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.

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.

Teresa Carson  •  Violin

Theresa 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.

 

Adrienne E Chapman •  Piano, Voice

Adrienne studied advanced music theory with the focus on jazz at Laney College, Oakland, and at Los Angeles community college where she apprenticed under Laslow Czer, professor of commercial and jazz piano.  With 30 years of professional performing experience in a wide variety of styles, she’s played many venues across the US.  She began her career playing classical ragtime piano for a comedy review in San Francisco then went on to perform with bands ranging in style from blues to jazz to country and rock.

Andrea M. Diggs  •  Flute, Voice

Andrea Diggs is a graduate of Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music. She has a Masters and Bachelor of Music Degree in Flute performance. Andrea has performed and studied in numerous arts festivals and other summer programs under the direction of Claude Monteaux, Ervin Monroe and Jan Wagner. She has won many awards and scholarships with Shenandoah Conservatory and was a winner of the Bach Handel Festival Competition in 2001. She currently performs with The City Choir of Washington and Symphony of the Valley. Andrea is an experienced teacher with children and adults and has developed her own childrens music program with birth-4 and 5-7 year age group, Note-able Minds.

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 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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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.

Ryan D. Guerrero  •  Guitar

Ryan Guerrero holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Shepherd College in English and Music. He has knowledge and experience in the realms of music performance, theory and composition. Ryan teaches guitar and other folk instruments, and performs in a number of local groups.

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.

Matt Lewis  •  Guitar, String Bass, Electric Bass, Beginning Cello

Matt Lewis attended West Liberty State College and Shepherd College as a classical guitar student. He has studied and performed since age 9. Matt studied with Dr. Nels Leonard, a student of Segovia. He has participated in Master classes with Sharon Isben and Christopher Parkening. Matt also studied composition with Dr. Harold Weisner and Dr. Edward Wolfe. Matt is a very busy performer on String and Electric bass playing in numerous jazz, rock, and classical ensembles. He is comfortable in any genre of music.

Patrick E. Lowry  •  Guitar, Jazz Theory

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.  Was 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.

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.

Wayne R Schmidt, Jr. •  Low Brass (Tuba, Euphonium & Trombone)

Wayne has been teaching privately for 6 years.  He holds a BS in Music Tuba Performance from Frostburg State University and an MM in Tuba Performance from University of Southern Mississippi.  He has performed at the International Tuba Euphonium Association Conference as well as the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra.  He currently plays with the Spires Brass Band.

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.

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.

Steve Valentine  •  Guitar

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.

Jeannine Sturm • Violin, Viola

Dr. Jeannine A. Sturm is a 2012 graduate of The University of Arizona earning a Ph.D. in Music Education with a minor in orchestral conducting. She served as the director of the UA String Project, a musical outreach program for local Tucson children aged 3-14.
Dr. Sturm served as principal viola in the Hofstra Opera Orchestra and Hofstra Symphony Orchestra as well as co-principal viola of the CW Post Symphony Orchestra. She also sat as principal 2nd violin of the CW Post Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Sturm has participated in several master classes with the Shanghai String Quartet and members of the NY Philharmonic.
Dr. Sturm is an upper string specialist (violin and viola) and has taught strings in several school districts across Long Island, New York and in Tucson, Arizona. She is published in the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education and the national journal for the American String Teachers Association. She currently works with the students of Berkeley County in their strings program, and is on staff at Potomack Intermediate, Spring Mills Middle School, and South Middle School this year.

Daniel Tait • Percussion

Growing up in Germantown, MD, Daniel attended Shepherd University from 1999-2004. He graduated with a Bachelors in music performance and orchestral percussion. Daniel was house drummer on the Royal Carribbean Cruise Lines from July 2004 to February 2005. He has been a freelance musician in the area since 2005 and has worked with Grammy nominated artist, Carolyn Malachi. Daniel currently performs with Moondog Medicine Show, Tabasco Bustelo, The Dan Tait Trio and The Lady Dies.

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