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 privilege 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 is now pursuing her master’s degree and anticipates graduating in 2019.

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.

Heather Austin-Stone  •  Violin

Ms. Austin-Stone is currently the Concertmaster of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, the Assistant Concertmaster with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in Hagerstown, MD, and a section 1st violinist with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. She has freelanced with the Fairfax Symphony, Prince William Symphony and the Annapolis Symphony as well as playing in many locations around Washington, DC and Baltimore including the Kennedy Center. She is a strolling violinist at an upscale restaurant, Violino Ristorante Italiano in Winchester, VA. She is one of the founding members of the Shenandoah Virtuosi String Quartet that has made a CD and performs regularly for weddings and other functions.

In March 2012, Ms. Austin-Stone was the featured soloist with the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra and she performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in e minor and in 2014 performed the Mozart Symphonie Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra with Dana Rokosny, violist.

Ms. Austin Stone has taught violin in private and public schools and in addition to teaching violin and viola at Shepherd University, she teaches at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, MD since it opened in 2009 and maintains a private studio at her home. She also teaches violin and viola in the Shepherd preparatory division, and is the 1st violin sectional coach for the Shepherd Community Orchestra. She joined Ellsworth in Summer 2018.

Ms. Austin-Stone is married to Jamie Stone and has 2 daughters, Catherine and Aurora and has 3 cats and 1 dog and enjoys crocheting and painting in her rare free time.

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.

Jason Crawford  •  Percussion ( Drum Set/General/Mallet), Piano, Bass, Tuba/Euphonium/Trombone                                          and Accordion

Jason Crawford is the band/orchestra director at Faith Christian Academy in Martinsburg and is also the Minister of Music at a local church. Jason earned the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education at Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia and furthered his education with a Master of Music in Composition at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Throughout his long career, Jason has at various points been a full-time pastor, a public school educator, a private school educator, and even an adjunct collegiate instructor of music theory and composition. Jason is a gifted music educator, composer/arranger, conductor, performer, clinician/adjudicator, and worship leader. Jason excels as a vocalist/choralist and also as a performer on many different instruments in many styles. His musical collaborations include The Larry Parsons Chorale, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony; local jazz giants Curtis Johnson, Scotty Hood, and Dusty Rhodes; and even southern gospel greats The Hoppers. Jason has performed in the National Cathedral, the Greenbrier Resort, the WV Capitol Building, Tamarack, and even Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle as well as in churches and concert halls throughout the US and Europe. Jason’s compositions and arrangements have been performed on large and small stages in several different countries, and he is a member of the American Society of Composers, Arrangers, and Publishers (ASCAP). Jason is a proud member of the West Virginia Music Educators Association (WVMEA) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

Jason Crawford has experience guiding students of all ages to individual success on a wide variety of instruments and styles; his students have won national and even international awards, and many of his former private lesson students have carried on the tradition of excellence by becoming dynamic private lesson instructors as well. Although he can teach beginners of almost any instrument, here at Ellsworth he specializes in teaching beginning-to-advanced students in the following instruments: piano (especially advanced classical), drumset (especially jazz drumset), percussion (including contemporary snare/tenors, classical marimba, and jazz vibraphone), classical/jazz string bass, popular/jazz bass guitar, tuba/euphonium/trombone, and accordion. Jason is also available for students who want individual attention in the areas of music theory and music composition.

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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The Ellsworth Brass Choir 

Have some fun with BRASS! Open to brass players with 2 or more years of playing experience.  The Ellsworth Music Brass Choir conducts recitals and performs in the community throughout the year. Musical selections include:

  • Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare
  • On a Hymnsong of Phillip Bliss
  • Zombie Apocalypso
  • Tijuana Taxi
  • A Christmas Festival
  • and other fun stuff!!!

