber Collective and Champagne Confetti, to name a few.


David Crittenden

Dr. Crittenden is a guitarist, recording artist, and teacher at both Hamline University and Bethel University. He received his Master of Music degree from Ball State University and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Georgia. His published works include guitar solos, guitar quartets, and other compositions.

We’re excited to work with both of these unique and talented musicians. You can read more about Ms. Isomura and Dr. Crittenden, as well as our other Music Academy faculty, here.

Whether you’re a beginner who wants to learn to play the guitar, a singer who wants to join a local choir, or an emerging artist preparing to join one of SSM’s Arts Centers of Excellence, the community Music Academy has a place for you. The Academy will provide a communal learning environment for private music lessons that can accommodate all ages and all musical abilities. Learn more about the SSM community Music Academy and how to enroll here.

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