Bio Notes

B.J. Whitehouse – “The Shanteyman”

Mr. Whitehouse is a veteran music educator with over thirty years of teaching experience in grades K-8. He has been the Music Director of the Jamestown (RI) Community Chorus since 1989. He teaches voice and is a former member of the Mystic Seaport Demonstration Squad. His articles on sea shanties and storytelling have appeared in the publication of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association’s journal – Echo. He is also the chairperson of the Jamestown School Committee.

B.J. has presented “The Shanteyman: Music of the Sea” throughout schools and libraries in Rhode Island. The program is designed to be highly participatory, educational and fun. It is a natural for residents of the New England and the Ocean State.

He has written eight musicals for middle school-aged students. Three of the shows are available for sale on his website The musicals are written with middle school in mind, that is, they are “Musicals with an adolescent edge.” He has written a full score for an adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” for a local community theater.

He holds a Master of Arts in teaching (Music) from Rhode Island College and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Bowling Green State University of Ohio. He is a member of NAfme, RIMEA, NATS and AOSA. And, Mr. Whitehouse has been selected to be part of the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts Education Roster.

He is presently semi-retired from teaching in public schools but has recently been appointed as a music teacher at the Cuttyhunk School. He and his wife, Christine Ariel, live in Jamestown, RI and are avid folk dancers. The couple has taught Royal Scottish Country Dance in Jamestown for the past few years.