If you are interested in joining, rehearsals are held at the Ellsworth School of Music, Sundays @ 2:00pm

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

Jesse holds a Masters and Bachelor of Music Therapy from Shenandoah Conservatory.  He is currently a member of the American Music Therapy Association and the Virginia Music Therapy Association.  Jesse currently works at the Treatment and Learning Center in Rockville MD as a Lower and Middle school music teacher and Loudoun Co Mental Health Substance Abuse and Development Services Center as a Board Certified Music Therapist.  Jesse teaches Guitar and Music Therapy Fridays.

Susan Fronck • Piano, Vocal

Susan attended Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.  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 several school orchestras in Berkeley County.  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 

Matthew began his musical career at the young age of 10.  After several years of playing Trumpet, Matthew began playing Upright Bass at the suggestion of his band teacher.  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. Matthew also participated in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy and worked with many members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. 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.

Gary Jackson  •  Guitar

Gary Jackson started his career at the age of 11.  After graduating from High School he began playing professionally. He studied jazz at Towson State University. In 1980 he started teaching at a retail location. Through the years he has kept up performing and teaching and his studies. He has chosen to focus on teaching and we are lucky to have this accomlished musician as an educator for us. 

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

Barbie Kidwell currently studies at The American Concervatory of Music.  She is studying Violin Performance as well as General Music.  She has received numerous awards and scholarships including the Edith Root Scholarship for Musical Talent and The Young People’s Competition Winner year: 2008,2010,2011,2012 and 2013. She is available to teach piano and violin Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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.

Kari Pennington • French Horn, Trombone, Trumpet

Kari has been playing French Horn since 5th grade. She is currently a Music Education Major at Shenandoah University. Kari plays in the Shenandoah University Symphony Orchestra, SU Wind Ensemble and SU Pep Band.  She is a member of Clarke County Community Band, Clarke County Brass Quintet and Charles Washington Symphony Orchestra.  She is also co-conductor of the Ellsworth Brass Choir.  Kari is well qualified to teach children through adults, beginning to advance students.

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)

Sara Prengaman graduated from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV with a Bachelor in Music Education, and is currently completing her Mechanical Engineering degree through the University of Alabama. While at WVU, she participated in most music ensembles, including the Wind Symphony, Orchestra, Bluegrass, Fife and Drum, African Drum and Dance, Taiko, and Steel Drum Ensembles. Sara has studied privately with Eric Shuster and John Heinz, and while at WVU she studied percussion with George Willis. She has been teaching percussion privately since 2012 in Maryland and West Virginia. Sara has also helped organize and teach the WVU Percussion Camp for 3 years and was a returning judge for the Elmer Rich Memorial Fiddle Contest. Sara teaches mathematics at Martinsburg High School in Berkeley County.

Jesse Shultzaberger  •  Drums, Percussion, Trumpet

Jesse Shultzaberger holds 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 levels 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.

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 recipient of many awards and graduated 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 Thomas was born and raised in San Diego, California and moved to Virginia to study violin at Shenandoah Conservatory, where he received his Master’s degree in music performance. His musical studies have taken him internationally to countries such as Spain, Argentina and Jamaica. While in school he served as concertmaster of the Conservatory’s orchestra, and participated in numerous chamber music ensembles. He is active as a performer, playing in groups such as the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the National String Sinfonia, where he served as assistant concertmaster. Passionate about teaching and mentoring young musicians, he is the co-founder and director of the Charles Washington Youth Orchestra and directs a children’s choir at his church. He and his wife Emily recently welcomed their first child, Ella, into the world.


Doug Thompson  •  Trombone, Low Brass

Doug teaches trombone, trumpet, and euphonium at Ellsworth School of Music. He studied Music Education at Indiana University of PA. While there, he performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He now plays with Charles Washington Symphony Orchestra, Clark County Community Band and Yesterday Swing Orchestra.
Doug also directs the Directs the Ellsworth Music High School Brass Choir. 
In his free time, Doug plays competative ice hockey and builds high power rockets.   Stop in and sign up for lessons with this talented guy!

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

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