FACULTY

At the heart of The Conservatory's program of excellence is our gifted faculty. More than 30 highly motivated, caring and engaging teaching artists - with a range of backgrounds, styles and personalities that reflect those of the student body - have joined in our commitment to provide the strongest, most diverse arts education in the region. Hailing from Juilliard to Berklee in Boston to Philadelphia's own renowned institutions, our faculty are degreed, experienced educators and most perform or exhibit professionally as well.

Piano

Michelle Cosgrove Bio:

Michelle is one of the original students of the conservatory, studying here from 1991-1994. She graduated with a Bachelors of Music Education from The College of New Jersey in 1998, and entered the educator workforce by teaching classroom music for the Archdiocese of Trenton, then Centennial School District until 2005. She returned to her alma mater (the conservatory) to teach flute and piano in 2002. She joined the conservatory's administrative staff as Senior Tour Coordinator in 2005.

 

In 2007, Michelle completed her Masters of Music in Flute Performance from West Chester University. As a chamber ensemble specialist, she organizes and coaches student ensembles, trains her piano students as accompanists, and exposes her pupils to all genres of music. She is Artistic Director of the ensemble Impromptu, featuring rotating music artists to create a variety of ensemble instrumentations. She performs with the baroque ensembe La Fiocco on baroque flute, and the 70's rock band Dillirgaff on improvisational flute and keys.

Michelle is a member of the National Flute Association, the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, and the Guild for Early Music.

Michelle Cosgrove, MM

Stephen Duffy Bio:

Stephen Duffy, a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, is one of the most popular faculty members of The Conservatory.  Stephen was the winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra Children's Concert Series, the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra Concerto, a semifinalist in the International Keyboard Competition and a semifinalist in the Youngstown Concerto Competion.  Stephan has been a solo performer with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Bucks County Symphony.  Stephan is also an accomplished organist.  He enjoys teaching piano to students who are beginners through advanced.  He has experience in both classical and jazz piano, but leans a bit more in the classical direction.

Stephen Duffy, BM

Allison Goldberg Bio:

Allison holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from West Chester University with a concentration in clarinet. She studied clarinet under Dr. Chris DeSanto and Tery Guidetti, and piano under Teri Kleinfelter. Allison has also completed several Graduate courses in Music Education, and is certified K-12 in music education in Pennsylvania.

Allison's work experience encompasses both classroom and private studio teaching. She had been an instrumental group class teacher and band director for grades 4-8 for eight years in private schools. Her private clarinet/piano studio was established in 2001. She previously taught clarinet and piano for Music & Arts in 2001-2009, then joined the Conservatory faculty in 2010. Allison is available to accompany her clarinet students on piano, giving her pupils an added advantage in preparation for solo performances.

Allison Goldberg, MA

Allison has performing experience in classical bands, Klezmer clarinet, and chamber music. Klezmer Band for Temple Shalom in Broomall, 2003-2004

Philadelphia Doctors Orchestra, including 2 performances at the Kimmell Center, 2006 Ensemble Impromptu (Chamber Music Group), 2011

Bill Gottshall Bio:

Bill Gottshall is a playwright and composer who has written several stage plays and has composed or arranged more than 100 pieces of music for vocal and instrumental ensembles. Gottshall also serves as a teaching artist with two different non-profit educational foundations. Delaware Valley Arts Institute, based in Doylestown, PA brings working artists into schools so that the students can have close access to the professional creative process. Gottshall also works for Arts of Anyone, based in Lawrenceville, NJ. As a staff composer in their Living Bookshelf program, Gottshall helps students adapt works of children’s fiction for the Broadway stage. The culmination of this process is a public performance of the students’ work by current Broadway performers.

Gottshall graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1978 with a degree in music composition. In 1979, he studied jazz arranging and orchestration with Don Sebesky, this year’s Tony Award-winning Best Orchestrator (Kiss Me Kate). During the 1980’s, Gottshall was an Assistant to the Music Director on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical My One and Only, during its pre-Broadway run in Boston and he held the same position in the Off-Broadway Motown musical revue Dancin’ in the Street!, directed by Tony Award-winner Billy Wilson (Bubblin’ Brown Sugar).

Piano is Gottshall’s principal instrument is piano, but he studied trumpet for ten years, both in the Philadelphia area and at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. His teachers included Barry Mertz, Milliard Hensel, and Jeff Stout. In New York City, Gottshall was a classmate of the world-renowned jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis.

Bill frequently performs jazz in the Philadelphia area, both as a solo performer and with small combos. He has played onstage with the legendary Bo Diddley and with vocalist Julius LaRosa, as well as rehearsal pianist for several Broadway stars, including Tommy Tune and the world’s first supermodel, Twiggy.

