FACULTY

At the heart of The Conservatory's program of excellence is our gifted faculty. More than 50 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

V. 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

 

 

Natalia Mamardashvili Bio:

 

Natalia Mamardashvili

Natalia started music school in her home country of the Republic of Georgia.  Upon coming to America in 1998, Natalia continued to educate herself in music by receiving an A.A. in Music from Bucks County Community College.  Natalia received a full scholarship to Westminster Choir College, where she is a master’s candidate in piano pedagogy and performance.  Natalia has been teaching out of her home for several years.  She is looking forward to being part of the community of faculty, students and parents at The Conservatory.  Natalia enjoys working with beginners and intermediate students of all ages.  Natalia finds joy in seeing her students achieve excellent piano skills while helping them to develop a love of music.    

Hubert Rutkowski Bio:

Hubert Rutkowski

Hubert started playing piano and cello at the age of seven.  Much of his extensive education took place in Warsaw, Poland - his native country, including Primary School of Music, High School of Music and The University of Music of F. Chopin, where he earned both Bachelor and Master Degrees.  After being offered a full scholarship, he continued his education at The Boston Conservatory, where he received The Graduate Performance Diploma Degree in Cello Performance.  Hubert has played with several orchestras in Poland and also with The Boston Civic Orchestra (MA), New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra (NH) and Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra (MA). 

He has taught piano and cello both privately and in different music schools in The Greater Boston Area and Providence, RI. In addition to being a member of the piano faculty at The Conservatory, he has been teaching out of his home since 2008.  Hubert enjoys teaching both instruments as well as music theory.

Apart from playing piano and cello, Hubert is also an accomplished organist. He was involved in parish music ministry in New England before becoming Music Director and Organist at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, where he was responsible for preparing all the music, including managing various instrument ensembles, Children’s Choir and Adult Choir.  He held this position for 8 years. He is currently working as the Music Director and Organist at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Richboro. 

Rebecca Simpson Bio:

Rebecca Simpson

Rebecca Simpson graduated with High Honors from Vanderbilt University with a double major in Musical Arts and Human & Organizational Development. She was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, signifying she was in the top 5% of her class. In addition to many performances in the United States, Rebecca has performed in Italy, China, Korea, and Belgium. She released a solo CD in 2010. Other recordings include a contribution to the Christmas collection Harp Ornaments by the Philadelphia Harp Society and live recordings with the Ohio Light Opera of Romberg’s Blossom Time and Bearbeitung’s Die Faschingsfee. She has appeared on Channel 6 ABC’s Puerto Rican Panorama as part of an ensemble. Rebecca plays both harp and piano and enjoys teaching students on both instruments. 

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, a Lyric Soprano is a recent graduate from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at the Johns Hopkins University with a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance degree. A native of Pennsylvania, she received her Bachelors 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. She enjoys many avenues of music outside of performance including teaching, producing and directing. 

Susan Rheingans Bio:

Susan Rheingans

Mezzo-Soprano

Susan Rheingans, mezzo-soprano, holds a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from Chapman University. She performed extensively as a professional singer across the United States, Europe and Asia before settling in Pennsylvania. She has performed Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Charlotte in Werther, among other roles, and is a frequent soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Susan often performs with the Newtown Chamber Orchestra of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and The Opera Project in Stockton, New Jersey. Most recently, she has added musical theater to her resume, portraying Miss Andrew in the Newtown Arts Company’s production of Mary Poppins.

Susan emphasizes strong vocal technique and the development of musical and interpretive/acting skills in her studio, and her students perform in a number of different styles, including classical, musical theater, and pop. Her high school-age students are frequently awarded scholarships and win in competition, participate in high school apprentice and training programs, and are chosen for City, District, Regional and State honor choirs. They regularly perform leading roles in school musicals and community theater productions, and are chose to represent their schools in Individual Events at State Thespian Festivals.

Pre-professional students have been accepted as musical theater and classical voice majors by major conservatory and university vocal programs, including vocal performance programs at Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and Westminster Choir College, and musical theater programs at Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, Rider University and The University of the Arts. Susan’s adult students participate in a number of community musical activities, such as community theater productions, church and synagogue choirs, local opera companies and community choruses.

