Tiamoyo Arts and Education
Tiamoyo=TEE-ah MOY-oh:  Swahili=to encourage; from the heart
...if it is encouraging, let him encourage...Romans 12: 8


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Sharon Brown Cheston, Ph.D.
  • Pianist
  • Singer
  • Conductor
  • Concerts/Performances
  • Educator
  • Ethnomusicologist
  • Women's Mental Health Advocate
  • Healthy Lifestyle AdvocateH
  • Motivational Speaker
  • Workshops
  • Welcome to TIAMOYO Arts and Education

    tia moyo (TEE-ah MOY-oh)
    Swahili: to encourage; from the heart

    ...if it is encouraging, let him encourage...
    Romans 12:8 NIV



    Tiamoyo Arts and Education is a multi-dimensional company that provides inspirational

    and educational products for children and adults through the use of the musical arts and

    various educational methods, including Tiamoyo Music Academy, live performances

    (the Ivy-Cheston Piano Duo), workshops, presentations and a variety of published materials, including printed music, books, and music CDs. Sharon Brown Cheston, Ph.D., proprietor,

    is a Contemporary Gospel/Christian singer/pianist, educator, composer, ethnomusicologist, author, and Women's Mental Health Advocate/Motivational Speaker. Dr. Cheston received

    her Ph.D. degree in Music Education from Case Western Reserve

    University/Cleveland Institute of Music Joint Program and her training in Suzuki piano

    and Suzuki theory curriculum/pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where

    she served on the Suzuki Theory Faculty from 2003-2009.

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    In 2017, Tiamoyo Arts and Education celebrates its
    15th. Anniversary!


    Violinist Mark Dumm* and Pianist Dr. Sharon Brown Cheston
    Music for Violin and Piano
    Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland, Ohio
    February 9, 2014
    Cleveland State University "Concerts Around Cleveland"
    *Cleveland Orchestra Member
    Ivy-Cheston Piano Duo with Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra

    The Ivy-Cheston Piano Duo

    featuring

    Drene Ivy

    and

    Sharon Brown Cheston

    Playing arrangements for 2 pianos, 4 hands

    and double piano concerto/orchestra pieces

    ...an energetic, soul-stirring duo, demonstrating innovative use of the beautiful full

    texture of two pianos, playing imaginative arrangements that merge the
    "classical tradition" with the sophisticated harmonic language of jazz
    and the elaborate rhythms of the African-American church...
    Ivy-Cheston Piano Duo with Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra
    Ivy-Cheston Piano Duo with Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra
    Ivy-Cheston Piano Duo with Mitchell Arnold, Conductor
    Ivy-Cheston Piano Duo with Mitchell Arnold, Conductor
    The Arnolds and The Chestons
    The Arnolds and The Chestons
    Dr. Sharon Brown Cheston and Take 6
    Dr. Sharon Brown Cheston and Take 6
    Prof. R. Mayerovitch, Dr. S. B. Cheston and Ms. E. Mescudi
    Prof. R. Mayerovitch, Dr. S. B. Cheston and Ms. E. Mescudi
    A. Madison and G. Morgan
    A. Madison and G. Morgan
    Family
    Family
    Two Piano Praise Concert
    Two Piano Praise Concert
    Reggie Pittman, Trumpet
    Reggie Pittman, Trumpet
    Dr. Sharon Brown Cheston, Piano
    Dr. Sharon Brown Cheston, Piano
    Dr. Sharon Brown Cheston and great-niece
    Dr. Sharon Brown Cheston and great-niece

    WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT Dr. Cheston's MUSIC COMPOSITIONS

    Freedom Medley for Chorus and Orchestra

    Tiamoyo Music (2002)

    premiered at the 2002 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in  Oberlin, Ohio

     “It was so well received that it was also requested for this year’s performance.  I was very impressed with how Dr. Cheston was able to compose this piece for youth, yet maintaining a maturity and strength that continues to move audiences to tears.  She has a unique way of composing music that literally infuses itself into the occasion.” 

    Alexis Rainbow, conductor

    Oberlin Choristers Concert Choir & Oberlin Community Youth Chorus

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    Praise With Pizzazz, Volume 1

    Contemporary Praise Chorus Scripture Songs for Children's and Youth Choirs, Christian Education Programs, and Congregational Worship

    Tiamoyo Music (2003)

    “…They are wonderful.  Thank you so much.  What a gift.  I am so excited to share them with the kids…I just praise God for you following His call and writing these.  They’re just absolutely terrific and lets me get my hands on some chords that I wouldn’t think of myself…It is just fabulous…”


     

    Brenda Calovini, M.A., MT-BC

    Music Therapist

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    Sharon Brown Cheston, Composer
    CRITICAL REVIEWS FROM THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER


    Reprinted From
    THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER, MAY 6, 1984
    "SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT"

    With its jazzy Broadway-quality score, witty book and slick choreography, "Chicken Little" demands professional-level work from its 200 or so students in it.

    ...Brown's score, for instance, includes intricate musical passages and vocals that stretch the singers. "When I orchestrated the music I had to keep in mind that I had to make it playable for the kids and still make it wonderful," Brown said. "That was the challenge: To make it special and not the usual simple children's music."

    Joanna Conners, Theater Critic
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    Reprinted From
    THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER, MAY 12, 1984
    'CHICKEN LITTLE' CAST HATCHES TOP MUSICAL

    The music by Betty Eschuk [lyricist] and Sharon-Faye Brown [composer] is a breezy mixture of blues, ballads and Broadway.

    Roxanne T. Mueller

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    Reprinted From
    NORTHERN OHIO LIVE MAGAZINE, MAY 1984


    Chicken Little bounces along to cheery, catchy music (by Sharon Brown...) with rock and jazz overtones.

    ...it's a very entertaining, flashy, high-stepping musical.

    Marianne Evett

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    MEMBER OF:

    Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA)

    National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
    Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA)