Beverly Asroff, Piano and Musikgarten
Beverly Asroff holds a bachelor of music degree from West Chester University. She was composing and recording music for television commercials in the 1980s. Asroff was the church organist for the Malvern United Methodist Church at the age of 15, and taught piano privately in Chester County before starting a family. She taught Kindermusik in the 1990s. She performed in numerous theatrical productions. Her last performance on stage in Lancaster County was in 2009.
Asroff returned to teaching piano and voice privately in her Lebanon County home studio in 2010 after her children were grown. She has been the church organist/pianist at the Mount Gretna United Methodist Church since January of 2012, responsible for the service music and accompanying the choir and soloists. In addition to teaching piano at CMI, Asroff is teaching Musikgarten classes.
Dalinda Bohr '99, M'06, Violin, Viola
Dalinda Bohr, president of the Pennsylvania/Delaware chapter of the American String Teachers Association, is the PMEA District 7 high school curriculum and instruction representative. She teaches orchestra, guitar, and introduction to music technology at Central Dauphin East High School.
Bohr, who has studied violin and trumpet, also plays viola. She is a member of the Obligato String Quartet, Cherrywood Ensembles, and performs throughout Pennsylvania, including with the Dave Stahl Sacred Orchestra.
Bohr earned three degrees from Lebanon Valley College: B.S. in music education, B.A. in music, and M.M.E. in music education. She completed a second master's in music technology from Valley Forge Christian College and earned national certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards for Orchestra-Adolescent through Young Adulthood.
Morgan Brady '11, Piano, Voice
Morgan Brady earned her bachelor of science in music education and bachelor of a in sacred music from Lebanon Valley College in 2011. During her time at LVC, Morgan served as an accompanist for solo performances, was a four-year member of the Concert Choir, member of the Wig and Buckle Theater Company, and member of the Handbell Choir. She studied piano under Dr. Dennis Sweigart, voice under Dr. Michael Wojdylak, and organ under Dr. Shelly Moorman-Stahlman. Morgan currently teaches middle school choral and general music in the Lebanon School District, provides accompaniment for choirs and ensembles, and serves as a substitute organist.
Beverly Butts '78, Woodwinds
Beverly Butts received a bachelor of science in music education from Lebanon Valley College. She also holds a master of music from Michigan State University, and continued her graduate studies at New York University. Butts is known throughout the region as a soloist, orchestral musician, and teacher. She is currently an adjunct instructor of music for Lebanon Valley College, and teaches applied clarinet, woodwind methods, clarinet literature, and pedagogy, and directs the Clarinet Choir.
John Copenhaver '87, Brass
Copenhaver, a graduate of LVC, is an adjunct instructor of trumpet for the Music Department. His extensive experience includes studying trumpet with Fred Erdman, Walter Gier, Skip Stine, Lloyd Baddorf, and Dr. Ken Laudermilch. Copenhaver is a frequent performer in a variety of musical venues throughout Central Pennsylvania. He has performed in concert with Andy Williams, Jack Jones, Diane Bish, Bob Newhart, The Manhattan Transfer, the Temptations, the Spinners, Regis Philbin, Petula Clark, Shari Lewis, Tommy Tune, Little Richard, The Four Tops, Bobby Vinton, Clay Aiken, and the Stars of the Lawrence Welk Show. Copenhaver is currently director of elementary bands and chair of the music department for the Lebanon School District. He also performs with the Lancaster British Brass Band, By Request, and Susquehanna Brass.
Johannes Dietrich, Viola, Violin
Johannes Dietrich, a native of Bozeman, Montana, joined the Lebanon Valley College faculty in 1995. As the Newton and Adelaide Burgner Professor in Instrumental Music, he directs the LVC Symphony Orchestra; teaches conducting, string methods, applied violin, and viola; and coaches chamber music ensembles. He has studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. Dietrich holds a master of music in violin performance and a doctorate in violin performance and conducting, both from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.
Dietrich began studying violin at the age of five, and shortly thereafter began studying the piano. As a violinist, he has performed concertos with the Billings Symphony, the MSU Chamber Orchestra, the String Orchestra of the Rockies, and the St. Martin Chamber Orchestra in Cincinnati. He is the founding member of the Majore Trio, maintains an active performance schedule with Duo Terlano, and gives frequent solo violin recitals. He has released two CDs-"Solo Journeys," which includes the world premiere of Dr. Scott Eggert's "Adagia" for solo violin, and the Duo Terlano recording, "Whimsies."