For further information and sound clips of both Susan and her students, please visit www.susanrheingans.com. 

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

Yoni Draiblate Bio:


Israeli Born Cellist Yoni Draiblate began his musical education at the age of 5.  Yoni has performed in today’s top venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Theatre, Luzern Festival, Stockholm Festival, Jordan hall, Symphony Hall in Boston, Teatro Colon, the Philharmonie Concert Hall in Berlin, Disney Hall and many more.  He has appeared as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic, Tel Aviv Soloists ensemble, Israel Kamerata, the Buchman-Mehta Symphony and more.

 

 

Yoni had collaborated with musicians such as: Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulèz, Kurt Mazur, Gustavo Dudamel and many more.  He has participated in master classes and coaching with Janos Starker, Bernard Greenhouse, Gary Hoffman, Laurence Lesser Uzi Wiesel, Alban Berg Quartet, Borromeo Quartet, Heinrich Schiff, Natalia Guttman, Frans Helmerson, Shanghai Quartet and many others.

 

 

 

Earning his Bachelors degree from the Buchman- Mehta school of music, Tel-Aviv and his Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory.  A versatile musician – Yoni enjoys a performing career that includes many other genres of music such as Jazz, Pop and Rock.

 

Today, Yoni is the principal Cellist of “Symphony in C” in Camden, NJ as well as a cellist in the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Maryland.  Yoni is teaching regularly at the Doylestown Conservatory and at Delaware Valley College.   In addition to performing and teaching, Yoni is also pursuing a Doctoral degree in Music at Temple University.

 

Yoni Draiblate, MM

Charles Forbes Bio:

Charles Forbes grew up in Cambridge, Massachusettes, and received degrees from Harvard College and Manhattan School of Music. His principal cello teachers were Maurice Eisenberg and Bernard Greenhouse. He also studied cello with Luigi Silva and Pablo Casals, chamber music with Leonard Shure, and conducting with Jonel Perlea.

His orchestra life has included playing principal cello with the American Symphony under Leopold Stokowski, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Princeton Chamber Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony, and the Vermont Symphony.

Mr. Forbes has given four solo recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall, and he played for 30 years with the New York Camerata, a chamber group with which he toured widely and recorded several discs. That group commissioned many new works from American composers, including George Crumb’s “Voice of the Whale”, and it was the resident ensemble with the New York-based Affiliate Artists in Wisconsin and Alabama for four seasons. He has also played with the Chancellor and Windsor (Vermont) String Quartets, and in Philadelphia with the Network for New Music, Relache, the Philadelphia Camerata and Orchestra 2001.

Charles Forbes has been on the faculties of Smith, Amherst and Mt. Holyoke colleges, Exeter Academy, the Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Delaware. He has been music director of the Princeton Chamber Music Play Week since it was founded 13 years ago. He currently lives in Langhorne, PA, plays with Orchestra 2001 and the Bucks County Symphony (principal), and teaches privately. at the Settlment School of Music and the Community Conservatory in Doylestown.

Charles Forbes, MM

Joseph Arnold Bio:

Joseph Arnold is a violinist and strings teacher with a wide background in many styles of music, composition, arranging, and music theory. As a teacher, he works well with people of all ages with a compassionate, fun, process-oriented approach. Joseph graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 with a B.A. in Jazz Studies, and is currently attending a teacher-training program at the Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique, a method of learning how to do things with less tension. He plays in several area bands, has been on 6 national tours with various musical groups, and has extensive recording experience, including his first solo album "Discomedusae," available at http://josepharnold1.bandcamp.com. Joseph has been playing violin for 22 years and loves teaching music. Joseph's greatest strengths as a teacher are his kind and patient approach, the unique insights gained into the way our body and mind works through his Alexander Technique training, and a deep appreciation for the process of learning.

