Plumstead Christian School — Fine Arts Department Chair and Instrumental Music Director Cairn University — Adjunct instructor of instrumental methods and Cairn Wind Ensemble director CSSM faculty since 2018
MM (West Chester University), BSc (Messiah College)
David Clem is a doctoral candidate in Historical Musicology and Theory at the University at Buffalo, SUNY where he is completing his dissertation “O Fortuna” and the Mythic Medieval: A Study in Multimedia Reception under the guidance of Dr. James Currie. His research interests include the theory and history of musical multimedia, music and philosophy, and the application of linguistic models from semiotics and pragmatics to music.
He regularly presents research at the Music and the Moving Image Conference held annually at NYU’s Steinhardt School, on topics ranging from Aaron Copland’s score to Our Town (1940), to a comparative analysis of the opening credit sequences of Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980) and Hawaii Five-0 (2010-). He has also delivered papers in various formats at the Society for American Music, where he looks forward to a delivering a poster presentation this March on the use of “O Fortuna” in recent television commercials. His recently published essay “Music, Magic, and the Intermedial Gap: Or How Music Aids the Adaptation Process in the Harry Potter Films,” appears in Harry Potter Intermedial: Untersuchungen zu den (Film-) Welten von Joanne K. Rowling, edited by Tobias Kuriwinkel (Konighausen & Neumann, 2014), and explores how the affective and narrative properties of music effect current theories on the adaptation of literature to film.
In addition to his musicological research, David is active as a composer and violist in the Buffalo (NY) area. He is a violist with and board member of the Amherst Chamber Ensembles, Inc., and also performs as a section player with the Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Tier Symphony.
Natalie Rudoi DaSilva
MMus (Cleveland Institute of Music BMus (Cleveland Institute of Music)
Messiah College — Professor of Music (Horn, Music Theory, Chamber Brass) Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra — Second Horn CSSM faculty since 2015
DMA (University of North Texas), MM (University of Miami), BMus (West Texas State University)
Barbara Hull is a trumpet performer and teacher and makes her home in Rochester, New York. She performs regularly with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Skaneateles Summer Music Festival, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Oratorio Society and the Kunde Chorale. Ms. Hull teaches applied trumpet, brass and conducting at Nazareth College. She also teaches trumpet at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance and is the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra brass coach. Barbara directs the concert band and teaches trumpet and music theory at the Csehy Summer School of Music, which is held on the beautiful campus of Houghton College in Houghton, NY.
Ms. Hull earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with James Thompson and was Assistant Conductor of the Eastman Brass Guild. She earned her Masters Degree at Eastman in the studio of Charles Geyer. She is a recipient of Eastman's Performer's Certificate, and, as the winner of Eastman's Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Concerto Competition, performed as soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble under Donald Hunsberger. Barbara served as principal trumpet of the Eastman Wind Ensemble during a recent collaboration between the EWE and the Canadian Brass. The CD for that project, Manhattan Music, was released in 2008.
Barbara was Principal Trumpet with the Albany Symphony Orchestra from 1995-1998, recording with the orchestra under the Decca and Albany Records labels. She played with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra from 2000-2003. While living in Albuquerque, she also performed regularly with the New Mexico Brass Quintet, the New Mexico Symphony Brass Quintet, the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, and Opera Southwest. She has also performed with the Rochester Philharmonic and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestras.
Barbara completed her undergraduate work at Houghton College, where she earned the B.Mus. degree and studied with Dr. Harold McNiel. Other instructors include Mark Gould, Robert Earley, Niklas Eklund, and David Kuehn. Ms. Hull has participated in master classes with Barbara Butler, Vincent Cichowicz and Allen Vizzutti.
Mrs. Hull can be heard on the following recordings:
- Ince: Fall of Constatinople, Argo 289 455 151-2 - Michael Daugherty: American Icons , Argo 289 458 145-2 - Morton Gould: Orchestral Music, Troy 300 (Albany Records) - Peter Menin: Symphony No. 5 and 6, Troy 260 (Albany Records) - Brutal Reality: Albany Symphony Orchestra, Troy 354 (Albany Records) - Music of Robert Starer and Francis Thorne, Troy 244 (Albany Records)
Barbara Hull has taught trumpet at the Csehy Summer School of Music since 1986.
