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Piano

Marissa Amphay
violin | viola | cello | double bass | piano

Bachelor of Music Education, with Honors, The University of Texas at Arlington; Certified elementary music teacher; Passion and experience teaching a variety of instruments to children of all ages. Learn more.

Kathy Anthony
piano | voice

B.A. Music Performance (voice/piano), Moravian University; 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. Learn more.

Matthew Blanchard
tuba | trombone | piano | voice

B.A. Music Education, with a minor in vocal performance, The Pennsylvania State University; Band director & music teacher, Palmerton Area High School; Passionate tuba, trombone, and trumpet player; vocalist and composer.

Learn more.

Kelly Hooper
piano | accompaniment

B.A. Piano Performance & Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College.  Experienced educator, performer, and singer-songwriter with appreciation for all genres including classical, modern, and jazz.   Learn more.

Sunny Murthy
violin | piano

B.A. Music Education, Indiana University; M.B.A. Lehigh University; Certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas; Performance & teaching experience in classical music; Member of the Moravian University Community Orchestra & performs at many local events. Learn more.

Evan William Nelson
voice | piano | guitar | composition

B.M. Vocal Performance, with a minor in Historical Performance, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University; Text-driven lyric baritone, and prolific operatic performer; Recipient of Azalia H. Thomas Prize in academic excellence; Committed to fostering a growth mindset in learners of all ages; Available at both Allentown & Berks locations.  Learn more.

Dr. David Saturen
piano | accompaniment | composition

D.M.A. Temple University; M.A. & B.A. University of Pennsylvania; accomplished composer, arranger, performer in jazz and classical music. Learn more.

Griffin Woodard
piano | clarinet | bass clarinet | saxophone | composition

M.M. New England Conservatory; B.M. Oberlin Conservatory; ASCAP award-winning composer, performer, and bandleader who believes in the transformative power of music.  Learn more.

Abigail Zuckert
piano | voice | ukulele

B.A. Music and Theatre, Muhlenberg College; Accomplished vocalist, piano, and ukulele teacher; Specializing in the performance and education of Classical, Musical Theatre, Jazz (technique and improvisation), as well as a Pop, Rock, and Soul repertoire.  Learn more.

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Marissa Amphay

violin | viola | cello | double bass | piano

Bachelor of Music Education, with Honors, The University of Texas at Arlington; Certified elementary music teacher; Passion and experience teaching a variety of instruments to children of all ages.

Learn more.

Pennsylvania Tuba Music Lessons

Matthew Blanchard

tuba | trombone | piano | voice

Pennsylvania Tuba Music Lessons

B.A. Music Education, with a minor in vocal performance, The Pennsylvania State University; Band director & music teacher, Palmerton Area High School; Passionate tuba, trombone, and trumpet player; vocalist and composer. Learn more.

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Sunny Murthy

violin | piano

B.A. Music Education, Indiana University; M.B.A. Lehigh University; Certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas; Performance & teaching experience in classical music; Member of the Moravian University Community Orchestra & performs at many local events. Learn more.

Big Band Piano Lessons

Dr. David Saturen

piano | accompaniment | composition

Big Band Piano Lessons

D.M.A. Temple University; M.A. & B.A. University of Pennsylvania; accomplished composer, arranger, performer in jazz and classical music. Learn more.

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Abigail Zuckert

piano | voice | ukulele

Private Professional Piano Music Instructor

B.A. Music and Theatre, Muhlenberg College; Accomplished vocalist, piano, and ukulele teacher; Specializing in the performance and education of Classical, Musical Theatre, Jazz (technique and improvisation), as well as a Pop, Rock, and Soul repertoire. Learn more.

Private Professional Piano Music Instructor

Kathy Anthony

piano | voice

B.A. Music Performance (voice/piano), Moravian University; 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. Learn more.

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Kelly Hooper

piano | accompaniment

B.A. Piano Performance & Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College. Experienced educator, performer, and singer-songwriter with appreciation for all genres including classical, modern, and jazz. Learn more.

Welcome New Teacher Evan William Nelson piano voice CMS Berks

Evan William Nelson

voice | piano |guitar | composition

B.M. Vocal Performance, with a minor in Historical Performance, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University; Text-driven lyric baritone, and prolific operatic performer; Recipient of Azalia H. Thomas Prize in academic excellence; Committed to fostering a growth mindset in learners of all ages; Available at both Allentown & Berks locations. Learn more.

