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MUSIC LESSONS

With music proven to engage areas of the brain involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating events in our memory, music lessons play an important role in our lives. To get started with Frederick Community College voice and instrument lessons led by expert musicians in 30, 45 and 60-minute sessions, follow the steps below:
 
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Music scholarships are available on an annual basis thanks to the generous support of the George L. Shields Scholarship Fund and the Frederick Community College Foundation.
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MUSIC LESSONS


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CELLO

 
Adam Gonzalez
AGonzalez@frederick.edu • (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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CLARINET
 
Laura Armstrong
LauraArmstrong.net
LArmstrong@frederick.edu • (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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COMPOSITION
 
Thom Huenger
THuenger@frederick.edu • 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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EUPHONIUM, TROMBONE & TUBA

Aaron Lovely

ALovely@frederick.edu
• (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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FLUTE & FLUTE ENSEMBLE

Jennifer Rundlett

JRundlett.Wordpress.comJRundlett@frederick.edu • (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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GUITAR

Chaz Aguado

Caguado@frederick.edu • (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
MRaitzyk@frederick.edu • (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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HANDBELL

Barbara Scheffter
BScheffter@frederick.edu • (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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HORN

 
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PERCUSSION
 
Greg Herron
GHerron@frederick.edu • (443) 621-8694
Greg Herron is currently principal timpanist for the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and an active performer, recording musician and teacher in Maryland. Mr. Herron frequently appears with the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Maryland Symphony. He is heard on many recordings, including most recently, Michael Colgrass, Percussion Music 1951-57 (Equilibrium Records) released in 2012. He is a founding member of Equinox Brass and Percussion, an exciting group consisting of percussion duo and brass quintet. Formerly, he was principal percussionist/assistant timpanist of the Monterrey Symphony Orchestra (OSUANL) in Monterrey, Mexico, and principal percussionist of the Monterrey Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Herron has played with numerous orchestras and jazz ensembles under such conductors as Enrique Batiz, Marin Alsop, Robert Spano, and Christopher Hogwood. A featured clinician in the Percuba international percussion festival in Havana, Cuba, he has also given numerous percussion clinics throughout the United States. Mr. Herron is an Education Artist for Vic Frith Drumsticks.

Currently, Mr. Herron is on the faculty at Frederick Community College, the Baltimore School for the Arts, and the Park School of Baltimore. He runs Herron Percussion Studios, a teaching studio with multiple locations, offering instruction in concert percussion, drum set, and hand drumming. Mr. Herron holds a bachelor's degree in studio music and jazz from the University of Miami, Florida, and studied at the Boston Conservatory. His teachers include Pat Hollenbeck (Boston Pops), Keith Aleo (Zildjian, Boston Conservatory), John Locke (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), Nancy Zeltsman (Boston Conservatory), Don Liuzzi (Philadelphia Orchestra), Steve Rucker (University of Maryland), Steve Bagby (University of Maryland), and Fred Wickstrom (University of Maryland).
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PIANO

