*Mark Bryson, guitar, bass & guitar class instructor
Teaching artist statement:
I’ve had the opportunity to learn under some great teachers, and it’s my goal to bring that same enthusiasm and passion to my students. I love seeing a student’s eyes light up when they discover something they didn’t know before or beam when they play something amazing that they’ve been working on for a long time. Improvisation is key to making music your own, so I guide my lessons towards teaching students how to play, not just what to play.
Teaching & Performing Bio:
I started playing the guitar when I was 9 years old, and bass at 16. Since then I’ve played and recorded with bands and worship teams with many different band arrangements, and these experiences taught me just how versatile an instrument the guitar is. Similarly bass, along with percussion, forms the foundation of modern music. The infinite possibilities of these instruments make it impossible to run out of things to learn.
*Mark D. Miller, guitar, bass, ukulele & banjo
Teaching artist statement:
Beethoven once said, “The guitar is a miniature orchestra in itself.” It is a remarkably diverse instrument that is a delight to teach since students can take the instrument in a variety of directions. Although my primary focus is classical guitar, a typical day includes teaching students of all ages, styles and levels. The thrill that students express after an accomplishment or new discovery is truly gratifying. Teaching allows me to share one of the greatest gifts of all, the gift of music.
Mark D. Miller’s varied background includes a B.S. in Computer Information Technology, Devry University, an R.I.A. Recording Engineer Certificate, two years of I.C.S. Electronics Technology, music theory and composition with C. Randall Williams and classical guitar with Chris Anderson. He began teaching guitar in the seventies and was hired by CVSM in 1990. He specializes in teaching classical guitar and is also well versed in classic rock and other contemporary styles. In addition, he teaches bass, banjo and ukulele. Mark was an initiator of the successful CVSM camp, “It Rocks” and has taught guitar and audio recording classes for the school.
Mark has performed extensively since the seventies. He has played in many rock, country and jazz bands including South Wind and Faze 3. Early in his career, his band played warm up for Atlanta Rhythm Section, Point Blank and Edgar Winter. More recently he performed with impressionist Rich Little and with the Doo Wop group the Marcals, famous for their big hit Blue Moon. Mark especially enjoys performing in musical theater. He has become a staple at Totem Pole Playhouse where he has played in the pit since 2013. His favorites at TPP include playing the part of Brother Jay Perkins in Million Dollar Quartet, Uncle Chester in Forever Plaid and guitar in Godspell and Leader of the Pack. His musical theater credits also include productions by CCT and various local schools. He performs on solo classical guitar and with a flutist for weddings, banquets and other functions. Mark is the Praise Team Leader for First United Methodist Church where he directs and plays Contemporary Christian music each Sunday. In addition to guitar, he also performs on bass, drums, keyboards, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and vocals. He is a creative composer in various musical styles with approximately 400 works to his credit encompassing over 1,500 printed pages. From these works he has compiled his favorites on 13 CD’s on which he performed all the parts. A video of one of his original songs can be found here: https://youtu.be/oww6xx1no3c
*Candice Mowbray, guitar instructor
Teaching artist statement:
Dr. Mowbray began teaching guitar as a high school student and has gone on to teach for numerous colleges and schools of music in the mid-Atlantic region while enjoying an active career as a concert artist. She shares her deep knowledge of music, technique and performance with her students through well-rounded, individualized lessons. Her students have included college music majors, enthusiastic hobbyists, retired learners, fellow teachers and dedicated young persons. She is happy to work with beginners as well as advanced students to improve skills and cultivate an appreciation and community for the fine art of guitar performance.
“Your style of teaching is outstanding and we have learned so much in such a short time frame.”–Adult Group Guitar Student
Candice Mowbray earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts in classical guitar performance at Shenandoah Conservatory. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Shepherd College where she studied classical and jazz guitar. Dr. Mowbray has taught courses in guitar, music history, music theory and appreciation of the broader humanities at Shenandoah Conservatory, Hagerstown Community College, Shepherd University, Mount St. Mary’s University and Frederick Community College in addition to community schools of music. She also enjoys writing and lecturing about music as well as working with arts organizations to present community guitar events. Her articles have been published in Soundboard, Prodigies and BRAVO! The Magazine of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.
Appearing as a soloist, chamber musician and guest lecturer, Candice Mowbray has been a featured artist at many prestigious festivals and concert series such as the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Series, Knoxville Guitar Series, Bethlehem Guitar Festival, Lonestar Guitar Festival, Austin Peay GuitarFest, Guitar Foundation of America Convention in Los Angeles, Ibero-American Guitar Festival at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian and the Kreykenbohm Lecture Series. She has performed with the National String Symphonia, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington, Hub Opera Ensemble, Satori Chamber Ensemble, Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center.