Currently a doctoral student and graduate fellow at Temple University studying piano performance under Charles Abramovic, Gretchen Hull received her master’s degree at the same and her undergraduate degree from Houghton College, where she studied under Fleisher student William Newbrough. Gretchen has performed recitals for WSKG’s televised series Expressions, the Classical Pianists of the Future series, the OASIS concert series, the Immanuel Episcopal Concert Series, and multiple times for the Civic Morning Musical Wednesday Recital Series at the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse). Gretchen has been heard performing and/or been interviewed on the WCNY, WSKG, and WPEL radio stations, as well as WSKG’s television show Artist Café. A past participant in the Chautauqua Piano Program and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, last summer she was a semifinalist in the PIANALE International Piano Academy and Competition in Schlitz, Germany. She has performed in masterclasses led by Garrick Ohlsson, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Jerome Rose, Marcantonio Balone, Angela Cheng, and Sonia Lee (harpsichord). Gretchen is also a member of the Philadelphia-based piano trio, Trio Amaranth, and a piano faculty member at the Csehy Summer School of Music. Past teachers include Ms. Rebecca Penneys, Dr. Michael Landrum, Dr. Samuel Hsu, and Ms. Monique Leduc.
Cellist Eric Jones received his master’s degree in cello performance at Temple University where he studied with Deborah Reeder and Orlando Cole. Eric received the Bachelor of Music degree from Stetson University (Deland, FL) after studying with David Bjella. He has attended the Schlern International Music Festival (Sudtirol,Italy), the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Brevard Music Center, studying with cellists George Work, Elizabeth Simkin, and Ron Leonard. He has performed in masterclasses with Mischa Maisky, Vagram Saradjian, David Ying, and members of the Emerson String Quartet.
Eric has performed with the Haddonfield Symphony, Temple University Symphony, and Stetson University Symphony Orchestra, among other orchestras. He has also performed in many chamber music ensembles, including the Cripple Creek Quartet, Barron String Quartet, and the Broad Street Quartet, of which he was a founding member. He has participated in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the collegiate chamber music competition of the Music Teachers’ National Association.
Eric teaches elementary and middle school strings in the School District of Philadelphia, instructing group lessons and conducting string orchestras in five schools. He has taught privately and coached chamber music since 1997. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Christine, and their two children, David and Andrew. He has been on faculty at Csehy since 2004.
D.M.A., Eastman School of Music M.Mus., Binghamton University B.Mus., Houghton College
Angela Kinney McBrearty was appointed assistant professor of flute at Houghton College in 2008. Dr. McBrearty also holds the position of instructor of flute at 171 Cedar Arts center in Corning, NY, where she holds a large flute studio. She also is instructor of flute at the Csehy Summer School of Music. Through 171, McBrearty began the Crystal City Flute Choir, which is now in its seventh season.
Prior to joining the faculty at Houghton College, McBrearty was assistant professor of flute and music education at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. In this position she served as supervisor of student teachers as well as taught classes in instrumental music education, flute choir, and curriculum development to graduate students. While at Mansfield, McBrearty began the Flutissimo flute event for high school students. This event was a masterclass and flute choir performance by all in attendance. This annual event grew to over 100 students in attendance that performed with the Mansfield University Flute Choir. McBrearty was also adjunct professor of winds at Alfred University. Previously she was an instrumental music in Roscoe, NY and in Newfield, NY, where she taught high school band and choir.
McBrearty received her DMA in music education from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Her dissertation addressed flute pedagogy as it pertains to the beginner flute. Previously she earned her MM in flute performance from Binghamton University and an undergraduate degree in music education from Houghton College. Flute teachers have included Bonita Boyd, Anne Harrow, Georgetta Maiolo, and Lois Wilt. She has also performed for Thomas Nyfenger.
As a performer, McBrearty served as principal flute with the Williamsport Symphony orchestra and has performed with the Orchestra of the Southern Fingerlakes. She also founded and performs in the AMA Flute Trio and is founder/conductor of the Crystal City Flute Choir, which frequently performs in the Central New York region.
McBrearty has given workshops on flute technique and instrumental education at music education conferences in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Clinics have included the music learning theory, teaching improvisation in high school baroque flute solo, as well as beginner flute technique and building a flute choir in the high school. She also presented at the National Flute Association conference in Dallas, TX, presenting on flute technique through the use of etudes. Published articles have appeared in Flute Talk and PMEA News.
Martha Alford Matthews
Alice Meyer is on the administrative staff at the Eastman School of Music, and teaches clarinet and clarinet choir at Roberts Wesleyan College. She earned both her Master of Music Degree in Pedagogy of Music Theory, and her Bachelor of Music Degree in Applied Music and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Her teachers include D. Stanley Hasty, Daniel Johnston, and Richard Joiner. In addition to being a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra clarinet section, she also plays with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, and performs frequently throughout the Rochester area. In March of 2008, Meyer performed with colleague Michael Landrum at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA. Meyer is a contributor and reviewer for The Clarinet, the quarterly magazine of the International Clarinet Association. She has taught at the Csehy Summer School of Music at Houghton College for the past 10 years.