Private Professional Piano Music Instructor

Griffin Woodard

piano | clarinet | bass clarinet | saxophone | composition

Private Professional Piano Music InstructorM.M. New England Conservatory; B.M. Oberlin Conservatory; ASCAP award-winning pianist, composer, performer, and bandleader who believes in the transformative power of music. Learn more.

Piano Accompaniment

Lynda Chen
piano accompaniment by request

B.M. Piano Performance & M.M. Collaborative Piano, Ithaca College; Accomplished pianist specializing in collaborative piano, solo work, orchestra, & various ensembles; Adjunct Professor of Piano, DeSales University; Choral Pianist, Nazareth Area High School.  Learn more.

Kelly Hooper
piano | accompaniment

B.A. Piano Performance & Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College.  Experienced educator, performer, and singer-songwriter with appreciation for all genres including classical, modern, and jazz.   Learn more.

Vincent Trovato
piano accompaniment by request

B.M. in Composition, Boston University; Extensive theatrical experience in arranging, accompanying, and conducting; Muhlenberg College Staff Accompanist; Artistic Director, Camerata Singers.  Learn more.

Griffin Woodard
piano | clarinet | bass clarinet | saxophone | composition

M.M. New England Conservatory; B.M. Oberlin Conservatory; ASCAP award-winning composer, performer, and bandleader who believes in the transformative power of music.  Learn more.

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Lynda Chen

piano accompaniment by request

B.M. Piano Performance & M.M. Collaborative Piano, Ithaca College; Accomplished pianist specializing in collaborative piano, solo work, orchestra, & various ensembles; Adjunct Professor of Piano, DeSales University; Choral Pianist, Nazareth Area High School. Learn more.

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Vincent Trovato

piano accompaniment by request

B.M. in Composition, Boston University; Muhlenberg College Staff Accompanist; Artistic Director, Camerata Singers; Extensive theatrical experience in arranging, accompanying, and conducting. Learn more.

2022 Kelly Hooper Headshot-4686-3 Piano Teacher

Kelly Hooper

piano | accompaniment

B.A. Piano Performance & Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College. Experienced educator, performer, and singer-songwriter with appreciation for all genres including classical, modern, and jazz. Learn more.

Private Professional Piano Music Instructor

Griffin Woodard

piano | clarinet | bass clarinet | saxophone | composition

Private Professional Piano Music InstructorM.M. New England Conservatory; B.M. Oberlin Conservatory; ASCAP award-winning pianist, composer, performer, and bandleader who believes in the transformative power of music. Learn more.

Percussion

Daniel Gonzalez
drums | percussion | Latin percussion *Lecciones de batería en español

M.S. Education, Mercy College; B.S. Music Percussion Performance, Mercy College; former U. S. Army Bandsman & senior instrumentalist New York Army National Guard; former paraprofessional, special education teacher, & drumline instructor in New York City; experienced teaching diverse students of all ages; performs around the world in a wide range of musical settings. Learn more.

Professional Drum Instructor Lessons

Daniel Gonzalez

drums | percussion | Latin percussion

Professional Drum Instructor Lessons

M.S. Education, Mercy College; B.S. Music Percussion Performance, Mercy College; former U. S. Army Bandsman & senior instrumentalist New York Army National Guard; former paraprofessional, special education teacher, & drumline instructor in New York City; experienced teaching diverse students of all ages; performs around the world in a wide range of musical settings; lecciones de batería en español. Learn more. Aprende más.

Strings

Marissa Amphay
violin | viola | cello | double bass | piano

Bachelor of Music Education, with Honors, The University of Texas at Arlington; Certified elementary music teacher; Passion and experience teaching a variety of instruments to children of all ages. Learn more.

Carolyn Gaul
violin | viola

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. Learn more.

Linda Kistler
violin

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 University. Learn more.

Chris Klump
guitar | trumpet

B.A. Music, Moravian University; experienced brass and folk musician on guitar and trumpet, arranger, conductor, and music educator with all levels of learners; Performs with the South Side Brass, Mariachi Montaña del Sur, and the Peace Singers; Assistant Conductor, Marine Band of Allentown. Learn more.

Sunny Murthy
violin | piano

B.A. Music Education, Indiana University; M.B.A. Lehigh University; Certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas; Performance & teaching experience in classical music; Member of the Moravian University Community Orchestra & performs at many local events. Learn more.

