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Piano

Kathleen Anthony

Kathleen Anthony

Voice, Piano

Mrs. Anthony holds a B.A. in Music Performance in voice/piano from Moravian College. She also studied at Berklee College of Music and with faculty members from the Curtis Institute of Music. She has a love for all genres of music: pop, classical, jazz, R&B, etc. She also performs throughout the Lehigh Valley & surrounding areas.

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Dr. Tzu-Hwa Ho

Dr. Tzu-Hwa Ho

Piano, Accompanist

Dr. Tzu-Hwa Ho holds a D.M.A. in Piano Performance from the University of Kansas, a M.M. in Piano Performance from Northwestern University, and a B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri in St. Louis. She is a recipient of the Presser Foundation Scholarship.

Dr. Ho began playing the piano at the age of four. At fourteen, she made her concerto debut in the City Hall of Salerno, Italy, and at sixteen, she gave her first solo recital in Taipei. During the junior year in college, she moved from Taiwan to the United States as one of only two exchange students selected to the United States from the National Taiwan Normal University. She studied piano with, chronologically, Alexander Sung, Alla Voskoboynikova, Alan Chow, and Jack Winerock; collaborative piano with Elizabeth Buccheri and Alan Darling. She has performed in international festivals such as Festival Pablo Casals (France), Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau (France), the Dartington International Summer Music School (England), and the International Piano Seminar in Obidos (Portugal). At these festivals, she had the opportunity to study with highly sought after piano pedagogues and concert pianists such as Philippe Bianconi, Jay Gottlieb, Philippe Entremont, Boris Berman, and Luiz de Moura Castro.

As a collaborative pianist, Dr. Ho works extensively with vocalists in art songs and operatic repertoire. During summers of 2013 and 2014, Dr. Ho was selected by the late Maestro Lorin Maazel to participate as staff collaborative pianist at the Castleton Festival in Virginia, where she also performed in the orchestra under maestro’s baton. Around the same period, she served as musical director of Des Moines Metro Opera Educational Touring Troupe “OPERA Iowa”. Dr. Ho has vast experiences as a collaborative pianist. She has performed numerous vocal and instrumental recitals on national and international levels. She performed in master classes of artists such as Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Russell Miller, and Roger Vignoles.
Apart from teaching piano, Dr. Ho is also a staff pianist at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

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Kathryn Uhler

Kathryn Uhler

Piano, Clarinet, Guitar, Viola, Violin, Voice

Music is the soil in which the spirit lives, thinks, and invents…” – Beethoven

Ms. Uhler earned her B.S. in Music Education, cum laude, from Millersville University, with a concentration in clarinet. She is a certified music teacher in the state of Pennsylvania and has taught band, chorus, guitar, and music theory in Philadelphia, Reading, Lancaster, and Fort Myers, FL area schools. She previously taught private and group classes with CMS and the Community School of Music and the Arts in Reading (now CMS Reading). She is passionate about teaching and encouraging each student to fulfill his or her greatest potential, perform in recitals, and audition for select groups and scholarships. She is fluent in a variety of wind and string instruments, as well as piano, voice, and composing/arranging. Ms. Uhler leads the CMS Kids Choir, Modern Band, and several CMS outreach programs in the Allentown School District.

Watch Ms. Uhler’s performances on YouTube.

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Dr. David Saturen

Dr. David Saturen

Piano, Composition, Accompaniment

Dr. Saturen holds bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and was the first to complete the doctor of musical arts degree at Temple University. He studied piano principally with Gisa Adler of the Chopin-Liszt tradition.

Before arriving at Community Music School in 1994, Dr. Saturen held full-time faculty positions at Fairleigh Dickinson University for 17 years and Moravian College for 6 years. The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia commissioned a good number of his compositions. Other compositions of his are recorded on the Contemporary Record Society and Verra Classics labels.

Dr. Saturen believes that a student should acquire certain basic skills but should be free to pursue his or her special interests. His musical styles include both the classical and jazz traditions as well as standard popular songs.

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Lou Czechowski

Lou Czechowski

Piano

My goal, through individualized teaching, is to instill a life-long appreciation of and the desire to enjoy learning music, to each student that I teach.

Mr. Czechowski has been playing the piano for many years, having started lessons as a child. His love of music has grown to include all styles: Jazz, Pop, Rhythm and Blues as well as Classical through numerous performances and through music instruction at both Berklee College of Music and Moravian College.

