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About Brian Chevalier

New York State Teaching Artist


     Andre Chevalier is the oldest son of Brian Chevalier. He is a recent graduate of Sierra Nevada College, having earned a BA in Sustainability with a focus in music. Following in his father's footsteps, he is pursuing a career in school programs and would like to integrate his degree into new programs in the future. Andre is a multi-instrumentalist, but plays the guitar as his primary instrument, as well as vocals.

     Since studying classical guitar at Keene State College in Keene, NH, Brian Chevalier has worked extensively as a performer in the northeastern and southeastern United States and as a Teaching Artist throughout the Northeast. He has been on the same bill as groups and performers such as:

  • Otis Day And The Knights

  • NRBQ

  • Darrell Hammond

  • Gilbert Gottfried

  • Collective Soul

  • Mario Cantone

  • The Drifters

  • The Platters

  • The Coasters

     Brian first received his training as a Teaching Artist through the Albany/Schenectady League of Arts apprenticeship program. Since then he has been involved with:

  • The Capitol Region Center for Arts in Education where he received his initial training and has received on-going professional development in workshops and seminars with facilitators from The Lincoln Center Institute and other professional teaching organizations. 

  • He has been trained in the Lincoln Center approach to Aesthetic Education. Brian facilitates workshops for the Capital Region Center For Arts In Education. 

  • He also recently completed a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts for which he has composed a collection of songs that address the history and folklore of the Adirondacks.

     In addition to his ongoing work in the schools he is working on several grants that are assisting him in developing new programs that will be available for next year.

About Andre Chevalier

About Rich Ortiz

(Performs with Brian Chevalier in the Celebrate Nutrition Program)

          Rich Ortiz had no choice but to become a musical performer. Rich is a fourth generation entertainer of a family of entertainers. Music definitely runs through his veins, down to the very depths of his soul. Rich believes he is the product of his family's cultural diversity and strength, but his style is truly his own. Born in Bergen County, New Jersey, he got his start singing, acting, and dancing at the age of three. As a child, Rich performed in Off-Broadway plays, commercials, and dance competitions. For the past ten years, Rich has been living in upstate New York, focusing all his talents and time on his acoustic solo act. Rich plays guitar, harmonica, and pedal bass with his feet, and turns heads with his vocals! His music is best described as funk folk pop. 

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