Jennifer Wagner Blystone, piano, violin
Jennifer Wagner Blystone, a 2008 graduate of Lebanon Valley College, has a bachelor of science degree in elementary education with a minor in music. She began taking piano lessons at age seven and violin lessons at age nine. While at Lebanon Valley College, Blystone studied violin under Dr. Johannes Dietrich and performed in the LVC orchestra and with various chamber groups. In her sophomore year at LVC, Blystone performed with the LVC orchestra in Salzburg, Graz, Vienna and Prague. She often plays for weddings and special music at area churches. Blystone is currently a second grade teacher in the Palmyra Area School District.
Dalinda Bohr, violin, viola
Dalinda Bohr graduated from Lebanon Valley College in 1999 with a bachelor of science degree in music education and a bachelor of arts degree in music. In 2006, she graduated with a master of music education degree, also from Lebanon Valley College. Her thesis studied music reading development and shifting preferences of intermediate string students. Bohr is pursuing certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and is a board member for the Pennsylvania/Delaware chapter of the American String Teachers Association (PADESTA). Although she studied both violin and trumpet since the fourth grade, she began playing viola in college and now considers it her main instrument. She is a member of the Obligato String Quartet and frequently performs for weddings and parties as well as with the Schuylkill Symphony Orchestra. She currently teaches strings at Central Dauphin East High School.
Rachel Bomberger, cello
Rachel Bomberger graduated from Lebanon Valley College in December 2008 with a degree in music education. She is fluent in cello and piano and currently teaches elementary general music full-time in the Lebanon School District. She teaches Suzuki and traditional cello methods.
Lindsay Bretz-Morgan, voice
Lindsay Bretz-Morgan, who holds a bachelor's degree in musical theatre from Point Park Conservatory, joined the CMI staff in 2008. She has toured nationally and internationally with several shows for Milestone Productions and Fisher Price, and has appeared at almost every theater in the area. Regional and community theater performances include Allenberry Playhouse, Penn State Main Stage, Theatre Harrisburg, Capitol Dinner Theatre, Stage On Herr, and Oystermill Playhouse. Bretz-Morgan has performed in more than 25 musicals; playing roles varying from Sally Bowles in Cabaret to Eddie in Rocky Horror to Marian Paroo in Music Man. She currently lives in Ono, Pa., with her partner, Anthony, who is the owner of Black Gryphon in Elizabethtown, where she is a full-time manager. Bretz-Morgan teaches a Triple Threat class at Edance Studios in Elizabehtown, Pa. She is also an assistant house manager at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg.
Dr. Cadieux, the recipient of the Pennsylvania/Delaware String Teachers Association Outstanding String Teacher Award, has performed extensively with the Kirkland Piano Trio, and is presently performing with the Dela'Art Trio, and as a member of Duo Terlano. Having served for many years as principal cellist for the Illinois Symphony and Illinois Chamber Orchestra, as well as festival orchestras including those at Aspen, the Blossom Music Festival, and Great Music West, traveling Broadway shows, and dance companies such as the Mark Morris Dance Group, she brings extensive knowledge of all styles of orchestral playing to her students. Physically healthy playing and authentic, personal musicianship are the goals of her teaching, which she supports with a background in Alexander Technique and a thorough knowledge of performance styles from the Baroque era to the present.
Karen Click, piano, voice
Karen Click, D.M.M., is an active solo performer, freelance accompanist, and adjudicator in the Central Pennsylvania area. She is a graduate of Radford University in Virginia where she earned her bachelor of music and master of arts degrees, majoring in piano performance, with a secondary area of vocal study. She was the first awarded winner of the Radford University freshman music scholarship in 1983.
Also an accomplished vocalist, Click has performed with the Fairfax Chorale, the Washington Chorus, the Cathedral Choral Society, the Frost Chamber Singers at the University of Miami, and the Festival Celebration Series at Shippensburg University.
On returning to central Pa. in 2007, she served on the faculty at Messiah College as an adjunct instructor of piano. In 2008, Click completed the doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where she studied with Mr. Tian Ying. Currently, she is the artistic director and piano faculty member at the State Street Academy of Music in Harrisburg, Pa.
