Ethan Stauffer

Guitar, Piano, Voice

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.

Ethan's 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.

Alexis Adams

piano, voice, trumpet

Alexis is a Music Education major at West Chester University with 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.

Caitlin Hoffert

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".

Katelyn Gallagher

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.

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Devaney Ross

Piano, voice

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. 

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Won Kim

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.

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Kira Boros

Piano, voice

Kira Boros is a pianist, choral conductor, and church musician. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she holds a B.M. Piano Performance degree with an Emphasis in Choral Conducting from the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music as a student of Dr. Robert Mayerovitch. While at the univerisity, Kira studied with other pedagogues including Sungeun Kim, Nicole Keller, Joanne Uniatowski, Alex Hurd, and Jordan Saul. An active collaborative pianist, she performs regularly with instrumentalists and singers alike. Enthused by two-piano repertoire, she is one half a piano duo with Jeffrey Jaskolka, with repertoire including works by Debussy, Shostakovich, and J.S. Bach.

 Most recently Kira served as Director of Music at the United Methodist Church of Brook Park (Brook Park, Ohio), where her responsibilities included weekly choral rehearsals, biannual cantatas and concerts, collaborating with guest musicians and singers, and providing organ preludes and postludes each week.

In April 2016, Kira was commissioned by renowned organist Sándor Kádár for her arrangements, a program consisting of three Gregorian chants and several hymns. These works were performed in May 2016 in Woodbury, New Jersey, by an ensemble comprised of members from the Philadelphia Orchestra and singers from the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia.

An avid lover of choir and choral literature, Kira studied choral conducting as a student of Dr. Dirk Garner, Chair of the Conducting and Ensembles Department. She performed with the BW Motet and University choirs and previously, with the BW Treble Choir under Jordan Saul. As a member of the Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival Choir, Kira sang J.S. Bach’s Passions and Brahms’ ‘”Ein Deutsches Requiem” as part of the oldest collegiate Bach Festival in the United States. She made her conducting debut in 2016 with the BW Treble Choir.

In July 2014, she participated with the Singing Angels in the Rhythms of One World International Choral Festival, sponsored by the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. With the same choir, they earned a Silver Medal in the World Choir Games in 2012 (Cincinnati, OH).

At age 16, Kira was afforded her first church position at St. Joseph Catholic Church (Strongsville, OH), where she developed as cantor, section-leader, organist, and assistant choir director. This position allowed her to learn essential communication skills and leadership skills within a church environment, and it also taught her a great deal about liturgy and liturgical planning. She substituted in the Praise Team contemporary music ensemble and is fluent in traditional and contemporary styles of worship music. 

Kira is a senior at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Berea, Ohio. She studies with pedagogues including Robert Mayerovitch, Dirk Garner, Jordan Saul, Joanne Uniatowski, Sungeun Kim, and Nicole Keller. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in the spring of 2018.  

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Olivia Cox

Guitar, Piano, Voice

Olivia is a recent graduate of Immaculata University where she received a bachelor's degree in Music Therapy. During her time at Immaculata she studied piano, guitar, and voice. Piano is her primary instrument, which she has been studying for about 14 years. 

Olivia says, “I teach because I have a great relationship with my original teacher and I want to inspire students the way he inspired me. I also teach because I don't want children to have any regrets about not learning an instrument. Music is not just part of my life, but part of my soul.” 

 

 

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Tracy Cheung

Piano, Voice

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Tracy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in piano and composition. After teaching piano for almost 4 years, she recognized her passion and talents in singing and decided to pursue a Masters degree in Vocal Performance, graduating from West Chester University in May 2018. 

During her 2 years of graduate school, apart from being a voice student, she was also one of the accompanists at the University, accompanying singers in voice lessons, and also giving performances in masters classes and recitals. 

Tracy says, “The process of music learning can be difficult at times, but keep believing that you will taste the sweetness of satisfaction after all the bitter challenges." 
Teaching students piano and voice throughout the area, Tracy says, "I show great affinity to children of all ages, and I hope to walk with them in their musical journeys!”

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Sarah Holderith

Piano, Voice

Sarah attends West Chester University where she studies Music and Communications. Her main instrument is voice, though she also plays piano and enjoys accompanying herself in performance. Sarah sings in the West Chester University Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz, and Opera Theatre. In the fall of 2017, Sarah led the founding of a performance club, “A Chorus Line Company”, that presents Broadway-style cabarets. Since then, the group has more than doubled in size, drawing singers from a variety of backgrounds. Sarah also participates in community theatre, as a performer and behind-the-scenes. She enjoys songwriting, poetry, and ultimate frisbee. 

Sarah’s love for the arts began as a child, but her focus on music did not begin until high school. Having started later in the game, Sarah truly believes that anyone can develop a beautiful voice. In teaching, she aims to incorporate a solid singing technique with storytelling in a fun, creative space. Sarah hopes to help her students discover the beauty and power of music in all aspects of life.