Jordan Clawson
JClawson@frederick.edu • (540) 303-2469
Jordan Clawson is a composer, pianist and vocalist living in Frederick, Maryland. In 2006 Jordan received a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Michigan, and in 2013 a Master of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition, Scoring for Film and Multimedia from New York University. Jordan teaches all styles of music but specializes in jazz piano, focusing on harmony and improvisation. Jordan is a regular performer in the area, with frequent gigs at The Flying Camel in Hagerstown and Firestone's in Frederick.
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Pat Franz
PFranz@frederick.edu • (301) 663-6197
Since 1989, Pat Franz has taught piano in Frederick Community College’s Music for Enrichment program. A Certified Instructor with the Golandsky Piano Institute Professional Training Program, she began her study of the Taubman/Golandsky Piano Technique, in 1989, with Paul Maillet, a Taubman Institute Faculty/Artist. Since 2003, she has continued work in the technique, with Golandsky Institute Co-Founder, Co-Director and Senior Faculty/Artist Robert Durso. For ten years, Ms. Franz served, at the Taubman International Piano Symposium, as Practice Assistant, applying the unique Taubman concept of unified finger, hand and arm movement. She currently serves as Practice Assistant for the Golandsky International Piano Symposium held each summer on the Princeton University campus, where she works with injured pianists and aspiring pianists at various levels of advancement. Awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kansas State University, she draws on her academic training to translate the Taubman approach with word pictures and engaging activities that children can understand. She is author of “Tension-Free Playing for Young Pianists,” an article appearing in 1998 in Clavier, the nationally distributed monthly professional periodical for piano pedagogy.
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Alice Lee
ALee@frederick.edu • (202) 270-1667
B.M. in Piano Performance, Northwestern University; M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Northwestern University; DMA in Piano Performance, University of Maryland
Student of Alan Chow, Don Isaak, Laurence Davis, David Kaiserman, and Bradford Gowen. Studied piano pedagogy with Elvina Pearce and Francis Larimer. Co-founder and member, JooBaLee Trio; Staff Pianist, American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria; Piano Faculty member, Levine School of Music in Washington, DC. Solo and chamber concert appearances in the United States and Austria.
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David Loy

DLoy@frederick.edu • (301) 791-7730
David Loy received a B.A. in music performance (piano) from Elon University. He received the Master of Music in Choral Conducting (voice as principal instrument) from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In addition to his teaching at Frederick Community College, he maintains a flourishing private studio of piano and voice students. Many of his students have received high ratings in voice and piano festivals and competitions. He is currently, Music Director of the Musical Theatre Factory, of Frederick where he prepares singers for over six performances a year. He teaches a six-week intensive vocal music workshop/camp during the summer. He is Director of Music and Organist at St. Anne's Episcopal in Damascus, Maryland where he oversees the music program where he directs two choirs. He is also Organist/Cantor/ Director of the Choir at Congregation B'nai Abraham in Hagerstown, Maryland overseeing two choirs there as well. He is currently a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Association of Anglican Musicians, Music Teachers National Association, and the Federation of Music Clubs. He is active as a recitalist and has sung professionally as a baritone soloist in the venue of oratorio and also accompanying.
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Lynn L. Staininger

LStaininger@frederick.edu • (240) 405-7382
B.M., M.M. (Choral Conducting), Arizona State University
Lynn Staininger received her degrees in music education and choral conducting from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Lynn teaches music theory, choir, voice and piano at FCC and choral conducting and pedagogy by special request. Well-versed in all musical styles, Ms. Staininger loves working with students of all ages and experience. Lynn is the 2017 recipient of the Maryland Music Educator's Association "Outstanding Music Educator Award".
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John Wickelgren

JWickelgren@frederick.edu • (301) 668-0355
B.A., B.M, Oberlin College, English and Piano Performance; M.M., D.M.A., Peabody Conservatory.
Dr. John Wickelgren has appeared in solo and chamber concerts in cities throughout Colorado, Maryland and Washington, D.C. He has performed in summer festivals at Bowdoin and Interlochen, and he was a Resident Artist in 1997 at La Gesse Foundation in France. Dr. Wickelgren made his solo debut with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in 2008, performing Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia. He has appeared several times with the Frederick Symphony Orchestra, performing concertos by Beethoven, Grieg and Liszt. Having studied the Taubman piano technique since 2001, he was certified in 2012 as an instructor by the Golandsky Institute and participates regularly in the institute’s teaching and performance symposia in New York City and at Princeton University. Currently he coaches with Taubman/Golandsky specialist Robert Durso in Philadelphia. In 2004, he was recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, which funded his first solo CD, “Reflections: The Year 1905.” Dr. Wickelgren earned his BM and MM degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the Peabody Institute. He teaches piano, musicianship and theory at the music faculties of FCC and Mount St. Mary’s University.
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Suk-Yi Hyun

SHYun@frederick.edu • (240) 421-7188
Pianist Suk Yi Hyun has appeared as a soloist and collaborative pianist in the United States, Canada and Korea. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 as a prize-winner of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition and has been selected as a finalist for the Seattle International Piano Competition. Dr. Hyun has also performed in several festivals and concerts, including the 2007 William Kapell competition festival, the Las Vegas Music festival, the Boston Piano and String Festival, the Young Artists Concert, and on Frederick Community College's Artist Series. Music critic Julian Kreeger lauded her for "the best performance of Aaron Copland's Piano Sonata," and critic Tim Smith described the same concert as a "passionate and exciting performance, with a variety of tone colors."