Bill Gottshall, MM

 

Sylvia Rea Bio:

Syliva is a classically trained pianist and organist in music.  Her education began at age 4 with private lessons.  She studied with Alice Malloy, Phyllis Herring and acquired further studies with Sylvia Nickels of Westminster Choir College in Princeton.  Piano is her principal instrument, but she has also studied pipe organ for many years.  She has been a member of the Bucks County Association of Piano Teachers since 1992, and many of her students have performed at Bucks County Community College, as well as Jacobs Music.  Her work experience includes private studio teaching, group classes, church services, funerals and weddings.  Sylvia has been teaching for 41 years, classical, jazz, popular, new age, etc., but enjoys working with all ages and skill levels.  She expects students to practice and excel in performing at recitals.  She joined The Conservatory faculty in 2009.

Olga Smirnova Bio:

Starting at the age of nine years old, Olga attended two separate schools, one for regular education and a special music school to accomplish the goal of a musical college education. She excelled in music school and went on to obtain a degree in Choral Direction with a Music Education minor.

After college, Olga moved to Volzhsky, Russia to begin work in her chosen field. She started her career as an accompanist for the Academic school of Olympic Gymnastics. She played during warm up for choreography, floor exercises and during floor routines for local and regional competitions in the towns of Vladimir and Volgograd (formally known as Stalingrad), Russia.

In 1990, Olga went from the gymnasium to a teaching job that she was more than ready for. Olga was offered a job that was the fulfillment of her dream. She was now teaching in the same type of school that she had attended as a young lady. She was teaching piano for basic to advanced students as well as training and accompanying a vocal group called “Little Suns”. The “Little Suns”, sponsored by a local church, performed thru out the local area. Olga also helped with costuming and makeup for all the performances.

During that time, Olga was also teaching at the Creek Orthodox School, and lead, vocally, the churches’ children’s choir during Sunday services, a cappella. Most evenings would find Olga working with the Metropolitan Concerts as an accompanist/costumer/make-up artist and stage crew. This was often in the Small Hall of the Rakhmaninov Theaters in Moscow.

In the late 90’s, Olga moved to teach at the Children’s Creative Center in Volzhsky, teaching vocals and acting. The children were from the ages of 4 to 12. They performed in recitals and musicals around town, but also in local and regional vocal competitions.

Olga Smirnova then uprooted and moved to the United States in 2002, settling in beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania. After learning English, Olga applied to teach at the Community Conservatory of Music in Doylestown. She soon became one of the top teachers working 4 days a week with over 30 students in both piano and voice.

Olga Smirnova, BA

Valeria Sorokovskaja Bio:

Valeria is a graduate of Georg Ots Tallinn Music Conservatory, with a Bachelors degree in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy. Valeria's primary piano studies were with Ulle Sisa, a well-known Estonian piano teacher and methodologist. Also she studied with Professor Lembit Orgse at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre until she moved to USA in 2010.

Valeria's musical education began at age five. She attended Tallinn Music School for children, a community school where she intensely studied performance, theory, history, accompaniment and duets. Years later she was happy to have an opportunity to work at this school as a piano teacher.

During her college career, Valeria performed in master classes given by world-class artists including Lauri Vainmaa, Ivari Ilja, Alexandre Sandler, Alexander Mndoyants and many others. She ran second at the musicians' contest between three prestigious Estonian music schools.

Valeria has performed as a soloist, accompanist and in duet concerts. In 2008, Valeria soloed with the Georg Tallinn Music Conservatory Orchestra in Mozart's Piano Concerto at the Estonian History Museum.

Valeria has been teaching students of all ages and skill levels since 2007. She enjoys playing and teaching music form Baroque to contemporary classical music. She currently teaches privately in her home as well as through the Community Conservatory’s St. Andrew’s program.

Valeria Sorokovskajo, BA

 

 

Russell Cody Bio:

Russ has a Bachelor of Music from Lebanon Valley College with an emphasis in Recording Technology, and has been a piano instructor for over 15 years. He studied classical piano at Westminster Choir College and Lebanon Valley College with an emphasis on the romantic period. He also has extensive experience playing and composing rock, jazz and blues as well performing at venues that include John and Peter’s, Puck Live, and The World Cafe.

He has taught at various music schools and piano stores as well at his private studios in Doylestown, PA and Flemington, NJ. His clientele has varied in age from young children to adults with skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced. Russ develops individualized curriculum according to the goals and interests of each student.

