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The FCC lifelong music program is taught by expert musicians with lessons and ensembles open to students of all ages and all levels, from beginner to advanced. 
Discuss virtual lesson options with your instructor if you are interested in this format option. Annual Shields Music Scholarship Awards, are provided by the George L. Shields Scholarship Fund and the FCC Foundation.

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Adam Gonzalez • (301) 219-4826
Cellist Adam Gonzalez, a member of the Trio Giocoso, has performed extensively in Maryland and Virginia and recorded commercially for the History Channel and National Geographic. A graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, Gonzalez earned a Master of Arts in cello performance from Boston University. Gonzalez has taught at Georgetown University and Montgomery College and was Director of Instrumental Music at the Waldorf School in Baltimore. He teaches cello and Music Fundamentals at FCC. He also teaches Music History at Carroll Community College.

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Laura Armstrong • (443) 615-1529

B.M. in Performance, Susquehanna University; M.M. in Performance, Duquesne University; D.M.A. in Performance, University of Maryland
Dr. Laura Armstrong is a faculty member of Frederick Community College, where she teaches clarinet and saxophone. Dr. Armstrong has performed in recitals in the Mid-Atlantic region and has performed as a soloist at the 2012 International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest held in Lincoln, NE. In 2014, she performed Weber’s Second Clarinet Concerto with the Frederick Symphony. Laura is a founding member of the Fortunata Trio and has performed with the group throughout the Baltimore-Washington area, on concert series at Dickinson College, York College, and at the National Flute Association’s 2013 conference in New Orleans, LA. As a freelance orchestral performer, Laura has played with a variety of orchestras including the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Shippensburg Festival Symphony, and others. She is also an advocate of contemporary music and performs with new music groups based in the Baltimore/Washington area. Laura received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Maryland in 2010. Her principal clarinet teachers have been Paul Cigan, Ron Samuels, and Valerie Martin. She has also studied saxophone with Ron Bixler and Gail Levinsky. In 2015, Laura started her own reed making business, Aurora Winds. She lives in Baltimore, MD.
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Thom Huenger • 301-401-9189
Thom Huenger is a graduate of Shepherd University where he received his BA in music composition and studied with Dr. Nathan Lincoln-Decusatis and Dr. Mark Andrew Cook. Huenger went on to receive his MM in music composition from Shenandoah Conservatory where he studied with Dr. David T. Little and Jonathan Newman. During his education Thom has had the great fortune of taking part in numerous master classes with many of today’s leading composers including, Kevin Puts, David Lang, Jennifer Higdon, Missy Mazzoli, and Ken Thomson. Thom is a company member with the Maryland Ensemble Theatre in Frederick, MD, where he has written music and done sound design for numerous productions including, A Clockwork Orange, Antigone, In the Next Room (the vibrator play), and 1984. In addition to his incidental music and sound design for the stage, Huenger has also been composer for three original musicals, Robinhood: Occupy Sherwood, Oedipus Rox, and the NYC Fringe Festival award winning The Young Olympians. Huenger also composes for film projects upon occasion and in 2008 won Best Music at the Frederick 72 Hour Film Festival. In addition to his work as a composer, Thom is a founding member of the “folk-rock” group Silent Old Mtns. and has toured the country as their keyboardist and vocal arranger.

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Aaron Lovely
• (703) 401-8971