Trinity International University — Assistant Professor of Music CSSM faculty since 2003
DMA (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), MM (DePaul University), BMus (Wheaton College)
Julie Runion is Adjunct Professor of piano, accompanying, and piano pedagogy at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. She holds a Master of Music in Piano Performance degree from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Houghton College.
As a collaborative pianist, Julie enjoys performing with both student and professional singers and instrumentalists, in a variety of chamber ensembles. She has performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, on WXXI’s Live from Hochstein series in Rochester, on the Friends of Music series at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, and as a member of the Rochester Morning Musicale Society. She has played numerous recitals throughout New York, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania.
In addition to teaching at Roberts Wesleyan College, Julie is on the faculty at the Csehy Summer School of Music in Houghton, NY and enjoys maintaining a private studio in her home. Julie’s teachers include Joseph Werner, Scott Price, John Kenneth Adams, Dolores Gadevsky, and Sylvia Glickman. Julie and her husband Eric have three children, Jonathan, Catharine, and Elizabeth.
Delaware County Christian School - flute and piano teacher CSSM faculty since 2004
Composer Russell Scarbrough’s compelling, visceral works reflect a diverse array of musical resources, drawing inspiration from both the jazz tradition and from contemporary classical music. His music is filled with stimulating themes, with rich contrasts and unpredictable rhythmic energy. A six-time ASCAP Plus Award recipient, Scarbrough’s works are regularly performed by jazz ensembles, orchestras, and chamber groups internationally, and he makes frequent appearances as an educator, a conductor, and a performer.
His compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Fort Worth Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Anchorage Concert Chorus & Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Eastman Studio Orchestra, Bemus Bay Pops Orchestra, American Jazz Composer's Orchestra, Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, Baltimore Jazz Alliance Big Band, the US Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, and the US Naval Academy Next Wave Jazz Ensemble. Classical chamber soloists and groups such as Kathryn Scarbrough, Peter Sheridan, Mark Kellogg, the Areté Woodwind Quartet, Vocasynth, ensemble.twenty.21, and the Irrera Brothers Duo have premiered his concert works, and jazz soloists such as Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Ali Ryerson, Clay Jenkins, Charles Pillow, Eric Alexander, and Stefon Harris have performed his jazz works. Recent performances have taken place at Carnegie Hall, the National Flute Convention, the International Trombone Festival, and on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
As a trombonist, Scarbrough was Assistant Principal Trombone in the Gettysburg Symphony Orchestra from 1990-1995, performing the Rimsky-Korsakov Concerto for Trombone during the 1992-1993 season. He has shared the stage with a host of jazz greats, including Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Bob Brookmeyer, Johnny Mathis, Marian McPartland, Peter Erskine, Dick Oatts, Rufus Reid, Bob Sheppard, Conrad Herwig, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Eddie Daniels, Chuck Mangione, Pat LaBarbera, Allen Vizzutti, Byron Stripling, Marvin Stamm, Frank Tiberi, John Fedchock, Danny Gottlieb, Gary Foster, Barry Harris, Joey Sellers, Frank Vignola, Chuck Marohnic, Greg Hopkins, Jim Snidero, and Charlie Byrd.
Scarbrough studied composition with Hank Levy and Bill Dobbins, and trombone with John Gifford, John Melick, Wayne Wells, Harry Watters, Mark Kellogg, and John Marcellus. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in 2008. Presently, he is the director of the Canisius College Jazz Ensemble and the Houghton College Jazz Ensemble, and he previously directed the Roberts Wesleyan College Jazz Ensemble from 2005-2013.
M. Ed., Roberts Wesleyan College B.S. Music Education, Roberts Wesleyan College Teachers: Robert Shewan and Judith Coen
Vocal Coaches: Pam Gilmore, Elaine Purcell Smith
Professional Affiliations (past and present):
Freudig Singers of Western New York Buffalo Schola Cantorum Ars Nova Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus Orchard Park Chorale Robert Shewan Chorale and Chamber Singers Professional Activity:
Csehy Voice Faculty since 1994 Private Voice Instructor, 30+ years Adjunct Voice Faculty, Roberts Wesleyan College 1993-2006 Coordinator of Division of Fine Arts Newsletter, Roberts Wesleyan College Coordinator of Musical Ensemble Tours, Roberts Wesleyan College Manager, Robert Shewan Chorale Other: Soloist and recitalist in Rochester and Buffalo, NY regions
Joy lives with her husband, Paul, in Rochester, NY. She is mother to Emily (Britton), David, Aaron, and Lydia. She enjoys quilting, photography, gardening, crafting, Scrabble, thrifting, and collecting and listening to recordings of professional singers.
