*Nathaniel Lease, trombone and brass instructor
No matter how young or old you are, I personally believe that you can learn music! My personal teaching style comes from years of learning, exploring, and a continuation to expand my own knowledge and curiosity. As a teacher, I strive for every lesson being an upward slope to your own personal success! We will determine your goals and work on the skills needed to have your own “toolbox” in your back pocket!
Nathaniel has been privately teaching brass instruments for over 5 years. Before joining the team at CVSM, he was an instructor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Community Music School, where he taught low brass students throughout the Indiana PA area. Nathaniel also teaches students at Hagerstown Community College. Nathaniel teaches brass students at any level and any age. Nathaniel focuses on foundations, including scales, sound and technique. He recently began teaching at CVSM, and looks forward to working with you! !
Nathaniel graduated from the University of Delaware with a Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance. As a freelance musician, Nathaniel has performed with many groups, including the Saturday Morning Brass Project, Hagerstown Choral Arts, Loudoun Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, Altoona Symphony, and Shippensburg Orchestra. He also has lots of experience in musical pits, performing in them since high school. Nathaniel has studied with Dr. Bruce Tychinski, Dr. Christian Dickinson and Mr. Justin Moore.
*Gloria Kelly McCauley, piano & trumpet instructor
B.S. Mu Ed Lebanon Valley College. Has taught music in the public school system, elementary through Jr. High. She has been organist and pianist in various churches and is former Director of Music, Trinity Lutheran Church. Currently serves as pianist at Chambersburg Brethren in Christ Church. Gloria has served as musical director for many CCT productions, has played piano, trumpet, and/or string bass in pit orchestras, and is the former accompanist for the Towne Singers, who have made five European tours.
*Stephen Pastena, french horn & piano instructor
Teaching Artist Statement
I strongly believe that every person has the ability to learn music to some degree, and that formal study in music, while worthy for its own sake, also benefits the music student in many other aspects of life and learning. As a teacher I strive to be understanding yet firm, consistent, with high expectations for my students. I will teach, and have taught, students of all ages, from five years old to adults-it is never too late to learn a musical skill. What I love about teaching is seeing the proud look in a student’s eyes when they’ve accomplished a goal, or the delighted look as they understand something for the first time. I love being there to guide them on their journey through the world of music and art.
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Education from George Mason University, and is currently working on a Master of Music in Music Education at Shepherd University. He has been teaching private piano and horn lessons for over ten years, with a significant portion of that time being at Music and Arts in Hagerstown. Stephen teaches piano students from the age of 5 through adulthood, and horn students at any level. He has a strong focus on foundations, music reading, and music theory. He recently began teaching through CVSM, and is looking forward to reaching more students.
Stephen graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Music degree in December 2007. As a horn player, he performed in various ensembles, including the symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, wind symphony, pep band, horn choir, and assorted groups for graduate conducting recitals. He has played in many pit orchestras from high school throughout college and beyond. Since graduation Stephen has played in various groups around the Cumberland Valley region, including the Hagerstown Municipal Band, Frederick Symphony Orchestra, Shippensburg Festival Orchestra, Mercersburg Community Chorus, Shepherd University Chorale, and the Appalachian Winds. In addition to his work as a horn player, Stephen is the organist and choir director at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in New Kingstown, PA, and is the sub-dean of the Cumberland Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He participates in numerous recitals per year around the area. Stephen has studied horn with Mr. Ed Albinski, Dr. David Whaley, and Mr. Ted Thayer; piano with Dr. Kelly Ker-Hackleman; and organ with Mr. Terry Sisk and Mr. Mark King.