Jamie Link Bio:

Jamie Link is a professional piano teacher and performer in the York County and Bucks County area. Jamie has been teaching piano privately for almost 10 years and she firmly believes that every child who requests piano lessons should receive excellent well-rounded instruction, whether they plan on playing piano seriously or casually. Her teaching approach is strongly based on music theory, musical expression, and exploration. Jamie aims to shape her students into independent thinkers who ask their own questions about music and seek to do more than learn how to read notes on a page.

Jamie holds a Masters Degree in Piano Pedagogy from West Chester University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Music from York College of Pennsylvania. As a graduate student, Jamie accompanied vocal students for their lessons and various performances, such as senior recitals.

Jamie maintains her own private piano studio out of Hanover, PA and is currently the church musician (piano and organ) for St. Paul Lutheran Church located in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania. In 2017, she became St. Paul Lutheran Church’s choir director, and has found great joy in not only instructing and accompanying the choir, but in educating the members in music.

Jamie is committed to further education and continuous study as a teacher. After the completion of her Masters Degree, Jamie began studying with Robert Durso, a Taubman Approach Master Teacher based in Philadelphia and New York. Mr. Durso’s teaching has broadened her understanding of how to move at the piano, release tension, address technical difficulties, and how to solve problems directly related to music. Jamie enjoys being able to share her new knowledge with her students as she continues her studies.

Felicity Sipes Bio:

Felicity is a professional classical musician. She holds a Bachelor of Music in both Keyboard Performance: Piano Principal, as well as Orchestral Instrument Performance: Harp Principal. Felicity has had numerous opportunities to perform for a wide range of events over the last decade in both Pennsylvania and South Carolina. She has performed in chamber groups, ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and as a soloist through many different venues. She is associated with the Music Teacher’s National Association, American Harp Society, and the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Harp Society. Felicity’s passion is to share the joy of music with others by instructing them in music, and her goal is to equip her students with a knowledge and love of music, so that they can share that same joy with others. Felicity also enjoys studying and incorporating music theory for her student’s benefit. Felicity’s extensive experience of working with children also allows her to include, energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and incentives to bring music to life during the lesson. 

Hannah Yu Bio:

Hannah received her bachelor's degree in piano performance in S. Korea and came to America to study at the graduate school of California State University, Fullerton in piano performance.  When she moved to the east coast, Hannah continued her education at Temple University where she received her Master’s degree in piano performance.  Hannah also finished the doctorate program at Temple for piano.  She has studied extensively piano pedagogy for beginners to advanced level students.  Hannah has been performing as both solo pianist & collaborative pianist.  She has been teaching piano at private studios and music schools since 1990.  She enjoys teaching particularly because she has experienced how music can unlock the doors of possibilities and bring enduring enrichment to her students.  She believes life can be brighter and more meaningful with music.  

Viktoriia Popova Bio:

Viktoriia Popova studied piano and clarinet at Music Arts College, Khabarovsk, Far East, Russia and graduated in 2007.  From 2007 to 2009 Viktoriia worked with Far East Symphony in Khaboarovsk, Russia. She has considerable experience teaching all ages and skill levels and working with students who have disabilities.  She has taught piano and clarinet in China and Cambodia.  Viktoriia develops innovative and imaginative, individual lesson plans for her students.  She is multi-lingual and can speak English, Russian, Cambodian, and Chinese. 

Betsy Young Bio:

In 1984,after graduating with a BA in music from the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey , Betsy was the accompanist for All Children's Theatre in Parsippany, NJ for seven years, was a substitute piano accompanist for the New Jersey Ballet School in Morristown, NJ and a vocalist and keyboardist for a wedding band in northern NJ. Betsy began teaching piano from her home in 1993 while raising her four children.  While living in Macon, GA, she accompanied a church choir and began to teach from her home with four students. Twenty years later, having relocated to Doylestown, PA, she is teaching 30 current students from her home ranging from beginners to intermediate, ages 5-adult. She is thrilled to be able to use her skills to teach even more students here at the Conservatory. She was actually first introduced to the Conservatory in 2008 as an accompanist for the Starstruck Theatre camps  as well as accompanying student performers at the Conservatory student recitals. While living in Doylestown, she has also accompanied the vocal students of Diana Larsen which included students as well as adult professional artists at their weekly lessons, and recording sessions. Teaching piano has been especially important and  rewarding to Betsy. Through playing and teaching music, she has been able to share with her students the joy and satisfaction that music has brought into her own life. Pursuing one's talent or skill can enrich and fulfill a person's life and Betsy's hope is help her students to discover and develop their skills in a positive and creative way.

