PIANO, VOICE, GUITAR
Ethan Stauffer is a recent graduate of West Chester University with a bachelor's degree in Music Education. Having been an avid musician his entire life, singing, playing guitar and piano, he decided to focus his study at WCU on the voice. There he took specific classes and lessons to learn pedagogy and teaching methods for vocal students and choirs of every age. While completing those studies he sang with the nationally recognized WCU Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. David P. Devenney, Sharp Eleven vocal jazz ensemble under the direction of Dr. Jane Wyss and played guitar in the Statesmen Jazz Ensemble under the direction of legendary jazz trumpet player John Swana (Charles Mingus Big Band). He's been playing guitar for over 10 years and studied under Grammy award winning jazz guitarist David Cullen. His goal as an educator is to spread the passion and love of music to younger generations in order to enrich their lives culturally and academically. Above all he strives to help everybody find the joy in music, whether it be through shared experience or self exploration.
David Logue is currently enrolled at West Chester University and is planning to have his bachelors in music composition and music education within the next few years. Having played piano since age 7 and percussion since age 12, he has performed in many different forms of ensembles and performed in multiple different positions in each one. From playing and directing musicals at a community theatre, to performing in orchestra’s, or school jazz bands, David has obtained knowledge of many different musical genres and has a firm foundation in the theory and how music works and exists in the world around us. He has won and then performed for state-wide composition contests, and also has performed in highly recognized ensembles such as PMEA’s State Orchestra (2011) and State Concert Band (2012). David is now studying under renowned performers and composers such as Carl Cranmer and Robert Maggio. He absolutely loves passing on the tradition of music, and believes everyone should be able to not only enjoy listening to music, but also making it come to life yourself.
piano, voice, trumpet
Alexis is recent graduate of West Chester University with a major in Music Education and a minor in Special Education. Her primary instrument is piano, which she has been studying since she was 7 years old. Alexis also loves to sing and play the trumpet, which she has been doing since elementary school. She has held leadership positions in multiple high school ensembles as well as music groups at WCU. Alexis is an active member and leader in Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity for women that upholds high standards for music, professionalism, and service to the community. She is extremely passionate about teaching kids and has done so since she was 14 at her local church and homeless shelters. She has been teaching private piano lessons since she was 16. She is also the recorder instructor at Ferrwood Music Camp for children ages 6-10. Alexis is extremely excited to be sharing her love for music with children of all ages. Above all else, she wants to create a unique and enriching learning experience for every single student and help them reach their goals and love what they do.
Born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, John began playing piano when he was five years old. After graduating from high school, John began studying at West Chester University, majoring in Piano Performance. While at WCU, he was selected in 2010 and 2011 to represent Pennsylvania in the MTNA Performance Competition divisional round. In addition, John performed with the West Chester University Symphony Orchestra in his senior year. John’s time at WCU was also extremely important to his growth as a teacher. He took numerous pedagogy classes and taught private lessons to students of varying ages.
After graduating from WCU in 2013, John moved to Houston, Texas to pursue his Master’s degree in Piano Performance. While in Houston, John continued to perform, but also received a teaching assistantship that allowed him to instruct group piano classes to music majors as well as non-music majors. After receiving his Master of Music degree in December of 2014, John moved back to Pennsylvania, excited to continue his teaching and performing career. As a teacher, John wishes to share his love of music with his students, their families, and audience members alike.
Music has so many possibilities in what it can do, and John wants to assist all of his students in achieving, through music, any goal they wish to reach.
voice, piano, guitar
Caitlin currently attends West Chester University as a sophomore music education major, focusing on voice, with a minor in jazz studies. She has been involved wtih music ever since she joined her first choir in the 4th grade. Along the way, she has learned to play guitar and piano, continuing lessons into her collegiate career.
Currently, Caitlin is a member of WCU's Mastersingers and is also the jazz vocalist for WCU's Criterions Jazz Ensemble and their Latin Jazz Ensemble. In the past, she has been involved with theater and has won awards as a jazz soloist, one of which allowed her to open for Musikfest in 2013, singing the national anthem as well as Doris Day's "Darn that Dream".
