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SALTWATER STRINGS

About Us

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Dominic Greene and Brett Vey created the Saltwater Strings duo in 2013, and have since performed throughout St. John's and surrounding areas. Their reperotire includes a variety of selections in classical, folk, pop, rock, jazz, and improvisatory styles.

 

Both established musicians, the duo is available for hire for functions including wedding ceremonies, cocktail parties, wine and cheeses, folk festivals, etc. 

A native of St. John’s, NL, violinist Dominic Greene completed a Master of Music degree in violin performance at the University of Toronto, in the studio of Erika Raum. While in Toronto, Dominic performed with various ensembles, including the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, University of Toronto Baroque Ensemble and the Sneak Peek Orchestra. During his final year of study at U of T, Dominic was privileged to have been given the opportunity to play as concertmaster of the University of Toronto Symphony, Opera and Baroque Orchestras, under the direction of Uri Mayer, Sandra Horst and Ivars Taurins, respectively. His time at U of T also gave him the opportunity to perform in masterclasses with Jonathan Crow, Jeanne Lamon, David Stewart, Tim Ying and Marie Berard. In addition, Dominic has been an active freelance performer and teacher across the Greater Toronto Area. 

 

Prior to his studies in Toronto, Dominic attended Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance with Nancy Dahn. During his time at Memorial, Dominic played violin and viola with the Memorial University Chamber Orchestra, assuming roles of concertmaster and principal viola, and was a regular member of the first violin section of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, sitting as assistant concertmaster for the 2011-2012 season. During his studies at Memorial, Dominic was the inaugural recipient of the Dorothy and David Peters Scholarship for Music Performance at Memorial University. He has participated in summer music programs, including the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, the Scotia Festival of Music, the Orford Festival and the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. Dominic is also a regular member of the orchestra for the Opera on the Avalon Festival in St. John’s, for which he has played as concertmaster.

 

Dominic is currently the assistant concertmaster and personnel manager of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and serves as a string coach for the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra, of which he is the former assistant concertmaster. He also enjoys a dynamic teaching career, maintaining a busy private violin studio, and is an active instructor with the Suzuki Talent Education Program of St. John’s. He has also served  a string adjudicator for the Kiwanis Music Festival. In addition to orchestral performance and teaching, Dominic enjoys freelancing around the city of St. John’s and surrounding areas, and can be seen performing as half of the Saltwater Strings Duo, along with friend and colleague, Brett Vey. Saltwater Strings performs in a variety of styles including folk, pop, rock and jazz.

 



Hailing from Sunnyside, NL. Brett is an all around musician, his talents ranges from composer, recording engineer, teacher, multi-instrumentalist and performer. His musical studies began at home with a musical family. Later he went on to obtain a music degree from memorial University with specialization as a classical guitarist. His passion also lies with live theatre. He has acted in many works over the years including an original musical co-written by Brett and his father Fred Vey called “The Black Headed Seagull”. Brett is currently the owner of The MusicBox and Achieved Media which is a private music school and recording studio, respectively.

Brett Vey has been surrounded with music all his life. His grandmother being a popular fiddle player and father a singer/songwriter it only seemed natural that he would follow their musical footsteps. Brett prefers to be known as a musican and not connected to just one particular style of music... after all as he often says "Music is Music". Brett holds a bachelor of music degree from Memorial University's School of Music in Newfoundland (focus on Guitar) and is into much songwriting, arranging and performing. Brett has both written and co-written many songs some of which will be rotated on this site as often as possible. In terms of arranging Brett plays many instruments such as Guitar, Bass, percussion, banjo, mandolin, violin and Piano, and spends much time specifically focusing on arranging styles for strings, piano and solo guitar. Currently Brett is owner/operator of The MusicBox which is a teaching studio (private lessons) and a Recording Studio (can be reached at 744-2080). He has appeared on multiple albums as a session player and has performed worked with many artists such as The Once, Redline, Chiquitita, Jimmy Lee Howard, Judith Morrissey, Ian Foster, Mun Jazz Band, Allan Locke, Kurt Moyst, Sean Panting, Irish Decendants, etc... Some highlight shows include, Rising Tide Theatre for a summer, MIA Awards Showcase with the Ian Foster Band, Out of the Fog with Judith Morrisey and the multiple festivals with The Vey's.

