Amy Crews Cutts, PhD - Beatty Competition Co-Founder and Exec. Dir.

Amy Crews Cutts has served as the executive director of the John and Susie Beatty Music Scholarship Competition since October 2006 and has been a member of the Board of the International Conservatory of Music since July 2001. Although she has never studied music, she is an enthusiastic supporter of classical guitar music.  She is responsible for development, budget and production for the Beatty Competition, with the goal of creating a fun and nurturing learning experience for contestants in celebration of the classical guitar.  In addition to her volunteer work with the International Conservatory of Music, Dr. Cutts also serves on the Real Estate Financial Advisory Board for the City of Washington, DC, the Policy Advisory Board of The Reinvestment Fund, Philadelphia, PA, and the President’s Advisory Board of ZC Sterling Corp., Atlanta, GA.  Dr. Cutts is currently the chief economist at Equifax where she is involved in the analysis of macroeconomic trends and credit finance. Prior to joining Equifax, Dr. Cutts was the deputy chief economist for Freddie Mac.  She has also taught economics at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia.  Dr. Cutts is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and holds a PhD in economics from the University of Virginia.

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Andrea Lawrence - Beatty Competition Volunteer, Programs and Event Planning

Andrea Lawrence joined the Beatty Competition volunteer staff in 2009.  She is responsible for planning the “Meet the Judges” reception, editing the Competition program, and taking care of the many details that go into planning and executing the four days of the Beatty Competition.  She is a native of Northern Virginia and currently lives in Alexandria.  Andrea has two associate degrees from Northern Virginia Community College, one in hotel/restaurant management and the other in travel and tourism.  She has worked in catering and event planning over much of her career, and she is currently applying this experience in her job with Freddie Mac in McLean, VA.  Her career over the years has provided the opportunity to pursue one of her many passions: travel.  In 2009 she enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Africa on a photo safari.  Andrea enjoys good food, wine, movies, music, books and photography and spending time drinking, eating and laughing with life-long friends and family.

Deborah Drayer - Beatty Competition Volunteer, Logistics

Deborah Drayer joined the Beatty Competition volunteer staff in 2009, assisting with event logistics.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Conservatory of Music and volunteers with the John E. Marlow Guitar Series.  She received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from American University where she studied with Rita Sloan and Evelyn Swarthout Hayes.  In addition, Ms. Drayer was awarded a Certificate in Fund Raising Administration from the George Washington University which led to fund raising positions in politics, the arts, and her introduction to Federal service.  Deborah Drayer is a legislative analyst in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislation, where she reviews Medicare, Medicaid and Indian Health Service program issues.  Ms. Drayer is a career civil servant with over 27 years of federal work experience in areas including congressional affairs, legislation and policy, beneficiary services, and inter-governmental and tribal affairs.

Bill Herrmann - Beatty Competition Volunteer, Programs and Catering

Bill Herrmann has been a dedicated volunteer, serving the Beatty Competition since the inaugural event in 2007 and as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Conservatory of Music since 2008. Among his many duties with the Beatty Competition, he is the provider of refreshments for the student contestants and their families through the three days of competition, he coordinates contestant information for the competition programs and he provides general assistance to the staff and contestants throughout the competition.  Mr. Herrmann is retired from the U.S Department of Commerce where he was a United States representative to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and coordinated US bilateral science and technology relationships with China, India and Japan. He also worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where he developed hardware and software systems to predict the weather and map the ocean floor.  Mr. Herrmann has degree of proficiency in French and Spanish and greatly enjoys the culture and music of foreign countries. He is a beginning student of the classical guitar and studies with Regis Ferruzza, the Executive Director of the John E. Marlow Guitar Series in Washington, DC.

Lucinda Wilson - Beatty Competition Volunteer, Compliance and Logistics

Lucinda Wilson joined the Beatty Competition volunteer staff in 2010.  She reviews applications, making sure they meet the competition requirements, and assists in event logistics.  Lucinda also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Conservatory of Music .  She is a classically trained pianist and won numerous awards in her younger years.  She still performs on occasion for local events and churches.  In addition she has studied classical guitar and considers music a vital portion of her life.Lucinda Wilson has over 20 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry and has an extensive background in global drug development, building business units and marketing leading edge products.  She has also worked with National advocacy organizations, community relations and public outreach programs.   Currently she is consulting in areas of public relations and small business management.