His students have been prizewinners and finalists in state and national competitions, and have been accepted into leading undergraduate and graduate music programs. Many have gone on to become successful teachers in their own right.
Serena Heffner, Voice
Serena N. Heffner received both her Bachelor and Master's degree in Voice Performance from the University of Florida. During her residency in Florida, she performed as a soloist and chorale member throughout Northeast and Central Florida. She has worked in Sacred Music in both Florida and Pennsylvania since 2000. An active performer in the South Central Pennsylvania area, Mrs. Heffner has collaborated with many artists throughout the region. She currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries at Grace UMC in Hummelstown. A position that she has held since October of 2010. She has been an instructor at the Community Music Institute, housed at Lebanon Valley College, since the Fall of 2015. Mrs. Heffner resides in Cleona with her husband and three daughters.
Talitha Horst, Violin
Talitha Horst began studying violin at the age of 4 with Ernest Richardson. At the age of 6 she studied with Julian Meyer and was a student at the Temple University Center for Gifted Young Musicians in Philadelphia . At the age of 13, as a winner of the Women's Committee Youth Auditions, she soloed with the Reading Symphony Orchestra at their fall Youth Concert.
Talitha has been teaching violin privately since 1996. Her professional career includes performances with the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet Orchestra, Trinity Lutheran Church in Camp Hill, the Sylvan Chorale Chamber Orchestra, Dave Stahl's Sacred Orchestra, Dickinson College Department of Theatre and Dance, Messiah College Choral Arts Society, the Alumni Chorale of Lebanon Valley College, Cantate Carlisle, and the Lebanon County Choral Society. She also performs regularly with Cherrywood String Ensembles.Talitha is a 1999 graduate of Lebanon Valley College.
Jenny Huerter, Viola, Violin
Jenny has recently started teaching with the Community Music Institute after earning her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music in Viola Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. She has had many years of experience teaching violin and viola both in Baltimore and locally. Jenny has worked with the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra Bridges Program while in Baltimore and performs locally.
Anne Kim, Piano
Anne Kim studied piano performance as her major at Brandon University and the University of Alberta in Canada where she earned her 2 bachelor of music degrees and a master of music degree. She also studied at the Banff Center of Fine Arts with many distinguished teachers and outstanding concert pianists from all over the world with a full scholarship.
She has performed many recitals and concerts throughout South Korea, Canada and the United States, and has received many awards and scholarships from music competitions.
Her teaching career began at the International Bible College in California in 1982 where she taught piano, organ, theory, and music history. After she moved back to Canada, she continued teaching at the preparatory division of Manitoba University, the conservatory of Music in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Moody School of Music in Vancouver, B.C., and the Toronto Bible College until she moved to Pennsylvania with her family.
Kim has been teaching piano at the Community Music Institute of Lebanon Valley College as adjunct faculty since 1999. She has been enjoying her busy life as a teacher, a pastor’s wife, a mother of her son, and also with her involvement in senior community.
Jennifer Lovell, Voice and Piano
We are pleased to welcome Jenna Lovell to the CMI staff. Jenna graduated from Brigham Young University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. She has lived and performed all over the United States as a soprano, performing under the direction of Mack Wilberg at BYU and John Rutter in Carnegie Hall. Jenna is featured as a soloist in Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Requiem, Bach's Christmas Oratorio and Brahms' Requiem. She currently sings with the Lebanon County Choral Society. Jenna has been teaching private lessons since 1997 and enjoys working with students of all ages. She draws upon her repertoire of art songs and musical theater songs to teach basic vocal techniques and applies those techniques to any and all genres of music which are favored by her students.