Joe Wagner
guitar | bass guitar | mandolin | composition | recording

M.M. Jazz Studies, University of the Arts, Philadelphia; B.M. Music Composition, Moravian University; Experienced educator, K-12 substitute teacher, & private music instructor focused on improvisation, traditional jazz, and gypsy jazz styles; owner, Keystone Sound Design; freelance composer for museum exhibits, television, & film; inventive guitarist leading several jazz ensembles & performing throughout Eastern PA. Learn more.

Marissa Broome headshot - music teacher at Community Music School piano | violin | viola | cello | double bass

Marissa Amphay

violin | viola | cello | double bass | piano

Bachelor of Music Education, with Honors, The University of Texas at Arlington; Certified elementary music teacher; Passion and experience teaching a variety of instruments to children of all ages.

Learn more.

Childrens Violin Music Lessons

Linda Kistler

violin

Childrens Violin Music Lessons

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 University. Learn more.

Guitar teacher Joe Wagner in a green button down shirt playing a black and red electric guitar.

Joe Wagner

guitar | bass guitar | mandolin | composition | recording

M.M. Jazz Studies, University of the Arts, Philadelphia; B.M. Music Composition, Moravian University; Experienced educator, K-12 substitute teacher, & private music instructor focused on improvisation, traditional jazz, and gypsy jazz styles; owner, Keystone Sound Design; freelance composer for museum exhibits, television, & film; inventive guitarist leading several jazz ensembles & performing throughout Eastern PA. Learn more.

Pennsylvania Violin Viola Teacher

Carolyn Gaul

violin | viola

Pennsylvania Violin Viola Teacher

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. Learn more.

Chris Klump candid headshot in a suit and tie, holding a trumpet with a background of trees.

Chris Klump

guitar | trumpet

B.A. Music, Moravian University; experienced brass and folk musician on guitar and trumpet, arranger, conductor, and music educator with all levels of learners; Performs with the South Side Brass, Mariachi Montaña del Sur, and the Peace Singers; Assistant Conductor, Marine Band of Allentown. Learn more.

Sunny Murthy headshot red shirt holding violin and bow with tree background

Sunny Murthy

violin | piano

B.A. Music Education, Indiana University; M.B.A. Lehigh University; Certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas; Performance & teaching experience in classical music; Member of the Moravian University Community Orchestra & performs at many local events. Learn more.

Voice

Kathy Anthony
piano | voice

B.A. Music Performance (voice/piano), Moravian University; 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. Learn more.

Lauren Curnow
voice

D.M.A. Candidate Vocal Performance, The Mason Gross School of Music, Rutgers University (2024); M.M. Vocal Performance/Opera, The Juilliard School; M.M. Opera Performance, The Curtis Institute of Music; B.A. Theater Arts and English, Muhlenberg College; Mezzo-Soprano; Expertise in classical, theatrical, and contemporary vocal repertoire; World-wide operatic performer.   Learn more.

Evan William Nelson
voice | piano | guitar | composition

B.M. Vocal Performance, with a minor in Historical Performance, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University; Text-driven lyric baritone, and prolific operatic performer; Recipient of Azalia H. Thomas Prize in academic excellence; Committed to fostering a growth mindset in learners of all ages; Available at both Allentown & Berks locations.  Learn more.

Julia Katherine Walsh
voice

M.A. Voice (Opera), Hunter College of The City University of New York; B.M. Voice Performance, Westminster Choir College of Rider University; professional opera singer, teacher, clinician, lecturer, stage director, arts advocate. Learn more.

Abigail Zuckert
piano | voice | ukulele

B.A. Music and Theatre, Muhlenberg College; Accomplished vocalist, piano, and ukulele teacher; Specializing in the performance and education of Classical, Musical Theatre, Jazz (technique and improvisation), as well as a Pop, Rock, and Soul repertoire.  Learn more.

Private Professional Piano Music Instructor

Kathy Anthony

piano | voice

B.A. Music Performance (voice/piano), Moravian University; 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. Learn more.

Lauren Curnow headshot - voice teacher at Community Music School.

Lauren Curnow

voice

D.M.A. Candidate Vocal Performance, The Mason Gross School of Music, Rutgers University (2024); M.M. Vocal Performance/Opera, The Juilliard School; M.M. Opera Performance, The Curtis Institute of Music; B.A. Theater Arts and English, Muhlenberg College; Mezzo-Soprano; Expertise in classical, theatrical, and contemporary vocal repertoire; World-wide operatic performer. Learn more.

