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, 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, Cherywood Ensembles and performs throughout Pennsylvania, including 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.
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 Fisher Price and Milestone Productions and has appeared at almost every local theatre including Allenberry Playhouse, Penn State Main Stage, Theatre Harrisburg, Carlisle Theatre, Capitol Dinner Theatre, Little Threatre of Mechanicsburg, Stage on Herr, HCPAC and Oystermill Playhouse. Bretz-Morgan has performed in over 30, her favorite roles being Miss Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls", Sally Bowles in "Cabaret", Janet in "Rocky Horror" and Lola in "Copacabana." She currently lives in Ono, PA with her husband Anthony, who owns Black Grypon in Elizabethtown where she is a full-time manager. Bretz-Morgan is also Assistant House Manager at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg.
Marie-Aline Cadieux may be heard as a member of Duo Terlano with her husband, violinist Johannes Dietrich, and with the Dela'Art Trio, in residence at Lebanon Valley College, as well as in her own solo recitals. She has performed across Europe, but has become an established presence in the Mid-Atlantic music scene since moving to Pennsylvania in 1999. The recipient of the Pennsylvania/Delaware String Teachers Association Outstanding String Teacher Award, she has presented workshops at the state and national level, and has produced a DVD on healthy cello technique, as well as her own intermediate scale and velocity study book. Cadieux received her master of music degree and graduate certificate in performance from Northwestern University, and the doctor of musical arts degree from Ohio State University.
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, 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, Montana. Dietrich holds a master of music degree 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 viiolin 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 natinal competitions, and have accepted into leading undergraduate and graduate music programs. Many have gone on to become successful teachers in their own right.
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).
Amanda Harding, '15, voice
Amanda Harding, a native of Wiliamsport PA, is a double major in music education and vocal performance. she is experienced in repertoire ranging from classical to musical theatre, and enjoys performing both. she has studied with Mrs. Sarah Keely Decker, Mrs. Michelle Rebeck and currently studies with Mrs. Victoria Rose at Lebanon Valley College.
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 Children's 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 a mother and as a pastor’s wife.
Jennifer Lovell, voice
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 each basic vocal techniques and applies those techniques to any and all genres of music which are favored by h er students. Jenna has also performed a song cycles composed by her husband, Jeffrey Lovell, entitled Five Poems of Amy Lowell.
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
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 and cellist with the Lancaster-based quartet, Vivace Strings. She teaches cello privately at the Community Music Institute at Lebanon Valley College in Annville PA and Strike a Chord Music in Walnutport PA. As a private instructor for many years, her specialty is catering each lesson to the individual student. Jessica is in the process of obtaining her M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from Messiah College.
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.
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
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 schoolds, middle schools, and elementary schools in Pennsylvania and Maryland, as well as keeping a private teaching studio out of his Bucks County home.