Oklahoma City Philharmonic — Section First Violin Oklahoma Baptist University — Adjunct faculty, violin Highlands Duo — Founding member CSSM faculty since 2007
DMA & BM (New England Conservatory), KA Diplom (Hochschule für Musik Freiburg)
M Music Ed, Penn State University BA Bible and Music Education, Lancaster Bible College
Academic Specialties and Interests: Pedagogical Methods Instrumental Methods Music Theory Education Chamber Ensembles Wind Ensemble
Julie Smith is an active flutist and pianist in the Rochester, NY area. In addition to teaching at the Hochstein School of Music and maintaining a private studio, she serves on the board of the Rochester Flute Association and is Leader of Worship Ministries at Valley Chapel Free Methodist Church. She is an active chamber musician in and around Rochester and performs with the Roberts Wesleyan College-Community Orchestra.
Julie has two degrees in music; a M.M. in Flute Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.S. in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College (both summa cum laude). She has won a number of competitions, including student concerto competitions at both schools, as well as the Rochester Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition (collegiate, adult divisions).
Her primary teachers have included Diane Smith, Linda Kirkpatrick, and Deborah Egekvist, with additional instruction from Rebecca Gilbert and Bonita Boyd. Julie currently resides in Spencerport, NY with her husband, trumpeter Roy Smith, and their son James.
Noted by ClevelandClassical for his ability to “bring out subtle inner details” and to “communicate directly with the listener”, classical guitarist Gideon Whitehead is quickly establishing himself as an outstanding and captivating artist. In 2014, he was selected as a winner of the Salon de Virtuosi competition in New York City, for which he will perform on a recital at Steinway Hall in October, 2014. Highlights from the 2013-14 concert season include recitals at Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, MI), Deerfield Presbyterian Church (Deerfield, NJ) and Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY). In June 2013, he celebrated the release of his debut album Russian Romance featuring rarely-played classical guitar music from Russia. Gideon has also presented solo recitals for the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society (Cleveland, OH), the Guitar Society of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), the Sturgis Council of the Arts (Sturgis, MI), the Louisville Guitar Society (Louisville, KY) and Hope College (Holland, MI) among others. In 2012, he made his New York City debut in a concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
As a chamber musician, Gideon has had the honor of collaborating on numerous occasions with world-renowned violinist and Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim. He also performs with flutist Mimi Stillman and the Dolce Suono Ensemble. Since beginning his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012, Gideon has premiered two works for guitar and string quartet, along with works for solo guitar, guitar and violin, and a song cycle for soprano and guitar. In addition, he has appeared in chamber music performances for the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, the Stars in the Classics series in Cleveland, Ohio, and at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA. Gideon has earned prizes at the 2011 James Stroud Guitar Competition and the 2010 and 2011 University of Louisville International Guitar Competition.
Gideon is committed to serving the community through his music. He frequently performs for residents at retirement living centers and nursing homes and presents the classical guitar to school children of all ages as both education and entertainment. While studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music, he was heavily involved in the school’s Community Outreach Program, performing in more than fifty events. During his time at Curtis, Gideon was active as a mentor with the Curtis Community Engagement Mentor Program. In this role, he helped younger students learn more about interacting with diverse audiences. He also served as an administrator for the Mentor Program and the Curtis Career Center. During his first year there, he was selected to participate in Curtis’s newly developed Community Artists Program (CAP), for which he developed a classroom guitar teaching residency at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia.
Gideon is an active teacher and has maintained a small, private studio since 2007. He taught at the Csehy summer music camp in Houghton, NY in the summer of 2014 and lead workshops at the inaugural White Lake Guitar Festival in Montague, Michigan in 2012. He has also taught classes in guitar at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Twin Lakes, MI). Gideon holds a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and completed his Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music in May, 2014 studying with renowned guitarists Jason Vieaux and David Starobin. He has performed in master classes for Manuel Barrueco, Christopher Parkening, Lorenzo Micheli, and Marcin Dylla among others.
Gideon performs on a 2011 Toby Rzepka cedar-top guitar.