Laurry Marshall, Drum Set
Larry Marshall started playing drums at the age of five, and started studying formerly soon after. Throughout grade school, Junior High School and High School, Larry continued lessons and was the leader of many bands. In 1983, he went on to study at West Chester University and started his recording and touring career as well. After a sold out tour to Asia, Larry relocated to Japan, where he made Osaka home base for six(6) years. While in Japan, high end drum company, Sakae(Sah-kah-ee), approached and signed him as a Sakae Drum Artist. He spent(six) 6 years as the Jazz Drum instructor at the Azul Jazz Academy; and during that time, Kansai Music Conference awarded Larry with the Jazz Musician of the year award(2012). Now back in the U.S., Larry continues to enjoy teaching as adjunct faculty member at Lebanon Valley College, The High Street Music Co. in Pottstown, Pa., Director of two Percussion Ensembles at High Street Co.. Adjunct Faculty at The Waldorf School ( Kimberton, Pa.), Small Jazz Ensemble Director at Waldorf School. Adjunct Faculty at The Hill School,( Pottstown, Pa.), Percussion Ensemble Director at The Hill School. Larry still tours and has formed the Larry Marshall Quartet as well as being a sideman for a wide variety of artists. He has toured with artists such as, Othello Molineaux, Randy Brecker, Kevin Mahogany and many others. In addition, he also continues to be a sought after recording artist, conduct clinics and master classes in the U.S. and abroad.
Arissa May, Musikgarten
Arissa grew up in a musical family, learning to play both piano and flute at a very young age. Arissa sang in her first professional production while in elementary school. She has studied voice and performs in community theater productions, choral groups, and as a soloist. Arissa has sung and recorded original music with a traveling non-profit children’s educational group in Nashville, TN. Arissa continued working in entertainment at the Hershey Trolley Works, Hershey’s Chocolate World and as a soloist upon her return to Pennsylvania. During this time she attained her communications degree from Harrisburg Community College, as her interests include music, writing, film and television acting. She currently leads Sunday morning worship services, and sings with the Harrisburg Choral Society. Arissa has always loved working with children, but after the birth of her three young children she sought a way to give them a solid musical upbringing and discovered Kindermusik and Musikgarten. It was a natural progression from excited parent to becoming a licensed instructor. She is passionate about encouraging of children’s natural love of music and helping them to become musical individuals for the rest of their lives.
Joseph D. Mixon, Guitar
Guitarist Joseph D. Mixon, longtime adjunct assistant professor of music at Lebanon Valley College is the 2008 recipient of the College’s highest honor for its adjunct faculty-the Nevelyn J. Knisley Award for Inspirational teaching. Mixon has performed internationally as an artist and clinician doing teacher trainings and musical missions in India, Nepal, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica. He has studied guitar with Dennis Sandoli, Vic Juris, Tony Ventura, Frank DiBussolo and Joseph Mays, among others and is the founder of The Big Wahu Caribbean Band. He is also the artist and teacher for TRUEFIRE.COM, an online guitar study site. Joe is also the founder and current director of RPM productions Inc. In addition to his commitments to Lebanon Valley College, Mixon is the guitarist in residence at the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Arts in Bethlehem and the house guitarist at The Sands Casino in Bethlehem. A graduate of Moravian College, Mixon went on to earn a Master’s in Music from Combs College of Music.
Philip Morgan, Voice
Philip Morgan, professor emeritus of music at Lebanon Valley College, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Pittsburg (Kan.) State University and has since studied and performed in Paris, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Frankfurt, and New York. His professional activities include performance with the Chautauqua Opera Association, Jeunesses Musicales de France, Central City Opera Company, and the Kansas City Lyric Theatre.
He also has conducted numerous seminars in the United States on the care and use of the singing and speaking voice. Morgan appears frequently in solo recitals, oratorios, operas, musical theater, and chamber music programs. He served for 14 years as vocal coach to the Hersheypark summer productions. Phil Morgan is a judge at the Lancaster Opera Workshop Advanced Vocal competition.
Kirstin Myers, Oboe
Kirstin Myers earned her B.S. in Education and Oboe Performance at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a minor in piano. In 1999 she also graduated summa cum laude as a full scholarship recipient from Michigan State University with a M.M. in Oboe Performance. Since the year 2000 she has been on the faculty of Millersville University as Double Reeds Professor as well as the Oboe Professor at York College of PA. In addition to her collegiate appointments (which now happily includes LVC!) and private teaching, she is currently a member of the York Symphony Orchestra, Reading Pops Orchestra and co-founder of both The Silverwood Trio and Trio Jolie.