Johannes Dietrich, viola, violin
Johannes Dietrich, a native of Bozeman, Mont., began his musical studies at an early age. He took his first violin lessons at the age of five and shortly thereafter he began studying piano. After graduating from high school, Dietrich spent a year studying at the “Mozarteum” in Salzburg, Austria. While there, he toured with the widely-known chamber orchestra Salzburger Music.
After returning from Europe, he spent the next several years at Montana State University (MSU), graduating with degrees in music and German. Dietrich completed a master of music degree in violin performance and a doctorate in violin performance and conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (CCM). His doctoral thesis was on pre-bebop jazz violin.
As a member of the Alpine String Quartet, Dietrich has spent several summers performing at Lake Hotel in Yellowstone National Park. He has toured Ohio with the Antioch Trio and has given numerous recitals in collaboration with pianist Stephen Phillips. He has performed concertos with the Billings Symphony, the MSU Chamber Orchestra, the String Orchestra of the Rockies, and the St. Martin Chamber Orchestra of Cincinnati. Dietrich is the founder and conductor of the Bozeman Chamber Orchestra and was instrumental in rebuilding the orchestra program at Antioch College.
As associate professor of strings at Lebanon Valley, he teaches violin, viola, and string methods and conducts the College orchestra.
Marian Dura, violin, viola, cello
Dr. Dura has over 30 years of experience in music education. She has taught strings and general music in grades preK–8, and a wide variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her previous faculty appointments have included Clarion University, University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University, Texas Tech University, Illinois State University, and Northwestern University. She holds memberships in the College Music Society, MENC, ASTA/NSOA, and AOSA. Dr. Dura is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Music Society and an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma (National Chapter and Delta Omicron Chapter).
Linda Hummel, voice
Linda Whitenight Hummel is a graduate of Susquehanna University where she earned a bachelor of science degree in music education with a major in voice. She also earned her master of arts degree from Penn State University. Hummel, a member of NATS, has taught voice for many years and is currently a student of Phillip Morgan. She has studied in master classes with Dr. Thomas Houser and Ruth Drucker and has appeared as a soloist at the Central Pennsylvania Choral Festival under the direction of Dr. Robert Page. She has performed at the Hershey Symphony and the Susquehanna Choral, of which she was a member for 10 years and served as board president for three years. She was also the soprano soloist for 15 years at Christ Lutheran Church in Harrisburg. Hummel has directed a chamber choir for American Music Abroad for two European tours and has taught vocal technique in a choral setting for the Church Music Institute at Lebanon Valley College. She has participated as a conductor in the District Chorus Clinic at Messiah College. Most recently, she has sung with the Bob Clay Orchestra in York, Pennsylvania.
After teaching in the Lower Dauphin School District for 30 years, she retired in June 1999. In addition to serving as the senior high choral director at Lower Dauphin, she was the music director of the spring musical and co-advisor for the school’s Tri-M National Music Honor Society Chapter. Her concert choir performed with the Central Pennsylvania Symphony and was chosen to be in the 2000 spring brochure for the concert outreach program of Lincoln Center in New York City. She also assisted with the baccalaureate and commencement.
While at Lower Dauphin, Hummel helped develop and teach the music component of the tenth-grade humanities program, which received an award from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Currently, Hummel is an adjunct professor at Lebanon Valley College. She has also taught at Messiah College.
James Johnston, french horn, trumpet, trombone, and tuba
James E. Johnston earned a bachelor of science degree in music education from Lebanon Valley College in 1971, where he studied french horn with Dr. James M. Thurmond. Following graduation, he taught instrumental and vocal music in the Pine Grove Area School District and attended Temple University for graduate studies.
After 38 years of service, Johnston retired from the Air National Guard Band of the Mid-Atlantic where he performed in concert band as a member of the french horn section. He also played in the ceremonial band, dance band, German band, and brass quintet on french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, and cornet as needed. While a member of the band, he also formed and led a horn quartet and a wood 13wind quintet. He has twice toured Southern California with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, based at Travis Air force Base, Ca., as well as concert tours in England, Denmark, and Holland with the Band of the MID-Atlantic.
Johnston has played and directed in various community groups including The Washing Band of Annville, the Rockville British Brass Band, and the North-Jersey Symphony Orchestra. A member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Hershey, Pa., he is a member of the adult choir and directs the childrens choir.