Joseph Arnold, BA

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Franklin Nino Bio:

Franklin Nino

Proud product of the world-renowned Venezuelan music program “El Sistema” Mr. Niño is very active in the music field in Western Pennsylvania, South Western Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio acting as the principal cello of the Altoona Symphony and member of the Roanoke Symphony, Huntington Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, Ohio Valley Symphony, and Rivers Cities Symphony. Mr. Niño has served as the Mentor for the Greater Erie Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Music Director of the Touring Orchestra at Westmoreland Suzuki School of Music, where he also taught cello. Mr. Niño holds a private studio that includes teaching at home and the Johnstonbaugh’s Music Center. His is a former member of the Faure String Trio, and currently member of the Mata String Quartet. He received an Artist Diploma degree from Duquesne University, where he studied with Anne Martindale Williams, principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

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

Tim Farrell Bio:

Tim Farrell is one of the select group of musicians who exemplify all that is excellent in their field and who have the unique ability to entertain their audience and inspire future generations of players. Tim understands well the intricate mechanics of music, yet his playing and original compositions display an elegant simplicity that celebrates the purity of the acoustic guitar.

Tim has written many works for the guitar as a solo instrument and with other instruments. He has provided the music for Multimedia Presentations, TV and radio shows , Soundtracks, and Interactive Theater productions.

Tim regularly receives airplay on individual radio stations internationally, as well as on syndicated programs such as Echoes, Acoustic Digest, The World Cafe, Rock'n'Roots in the USA and Alphabeat in Europe.

Tim is on the roster of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a wonderful organization that provides grant money to help non-profit organizations fund concert and residency programs by it's select roster of artists.

Tim is on the faculty of the Community Conservatory in Doylestown, PA where he is also the Artistic Director of the Stretched Strings Concert and Workshop Series. He teaches private lessons, does workshops, and visits schools as part of his desire to further develop the knowledge, enjoyment, and appreciation of music.

Tim Farrell, AA

 

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

 

 

 

 

Chris Mood Bio:

Guitarist Chris Mood attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he acquired both his Bachelors and Masters degree in Music. An avid musical performer Chris Mood has been entertaining audiences throughout the tri-state area since the early 90's. In the mid 90's Chris toured the college circuit with a jazz ensemble performing at various colleges and festivals along the east coast. Chris has performed in a multitude of settings including T.V., live radio broadcasts, recording studios, and theater productions. Chris performs regularly with the Lenny and the Procrastinators, a classic rock band and Tres Compadres, a modern flamenco ensemble. Throughout his musical career Chris Mood has always valued and set time aside for music education and has taught high school, summer music programs, and at various private institutions.

Chris Mood, MM

 

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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

Cameron Stahl Bio:

Cameron Stahl is a hometown musician who grew up in the Central Bucks School district and has been playing the saxophone for 17 years. He decided to pursue a career in Music at West Chester University where he studied with Dr. Greg Riley of the Philly POPS and played in the Criterion’s Jazz Ensemble. After graduating in 2012 with his Bachelor’s of Music, Cameron began teaching music at New Hope Academy. Alongside teaching at school and privately, he also performs with various bands and artists in the tri-state area. As a saxophonist with formal jazz training, his musical interests and experience are rooted in pop, rock, r&b, soul and blues music.

Cameron also teaches Beginner/Intermediate Flute, Beginner/Intermediate Clarinet and Recorder. 

Wolfgang Bauscher Bio:

Wolfgang Bauscher – B.M. in French Horn Performance from University of the Arts on scholarship.  Studied with Glenn Jansen (Philadelphia Orchestra) and Joseph DeAngelis (principal horn for Barbara Streisand).  Over 25 years performing experience with French Horn and over 10 years with jazz trumpet.  Teaching philosophy is to create a positive experience that engages the student and builds confidence.  Specialize in teaching both classical and jazz genres with 10+ years teaching experience.   

 

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Music Therapy

Teresa Cappello Bio:

Teresa has been teaching at the Settlement Music School since 1976 and arrives at CCM through the Kardon Institute in Philadelphia. She has experience as a rehearsal pianist and instructor, dance accompanist and music therapist.

Teresa Cappello, MA, MT-BC

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. 

Anne Martinez Bio:

Anne is a board certified music therapist who received her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Elizabethtown College and her Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling from Monmouth University.   She worked as part of an interdisciplinary team for Einstein Healthcare Network with client’s diagnosed with mental illness.  While at Einstein Healthcare Anne strived to create a more in depth music therapy program, writing a receiving an Einstein Society Innovative Programs Grant.  Her experience also includes working with children, teenagers, and adults with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, behavioral concerns, mental illness, and addiction. 