She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland. She was a recipient of the Albert Lockwood Memorial Scholarship at the University of Michigan, where she earned her Master of Music degree. She received her Bachelor's Degree, summa cum laude, at Seoul National University in Korea. She has studied with Santiago Rodriguez, Arthur Greene and Cleveland Page. She has also played for master classes with such renowned pianists as Lazar Berman, Jerome Lowenthal, and Nelita True. She is currently on the adjunct faculty at Frederick Community College and a member of MTNA and MSMTA. Her students have won awards at such prestigious competitions as the MTNA piano competition, the Spring Festival and Rockville's piano and string competition. She is pianist with the Aerius Ensemble.
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SAXOPHONE

Laura Armstrong

LauraArmstrong.netLArmstrong@frederick.edu • (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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Howard Burns
HBurns@frederick.edu • (301) 788-3274

Bachelor of Music, Howard University; Masters Degree, Royal Conservatory of Music, Brussels, Belgium
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Howard Burns attended Baltimore City public schools. In high school, Howard was a member of Chocolate Rain, a well-known band operating in Baltimore, Washington, DC, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. A high-energy group with an original sound, Chocolate Rain produced a record in the 1970, and was selected to open shows for Earth Wind and Fire, Ohio Players, Weather Report, Parliament, The Isley Brothers and the Blackbyrds. Burns attended Howard University, earning a Bachelor of Music degree, and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, Belgium, where he earned his master’s degree. A member of the Blackbyrds and the Midnight Movers, he also performed with Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Joe Wilder, Butch Ballard, Buddy Catlett, Benny Powell, Hank Jones, John Handy, Curtis Fuller, Charles Davis, Lou Donaldson, The Four Tops, and The Temptations. The Howard Burns Quartet has been together for 20 years. He has appeared on five compact discs featuring the well-known jazz percussionist Kevin Yost.
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STRING BASS & STRING ENSEMBLE

Lynn Fleming
VLFleming@Frederick.edu • (301) 972.4296
After graduating from the Juilliard School, Lynn Fleming spent ten years abroad, teaching and performing with the Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela, South America. Returning to the United States, she joined the faculty of the Juilliard Music Advancement Program and performed in New York City and the surrounding area. Ms. Fleming relocated to Maryland and joined the Frederick Community College music faculty in 2007. In addition to teaching bass (double bass and electric bass), she is the director of FCC's String Ensemble. Ms. Fleming is also adjunct faculty at McDaniel College, where she teaches bass and serves as assistant director of the Westminster Symphony Orchestra. She also performs, as a free-lance musician, with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony and National Philharmonic, and she coaches for several youth orchestras, including the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra, the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra, and the Academy of Saint Cecilia Youth Orchestra.
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TRUMPET

Jacob Dalager

Jdalager@frederick.edu • (847) 347-3873
Jacob Dalager is a freelance trumpet player, composer, and educator in the Washington D.C. area. Currently an instructor at the Catholic University of America, Frostburg State University, Frederick Community College, and the International School of Music, he pursuing his D.M.A. at the Catholic University of America. As principal trumpet of the Washington Chamber Orchestra, he is also a frequent guest with the National Philharmonic, Post-Classical Ensemble, and Symphony of the Potomac. Dalager is a founding member, principal trumpet, and arranger for the Parkway Brass as well as a member of the touring world fusion rock band, Black Masala, and the Wammy award-wining reggae outfit, Shamans of Sound. Dalager graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 2012 with an M.M. in Trumpet Performance and Literature and St. Olaf College in 2009. As a recognized composer, Dalagers was a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award in 2011. His music has a tonal foundation with rich jazz- and blues-influenced dissonances and a driving rhythmic undercurrent inspired by world music traditions.