Meet The Duo

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DOMINIC GREENE

Education

A native of St. John's, NL, violinist Dominic Greene completed a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance at the University of Toronto, in the studio of Erika Raum. Prior to his studies in Toronto, Greene attended Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance with Nancy Dahn. During this time, Greene was also the inaugral recipient of the Dorothy and David Peters Scholarship for Music Performance at Memorial University.

Experience

While in Toronto, Greene performed with various enembles, including the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, University of Toronto Baroque Ensemble, and the Sneak Peek Orchestra. During his final year of study at U of T, Greene was privileged to have been given the opportunity to play as concertmaster of the University of Toronto Symphony, Opera and Baroque Orchestra, under the direction of Uri Mayer, Sandra Horst, and Ivars Taurins, respectively. His time at U of T also gave him the opportunity to perform in masterclasses with Jonathan Crow, Jeanne Lamon, David Stewart, Tim Ying, and Marie Berard.

During his time at Memorial, Greene played violin and viola with the Memorial University Chamber Orchestra, assuming roles of concertmaster and principal viola, and was a regular member of the first violin section of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, sitting as assistant concertmaster for the 2011-2012 season.

He has participated in summer music programs including the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, the Scotia Festival of Music, the Orford Festival, and the Tafelusik Baroque Summer Institute. Greene is also a regular member of the orchestra for the Opera on the Avalon Festival in St. John's, for which he has played as concertmaster.

In addition, Greene served as a string adjudicator for the Kiwanis Music Festival, and has been an active freelancer performer and teacher accross the Greater Toronto Area.

Current

Dominic is currently the assistant concertmaster and personnel manager of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and serves as a string coach/assistant conductor for the Calos Youth Orchestra, of which he is the former assistant concertmaster.

He also enjoys a dynamic teaching career, maintaining a busy private violin studio, and is an active instructor with the Suzuki Talent Education Program of St. John's.

In addition to orchestra performance and teaching, Dominic enjoys freelancing around the city of St. John's and surrounding areas, and can be seen performing as half of the Saltwater Strings Duo, along with friend and colleague, Brett Vey. Saltwater Strings performs in a variety of styles including folk, pop, rock, and jazz.

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Brett Vey

Education

Hailing from Sunnyside, NL, Brett Vey is an all around musician. His musical studies began at home, with his family. His grandmother being a popular fiddle player and father a singer/songwriter, it only seemed natural that he would follow in their footsteps. Vey completed a Bachelor of Music degree at Memorial University, specializing as a classical guitarist. His talents range from composer, recording engineer, and teacher, to multi-instrumentalist and performer.

Experience

Vey has appeared on multiple albums as a session player, and has performed and worked with many artists, such as The Once, Redline, Chiquitita, Jimmy Lee Howard, Judith Morrissey, Ian Foster, Mun Jazz Band, Allan Locke, Kurt Moyst, Sean Panting, and The Irish Descendants. Some highlight shows include Rising Tide Theatre for a summer, MIA Awards Showcase with the Ian Foster Band, Out of the Fog with Judith Morrissey, and mulitple festivals with The Vey's.

His passion also lies with live theatre. Vey has acted in many works over the years, including an original musical co-written by Brett and his father Fred Vey, called "The Black Headed Seagull".

In terms of arranging, Brett plays many instruments such as guitar, bass, percussion, banjo, mandolin, violin and piano, and spends much time specifically focusing on arranging styles for strings, piano, and solo guitar.

Current

Brett is currently the owner of The MusicBox and Acheived Media, a private music school and recording studio, respectively. He prefers to be known as a musician and not connected to just one particular style of music... after all, as he often says, "music is music". He enjoys songwriting, arranging and performing, and has both written and co-written many songs rotated on this site.