Robert Nowak, Percussion
Robert A. Nowak is a member of the music faculty at Lebanon Valley College. In addition to teaching Introduction to music classes, percussion, and percussion methods, Nowak directs the mallet and percussion ensembles at LVC, and serves as the percussion consultant for the Pottsville Area and Tamaqua Area high schools. He is principal-percussionist of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Reading Symphony Orchestra. As a busy freelance percussionist, he performs at the F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre; the Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton; the Sovereign Center for the Performing Arts, Giant Center; and Hersheypark, Hershey. He is a graduate of Mansfield State College and the University of Miami.
Nowak has performed with Al Martino, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole, Regis Philbin, Olivia Newton John, and the National Tours of, Chorus Line, Bye, Bye, Birdie, Ragtime, Dream Girls, and Beauty and the Beast, among others. Despite his very busy schedule, Nowak gives private lesions in his self-designed studio in Shenandoah, Pa., and manufactures mahogany log drums, triangle holders, and goose neck cymbal holders used by major symphony orchestras and music schools around the world. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and the Educational Team of Vic Firth, Inc.
Kim Potocny, Piano
Kim Potocny is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College, where she earned a bachelor of music degree in sacred music with a concentration in organ performance. She attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where she completed all of the credits for graduate degree in musicology/music history.
Her principal instructors have been Robert Grogin, Dr. Pierce Getz, and Ruth Killian, organ, Dr. Dennis Sweigert, Merl Freeland, and Esther Fortna, piano, and Victoria Rose and Jeffrey Riehl, voice.
After forty years of service as a church organist and musician, Potocny retired from church work in June 2014. For the past 24 years, she had held the position of organist, adult choir, and solo accompanist at the Annville United Methodist Church. In 2000 she became the director of The Bells of Glory Handbell choir and in 2005, she became the director of the adult choir.
In addition to her semesters of private organ and piano lessons, as well as handbell training, Potocny had several semesters of choral training and studied voice privately while in college. She was a member of the 60-voice Lebanon Valley College touring concert choir. With the choir, she performed in numerous states and, on one occasion, with the Harrisburg Symphony. She was also selected to sing in an 18-voice chamber choir for touring and special performances. She has been a member of the Lebanon County Choral Society since 1996 and has sung for many years in the massed choir directed by numerous contemporary composers of church anthems at the Tabernacle in Mt. Gretna. She has expanded her opportunity to sing challenging music by becoming an auditioned member of the Hershey Symphony Festival Chorus where, as a member, she recently performed Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Hershey Symphony at the Hershey Theater.
Presently, Potocny is serving as a substitute organist and accompanist. She provides special music as a pianist, vocalist, and as a handbell soloist. She has had many years of experience as a handbell performer and has been a member of the massed handbell choir performances at the Tabernacle in Mt. Gretna.
Louise Pouss, Musikgarten and Piano
Louise Pouss, a fully-licensed Musikgarten teacher, received a bachelor of science degree in music education from Gettysburg College. She completed 20 credits in graduate music workshops through Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Before starting a family, she taught classroom and vocal music for several years in Connecticut and in the Harrisburg area. Currently, Pouss teaches piano and is an active member of Salem Lutheran Church, Lebanon, where she sings in the adult choir and leads bell choir. She also directs the junior choir, a position she has held since 1983.
Dina Slechta, Suzuki and Traditional Cello
Dina Slechta is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College with a bachelor of science degree in biology and a minor in music. Other musical studies include the Suzuki Cello Teacher Training program through the Ithaca Suzuki Institute and the American Suzuki Institute at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She is registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has taught traditional cello methods since 1983.
Slechta performs with the Reading Pops Orchestra. In recent years, she has enjoyed the wonderful opportunities to perform along with her sons and husband in the Reading Philharmonic Orchestra and in their own family ensemble. She played with the Pottstown Symphony for 19 years.
Additionally she has performed with the Music In The Schools program, LVC Alumni Chorale¹s Chamber Orchestra, Berks Chamber Orchestra, Dave Stahl Sacred Orchestra, and various other ensembles in Southeast and Central Pennsylvania.
James Stirling, Voice
James Stirling graduated from Westminster Choir College with his bachelor's degree in music education with a voice primary and the University of Arizona with his master's degree in choral conducting. During his time at Westminster, James performed under the batons of renowned conductors Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Simon Rattle, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Barenboim, and James Jordan, accompanied by ensembles such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the West East Divan Orchestra, and the Lincoln Trio. Under the baton of James Jordan, the Westminster Williamson Voices' album called Annelies, an oratorio by James Whitbourn based on the diary of Anne Frank, received a Grammy nomination for best choral performance. As part of his degree, James took voice lessons from Mark Moliterno, the creator of Yoga Voice, and the late Julian Rodescu.