Anne Kim, piano
Anne Kim holds two bachelor of music degrees and a master of music degree in piano performance from the University of Alberta, Canada. She also studied at the Banff Center of Fine Arts with many distinguished teachers and received a full scholarship.
Kim has taught at the preparatory division of Manitoba University and joined the faculty of the International Bible College, Calif. While in California, she taught piano, organ, theory, harmony, and music history.
She has performed many recitals and concerts throughout Korea, Canada, and the United States, and has received many awards and scholarships from music competitions. Her piano students also have won many first place awards at music festivals.
In Pennsylvania, Kim shares her musical gift through teaching and directing choirs. She enjoys her busy life as the mother of an eight-year-old son and as a pastor’s wife.
Jill Marchionne, oboe, english horn
Marchionne graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. with both a bachelors and masters in music in oboe performance. She has worked in the greater Harrisburg area for the past 10 years. Additionally Jill has performed and traveled in Spain serving as co-principal oboe with the Royal Symphonic Orchestra of Seville. Jill is currently associated with Messiah College, Dickinson College, Elizabethtown College, Bucknell University, Susquehanna University, and Lebanon Valley College in the woodwind department
Debby Michael, violin, viola, cello
Debby graduated summa cum laude from Lebanon Valley College in May, 2009 with a bachelor of arts degree in music and a concentration in violin performance. While at LVC, Michael studied violin and viola with Dr. Johannes Dietrich and cello with Dr. Marie-Aline Cadieux. Michael has been teaching with the Community Music Institute for six years now and welcomes students of all ages and levels of ability. She often plays for weddings and other events and also enjoys playing in pit orchestras in the theater.
Jessica Mitchell, cello
Jessica Mitchell has been playing and studying the cello from a young age. She previously attended the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University, where she studied with Jeffrey Solow and was a member of the Temple University Symphony Orchestra, as well as several smaller orchestras and chamber ensembles. While at Temple, she received chamber music coaching from David Kim and Sidney Curtiss of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Jessica is a graduate of Moravian College with a bachelor degree of music in education. While at Moravian, she won the student concerto competition in 2010 and was a member of the piano trio, baroque ensemble, and section leader of the Moravian College Community Orchestra. In 2011, she created the Strike A Chord Community Orchestra, a summer group in Walnutport, PA that gives adult students and students with no orchestra programs in their schools the opportunity to play in an ensemble. Currently, Jessica is the orchestra director at Lebanon Middle/High School. As a private instructor for many years, her specialty is catering each lesson to the individual student. She can frequently be seen playing gigs in Eastern Pennsylvania.
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.
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 Are 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 received 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., for graduate studies in musicology/music history.
Her principal instructors have been Robert Grogin, Pierce Getz, and Ruth Killian, organ; Dennis Sweigert, Merl Freeland, and Esther Fortna, piano; Victoria Rose and Jeffrey Riehl, voice.
Since 1976, Potocny has served as organist/pianist in churches of varying denominations. For the past 17 years she has held the position of organist and adult choir and solo accompanist at the Annville United Methodist Church. In the fall of 2005, she assumed the position of adult choir director at the church. As the director, she is responsible for directing and accompanying the choir in the performance of weekly responses and anthems and in the special performances of both an Easter and Christmas cantata. Potocny also has served as the director of the Bells of Glory Handbell Choir at the church since 2000. She brings to the position 17 years of handbell performing experience. The choir’s performing members include herself, her daughter Shannon, church members, and two LVC students.
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 touring chamber choir for special performances. She continues her commitment to choral singing as a member of the Lebanon County Choral Society.
Potocny performs as a vocal soloist in a special ensemble that provides special music for summer church services. She also performs as a handbell soloist and is a member of a handbell quartet that provides special prelude and offertory selections for the worship service. She plays handbells to entertain nursing home residents, performs in the handbell festival in the Tabernacle in Mt. Gretna, and in other handbell festivals to benefit local charities and organizations. At Christmastime, she plays two half-hour piano performances at Dutch Wonderland and Hersheypark.
Louise Pouss, Kindermusik and piano
Louise Pouss, a fully-licensed Kindermusik 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.
