Our teaching staff is composed of qualified Music Educators and Musicians of distinction, assuring our students professional-caliber music lessons involving both intricate technical skills and mature interpretive gifts. Many of our teachers provide instruction at area schools and colleges, and also perform with local and regional symphony orchestras throughout South Central Pennsylvania.
Temple University, B.M. and M.M.
Jocelyn Crosby, flutist, earned a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music at Temple University, where she studied with Adeline Tomasone of Opera Philadelphia. She has performed as a soloist with the Trowbridge Chamber Orchestra and as a freelance musician in Philadelphia. She premiered new works in New York City for a composer’s society and was a member of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra before moving to Lancaster with her husband. Ms. Crosby currently performs as a freelance artist in and around Lancaster County along with other local artists for churches and various settings. She is also a dedicated teacher, maintaining a private studio in her home and at the Lancaster Conservatory of Music. Additionally, she serves as the high school music teacher at the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA. She will be joining the faculty of the Blue Mountain Festival in the summer 2017. She has trained in the Suzuki method of flute and is certified to teach music in Pennsylvania and Virginia public schools. Ms. Crosby is also an advocate of women composers and is currently working on a long-term project to perform a concert series involving a large repertoire of music by women.
Tuesdays & Thursdays afternoons/evenings
North Texas University, Jazz Studies
George has been playing music since 1977. He did bachelor’s work in Jazz Studies with a Concentration in Percussion at the University of North Texas. He studied with Colin Bailey (Vince Guaraldi), Gregg Bissonnette (Woody Herman, David Lee Roth), Rick Latham (Quincy Jones), Clyde Lucas (Illinois Jacquette). George also toured as a drummer with Rhythm & Blues artists such as Little Joe Blue & Gregg Smith, and during that time shared the stage with names such as B.B. King, Johnny Taylor, Bobby Blue Bland, and a host of others. George has been playing jazz, funk, blues, and sacred music in the Central Pennsylvania area for the past 25 years, working with artists such as Dave Wilson, The Maxwell Project, and Ruth Naomi Floyd. His current creative musical project is a trio called The Go Particle. George has been playing and teaching guitar, bass, drums & piano for the past 25 years. He is currently the Music Director of Wheatland Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, and an adjunct professor for Lancaster Bible College. George has participated in many music training events both locally and internationally.
Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-9:00
West Chester University, BA, MBA Temple University, Graduate Studies Peabody Institute, Graduate Studies Millersville University, Graduate Studies
Member of American Federation of Musicians Director of Music In Schools Program, 1998
An orchestra director and string teacher for 48 years, Mr. Leithmann's distinguished service to music education has encompassed the public schools, collegiate level and professional organizations. As orchestra director in the Hempfield School District, the orchestra and string program was recognized as one of the premiere programs in Pennsylvania. In 1992 he was awarded the "Outstanding String Teacher Award" by the Pennsylvania/ Delaware String Teachers Association. He also received the "Keystone Salute" from the Pennsylvania Federation of Music Clubs for "His distinguished service to music and outstanding contribution to the civic and cultural life of our great city, state and nation" in 1993. On the collegiate level he was a faculty member of the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Elizabethtown College from 1974-2003. During that time he served as conductor of the College Community Orchestra, adjunct professor of violin and viola, string and instrumental methods, and directed the highly regarded music camp from 1980-2002.From 1992-2002 he was honored to conduct the bi-annual performances of "Handel's Messiah" in Elizabethtown for the benefit of the Winters Heritage Museum. In 1998 he was appointed the director of the "Music in the Schools Program" for Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. He has been honored to serve as President of the Lancaster/ Lebanon Music Educators Association and the Pennsylvania/ Delaware String teachers Association. Since 1999 he has been on the faculty of the Lancaster Conservatory of Music where he teaches violin and viola and serves as Vice-President and educational Director. An active guest conductor of county, district, regional and honors orchestra festivals, he has appeared as a string clinician and festival-adjudicator. From 1983 to 1991 he was Associate Band Director of the All American Youth Honor Band with performances in the United States, Europe and Central America. As a freelance violinist, he has performed with various local ensembles, was Principal Violin for Robert Paige in performances of "Handel's Messiah" at Hershey, and was a member of the Bar Harbor Festival Orchestra under the direction of Francis Fortier. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians. A graduate of West Chester University with both a Bachelor and Master's Degree, he has taken further graduate studies at Temple University, the Peabody Institute, and Millersville University. He is married to Laraine Beam Leithmann and has two daughters, Dana and Darci and three grandchildren, Siobhan, Natalie and Jared.