Mr. Czechowski regularly appears at the Deerhead Inn, Hotel Bethlehem, Starwood Resorts, as well as venues in and around the Philadelphia area, the Greater Lehigh Valley and the Poconos. Performances have also included the COTA Jazz Festival for the Arts, Musikfest, Mayfair, and the Virginia Arts Festival. He has also performed with many high-level artists including Simone, Bernadette Peters, Charles Fambrough, Mickey Gilley, Clint Holmes, and more. He has also released three recordings which may be found on Apple iTunes, Amazon.com and as HMV music in Japan. Mr. Czechowski has been a teaching artist since 1996.

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David Fahim

David Fahim

Piano, Accompanist

Mr. Fahim holds a M.M. in Jazz Studies from Temple University and a B.M. Music Performance, Moravian College. During his undergraduate years at Moravian College, he participated in a number of large and small ensembles. In addition to being the Principal Percussionist in the Moravian College Community Orchestra and Drumline Section Leader in the Moravian College Marching Band; he also performed with the Big Band, Jazz Combo I, Wind Ensemble,
Community Choir, and Trombone Choir.

While completing his graduate studies at Temple University, he not only had the opportunity to play with several jazz ensembles through the university but also worked throughout the city of Philadelphia as an accompanist and bandleader. He had the pleasure of working with world-renowned musicians such as Warren Wolf, Rodney Green, Luis Bonilla, Ben Schachter, Dick Oatts, Sachal Vasandani, Chris Oatts, Bruce Barth, Mike Frank, Norman David, Mike Boone, Larry McKenna, John Swana, Tim Warfield and Jon Shaw.

Mr. Fahim is currently splitting time between accompanying jazz and classical students at Moravian College and Temple University, teaching private lessons in Allentown and playing in the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia area with his jazz piano trio & cover/wedding group, Peter
Johann Band.

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Carole Houghton

Carole Houghton

Piano

Ms. Houghton holds a M.M. in Music Education from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. and a B.S.M., Manhattanville College. She also completed a two-year post-graduate course in piano pedagogy at The Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy (formerly The New School for Music Study), Princeton, New Jersey. Ms. Houghton is an experienced educator, having worked with musicians of all ages, preschool through college. In addition to teaching piano to our budding musicians at CMS, she also serves as a church organist.

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Percussion

Daniel Gonzalez

Daniel Gonzalez

Drums, Percussion, Latin Percussion

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Mr. Gonzalez holds an M.S. in Education and B.S. in Music Percussion Performance from Mercy College. He began playing music at a young age, developing his craft in drum corps activities and military bands. He is a former U. S. Army Bandsman & senior instrumentalist with the New York Army National Guard, which included a year-long deployment to Iraq with the 42nd Infantry Division Band.

His teaching experience includes many years as a paraprofessional and special education teacher in New York City public schools. This experience taught him to approach each student with empathy. He enjoys teaching students of all ages on drums, Latin percussion, drum circles, and marching drum line.

Mr. Gonzalez continues to perform around the world in a wide range of musical settings.
His technical abilities and unique sound are the result of formal study and years of experience performing on numerous stages in Hawaii, California, Las Vegas, New York, Pennsylvania, Russia, and more. Daniel has contributed musical talent to various artists’ recordings throughout the years and continues to enjoy an engaging music career as a live performer, recording artist, and teacher.

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Strings

Carolyn Gaul

Carolyn Gaul

Violin, Viola

Mrs. Gaul started playing violin at the age of nine and went on to receive a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Wheaton, IL. She has performed in many orchestras and chamber groups and has a wide range of training and experience in classical, folk, jazz, and Celtic genres. Ms. Gaul has taught string students of all ages and skill levels in individual and group lessons. Her experience includes teaching in private studios, running a home studio, and instructing in public schools. She also enjoys composing violin arrangements in her spare time.

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Linda Kistler

Linda Kistler

Violin

Ms. Kistler holds a M.M. from The Juilliard School and B.M. from Oberlin College Conservatory. She has studied Baroque repertoire with Nancy Wilson, Princetown, New Jersey; and Stanley Ritchie. Ms. Kistler has served on the faculty of Lehigh University, Cedar Crest College, Kutztown University, and the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Performing Arts. Currently, Ms. Kistler is a member of the CMS faculty, an artist-lecturer at Moravian College, and maintains a private studio. Performance schedule includes playing both modern and Baroque violin.

