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Welcome to Cadence | Music Lessons & Ensembles

The FCC music program is led by expert musicians with lessons and ensembles open to students of all ages and all levels, from beginner to advanced, in a variety of formats. Annual Shields Music Scholarships are provided by the George L. Shields Scholarship Fund and the FCC Foundation.

Music Lessons include Cello, Clarinet, Composition, Flute, Guitar, Handbell, Percussion, Piano, Sax, String Bass, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin, & Voice. New 30, 45, and 60-minute sessions begin every month. Fall Music Ensembles now forming include Big Band Jazz Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Handbell Ensemble, Jazz Workshop: Advanced, Jazz Workshop: Introduction, Percussion Ensemble, String Ensemble, Wind Ensemble Ensembles begin August 25.


Register for Lessons & Ensembles

First - Meet Our Music Teachers
Prior to registering, learn about our music teachers to ensure their background and availability align with your music lesson goals. Be sure to discuss lesson options with your instructor directly. At this time, lessons can be conducted online or in person.


Then - Choose Your Lesson or Ensemble
After clicking your selection below, a new window will open. Click "Add to Cart", add your instrument or lesson and the name of your instructor, and click Submit to finish the registration process.

  

                      

Three-Month Lessons


Keep the learning going from September through November by registering for twelve lessons. Choose from 30-, 45- or 60-minute lessons at a lower per-hour rate than month-to-month lessons. Now registering for the months indicated below, lessons are available for twelve weeks following the first lesson.

   
   
Music Ensembles

Join a Frederick Community College Music Ensemble this fall. Led by our well-known and experienced musicians, a variety of ensemble options are now available. Participation begins at $154 for 13 weeks.

                       

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MUSIC LESSON INSTRUCTORS

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 Clarinet Performance, University of Maryland
Dr. Laura Armstrong is a faculty member of Mount St. Mary’s University and Frederick Community College, where she teaches clarinet, saxophone, and music fundamentals.  She has performed in recitals in the Mid-Atlantic region and has performed as a soloist at the International Clarinet Association’s Clarinet Fest held in Ostend, Belgium in 2018. Laura is a founding member of the Fortunata Trio and has performed on concert series throughout the Baltimore-Washington area, and at the National Flute Association’s 2013 conference in New Orleans, LA.  She is also a member of the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra and performs in their tours throughout the US and can also be heard on their most current album Jazzin’ the Blues Away. 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 teachers have been Paul Cigan, Ron Samuels, and Valerie Martin.  She has also studied saxophone with Gail Levinsky and Ron Bixler. In 2015, Laura started her own reed making business, Aurora Winds. She lives in Baltimore, MD. 

Meredith Gersten
megersten@frederick.edu
www.ClarinetHQ.com
B.M.E. in Music Education, University of Kansas; M.M. in Clarinet Performance, University of Northern Colorado
Meredith is the managing director of Clarinet HQ, an online resource for young clarinetists and their band directors. Driving much of this work is her passion for engaging players of all ages and helping them establish proper clarinet techniques for lifelong success. She has taught in the public schools, serves on the International Clarinet Association's Youth Committee, and creates educational content for arts nonprofits. As a clarinetist, she has performed throughout the United States and Europe.


Michael Gersten
mgersten@frederick.edu
B.M.E. in Music Education and M.M. in Clarinet Performance, University of Kansas; D.A. in Clarinet and Music History, University of Northern Colorado
As an educator, Dr. Mike Gersten believes in providing students with the tools and support they need to achieve their goals. As a performer and creator, he is passionate about using music to explore society and culture. His film and live soundtrack, Hate, Hope, and Healing: Exploring the Holocaust Through Music, has received two separate grants from the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. As part of the ensemble Driftwood Duo, he has written and commissioned new works for two clarinets that blend elements of klezmer music with the music of other cultures. They have performed his own music and the music of others across the U.S. and Europe, including at the International Clarinet Association’s annual conference and the Library of Birmingham (UK). Dr. Gersten is the Music Program Manager at FCC and previously served as Assistant Professor of Woodwinds at South Texas College and Co-Principal Clarinet of the Valley Symphony Orchestra.