Widener University, Doctorate in Education
Dr. Rentschler obtained his first academic degree, a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, from West Chester University. This degree was followed by a Master of Education from West Chester and a Doctorate in Education Administration from Widener University. He also has taken additional course work at Lehigh University, Penn State University and Temple University. Currently, he holds the position of Adjunct Associate Professor at Widener. Dr. Rentschler, a professional musician who early in his career taught in public schools, now teaches trumpet, euphonium, string and electric bass at the Lancaster Conservatory of Music. Since joining the faculty in 1997, he has had many of his students participate in district, regional, state and national music festivals and competitions. A number of his former students themselves have become professional musicians, being employed in symphony orchestras, as college professors and public/private school music teachers.
Tuesday 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM and Wednesday 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
I am a graduate of Lebanon Valley College (’87) with a B.S. in music education. I have studied with the great saxophone and woodwind artists David Bilger (Classical), Joe Lovano, Tim Price, Bill Barron, Ralph Lalama, Glenn Guidone, Tom Strohman, Ralph Shiner, as well as, for music theory Steve Giordano and Kirk Reese. I have been teaching privately on a full-time basis since 1991. Before that I was first a substitute teacher in the public school system and taught at Town and Country Day School in Harrisburg for 2 years. As a private instructor I was affiliated with Menchey Music in both York and Lancaster for 10 years from 1991-2001. I am and have been associated with the Pick Music Studios since 2001, as well as with the Lancaster Conservatory of Music since about 2007 and the Lititz Academy of Music since 2001. I have had several students of mine make district band on saxophone and clarinet. I have had several students of mine go on to become music teachers and/or successful musicians. I work well with beginners. I feel equally at home working in the classical and jazz fields of study. Jazz education is a special interest of mine and I have a comprehensive and organized approach to this utilizing specific study tools. I am also a professional jazz woodwind artist, with an active performance schedule as well as several CD's released, and this helps immensely in this approach. I will say that working on school-related music, including preparation for marching, concert, and jazz bands, as well as the weekly private or group lesson or sectional, is a top priority for me, and is something that is never neglected. In this regard, I try to work hand in hand with the band director in helping to nurture and develop the student’s individual skills. Why take private lessons? Private lessons from a specialist help the student with an individualized and specialized approach to the learning of their instrument. This can lead to a better musician and a better school band player. They help foster self-esteem and confidence in the individual. I might add that an advanced student musician should strive to be a better participant and model for his classmates and assist in others’ progress.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Will also consider Friday and Saturday AM
Diploma in piano performance (ARCT) from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto Diploma in organ performance (CAGO) from the American Guild of Organists
Organist/choir director for various local churchs over a period of 25 years Currently Organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mount Joy
I have been performing and teaching piano and pipe organ lessons for 35 years. I am classically trained and have studied piano with Dr. Anita Renfroe and Fran Veri, and pipe organ with Carl Schroeder and Reginald Lunt. I hold a diploma in piano performance (ARCT) from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, and a diploma in organ performance (CAGO) from the American Guild of Organists. I am a PA certified teacher in both elementary and music education. I have held organist/choir director positions over a period of 25 years in six local churches, and am presently the organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mount Joy. I have done extensive accompanying for choirs and soloists. My husband and I live in Lancaster and we have three grown children. I sing second soprano in the Wheatland Chorale.