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Chase Morrison

Chase Morrison

Cello, Conducting, Composition

Ms. Morrison holds a M.M. in Composition from Westminster Choir College. She attended New England Conservatory, Boston University, and Wellesley College where she received a B.A. in Music. She has held principal positions with the Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphonies (Australia), The Spoleto Festival (Italy), and has toured, performed and recorded with singers Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell, Peggy Lee, Paula Cole, and with jazz bass legend Ron Carter. During her years in New York, she performed in the pit of several Broadway shows.

Born in Boston, her formal studies in cello, piano, conducting and composing took place in and around that city, beginning at the age of four. Her performance arena encompasses music from baroque to classical to jazz and improvisation.

Ms. Morrison is currently the Director of Orchestras & Strings Teacher K – 12 at Moravian Academy in Bethlehem and instructor of Conducting, Theory, Chamber Music at Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, NJ. 

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Joseph Mixon

Joseph Mixon

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Voice, Piano, Steel Drum

Mr. Mixon holds a M.M. in Music from Combs College of Music in Philadelphia and a B.A. in Music from Moravian College. He recently retired as Director of Guitar studies at Lebanon Valley College where he taught classical and jazz guitar, ukulele, jazz theory, and directed the guitar ensemble for over 25 years.

Mr. Mixon performs extensively throughout the Lehigh Valley, Poconos, Philadelphia, and beyond in a variety of styles, including: folk, country, Jazz, blues, reggae, Caribbean, and R&B.
In addition to solo shows, he performs classic and original blues with the THE BLUES PROFESSORS, reggae with THE BIG WAHU CARIBBEAN BAND, and jazz with THE ARTISAN JAZZ TRIO.

His guitar work can be heard on dozens of albums, jingles and sound tracks (available on iTunes). He has extensive studio experience as an artist, producer, composer, and lyricist.

He has taught privately for over 40 years and enjoys working with students to unlock their creative drive and explore the wide world of music.

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Joseph Wagner

Joseph Wagner

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Composition, Recording

Joseph Wagner holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from Moravian College and is in the process of completing a Master of Music in Jazz Studies through the University of the Arts, Philadelphia (May 2020). He was a Founder’s Scholar at Moravian College and the first graduate of the Martin Guitar Finger-Style Guitar Program. He has studied privately with the iconic Pat Martino.

Mr. Wagner is an experienced educator of all ages. He has taught master classes with Jim Weider, (the Band), focused on improvisation, traditional jazz, and gypsy jazz styles. In addition to teaching private lessons in guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, and mandolin, has also created and directed student ensemble and managed stage sound systems for student performances. He ensures all students have a solid foundation in music reading, theory, composition, and ear training. He is also a substitute teacher in the Saucon Valley and Bethlehem Area School Districts.

Mr. Wagner is an inventive guitarist, educator, and composer who leads several jazz ensembles comprising some of the most talented musicians in Eastern Pennsylvania. He performs regularly around the region as a solo jazz guitarist, and leads a traditional jazz trio, a quartet, a gypsy jazz group, and an improvisational fusion band. Various distinguished musicians have appeared live with him, including Tony Marino, bass (Dave Liebman), Paul Rostock, bass (Frank Sinatra Jr), and Rodney Holmes, drums (Santana).

As the owner of Keystone Sound Design, Mr. Wagner is an experienced composer and recording engineer for TV and film soundtrack projects. He recently designed and installed soundscapes for local museum installations, including the Destination: Northampton County at the Sigal Museum in Easton.

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Sunny Murthy

Sunny Murthy

Violin

Ms. Murthy holds a B.A. in Music Education from Indiana University and a M.B.A. from Lehigh University. She is certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has extensive experience teaching and performing classical music. She is a member of the Moravian College Community Orchestra and performs locally at events. 

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Voice

Rebekah Graver

Rebekah Graver

Piano, Voice

Ms. Graver holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Moravian College and Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Temple University. While attending Moravian, Ms. Graver had the pleasure of participating in two vocal master classes with Metropolitan Opera singers Marilyn Horne and Paul Plishka. Since she graduated, Ms. Graver has premiered songs for the Napoleonic Society and has performed with the Allentown Band, Capital Opera of Harrisburg and Amici Opera of Philadelphia. The soprano soloist positions at Central Moravian Church and The Episcopal Church of the Mediator have been held by Ms. Graver and she is currently the soprano soloist for Temple Keneseth Israel and Neville Memorial Church of St. George in Ardmore, PA.