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EUPHONIUM, TROMBONE & TUBA


Aaron Lovely

alovely@frederick.edu • (703) 401-8971
B.M., Euphonium Performance, Cornerstone University, M.M., Tuba Performance, Indiana University
Aaron Lovely has performed in orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout North America and Europe.  In the years prior to moving to Maryland, he worked in West Texas as a school band director and served as the interim conductor and artistic director of the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale.  In addition to directing the Wind Ensemble and Low Brass instruction at FCC, he serves with the United States Army Ceremonial Band as Tubist and Associate Drum Major on ceremonies throughout the Military District of Washington.

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FLUTE


Jennifer Rundlett

jrundlett.wixsite.com/mysitejrundlett@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
Jennifer Rundlett has been teaching flute to students of all ages and experience levels in the Frederick area for over 20 years. She holds a B.M. from the California State University Northridge, M.M. from Peabody Institute Baltimore M and a Post Graduate Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester England. She is currently using ROCK OUT LOUD LIVE to teach lessons safely and effectively online. Her students are also enjoying using: the TONARA PRACTICE APP which maintains a real time studio leader board for practice points and gives the students an online folder to receive weekly assignments. Ms. Rundlett will also use voice memos for her students to submit recordings for feedback and Google Docs to maintain weekly lesson notes. Each semester she holds two Flute Olympics and one Virtual Watch Party for an end of semester recital. From world, jazz, classical music, group theory projects, listening assignments, Jennifer Rundlett will develop an individualized program to suit the interests and level of each student. To learn more and to read student testimonials go to https://jrundlett.wixsite.com/mysite.

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GUITAR


Chaz Aguado

chazaguadoguitar.comcaguado@frederick.edu • (240) 344-5662
Doctor of Musical Arts, Shenandoah Conservatory; Master’s Degree, University of Denver; Bachelor’s Degree, Towson University
Chaz Aguado is the classical guitar instructor at Frederick Community College and is also an adjunct professor at Carroll Community College and Towson University.  Dr. Aguado has been a private instructor for over ten years and is an active musician and teacher in the greater Washington DC/Baltimore area. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts from Shenandoah Conservatory and holds a master’s degree from University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree from Towson University. He also teaches other styles of guitar such as rock, country, blues, and metal at The Catoctin School of Music in Leesburg, Virginia. Some of the notable pedagogues he has studied classical guitar with are Mathew Palmer, Troy King, Laura Husbands, Jonathan Leatherwood, Julian Gray, and Ricardo Iznaola.  Dr. Aguado performs regularly at many different venues. Most often, you can find him performing classical guitar in recital and concert halls.  Not only does he perform as a soloist but also as a chamber artist with vocalists, cellists, violinists, and flutists.  Dr. Aguado currently offers private guitar lessons in-person or virtually. Chaz Aguado performs Soleá by Regino Sainz de la Maza (YouTube)


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
Bachelor of Arts, Music Education (summa cum laude), University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Bachelor's Degree, English (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), and Master's Degree, Education, Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania
Barbara Scheffter earned a Bachelors Degree in English (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) 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.  Highlights of her choral experience include singing under the direction of Randall Thompson and performing at the National Cathedral, The Riverside Church in Manhattan, and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Chapel in Berlin. She has served as a church musician for over 30 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.  After UMBC she studied composition with Dr. Wayne Wold at Hood College and with handbell composers Arnold Sherman and Sondra Tucker. She is published by Composer’s Music, a division of Jeffers Handbell Supply, Inc., and From the Top Publications.  The FCC Handbell Choir debuted her Christmas medley Rest Merry, Rejoice in 2018.  Another of her arrangements, Christmas Joy Medley, was designated an Editor’s Choice by J.W. Pepper & Sons, Inc. in 2019.

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PERCUSSION


Greg Herron

gherron@frederick.edu • (443) 621-8694
Bachelor's Degree, studio music and jazz, University of Miami, Florida; studied at the Boston Conservatory
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
Bachelor’s degree, Jazz Studies, University of Michigan; Master of Music, Music Theory & Composition, Scoring for Film and Multimedia, New York University
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.