Susan Szydlowski, director of CMI and Kindermusik
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 Kindermusik, 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 Kindermusik educator and is the director of the Community Music Institute.
Ruth Marie Tierney, piano
Ruth Marie Tierney received a bachelor of arts degree in piano performance and voice performance. Her voice teachers have been the late Rosina Muto, Sr. Regina Delores, and Virginia Englebright, Dr. Clarence Bawden, and Dr. Dennis Sweigert.
During and after college, Tierney sang many operatic roles with the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company, including Mimi in La Boheme, Miss Silverstein in Mozart’s Impressario, and supporting roles in La Traviata, and Marriage of Figaro, as well as soloist with the Hershey Community Chorus and St. Joan of Arc Church Choir in Hershey, and other area churches.
Tierney has been a concerto soloist with the Harrisburg West Shore Symphony, a recitalist in the Philadelphia and Maryland areas, and has sung or played on a regular schedule, including master recital piano with the Wednesday Club of Harrisburg, where she continues as resident artist, and board member
Since 1950, Tierney has been a choir member, soloist, and organist at St. Joan of Arc in Hershey. She has served the parish as the music director and classroom teacher at St. Joan of Arc School.
Current professional affiliations include active membership in The Music Teachers National Association, the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association, president of the Capital Area Chapter of Pennsylvania Music Teachers from 2004¬–2006, past president of the Wednesday Club, and the Harmonia Music club of Lebanon.
Ibrook Tower, clarinet and saxophone
Known internationally as an arranger, conductor, composer, clarinetist, and educator, Ibrook Tower’s diverse background ranges from nightclubs to symphony orchestras. His professional performing career began at age 12 and since then, Tower has held positions in more than 20 orchestras and numerous chamber groups. He has appeared as a guest artist with the Altoona Symphony, New York Woodwind Quintet, Nittany Valley Symphony, American Youth Philharmonic, Peabody Wind Ensemble, and the United States Navy Band.
Tower earned bachelor’s degrees in clarinet and music education at the Peabody Conservatory. A Settlement Music School teaching fellow at Temple University, he completed a master’s degree in clarinet performance. Tower’s principal clarinet teachers were Ronald Baltazar, Harold Wright, Sidney Forrest, Franklin Cohen, Ronald de Kant, and Anthony Gigliotti. He studied saxophone under Baltazar and Rick VanMatre. Tower holds a doctor of musical arts degree in conducting from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under maestro Eugene Migliaro Corporon, and also a conducting diploma from the University of Calgary in Canada. Tower was associate conductor of the Cincinnati Wind Symphony at the start of their celebrated recording series.
Tower has taught students at levels ranging from elementary through college. He directed college bands for 26 years, serving two terms as Pennsylvania chair of the College Band Directors National Association. Juniata College’s students and faculty honored him with the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award. He coauthored three volumes of Teaching Music Through Performance in Band.
Karen Umberger, Piano, Kindermusik and assistant Kindermusik director
Karen Umberger is the director and founder of “Kindermusik with Karen.” A licensed Kindermusik 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, Kindermusik, 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. Van Zant then went on to receive her teacher’s certification in music education, and a master’s degree in music education from Duquesne University. She has worked in the entertainment industry for the past fourteen years and currently is working an associate producer/production manager for WJS Productions. Van Zant has taught flute privately in her own studio and with CMI, and has been a handbell director for a local United Methodist Church. Van Zant recently completed her Kindermusik certification and is happy to return to teach at CMI.
Tim Wolfe, bass
Tim Wolfe, Jr. (VA '07 from Lebanon Valley College. MM '08 from the University of the Arts) keeps a very busy performance schedule in Central and South-Eastern Pennsylvania performing on both double bass and bass guitar. A versatile musician, he plays with many of the area's finest jazz musicians, and also regularly performs with rock groups, orchestras and chamber ensembles, and in many local theater productions. In 2011 Tim joined the faculty of Lebanon Valley College as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music; he teaches bass guitar, double bass and jazz improvisation in private lessons, and coaches the college's Small Jazz Ensemble. He lives in Western Bucks County, PA with his wife, Mary Beth, and their three cats. Audio excepts and video of Tim's bass playing can be found on his website, www. timwolfebass.com