Instructors

Our instructors are experienced professional teachers and musicians. All styles, all instruments beginning to advanced . . . . . . . including Piano. Visit our School of Music page for lesson information.

Samantha Allen • Violin

Samantha began her musical journey at the young age of five, and now enjoys sharing her music through performing and teaching. She has had the privledge of attending many prestigious festivals throughout the country and has recently performed in major concert halls in both Spain and Argentina. She recently graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory with her Bachelor’s Degree in violin performance, and looks forward to beginning her master’s degree this fall.

David A. Asti • Banjo, Mandolin, and Fiddle

David is an experienced professional musician. His substantial knowledge in a wide variety of music and instruments enables him to instruct beginners to advanced with great success. David is the main and original member of “The Hillbilly Gypsies. Aside from touring for many years they have performed on NPR: West Virginia Mountain Stage, PBS, Song of The Mountains, Old Time Radio Hour BBC Documentary among many others. He has won and placed in many Mandolin and Bluegrass contests in West Virginia and Maryland.

Emily Bentgen  •  Oboe

Bio coming soon

Teresa Carson  •  Violin

Teresa Carson has many years of private violin instruction experience. She has studied at the New School of Music and the Lebanon Valley College, both in Pennsylvania. Additionally, she has performed with the Harrisburg symphony for over eleven years. Her students excel early and participate in all of our recitals.

Andrea M. Diggs  •  Flute, Voice, Note-Able Minds, Vocal Ensembles

Andrea Diggs earned her BM (2002) and MM (2004) in Flute Performance from Shenandoah University Conservatory in Winchester, VA where she studied with Frances Lapp Averitt. While there, she received additional instruction from Charlene Romano and LaVerne Sergeant. Years later, she took private voice lessons with mezzo-soprano Barbara Hollinshead of Arlington, VA. Her summer studies include the Pierre Monteux School for conductors and Orchestra Musicians in Hancock, ME, under the direction of Michael Jinbo and Claude Monteux, and the Orchestral Flute Institute in Detroit, MI directed by Ervin Monroe and Jeffrey Zook.

Ms. Diggs started teaching students of all ages more than 13 years ago and has been on the faculty at Ellsworth Music since 2007. She teaches flute, voice and a music program she developed called Note-able Minds™. Her program was originally for only young children, but now includes opportunities for older children as well as chamber ensembles, Cantores and Juvenes Cantores.

As a performer, she plays flute with Charles Washington Symphony Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and substitutes with Loudoun Symphony Orchestra. She also performs in the flute/cello duo, Entropy In Two, with Camilo Pérez-Mejía and plays and sings in the jazz duo, Pat-Diggs-Jazz with guitarist Pat Lowery. Her career career highlights include performing at Embassies in Washington, DC, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and throughout Europe, among other venues, both as a soloist and ensemble member. In the past, she has been a member of The City Choir of Washington and The Washington Chorus.

Ms. Diggs has adjudicated at various festivals and competitions throughout Virginia and Maryland.

Brian Ellsworth, Owner  •  French Horn

Mr. Ellsworth attended the University of Maryland, New England Conservatory, and The University of the Pacific as a Bachelor of Music Performance Major. Mr. Ellsworth is an experienced performer and teacher of the french horn. He has studied with Sam Ramsey and Orrin Olsen of the Washington Opera Orchestra at The Kennedy Center and Tom Newell of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Ellsworth is active in the music community as the owner of Ellsworth Music and performs in numerous ensembles as well.

Nancy Ellsworth  •  Violin

Nancy Ellsworth, a native of California, received her early training there with Lucie Bruch, Nathan Abas, and Naoum Blinder. She graduated from Mills College in Oakland, California where she studied composition with Darius Milhoud. She was then invited to attend The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia to study violin with Efrem Zimbalist where she received an Artist’s diploma. Her professional experience includes membership in the Denver and Pittsburgh Symphonies, as well as the orchestras of the National Gallery of Art, Wolf Trap, and the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, holding her position of concertmaster for 25 years. She has taught privately and played many solo and chamber music engagements throughout her career.
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Jordan English • Saxophone, Specializes in Jazz

Jordan has been a clinician for numerous local groups, including: Washington High School Band, Hedgesville Middle School Band, South Hagerstown High School Band, and the Hedgesville High School Band. He has also taught at summer jazz music camps. Jordan has also played in in numerous jazz orchestra and big bands such as the James Southern Jazz Orchestra, Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra, and the Hagerstown Municipal Big Band.

