SPAE Board of Directors
President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary & Webmaster
Artistic Director & Grants Administrator
In the belief that music and the arts are key to connecting cultures and understanding our roots, Scottish Partnership for Arts and Education provides cultural experiences and educational opportunities in Scottish traditional arts and the historic connections between Scotland and the USA by conducting classes, workshops, lectures and public performances. Please contact us to find out more.
Good fortune, good future through arts and education
Brian McNeill is a virtuoso on fiddle, viola, mandolin, cittern, bouzouki, bass, concertina, and hurdy-gurdy. Brian was the founder of the Battlefield Band in 1969, one of Scotland's best known folk ensembles. He is a leading writer of Scottish Song, has numerous recordings - solo and with other leading Scottish traditional musicians. In 2010, he released his twelfth solo album of original material. He has produced recording for many new and well-known folk artists, and has published 3 original mystery novels. He was head of Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD)) in Glasgow, Scotland from 2001-2008. Brian is a Master Teacher, able to motivate audiences and students of all ages. Visit www.brianmcneill.co.uk for more information.
Jil Chambless, originally from Montgomery, AL, now resides in Tuscaloosa and has played an active role in the Celtic music scene for more than 20 years. As singer and flute and whistle player, Jil has completed many recording projects and performed at Celtic festivals and concerts all over the USA, Canada, Scotland and Israel with Henri’s Notions, Ed Miller, The Vogt Family Contra Band, The Vulcan EEjits, and with guitarist Scooter Muse. She teaches math at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
MK Stallings, poet, teacher, founder of UrbArts, holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from the UM St. Louis, teaches Introduction to Sociology for St. Louis Commu-nity College at Florissant Valley, has developed and facilitated youth writing workshops since Fall 2001, specializing in poetry. He is the slammaster of UrbSLAM and directs VerbQuake, a city-wide poetry performance competition where high school students refine their writing and presentation skills under the instruction of poets experienced in slam. Find out more at http://mkstallings.com
William Ray is the Lead Interpreter with St. Charles County Parks at the Historic Daniel Boone Home. He is an expert in Americana, the folk music and culture of the USA. In concert at the Central Branch of the St. Louis Public Library, he will demonstrate, on fiddle and gourd banjo, the music, both Scottish and American, that corresponds with the poetry of Burns and Dunbar.
Jessi Cerutti, St. Louis visual artist, explores personal memory and local history through printmaking and fiber arts. She earned her BFA at UM St. Louis in 2005 and MFA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 2011. She merges ink and fiber to create objects that illustrate an accumulation of time, change and memory. Exhibits include INTANGIBLE RIVERS: A SUBJECTIVE HISTORY at the Zeigenhein on Cherokee Street in 2011. She has had exhibits in Chicago and Cleveland. She teaches workshops, does adjunt teaching in the St. Louis area and is co-founder and VP of Rock n' Roll Craft Show. Her website is: www.jessicerutti.com
Thomasina Clarke is a recently retired teacher from the St. Louis Public Schools. She is also an accomplished actor and has performed with the St. Louis Black Repertory Theater, Shakespeare Festival-St. Louis, Hot City and Upstream Theatre Companies as well as Call to Conscience and Unity Theatre Ensemble and she teaches for Springboard. She has been nominated by The St. Louis Theatre Circle for outstanding actress in a comedy for portraying Dottie in the Black Rep production of “Dot”, a play about the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on a family. She will recite poetry by Robert Burns and Paul Laurence Dunbar in the concert with William Ray at the Central Branch of the St. Louis Public Library.