One of Caitlin's passions is performance. This past Fall, she worked for Windish Music & Productions, performing with a band at Hershey Park in the Dark, singing and playing the keytar. She also sings as the lead vocalist of a band local to her hometown, Meditation XVII, with which she enjoys writing music and performing.
However, a passion that she holds a bit nearer and dearer to her heart is teaching. Caitlin believes that music can sculpt an individual, both intellectually and emotionally, when practiced at any age. As an educator, she hopes to guide her students in this pursuit.
As a member of the music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota, her mantra is, "to study and practice the goodness of life, the beauty of art, the meaning of music".
David is a junior at West Chester university, studying piano performance and music education. He currently studies under renowned performer Igor Resnianski. In addition to piano, he studies cello as a minor instrument, and plays in various string ensembles as well as the university orchestra. He has accompanied instrumentalists and vocalists during his time at West Chester, and has accompanied high school and middle school choirs. Outside of school, he loves to perform in churches, and sings in a variety of choirs. He has a thorough understanding of music theory, and has a firm grounding in various musical practices. He loves his art, and is passionate about teaching music to others!
percussion, piano, guitar
Kobi Oxman has been involved in music all his life. Kobi performs and teaches at the professional level in the Philadelphia and West Chester area.
He currently attends West Chester University as a Music Education major, focusing on many different instruments. He is studying under several professors who have performed in such prestigious groups as the Philadelphia POPS Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Ballet.
Kobi has performed in many ensembles at West Chester including the West Chester Latin Jazz ensemble, Wind Symphony, Steel Pan Band, West Chester University Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble and JazzCombos. Kobi was previously a member of the Philadelphia Sinfonia.
Kobi loves teaching percussion, piano, and guitar to children of all ages and helping young musicians reach their full potential.
Guitar, bass, piano
Jonathan Colman has been writing, recording & performing music for the past 16 years, 4 of which he spent at Duquesne University earning his Jazz Performance degree. While a skilled Guitarist, his main voice is Electric Bass. His penchant for jazz-steeped improvisation carries over into his lessons, which focus on practical application of theory for reading music and beginning to write one's own, and gaining a deep understanding of the songs that inspire us to play in the first place.
An avid performer, Jonathan plays in a slew of Philadelphia bands; most notably his avant-groove trio, Chen City & with electro-soul artist Kate Faust.
Andrew Johnson is a guitarist known well in the Philadelphia, West Chester and Wilmington areas. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors of Music as a Classical Guitar Performance Major and Jazz Minor at West Chester University. While at WCU, he has studied under the guidance of seasoned Professor Glenn Lyons, Grammy Award Winning Guitarist David Cullen, and Peabody graduate and winner of the PCGS competition in 2009, Jeremy Lyons.
Andrew has experience playing many genres of music such as Classical, Rock, Jazz, R&B, and Pop. He offers great knowledge on guitar and piano and can teach to a wide range of ability levels. Andrew's philosophy is that building and creating beautiful music through time and dedication allows students to develop essential skills for their daily lives.
Aside from teaching, Andrew plays gigs in the Philadelphia area and is also the low brass tech at Penn Wood High School. In his free time he enjoys traveling and photography.
Crystal Brulato is a graduate of West Chester University with a degree in saxophone music performance, and minors in music history and oboe. Crystal has studied saxophone performance and pedagogy with Dr. Greg Riley and oboe with Dr. Henry Grabb. In addition to her college experience, she has expanded her musical performance to include the clarinet with Dr. Stephanie Esposito and piano with Amy Murnane.
Crystal has performed in numerous pit orchestras and orchestras in Philadelphia and surrounding areas including Swarthmore’s Player’s Club and the Upper Darby Summer Stage. She currently performs in a local West Chester jazz band called Big Band Theory.
Crystal’s teaching style encompasses a combination of traditional technical studies such as scales and etudes for a strong foundation, as well as incorporating early music to modern music repertoire. Crystal tailors each lesson to meet the student's individual needs. She keeps music interesting and relevant in the students lives regardless of where their musical adventures may lead them.
Lauren Blackwell has been studying the cello for 9 years.