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TUBA

Aaron Lovely

ALovely@frederick.edu • (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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VIOLIN/VIOLA

Jason Diggs
JaDiggs@frederick.edu • (410) 812-2018
Mr. Diggs began studying violin at the age of 9 in Baltimore City public schools. He received his B.M. in viola and Artist Diploma in Quartet Studies from Shenandoah Conservatory and is one of the founding members of Argot. His teachers included Doris Lederer and C. Thomas Shaw of the Audubon Quartet, and Olivia Hajioff and Marc Ramirez of the MarcOliva Duo. He received his M.M. in viola performance from the San Francisco Conservatory under the instruction of Jodi Levitz of the Ives Quartet and received chamber instruction from pianist/violist Paul Hersh and violinist Axel Strauss. He has participated in chamber masterclasses given by Kim Kashkashian, Christoph Wyneken, John O'Conor, and the Juilliard Quartet as well as an orchestral master class given by Sir Simon Rattle serving as principal viola. When not performing with Argot, Mr. Diggs freelances with several orchestras including, The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, The National Philharmonic, Harrisburg Symphony, Maryland Symphony , Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra and is the principal violist of the National String Symphonia. He was the violist in the Foreign Landscapes CD by Hauschka, principal violist for the R. Kreutzer Violin Concertos 17-19 CD released by Naxos featuring violinist Axel Strauss, and violist for the 2008 Grammy nominated album Indigo Road by lutanist Ron Mcfarlane.
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Rowell Jao
RJao@frederick.edu • (757) 779-7815
Rowell Jao received an M.M. in Violin Pedagogy, M.M. and B.M. in Violin Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, Certificate in Teaching the Violin and Viola: Creating a Healthy Foundation, from Northwestern University, and is a Graduate of the Governor’s School for the Arts in VA. He is a Registered Suzuki Violin teacher and a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area. Rowell is also member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and has students participate in their ASTACAP yearly exams. With an extensive performance history playing with orchestras in Virginia and Maryland, as well as being the first violinist for the 2008 Grammy nominated album Indigo Road by lutanist Ronn Mcfarlane, Rowell Jao has a thriving music studio with over 10 years of experience teaching students of all ages.
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Maryory Serrano

MSerrano@frederick.edu • (540) 664-4068
Maryory Serrano began violin lessons with Professor Ismenia Molina at the Aragua Symphony Foundation in Maracay, Venezuela. She also studied with Professors Victor Gamardo, Borgan Ascanio, Luis Miguel Gonzalez, Pablo Vazquez, Jose Francisco del Castillo and Williams Naranjo. Ms. Serrano was a member of the Aragua Symphony Orchestra from 1995 to 2001. In America, she received her Bachelor's Degree, cum laude, Master's Degree, Artist Diploma in String Quartet Studies and Artist Diploma in Performance from Shenandoah University, under the tutelage of professors Marc Ramirez, Akemi Takayama, Doris Lederer, and Tom Shaw. She has appeared in Master Classes with such renowned musicians as violinist Anne-Akiko Myers, Glen Dicterow and Midori, and with pianist John O'Conor. Ms. Serrano has been principal of the Second Violin section of the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra since 2003. She has also served as Concertmaster for the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra and Pit Orchestra, and was a member of the Shenandoah Kammermusik Players. She has participated in the Las Vegas Music Festival, the summer festival of the National Repertory Orchestra, Idyllwild Arts Music Festival, the Shenandoah Performs festival and the Castleton Festival. Ms. Serrano was a candidate for the International Violin Competition Citta d' Brescia in Italy in 2007. She is pursuing her Doctorate in Violin Performance at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where she has been Assistant of the Latin American Music Center and Concertmaster of Catholic University Symphony Orchestra.
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VOICE

