Not everybody is fortunate to meet someone who shares the same dreams or passions in life. For those lucky few, it’s a beautiful thing.
Take the case of Adam and Anna Fegi-Brown, a married couple who met in a cruise ship off the coast of Greece five years ago and dated by December 2010. Adam said that when they first met at the Royal Caribbean International (he being the cruise ship musical director and she a featured singer), a music school was one of the first things they started talking about. “Even though we were from different places in the world, we discussed wanting to make a music school. It was actually one of our first kind of bonding things,” he recalled.
“Anna wanted a music school because she came from Lutopan where she had to travel to find a music school. I grew up going through music classes and I knew at 12 years old that I wanted to teach music,” he added.
A shared passion discussed five years ago, their dream has now turned into a reality as they launched Brown Academy of Music (BAM).
Seeing the potential of Cebu to be a music hub ripe for the integration of music theory instruction into the development of the students, it promises world-class instruments and a fully-developed curriculum for its pupils.
The curriculum is based upon U.S. teaching standards and aims to aid them all the way to actual performance under the tutelage of the most qualified instructors including BAM’s directors Adam and Anna, who each have over 20 years of professional performing experience. Adam Brown has a Bachelor of Music Education degree as well as a Master of Science in Education from the University of Texas and taught for several years in the U.S. among other achievements.
Cebu’s pride, international performer Anna Fegi-Brown, winner of two seasons of the Philippine television music competition Himig Handog among others, gained success in pop music as well as in musical theatre through major roles both in national and international stage productions in various musicals.
“We have performed in almost 70 countries on 6 continents around the world with musicians and performers from all over the globe. During our travels we pick up things from other cultures and incorporate it in the school. We are hands-on with the teaching and operations of the school and we bring all of that experience to our teachers and to our students,” said Adam.
A performance-based school, BAM is an avenue for aspirants to develop their talents, offering new opportunities to its students through workshops. It offers lessons available for six-month old infants and above such as voice lessons, musical instruments as well as children’s music.
Brown Academy of Music is located at the second floor on Northgate Centre, Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue in Banilad.