Abigail Zuckert headshot - she teaches piano, voice, and ukulele at Community Music School

Abigail Zuckert

piano | voice | ukulele

Private Professional Piano Music Instructor

B.A. Music and Theatre, Muhlenberg College; Accomplished vocalist, piano, and ukulele teacher; Specializing in the performance and education of Classical, Musical Theatre, Jazz (technique and improvisation), as well as a Pop, Rock, and Soul repertoire. Learn more.

Pennsylvania Tuba Music Lessons

Matthew Blanchard

tuba | trombone | piano | voice

Pennsylvania Tuba Music Lessons

B.A. Music Education, with a minor in vocal performance, The Pennsylvania State University; Band director & music teacher, Palmerton Area High School; Passionate tuba, trombone, and trumpet player; vocalist and composer. Learn more.

Welcome New Teacher Evan William Nelson piano voice CMS Berks

Evan William Nelson

voice | piano |guitar | composition

B.M. Vocal Performance, with a minor in Historical Performance, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University; Text-driven lyric baritone, and prolific operatic performer; Recipient of Azalia H. Thomas Prize in academic excellence; Committed to fostering a growth mindset in learners of all ages; Available at both Allentown & Berks locations. Learn more.

Private Vocal Coaching Lessons

Julia Katherine Walsh

voice

M.A. Voice (Opera), Hunter College of The City University of New York; B.M. Voice Performance, Westminster Choir College of Rider University; professional opera singer, teacher, clinician, lecturer, stage director, arts advocate. Learn more.

Brass

Matthew Blanchard
tuba | trombone | piano | voice

B.A. Music Education, with a minor in vocal performance, The Pennsylvania State University; Band director & music teacher, Palmerton Area High School; Passionate tuba, trombone, and trumpet player; vocalist and composer.

Learn more.

Chris Klump
guitar | trumpet

B.A. Music, Moravian University; experienced brass and folk musician on guitar and trumpet, arranger, conductor, and music educator with all levels of learners; Performs with the South Side Brass, Mariachi Montaña del Sur, and the Peace Singers; Assistant Conductor, Marine Band of Allentown. Learn more.

Matthew Nieznay
trumpet

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

Pennsylvania Tuba Music Lessons

Matthew Blanchard

tuba | trombone | piano | voice

Pennsylvania Tuba Music Lessons

B.A. Music Education, with a minor in vocal performance, The Pennsylvania State University; Band director & music teacher, Palmerton Area High School; Passionate tuba, trombone, and trumpet player; vocalist and composer. Learn more.

Trumpet Big Band Lessons

Matthew Nieznay

trumpet

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

Chris Klump candid headshot in a suit and tie, holding a trumpet with a background of trees.

Chris Klump

guitar | trumpet

B.A. Music, Moravian University; experienced brass and folk musician on guitar and trumpet, arranger, conductor, and music educator with all levels of learners; Performs with the South Side Brass, Mariachi Montaña del Sur, and the Peace Singers; Assistant Conductor, Marine Band of Allentown. Learn more.

Woodwinds

Seval Kanik
saxophone | clarinet

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. Learn more.

Jonathan Leeds
clarinet | bass clarinet

M. M. Music Performance, Royal College of Music; B. M. Music Performance, Vanderbilt University, Blair School of Music; Avid performer and teacher of both classical and contemporary music; Advocate for new and modern music; Active orchestral, chamber, and recording artist; freelance clarinetist in the Philadelphia area. Learn more.

Elaine Martin
flute

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. Learn more.

John Schwartz
clarinet | oboe | saxophone

M.M. Temple University; B.A. Music, West Chester State University; principal clarinet with ASO; Reading Symphony, PA Sinfonia, & Allentown Band. Learn more.

Online Saxophone Music Instructor

Seval Kanik

saxophone | clarinet

B.A. Music Education, Ithaca College; Strings Teacher at the Circle of Seasons Charter School in Fogelsville; Tenor Saxophonist in the Macungie Band. Learn more.

Professional Flute Music Teacher

Elaine Martin

flute

Professional Flute Music Teacher

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. Learn more.

