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  • Teresa Cappello

    Teresa Cappello

    Piano Instructor

    Teresa has been teaching at Settlement Music School since 1976 and came to The Conservatory through the Kardon Institute in Philadelphia. She has experience as a rehearsal pianist and instructor, dance accompanist and Music Therapist.

  • Russell Cody

    Russ Cody

    Piano Instructor

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

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

  • Michelle Cosgrove

    Michelle Cosgrove

    Piano & Flute Instructor

    Michelle is one of the original students of The Conservatory, studying here from 1991-1994. She graduated with a Bachelors of Music Education degree 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 the Students On 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 ensemble 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.

  • Stephen Duffy

    Stephen Duffy

    Piano Instructor

    Mr. Duffy is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory. He is a previous 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 Competition.

    Mr. Duffy has been a solo performer with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Bucks County Symphony. Stephen is also an accomplished organist. He has been a faculty member at The Conservatory for many years and enjoys teaching Piano students of all ages and skill levels. He has a strong foundation in classical technique and method, but also has experience as a Jazz pianist. Mr. Duffy enjoys working with his students on pieces from a wide variety of music genres based on their individual goals and interests.

  • Allison Goldberg

    Allison Goldberg

    Piano & Clarinet Instructor

    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 in K-12 music education in Pennsylvania.

    Allison's experience encompasses both classroom and private studio teaching. She worked as 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 and 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. She performed with Klezmer Band for Temple Shalom in Broomall, Philadelphia Doctors Orchestra, including 2 performances at the Kimmel Center, and Ensemble Impromptu (Chamber Music Group).

  • Bill Gottshall

    Bill Gottshall

    Piano Instructor

    Performance Program & Concert Manager

    Bill is celebrating 20 years teaching with The Conservatory! Along with teaching private lessons, Bill has worked to establish the Jazz Ensemble Program and increase live performance opportunities for Conservatory students. Bill is also a playwright and composer who has written several plays and composed or arranged hundreds of pieces of music for vocal and instrumental ensembles.

    Bill 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, the Tony Award-winning Best Orchestrator for Kiss Me Kate (2000 revival). After college, Bill 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).

    Bill’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. Bill frequently performs throughout the Philadelphia area with small Jazz ensembles and larger bands that cover music from many different decades and genres of music.

  • Jamie Link

    Jamie Link

    Piano Instructor

    Jamie is a professional piano teacher and performer in the York 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.

  • Viktoriia Popova

    Viktoriia Popova

    Piano & Clarinet Instructor

    Viktoriia 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.

    Viktoriia 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.

  • Sylvia Rea

    Sylvia Rea

    Piano Instructor

    Sylvia is a classically trained pianist and organist. 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.

    Sylvia 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 Piano for over 40 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.

  • Felicity Sipes

    Felicity Sipes

    Piano & Harp Instructor

    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.

  • Olga Smirnova

    Olga Smirnova

    Piano Instructor

    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 transitioned to teaching in the same type of school that she had attended as a young lady. She taught piano for beginner to advanced students as well as training and accompanying a vocal group called “Little Suns”. The “Little Suns”, sponsored by a local church, performed throughout the local area. Olga also helped with costuming and makeup for all of the performances.

    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 moved to the United States in 2002, settling in beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She has been teaching at The Conservatory ever since, along with maintaining a private home studio. Olga has taught students across every age and skill level. Her students frequently participate in local and National competitions and they have won numerous prizes and scholarships over the years.

  • Valeria Sorokovskaja

    Valeria Sorokovskaja

    Piano Instructor

    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. She also 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 placed 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 from Baroque to Contemporary, to classical music. She currently teaches privately in her home as well as at The Conservatory.

  • Betsy Young

    Betsy Young

    Piano Instructor

    Betsy holds a BA in Music from the College of St. Elizabeth in New Jersey. She has served as 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. Twenty years later, having relocated to Doylestown, PA, she is continuing to teach beginner through intermediate students of all ages from her home studio and at The Conservatory. Betsy was 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. 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 is very important and rewarding for 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.

  • Hannah Yu

    Hannah Yu

    Piano Instructor

    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. She also completed the doctorate program at Temple for piano.

    Hannah has studied extensively piano pedagogy for beginners to advanced level students. She has been performing as both a solo pianist & collaborative pianist. She has taught 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.