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Voice

Stephanie Hume Bio:

Stephanie has a Bachelors of Music Education with a minor in voice from the University of Rhode Island. She completed two years of master level work in vocal performance during which she had a choral assistantship where she conducted 100-voice choir, 40-voice choir and a 15-voice madrigal choir. She also taught various courses as needed by professors. Stephanie’s solo work includes performing with the University of Rhode Island’s orchestra as well as lead roles in operas. Her favorites were Amahl and the Night Visitors and The Old Maid and the Thief. 

While living in Rhode Island, Stephanie performed additional solo work through out the state with various companies. She also worked with Asbury Methodist as soprano soloist in which after two years she became the Choir Director. Stephanie was also a guest performer with the Detroit Symphony Chorale for a production of The Messiah. She has performed locally in numerous recitals as well as with the North Penn String Quartet. Stephanie even stared as “Dolly” in the Schoolhouse Players (Lansdale) production of Hello Dolly.

 

Stephanie’s work in Pennsylvania began with the Christ United Methodist Church (Lansdale) as Choir Director for 6 years. Today she continues a twenty year commitment to choral directing at the Doylestown United Methodist Church where she works with ages 3-18 in four choirs with an approximate total of 125 members. She also teaches pre-school at the Doylestown United Methodist pre-school.

Throughout her vocal career, Stephanie has always taught private voice lessons. She has been a faculty member of the Community Conservatory since 1993. In 2003 she co-founded ‘StarStruck’, a musical theatre camp.

Stephanie Hume, BM

 

 

Faye Meyer Bio:

Faye Meyer graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music where she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. She studied singing, acting, and dance. After graduating, she performed with many theatres in the Boston area. She then moved to the Philadelphia area and has since been active in the theatre community. During this time, she became a member of the Actor's Equity Association. During her acting career, she has performed in over 15 professional productions. She has taught at the Community Conservatory since 2006. She offers both private voice lessons and vocal coaching. This includes song interpretation and different styles of the Musical Theatre Songbook. Many of her students have been successful in achieving roles in their school's musicals and local productions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Walton Bio:

Elizabeth (Liz), a Lyric Soprano has her Master’s Degree from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Vocal Performance. A native of Pennsylvania, she received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the Pennsylvania State University. Elizabeth performed many opera roles with the Penn State Opera Theater, her favorites include Drusilla in Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, and Laetitia in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief. During her time at Peabody she premiered numerous operas with the Peabody Opera Theater as well as covered the role Donna Elvira from Mozart’s Don Giovanni. More recently she was a Chorus Section Leader in Opera Delaware’s premier of Amleto (Hamlet) and the concert performance of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solnnelle. Liz directed Holicong’s Women’s Ensemble for three years and served as Assistant Vocal Coach for their musicals during that time. She has a deep appreciation for all genera’s of music but believes healthy technique must live in the heart of all of them.

 

Susan Whitenack Bio:

Susan Whitenack

Soprano

M.M. Vocal Performance

A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Susan Whitenack attended Smith College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree, and the Eastman School of Music, where she received her Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Literature, with Honors.

Residents of the Greater Delaware Valley region have enjoyed Miss Whitenack’s appearances with the Silver Dollar Singers and Camerata Opera Theater.  In New York City, Susan has appeared and recorded with the Robert DeCormier Singers and the Dusing Singers.  Also in New York, Susan sang for guest of honor Luciano Pavarotti at a fund-raising event, and he enthusiastically commented about her singing, “Bellissima!”

Susan has sung all over the United States and abroad with many opera companies and orchestras. Her favorite and most-performed opera roles include the doll “Olympia” from Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, and” The Queen of the Night” from Mozart’s The Magic Flute.  She has been featured soloist with the orchestras of Santo Domingo, Trenton (NJ), Reading (PA), and many others.

Among her many freelance performing appearances, Susan is choir section leader, soprano soloist and guitarist/song leader at Salem United Church of Christ in Doylestown, PA.  She is a member and soloist with the ensemble “Harp & 3 Divas” and the trio “How Fair a Sound” and has performed with these groups all over the Bucks County region.

Susan is also a very busy teacher of voice, piano, guitar and acting.  Since 1993 she has maintained a private teaching studio at her home in Doylestown. From 1998 to 2008 Susan taught Broadway performance classes, acting improvisation classes, and private lessons for voice, piano, guitar and recorder during the summers at the Summer Arts Camp of Chestnut Hill College (1998-2005) and Plymouth Meeting Friends School (2006-2008).

 

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Strings

Michael Strauss Bio:

As a teenager, I served as Principal Violist in the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts All-State, and MENC All-Eastern, and Assistant Principal in the Jeunesse Musicale World Orchestra. I also attended Kinhaven Music School, the Quartet Program at Saratoga (Castleman), and the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall (Alexander Schneider).

