Mr. Quincy Stewart Brian Etinoff is an organist, choral director and educator. At an early age his interest in music and education was developed under the influence of his grandparents, Mr and Mrs. Walter Etinoff. He attributes the majority of his musical skill to the influence and tutelage of three persons; his grandmother, Mr. Philmore Hallpike and Mr. Winston Bailey. Regarding his love for teaching, he credits the example and guidance of his grandmother and his elementary school headmistress, Ms. Daisy Pestaina.
In 1997, at the age of 12, he began to play the organ and piano in his church, under the guidance of his grandmother, Mrs. Rosetta Etinoff. Two years later, in 1999, he became an assistant organist at the Spring Gardens Moravian Church, the flagship congregation of the Moravian Church in the West Indies Province, where he served for five years until September 2004. His tenure there provided him with much growth, and the opportunity to serve as organist for various national religious events.
In October 2004, He accepted the call to become the Principal Organist and Choirmaster of the Ebenezer Methodist Church, the flagship Methodist congregation of the Caribbean and the Americas, where he served until May 2011. During this period, his musical involvement spread throughout the length and breadth of the country, where he was able to serve both church and community in various musical capacities. In 2010, he was appointed as director of the Antigua and Barbuda Chorale, an ecumenical choral group of accomplished choristers and musicians: he continues to lead this group. In June 2011, he accepted yet another call to become an organist and choirmaster in the Anglican Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and continues in that capacity presently.
The acquisition and sharing of knowledge has always been an important part of his life, and served to influence greatly his desire to become a teacher (which is not surprising since both of his grandparents were teachers). He began his career in education in January of 2004 at the Jennings Secondary School, where he served as Music Teacher until July 2006. During that time he was privileged to have been able to form a lovely school’s choir that performed for varied occasions in the community; ranging from the school’s graduation ceremonies to community funerals.
In September of 2006, he was posted to the Antigua Girls’ High School, where he served until July 2008, enjoying participation in the school’s rich and diverse musical culture. In September 2007, he was asked to take on additional responsibilities at the Ottos Comprehensive School for one year.
From the year 2008 to 2010, he attended the Antigua State College, Department of Teacher Education where he studied Music Education.
During the years 2012 and 2013, he had the privilege of serving on the National Independence Thanksgiving Service Committee of Antigua and Barbuda, as Coordinator of Liturgical Music; a duty that he has thoroughly enjoyed. Notably, in November of 2013, Mr. Etinoff was awarded the National Youth Award for National Service in the areas of Music and Education.
In October of 2015, he received the International Bridge Builder’s Award from the CEOS (Collaborate to Educate Our Sons) Organization based in Washington D.C. This was conferred in recognition of his work over several years, for the educational advancement of boys.
At present he enjoys his daily duty of developing young musicians at his Alma Mater, the Antigua Grammar School, where he has been posted since September of 2010. The Antigua Grammar School is the premier secondary school in the nation, which is geared toward the education of boys. He is proud of the fact that the musical abilities of his students, both vocally and instrumentally, continue to flourish.
His greater joy though, is the relationship that he shares with his students. Striving always to be a firm example blended with being kind and approachable, Mr. Etinoff often uses the opportunities provided to counsel and mentor the young men of the Grammar School. He notes that many of his students lack firm positive male role models. His daily promise to God and aim is to be such a role model to all the students who need.
One can find his music lessons craftily interwoven with lessons on teachable virtues for honourable living.
During recess times one can easily find several students gathered around him in the Music Hall, not only to eat, but to seek for advice and discussion about issues that are affecting them. The positive responses of the students are a continual motivation.
Music and education are his passions and it is his desire to continue to serve God and his country to the best of his ability according to his life’s motto, Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God alone).