While attending the University of Arizona, James had the opportunity to be the chorus master for two operas: Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, and Gaetano Donizetti's L'elisir D'amore. To continue his education of vocal studies, James received lessons from Dr. Hugo Vera and taught voice lessons to young music and non-music major college students.
Currently, James is the music director at the United Church of Christ in Elizabethtown, PA, where he conducts the adult choir.
Susan Szydlowski, Musikgarten
Susan Szydlowski received a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Colby College and attended Temple University for graduate studies. While in Philadelphia, she became involved with the Madrigal Singers in the Temple University School of Music and continued to participate in choral singing in the Philadelphia area. While spending two years in Virginia with her husband, she sang with the Norfolk Oratorio Society in collaboration with the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of the Lebanon County Choral Society and continues to study voice privately.
A native of New York City, Szydlowski taught music for five years at Jack and Jill Kindergarten and coordinated joint performances with the residents at Oakview Nursing Home. In addition to her involvement with Musikgarten, she has served on the board of directors of Penn Laurel Girl Scout Council. She is currently on the governing board of the Lebanon County Choral Society and the Board of Lebanon Family Health Services. Szydlowski is a fully-licensed Musikgarten educator.
Josh Tindall, Jazz Piano and Guitar
Josh Tindall currently teaches piano, class piano and Jazz studies courses at LVC. Josh performs regularly throughout the country as a piano and organ soloists, duo pianists with his wife, Elizabeth, accompanist, and with various musical ensembles and bands. He has performed in various venues from Las Vegas to Christchurch New Zealand as a jazz artist. Josh studied piano with Dr. Dennis Sweigart and jazz organ with Sony Record artist Joey Defrancesco. Josh also serves as Pastor of Music Ministries and recently completed his M.Div degree at Lancaster Theological seminary.
Karen Umberger, Piano and Musikgarten
A licensed Musikgarten educator, Umberger holds a bachelor of music degree in sacred music from Lebanon Valley College and has over 20 years of piano, organ, bell choir, and vocal training. She is a professional church musician, currently serving at St. Luke’s UCC in Lititz, where she is responsible for the graded choir program, handbell choir and organ service music. She also accompanies the Lebanon County Choral Society. Umberger has taught piano since 1980 and now teaches at the Lititz Academy of Music.
Cherie Van Zant, Musikgarten, Flute
Cherie Van Zant is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sound recording technology and music composition/theory. Cherie then went on to receive her teacher’s certification in music education, and a master’s degree in music education from Duquesne University. Currently, Cherie is the Director of Graduate and Community Programs for the Department of Music at Lebanon Valley College. She has worked in the entertainment industry and freelances as a production manager. Cherie has taught flute privately in her own studio and with CMI, and has been a handbell director for a local United Methodist Church.
Sarah Wagner, Violin, Piano
Sarah Wagner is a 2012 graduate of Lebanon Valley College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree with a Minor in Music. She began studying piano and violin in elementary school. While at LVC, she studied violin under Dr. Johannes Dietrich and organ under Dr. Shelly Moorman-Stahlman. She participated in several LVC music ensembles including the LVC Symphony Orchestra, where she was concert mistress, Chamber Orchestra, String Quartet, Concert Choir, and Chamber Choir. One of the highlights of her musical career at LVC was performing with the Concert Choir on tour in Norway and Denmark. Sarah is also an active community musician. She frequently plays piano, violin, and organ for weddings, church events and services, and local ensembles.
Tim Wolfe, Bass
Bassist Tim Wolfe, Jr. keeps a busy schedule as both a performer and educator. Having played all along the eastern seaboard, as well as internationally, Tim performs mostly in the greater Philadelphia area and Central Pennsylvania, performing almost 100 dates a year. In 2008 Tim earned his master's degree in jazz studies from the University of the Arts, setting him on the path to teach. He is an adjunct professor of music at Lebanon Valley College, where he teaches double bass, bass guitar, jazz improvisation and directs small-group jazz combos. Working with students of all ages, Tim also teaches workshops, clinics, and master classes at high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools in Pennsylvania and Maryland, as well as keeping a private teaching studio out of his Bucks County home.