My primary teachers were Eugene Lehner, George Neikrug, Karen Tuttle, Heidi Castleman and Raphael Hillyer. Professionally, I served 10 years as Principal Violist in the Omaha Symphony, five as Principal in the Cedar Rapids Symphony, and nine as Principal in the Mid-Atlantic Symphony. I have played many recitals and for seven years, performed in the Mariner String Quartet, which concertized all over the Mid-Atlantic region.

For five years, I was the lead teacher in the Cedar Rapids Symphony School, where I developed the 3rd Grade Strings program and the After-School program. Also, in Omaha and Cedar Rapids I played countless educational programs for young people, developing many unique and varied programs. Since 1999, I have been Director of Education for the Mid-Atlantic Symphony,where I started the Twinkle-in-Ten program. I have private studios in Lansdale, PA and Chestertown, MD. As a teacher, I enjoy working with people of all ages and abilities. I recently prepared a young adult who won the position of Asst. Principal Violist in the Richmond Symphony, and over the years, prepared a half dozen candidates to winning positions with the Omaha Symphony. In Cedar Rapids, my students were the concertmasters in all three Middle School orchestras. But I also take great interest in working with special children, and have had notable success in developing talent for children on the autism spectrum.

Michael Strauss, MM

Gregory Bortnichak Bio:

Gregory Bortnichak is a classically-trained cellist with a punk-rock spirit. He believes that music is a universal gift that everyone can take part in to enrich their lives and transform their world. He is deeply passionate about working with students of all ages and skill levels to achieve their personal goals with music, no matter how humble or lofty they may be. Greg has been teaching privately and in workshop settings for the past 20 years. His teaching style is creative, compassionate, and student-driven -working with each individual to help them realise and develop their innate voice through the music that they love.

While earning his BA in women’s studies at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD, Greg maintained a consistent focus on music -studying cello privately under the tutelage of Gretchen Gettes (Peabody Conservatory), string ensemble with Lisa Weiss (Harvard), and music theory and history with Jeffrey Chappell (Curtis Institute). During this time, he also moonlighted as a session player and performed regularly up and down the east coast.

Greg’s specialties are live-looping, ecstatic improvisation, and unique arrangements of classic pieces spanning genres and eras for solo electric cello. He has recorded and performed throughout North America with a wide variety of ensembles -playing everything from classical music and jazz, to country, bluegrass, and rock ‘n roll. His original bands Teach Me Equals and Sparta Philharmonic have both toured nationally on multiple releases (playing upwards of 200 shows annually throughout the US and Canada).

Notable collaborations over the years include recordings with: Circa Survive, HeadShy (featuring members of Portishead, Massive Attack, and 7% Solution), Richard Cortez, Dream Tiger (members of WHY?), Metal Hearts, and RedRumsey (ex-Unwound); and performances alongside: Melora Creager (Rasputina), Octopus Project, Silverstein, Thollem McDonas, Dirty Projectors, Hella, Buddy Wakefield (two-time winner of the World Poetry Slam Championship), guitar virtuoso Delicate Steve (Paul Simon, Yeasayer), drummer Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez (E Street Band), and contemporary classical composer Jonathan Badger.

Greg particularly enjoys pairing music and movement and has performed original music with acclaimed modern dance choreographers Adrian Clancy, Mathew Heggem, and the SHMIB dance collective. His compositions have been featured in numerous films, including the award-winning short Downpour (dir. Tony Ahedo), Inconclusive (dir. Justin Ho), and US Military Veteran production Returning (dir. Rae Chapman, Mike Scelia). Additionally, he has provided live accompaniment for film festival screenings of In Pursuit Of Silence (dir. Brandon Vedder) andAre We Not Cats (dir. Xander Robins).

Greg originally hails from Sparta, NJ, where he got his start playing the cello in public school at the age of eleven. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, and exploring the great outdoors. For more information, you can check out his website: www.gregorybortnichak.com

Albena Stoykova Bio:

Albena is a professional Violinist and Music Educator with over 30 years of experience performing and teaching all over the world. She began studying the violin at a young age and earned her Bachelor Degree in Music Performance and Education from the Bulgarian State Academy of Music. Albena taught and performed internationally for 10 years in Bulgaria and South Africa before moving to the United States.

Albena has been a popular teacher at Settlement Music School for over 20 years in addition to teaching at The Conservatory and other local academies and private schools. She has also enjoyed performing with the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra, Musica Orchestra, and Bulgarian Conservatory Orchestra.

Albena has a passion for developing and directing String Ensembles along with teaching private lessons. She encourages her students to gain experience playing with other musicians whenever possible. In 2018 her Violin ensemble, Silver Strings, was chosen to perform at a concert organized by the National Music Talent Search- Celebration of Music.