Her recent solo CD, Reverie, has been met with positive acclaim and was featured on radio shows such as InTune (BBC Radio 3), The Intimate Guitar (Dayton, OH), G-Strings with Tom Cole (Washington D.C.), WMNR Fine Arts Radio (Monroe, CT) and Musica Mundi (Boulder, CO). Classical Guitar Magazine called the release “a revelation” and one of the Top 10 picks of the year.
*Joel Newman, guitar & voice instructor
Teaching Artist statement:
My approach to teaching voice is different from teaching guitar, but in both cases, learning how to study/practice is paramount, as is a sense of self objectivity. That is what I try to teach my students. Each student is unique and I adapt my teaching to them. I teach using the music that the student wants to learn. Rock/Blues/Jazz/Soul/R&B/Funk/Country are my are my strengths on guitar, as well as music theory, improvisation, playing and singing, songwriting and technique. For voice I teach the time honored technique of Bel Canto. Though a classical technique, I am not a classical singer and I know it works for whatever style of music the student applies it to. My main focus when working with voice students is to get them to their biggest best vocal placement and teach them how to properly practice their songs. I love teaching, I love being there when the light bulb turns on. My burning desire is to ignite a spark then light and pass on the torch to any and all open hearts and ears.
I consider myself “street learned” on guitar. I studied plectrum style guitar privately in NYC for many years with some name brand teachers, Allen Hanlon and Pat Martino to name a couple. I also studied music in classes from ‘Sounds of Joy’ studios and from the great bebop master Barry Harris. I studied Voice for nine years in NYC and in New Jersey in master classes and privately with Judy Hages. I find I’m constantly reinventing myself as a teacher, taking on summer youth rock camps, group singing classes as adjunct faculty @ Frederick Community College, and even coaching middle schoolers to sing musicals!
I’ve played and sang at many venues in NYC, (CBGB’s , Spiral, Lion’s Den, Dan Lynch etc.). But mainly was more of a session guitarist collaborating and recording with such old style greats as T.M. Stevens, Dr. John, David Sanborn, Miroslav Vitious, Dick Wagner, to name some. My biggest claim to fame is recording on the actor Tim Curry’s 3rd album for A&M records “Simplicity”, where I co wrote a song on the album. Since relocating to Maryland I’ve played in many bands from variety wedding bands, to R&B and Rock bands. I did a stint in Taipei Taiwan in the “Brown Sugar” house band for several months. Up until recently toured, recorded, co-wrote, and co produced with the now defunct western Maryland favorite Blues band “Moondog Medicine Show.” I still write, record and perform my original music.
*Michael Quinlivan, guitar & violin instructor
Teaching Artist statement:
Michael’s teaching method is a shared adventure in making music. Music is similar to karate or meditation, disciplines where one must focus the mind to be in the present moment. The inner battle of distraction versus being absorbed in an activity is what prevents beginning students from practicing and advanced students from achieving new levels of mastery. A great mentor and teacher can guide a student in developing the inner skills necessary to enjoy their time practicing and playing music while setting and reaching their goals.
Chambersburg native, Michael Quinlivan, Jr. has been playing and teaching guitar throughout Pennsylvania for over 10 years. His first instrument was the viola, a love he later returned to during college, and started playing guitar in elementary school. After high school, Michael received his bachelor’s degree in music performance from Kutztown University, where he studied guitar and was a music theory tutor. He taught in the Reading area upon graduating and four years at The Lesson Center in Bethlehem where he taught students as young as 5 years old to retirees looking to start a new hobby, coached bands for music festivals, and started teaching beginner violin and viola. A devout guitar enthusiast, Michael seeks out opportunities to study with prominent jazz and rock guitarists in the Philadelphia and New Jersey areas so he may continue to grow and have more to share with his own students.
While attending college at Kutztown University, Michael performed and recorded with the KU Jazz Ensemble, which played at local jazz clubs, recorded four albums, and gave masterclasses at local high schools. Outside of the university, Michael played with the Reading Symphony Pops Orchestra, was a member of the pit orchestra at the Genesius Theatre in Reading, and was also a side musician for various folk, country, and rock groups. After graduating, Michael formed his own jazz quartet, Loose Measure, playing and recording throughout the Lehigh Valley and New Jersey, while continuing to be a side musician in r&b, funk, pop, folk, and rock bands, performing at prominent music venues in Allentown, Easton, and Bethlehem including the Steel Stacks venue during Bethlehem’s Musik Fest.