She studied at Settlement Music School with Christine Danoff until she entered West Chester University. There, she's a cello Performance major studying with Ovidiu Marinescu. She is involved in the West Chester Symphony Orchestra, West Chester Chamber Orchestra, Cello Ensemble, a string quartet, and a piano trio.
She studied piano for 10 years at Temple Music Prep in Philadelphia before switching to cello. She then took piano classes with Vincent Craig and Carl Cranmer at West Chester University.
Lauren enjoys teaching cello and beginner piano. Her goal is to adjust to each student's learning style so that they can learn in the best way possible.
Ian Sadock has studied music for over 10 years and focuses on the outlets of performance, education, and composition. His first encounter with the piano occurred when he taught himself simple songs and melodies on his family’s antique grand piano, which they subsequently restored for his study.
Ian received his early formal instruction through the Nelly Berman School of Music and private instruction throughout the greater Philadelphia region. At 15 years old, he won first place in the Nelly Berman 25th Anniversary Golden Key competition and performed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and Philly’s Trocadero Theater. His studies have included a diverse spread of genres and techniques, spanning Jazz, Classical, Rock, Latin, Pop, Third Stream, and many others.
For 6 years, Ian studied at West Chester University towards a Bachelor’s of Music in Performance with a concentration in Piano and Jazz Studies while simultaneously studying Cell and Molecular Biology and Chemistry. He performs with the Criterions Big Band (WCU’s premier jazz ensemble), Latin Jazz Ensemble, Honors Jazz Combo, and has been featured as a soloist and accompanist in numerous student and graduate recitals. Additionally, Ian plays in the West Chester and Greater Philadelphia area with the Latin Jazz band which he co-founded, Habanero, as well as his own jazz quartet. His academic performances have been featured in many WCU publications and events, and his musical presence at several political events garnered the spotlight of the media.
Ian’s approach to music education is derived from passion and experience, where he incorporates a synergy of techniques learned through his formal and self- education as well as a fun and rigorous curriculum.
Flute, guitar, piano, Voice
Amanda has been a musician all of her life. From the age of five she started to take piano lessons and that is when she fell in love with music. This led her to learn any instrument she could get her hands on!
Amanda's passion led her to start studying music education at West Chester University. After 2.5 years, she decided she was interested in learning about music's therapeutic qualities. She is currently enrolled at both WCU and Immaculata University studying Music Therapy.
Amanda believes that every child can learn to be musical and she strives to provide individual instruction that caters to the students' needs.
Piano, Voice, Woodwind
Katelyn Gallagher is a Music Education major at West Chester University who has a passion for teaching students and creating music. Her primary instrument is saxophone, which she has been studying since age 9. She enjoys playing in various ensembles at WCU and explores the classical and jazz styles of saxophone performance. Katelyn also enjoys singing in university choir and playing the mellophone in the West Chester University Incomparable Golden Ram Marching Band.
Katelyn is an active member in the college community. She is a performer in several university ensembles and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional music fraternity for women. She is also a member of Nafme Collegiate, a college music educators association. Katelyn also enjoys athletics, competing in intermural athletics and participating in charity athletic events.
Her passion for teaching has blossomed through her various experiences creating music with students of all ages. Katelyn has been working with the Berwick Middle School band for 5 years and the Berwick High School Marching Ensemble for 2 years as a marching and music instructor. She volunteers at WCU with the Kennett Symphony Children’s Choir. She also works as a camp counselor at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Michigan.
Katelyn wants to create a learning experience that sparks creativity and exploration in the art of music. She hopes to create brave spaces where students can express themselves freely through music and improvisation. Her goal is to express her own love of music with all her students through a unique learning experience that allows them to reach goals and create their own love of music.
Devaney currently attends West Chester University where she is a Music Education major with a focus in voice and minor in piano. Her passion for music and singing started to grow when she was involved in her first musical at the age of 6. She was also interested in instruments at an early age, starting to play clarinet in 4th grade. She has been studying voice privately since she was 10 years old. In addition to being classically trained in voice, Devaney loves performing musical theatre, jazz, and modern pieces.