  • Stephanie Hume

    Stephanie Hume

    Voice Instructor

    Stephanie holds a Bachelors Degree in 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 throughout the state with various companies. She also worked with Asbury Methodist as soprano soloist and after two years she became the Choir Director. Stephanie was 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 at The Conservatory since 1993. In 2003 she co-founded ‘StarStruck’, a musical theatre camp. Stephanie enjoys working with vocal students of all ages and skill levels and strives to give her students a strong foundation in classical vocal technique.

  • Violet Mandic

    Violet Mandic

    Voice & Piano Instructor

    Violet Mandic, soprano, began studying classical voice at Muhlenberg College, and classical piano at the Tri- County Music Conservatory. She began her education at Bucks County Community College where she earned her Associates Degree in Music. She was a part of the Bucks County Community College Concert Choir, and Percussion Ensemble. She graduated from Bucks County Community College with honors and then transferred to Moravian College to continue studying music.

    At Moravian College, Violet became a part of the Delta Omicron Music Honors Fraternity, won the Charlotte E. Newcombie Scholarship, and the Louise Moore Pine Music Scholarship. She was a part of the Moravian College Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, Song and Stagecraft Ensemble, and Salon Ensemble. Violet graduated from Moravian College with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance with honors, summa cum laude.

    Violet held a church musician internship at Friedens United Church of Christ and began her teaching career at Miss Cindy’s School of Dance where she taught private voice and piano lessons as well as workshops in singing and acting. Violet most recently was a music teacher at The Stages Academy, a performing arts preschool with a kindergarten enrichment program, as well as an after-school program. She taught group piano courses as well as private voice and piano lessons at The Stages Academy and directed their recitals.

    Violet specializes in teaching preschool and kindergarten students. She currently teaches voice and piano lessons in her private home studio and at The Conservatory. Violet has taught students who have been accepted into the Lehigh Valley Performing Arts Charter School and who have competed in the Performing Arts Alliance Voice Competition. She is currently working on earning a certification in Music Education through a Masters degree program at Moravian College.

  • Faye Meyer

    Faye Meyer

    Voice & Piano Instructor

    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 performed in over 15 professional productions.

    Faye has taught at The 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. Faye enjoys working with students of all ages and skill levels!

  • Elizabeth Walton

    Elizabeth Walton

    Voice Instructor

    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 genres of music but believes healthy technique must live in the heart of all of them. Liz enjoys working with vocal students of all skill levels, late Elementary aged through Adult.

  • Susan Whitenack

    Susan Whitenack

    Voice & Ukulele Instructor

    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. She has been featured soloist with the orchestras of Santo Domingo, Trenton (NJ), Reading (PA), and many others. Susan also served as choir section leader, soprano soloist and guitarist/song leader at Salem United Church of Christ in Doylestown, PA for many years. 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 a very busy teacher of voice, piano, Ukulele, 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). Susan is celebrating 15 years of teaching at The Conservatory and enjoys working with students of all ages and skill levels.

  • Ross Beauchamp

    Ross Beauchamp

    Cello Instructor

    Ross 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.

  • Sara Boyce-Jacino

    Sara Boyce-Jacino

    Violin & Viola Instructor

    Sara 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 well versed in the Suzuki Method and 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.

  • Stephani Bell

    Stephani Bell

    Violin & Viola Instructor

    Stephani earned her Bachelor and Master degrees from the Eastman School of Music, is an alumna of the Juilliard School, and attended Northwestern University where she held a graduate teaching fellowship under Gerardo Ribiero.

    Ms. Bell has held positions with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Portland Symphony, the New Hampshire Symphony and the Vermont Symphony. While pursuing her career in the NY metropolitan area for several years she performed with and was a member of such groups as the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the American Composer's Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the New Jersey Symphony, the New York Pops and several Broadway shows.

    Ms. Bell most recently held a position for several years at Lafayette College as music director of the Lafayette Chamber orchestra, chamber ensembles and violin professor. As a chamber musician, she has performed with Classicopia of Dartmouth College, the Satori Ensemble, and is currently an active member of Penn Strings Ensemble. Ms. Bell has taught at Cannon Music Camp at Appalachian State University, the Luzerne Music Center with Elizabeth Pitcairn and participated in the Lake George Opera Festival.

    Locally, Stephani performs with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the Allentown Symphony and several other local ensembles and maintains an active private teaching studio and live performing schedule. Stephani enjoys working with students of all ages and skill levels at The Conservatory.