Pat Franz

pfranz@frederick.edu • (301) 663-6197
Bachelor of Science Degree, Early Childhood Education, Kansas State University
Pat Franz has taught piano in the Frederick Community College Music for Enrichment program since 1989. She began her study of the Taubman Piano Technique that same year with Paul Maillet, a Taubman Institute Faculty/Artist, and became a certified instructor in 2003. She has continued the work with Golandsky Institute Co-Founder Robert Durso. Mrs. Franz served as practice assistant at the annual Taubman Symposium, applying the unique concepts of unified finger, hand, and arm movement. She continues to work with injured pianists and also young pianists in the Cadence Program. 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 Clavier, the nationally distributed monthly professional periodical for piano pedagogy, in 1992.


Alice Lee

alee@frederick.edu • (202) 270-1667
B.M. in Piano Performance and M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Northwestern University; D.M.A. in Piano Performance, University of Maryland
Dr. Lee teaches mainly classical piano repertoire, and is familiar with various teaching methods (e.g. intervallic, multi-key approach, traditional middle C, rote memory) and seeks to tailor her piano teaching to the individual needs of the student. She has studied with Ms. Elvina Pearce and Ms. Frances Larimer, esteemed pioneers in the field of piano pedagogy. She was on the piano faculty of Levine School of Music in Washington, DC (2000-2009), as well as a number of music schools in Chicago, teaching private lessons and class piano. As a freelance musician, she has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, choir conductor, accompanist in Austria and the United States; and worked for several years as a vocal coach, staff accompanist and church musician. She has studied with Alan Chow, Don Isaak, Laurence Davis, David Kaiserman, and Bradford Gowen.

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David Loy
dloy@frederick.edu • (301) 791-7730
B.A., music performance (piano), Elon University; Master of Music in Choral Conducting (voice as principal instrument) , Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
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.


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". Trained as a theater organist and harpsichordist, Ms. Staininger enjoys performing both as a soloist and accompanist.  Staininger is in her 18th year as the Artistic Director of the Choral Arts Society of Frederick, the city's oldest community choir, formed in 1943. Currently, Ms. Staininger is an organist and staff accompanist at St. Joseph on Carrollton Manor in Buckeystown, and on faculty at Hood College.  Lynn also teaches credit Choral Ensemble at FCC. 


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 taught at FCC since 1998. He teaches in person and online lessons through Zoom. Dr. Wickelgren has appeared in solo and chamber concerts throughout the country and he was a Resident Artist 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 in New York City.  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.


Suk-Yi Hyun

shyun@frederick.edu • (240) 421-7188
Bachelor's Degree, summa cum laude, Seoul National University in Korea; Master of Music, University of Michigan; Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Maryland
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 Clarinet Performance, University of Maryland
Dr. Laura Armstrong is a faculty member of Mount St. Mary’s University and Frederick Community College, where she teaches clarinet, saxophone, and music fundamentals. She has performed in recitals in the Mid-Atlantic region and has performed as a soloist at the International Clarinet Association’s Clarinet Fest held in Ostend, Belgium in 2018. Laura is a founding member of the Fortunata Trio and has performed on concert series throughout the Baltimore-Washington area, and at the National Flute Association’s 2013 conference in New Orleans, LA. She is also a member of the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra and performs in their tours throughout the US and can also be heard on their most current album Jazzin’ the Blues Away. 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 teachers have been Paul Cigan, Ron Samuels, and Valerie Martin. She has also studied saxophone with Gail Levinsky and Ron Bixler. In 2015, Laura started her own reed making business, Aurora Winds. She lives in Baltimore, MD.


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.


Meredith Gersten

megersten@frederick.eduwww.ClarinetHQ.com
B.M.E. in Music Education, University of Kansas; M.M. in Clarinet Performance, University of Northern Colorado
Meredith is the managing director of Clarinet HQ, an online resource for young clarinetists and their band directors. Driving much of this work is her passion for engaging players of all ages and helping them establish proper clarinet techniques for lifelong success. She has taught in the public schools, serves on the International Clarinet Association's Youth Committee, and creates educational content for arts nonprofits. As a clarinetist, she has performed throughout the United States and Europe.


