Composer and conductor Simon Whalley has been involved in music education for more than 15 years, teaching composition, orchestration, and musical analysis at the university level. A skilled organist, Simon Whalley has served as a musical director at a variety of institutions, including Oxford University in Great Britain and the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in New York City.

While working in New York, Simon Whalley took advantage of the rich cultural offerings that can be found in the city. He spent many happy hours visiting the great collections of MOMA as well as the new Whitney Museum in Chelsea. Simon also enjoyed the fascinating historical sites south of Wall Street, including Federal Hall, where George Washington was first declared President of the USA.

The upper section of Fifth Avenue, known as Museum Mile, is home to eight separate museums. Simon made the most of the densest displays of culture in the world, visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art several times as well as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Smithsonian Design Museum and the Neue Galerie.