  • Charles dePasquale

    Charles dePasquale

    Violin, Viola, Cello & Bass Instructor

    Strings Specialist

    Raised in a very musical family, whose father Joseph dePasquale, was the former Principal Violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Mr. D started cello lessons at an early age with his uncle Francis dePasquale; former cellist in the Philadelphia Orchestra. He also studied with Samuel Mayes, William Stokking, Orlando Cole & Mihaly Virizlay,

    Throughout his extensive professional performance career, Mr. D has played with several well-known music organizations in the area, including: the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philly Pops, the Concerto Soloists, the Delaware Symphony & the Allentown Symphony. Currently, he performs with the Ocean City Pops, the Reading Symphony, the Kennett Symphony and his own chamber ensemble, the Main Line Chamber Players.

    Mr. dePasquale is also equally experienced in the field of education. He recently retired after 30 years from the West Chester Area School District. Mr. D’s responsibilities there ranged from training beginning Violins, Violas, Cellos & Basses, to directing & coaching several of the secondary orchestra programs, which involved weekly rehearsals and group lessons for all string instruments. While there, Mr. D also served as the director of an award winning extra-curricular string ensemble: The West Chester Senior Strings. This group consistently earned 1st Place Rankings, near perfect Superior Scores and Grand Champion Trophies. In 2016, they won the OrlandoFest National Championship Trophy, beating out an entire 14 week season roster of instrumental ensembles.

    In addition, Mr. D taught at Immaculata University, for many years, as the String Ensemble director and String Methods instructor and is now currently, the String Ensemble director at Ursinus College.

    His education includes a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from the New School of Music (a private conservatory that is now part of Temple University); Graduate studies at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD and the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (now called the University of the Arts); PA Teachers Certification from West Chester University and a Masters Degree in Music Therapy from Immaculata University.

  • Albena Stoykova

    Albena Stoykova

    Violin Instructor

    Albena is a professional Violinist and Music Educator with over 30 years of experience performing and teaching all over the world. She began studying the violin at age of 5 with her father, also a violin performer and teacher. Albena earned her Master Degree in Music Performance and Education from the Bulgarian State Academy of Music in Sofia. She is continuing her education with the University of Florida as a second Master degree in Music education. Albena Stoykova studied chamber music-quartet, with the world renowned professor Dimo Dimov, who encouraged the quartet to pursue a professional career. Albena taught and performed internationally for 10 years in Bulgaria (Bulgarian Radio Orchestra, The Teather for the Youth Orchestra, Bulgarian Military Ensemble) and South Africa before moving to the United States. In South Africa she performed with the National Chamber Orchestra in Mmabatho and was teaching at Mmabana Music School.

    Albena has been a popular teacher at Settlement Music School for over 20 years in addition to teaching at The Conservatory and previously St. Basil Academy and The George school. She has also enjoyed performing with the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra, Musica 2000 Orchestra and Bulgarian State Conservatory Orchestra.

    Albena has a passion for developing and directing All Violin String Ensembles. She encourages her students to gain experience playing with other musicians whenever possible. In 2018 her Violin ensemble, Silver Strings, was chosen to perform at a concert organized by the National Music Talent Search- Celebration of Music. Albena’s students were accepted in Bucks county Youth Orchestra, All City Orchestra, Sinfonia Orchestra in Philadelphia and others.

  • Daniel Hull

    Daniel Hull

    Guitar Instructor

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

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

  • Paul Lingerman

    Paul Lingerman

    Guitar, Bass, Ukulele & Mandolin Instructor

    Paul 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 over 20 years and has been playing concerts for just as long.

    Paul has played many performance 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. Paul accepts students of all ages and skill levels for Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Ukulele, and Mandolin.

  • Shane Arnold

    Shane Arnold

    Saxophone Instructor

    Shane is a professional saxophonist with a background in jazz, reggae, funk, rock, and hip-hop. Saxophone is his passion, but he also plays and teaches Flute, Piano, Drumset, and Electric Bass. Shane attended The University of the Arts and studied with popular Philadelphia performers/teachers like Chris Farr, Tony Salicandro, and Ron Kerber. After attending University, he performed with acclaimed artist such as: Charlie Puth, Bernard Purdie, Justin Guarini, and The Roots.