Michael Gersten

mgersten@frederick.edu
B.M.E. in Music Education and M.M. in Clarinet Performance, University of Kansas; D.A. in Clarinet and Music History, University of Northern Colorado
As an educator, Dr. Mike Gersten believes in providing students with the tools and support they need to achieve their goals. As a performer and creator, he is passionate about using music to explore society and culture. His film and live soundtrack, Hate, Hope, and Healing: Exploring the Holocaust Through Music, has received two separate grants from the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. As part of the ensemble Driftwood Duo, he has written and commissioned new works for two clarinets that blend elements of klezmer music with the music of other cultures. They have performed his own music and the music of others across the U.S. and Europe, including at the International Clarinet Association’s annual conference and the Library of Birmingham (UK). Dr. Gersten is the Music Program Manager at FCC and previously served as Assistant Professor of Woodwinds at South Texas College and Co-Principal Clarinet of the Valley Symphony Orchestra.

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STRING BASS & STRING ENSEMBLE


Lynn Fleming

vlfleming@Frederick.edu • (301) 922-0398
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 the FCC String Ensemble.

 

TRUMPET


Dr. Luke Spence

lspence.trumpet@gmail.com • (443) 845-5437
B.M., Oberlin Conservatory of Music; D.M.A. and M.M., University of Maryland
Dr. Luke Spence enjoys a freelance career performing and teaching in the Baltimore / Washington D.C. metropolitan area. He is the Lecturer of Trumpet at Frostburg State University, Instructor of Trumpet at Frederick Community College, and serves as second trumpet of the Washington Chamber Orchestra. He also performs regularly with ensembles including the Fairfax Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Reading Symphony, Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Washington Opera Society, and The New Orchestra of Washington. Most recently, Dr. Spence joined the dynamic award-winning chamber group Anima Brass. Outside of mainstream classical music, Dr. Spence has performed with Baltimore and D.C. theatre companies, toured with the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, performed early music on period instruments with the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble, and premiered new works by living composers with groups such as Stage Free and the District New Music Coalition. In recent years, he has performed at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, toured across the U.S., Europe, and China, and was a featured soloist with the Washington Sinfonietta. Dr. Spence earned his DMA and MM at the University of Maryland where he studied with Chris Gekker and holds a BM with a minor in musicology from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied with Roy Poper and was the recipient of the 2014 James Stamp Award. For more information on Dr. Spence please visit www.lukespencetrumpet.com.

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TUBA


Aaron Lovely

alovely@frederick.edu • (703) 401-8971
B.M., Euphonium Performance, Cornerstone University, M.M., Tuba Performance, Indiana University
Aaron Lovely has performed in orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout North America and Europe.  In the years prior to moving to Maryland, he worked in West Texas as a school band director and served as the interim conductor and artistic director of the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale.  In addition to directing the Wind Ensemble and Low Brass instruction at FCC, he serves with the United States Army Ceremonial Band as Tubist and Associate Drum Major on ceremonies throughout the Military District of Washington.

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VIOLIN/VIOLA


Jason Diggs

jadiggs@frederick.edu • (410) 812-2018
B.M., Viola and Artist Diploma in Quartet Studies, Shenandoah Conservatory; M.M., viola performance, San Francisco Conservatory
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.


Rowell Jao

rjao@frederick.edu • (757) 779-7815
M.M. in Violin Pedagogy, M.M. and B.M. in Violin Performance, Shenandoah Conservatory of Music; Certificate in Teaching the Violin and Viola: Creating a Healthy Foundation, Northwestern University
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.


Marjory Serrano

mserrano@frederick.edu • (540) 664-4068
Bachelor's Degree, cum laude, and Master's Degree, Artist Diploma in String Quartet Studies and Artist Diploma in Performance, Shenandoah University; Doctorate, Violin Performance, Catholic University of America in Washington, DC
Dr. Marjory Serrano began violin lessons at the Aragua Symphony Foundation in Maracay, Venezuela. In the US, 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. 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. Dr. Serrano was the only participant from the Americas invited to participate in the International Violin Competition Citta d' Brescia in Italy in 2007. She received her Doctorate in Violin Performance at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, with a specialization in Latin American studies. Currently, she is the co-concertmaster of the Loudoun Symphony and the Apollo Orchestra. She is available to teach in-person and online. 