Sara Boyce-Jacino Bio:

Sara Boyce-Jacino

Violin

 

Sara Boyce-Jacino began violin studies at the age of 6 at Community Music School in New Haven, CT and played in workshops with Shinichi Suzuki. Later training with Maxine Weber led to years of playing in local orchestras, chamber groups and with colleagues. Sara now maintains an active private home studio of violin and viola students of all ages, coaches student chamber groups and is on faculty at the Trenton Community Music School as a violin and viola teacher. She is assistant concertmaster of the Westminster Community Orchestra and is a member of Westminster’s Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. She is obtaining Suzuki certification.

Sara has a kind and patient way with students and works with them to develop a beautiful sound, careful listening, and a love and understanding of all kinds of music and musical contexts. Music reading and theory are integrated with listening and ear training, and effective practicing habits are always a top priority. Several of her students are members of the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County, the Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra, and are section principals in their school orchestras.

Ross Beauchamp Bio:

Ross Beauchamp, cello, holds a bachelor and masters degree in cello performance from Boston University. He has been teaching cello for over 20 years. He is currently an instructor at the Darlington Fine Arts Center in Boothwyn, PA, as well as Taylor Music in West Chester, PA, and has taught at the Music School of Delaware, Bryn Mawr Conservatory, and the Pennsville High School Music Academy.

Ross is also an active performer in the Delaware Valley area, playing with a variety of ensembles including the Delaware, Reading, Kennett, and Bay-Atlantic Symphonies. His principal teachers include Michael Reynolds, Marion Feldman, and Douglas McNames. He also enjoys playing chamber music and coaching student chamber groups. Every August, Ross spends several weeks in New Hampshire as a summer director for the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. He was also a founding member of Trio Jeudi, Trio des Amis, and the Kythia String Quartet. Ross enjoys sharing his knowledge of cello technique and his musical experience with his students, and encourages them to play expressively.

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Guitar

Paul Lingerman Bio:

Paul Lingerman has been playing guitar for 30 years and has a bachelors degree in jazz guitar from the University Of The Arts in Philadelphia. Although his degree is in jazz he is also well versed in many styles from rock to blues to metal and country. Paul has been teaching for 19 years and has been playing concerts for just as long. Over the years Paul has played many venues in all styles of music including the Trocadero in Philadelphia and the China Club in New York and has played shows or worked with well known artists such as Twisted Sister, Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen and Michelle Branch. Along with guitar Paul also teaches bass and banjo.

Paul Lingerman, BM

 

 

 

 

Daniel Hull Bio:

Dr. Daniel Hull earned a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance from Illinois State University where he studied with Douglas Rubio. He also holds Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in guitar performance from the Eastman School of Music while studying with Nicholas Goluses. An active soloist, ensemble musician and teacher, Dr. Hull has performed throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. Recent performances include the Piccolo Spoleto festival, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Festival and concerts at the University of Akron, West Virginia University, Winthrop University, the Governor’s School, and UNC Pembroke.

Dr. Hull enjoys working with a wide variety of students and helping them to discover a love of music. He seeks to instruct each student based on their unique interests and goals.

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Band Instruments/Brass/Wind

Allison Goldberg Bio:

Allison holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from West Chester University with a concentration in clarinet. She studied clarinet under Dr. Chris DeSanto and Tery Guidetti, and piano under Teri Kleinfelter. Allison has also completed several Graduate courses in Music Education, and is certified K-12 in music education in Pennsylvania.

Allison's work experience encompasses both classroom and private studio teaching. She had been an instrumental group class teacher and band director for grades 4-8 for eight years in private schools. Her private clarinet/piano studio was established in 2001. She previously taught clarinet and piano for Music & Arts in 2001-2009, then joined the Conservatory faculty in 2010. Allison is available to accompany her clarinet students on piano, giving her pupils an added advantage in preparation for solo performances.

Allison has performing experience in classical bands, Klezmer clarinet, and chamber music. Klezmer Band for Temple Shalom in Broomall, 2003-2004

Philadelphia Doctors Orchestra, including 2 performances at the Kimmell Center, 2006 Ensemble Impromptu (Chamber Music Group), 2011

Allison Goldberg, MA

Michelle Cosgrove Bio:

Michelle is one of the original students of the conservatory, studying here from 1991-1994. She graduated with a Bachelors of Music Education from The College of New Jersey in 1998, and entered the educator workforce by teaching classroom music for the Archdiocese of Trenton, then Centennial School District until 2005. She returned to her alma mater (the conservatory) to teach flute and piano in 2002. She joined the conservatory's administrative staff as Senior Tour Coordinator in 2005.