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Julia Katherine Walsh

Julia Katherine Walsh

Soprano Voice

Ms. Walsh, soprano, holds a M.A. in Voice (Opera) from Hunter College of The City University of New York and a B.M. in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. She most recently performed the roles of Königin der Nacht in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Taufee and Sandmann in Humperdinck’s Hänsel & Gretel in Munich and Stuttgart, Germany with the Freies Landestheater Bayern.

She has participated in Masterclasses in New York City with Margo Garrett in 2020 at the NATS Winter Workshop, and with Mark Markham, as part of the 2019 Art Song Preservation Society’s Masterclass series. At the 2017 & 2016 Schubertiade Festivals in Schwarzenberg, and Hohenems, Austria, she was a participant in Masterclasses with Thomas Quasthoff & Justus Zeyen, and Thomas Hampson & Wolfram Rieger. She has also performed in Garmisch-Partenkirchen at the Richard-Strauss- Festival’s 2016 and 2014 Masterclasses with Angelika Kirchschlager, and Brigitte Fassbaender and Michelle Breedt. She has performed many solo recitals in and around New York City, Central and Northern New Jersey, Philadelphia, Reading, and Allentown, PA, as well as Munich and Straubing, Germany, where she has received critics’ praise for her technical vocal mastery and her believable interpretations.

She is a champion of the music of women composers as well as the lesser-known works of Franz Schubert, Hugo Wolf and Richard Strauss. She has enjoyed operatic successes in both the USA and Germany, singing the roles of Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Theater Lünen, Oper Schloss Laubach), Königin der Nacht in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Junge Oper Detmold, IVAI), Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Oscar in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera (Center City Opera Theater), Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Charlottesville Opera), as well as Lucia in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Zerbinetta in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, all in concert performances.

She has been teaching private voice lessons for 13 years and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), as well as the New Jersey and Lehigh Valley chapters of NATS, the Professional Women Singers Association of NYC, and musica femina muenchen in Munich, Germany.

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Brass

Nicholas Conti

Nicholas Conti

Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba

Mr. Conti holds a M.M. degree in trombone performance from Arizona State University and a B.M. in trombone performance from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

His primary teachers were Haim Avitsur, professor at Manhattan School of Music and The Hartt School, and Douglas Yeo, former bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Previous notable positions include bass trombone of the Camerata Philadelphia and bass trombone of the Salt River Brass Band in Tempe, AZ. He has performed with Alan Ferber, Pat Sheridan, Douglas Yeo, Ryan Haines and many others. Mr. Conti can be heard performing on three West Chester University Wind Ensemble CDs and two Arizona State University Desert Bones Trombone Choir CDs.

Born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he is currently a freelance musician, specializing in bass trombone, throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, as well as an avid theatre artist. He has directed, assistant directed and/or music directed productions with Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, Third Mask Theatre Company, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Freedom High School, Dieruff High School, Northwestern Lehigh High School, Lehigh University, and Civic Theatre of Allentown.

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Matthew Nieznay

Matthew Nieznay

Trumpet

Mr. Nieznay holds a BA in Music (Trumpet) and a BS in Music Education from Kutztown University. He has been teaching privately for over 20 years in the Berks and Lehigh County areas. He served as a Brass instructor for the Spring-Ford Area HS Marching Band in Royersford, PA from 2013-2018. Aside from his teaching obligations, Mr. Nieznay is also an active perform with the Mirandola Fanfare Trumpets, the Galena Brass, and the Little Brass Band of the Lehigh Valley. He was a member of the Municipal Band of Allentown for 16 years and their solo cornetist for 10 years. He has also performed with the Reading Choral Society Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Chamber Brass, the Pottstown Symphony, the Schuylkill Symphony, the Schuylkill Choral Society Orchestra, and as a member of the pit orchestra for Muhlenberg College’s summer theater programs. He is versed in all styles of performance and has also played in rock, funk and big bands throughout the tristate area. Mr. Nieznay is also a proud veteran of the United States Navy where he served 15 years as a Hospital Corpsman for the Fleet Marine Force. Currently, in addition to teaching with Community Music School, he is the Director of Operations for Zeswitz Music.

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John Leiderman

John Leiderman

Trumpet | Voice | Musical Theater

Mr. Leiderman holds a B.M. Music Education in voice and a B.A. in Theatre from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. His passion for music started at an early age when he was four years old, making up songs on the piano in his parents’ living room. He began piano lessons at five, and picked up the trumpet in fourth grade. He studied trumpet privately through his first semester of college, where he initially enrolled as a trumpet major at West Chester University and was a member of the marching band. He also joined the a cappella group, High Street Harmonix, became a vocal major, and then added a theatre major during his junior year. While in college, he spent several summers as CMS’s summer intern and City Arts Camp counselor.

