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  • Rhonda Tsoiafatt Bryant, PIANO, Senior Advisor on White House Initiative Educational Excellence for African Americans under President Barack Obama.  Owner, The Moriah Group, Huntsville, AL
  • Airis McCottry Gill, VIOLIN/PIANO, Director of Internal Affairs, U.S.  General Services Administration, Washington, D. C.
  • Edwina Findley, PIANO, Actress on ABC, & Oprah’s OWN
  • Darien Claxton, B.Sc., PIANO, software inventor
  • Tracy L. Scott, PIANO/CELLO, multi-media journalist, Editor at Gannett | USA TODAY Network.
  • Anika Sampson Anderson, B.A., and Nicole Butler, VOICE, opera singers USA and Abroad
  • Victoria Alma Castello, PIANO, teacher, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington, D.C.
  • Victor Pile, PIANO, manager, Howard University Food Service, Wash., D.C.
  • Claudia Malcolm, PIANO, performing artist “Kool Keys”
  • Gerard Limerick, M.D. and Ph.D. PIANO, Resident Physician at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, New Jersey.
  • Ronald McFadden, PIANO/VOICE, Chairperson, Performing Arts Department, Baltimore County Public Schools.
  • Nichelle Anderson, B. Sc., R.N., PIANO, VOICE, Neo-Natal Nurse, Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, MD.  Singer in praise teams Emmanuel Brinklow SDA, Brinklow, MD.
  • Jonathan Adjahoe, PIANO, STRING BASS, BASS GUITAR, I.T., Specialist at Swinerton Builders, owner of Jonnieface Photography, Sacramento, CA
  • Anika McKinney Prather, M.M. Founder Living Waters School, District Heights, MD
  • Pauline McFarlin, PIANO, owner The Dessert Fork (cakes),  Huntsville, AL
  • Chelsey Henderson, MSW,  Shalisha Vanderhorst, VOICE and PIANO, Social Workers
  • Dr. Cheryl Wilson Bridges, Anwar G. M. Ottley, David Griffiths, Nicole Anderson, Porsche Vanderhorst, Eddie Cromwell, Brittany Jackson, Danielle & Dionne LaTouche, Wendell Phipps, Jasmine M. Brann, serve as Ministers of Music, Pastors of Worship, organists, pianists, band directors, praise team members and leaders, and liturgical dance directors in at least 8 churches in the DMV plus others around the nation.
  • Ottley Music School lost one of its students (cello) to cancer in May 2015, Dr. Myschelle Spears, a principal in the Prince George's County Public School, and a former principal of Sligo Seventh-day Adventist School.

    Ottley Music School lost one of its Alumni, and the nephew of Mrs. Ottley and Mr. Adjahoe, in the person of Nathan Anderson, age 25 in a tragic traffic accident on March 25, 2010.  He was the song of Mrs. Ottley's sister and brother-in-law, Drs. Ruby Ottley Anderson and Gerald Anderson, brother of Nicole (Nikki) and Nichelle Anderson.  The Celebration of Life for Nathan was on Ustream and has been viewed over 13,700 times. Many photos can be found on Facebook on Jonathan Adjahoe's and Myron Ottley's photo pages.  There's an article written on Nathan in the Jan/Feb 2010 USJ .  


    I remember being around 8 years old, sitting in front of the piano at G. E. Peters Elementary School, taking piano lessons from Mrs. Nevilla Ottley.  She was passionate about music, and carried a regal, queenly presence.  She didn't accept less than her students' best!.  I would practice and home, and was always excited when I saw pianos at friends' houses.  I am truly grateful that I was introduced to music lessons and piano at such a young age, and wish I would have continued playing into adulthood!  Youth piano lessons require and stimulate discipline and passion, both of which Mrs. Ottley possesses in abundance!  I know that her current and former students are blessed to have had her."  Edwina Findley Dickerson, Actress

    "IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG", Tyler Perry,  "BROTHERS AND SISTERS", ABC Television, and other movies and television shows.

    Join Us on Facebook

    Ottley Music School has a page on facebook for OMS ALUMNI, STUDENTS, FRIENDS which includes present and former Teachers, present and former Parents, present and former Board Members, and present and former Advisory Board members, as well as friends who have followed and supported the work of the Ottley Music School over the past four decades.  Why not join us.  Thank you.

    Dear Alumni,

    That means anyone who was taught music by Mrs. Ottley at any time  (from 1962-to present),  or who was a teacher or student at Ottley Music Studio (1973-1998) or at Ottley Music School (1998-present), or we welcome you to the Ottley Music School website.  This is the 35th year of the existence of this school which began in 1973 as a home piano and theory studio in Silver Spring, Maryland.  However, Mrs. Ottley was teaching long before that time, since about 1962 and took the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music examinations, practical (performance) and theory annually.  There are many professional persons who were students of hers from back then, and you also are considered "alumni".

    We would like to hear from you, receive a picture, and your resume or curriculum vitae.  Besides knowing your academic and occupational successes, we would like to know about how your knowledge of music has impacted your life, whether you are still involved in music, and how.  We would like to hear about your family--spouse, children, grandchildren and their achievements, and involvment in music. 

    This information will be kept as we form our Alumni Association. We will like to know of any important events happening that other alumni would want to know of.  Send us the information, give us permission to post it either on the website or in the Ottley Music School newsletter Alumni News column.

    Send info to and entitle it "ALUMNI NEWS" 

    Telephone:  301-454-0991

    Facsimile: 301-454-0298

    Mobiles:  301-467-1021

    or 301-367-7406


    Clayton "Claythoveen" Taylor


    Former students now professionals

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