Jesse Forbes • Guitar, Music Therapy

Bio coming soon

Susan Fronck • Piano, Vocal

Susan attended Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and studied piano there with Dr. Gerald Cox and Dr. Alan Hersh.  While st SRU, Mrs. Fronck accompanied the College Choir for 2 years, was part of the marching and concert bands as a French horn player, and participated in many recitals.  After graduation, she was employed by Berkeley County as a classroom teacher for 38 years.  For 20 of those years, she also taught piano at K&B Music, helping many people of all ages learn to play.  Since retirement, Mrs. Fronck has been an orchestra accompanist for the Berkeley County Orchestra, Mill Creek and Mountain Ridge Intermediate School Orchestras, and South Middle and Musselman Middle School Orchestras, all under the direction of Mrs. Eva DelGallo.  She also plays for weddings and substitutes for organists in local churches.  Mrs. Fronck’s musical focus is teaching all students to play the piano with an understanding of notes, theory and history, while improving their technique and musical expression.

Chris Godfrey • Drums, Vocal

Chris has taught at ten public schools, directed two musicals at the Apollo Civic Theater, and has taught at Shepherd University. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Concord University and a Masters of Music Education from Shenandoah Music Conservatory. He is also a member of the National Association for Music Education and the American Choral Directors Association.

Dave Goldman  •  Guitar and Pedal Steel Guitar

Dave Goldman has been teaching guitar since the mid-1960’s. A student of the late Bill Gibson of Washington, D.C., Dave’s early influences were well grounded in theory and technique. He attended Los Angeles City College as a music major and while there was fortunate to take private lessons from the world renowned George Van Eps and Duke Miller. While on the west coast, he was able to associate with many guitar greats such as Howard Roberts, Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Joe Pass & George Benson. As a professional musician, Dave made a living for many years “up and down the road” performing all styles of music. Along the way, he branched out to include the Pedal Steel Guitar in his repertoire, studying with the great Buddy Charleton. Dave also had the distinct opportunity to repeatedly sit “one on one” with the incomparable Roy Buchanan and Danny Gatton. Presently retired from “the road”, Dave likes to refer to his main venue as “the stump by the river”. Currently, Dave is authoring a collection of advanced guitar solos to be published in the near future.

Janet Hinzman • Piano, Organ, Voice

Janet is a graduate from B.B.C in Springfield, Montana with a music degree in organ and piano. She has taught in private and public schools in Indiana and is currently the director for Shenandoah Junction Enlarged United Methodist Charge. She is available to teach on Monday, Thursday, and Friday.

Matthew Kian Holmes • Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Low Brass ( Tuba/Baritone)

Matthew began his musical career at the young age of 10 playing Trumpet in Harpers Ferry Middle School.  After several years of playing Trumpet, Matthew began playing Upright Bass at the suggestion of his Middle School band teacher.  This became his passion.   He currently performs with various jazz big bands and small groups.  He is one of the founding members of Stuffed Crust, a jazz quartet, which plays at many venues in WV.  In addition, he is the sole Bassist in the National Jazz Workshop All-Star Big Band, which has performed at The Mint in New Orleans and The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.  As a classical musician, he is the Principal Bassist with the Charles Washington Symphony Orchestra and was first chair All State Orchestra as a sophomore. In addition to Jazz and Classical, he is proficient in many other styles of music (i.e. Rock, Funk, Fusion, etc.)  He can teach Upright Bass, Electric Bass as well as Tuba.

Jeff Kauffman  •  Guitar

Jeff has been teaching guitar since the 1970’s. He is an experienced performer as well as a recording techniques and equipment specialist. His bands (rock, reggae, jazz) perform all over the eastern panhandle and beyond. Jeff’s students enjoy learning a variety of genres and eventually start to perform in our Rockn’ rolcitals and form their own groups.