    In Shane’s 10 years of professional performing he has opened for The Wailers, UB40, and The Allman Brothers. In addition to playing saxophone, Shane has been a private instructor for nearly 10 years and specializes in ear-training, sound production, and performance etiquette.

  • Tyler Eberts

    Tyler Eberts

    Trombone & Low Brass Instructor

    Tyler is a professional Trombonist and is proud to hold a BS degree in Music Education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. He has a wide variety of performance experience including playing in Jazz Ensembles, Orchestras, Brass and Wind Ensembles, Marching Band, Horn Trios, and Rock/Pop bands. Tyler traveled the world as a musician with Carnival Cruise Line for several years and spent a few summers performing at Dorney Park in their grounds and production show bands.

    As a music instructor, Tyler has experience teaching private and ensemble-based classes. He previously taught band and general music for a variety of grade levels in Cheltenham School District. Tyler is passionate about helping his students to succeed and reach their musical goals! He reinforces fundamental playing technique with his students and engages students through classical and modern repertoire. Tyler's primary instrument is Trombone, but he also teaches Baritone, Euphonium, and Tuba. He accepts Beginner--Intermediate level students for In-Person or Virtual private lessons.

  • Susan Halteman

    Susan Halteman

    Trumpet Instructor

    Susan, a Warrington native, has been performing and teaching trumpet for over 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.

    Susan 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 enjoys working with students of all ages and skill levels at The Conservatory.

  • Brian Nivison

    Brian Nivison

    French Horn & Brass Instructor

    Only Available for Virtual Lessons

    Brian is a French Hornist from Northeast Pennsylvania and has been playing the horn for over 30 years. He has studied with Bill Bernatis, Roy Schaberg, John Ericson, Daren Robbins and Rebecca Dodson-Webster. Nivison earned degrees in Horn Performance and Music Education from the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam (B.M.), as well as a Masters in Music Education while serving as a Graduate Assistant in Conducting at Mansfield State University of Pennsylvania (M.A.).

    He currently serves as the Director of Music in the Eldred (NY) Central School District. His concert bands have earned consistent gold ratings at NY State evaluation festivals. Five years ago, he had the privilege of introducing the very first Advanced Placement course (AP Music Theory) to his school district. Nivison specializes in preparing students for honor band/orchestra opportunities, and especially County, District, Regional, All-State, and College/University auditions.

    In his spare time, Brian enjoys reading, hiking, waterfalls, visiting family in both the Finger Lakes and Jersey Shore regions, kayaking/tubing on the Delaware River, camping in the Adirondack Mountains, and, most important of all: his wife, two boys, and baby girl.

  • Adam Gresko

    Adam Gresko

    Drums/Percussion Instructor

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

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

  • Tucker Marshall

    Tucker Marshall

    Drums/Percussion Instructor

    Tucker is a Philadelphia based drummer, composer, and educator with nearly 10 years of professional experience. He has a BM in 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 enjoys teaching a wide variety of percussion instruments and has experience with instruments from many different cultures and countries, including the cajón.

    Tucker uses Gretsch Drums, Promark sticks, and Zildjian cymbals. He enjoys working with students of all ages and skill levels at The Conservatory.

  • Adam Pierson

    Adam Pierson

    Drums/Percussion Instructor

    Adam is an established and well-rounded drummer/percussionist. He has been playing and performing for nearly 20 years. From Langhorne Pennsylvania, Adam studied music at Bucks County Community College and achieved his Associates Degree in Music while attending. He also earned his Bachelors of Music at West Chester University. During his time at BCCC and West Chester University, he played in many jazz ensembles, jazz trios and percussion ensembles. He also played for the West Chester University orchestra, concert band and marching band.

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

  • Alyssa Almeida

    Alyssa Almeida

    Music Therapy & Adaptive Lessons

    Alyssa is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and multi-instrumentalist. She completed her B.M. in Music Therapy at Temple University where she interned at YCCA, a creative arts preschool, and studied classical & jazz cello. She has experience working with preschoolers, school age children with special needs, adults with autism, and older adults with dementia. Alyssa also teaches private lessons on cello, guitar, and bass guitar. When not teaching, Alyssa plays cello and writes original music in several local Philadelphia area bands.

  • Megan Foltz

    Megan Foltz, MT-BC

    Music Therapy & Adaptive Lessons

    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.

    Megan enjoys incorporating piano, guitar, percussion and singing into her sessions with Music Therapy Clients at The Conservatory.