In 2007, Michelle completed her Masters of Music in Flute Performance from West Chester University. As a chamber ensemble specialist, she organizes and coaches student ensembles, trains her piano students as accompanists, and exposes her pupils to all genres of music. She is Artistic Director of the ensemble Impromptu, featuring rotating music artists to create a variety of ensemble instrumentations. She performs with the baroque ensembe La Fiocco on baroque flute, and the 70's rock band Dillirgaff on improvisational flute and keys.

Michelle is a member of the National Flute Association, the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia, and the Guild for Early Music.

Michelle Cosgrove, MM

Susan Halteman Bio:

Susan Halteman, a Warrington native, has been performing and teaching trumpet for almost twenty years. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Penn State University and her Master of Arts from Texas Tech University. At Penn State, she studied with John Daniel and privately with retired Philadelphia Orchestra principal trumpet Frank Kaderabek. After returning to the Bucks County area in 2001, she became principal trumpet of the Ambler Symphony and a member of the Quakertown Band, as well as playing with the Galena Brass, Suite Brass, Phila. German Brass Band and the Doylestown Heat big band. She has been very active as a freelance professional classical and jazz musician in the Philadelphia area, including performing the National Anthem at several Phillies games. She resides in Quakertown with her husband Jay and her two children, Jayson and Kate.

Susan Halteman, MA

Shane Arnold Bio:

Shane Arnold is a professional saxophonist with a background in jazz, reggae, funk, rock, and hip-hop. Saxophone is his passion, but he also plays and teaches flute, Piano, Drumset, and Electric Bass. Shane attended University of the Arts and studied with popular Philadelphia performers/teachers like Chris Farr, Tony Salicandro, and Ron Kerber.

After attending University, he performed with acclaimed artist such as: Charlie Puth, Bernard Purdie, Justin Guarini, and The Roots. In Shane’s 9 years of professional performing he has opened for The Wailers, UB40, and The Allman Brothers. In addition to playing saxophone, Shane has been a private instructor for 6 years and specializes in ear-training, sound production, and performance etiquette.

Brett Slifer Bio:

Brett Slifer is a Philadelphia based musician that splits his time as a freelance musician and music educator. He is a versatile musician and has experience performing in jazz ensembles, concert bands, marching bands, symphony orchestras, pit orchestras, and brass ensembles. Brett holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Delaware where he was Graduate Assistant, which included conducting the trombone choir, teaching undergraduate lessons, and organizing the annual University of Delaware Trombone Day. Brett also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Penn State. As a member of the Penn State Trombone Choir, Brett performed at several large-scale music festivals including the International Trombone Festival, the American Trombone Workshop, and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conference. His primary teachers include Bruce Tychinski and Mark Lusk.

Nicholas Hill Bio:

Nicholas Hill, originally from Western PA (Go Steelers!), has spent the past several years moving gradually eastward across the state. He graduated from Messiah College in 2016 with a B.S. in Music Education, and works locally as an elementary school music teacher. Nick has performed in a variety of ensembles and settings, including concert bands, orchestras, jazz bands, brass ensemble (small and large), and church settings just to name a few. Though his primary instrument is trumpet, Nick also plays other instruments such as piano, guitar, saxophone, ukulele, and percussion, which he studied as a secondary in college. Notable performances include the 2016 National Trumpet Competition: Large Trumpet Ensemble Division, as well as the Pennsylvania Music Educators’ State Conference for both Orchestra (percussion) and Wind Ensemble (trumpet).

 Nick has been teaching privately for 7 years. He feels very strongly about keeping the joy and excitement alive that originally drew each of us to this craft. Though the skills are important, he also feels that staying in tune with the emotion and musicality of the music is just as important. Nick works with each student to discover their individual strengths and weaknesses and develop a method that will help them grow in their ability while feeling successful. 

In his free time, Nick enjoys being a front ensemble instructor for both marching band and indoor percussion, playing in a cover band in the Collegeville area, and catching up on the latest in musical theatre. Additionally, he’s a total theory nerd, so he's always happy to help checking part-writing or want to discuss a particularly interesting chord analysis.

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Music Therapy & Adaptive Lessons

Barbara Kanefsky Bio:

Barbara Kanefsky is an accomplished art educator having taught many years in public, private and parochial schools at both the elementary and secondary levels. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree and professional teaching certificate from the Tyler School of Art and earned graduate credits at Arcadia University. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Fleisher Art Memorial, Abington Art Center and Carol Schwartz Gallery. She has a strong background in all facets of art production including skills in a variety of mediums. Her philosophy of art teaching is that all students can learn, express themselves and acquire skills to create on all levels. She encourages students to explore their world, look at art with new eyes and most of all have fun!