Paula Chipman

PChipman@frederick.edu • (301) 846-2566
Associate Professor, Department Chair CHA, Voice Co-Program Manager, Music Artist Series Coordinator
B.M.E., University of Kansas; M.M., Arizona State University; D.M.A., University of Maryland, College Park
Further studies in Graz, Austria, at the American Institute of Musical Studies, and Hochshule fuer Musik, Vienna, Austria. Performed with the Vienna State Opera Company, the Vienna Chamber Opera, The Austrian Radio Chorus, at La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy, and at the Salzburg Festival, Salzburg, Austria. Toured to Japan, London, Athens, Greece, and Budapest with Leonard Bernstein and Claudio Abbado. Faculty member at FCC since 1990. Also taught at Rice University in Houston, Texas, Mesa Community College, Mesa, Arizona, and Northern Virginia Community College. Specialist in modern art song and premiered works for local composers such as Lawrence Moss, Thomas DeLio, Robert Gibson, Janet Peachey, and Jessica Krash. Active recitalist, opera, and oratorio soloist for churches and community organizations in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.
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Mary Gresock

MGresock@frederick.edu • (301) 879-2069
B.M. in Music Education, Catholic University School of Music; M.M. in Vocal Performance, University of Maryland, College Park
Recent graduate of TAI (Teaching Artist Institute affiliated with Maryland State Arts Council, Young Audiences of Maryland, and AEMS); voice student of Elizabeth Daniels; Performing/Educational Artist with Baltimore Opera, Washington National Opera, and Wolf Trap Center of Performing Arts/ Institute; Artistic Director of Odyssey Opera Theatre; Cantor at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Bethesda, Md.. Continual performance engagements throughout Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia in opera, operetta, and musical theater. Former co-director for Opera Kids at Levine School of Music in Washington D.C and musical theater/vocal instructor for Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts.
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David Loy

DLoy@frederick.edu • (301) 791-7730
David Loy received a B.A. in music performance (piano) from Elon University. He received the Master of Music in Choral Conducting (voice as principal instrument) from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In addition to his teaching at Frederick Community College, he maintains a flourishing private studio of piano and voice students. Many of his students have received high ratings in voice and piano festivals and competitions. He is currently, Music Director of the Musical Theatre Factory, of Frederick where he prepares singers for over six performances a year. He teaches a six-week intensive vocal music workshop/camp during the summer. He is Director of Music and Organist at St. Anne's Episcopal in Damascus, Maryland where he oversees the music program where he directs two choirs. He is also Organist/Cantor/ Director of the Choir at Congregation B'nai Abraham in Hagerstown, Maryland overseeing two choirs there as well. He is currently a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Association of Anglican Musicians, Music Teachers National Association, and the Federation of Music Clubs. He is active as a recitalist and has sung professionally as a baritone soloist in the venue of oratorio and also accompanying.
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Sterling Scroggins, D.M.A.

SScroggins@frederick.edu • (202) 906-0613
Sterling Scroggins (baritone) teaches studio voice at Frederick Community College and American University. His teaching is based on classical technique. In voice lessons, through vocalises and songs, the student learns how to coordinate the elements of phonation (breath, onset, vowel position, and tone quality) with the song, and performance. The lessons are geared towards the student’s goals. Dr. Scroggins received his musical training from the University of Maryland (D.M.A. James McDonald, Voice) University of Colorado (M.Mus, William Kearns, American Music History) and Colorado State University (B.M.Ed. Edward Anderson, Voice.) He has performed and directed operas in the Washington D.C area, with favorite roles including Papageno (The Magic Flute) Mephistopheles (Faust) and Joe Hardy (Damn Yankees.) As director, Sterling’s favorite productions include The Magic Flute, La Traviata, and Fiddler on the Roof.
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Lynn L. Staininger

LStaininger@frederick.edu(240) 405-7382
B.M., M.M. (Choral Conducting), Arizona State University
Lynn Staininger received her degrees in music education and choral conducting from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Lynn teaches music theory, choir, voice and piano at FCC and choral conducting and pedagogy by special request. Well-versed in all musical styles, Ms. Staininger loves working with students of all ages and experience. Lynn is the 2017 recipient of the Maryland Music Educator's Association "Outstanding Music Educator Award".

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Aaron Lovely

ALovely@frederick.edu • (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.
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