Faculty

Our faculty is composed of the area’s finest performing musicians who are available at a variety of locations to guide students of all ages in discovering the life-long benefits of a formal music education.
 

Piano     Percussion     Strings     Voice     Woodwinds     Brass

 
  

Piano

  
 Kathleen Anthony
B.A. in Music Performance (voice/piano), Moravian College; additional studies Berklee College of Music & Curtis Institute of Music; love for all styles of music: pop, jazz, R&B, classical; current performer throughout the Lehigh Valley & surrounding areas.
 
     
 
Berklee College of Music; Moravian College; love for all styles of music, jazz, pop, R&B, classical; current performer throughout the valley & country
 piano
     
 
B.A. Piano Performance, Lebanon Valley College & Piano Technology Certification; performs classical & jazz works around the Reading area
 piano
     
 
M.M. Piano Pedagogy, West Chester University; B.A. Music, Gettysburg College; early childhood specialist with emphasis on classical piano
 
     
 
M.M. Music Education, Catholic University of America; B.S.M., Manhattanville College; experienced educator with students of all ages; church organist
 piano
     
 
B.A. Music Education, Susquehanna University; vocalist, pianist, organist, & church choir director with experience teaching students of all ages
 piano
     
 
Taught at Music Conservatory in Ambato, Ecuador & Latin-American Institute of Ecuador; trained in piano, guitar, violin, & music theory.
 piano
  
  
 
D.M.A. Piano Performance, University of Colorado-Boulder, M.M. Indiana University, B.A. Eastman School of Music; made her orchestral debut with Toledo Symphony Orchestra at 13; continues as an active performer; debut CD The Preludes Project released Nov 2016
 piano
     
 Geert Ruelens
M.M. Piano Performance & Pedagogy, Temple University; B.S. Music, Kutztown University, summa cum laude; Royal Conservatory for Music in Belgium; organist & choir director, Nativity & St. Paul’s Lutheran churches, Reading, PA; co-founder of Opus One: Berks Chamber Choir.
 piano
     
 
M.M. Collaborative Piano Performance, Houghton College; B.M. Church Music, Palm Beach Atlantic University; active accompanist for Muhlenberg College, Moravian College, & local theatre productions
 
     
 
D.M.A. Temple University; M.A. & B.A. University of Pennsylvania; accomplished composer, arranger, performer in jazz and classical music
 piano
     

 Kathryn Uhler
B.S. Music Education, singer/songwriter; passionate educator and instrumental musician; composer/arranger; CMS Modern Band outreach programs
 
 
 
 
  

 Percussion

  
 
Berklee School of Music; Moravian College; former contract percussionist for CBS; former band leader for both local and road bands
 percussion
 

 
Strings
 
  
     
 
Proficient with stringed & keyboard basses, synthesizers, theremin; a composer of more than 100 pieces, author of two books, & numerous articles; performing since 1948; CMS faculty since 1988
 
     
 
B.M.Ed. Kutztown University; Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts on violin; Concertmistress & President, Kutztown University Orchestra.
 violin
     

 
B.M. Violin Performance, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music; wide range of training, performance, and teaching experience in classical, folk, jazz, & Celtic genres with students of all levels.
 
     
 
M.M. The Juilliard School & B.M. Oberlin College Conservatory; faculty at Lehigh University, Cedar Crest College, Kutztown University, & LV Charter School for the Performing Arts; artist-lecturer at Moravian College
 violin
     
 
B.A. Professional Music from Berklee College of Music; performs & tours throughout the east coast; new CD Hairy Dudini released fall 2017; CMS Modern Band outreach programs
 
     
  Matthew Kolodzieski
M.M. & B.M., cello performance, Mannes School of Music, New York, NY; El Sistema teaching artist; performs with numerous symphonies & orchestras in NY, PA, & NJ
 cello
     
 
Ph.D. Musicology, Rutgers State University; M.A. Musicology, Marywood College; B.F.A. String Performance PSU; faculty at Rutgers University
 guitar
     
 
 
  

 Voice

  
 Rebekah Graver
M.M. Temple University; B.M. Vocal Performance, Moravian College; performs throughout the community & beyond, soprano soloist, Temple Keneseth Israel & St. George’s, Ardmore, PA
 
     
 Dail Richie
M.M. Voice Performance, The Catholic University of America; B.M. Voice Performance, Salem College, North Carolina; extensive experience as a solo performer, choir director, and teaching; current Executive Director, Berks Youth Chorus and singing member of Opus One: Berks Chamber Choir and its select ensemble ECHO
 voice
     
 
 
  

 Woodwinds & Brass

  
     
  Seval Kanik
B.A. Music Education, Ithaca College; Instrumental Music Teacher at the Arts Academy Charter Middle School in Allentown, PA; Tenor Saxophonist in the Macungie Band
 saxophone 
     
 
B.A. Music Education, Temple University; past principal flutist with ASO for 30 years; member of Elan, a harp & flute duo; lecturer at Muhlenberg College
 flute
     
 Matthew Nieznay

B.S. Trumpet & Music Education, Kutztown University; former US Navy Hospital Corpsman; Director of Operations for Zeswitz Music

 trumpet
     
 
M.M. Temple University; B.A. Music, West Chester State University; principal clarinet with ASO; Reading Symphony, PA Sinfonia, & Allentown Band
 
     
 Clifford Haltzman Tracy
Private study with Peter King, Guildhall School of Music; Trinity College of Music, London England; extensive experience teaching & performing; CMS Impressions Director; teaches numerous outreach programs
 
     
 Nicholas A. True
B.A. Music Education, K-12 certification, University of Massachusetts Amherst
 

trombone
euphonium
french horn
trumpet 
tuba