Tim Healy - President of the International Conservatory of Music

Timothy “Tim” Healy is a founding member and President of the International Conservatory of Music (ICM), a 501(c)(3) public charity, non-profit organization, founded in Washington, DC in 1980.  Through his leadership, the ICM has produced more than 150 public events, festivals, concerts, master classes, recitals and college level classes, many of which have been co-sponsored with universities, embassies, federal agencies, public school systems and other community and cultural organizations.  The flagship program of the ICM over the past 15 years has been the John E. Marlow Guitar Series which presents internationally acclaimed classical, jazz and flamenco guitarists to audiences in the Washington, DC metro area at affordable prices.  In 2007 the ICM added the Beatty Music Scholarship Competition to its list of community programs.  In addition to his work with the ICM, Tim was a founder of, and served a three year term on, the Montgomery County Commission on the Humanities; worked as a fundraiser for the Capitol Interfaith Hospitality Network (serving homeless families); was elected to the Village of Chevy Chase; and has served on the Parish Council for Our Lady of Victory in Washington, DC.  In addition, Tim is a top producing Realtor with Long and Foster Real Estate Inc.  He is a graduate of Georgetown University Business School and a graduate in guitar performance of the New England Conservatory in Boston.

Regis Ferruzza - Exec. Dir. of the International Conservatory of Music

Regis Ferruzza first studied the classical guitar with Sophocles Papas in Washington, DC.  Later, as a student of music at American University, he was one of the first in the United States to study guitar as a performance major at the university level.  He continues theoretical study at Catholic University and has performed in master classes presented by Andres Segovia in Spain and the United States.  He has also performed in master classes with duo guitarists, Ida Presti and Alexandre Lagoya in France. In 1963, Mr. Ferruzza became the first classical guitar soloist to the United States Army Band, and performed at the White House through the Presidencies of Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon.  Mr. Ferruzza has been a member of the faculty at American University, George Mason University and George Washington University.  In 1992, upon the untimely death of his friend and colleague, John Marlow, Mr. Ferruzza was asked to rejoin the adjunct faculty at American University.  In 1994, Mr. Ferruzza, Wade Dunn and Tim Healy organized the John E. Marlow Guitar Series, presented by the International Conservatory of Music, to memorialize their friend.  Mr. Ferruzza continues to divide his time between performing, teaching and managing ICM’s John Marlow Guitar Series.

Glenn Caluda, PhD - Beatty Competition Artistic Dir. (2010-)

Glenn Caluda was appointed to the position of artistic director of the John and Susie Beatty Music Scholarship Competition in September 2010 and previously served as a Beatty Competition judge in 2007 and 2008.  He is responsible for all aspects of the competition relating to the musical components of the competition, including selecting and managing the judges and composer, organizing contestant sheet music and ensuring a nurturing environment for the student contestants.  From 1970-1973, he served as guitarist and bassist with the Soldiers’ Chorus of the United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC. After military service, he taught guitar at the Community College of Baltimore. In 1975, he became Shenandoah University’s first full-time guitar teacher, where he established the classical guitar program.  He and his wife Elizabeth (a member of Shenandoah’s piano faculty) can often be found performing as a duo specializing in the performance of music composed or arranged for guitar and piano. He studied with the renowned guitar pedagogue Aaron Shearer as well as other fine teachers and players. He has given classes and clinics at various state and national music educators’ conventions. His publications include journal articles, compositions for solo guitar, arrangements for guitar ensemble, and music for children’s choir.  Dr. Caluda is also an active performer as a soloist and in various ensembles.

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Berta Rojas - Beatty Competition Co-Founder and Artistic Dir. (2007-2010)

Renowned for her flawless technique and innate musicality, Berta Rojas ranks among today’s foremost classical guitarists. She has been praised as “guitarist extraordinaire” by the Washington Post and by Classical Guitar Magazine as an “Ambassador of the classical guitar.”  Berta’s acknowledged warmth and musicality have accorded her a place of preference among audiences that have applauded her at such major stages as the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall and the Frederick P. Rose Hall of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, London’s South Bank Centre, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and the National Concert Hall in Dublin where she performed as a soloist with the Irish Radio and Television Orchestra, or Flagley Studio 4 in Brussels where she performed with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra for the Belgian National Television. She also had the honor of opening the Summit of the First Ladies of the Americas attended by then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Most recently Berta has toured with Cuban saxophone player and 11-times Grammy winner Paquito D’Rivera with whom she recorded the album Día y medio - Day and a Half. This recording was nominated to the Best Instrumental Album category of the XIII edition of the Latin Grammy Awards.  Berta Rojas studied with Felipe Sosa, Violeta de Mestral and Abel Carlevaro, among others. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the Escuela Universitaria de Música in Uruguay where she was a student of Eduardo Fernandez. She later earned a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Institute under the guidance of Manuel Barrueco.  Rojas has been honored as a Fellow of the Americas by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for her artistic excellence. She is also privileged to be the Ambassador of Tourism for her country, Paraguay.