Megan Foltz Bio:

Megan Foltz, MT-BC

Megan is a board certified music therapist.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Immaculata University.   Megan has experience working with children, teenagers, and adults in a hospital setting, children with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, and older adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. 

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Theatre Camp

Marybeth Penjuke Bio:

Marybeth Penjuke is an elementary music teacher for the Pennridge School District, she holds a B.S. in Music Education, and a level one Orff Certificate. While trumpet is her main performance medium, Penjuke has always had a love for the theatre. Most recently, she has been seen on the DCP Stage as the lead (Joy) in Tim Grennan’s “The Tin Woman” and as a supporting role in Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution” (Janet macKenzie). She was an assistant director for “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” and is looking forward to being part of another children’s theatre production!

Meghan Malloy Bio:

Meghan Malloy is a professional actress, director and teaching artist.  She holds a BFA in Acting with a minor in Directing from Point Park Conservatory.  As an actress, she was nominated for a Barrymore Award for her performance in The Wilma Theater's "My Children! My Africa!" in 2007.   She has also performed with the Walnut, InterAct, 11th Hour, Montgomery and numerous other theatres around the country.  Meghan worked as a teaching artist and director at the Walnut St. Theatre for 8 years where she created an anti-bullying theatre curriculum for middle schools.  Also at the Walnut, she directed the world premiere musical of The Berenstain Bears.  She directed and taught for Summer Stage Children's Theatre program for many years. Meghan also enjoys doing dialect work and private acting coaching sessions. 

Mariah Adams Bio:

Mariah Adams is a graduate of Lock Haven University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in Vocal Performance.  She received her K-12 Teaching certificate through The Pennsylvania State University.  Mariah has been teaching Music for the Allamuchy Township School District since 2002.  In 2006, Mariah was featured in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers," and in 2011, was selected Allamuchy Township School’s “Teacher of the Year.” She is also currently the Director of The Children's Chorus of Warren County.   Mariah enjoys performing with the Warren County Community Singers, as well as acting with and directing community theater groups in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

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Drums/Percussion

Adam Pierson Bio:

Adam is an established and well-rounded drummer/percussionist. He has been playing and performing for over 18 years. From Langhorne Pennsylvania, Adam studied music at Bucks County Community College and achieved his Associates Degree in Music while attending. He also earned his Bachelors of Music at West Chester University. During his time at BCCC and West Chester University, he played in many jazz ensembles, jazz trios and percussion ensembles. He also played for the West Chester University orchestra, concert band and marching band.

Adam has been in seven different bands throughout his career and has played many different styles such as rock, jazz, folk, progressive rock, alternative rock, punk, etc. He has had the privilege of studying with David Nelson of the Philadelphia Orchestra at WCU and the late great, Joe Morello. He is currently performing with two local Philadelphia bands known as The Zeke Sky Band and Think Pink Floyd. While touring and performing with these bands, he found himself opening and performing alongside National acts such as Sebastian Bach from the critically acclaimed 80's band Skid RowKing's X and Skolhamm Asylum featuring Alex Skolnick, Stu Hamm and Joel Taylor. Adam is dedicated to providing a fun and positive experience while encouraging students to reach their goals.

Adam Gresko Bio:

Adam Gresko is a professional performer and freelance Philadelphia based musician. Adam graduated from The University of the Arts with a Bachelor degree in Instrumental Performance. While there, Adam was honored to receive multiple awards and scholarships for his proficiency as a drummer. He has been teaching and performing in local rock, jazz, big band and classical/orchestral bands since 2013.

Adam has experience as a private instructor for Drums, Percussion, Beginning Guitar and Bass Guitar students. He has also directed small groups, student bands and ensembles. Adam is an ardent supporter of music education and he seeks to coach and mentor all of his students to successfully pursue their musical goals. He encourages his students to explore a wide variety of musical repertoire while discovering their unique interests and abilities. Adam strives to create an environment of ongoing music appreciation and expression.

Tucker Marshall Bio:

Tucker Marshall is a Philadelphia based drummer, composer, and educator with 6 years of professional experience. He has a BM is Jazz Studies Performance from Bowling Green State University. Tucker has studied with Dr. Roger Schupp of BGSU, Dr. Olman Piedra of University of Toledo, Dr. Dan Piccolo of BGSU, and Carter McClean, drummer for Lion King on Broadway.

Tucker has performed in Cleveland, Columbus, Philadelphia, and New York City in venues from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame to off Broadway theatres and everything in between. As an educator, Tucker has worked with high school drumlines, jazz bands, and many private students over the years.

Tucker uses Gretsch Drums, Promark sticks, and Zildjian cymbals.

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