At WCU, Devaney is a member of various ensembles including the nationally ranked Concert Choir, Recital Choir, Opera Theatre, Concert Band, and the Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band. She has been involved with marching band for 6 years, as she was a drum major in high school and continues to tech at band camps in her hometown of Reading, PA. She is an active member of NAfME Collegiate, where she serves as secretary and attends the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conference each year to take music education workshops with well-known professionals in music.
Devaney believes that every child has the ability to be a musician. Creativity and and self expression in musical ideas at an early age can open so many doors intellectually and emotionally, and Devaney thinks it is important that her students experience this. She wants to be able to enlighten her students with the beauty and possibilities of music in any way that she can, and hopes to spread her passion and love for music unto every student she encounters.
From Franklin Lakes, NJ, Todd has been playing piano since the age of six. His relationship with music has been extremely broad, playing in ensembles ranging from orchestras, wind ensembles, praise bands, jazz combos, and more. Although piano has always been his primary instrument, he has extensive experience in various other areas, including trumpet, guitar, banjo, and voice.
In 2015, Todd Graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition before relocating to West Chester University in order to get his Master's in Piano Performance. Todd has a wide variety of musical interests, and urges his students to discover their own unique passions and areas of expertise. His favorite artists include Béla Fleck, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, and Art Tatum.
Alexis is a music major, studying piano, at Immaculata University. She will graduate in May of 2018.
Alexis started piano lessons when she was 8 years old and has performed in recitals annually ever since. Over the years, she has dabbled in many different instruments including violin, guitar and clarinet.
Alexis performed in concert band, playing clarinet, since the fourth grade and has participated in many ensembles throughout her college career including choral, clarinet and woodwind ensemble and concert band.
During her time at Immaculata, Alexis has also been a four year member of the Immaculata University field hockey team and is in multiple honor societies.
Alexis loves working with children and passing on her passion and knowledge of music to others.
Guitar, Piano, Voice
Won Kim 김원 is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, actor, choral conductor, and dancer. He started playing the cello at the age of six and began formal lessons at the age of seven.
“Music was always in me,” he says. “Since my mother was a pianist, she would play classical music in the house all the time.”
Won was born in Incheon, South Korea, and later grew up in Philadelphia. In addition to cello, he picked up the guitar, piano, singing, and break dancing. Won graduated from North Penn High School in Pennsylvania and attended Manhattan School of Music in New York.
Won was the tenor voice section leader in the chamber choir of Manhattan School of Music and NY philharmonic under the guidance of Kent Tritle and Alan Gilbert. He was also the praise leader in Nakwon Presbyterian Church, tenor section leader at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, and Choir Conductor at the Korean United Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.
Won brings a meaningful and philosophical approach to life and making music.
Nolan currently attends West Chester University where he studies Trumpet Performance and Jazz under the direction of Jean-Christophe Dobrzelewski and John Swana. Along with trumpet, Nolan also plays piano and a variety of other brass instruments.
His ambitions and love for many genres of music have led him to perform in many different venues over his young career. From big bands to orchestras to pop/rock groups, Nolan has done it. He has worked with respected artists like Delfeayo Marsalis, Bobby Sanabaria, and Sal Lozano. Nolan also works with local entertainment company Windish Music and Production, and leads his own local bands.
Educating and giving back are a large part of Nolan`s musical passions. He has worked with many local high schools and middle schools as a teaching assistant and has even written music for school ensembles. Nolan has been teaching privately for over 5 years. Having taught everyone from beginners to more advanced players, Nolan is always looking for new students to help further them along their musical journey.
Guitar, Piano, Voice
Janna is a Junior Music Education major at West Chester University. She studies voice with Dr. Emily Bullock and plans on graduating in 2019. Originally from New Jersey, Janna grew up working in choirs, orchestras, and theater companies since middle school. She has been a Resident Company Member of Music Mountain Theater Company in Lambertville, NJ since 2014.
Ms. Collins recently accepted a position at the Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, DE as a soprano section member.
Ms. Collins believes that EVERY student has the ability to learn an instrument or learn how to sing; and that everyone learns at their own place. Every person is unique and should be treated as such.
She believes that the more comfortable and encouraged the student is, the better musician they'll be and the more fun they'll have learning.