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.


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



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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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



Michael Kiesling Bio:


Michael Kiesling has been studying Opera, Voice, Music and Theater for the past 15 years. He
has performed roles both on and off stage in both Opera and Musical Theater. Michael has
been a stage director and stage manager for many shows from old favorites to U.S. premieres.
Michael not only teaches voice, but also helps students find the character and emotion in the
piece to bring it to life. Michael also teaches Beginning Piano and he offers combined Voice/Piano private lessons.
Michael is a graduate of Westminster Choir College with a Bachelors degree in Vocal
Performance. While there, Michael performed as Azor in Gretry’s “Zemire et Azor” (“Beauty and
the Beast”). Most recently, Michael performed at an opera summer program where he worked on
the role of Idomeneo in Mozart’s “Idomeneo” and was a chorus member for “Tancredi” (Rossini)
and Medea in “Corinto” (Mayr). Michael also has performed as La Rainette in Ravel’s “L’enfant et
les Sortileges”, and Yakuside in Pucccini’s “Madama Butterfly”. Additionally, he has performed in
many Musical Theater roles, including Mullins in the U.S. premiere of Stiles and Drewe’s “Peter
Pan”, the Butcher in the U.S. premiere of “The Frog Prince”, and understudy for Tateh in
“Ragtime”. Learn more at Michael's website: Michaelkiesling.com



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 Rheingans Bio:

Susan Rheingans


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


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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Yoni Draiblate Bio:

Israeli Born Cellist, Yoni Draiblate, began his musical education at the age of 5, entering a Conservatory at the age of 7. Mr. Draiblate has appeared on prestigious stages around the world, such as Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Theatre, Luzern Festival, Stockholm Festival, Jordan hall, Symphony hall in Boston, The Kimmel Center, Teatro Colon, the Philharmonie concert hall, Berlin, Disney Hall and many more.

In addition to his private studio, Mr. Draiblate is on the faculty of The Conservatory in Doylestown, PA and has given masterclasses throughout the area. Mr. Draiblate earned his Bachelors degree from Tel-Aviv University and a Masters degree from New England Conservatory. He is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Music Performance at Temple University, which he will complete in the Spring of 2019. 

As a soloist, Mr. Draiblate appeared with the Israel Philharmonic, Tel Aviv Soloists ensemble, Israel Kamerata, the Buchman-Mehta Symphony, Symphony in C and others.

Mr. Draiblate has collaborated with musicians such as: Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulèz, Kurt Mazur, Gustavo Dudamel, Branford Marsalis, Lambert Orkis and other renowned artists. He has participated in Master classes with Janos Starker, Bernard Greenhouse, Gary Hoffman, Laurence Lesser, Uzi Wiesel, Alban Berg Quartet, Borromeo Quartet, Heinrich Schiff, Natalia Guttman, Frans Helmerson, Shanghai Quartet. Mr. Draiblate has toured with orchestras such as the West Eastern-Divan, ‘iPalpiti” orchestra, The Israel Philharmonic and more.

Mr. Draiblate is the Co-founder and artistic director of Music Transforms, a benefit concert series focusing on raising funds for a music program in Southwest Philadelphia. Now in its 6th season, Music Transforms has featured world renowned artists such as Branford Marsalis, Simone Dinnerstein, Ricardo Morales and Artolerance.

Mr. Draiblate is a versatile musician who enjoys performing many genres of music including Classical, Jazz, Pop and Rock. He also serves as principal cellist of “Symphony in C” in Camden, NJ, as well as a guest principal for the Princeton Symphony Pops.

To learn more about Yoni Draiblate please visit his website at Cellonow.com

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

Ruth Frazier Bio:

Ruth Frazier, violist, began her musical studies on the violin at the age of four with the Assistant Concert Master of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She studied violin for 16 years before switching to the viola while in her junior year at Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music.

After graduating with a BA in Viola Performance, Ms. Frazier served as Associate Principal Viola with the Bogota Symphony in Bogota, Colombia where she created and toured with the string trio, Trio de la Candelaria.

Upon her return to the Philadelphia area, Ms. Frazier began an active and varied freelance and chamber music career. She has appeared with the New York Chamber Soloists, Relache, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and Orchestra 2001, among others. Her teaching credits include Temple University Center City, Settlement Music School, Friends School Mullica Hill, and Abington Friends School, as well as maintaining a private home studio. She has also taught at the Burn Brae Day Camp of Creative Arts.

Currently, Ms. Frazier is a member of the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Delaware Symphony, and Opera Delaware.

Sara Boyce-Jacino Bio:

Sara Boyce-Jacino



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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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





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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

Jonathan Lucas Bio:

Jonathan earned his B.M. in Jazz Performance and his M.A.T. in Music Education from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a freelance musician, Jonathan performs in theaters such as The Arden Theater, small and large group jazz settings with some of Philly’s finest jazz musicians, as well as other musical ensembles on Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, and Saxophone. Jonathan also teaches beginning piano, guitar, bass, and drums in addition to woodwinds.

Anthony Triplett Bio:

Philadelphia trombonist Anthony Triplett is an active soloist, chamber musician, and educator that has performed throughout the United States and Europe.  Anthony currently serves as trombonist with the Media Theater Company and frequently performs with Symphoria. As a soloist Anthony has appeared with the Pennsylvania Symphonic Winds, Montgomery County Concert Band (PA), Henry Ford College (MI), and at the Andrea Clearfield Salon. Other performance experience includes productions at the Arden Theater, Bristol Riverside Theater, Lancaster Symphony, Riverside Symphonia, and Bay Atlantic Symphony.  Anthony has shared the stage with international tuba soloist Patrick Sheridan, Boston Brass, Marie Speziale, The Chieftains, and Elvis Costello.

As an educator, Anthony works with students ranging in age from young children through adults. He currently serves as an instructor for Paul Effman Music Service, teaches low brass at The Conservatory, and maintains a successful private studio.  He has also presented as a guest lecturer at the Big12 Trombone Conference, International Women’s Brass Conference, Bowling Green State University and the University of Delaware Trombone Day. 

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music and a Masters of Music Performance from Bowling Green State University.  Additional studies as a participant at the Queens College Solo Seminar and the Summer Trombone Workshop.  Teachers include: Blair Bollinger-Philadelphia Orchestra, Randall Hawes-Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Garth Simmons- Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and Dr. William Mathis-Bowling Green State University.  Anthony performs exclusively on Edwards trombones and is an Artist / Clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company.

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 & Adaptive Lessons

Emily Alberici Bio:

Emily Alberici is currently in the Graduate Music Therapy program at Immaculata University and is working to become a Board-Certified Music Therapist. Her passion is to help children with Autism, Down-syndrome and other developmental delays, through Music Therapy. She also enjoys teaching private music lessons or coaching students in a variety of instruments.

Emily graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Music Education. During her time there she taught piano lessons through the School of Music, participated in the Golden Rams Marching Band, University Dance Company classes, Concert Choir, Song-Writers Club, Gamers Symphony Orchestra, Sigma Alpha Iota, and an all-female a cappella group, called ‘Gracenotes’. Emily’s primary instruments are Piano and Voice, but she is also proficient in Mallet Percussion, Violin, Ukulele and Guitar.

Emily has had the opportunity to learn creative and innovative teaching techniques and take courses on Experiential Learning through her work with Disney, as a public school substitute teacher, and with Carnival Cruise Lines. In each of her private music lessons Emily works to incorporate technique, music theory, reading, ear training, and improvisation. She believes that learning music should be a fun experience for the student as well as instructor.

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. 

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. 

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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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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.

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


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