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 4 PM to 9 PM (some makeup times are available on Tuesday evenings)
Principal clarinet for Lancaster, Harrisburg and Reading Symphonies. Fulton Theater pit orchestra playing flute, piccolo, alto flute, B Flat clarinet, E Flat clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano, alto and tenor saxophones. First recipient of the LLMEA Private Teacher Award. Concerti performed are Mozart Concerto, Finzi Concerto. RSO performed Copland Concerto, HSO performed Debussy Premier Rhapsodie, Mendelssohn Concert piece, Artie Shaw Jazz Concerto, Mozart Sinfonia Concertante (Wind Quartet)(LSO)
Mark Huber, has joined the faculty to teach piano with a jazz emphasis. He is a jazz pianist who started his career in classical piano, winning the Westminster College concerto competition while a student there. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. He has collaborated with many top jazz artists in the mid-Atlantic region and has been a jazz soloist with the Lancaster and Delaware Symphony Orchestras. He has performed at many jazz festivals in the region and is in constant demand with jazz vocalists for his ability to interpret standards from the “Great American Songbook.” His style and technical facility is a result of a fusion of influences—a blending of his familiarity with so-called classical composers such as Bach and Chopin with years of “on-the-job” training as a pianist for instrumentalists and vocalists. He plays with the jazz fusion band “Extremity” and also with “Coco & Co,” “Soulful Harmony” and “The Mark Huber Jazz Trio.” Mr. Huber has 35 years of private teaching experience and is the staff pianist at the American Music Theatre.
Millersville University, BA and BS Music Education
Sharon Ho graduated from Millersville University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance. She began piano lessons at the age of 5 and has studied with Mr. Pat Ippolito, Professor Steven Heyman, Dr. Anita Renfroe, and currently, Dr. Xun Pan. Sharon won first place in the 2005 Hershey Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition and first place in the 2006 Women's Symphony Association of Lancaster Junior Instrumental Competition. At Millersville University, she was the winner of the 2014 Louis Vyner Competition, an annual competition held for junior music majors and minors. Sharon has been featured as a soloist with the Hershey Symphony Orchestra as well as the Millersville University Orchestra. She has performed in concerts throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region as well as internationally in Beijing, Shanghai, Tibet, and several other cities in China. In addition to having taught in the Millersville University Community Music School, Sharon also collaborated with three of her classmates and taught group piano lessons to veterans through the Wounded Warriors Project. She is currently the piano instructor at Linden Hall School. Sharon has accompanied choirs of all ages, and is currently the accompanist for the elementary and middle school choirs of the Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster. She is the lead instrumentalist at Westgate Baptist Church. Sharon also enjoys playing in pit orchestras and has played for the shows Legally Blonde, Aida and Seussical. In addition to piano, she also plays violin and viola and is active in the Millersville University Orchestra and Sunday Sinfonia Orchestra.
Temple University, MM
Jeffrey O'Donnell has been the principal oboist of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra since 1988. Mr. O'Donnell is also princpal oboe in the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2000. An active regional freelancer, he has also performed as a substitute in the Harrisburg, Reading, Annapolis, Philadelphia Ballet, Philly Pops, and numerous other orchestras. He is second oboe and English horn in the Kennett Symphony of Chester County. Numerous solo and chamber music performances from Vermont to Florida have been a regular part of his schedule. He has performed several times as a soloist with the Lancaster and Delaware Symphonies, including a performance of the Bach Double Concerto with the DSO in 2002 that partnered him with virtuoso violin soloist Hilary Hahn. In 2006 he was awarded the DSO Beehkius Award voted on by fellow players as a member showing excellence in performance, educational outreach efforts, and championing of the DSO. He has participated in the Endless Mountain Music Festival as well as the Colorado Philharmonic Festival, The New York String Orchestra Festival in Carnegie Hall and at the Kennedy Center. As a Lancaster County native growing up in Little Britain, he attended Temple University receiving a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in Oboe performance. His principal teacher was Louis Rosenblatt, oboe and English horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Other study and coaching opportunities at festivals brought him in contact with Robert Bloom, and numerous other renowned oboists. He resides in Lititz, PA and maintains a private teaching studio as well as being on staff at the Lancaster Conservatory of Music. Jeffrey has also filled in as visiting oboe professor at Elizabethtown College and the University of Delaware.