Kate Myers-Coffman Bio:

Kate Myers-Coffman, MS, MT-BC

 

Kate is a board-certified music therapist who received her master's degree from Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. She has experience working with individuals across the life span diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, mental illness, and behavioral disorders as well as working in the medical music therapy field. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University, focusing on songwriting with bereaved adolescents.

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Visual Arts

Kris Sinisi Bio:

Kristin Kay Sinisi received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Sculpture from Tyler School of Art of Temple University in 1991. She graduated cum laude and studied abroad in Rome, Italy. She has exhibited her work at the Clay Studio and The Art Alliance, among others, and won the Joseph Bitman Memorial Award for Sculpture at Cheltenham Center for the Arts.

Kris is a dedicated teacher for nearly 20 years and is committed to providing comprehensive instruction that fosters children’s creativity and development. Her latest instruction and studio work has been creating one-of-a-kind murals using various mediums including mosaic, painting and cyanotype sun prints.

Kris Sinisi, BFA

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!

Dot Bunn Bio:

Dot Bunn is a full time studio oil painter who lives and works in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She has a strong commitment to working with and teaching traditional methods of painting. Dot believes that spontaneity and intuition are only useful when paired with a strong background in drawing and value management. She is committed to merging the lessons of those who have gone before her as well as embracing the latest tools of technology. 

     Dot states that “Good paintings are the result of intelligent planning and the endless study of technique and process. My paintings are thoughtfully developed by design, with preliminary drawings using traditional methods of composition built on the geometry of rectangles much the same as was done by painters dating back to the Renaissance. I enjoy the challenge of building a composition that works two dimensionally while depicting reality”.

     Dot’s work has been exhibited in solo and juried exhibitions, receiving many awards, including the Alden Bryan Memorial Medal for Traditional Landscape.  Her work has been included in the Butler Institute of American Art National Midyear Exhibition, Salon International Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX,  American Artists Professional League Grand National Exhibition, Art of the State and Art Association of Harrisburg Invitational Exhibition.

     Her involvement in the art community includes teaching, lecturing and supporting other artists by hosting workshops and networking events.  Dot recently completed a large on site mural at the Historic Strawberry Mansion House in Philadelphia on the 500 square foot wall of Banquet Room.

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Barbara Lewis Bio:

Barbara Lewis

Barbara Lewis has lived and worked as a professional artist in Bucks County for over 25 years.  Trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Studio Incamminati, an atelier founded by Nelson Shanks, she learned and now teaches the fundamentals of classical drawing and painting.  Her commissioned portraits have been exhibited at the James A. Michener Art Museum and hang in many public and private collections.  She also paints still lifes and landscapes, principally in oil, which have been featured in solo gallery exhibitions and included in many juried art shows, including ones at the Woodmere Art Museum, the Pennsylvania State Museum, the American Artists Professional League in New York City, Rowen University, the Philadelphia Sketch Club, and the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club of New York City.  She is affiliated with the Portrait Society of America, the American Artist Professional League, Oil Painters of America and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists of Philadelphia.  She has been teaching drawing and oil painting for over 15 years.  Her work can be seen at www.barbaralewisfineart.com.

Jas Szygiel Bio:

Education
Arcadia University, Glenside, PA • BFA
Hussian School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Teaching Experience  
2014 -present, Painting Instructor
1989-2007, Arcadia University, Adjunct Professor, Fine Arts Department
1985-1989, Hussian School of Art, Illustration Instructor

Jas is a life-long resident of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. For over thirty five years Jas’ work has been exhibited in regional galleries and has participated in countless juried shows and competitions on the regional and national levels. He has won numerous awards for his paintings both in oil and watercolors and has been featured in area newspapers and magazines. His originals in watercolor and oil and limited edition prints are featured throughout Bucks County area galleries.  Jas’ talents have been commissioned by private and corporate clients. He is proud to be a committee member of Annual Traditional Artists Show, a yearly art show that helps raise funds for the Bucks County SPCA. Jas has recently been added as Board Member to The Conservatory in Doylestown.
 