Barbie Kidwell • Piano, Violin

Bio coming soon

Patrick E. Lowry  •  Guitar, Jazz Theory, Woodwind Specialist, Various Folk Instruments

Pat Lowry graduated from the University of Miami, Florida where he studied woodwinds and piano and received a Bachelor of Music in Music Merchandising. Pat has managed stores for Veneman Music in Silver Spring, Rockville, and Bethesda, MD and Springfield, VA. His favorite color is chartreuse. Was the manager of the instrument department of Dale Music for 20 years.  Patrick is an accomplished musician able to instruct students in almost any genre of music….instruments include: Saxophone, Ukulele, Clarinet, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Dulcimer, and Trumpet.  He is also jazz clinician at Charles Town Middle School and Shepherdstown Middle School.

Cathleen Matzureff • Voice

Soprano, Cathleen Matzureff, an experienced performer, recently graduated from the West Virginia University School of Music where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. Mrs. Matzureff  has 15 years of vocal training, as she started studying at 8 years old. While at WVU, Mrs. Matzureff studied under soprano Dr. Hope Koehler, and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Berkebile. She has also studied under soprano Brooke Evers-Moore, soprano Dr. Barbara Stenger, and tenor Dr. Robert Tudor. Most recently, Mrs. Matzureff apprenticed under soprano Laura Knoop Very, who has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
Not limited to classical music, Mrs. Matzureff was the consecutive Jefferson Idol Winner for 2008-2009. She has also performed with the West Virginia University Chamber Singers, Shepherd University Chambers Singers, Shepherd University Women’s Camerata, as well as the Shepherd University Opera Workshop where she performed the leading role of Euridice in Christoph Willibald Gluck’s French opera, Orfeo ed Euridice. Her vocal knowledge and experience has led her to the Ellsworth School of Music.

Robert Mitchell  •  Bagpipe

Robert Mitchell started his bagpipe adventure in Wilmington, DE when he was 9, under the direction of Robert Gilchrist.  After spending a year in Scotland studying under the late John MacFadyen, he returned to the US and started teaching piping when he was a senior in high school.  Later, Bob started a pipe band from scratch in Columbia, MD.  Bob remaind Pipe Major of the Clan Campbell Pipes and Drums, which became the Dunloggin Pipes and Drums for 20 years.

As a solo competitor, Bob won most contests he entered, at least once, including the Clan Donald Quaich at Fair Hill, the Stone Mountain Invitational Piobaireachd, and the Open Piobaireachd at Maxville, Ontario.  He was awarded the Wee Piper trophy at Grandfather Mt. Highland Games five times.  This led to Bob being invited to perform for Dame Flora MacLeod’s 96th birthday celebration at the Waldorf Astoria.

For thirty years, Bob followed his passion for teaching as a Special Education teacher in public schools in Maryland.  He retired from pipe band work in 1995, and pursued a career as a professional bagpiper, performing and touring with other folk musicians.  He has recorded several CD’s with IONA and The Sound of Sleat.  Ten years ago, Bob started studying the art and history of small piping.

Jenny Montgomery • Piano

Jenny began piano lessons when she was 8 years old in Alexandria, VA.  She studied classical piano with Marian Herritt, a concert pianist and then head of the Northern VA Teachers Association.  She performed in annual competitions and recitals in the Washington DC area up until high school.  She attended Brown University and then Berklee College of Music.  She has played professionally as well as taught private piano for over 20 years.  She is now obsessed with learning and singing country tunes on guitar.  She also teaches Yoga.

Kari Pennington • French Horn, Trombone, Trumpet

Bio coming soon

Camilo Pérez-Mejía  •  Cello, Strings Class and Ensemble

Camilo received a Bachelor of Music from the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. In 1999, he began his studies at Shenandoah University where he earned a Master of Music in Cello Performance, an Artist Diploma in String Quartet Studies and completed courses in the Doctoral program.

He received concerto competition awards with the Colombian National Symphony, Universidad Javeriana and the Shenandoah Conservatory. As a member of Pergine Spettacolo Aperto, Cello12 and other ensembles, he has performed in Italy, Mexico, Brazil and at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC. He was Principal cellist of the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra, has performed with Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Frederick Symphony Orchestra and the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra.