Tuesdays,, all day until 9:00 PM
University of Southern California, MM
Laurie is dedicated to creating new music that features the cello. An accomplished classical musician, Laurie loves the variety in performing jazz, folk and improvisatory music. From Lancaster, PA, Laurie has free-lanced & concertized extensively on the east coast, in Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle, Hawaii, New York & Europe. Currently the cellist for The Reese Project, as well as several other ensembles, ranging from classical to jazz to Celtic music. Mrs. Reese earned a Master of Music Performance degree from the University of Southern California. While in Los Angeles, she studied the advanced classical cello repertoire with Eleanor Schoenfeld. In Miami at the Coral Gables campus of the University of Miami, she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance. She has played both classical & jazz, performing regularly with Ira Sullivan & Strings Attached. She also has free-lanced extensively with various orchestras, including both the Lancaster and York Symphony Orchestras. Married to composer/flutist Tom Reese, Laurie is as comfortable in the recording studio as she is on the concert stage. She has recorded with several bands, including The Reese Project ( Grammy-award nominee for "Blue Etude"), Susquehanna, Wyndfall, MuZette and Gypsophilia. Her career has included teaching positions at Lebanon Valley College, Messiah College and Franklin and Marshall College. Currently, she teaches cello at The Lancaster Conservatory of Music.
Tuesday afternoon and evening
Vickie Kissinger, mezzo soprano, is a classically trained singer, pianist, and organist, with a background in jazz piano studies. She holds a B.S. in Music Education from Millersville University. Vickie studied under the internationally recognized master voice teacher, Dr. Thomas Houser. Vickie also won the “PA State Senior Idol 2012” vocal competition. A former part-time public school teacher, Vickie runs a full time private piano and voice studio from her home. Her private music teaching has a deep concentration on special needs students. Her singing career has included a variety of recitals, concerts, and programs for Presidential campaigns, fund-raisers for charity, and numerous private banquets and weddings. She began her church organist career at the age of thirteen and today serves as a church organist and a music director at two local churches. Vickie was a featured clinician at the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association Conference, where she presented lectures on “The Fear of Teaching Special Needs Students.” She is a certified member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Music Teachers National Association, PA Music Teachers Association, Lancaster Music Teachers Association, American Guild of Organists and the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.
Late afternoons and evenings
Millersville University, BA Bob Jones University, MM
Ruth De Leon began music lessons at age 7 and became a student of the Lancaster Conservatory of Music at age 10. She was soon taken under the tutelage of the director, Dr. Mary B. Vyner, who prepared her for a successful career in music. Ms. De Leon continued her studies under Dr. Anita Renfroe at Millersville University and attained a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in piano performance. She attained a Master of Arts degree with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy from Bob Jones University under the instruction of Mr. Thomas Grimble, Dr. Susan Kindall, and Dr. Peter Davis. Ms. De Leon can perform five instruments, speak three languages, has received multiple awards for performances in piano and organ, has debuted original compositions, has been a sought after accompanist, has often been invited to perform as section leader for musicals, and has performed in multiple countries. Beyond music Ruth is an avid reader and enjoys learning new things. She is fascinated by different cultures, enjoys hiking, painting, cooking, international travel, and participating in organizations for humanitarian aid both locally and abroad.