Selected Exhibits/Juried Shows/Galleries
Chapman Gallery, Doylestown, PA
Phillips Mill Art Exhibition, New Hope, PA
Trisha Vergis Gallery, Lambertville, NJ
Tinicum Arts Festival, Tinicum, PA
The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
Traditional Artists Show, Solebury, PA
Byer's Bucks Fever Art Exhibition, Bucks County Gallery of Fine Art, New Hope, PA
Simons Fine Art Gallery, Dublin, PA
The Lambertville Historical Society Annual Juried Exhibition, Lambertville, PA
Lambertville Historical Society en plein air Silent Auction
Biennial Juried Art Exhibition, SawMill Gallery, Prallsville Mills, Stockton, NJ
Stover Mill Gallery, Erwinna, PA
Adam Styka Memorial Art Competition, Doylestown, PA
New Jersey State Fair Art Exhibition, Historic Heritage, Prallsville Mills, Stockton, NJ
Coryell Gallery, Lambertville, NJ
Gallery Event, Gallery at Graphic Imaging, Pipersville, PA
Bucks County Designer House, Paintings, Doylestown, PA
Arcadia University Faculty Exhibition, Glenside, PA
Galaxy Art Show, Doylestown, PA
The Bianco Foundation Juried Exhibition
Artist Guild of Delaware Valley, Philadelphia, PA
Port of History Museum, Philadelphia
The Regional Council of Community Art Centers
Annual Art Exhibition, Yardley Art Association
Woodmere Art Gallery, Student Show
The Regional Council of Community Art Centers

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Theatre Camp

Mary Beth Penjuke Bio:

Mary Beth Penjuke is thrilled to be a part of BRAVO! this summer.  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 Thompson Bio:

Mariah Thompson 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

Mike Dettra Bio:

Mike Dettra has been teaching percussion for the past 12 years. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from Temple University in 2007. Since that time Mike has developed an interest in all styles of Music which strongly include Rock, Jazz, Classical, and World Music.

In addition to teaching at the Conservatory, Mike also runs a band program at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Southampton, Pa.

Mike is an eclectic musician involved in many different projects. He has played in various Rock, Jazz, and Classical groups since Jr. High School. He currently plays drums for the Philadelphia-based rock group Victoria Spaeth and the Spaeth Cadets, The Fee Fie Foe Jazz Quartet, Newtown Arts Company Musicals, The Delaware Valley Wind Symphony, and Cairn University’s Orchestra/Wind Symphony. He also recently started his own percussion ensemble. Mike also works as a Freelance drummer/piano player.

Mike currently is the piano player for the Solebury United Methodist Church.

Mike recently wrote and recorded his first solo jazz album entitled Raison Dettra. It can be listened to at www.mikedettra.bandcamp.com

 

Neil Kogan Bio:

Neil Kogan

B.S. Music & Drum Education

Mr. Neil Kogan was born in Kiev, Ukraine into a musician’s family and always had aspirations to continue the family tradition.  Mr. Kogan's grandfather was a violinist and the conductor of a string orchestra and his father was a professional violinist, who also played the guitar and trumpet.

At the age of 13, Mr. Kogan made his decision to focus his musical education on playing the drums and went on to graduate from the Music Academy, after which he completed a full instructional course of ‘Wind and Percussion Instruments’ at the Kiev R.M. Glier Institute Of Music, where he received his BS in Music and Drum Education.

Mr. Kogan has had a lengthy and successful career as a professional drummer, educator and certified leader of Wind Band.  His proficiency in various styles of music, such as Rock, Pop, Jazz, Latin, etc., makes him an extremely versatile musician.  Although, Mr. Kogan’s musical education was conservatively focused on classical approach to drums, during his extensive and successful career as a professional drummer, he has perfected many new and enlightening techniques.

Mr. Kogan is also a published author.  While working as a drum instructor, he published the instructional manual called “Program for College Level Education in Drums and General Music Studies”.

Currently, Mr. Kogan is also teaching drums at the Gibson School of Music and Art, passing on to his students the wealth of his professional experience and expertise. 

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