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Mr. Richard M. Vars
Richard Vars is presently Director of Bands and Coordinator of Music at
Tiverton High School in Tiverton, Rhode Island. There he conducts the school's
Concert Band, Marching Band, and Jazz Ensembles. Previous to teaching in
Tiverton, Mr. Vars has served as Director of Bands for the Archdiocese of
Rockville Center Schools in Long Island, New York; Middletown Public Schools
in Middletown, Rhode Island; E.R. Martin Junior High School and East Providence
High School in East Providence, Rhode Island; and Supervisor of Music for
the Warren Public Schools in Warren, Rhode Island. Mr. Vars is an alumnus
of Rhode Island College and holds both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree
in Music Education. He has attended summer sessions at Central Connecticut
State University, Rutgers University, and Plymouth State College. Mr. Vars
has also been a guest conductor for Junior High School All-State District
and Honor Bands in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Virginia.
He has served as a guest lecturer and clinician at the Eastern Division
Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Previously, Mr. Vars served as President
of the Rhode Island Music Educators' Association. Mr. Vars holds professional
memberships in the following organizations: Music Educators' National Conference,
Percussive Arts Society, National Band Association, Rhode Island Music Educators'
Association, and the International Association of Jazz Educators.
Mr. Paul S. Anderson
Paul Anderson graduated from Rhode Island College in 1973 where he received
a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education. Upon graduation, he became
the Tiverton Junior/Senior High School general music teacher, a position
he held for three years. When the Tiverton Middle School was completed in
1976, Mr. Anderson became the 7th and 8th grade choral director. Three years
later he became the Middle School Band Director, a position he has held
for the past 21 years. A French Horn major in college, Mr. Anderson has
performed with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and has been a member of the
American Band. He continues to maintain a moderate load of private horn
students. Mr. Anderson is very active in the Rhode Island Music Educators'
Association. He has served on the executive board of that organization since
1980 and was President from 1988 - 1990. He has been chairman of the R.I.M.E.A.
Band Festival and continues to serve as chairman of the Solo and Ensemble
Festival and Senior High School All State Festival.
Mrs. Christine Johnston
Christine Johnston is the newest Choral Director at Tiverton High School.
She also teaches chorus and general music at Tiverton Middle School. She
has been a private voice instructor in her hometown of Lincoln, Rhode Island,
since 1985. Many of her students are successful performers both locally
and outside the New England states. Mrs. Johnston earned a Master of Music
degree in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan. There, she
studied with Beverly Rinaldi and worked with renowned film director, Robert
Altman. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. Mrs. Johnston
has been the principal music director of several local singing groups. Currently,
she is the choral director and coordinator of annual programs produced by
The Wanskuck Players (boys and girls club) in Providence, Rhode Island.
Mrs. Johnston holds professional memberships in both the Music Educators'
National Conference and the American Choral Directors Association.
Mrs. Renee Bond
Mrs. Renee' Bond is the current Director of Strings for the Tiverton
Public School System. A lifelong resident of Tiverton, Mrs. Bond is a former
member of the Tiverton High School Concert Band, Marching Band, Wind Ensemble,
and Chorus. She graduated from Rhode Island College in 1990 with a Bachelor
of Science Degree in Music Education. Mrs. Bond received her first teaching
position from the Middletown Public School System and worked at the Joseph
H. Gaudet Middle School from 1990 to 1994 as a general music teacher, beginning
flute and clarinet instructor, and choral director for the 5th, 7th and
8th grade choruses. Employed in Tiverton since 1994, Mrs. Bond currently
teaches general music, 5th grade beginning flute and clarinet and directs
the 4th and 5th grade Strings Orchestras. She is also a private piano instructor
and accompanist. "I feel privileged to work in the town in which I grew
up. This town, a town which supports the arts, allowed me to foster my dream
of teaching music, and I look forward to being a part of its continuous