Professional Flute Music Teacher

John Schwartz

clarinet | oboe | saxophone

M.M. Temple University; B.A. Music, West Chester State University; principal clarinet with ASO; Reading Symphony, PA Sinfonia, & Allentown Band. Learn more.

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Jonathan Leeds

clarinet | bass clarinet

Jonathan Leeds Clarinet Teacher Headshot

M. M. Music Performance, Royal College of Music; B. M. Music Performance, Vanderbilt University, Blair School of Music; Avid performer and teacher of both classical and contemporary music; Advocate for new and modern music; Active orchestral, chamber, and recording artist; freelance clarinetist in the Philadelphia area. Learn more.

CMS Staff

Prior to joining CMS, Reed was Director of Strategic Alliances at the national office of AARP in Washington, DC and Founding Executive Director of Mount Vernon At Home, Inc., a non-profit membership organization in Alexandria, VA. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Dartmouth College. Mr. Reed earlier had a 20-year career in the wireless data and messaging industry at Metrocall, Inc., and is a life-long choral singer. Mr. Reed resides in Salisbury Township with his wife, The Rev. Elizabeth Hoffman Reed, a hospital chaplain. They have two adult children.

Jeff Reed

Executive Director

Mrs. Kulp holds a B.A., Business Administration, Muhlenberg College, with honors from The Wescoe School, and an A.A., Graphic Design, Lehigh Carbon Community College. Before joining CMS in 2014, she was the Assistant Advertising Manager with Times News LLC/Lehigh Valley Press newspaper group and worked in guest services at Penn's Peak.  Mrs. Kulp has a long history of nonprofit service.  She currently serves with the Lehighton Area Heritage Alliance and Blue Mountain Classics Car Club.  You may see her singing with The Pale Moon Players or photographing one of their performances.  She is also a freelance graphic designer and photographer @hopstockphoto.com.  She resides in the mountains of Lehighton with her husband and young son.

Lisa Hopstock Kulp

Assistant Director

Prior to joining CMS in 2017, Mrs. Burcaw graduated from Lock Haven University with a B.S. in Psychology, with honors. She gained experience in academic support roles for elementary through college-aged students and in administrative and operational positions in both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. She is passionate about music and has played piano most of her life. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, traveling, and cooking. She resides in South Whitehall Township with her husband and their adopted greyhounds, Rick & Trooper.

Laura Burcaw

Operations Manager

Ms. Hooper is a graduate of the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University, where she received bachelor’s degrees in both music and psychology.  At PSU, she studied under Dr. Timothy Shafer and was recognized for exemplary jury performances in two honors recitals and participated in the university’s concerto competition. She also offered her skills to two weekly religious services, where she was applauded for both prepared and improvised performances.  In addition to teaching private and group piano lessons at CMS, she is responsible for developing and coordinating new and existing classes, programs, and recitals for our students. In her spare time, she performs music at local country clubs and vineyards; she plays and sings contemporary works on her keyboard and ukulele.

Kelly Hooper

Program Coordinator

Ms. Adamson is a graduate of Parkland High School and studied Communications and Journalism at Drexel University. She played the flute for 8 years and has experience in supportive administrative roles and working with children and families in learning environments. Some of her past experience includes working with the Asia Pacific regional communications team for World Vision International and teaching English at Santis Educational Services in Mongolia. When not working or studying, she enjoys photography, graphic design, learning languages, listening to music, and traveling. 

Jasmine Adamson

Administrative Coordinator

Mrs. Adamson brings a variety of administrative skills and over 30 years of experience to the role. Through the years, music has played a large part in her life. She played flute in the Parkland High School band, studied voice with Yvonne Robinson, and performed in and choreographed many local musical productions. She was also a choir member and psalmist for her church for many years. She lives in South Whitehall Township with her husband, John, an engineer and church musician, and their two daughters.

Pam Adamson

Administrative Associate

Ms. Hvizdak is a recent graduate of Roberts Wesleyan University, where she studied Music Therapy and Social Work. Her passion for building community and well-being through music has brought her to various settings, including hospitals, schools, summer camps, nursing homes, and now to CMS. While pursuing her Music Therapy licensure, she has continued to embrace her love of singing, including traveling with The Roberts Chorale and appearing as Despina in Così fan tutte and Morticia in The Addams Family. In her spare time, she enjoys creating visual art, hiking, and baking for her friends and family.

Ellsbeth Hvizdak

Administrative Associate