With over 30 years experience as a jazz, folk and classical musician, Tom Reese is now expanding his teaching studio. His playing can be heard on many recordings and sound bites of his award-winning compositions can be heard at www.wyndfallrecords.com. His performing projects include: The Reese Project, Susquehanna, MuZette, and Wyndfall. As a member of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for many years, Tom taught all levels and ages, including special children, to write music individually and as a group. He was also involved with a national organization in NY for composition infusion programs called "The Commission Project", which placed composers in schools throughout the country. Tom teaches all levels of flute, from beginners to advanced students. He also teaches pennywhistle, beginning piano, improvisation, songwriting, theory, composition, and arranging. He loves working with adults as well as young students.
Recipient of the prestigious Oxnard Gold Medal, First Place Award, 1998 Honorable Mention at the 1998 Metropolitan Opera District Auditions, 1998 Finalist National Federation of Music Clubs Competition, 1999 Winner of Connecticut Opera Guild Competition, 2000
Ms. Yovanovich started singing as a child. She is a 1989 graduate of Elizabethtown Area High School, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. After high school she served as lead soloist at the St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Ms. Yovanovich studied under Mr. John Darrenkamp, a well-known veteran of the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York City and currently studies with Ms. Kyle C. Engler, Mezzo-Soprano, Baltimore, Maryland. She has performed with the Pennsylvania Academy of Music Opera Theatre Workshop, Lancaster and Harrisburg Opera Companies. She has performed in a number of operas, including, Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte as Dorabella, Bizet's Carmen as Carmen and Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors as the Mother. Ms. Yovanovich has also performed many oratorios, including Verdi & Mozart Requiem, Handel's Messiah and Judas Maccabeus, Mendelssohn's Elijah and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass. She has also performed in several productions at the Fulton Opera House including The Sound of Music as Mother Abbess, in Rags as Rosa, in Ragtime as Sarah's Friend, in Carousel as Netty Fowler and Oliver as Widow Corney. In February of 2003, she made her non-musical debut with Ephrata ACT as Berenice Sadie Brown in Carson McCullers "The Member of the Wedding". In March of 1998, Ms. Yovanovich was the recipient of the prestigious Oxnard Gold Medal, First Place Award in the American Traditions Competition in Savannah, Georgia, sponsored by Savannah On Stage. She also was Honorable Mention at the 1998 Metropolitan Opera District Auditions, finalist in the 1999 National Federation of Music Clubs Competition, and a winner in the 2000 Connecticut Opera Guild Competition. Ms. Yovanovich is a vocal instructor at the State Street Academy of Music in Harrisburg, PA and Minister of Music at Westgate Baptist Church in Lancaster, Pa
Two or three afternoons/evenings per week.
New School of Music in Philadelphia
Christopher Brooks was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He began studying the violin at PS 8 in Brooklyn Heights, moving on to private lessons at the Third Street Music School in Manhattan, back when a subway token cost 15 cents. In high school, Mr. Brooks attended the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Department and during the summer attended the arcadian Kinhaven Music School. Attending the New School of Music in Philadelphia (a conservatory founded by members of the Curtis Quartet) Mr. Brooks studied violin with Jascha Brodsky and Geoffrey Michaels. He has played chamber music and been a member of numerous orchestras in the USA and Europe including Orquesta Bética Filarmónica de Sevilla (concertmaster), the Frysk Orkest in the Netherlands, and the Lancaster, Reading, York, and Harrisburg Symphonies (concertmaster). Currently, he plays with the Allegro Chamber Orchestra. In 1985, Mr. Brooks was Artist in Residence at Hempfield High School. In addition to his broad experience in orchestral and chamber music, he has performed with numerous improvisation-based ensembles: including folk, rock, jazz, Klezmer, and freely-improvised accompaniments for modern dance. Throughout his performing career he has continued to teach privately (in English, Spanish and Dutch) and to lead classes and workshops in improvisation for classical string players. His book, The Creative Violinist: Integrating Technique and Music through Improvisation is available on Amazon.com.Mr. Brooks offers private violin or viola lessons, chamber or ensemble music coaching, and master classes for specific challenges, such as upcoming auditions. More information can be found at: www.creativeviolinist.com