Mr. Leiderman currently teaches general music and band at Catasauqua Middle School. Previously, he worked in the Salisbury Township School District where he taught general music to Kindergarten through 5th grade, and directed the 4th & 5th grade chorus. He also assisted with the theater productions at Salisbury High School.

He has an immense love for singing, theatre, and music that he wants to share with the Lehigh Valley and beyond. He continues to perform at church, school, and around the Lehigh Valley on piano, trumpet, and vocals.

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Woodwinds

Clifford Haltzman Tracy

Clifford Haltzman Tracy

Saxophone, Clarinet, Ukulele, Modern Band, Big Band

Clifford Haltzman Tracy has been a professional musician and music educator for over 40 years and has been teaching at CMS for nearly 15 years. He has a passion for playing and teaching saxophone, flute, clarinet, piano, drums, and ukulele. He is also an experienced performer on drums, bass, guitar, chromatic harmonica, and the Yamaha wind synth controller.

Originally from London, England, Mr. Tracy started playing in big bands at an early age in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. He traveled the world playing and recording with Vic Damone, Buddy Greco, Peggylee, Frankie Laine, Mel Torme, George Shearing, Slim Gailard, Bud Shank, and Shorty Rogers. For four years in Monte Carlo, Monaco, he served as the musical director of a house band that played for Sammy Davis Jr., Shirley MacLaine, George Benson, and many more.

He has performed with such notable acts as The Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Natalie Cole, Al Martino, Donna Summer, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Jimmy Ruffin, Larry Elgart Big Band, Nelson Riddle Big Band, Phil Woods Big Band, Steve Marcus, Dave Liebman, Jimmy Dorsey Big Band, Tommy Dorsey Big Band, Shirley Bassey at Carnegie Hall, Tony Bennett, and many more. He has also traveled the world while performing in the show bands on various cruise ships.

Mr. Tracy is an experienced music educator who, in addition to teaching at Community Music School, taught at Lafayette College for 10 years and led numerous music outreach programs in the Allentown School District. He is currently a teacher and band director at the Jewish Day School in Allentown, where specializes in middle school modern band.

At CMS, Mr. Tracy teaches private lessons in saxophone, flute, clarinet, piano, ukulele, Flutophone. He also leads the Big Band, saxophone quartet, and Modern Band for middle and high school students. “Cliff” is an amazing educator and master of the Flutophone. He is always excited to share his love for music with his students of all ages.

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Seval Kanik

Seval Kanik

Saxophone

Ms. Kanik holds a B.A. in Music Education from Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY). She is currently an instrumental music teacher at the Arts Academy Chart Middle School in Allentown, PA and has been teaching privately for 9 years. Before attending college, she studied at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY) with Chien-Kwan Lin and played in the Eastman Community Wind Ensemble. At Ithaca College, she played in the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Nuovo Saxophone Quartet and soloed with the Symphony Orchestra. While teaching in public schools in Maryland, she also performed with the Middle River Concert Band (Baltimore, MD), Anne Arundel Community College Concert Band (Arnold, MD) and Bay Area Community Band (Stevensville, MD). She currently performs with the Macungie Band on tenor saxophone.

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Elaine Martin

Elaine Martin

Flute

Mrs. Martin earned her B.A. in Music Education from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, summa cum laude. Elaine was principal flutist with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra for nearly 30 years. As principal, Mrs. Martin gave pre-concert lectures at retirement homes to prepare residents for concerts; so too, she performed in smaller ensembles as part of ASO’s outreach programs.

Mrs. Martin is a member, along with Andrea Wittchen, harp, of a duo, Elan, which performs for recitals, weddings, receptions, and church services. Currently, she is a Lecturer of Flute, Muhlenberg College as well as faculty here at CMS.

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John Schwartz

John Schwartz

Saxophone, Clarinet, Oboe

Mr. Schwartz received his B.A. in music from West Chester State University and his master’s degree from Temple University. His principal clarinet teacher was Anthony Liberio, a protégé of Gino Cioffi, former principal clarinetist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Schwartz serves as principal clarinet in the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared with the Reading Symphony, Pottstown Symphony, the Pennsylvania Sinfonia, and the Allentown Band.