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VOICE


Paula Chipman

pchipman@frederick.edu • (240) 425-4029
B.M.E., University of Kansas; M.M., Arizona State University; D.M.A., University of Maryland, College Park
Dr. Chipman has taught voice at Frederick Community College for 31 years, and she recently retired as Professor of Music for the College.  Before coming to FCC, she studied in Graz, Austria, at the American Institute of Musical Studies, and the Hochshule fuer Musik in Vienna, Austria. She has 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. Teaching positions include teaching voice at Rice University in Houston, Texas, Mesa Community College, Mesa, Arizona, and Northern Virginia Community College. Dr. Chipman performs as a soloist for churches and community organizations in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, and many of her former students are currently working in the music profession.


Mary Gresock

mgresock@frederick.edu • (301) 879-2069 • (301) 830-3170
M.M. (voice,opera theatre) University of Maryland, College Park; B.M. (music education, pre-K–12), Catholic University Conservatory of Music (Washington D.C.). Certified Level 3 Somatic Voicework™, The Lovetri Method
Mary Gresock, Soprano, has served on the voice faculty at Frederick Community College since Fall of 2001, participating as a faculty recitalist in various past programs such as Women in Song, Viva la Musica, Musical Gems from Abroad, Swingin’ Sisters, American Song: Made In The U.S.A., Love Letters  with flutist Jennifer Rundlett,  and Mozart, Magic and Mischief. In addition to Frederick Community College, Mary is on the voice faculty at Academy of Fine Arts in Gaithersburg, Md, and  Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo, Md. She also serves as the Early Childhood Specialist at the Conservatory. As a Master Teaching Artist, Mary facilitates performing arts and arts – integrated residencies in the schools for The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts as well as her own company, Odyssey Opera Theatre.  As a performing artist, Mary has portrayed various roles with such companies as the Washington National Opera, Baltimore Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera International, Annapolis Opera, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, Md. Lyric Opera, Signature Theatre, The “IN” Series, and The Washington Savoyards. Among her favorite roles have been “Susanna” from The Marriage of Figaro, “Adele” from Die Fledermaus, and “Eliza Doolittle” from My Fair Lady. She most recently debuted at Clear Space Theatre in Delaware, performing “Mother Superior “in Sister Act and “M’Lynn” in Steel Magnolias. On the concert stage, Mary has sung with The Capital City Symphony as the soloist in Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and she has been featured in such works as Saint - Saen’s Christmas Oratorio. Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Haydn’s Missa Brevis , Vivaldi’s Gloria, Finzi’s In Terra Pax, and Handel’s Messiah.  As a vocal instructor, Mary loves working a wide span of ages – six through adult, and is comfortable exploring various types of music and singing styles. Critical singing goals include developing a healthy, expressive voice as well as a deeper understanding of how our singing voice functions.


David Loy

dloy@frederick.edu • (301) 791-7730
B.A., music performance (piano), Elon University; Master of Music in Choral Conducting (voice as principal instrument) , Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
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
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.)
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.


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". Trained as a theater organist and harpsichordist, Ms. Staininger enjoys performing both as a soloist and accompanist. Staininger is in her 18th year as the Artistic Director of the Choral Arts Society of Frederick, the city's oldest community choir, formed in 1943. Currently, Ms. Staininger is an organist and staff accompanist at St. Joseph on Carrollton Manor in Buckeystown, and on faculty at Hood College. Lynn also teaches credit Choral Ensemble at FCC.

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WIND ENSEMBLE


Aaron Lovely

alovely@frederick.edu • (703) 401-8971
B.M., Euphonium Performance, Cornerstone University, M.M., Tuba Performance, Indiana University
Aaron Lovely has performed in orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout North America and Europe.  In the years prior to moving to Maryland, he worked in West Texas as a school band director and served as the interim conductor and artistic director of the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale.  In addition to directing the Wind Ensemble and Low Brass instruction at FCC, he serves with the United States Army Ceremonial Band as Tubist and Associate Drum Major on ceremonies throughout the Military District of Washington.

 

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