B.M., Euphonium Performance, Grand Rapids Baptist College, M.M., Tuba Performance, Indiana University
Aaron Lovely has performed in orchestras in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Texas, New Mexico and Canada, and with several chamber ensembles including the Monumental Brass of Washington D.C. and the Lone Star Brass of West Texas, including performances around the globe and two CD recordings. In 1996 he worked as a band director for Greenwood, Texas, for 3 years. While there, his bands won several awards and were nominated twice for honor band in the state of Texas. In 2000 he became the interim conductor and artistic director of the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale. Presently he serves as tubist with the United States Army Ceremonial Band and recently, began leading the band as a Drum Major. In addition to FCC he is on the faculty of Columbia Union College and the McLean School of Music. He lives in College Park, MD with his wife Megan and sons Graham and Keaton.
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Jennifer Rundlett • (240) 675-0866
B.M. in flute performance California State University Northridge?M.M. in flute performance Peabody Institute Baltimore MD?Post Graduate Diploma in flute performance Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester England
A native Californian, Jennifer received her Bachelor Degree in Music from California State University at Northridge where she studied with many of the working studio musicians of the Los Angeles area. After graduation she set her sights on the music schools of the East coast and was accepted to the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. While there, she studied with Tim Day who was Principal Flute of Baltimore Symphony and his teacher Robert Willoughby. Upon receiving her Masters of Music, Jennifer then went on to study in England with the famous flute pedagogist Trevor Wye at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Jennifer teaches flute to children and adults of all ages and levels of experience and has been a part of Shepherd College faculty, Mount Saint Mary's University and Millbrook Orchestra. In addition to flute studies, Jennifer teaches Music History and Appreciation and coordinates the FCC Artist Series and the Shields Scholarship Competition. Her work in the community also includes an active lecture series called: God thru the Arts where she works to link the spiritual connections throughout all arts. Author of My Dancing Day: Reflections of the Incarnation in Art and Music and The Joyful Sound: Reflections of the Incarnation in Art and Music, she is a speaker at the Pepperdine Bible Lectures in Malibu CA, Tulsa Workshop in Tulsa OK, David Lipscomb University Summer Celebration in Nashville TN, Rochester College Streaming in Rochester Hills Michigan and Fort Detrick Prayer Breakfast.
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Chaz Aguado • (240) 344-5662
An Adjunct Professor of Music, Mr. Aguado has been with Frederick Community College since 2019. He is an active musician and teacher in the greater Washington DC/Baltimore area, and is a doctoral candidate at Shenandoah Conservatory. Aguado holds a master’s degree from University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree from Towson University. Teaching guitar privately for 10 years, he is an adjunct guitar instructor at Towson University and Carroll Community College. Also teaching rock, country, blues, and metal at the Maurice Arenas Guitar Academy, Aguado has studied classical guitar with some of the notable pedagogues, including Matt Palmer, Troy King, Laura Husbands, Jonathan Leatherwood, Julian Gray, and Ricardo Iznaola. Mr. Aguado performs regularly at many different venues. Most often, you can find him performing classical guitar in recital and concert halls, as well as private events, such as weddings, dinner parties, wineries, and salon style atmospheres. He performs as a soloist and as a chamber artist with vocalists, cellists, violinists, and flutists.
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Michael Raitzyk • (410) 905-3149
Michael Raitzyk was born and raised in Baltimore Maryland. He started playing guitar when he was 6 years old. “A guitar showed up in our house as a gift for my father. He played it a little, but I played it a LOT. Our music community of friends saw that I was serious about it, and they would show me things. That is how I learned all the basics”. By the time Raitzyk was in high school, his family had moved to Portland, Oregon. This is where he found a performing arts school that specialized in jazz studies, Thomas Jefferson High. In 1982 he moved back to Baltimore and finished up his jazz performance studies at Towson University. There, he played in Hank Levy’s band. Hank is best known as a big band composer for Stan Kenton and the Don Ellis Orchestra.

Since 1985, Raitzyk has been active on the local music scene in a wide range of music genres. His band, Charm City Klezmer, has performed at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Loudon County Music Festival & the Winery weekly Klezmer series in New York City. CCK released a CD in 1999 (Charm City Klezmer)& is on the compilation CD Live at the Winery on John Zorn’s Tzadek label. Raitzyk has released three CD’s as a leader; Blues For Jake (2003), Live @ Café Hon (2006) & Michael Raitzyk’s Organic Trio (2011). Raitzyk’s guitar style is a mix of traditional & modern jazz. “I grew up listening to Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, Joe Pass & John Scofield. I also was aware of the guitar playing of B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix & Muddy Waters. I’m aware of the wide swath of music the guitar has historically covered. My style leans towards Jazz & Blues.” Raitzyk has played and recorded with local musicians Greg Hatza, Mike Kuhl, Darius Scott, Jeff Reed, Amy Shook, Jesse Moody, Carl Grubs, Greg Thompkins, Karla Chisholm, Eric Kennedy, Chuck Karner, Alex Norris, Paul Hannah & Jim Hannah.
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Barbara Scheffter • (410) 905-3149
Barbara Scheffter earned a Bachelors Degree in English and a Masters Degree in Education from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. While at Allegheny, she pursued a childhood love of music as a member of the Allegheny College Choir, an excellent touring choir that sang mostly a cappella music. As a member of the choir, she sang under the direction of Randall Thompson and performed at the National Cathedral, The Riverside Church at Columbia University, and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Chapel in Berlin. Upon graduation, Barbara served as a middle school English teacher in Ohio and a Public Information Specialist at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, each for four years, before entering the field of music as a vocation.

She has served as a church musician for over 25 years, building and leading children’s and adult vocal choirs and handbell ensembles in South Carolina and Maryland. When her youngest child went to college, she returned to school herself. After enjoying the first two years of coursework in the Music Department at FCC, she acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in music education at UMBC, graduating summa cum laude. She is currently pursuing two more musical dream; composing and teaching on the college level. This past August two of her compositions were accepted for publication by Ball Church Music Publications LLC, a new publishing firm based in Hagerstown, MD. Also in August Barbara began teaching Music Fundamentals at FCC and is very much enjoying being in the classroom again.
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