He organized and performed in the following chamber ensembles: Leval Woodwind Quintet, Allentown Symphony Woodwind Quintet, and the Chaleureux Trio. He has appeared with the Copeland String Quartet in a performance of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet and with the Lyra Quartet in a performance of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. His most recent recital included the Saint Saens Clarinet Sonato. In addition to frequent recitals and chamber music performances, he has also played for many musicals and for several dance bands.

Presently, Mr. Schwartz teaches clarinet at Lafayette College and at the Community Music School in Allentown.

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Jonathan Leeds

Jonathan Leeds

Clarinet, Bass Clarinet

Mr. Leeds holds a Master’s in Performance from the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Timothy Lines, as well as a Bachelor’s in Music Performance from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, where he studied with Bil Jackson. He began playing the clarinet at age nine. Through his studies with some of the best players in the world, he learned the importance of making a connection with students and tailoring lessons to each student’s personal needs. His lessons focus heavily on clarinet fundamentals and external musical skills, such as sight singing, rhythm, and dictation. This approach prepares students to be flexible and to approach any music with confidence.

Mr. Leeds has been featured in some the most prestigious venues in the world, from playing principal clarinet in Queen Elizabeth Hall to participating in Royal College of Music’s residency in Cadogan Hall. Having played under the baton of today’s most sought-after conductors, premiered pieces by his generation’s most prestigious composers, and performed in chamber concerts in London’s most historic churches, Mr. Leeds has worn and continues to wear many musical hats. When it comes to music, he is always at home, whether it be performing a duet by Elliott Carter, playing a solo in a Strauss tone poem, or presenting a Mozart Serenade.

An experienced orchestral musician, Mr. Leeds has had the honor of playing under conductors such as Rafael Payare and Vladimir Jurowski. With these orchestras, he has performed in repertoire ranging from Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben to Dutilluex’s violin concerto Sur le même accord. As part of the RCM Symphony Orchestra, he twice had the opportunity to record at the Abbey Road Studios, making recordings of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Holst’s The Planets in sessions produced by Grammy-winner Stephen Johns. As an active chamber player, Mr. Leeds has also presented concerts in some of the world’s most beautiful locales, including the St. Bartholomew-the-Great church, one of the oldest places of worship in London.

As comfortable in the world of contemporary music as he is in the classical canon, Mr. Leeds is an avid performer and advocate for new and modern music. With the RCM’s New Perspectives Ensemble, he took part in more than ten world premieres and performed standards of the modern repertoire, such as Webern’s Concerto for Nine Instruments. In 2019, Mr. Leeds had the honor to perform on various occasions at the Royal Academy of Art’s New Music Showcases; one performance included the premiere of Thomas Foster’s Bass Clarinet and Alto Flute duet, “Making Light.” Since then, he and flautist Sarah Parkes Bowen have performed the duet numerous times to great success, including having garnered commendations in RCM’s annual contemporary competition.

Mr. Leeds is currently a freelance clarinetist in the Philadelphia area. When not working, his favorite hobbies include playing with his cat, Snickers, and trying in vain to complete the New York Times Saturday crossword puzzle.

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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, and their two children.

Jeff Reed

Director

Mrs. Kulp holds a B.A., Business Administration, The Wescoe School of Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, with honors, and an A.A., Graphic Design, Lehigh Carbon Community College. Before joining CMS in Oct 2014, she was previously an Assistant Advertising Manager with The Press weekly newspapers.

Mrs. Kulp previously served in the non-profit sector as a member of the Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 2004-2014 where she served in numerous committee and officer roles. In 2010, was appointed as the youngest professional to serve as their Board President in 2010.

In addition to her duties at CMS, she also freelances as a graphic designer and photographer, specializing in families and small businesses. You can find her at hopstockphoto.com.

Lisa Hopstock Kulp

Assistant Director

Mrs. Burcaw recently graduated from Lock Haven University with a B.S. in Psychology, with honors. She has experience in various administrative and supportive roles working with children, adults, and families. For many years, she worked in child care, and throughout college, she was an undergraduate tutor, mentor, and an intern for adults with disabilities. Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering with other local nonprofits, spending time with her friends and family, and playing the piano. She has been with CMS since the summer of 2017.

Laura Burcaw

Program & Development Coordinator

Ms. Wendel is one of the friendly faces you will see in the evenings at the front desk. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Music with a concentration in voice and a minor in music history from Kutztown University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Arts Administration at Kutztown.

Mikaela Wendel

Administrative Associate - Evening