He has been teaching strings throughout Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia since 2002. Previously he taught in Bogotá, Colombia. He has been a string adjudicator for the Virginia Governor’s School for Visual and Performing Arts and Shenandoah Valley Youth Chamber Orchestra.

Sara Prengamen • Percussion ( Drum Set/General/Mallet)

Bio coming soon

Jesse Shultzaberger  •  Drums, Percussion, Trumpet

Jesse Shultzaberger hold a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV.  Growing up in a musical family, Jesse’s path began at a young age, playing trumpet and drums.  Jesse began teaching drums in 2000 and has taught over one hundred students from beginner to advanced level in all styles including rock, jazz, funk, country, concert, marching band and more.  Along with private lessons, he works with area school jazz bands as well as teaches music to developmentally challenged students.  Apart from teaching, Jesse is a professional musician who plays with numerous bands and artists including The Woodshedders, Deep Swell, and Ginada Pinata.  Jesse has appeared on over 20 albums and has performed on stages such as The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, The Barns of Wolftrap, Tamarak, music festivals, clubs and events.

Julie Smith • Piano, Voice

Julie is a Durant Scholar, receiving her Bachelors in music from Wellesley College. She is also working towards her M.A and Ph.D. She has participated in numerous choruses and choirs such as the The Washington Chorus and the Arts Chorale of Winchester. She has performed at many public service events, memorials, and weddings. Julie has been an Instructor of Piano and Voice in Winchester and Leesburg, Virginia since 2000 and has taught and performed with numerous students.

Gary Stewart • Guitar

Gary has received both his Bachelor and Masters degree in Guitar Performance and is currently working towards in Doctorate. Gary has worked as an instructor both privately and as a teaching assistant, specifically at Shenandoah Conservatory. He has performed in master classes under notable people such as William Kannengeiser, Andrew York, and Scott Tennant. He has also performed and recorded over 300 pieces for the Guitar Foundation of America Online Archives.

Yvonne Stewart  •  Piano & Clarinet Instruction

Yvonne holds a Bachelor of Music and a Masters of Music Degrees from Lambuth University and Austin Peay State University in Piano Performance. She is a recepient of many awards and graduted with honors from Austin Peay State University on 2007. Yvonne was also principle clarinetist  for the Wind Ensemble in 2007. Yvonne is an experienced instructor and well qualified to teach children and adults.

 

Eli Thomas • Violin

Eli received his Associates degree from Grossmont Community College and is currently working towards his Bachelors Degree in Music Performance at the Shenandoah Conservatory. Eli has studied from Mary Gerard and is currently studying with Akemi Takayama. He has played in two festivals, The Castleton Festival and the Credo Chamber Music Festival at Oberlin Conservatory, as well has numerous operas, such as Puccini’s Madame Butterfly at the Castleton Festival and Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Shenandoah Conservatory. Eli has taught an Applied Teaching Techniques Course at Shenandoah Conservatory with Professor Akemi Takayama.

Steve Valentine  •  Guitar, Bass

Steve is a graduate of Shepherd University with a degree in classical guitar performance. At George Mason University, he studied with Larry Snitzler who was an student of Andres Segovia. Steve also studied with Gerry Kunkel and Dave Reynolds, at Shepherd. Although Steve is a specialist in classical guitar, he also teaches folk, blues, and rock styles.

Jim Webb  •  Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle

Jim recently moved to the Eastern Panhandle. He has been performing and teaching bluegrass and oldtime music for the past forty years in the Louisville, Kentucky area. Jim is accomplished on guitar fingerstyle and flatpicking, bluegrass and old time banjo, old time and bluegrass fiddle. His cds and videos  can be found on the internet.

Greg Woodward JR. • Tuba

Greg is a recent graduate from Shepherd University. He has received many academic honors and a Bachelor in music performance. Mr. Woodward has performed with many groups such as The All Saints Episcopal and the Hagerstown Municipal Band as well as helping out at Loudon Valley High School and South Hagerstown High School.

 

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